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There’s a Story Here

There’s a Story Here

Dear Ann, Knowing your eBay habits as intimately as I unfortunately do, I probably don’t need to tell you to check out this auction. But I bet you’re wondering: WHA? Didn’t somebody already win that afghan? Well, yes, somebody did. Back in February, the name that came out of the hat to win the raffle to benefit Oliver’s Fund was a Ms. Joan Hamer, who had sent in many squares. After I posted her name, I started to...

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You May Already Be a Wiener

You May Already Be a Wiener

Dear Ann, I have News. The American Blanket raffle drawing has taken place, and Michaela has graciously allowed me to notify the world (and the winner) of the winner. ***JOAN HAMER*** of ***MANCHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA***, come on down! Joan, I have your address, but please email me to confirm. I’m askeert to give this labor-of-many-hands to the United States Postal Service without at least double-checking the address. This past weekend, I...

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Day Of Destiny Approaches

Day Of Destiny Approaches

Dear Ann, I have been in contact with the United Nations High Commission for Blanket Raffles, which has declared that all is in readiness to raffle American Blanket No. 1. Those aspiring to own this patchwork salute to Kaffe Fassett and the Ancient Art of the ZigZag should buy their tickets by noon (New York time) on Saturday. The drawing will be held later in the weekend, and the winner will be notified and announced on Monday or Tuesday....

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Internal Blanket

Internal Blanket

Dear Ann, Help! I’m i-cording and I can’t get up! The borders are on, both inner and outer. Every seam is sewed. Every end is wove. The perimeter of the blanket is 76 squares around. I am i-cording at a rate of 4-5 SPH. (Squares per hour.) The specific hour is between 11 and 12 when I’m exercising my rights as an informed citizen, keeping up with current events. (I.e., watching A Daily Show and The Colbert...

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Fete Accompli

Fete Accompli

Dear Ann, You missed out on a real old timey sew-up hootenanny Monday night. So sorry! I will try to convey a flavah of the evening. You know that I prefer to avoid hyperbole and overstatement of any kind. But dang it, there was magic in the air. For example: The Beasts of the...

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Here We Come a-Blanketing

Here We Come a-Blanketing

Dear Ann, As I face my personal Moment of Gift-Knitting Truth (I’m on Teacher 3 of 4; will I make it, or should I go shopping STAT?), I’m also packing a shopping bag with PLO SUUs (pre-laid-out sew-up units) for tonight’s sew-up party. We’ll be whipstitching our little hearts out from 4 until at least 8 at the ever welcoming city of knitting: Knitty City, 208 West 79th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam. You...

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Behind the Music: Blanket 1

Behind the Music:  Blanket 1

Dear Ann, I want to share some tips on laying out an homage-to-Kaffe Fassett blanket starting with 1053 4-inch squares in a sampling of every sock yarn that has been on the market since 1974 plus a little handspun. This isn’t done very often, so it may be of interest to others who have a couple-odd thousand squares sitting around. Tip #1: Call in Amber. Amber brings muffins and endless patience for swapping squares in and out of a...

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One Thousand Fifty-Three

One Thousand Fifty-Three

Dear Ann, So. I counted the squares. 1053 is the number, not counting the 54 I made (in case we didn’t get enough, you know?) and the three I just got from Emma. And Amber is bringing me a few more today when she comes to help me lay them out. Let’s call it 1100, shall we? That’s kind of a lot. Two large blankets, with plenty of leftover square loveliness to share with our friends in the UK. We are going to ROCK THE...

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It’s Getting Hot in Here, So Sew Up All Your Squares

It’s Getting Hot in Here, So Sew Up All Your Squares

Dear Ann, First, very important: THE SEW-UP DATE HAS CHANGED. (The yarn shop had a conflict.) The new details are: TIME: 4-8 p.m. PLACE: Knitty City, 208 West 79th Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway) Note: Nobody has to come for the whole 4 hours! Come when you can, leave when you must. I know everyone is busy this time of year, and then there’s those pesky day jobs, too. Please send me an email (bigbonegalAThotmailDOTcom) if...

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