Many, many antique socks. They look so . . . antique.

Teeny Project Squirrel

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Dear Ann, Our friends at the magical Brooklyn General Store are sponsoring a spring contest that is sure to excite readers who fondly remember Teeny Project Runway. What’s not to love about a contest whose official rules state: “You can submit up to 3 squirrels”? See the details here. NOTE: Although it is truly unfair, taxidermy is not allowed. Console yourself with the fact that virtually all other 3D squirrel-making...

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The Knitting Olympics–On Ice!

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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!

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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

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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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