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Perfect Sweater: Code Name MANDY

Perfect Sweater: Code Name MANDY - 1

Dear Kay, and patient knitters the world around, Thanks to everyone for the support in my time of need. Sixteen pre-first graders armed with cups of frosting are not to be trifled with. My apologies for the long delay in announcing the latest chapter in the Perfect Sweater! I’ve managed to wipe all the frosting off my monitor. To recap (and to refresh MY memory) here’s where we are: We’re on the cusp of greatness. We have a...

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Perfect Sweater: Scary Scary Scary!

Perfect Sweater: Scary Scary Scary! - 1

Dear Kay, and All You Holiday Shoppers, So what was in the Mystery Box? Good guesses, y’all, but the box was not a Hogwarts trunk nor a Skynard box, nor did it contain Elton John and Dolly Parton, a generator, airline food, a spinning wheel, an upside-down Christmas tree, or our book.* The Mystery Box held a Segway. There has been endless curiosity about Segways in our household ever since seeing them at Disney World, so for...

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Perfect Sweater: Shaping Up

Perfect Sweater: Shaping Up - 1

Dear Kay, and all you country music fans, Apologies for the long silence, but I’m still reeling from the sight of Dolly Parton and Elton John singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” together on the Country Music Association Awards Tuesday night. This fell in the category of Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should. I mean, I love barbecue and I love sushi, but let’s not be putting them on a plate together. First...

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Perfect Sweater: Perfect Tie

Dear Kay, and Perfect Knitters, Get a load of this, willya? The edging for the Perfect Sweater is hemmed 46.2% 346 seed stitch 46.1% 345 ribbing (either 1×1, 2×2, or 3×3) 7.7% 58 total votes: 749 And yes, in the only moment I ever hope to resemble Senate tie-breaking-vote-caster Dick Cheney, I cast a tie-breaking vote. I never dreamed we would have a genuwine, even-steven split between seed stitch and hemmed edging for the Perfect...

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Perfect Sweater: Edge-Off

Perfect Sweater: Edge-Off - 1

Dear Kay, and Everybody Who’s Edgy, During the course of this Future Search for the Perfect Handknit, I have found that it’s not necessary to watch the blogpolls very closely. Either one option takes a distinct lead early on, or a clump of options rise to the top, in an order that doesn’t change much. But this latest blogpoll, on the issue of edging, has been a nail biter. Every time I checked, the lead changed. Early on,...

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Perfect Sweater: Edginess

Dear Kay, and the Perfect Handknitters, Quick! I’m drownding! I get out my Official Notebook for Putting Patterns Into and start writing down stuff like: PERFECT SWEATER: BASIC PATTERN SET-IN-SLEEVES JEWEL NECKLINE SIZE: SMALL MATERIALS: CASCADE 220, 1020 yds, 6 hanks GAUGE: 5 sts = 1″ (2.5 cm) using size 6 (4 mm) needles This reminds me of every single social studies paper I ever wrote. Throat-clearing in the extreme. I make the...

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