“I just want more of her.” A wonderful piece on the late lamented food writer, Laurie Colwin.

The Knitting Olympics–On Ice!

The Knitting Olympics–On Ice!

Dear Ann, Still gaping in amazement at Rodarte’s skating costumes for the Olympics. Can I brag, just a little, that as soon as I saw the photos of the red & black number, I said, “Rodarte”? ‘Cause I’m so down with the kids and the fashion and stuff? And because it looks just like a dress from last year’s collection that made me gasp, “Kid….Silk…..Haze….”? (Go to Aunt...

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‘Tis the Gift To Be Simple

Dear Ann, Reader Gretchen kindly wrote to tell me (a) she liked our audiobook, and (b) to send me a link to this blanket for a baby boy because she thought I’d like it. Well, yes. I like it and in fact I lurve it! As it happens, for the past few weeks I had been running through my mental list of Baby Blankets I Like To Knit, for a couple of baby boys who are growing a pound a day and speaking in full sentences at this point, and...

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Thin Men of Manhattan! And Mr. Boy!

Thin Men of Manhattan!  And Mr. Boy!

Dear Ann, It’s always exciting when a new issue of Twist Collective goes live, and I get to see what we wrote. In the brand-new Summer 2009 issue, there are additional delights: Franklin, at the height of his powers in “13 Ways of Looking at a Knitter.” A wonderful piece of literate, laugh-out-loud whimsy, with drawings reminiscent of Picasso’s late work. (My Franklin crush is obviously out of control: hello,...

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Free Pattern!

Dear Kay, Look! It’s the next Clapotis! Anybody can knit for a fake chicken. Kudos to Erika (Ravelry link) for taking it to the next level. Pattern instruction: “The front two corners are tacked together, because chickens can’t use shawl pins.” Love, Ann PS Thanks to Meg McG. for this link . ....

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Twelve Daddies Puffing

Twelve Daddies Puffing

Dear Ann: I love Reader Mail. This just in, from Barbara: Hi Kay, [Puff Daddy] is the perfect pattern. A little bit of luxurious yarn, a little time, and boom, I just finished making 12 of them for the girls in my New York and Hong Kong offices! Here are the ones I got to pose…. So, everybody who is freaking about their Holiday Knitting, channel your Inner Barbara. If you were knitting everybody a Puff Daddy, you’d be finished by...

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Puff Daddy is in the House!

Puff Daddy is in the House!

Dear Ann, Remember Mariko and the crazy puff scarflet she found in her dad’s closet and how we all squee’d at the cuteness and eggzamined it very carefully to see how it was made? And how we suffered 70s Acrylic Flashbacks and speculated how terrific this accessory would be, if knitted up in Good Yarn, by which we mean a free-range natural fiber preferably of a high-altitude ruminant? The original has yielded up its secrets, and...

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Envious? Me?

Envious? Me?

Dear Kay, I am writing today mostly to brag about my new friend Mareike. I met Mareike two weeks ago, when Hubbo and I were invited to a back-to-school party hosted by a Vanderbilt professor and his wife whom I’d never met. It was the first time in ages that I had attended a party that involved a keg. How thrilling! How communal! We are all going to drink this thing together! There were dozens of young graduate students speaking foreign...

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Jamesey!

Dear Kay, Quick! The new Knitty is up. And–as if a new Knitty wasn’t enough reason to drop everything and become totally useless–there’s a pattern by Mary Neal Meador, my sister-in-law. My nephew James + gansey = Jamesey. I just love this pattern. You do know that in some previous life, I was a fisherman’s wife, sitting on the jetty, knitting like a maniac, waiting for the man to come home from the sea. Well, Mary...

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Archaeological Dig Unearths Long-Lost Treasure

Archaeological Dig Unearths Long-Lost Treasure

Dear Kay, Get a load of this tale, which landed in my In box like a dusty note from a dig in the Egyptian desert: As I surfed through your archives, I noticed a post about Kaffe Fassett Pebbles. I just had to email you. I was gifted with stash from a retired knitter. In it was a gorgeous panel of Kaffe Fassett Pebbles (the whole back) and lots of yarn. How did I earn this stash? Well, nothing except that I am probably the only enthusiastic...

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MDK Finished Objects Spotted in the Field

MDK Finished Objects Spotted in the Field

Dear Kay, My spies have unearthed evidence that there are TWO handknits lurking the halls of Clif’s school: Clif, with Robin, teacher/knitter extraordinaire The dragon got an eye and not a bit more. I particularly like the snug fit achieved when this sweater is worn over the school uniform sweatshirt. Very Hans and Franz. (I’m still aching to put sleeves on the thing.) And the Kiri shawl found its destiny. Robin has no idea how...

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