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Giveaway! Two Harbors “Poncho” Kit

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Dear Kay, I don’t mean to cause trouble, but I have a bone to pick. There’s a very popular pattern floating around right now that hits the sweet, sweet, sweet spot of easy, comfortable, fast, and fun. The company that produced it, Blue Sky Alpacas, calls it the Two Harbors Poncho. The “Two Harbors” part is not the problem. Why two harbors and not one? I am not going to question that. It’s the “poncho”...

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Giveaway! Heirloom Chevron Blanket Kit

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Dear Kay, It’s safe to say that we like a blanket. The blanket radar is on at all times. You never know when a great blanket pattern is going to come along and knock you out. We took a peek at this, and our blanket radar erupted. Dead ahead: awesome blanket. This is the Heirloom Chevron Throw. It combines all the things we love: heirlooms, chevrons, and throws. It’s a garter stitch lovefest. The thing is, you take a look at...

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Lazy Sunday: Best Snow Movies

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Dear Kay, Judy invited us over for supper Friday night, a spontaneous gathering to mark the blizzard. (It was a blizzard for Nashville, anyway—eight inches is epic in these parts.) Soup: delicious. Company: neighborly, and in that lucky thing that happens in Nashville sometimes, a music industry veteran was in the mix who had tales aplenty. I can never hear enough about the music business. Walking home, we were mesmerized by the blanket of...

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Deluxe Adorna: A Cashmere Giveaway

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Dear Ann, Our experience at TNNA in San Diego had many delights. We revisited favorite yarns and updated ourselves on new colors, fibers, methods and madness. TNNA 2016 was different from TNNA 2006: for one thing, I don’t remember there being any breed-specific yarns in 2006. And I don’t remember that cashmere was a thing in 2006. In 2016, cashmere is definitely a thing. One of the most fun moments of our San Diego voyage was popping...

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Teach Some Kids to Knit: a Book and Yarn Giveaway

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Dear Ann: It’s Giveaway Day today. First up: announcing the winner of the Mama Needs a New Cowl contest from last week. I spent so much time looking at that #kaycowl hashtag on Instagram. There were more than 90 suggestions for cowl patterns that might rival the Honey Cowl in my affections. 90! After a fair amount of shilly-shallying, I picked:   Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  @Francesgiff, come on down! (I contacted her via...

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Let’s Get Busy and Solve All Our Problems (It’s January)

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Dear Ann, “Self-improvement” is one of the most odious phrases, isn’t it? I hate the notion that by learning something new, or changing the way we do things, we are improving ourselves, or that that is the purpose of learning or changing. We are what we are, i.e., we are good people, we are doing our best (most of the time), and we shouldn’t have to constantly strive to some ideal of perfection, or feel that our very...

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