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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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Lazy Sunday: Sexy Vicars and More

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Dear Ann: Thanks to last weekend’s road trip to Ohio and back, I’m  making great progress on my Monomania cardi. But I still need to put in a few hours on the sleeves, and for that I need just one thing: vicars on TV. To Watch Right now, my local PBS station is playing Grantchester in regular rotation. In Grantchester, the Rev. Sidney Chambers regularly gets himself entangled in murder cases in post-WWII  Cambridge. He’s...

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Snippets: Links of Love

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Dear Ann, Big weekend for me: a long drive to Ohio to see The Firstborn in her new habitat. If only I had some freshly finished knitwear for her to model! Must. Knit. Faster. I do hope to enjoy enough passenger time to get my Monomania pretty close to finished. I just started Stripe 6. Guess what begins on Stripe 6: armhole shaping. The drama! Before I throw the sack of Trader Joe’s snacks in the trunk and head west on I-80, a few...

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