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

This Just In: The American Blanket

This Just In:  The American Blanket

Dear Ann, I was chatting with Michaela about her cool raffle project to benefit Oliver’s Fund. It occurred to me that it would be nice (and green) to save the Stateside knitters the hassle of waiting in line at the Post Office and filling out custom forms just to mail teeny squares to the UK, when here I am, in the good old US of A, easily (and cheaply) mailable and wishing I had a LOT more squares to arrange and rearrange in charming...

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A Good Day for Wheelchairs

A Good Day for Wheelchairs

Dear Ann, Sunday was Marathon Day, one of my favorite days of the year. There’s a holiday atmosphere in the city, something exciting to watch on TV, and tons of stuff to see, whether you squash in along the barricades to cheer the runners on, or just walk around beneath television helicopters, catching drifts of streetcorner bands playing. After watching the finish of the women’s race (SO EXCITING! yay Paula, and also yay Gete!),...

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Calling All Do Gooders

Calling All Do Gooders

Dear Ann, Today’s anniversary of 9/11/2001 is, for me, different from the others. I’m not feeling quite so somber, so overwhelmed as in years past. I’m glad it’s raining here. It’s as good a day as any to issue a couple of bulletins about Exciting Charity Knitting Opportunities That You Won’t Want To Pass Up. Red Scarf Season Is Early This Year If you’ve been living under a rock that has no broadband,...

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I See Your True Colors (That’s Why I Love You)

To All You Lovely Raffle People, Thank you so much for your generous conversions of greenback dollas (and loonies) into pounds sterling for Oliver’s Fund. A total of 75 tickets were sold (raising a handsome sum–about 375 U.S. bucks) and logged on my trusty yellow legal pad in a way that can only be described as “methodical”. I programmed the Random Integer Generator to randomly arrange the integers 1 through 75, and...

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You’re Welcome

You’re Welcome

Dear Ann, Yesterday’s mail brought two nice surprises: thank-you notes for my humble handknit contributions to the Dulaan Project and the Red Scarf Project. It was surprising only because I know that these charities operate on a shoestring. When you knit for charity, you’re not expecting a souvenir tote bag or 10 percent off at the museum gift shop. You knit for the sheer love of knitting, for the reduction of stash and...

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Mother’s Day Knitting

Mother’s Day Knitting

Dear Ann, Still reeling from the shock of finding myself back home, and in possession of an underwear drawer. Sorry if that’s Too Much Information. I just have to say, this concept of closets and drawers for storage of one’s stuff is such an EXCELLENT idea. All day long, I’m walking around opening drawers and going: ‘That’s my stuff there.’ ‘Oh, look in this drawer: nobody else’s stuff in...

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Scarvezzzzzzzzzzz….

Scarvezzzzzzzzzzz….

Dear Ann, Snow! We have snow! A full half-inch, I’m guessing. We’re so eggcited we can’t stand it. The sleds that last month were shlepped futilely to Nebraska and back may finally see action. And, in a happy coincidence, we’re headed to the MOUNTAINS for 2 days. Life is good. Red Scarf Redux Are the scarves still fun for you? Seriously? You’re not just being polite? I give you Red Scarf Project The...

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Scarf Pile

Scarf Pile

Dear Ann, As you know (all too painfully well), it can take me a month or two to mail the most essential item. The Post Office is three blocks away. There are lines there. Plus it requires a LOT of organization. You have to know the address of the recipient for example. (This means you have to FIND the address.) I am packaging-deprived. My markers are all dried up. I still haven’t memorized your zip code for some reason. I have a...

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Not on the Podium

Not on the Podium

Dateline: Torino, Italy, or Kay’s Apartment (You Decide) Lame-Assed Hat Maker Lets Down Team, Claims Not To Care Saying she ‘resents the comparisons to Bode Miller’, Team Dulaan member Kay Gardiner admitted that despite her legendary swagger (“just Kay being Kay”) and her great promise to bring home the Gold Medal, she failed to finish 16 hats in 16 days. Denying Italian press reports that she had hit every...

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Keep the Home Fries Burning

Keep the Home Fries Burning

Dear Ann, And now for some unscheduled simu-blogging. The Little Afghan That Could Can you BULLEEEEEEVE how well the All Noro Afghan did in its eBay auction to benefit afghans for Afghans? The icing on the cake is that the buyer is someone with her heart totally in it. Our lovely Lady of the Moths, who has supported the Afghanalong from Day One and even hosted an Old-Timey Sew-Up Bee for Boston area knitters. Thank you Julia! You are crazy...

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