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Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

Dear Kay, It’s publication day for Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting! I have an essay in there, “What Are You Making?” It feels like six years ago that I sent that essay in. What a nice surprise to see it turn up all tidy and done. I am trying to identify the yarns on the cover but can’t. Especially stymied by that brown one with the weird twist to it. I’ve just started to read these stories—I had a galley this...

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That End-of-Camp Feeling

That End-of-Camp Feeling

Dear Kay, It still feels weirdly spacious in here. We need to hang a blanket on all this white space—it’s making me nervous. Thanks to all who have taken the brave step of subscribing to this blog. We are still futzing around with the thing that sends out notifications, so you will start getting notices of new posts shortly. In the interest of celebration, we would like to give a prize to the first person who subscribed. Truly, this was...

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Knitting-Free Handknit Holidays

Knitting-Free Handknit Holidays

Dear Ann, [Is this thing on? I can't find the cupholder. Where is the Jack White button?] I love to knit. You know that. I know that. Most of the people reading this love to knit. But there is an aspect of knitting we don’t talk about much, which is The Specific Stuff We Don’t Like to Knit In Spite of Our Love of Knitting Generally. I think we don’t talk about it because we would quickly get into arguments about why a knitter...

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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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