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Lighten Up: A Month of Getting Rid of Stuff


Dear Kay, Who kicked the plug out of the heater? I opened the door to take out the trash and it was SPICYcold. I think we broke ten degrees. These are glory days for us knitters; I’m wearing everything I ever made. It’s almost enough. A belated Happy New Year to everybody. The word for 2014 is LIGHTEN. In the interest of lightening, I decided to get rid of stuff around the house. I wanted to get rid of enough stuff that it felt like...

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Ask the Problem Ladies! Ask Them!

Dear Kay, It’s time for the Problem Ladies to answer another batch of knitting-related questions. If anybody has somehow incredibly missed the most recent installment of Twist Collective‘s most discursive column, here’s the Spring/Summer edition of Ask the Problem Ladies. And if anyone has a question, please leave a comment. The Problem Ladies will either answer it or, or in time-honored history test style, rattle on about the...

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Southernness: The Oxford American versus Garden & Gun–PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

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Dear Kay, Thanks for all the questions about the Garden & Gun magazine now currently residing in a busted window of the kitchen. You all got me thinking about that magazine, which got me to thinking about Southernness, and why it is that I feel the need to revisit the never-ending conundrum of how I can stand living in a region that so often drives me wild with frustration and irritation. I love the South! I despise it! A recent magazine...

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Royally Crazy!

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Dear Kay, Royal Wedding tomorrow–have you heard? I can’t believe how poorly I have followed this whole thing. But last night, a cheery email made my day and sent me into Royal Fever, just in time. Librarian Kim Payne in Everett, Washington, writes: I had to show what seven crazy coworking knitters can accomplish in 3 weeks when they set their minds to something. Lots of laughter, puzzlement over the patterns, and “Why are we...

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