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A Ramble to Craft South

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Dear Kay, The day after the day after Thanksgiving may be one of the most delicious days of all. Here in Nashville, the spectacularly mild weather has given way to something damper and cooler, which suits me. Family is still here, but the conversations are getting juicier now that we have all validated that our children are indeed bigger than they were last year, that we are all still doing things not unlike the things we were doing last year,...

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Knitting-in-Your-Pajamas Friday

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Dear Ann, Another so-called Black Friday rears its unpleasant head. Don’t get me wrong, I like shopping–if US capitalism goes under, it won’t be because I didn’t do my part. But I don’t intend to drag myself to a mall on a day I could spend knitting in my pajamas and asking passing loved ones to get me another cup of coffee.  Capitalism can just keep its shirt on and wait for my kids to go back to school. Have you...

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Not Necessarily Lazy Sunday: Thanksgiving Prep Edition

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Dear Ann, Whenever Canadian Thanksgiving pops up on my social media feeds in October, a wave of schadenfreude washes over me: those poor knitters to the north, stuck in the kitchen prepping while I get to knit. Then November comes along and it’s me stuck in the kitchen and fussing over folding chairs and Autumnal Decor (this year: pilgrim placecards)–and enjoying myself quite a bit actually. It’s my favorite holiday, especially...

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Snippets: 4 Supercolorful Things

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Dear Kay, I’m declaring today National Wear a Handknit Day. Now that we are well into the glory season for handknits, please take a moment to dive into your archive for an on-trend pompom hat or an off-trend drop-shoulder intarsia tunic. Embrace the joy of a thing you made yet have not been wearing enough. Here’s a quick peek at four things that really shiver me timbers. In no particular order: Pixellation. Jennifer...

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Lazy Sunday: Sexy Vicars and More

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Dear Ann: Thanks to last weekend’s road trip to Ohio and back, I’m  making great progress on my Monomania cardi. But I still need to put in a few hours on the sleeves, and for that I need just one thing: vicars on TV. To Watch Right now, my local PBS station is playing Grantchester in regular rotation. In Grantchester, the Rev. Sidney Chambers regularly gets himself entangled in murder cases in post-WWII  Cambridge. He’s...

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A Food Blog to Love: Judy’s Chickens

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Dear Kay, We’re sixteen days from Thanksgiving glory—a world of time to put some thought into your Thanksgiving strategy. Everything seems possible. Brine a turkey? Deep fry it? Stuff it with a duck inside a chicken? BRING IT ON. To aid in your dreamy dreams, I’d like to point you to Judy’s Chickens, a blog that this very day celebrates its first anniversary. Our friend Judy Wright dazzles us on a regular basis. She has...

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