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Mighty Aptenodytes: A Penguin Knitting Book & Kit Giveaway

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Dear Ann: When I look at knitting books, vintage and present-day, I’m struck with how the cycles repeat down the years.  We keep revisiting the same garments and themes, decade after decade.  It makes sense: humans are still constructed the same way now as before, and knitters therefore knit the same types of garments. For all that stays the same, there is also much that changes over time: yarns,  fashions in knitwear and in all the...

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Eyeballs on His Hipbones, or, Jack White at the Grammys

Eyeballs on His Hipbones, or, Jack White at the Grammys - 1

Dear Kay, Deb is wondering what we thought of Jack White’s performance at the Grammys. Great. Compulsively over the top–if you’ve got two bands, you’re going to use them. But great. I mostly spent my time thinking about Jack White’s amazing suit with rhinestone peacock feathers all over it. Paris may have Chanel, but here in Nashville the greatest couturier is Manuel, who has been outfitting musicians in handmade...

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MDK Mailbag

MDK Mailbag - 1

Dear Ann, A few treats landed in my inbox this morning. My first thought: 15 minute blog fodder! FANCY DOG COAT ALERT Emma sent me a link to the kit for this dog coat, based on Kate Davies’ wonderful Rams & Yowes blanket. I have to agree that it would look smashing on my earth-toned Olive. It is hard to make much of an impression at our local dog cafe because so many of the dogs are so very well dressed. I think this might be the...

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Why I Love Blogging, Chapter 1,312

Why I Love Blogging, Chapter 1,312 - 1

Dear Ann, We’ve “amen”-ed each other many times on this principle, but it bears repeating: the best thing about blogging is the comments. You never know exactly what you are going to get, but after 9 years, you know you are going to get some good ones. With thanks to Naomi for making my day, I reprint the following two comments in their entirety. NAOMI’S COMMENT Hmm – Jack White… I’m not sure I...

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Winning!

Winning! - 1

Dear Ann, So, today is what I call Monday Plus One, and I did the random drawing. The winners of a copy of Wearwithall are Mary (whose email address starts with “goodmary”) and Angela (whose email address starts with “matangoconnor”). I’ve emailed the winners for their mailing addresses. Congrats and enjoy, Mary and Angela! Everybody else, if you want to show these independent designers some love, you can buy...

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