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Dear Ann, Wow. Wow. Wow. Your India Instagrams of sissy’s wedding are thrilling. The vibrancy of color and texture make my white Leaves of Grass shawl feel pasty by comparison. But hey, I’m a pasty person. All my people are pasty. Pasty is as pasty does. My point, and I do have one: everybody go follow @annshayne on Instagram. The hashtags #sagarmeadorwedding and #Bangalorewedding are also excellent. Here, I find myself at round 25...

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Winners! And Wool People 6 Is Making Me Crazy

Winners! And Wool People 6 Is Making Me Crazy

Dear Kay, Wow wow wow. So many books! Thanks to all for sharing what you’re reading right now. I find all this totally fascinating. There are five randomly chosen winners in our contest; wish I could be Oprah and give away 360 copies of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. Here are the books these folks are reading. Does it get any more ecumenical than this? JULES M.: I am reading a book called Do-It-Yourself-Therapy, I kid you not. It...

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Small Shawl on a Wall

Small Shawl on a Wall

Dear Ann, I’m going to try to make this a 5 minute post. Earlier today I Instagrammed a picture of a small shawl on a wall in somebody’s booth at Vogue Knitting Live, after one of my companions pointed it out. We oohed. We aahed. We mentally queued it. Lauren said she’d seen it in the Winter 2012 issue of Knitscene. My twitter feed promptly exploded with tweeps wanting to know, needing to know, begging to know, demanding to...

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Other People’s Knitting: Knitmas Edition

Other People’s Knitting: Knitmas Edition

Dear Ann: I’m completely wrecked from staying up with the kids last night to watch the British Pop Pensioners Concert, I mean the 12/12/12 concert to benefit Superstorm Sandy relief. There is now a clear demarcation in my life: the Time Before I Saw Roger Daltrey’s High-Gloss Bare Chest, and the Time After. (Click if you dare.) Seriously. Foxy old men: I love your foxiness. I really do. I also love a shirt. Ann! The...

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Wreathed in Glory

Wreathed in Glory

Dear Ann, A super-short post to announce the winner of the drawing for the Hampstead Wreath knitted by my own fair hand. The lucky soon-to-be-adorned one is Lorajean aka KnittedWit on Ravelry. Thanks, everyone, for your generosity to Citymeals and your support of our efforts to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief. We’ve sold 154 patterns so far. The total donated to Citymeals is yet to be calculated but definitely exceeds $4000 at...

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Near Miss, Four Hits, and a Torcon 9 Craft Project

Near Miss, Four Hits, and a Torcon 9 Craft Project

Dear Kay, Yesterday’s tornadoes apparently filled a month’s quota on tornadoes for the United States, awful in every way. We in Nashville were lucky to dodge the worst of it, though we did get a midafternoon dose of crazy that resulted in a) quality time in our basement, b) hail the size of golf balls, so remarkable that Facebook erupted in pix of amazed Nashvillian hands displaying huge pearls of the stuff, and c) such widespread...

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Craft. Work. Knit.

Craft. Work. Knit.

Dear Ann, FINALLY! I’ve been dragged out of seclusion by your mention of Ann Weaver. I’ve been crushing on the designs in Ann Weaver’s recent book, Craft. Work. Knit, since someone with a good eye introduced me to them last autumn. I got my hot little hands on a copy of this self-published gem, and fell in love. It was the good kind of love. The kind that inspires you to finish up a couple of projects so you can cast on...

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A Dollar (per skein) and a Dream

Dear Ann, Sometimes when I’m having a quiet day of introspection, I get to thinking, gee, maybe I’ve knit one too many log cabin blankets? Maybe I’ve exhausted the form? (Usually, when I am having such thoughts, I am sitting there knitting on a log cabin blanket, but whatever.) Then I see something like Cathy of Ann Arbor’s version of our Buncha Squares blanket (which is itself a knitted version of Denyse...

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New Blood (Not About Vampires)

New Blood (Not About Vampires)

Dear Ann, So, what I’ve been up to, craftywise: 1. It’s Red Scarf Season! My submission this year is a good, old-fashioned, 2-row stripe scarf in some exquisite hairy handspun that I was gifted years ago, and some non-exquisite, yet cheerful red tweed that fell out of the cabinet when I was looking for the exquisite stuff. After all these years, and all these scarves, I still love the Red Scarf Project. I want everyone else to love...

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