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Mother of the Bat

Mother of the Bat

Dear Ann, Lest anyone think I’m hiding out in an AMC Pacer or something, a quick note to let you know what’s going ON up here. It’s HUGE. Here’s a hint. Here’s another. Yes, it’s Carrie’s bat mitzvah, on the horizon. For those unfamiliar with Jewish-American life cycle rituals, this is when a girl turns 13 and gets up in front of several hundred members of her congregation and does a very difficult,...

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Semi-live Blogging Cousin’s Marathon

Dear Kay, 9:50 am: Cousin Dan’s off! On my CousinMarathonTracker gizmo, it shows he made the first 5k in good time! He’s in Sunset Park, Brooklyn now. Whew. I need somebody to hand me a paper cup of orange juice. This is exhausting! 10:01: Heading into Park Slope! Almost at the Mile 6 mark. 10:13: Pickin’ up the pace . . . 10:31: Ai yi yi! He’s passed 15k. Bed-Stuy, represent! I’m thinking of driving the marathon...

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New York Marathon: Cousin Dan, on the Run

Dear Kay, I know you love the New York Marathon, because a) it takes place in your front yard, and b) you’ve run the thing, TWICE. I love it too, mostly because it’s one of those triumph-of-hope-over-reason type athletic things. People aren’t spoze to run 26 miles without stopping for coffee. Or donuts. Or a nice long nap. Sunday’s the day, folks! Get your knitting ready! This year, I’ll be watching with...

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Hide in Plain Sight

Hide in Plain Sight

Dear Ann, Perhaps I’ve been logging a few too many Rural Maine Miles, in too few days. But I hereby announce, joyfully and sheepishly, that THE KAYCAM HAS BEEN RECOVERED. It was not at the bottom of the sea, or even Lake Manawa. It was not on the floor of the wedding reception hall or in the Ladies Room or in the glove compartment of the Dodge Dakota belonging to a family member (the one that has the vanity plates that say...

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She Did It! You Did It!

Dear everybody, It could NOT have been any closer. I mean, I was knitting like a fiend, watching the last minutes of the Name Your Dream Assignment voting, and Gale seemed stuck at #24, #23, #22. SO close, yet so far. She had to make it to #20 to go to the finals, and it just didn’t seem possible. ACK! But when the voting closed, something amazing happened: tie votes above her! The rules for the contest say: “If there are two or more...

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Please Help Us Help Gale!

Please Help Us Help Gale!

UPDATE! Gale has moved from #131 to #23–if she makes the top 20, she goes to the final judging, done by the Microsoft folks. Please keep those votes coming in! Spread the word!!!! The knittas can put her over the top! Dear everybody, QUICK! We have the chance to help the amazing photographer/knitter/blogger Gale Zucker get her dream assignment. Microsoft is giving grants to photographers in a Name Your Dream Assignment contest. Gale...

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The Royal Treatment

The Royal Treatment

Dear Ann, Well, I hated to outpink the Queen of England, but how was I supposed to know she was going in the direction of carnations today? Maybe Michelle got the memo; I sure didn’t. ANYway, after I shook those three Ravelry girls, it was a quick bit of work to stow the beaver hat and tidy up in time to sneak into the tea party without anybody noticing. Most people seemed to think I was the Prince of Wales, which was OK by me. The...

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