“I just want more of her.” A wonderful piece on the late lamented food writer, Laurie Colwin.

Git R Done: The Sew Up Details

Git R Done:  The Sew Up Details

Dear Ann, This fine gloomy morning I’m heading down the turnpike to Philly for a visit to Phila*craft HQ, so time is short. Here’s an aerial view of the most recent delivery of squares for the American Blanket(s): Tomorrow I will post the link-a-thon of where these fine squares came from. But today I have news to share: the details of a little sewing-up party. TIME: 4-8 p.m. PLACE: Knitty City, 208 West 79th Street (between...

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Mischief Making

Mischief Making

Dear Ann, It’s a little like Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory around here. Squares are backing up on the conveyor belt. Really fun, but leaving me short on time for stuff like doctor’s appointments. I will catch up over the weekend but I think it’s safe to say we’re getting close to 700 squares. In my last post, I mentioned the need for dull/dark squares for the Grand Plan blanket design. People have...

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Call Me Tippi

Call Me Tippi

Dear Ann, Early in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The Birds (which you can watch in 1 minute 40 seconds here), you start noticing that there are an awful lot of birds hanging around, and you’re not really scared, but a little scared. That’s where I’m at with the squares. By my quick count, we’ve received over 500 so far. That’s a lot, but there is no reason to go running down the street screaming. They come in...

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Paranormal

Paranormal

Dear Ann, You know how I hate scary movies and the last one I saw was The Silence of the Lambs and I lost 2 earrings from squirming in my seat and hiding my face and clutching the people sitting next to me? I cannot abide anything humanly scary, let alone extraterrestrials messing with the landscaping. Yesterday afternoon, right after I posted about the most recent crop of squares, I found this on my dining room table. Coincidence? Or...

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Square Mail (Not Air Mail)

Square Mail (Not Air Mail)

Dear Ann, HELP! THEY ARE BLOCKING OUT THE SUN! Well, actually it’s just an overcast sky, but there are indeed stacks of squares casting shadows in my apartment. It’s a cheerful kind of clutter. I’m not complaining. A few arrived over the long weekend. Quite a few. These squares come from the busy hands and good hearts of: Susan G, Mariel, Susan L, Susan M, Lacey, Norma, Larissa, Christine, Beth, Julie, Ellanie, Suzanne,...

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Vast Tracts O’ Land!

Vast Tracts O’ Land!

Dear Ann, Busybusybusy here at American Blanket Central. The square-shaped love is pouring in the door. Some of the square-shaped love is more traditionally square-shaped than others, but after some remedial blocking and laying on of hands, it’s all going to be SUPER FANTASTIC. These squares (2 days worth pictured above) came from: Dana, Cindy, Cathy, Flaky, Liz F, Kate, Ruanne, Rita, Debbie Amy, Deb V, Liz S, Kristy, Sally, Sarah Z,...

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In Search of MoJo

In Search of MoJo

Dear Ann, When I was a teenager suffering from the Humiliation of the Week, Most Moisturized Mom would console me by saying that “this is really building your character.” (Translation: being a big geek/loser now is going to make you a much better person later.) Needless to say, I found this infuriating at the time, but like many things mothers say, it has stuck with me and actually proved to be a useful mantra. I’m currently...

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NaNoSquaKniMo, And Finally: the Dang Contest

NaNoSquaKniMo, And Finally: the Dang Contest

Dear Ann, I love knitters. You make a knitter a straightforward request, such as “Please knit a 4-inch square for a really good cause.” You jot down a recipe to make this easier. And then you brace yourself, because to a knitter, life is a rich baroque tapestry, full of complexity. There are many ways to do a thing, even a humble thing like a tiny square of small stitches. Sure, knitters want to git ‘r done. But we want...

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We Like It Loud

We Like It Loud

Dear Kay, Squares 1 and 2: Watching the Country Music Awards show, which is a lot fancier than it used to be. There’s a singer, Big Kenny, who is moving into the neighborhood soon. Maybe you’re a fan of his duo, Big & Rich? Well, Big and his partner Rich performed a song called “Loud” which involved a lot of shimmying girls and I think fireworks? Can’t wait for him and his entourage to attend the neighborhood...

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