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Comfort and Joy

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Dear Kay, It was a good holiday, right? You survived #Snomaha; I survived #WaikikiNashville. It’s spookylike, this warm weather, certainly the first time I ever grilled the Christmas roast beast outside. Amid the weathery weirdness, I have a holiday story to tell. About three and a half years ago, I wrote a post, “Undelivered Handknit.” It’s not long, but it is depressing. What struck me then, and now as I read it...

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Snippets: New Patterns to Warm the Extremities

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Dear Kay, Lightning round today. If you haven’t been paying attention, please remember that winter begins next week. All this balmy weather is just a tease. Batten the hatches! Dig up the turnips! Cover thyself! When you make all these covers for your extremities, you will have a good defense for the next three months. For the Head Holt by Alicia Plummer. PUFF STITCH, OK? How often do we get to try out a puff stitch? For the Wristular...

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Lazy Sunday and a Retraction

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Dear Ann: In yesterday’s post, I testified to the wonders of Clover Wonder Clips for setting up to set in a sleeve. In the accompanying photos, I clipped the sleeve into the armhole with right sides facing, because I was going to join the seam with back stitch, despite my regret at not being able to use mattress stitch–so clean and precise, and since it is worked from the right side, so easily corrected when it goes wrong–to...

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Who Is This Young Woman? And Why Is She Smiling?

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Dear everybody, Nashville is frankly on a roll. “It City.” Forty-five construction cranes around town. Developers devouring entire neighborhoods. Eighty new Nashvillians moving in every day of the year. You can’t throw a ball of merino without hitting a group of visiting bachelorettes screeching “I Will Survive” as they maneuver their Pedal Tavern down Demonbreun Street. You can’t get a reservation anywhere...

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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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Snippets: Love Wins

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Dear Kay, I’m reading the news, coming from cities famous and obscure across the globe, and it’s hard to feel cheerful with so much madness afoot. It’s a grim way for the world to head into a holiday season. That said, the flip side to all this terror is a season when it’s easy to find ways to contribute to worthy causes. Knitters tend to be generous, so here are places where good folks are cooking up ways to support...

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