For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

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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Ho Ho Hoooooooooooooo

Ho Ho Hoooooooooooooo

Dear Kay, In this holiday season, we all try to be helpful, right? We try rilly hard to do what we can. Well, we have a challenge before us: Nicki is overwhelmed with the urge to recreate the sweater her mother made back when her mother [pause for moment of awe] owned a yarn shop here in Nashville. Back in the day when this was a once-in-a-city business. Back when the pioneers of our art form stocked the Bernat, the Pingouin, the Sirdar back...

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Weekend Devotion

Weekend Devotion

Dear Ann, I’ve been knitting in secret again. I don’t mean knitting presents– which I’m NOT DOING THIS YEAR, ok?–I mean knitting stuff and then forgetting to blog about it. In the spirit of No Knit Left Behind, here goes. Genius and a Great Baby Jacket Over the Thanksgiving weekend I made a Baby Suprise Jacket. I made it because in her description of it in Newsletter and Leaflet #21, Fall ’68 (“Free...

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FO! Durrow!

FO!  Durrow!

Dear Ann, Once in awhile it has occurred to me that you do not post many photo essays featuring your boys wearing tasteful handknits in glorious settings. Until this past weekend, I might have thought this was just garden-variety laziness. That you simply could not be bothered to place one of your handsome boys, handknit-clad, against a nice background, point and shoot. Now I know better. I apologize for entertaining such unkind thoughts. ...

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Drop Everything and Knit

Drop Everything and Knit

Dear Ann, I look at patterns all the time. No matter how many books and old Rowans I’ve got, new designs are always calling to me. As a result, I am always seeing things I really, really want to knit. Usually, this means I file the pattern away under ‘Will Knit Someday’. ‘Someday’ is illusory. I’m always starting new projects and letting old ones mildew in the corner, and usually I’ve seen many...

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Sur le Pont d’Avignon

Sur le Pont d’Avignon

Dear Ann, Color me proud: Look what Sara has done! From looking at the Taro Blankie, she has made her own, inspired version. Check out her substitute for the original wacky bleached denim square: –the Gee’s Bendiest piece of knitting ever! Go over to Sara’s and read all about it. That’s it–I had a powerful need to kvell. I came, I kvelled, I’m done. Love,...

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Congratulations, Darlings

Congratulations, Darlings

Dear Kay, While everybody’s voting for the Perfect Project (if you haven’t voted, scroll down to find the ballot), here is some news that we should file under “Justice, Blue Ribbon.” Item 1: Monster in Texas Remember this cute little guy? Back in July, Susan told us she was entering this felted monster–her own design–in the Texas State Fair. Well, by jinky, he took the blue ribbon in the “Original...

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Happy Knitting Content

Happy Knitting Content

Dear Ann, I do not turn on the TV in the morning, so it was through the Internet knitting world that I found out the sad news about the London explosions. From Belinda, who — CNN take note — is the perfect news source: factual, concise and braced with Churchillian fortitude. Belinda’s most recent email was entitled, ‘Happy Knitting Content’. On the theory that Happy Knitting Content can never hurt, and may...

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My Own Private Charleston

My Own Private Charleston

Dear Ann, Ever since I got back from California, I can’t stop thinking about Bloomsbury. Specifically, Bloomsbury Needlepoint. Specifically, these cushions: My friend Ann (aka the ‘Other Ann’, aka ‘Ann B.”) of Berkeley, California, made these stunning things from Bloomsbury Needlepoint, an amazing book by Melinda Coss, sadly out of print, but happily available from Internet booksellers. The book provides...

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Dolman Rerouted

Dolman Rerouted

Dear Ann, Remember this? You don’t? This is Dolman Updated, a design in the Fall 2003 Interweave Knits. Back in November 2003, I was knitting this then-brand-new pattern in the back seat of a tiny car that was careening and skidding around the hills of the Piedmont region of Italy. Usually just before or after eating a meal with 4 appetizers and a blur of other courses after that. Dolman Updated is a simple yet ingenious pattern. See...

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