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

Lazy Sunday Forecast: Gloomy with a Chance of Crotchetiness

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Dear Ann: Ah, Sweden. Impossibly good-looking people! Socialized medicine! Shared child care! Affordable home furnishings that are hard to put together! Open-faced sandwiches! The midnight sun! Lingonberries! Colorful yoked sweaters! A show set in Sweden must be very wholesome knittertainment, right? Nah. Forget everything you thought you knew about Sweden. Sweden is a hellscape of brutal violence and rainy weather. I know this because I am a...

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1967 Style Mates: Easter Edition

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Dear Ann, You really do have to check the serial number on your new/old 1967 Singer Style-Mate 348.  It is possible that it rolled off the assembly line right around the time the two of us were posing in our Easter finery with the then-available siblings. (At my house, we were still waiting on That 70s Sibling, Van. We are still waiting on Van, quite often. High-five, other siblings! Classic Van burn!) Here’s wishing everyone who...

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Let’s Get Busy and Solve All Our Problems (It’s January)

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Dear Ann, “Self-improvement” is one of the most odious phrases, isn’t it? I hate the notion that by learning something new, or changing the way we do things, we are improving ourselves, or that that is the purpose of learning or changing. We are what we are, i.e., we are good people, we are doing our best (most of the time), and we shouldn’t have to constantly strive to some ideal of perfection, or feel that our very...

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Lazy Sunday and a Retraction

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Dear Ann: In yesterday’s post, I testified to the wonders of Clover Wonder Clips for setting up to set in a sleeve. In the accompanying photos, I clipped the sleeve into the armhole with right sides facing, because I was going to join the seam with back stitch, despite my regret at not being able to use mattress stitch–so clean and precise, and since it is worked from the right side, so easily corrected when it goes wrong–to...

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Putting the Lazy in Lazy Sunday

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Dear Ann: In the aftermath of holiday and post-holiday feasting, I’m dragging a bit. After more than a year on and nearly-on the Whole30 (google it, I’m not testifying here–OK, I’m testifying: hallelujah, it’s fantastic), my weekend in the kingdom of carbohydrates has left me feeling downright hung over.  Today I’m spending my Sunday going to barre class, sipping green tea, and knitting. To Knit I’m...

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Not Necessarily Lazy Sunday: Thanksgiving Prep Edition

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Dear Ann, Whenever Canadian Thanksgiving pops up on my social media feeds in October, a wave of schadenfreude washes over me: those poor knitters to the north, stuck in the kitchen prepping while I get to knit. Then November comes along and it’s me stuck in the kitchen and fussing over folding chairs and Autumnal Decor (this year: pilgrim placecards)–and enjoying myself quite a bit actually. It’s my favorite holiday, especially...

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