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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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Middle Aged? Or Midcentury Modern?


Dear Kay, Here, for your Saturday edification, is “The M Word,” a post from about a decade ago. I have to laugh. In this post, I lost my composure over being called middle aged—back when I was 43. Ah, youth! The post does include a quote from Paul Newman that I love even more, ten years later: “I’m not vain and insecure like many of my fellow actors and actresses. Quite frankly, I like the way I look. I’m not jumping on the...

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Giveaway: It’s Rainbow Roll (Hallelujah)


Dear Ann, (You’re welcome for the earworm. Amen!) Remember January? San Diego? TNNA? Our youth? How smitten and tickled and intrigued we were by our first sighting of Noro Rainbow Roll? And then came Stopover Fever, and the realization that Rainbow Roll, which is nothing more or less than soft, bendy pencil roving in magical Noro-designed color progressions, is the Japanese cousin of Icelandic plötulopi (aka plutoloopy), the unspun,...

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Lazy Sunday: Picking & Grinning


Dear Kay, For your amusement while knitting on this lazy Sunday, I’d like to share a podcast interview that Bloomberg did recently with Hubbo. Sometimes I find it hard to explain exactly how it is that a guy like Jon has a dual personality as mild-mannered investment guy by day, in off hours a twang-heavy singer named Merle Hazard, specializing in songs about financial topics. This podcast is the first time I’ve heard Batman and...

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Snippets: Golden Nuggets Edition


Dear Kay, Things are pretty busy at the moment, which means that I am having an excellent time procrastinating by sifting the Internet for gold. When the going gets tough, the tough get going . . . and read . . . blogs. Nuggets I have found: Tom Deijnen, mender extraordinaire, provides a look at one of my favorite subgenres of stitchery, the mending and darning sampler. Dianna Walla writes the excellent Paper Tiger blog, and she designs...

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Vegetarian Silk and Other Conundrums


Dear Kay, In search of a  palate cleanser, I dug out a Work in Progress that has been marinating at least two years. In the process, I ended up going down a silkworm wormhole. This cowl started with a hand-dyed silk yarn I bought a while back on a trip. I also had a hard little ball of leftover Hand Maiden Sea Silk that needed a destiny. I made up the pattern, which is basically to *knit 7 roundss in Main Color, knit 1 round Contrast...

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