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

Welcome to Our New World

Welcome to Our New World

Dear friends, As you can see, we have redesigned the blog. We humbly present: the blog of the future, here today. A blog for the 21st century! What’s new? Basically: everything. And nothing. Here are the innovations to note. Comments. This, more than anything else, is the thing we wanted to fix. This is what started us on a six-month odyssey of migrating ten years of stuff into a new design. Until today, your Comments have been a long,...

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Piece of Cake

Piece of Cake

Dear Kay, I have 29 rows left to go on my Donegal sleeve. GROAN! Love, Ann PS In cheerfuller news, I wanted to show you my new sofa, which is the suburban matron’s midlife crisis as expressed via upholstery. Its main function is as a display zone for my favorite thing you ever gave me, years ago. (Please keep trying to top this gift, but honestly I don’t think you can.) This is a Richard Saja altered toile pillow. I can’t...

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A Knitting Reality Show: Survivor for the Rest of Us

A Knitting Reality Show: Survivor for the Rest of Us

Dear Kay, Well, here it is: the thing we have been waiting for, dreaming about, training for, all these years: a hardcore, high-stakes, full-on knitting reality show. The Fiber Factor. This is going to be great. It will be happening completely online, with a dozen contestants battling it out for the grand prize: a trip to Germany and a tour of the Addi knitting needle factory. AHHHHH! I HAVE NEVER TOURED A KNITTING NEEDLE FACTORY. It’s...

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

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

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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Gobsmacked: Your Blizzard Survival Reading

Gobsmacked: Your Blizzard Survival Reading

Dear Kay, Blizzard survival kit for you tonight: 1.) An Australian terrier all jacked up on coffee to keep you from falling asleep in the snow. And 2.) The Brooklyn Tweed Look Book, Winter 13 edition. I don’t say this often, but here we go: I would like to knit every single thing in this book. All 18 of them. I’m not going to drag n drop all the gorgeous photos over here, in the interest of time and copyright. But let’s just...

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I See Honey Cowls

I See Honey Cowls

Dear Ann: Reader Gale Zucker writes in our comments: “Have you pushed through the Honey Cowl time warp and can just, like, make them appear? That particular color just kills me.” Gale, I’m glad you asked. Yes, I close my eyes, visualize a Honey Cowl, lay my hands on 400 yards of hand-dyed merino, and when I open my eyes I am standing over the kitchen sink inhaling Soak fumes. Seriously, here is the current Honey Cowl. ...

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Small Shawl on a Wall

Small Shawl on a Wall

Dear Ann, I’m going to try to make this a 5 minute post. Earlier today I Instagrammed a picture of a small shawl on a wall in somebody’s booth at Vogue Knitting Live, after one of my companions pointed it out. We oohed. We aahed. We mentally queued it. Lauren said she’d seen it in the Winter 2012 issue of Knitscene. My twitter feed promptly exploded with tweeps wanting to know, needing to know, begging to know, demanding to...

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Golden Globes Tidbits

Golden Globes Tidbits

Dear Kay, My favorite local clotheshorse Taylor Swift was wearing a shade of Donna Karan eggplant that shall live on forever in my memory. Aubergine! Yes! Cathy Horyn at the NYT (google this!) was complaining that the women looked vulnerable and trapped in their gowns. Whatever! It’s the RED CARPET! This is what these women do, and they’re not idiots. Kristen Stewart takes off her shoes mid-premiere. I think most actors are game for...

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MDK Mailbag

MDK Mailbag

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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