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Snippets: Peaceful Things to See


Dear Kay, A quick look at some peaceful things. Thousands of Glass Flowers, Spiffed Up I had the chance to see the famous glass flowers collection at Harvard last fall, not long before it closed for renovation. It was a dim place, with murky lighting over wooden cases. It had that feel of a museum that had lost its benefactor. Still, the plants were glorious. They’re made of glass, from the 19th century mostly. There are 4,300 of...

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(Nearly Finished) Object Lesson


Dear Ann, Sometimes I ignore a rule for so long that I don’t even remember whether it’s a rule anymore, as I would imagine an astronaut living on a space station starts to wonder whether gravity was really that big of a deal. One thing that I know to be true is that if a knitter is faithful to a project, and knits on it daily, that project gets done. Even if it is a very big project, and the knitter is a medium to slow knitter, the...

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Is Sock Knitting Over?


Dear Ann, How’s that for a clickbait title to break the Internet? Welcome, irate mob of newcomers to our blog! We’re just big fat kidders, me and Ann. Do not kill me with a DPN to the heart. Hear me out. As a garment, are socks too VISIBLE for you? Do you want to spend your time knitting something exquisitely beautiful, yet entirely private? Are your foot-insulation strategies nobody’s business but your own? Then, my friend,...

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Lazy Sunday Forecast: Gloomy with a Chance of Crotchetiness

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Dear Ann: Ah, Sweden. Impossibly good-looking people! Socialized medicine! Shared child care! Affordable home furnishings that are hard to put together! Open-faced sandwiches! The midnight sun! Lingonberries! Colorful yoked sweaters! A show set in Sweden must be very wholesome knittertainment, right? Nah. Forget everything you thought you knew about Sweden. Sweden is a hellscape of brutal violence and rainy weather. I know this because I am a...

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A High-Voltage Giveaway: Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere


Dear Ann, A few years ago, I discovered Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere, and went kind of nuts on the stuff.  The first thing I made was a modified version of the Wool Peddler Shawl, with a barely ruffling ruffle, that grew so large that I kept going back to Purl Soho to get another skein, and another skein, of the 2-ply cashmere and silk-cashmere blend. I took pictures of it in Central Park, and sent it off to a friend in need of comfort,...

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Laziest Sunday Ever


Dear Ann, I’m absolutely not having a Lazy Sunday today. If all goes as planned, I’ll be up at dawn and heading to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, where I’ll hand out buttons picturing Olive in a lopapeysa and shop for yarn and watch sheepdog trials and generally have a fabulous time, periodically breaking for a Larabar and reapplication of sunscreen. If you’re going to the festival and you see me, please say hi....

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