Learn how to crawl: the New York City Yarn Crawl is on through Sunday, September 25.

Shetland Wool Week Is a State of Mind


Dear Ann, If your Instagram feed is anything like mine, it’s starting to blow up with glorious images of Shetland Wool Week. It looks like a lot of fun. It sure is far away. Someday we will get there, my girl! Meanwhile, there is other big news out of Shetland.  As reported by The Shetland Times two weeks ago: The Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers has released A Shetlander’s Fair Isle Graph Book, with knitting...

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Hey Ann They Wrote a Knitting Book Just for Us


Dear Ann, Yesterday, I got my copy of Drop-Dead Easy Knits, by Gale Zucker, Mary Lou Egan and Kirsten Kapur. I was expecting to like it — the authors are friends and among our favorite designers, and we have a pattern in the book, so no objectivity here.  I dumped my to-do list to spend a happy hour looking through its pages and having a proper wallow. You and I often talk about the joys of knitting below one’s skill level. So much...

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For Those Needing Another Hobby


Dear Ann, Today being Saturday and all,  I get to spend a few hours on the BFJ–my Kaffe Fassett Big Flower Jacket. Love of my life, millstone around my neck.When one is knitting-deprived, even a chenille death spiral of intarsia sounds like fun. I’m looking forward to it. At the moment I’m strapped for time to do my Number 1 hobby, so I’m not exactly looking for a new hobby. But Rhinebeck is lumbering into...

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Lazy Sunday: Must-see Political Movies


Dear Kay, For the past few Saturday afternoons, Hubbo and I have been wallowing in the splendor of Nashville’s newly renovated independent movie theater, the Belcourt. It is SPLENDID. It is MARVELOUS. The women’s bathroom is so FUNCTIONAL now. They’re running a series of films that has got us mesmerized: Politics in B&W. So far, we’ve seen three movies, and each has kept us talking for days. A Face in the Crowd...

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Muddy Monday: Help Dry Out Emily in Louisiana

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Dear Kay, The flooding in Louisiana is officially the worst U. S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy. I think about the spectacular flood here in Nashville in 2010, when we had 20 inches in 24 hours. When I read that parts of Louisiana received 31 inches in 15 hours, I think: That is so so so so much water. A Tweet earlier this week let us know that Emily Ringelman, a knitting designer, is up to her eyeballs down in Baton Rouge. On Ravelry, Emily...

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Snippets: A Pair of Cardigans, Sigh

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Dear Kay, This cardigan. Ivy Line. I can’t stop looking at it. Yoko Johnston. Her 17 patterns all have a twist—a stitch, a shape, a quirk. In Ivy Line, there’s a gathered thing going on at the shoulder. Interesting to make, graceful to look at. Meanwhile, over in Isabell Kramer Land, where the sweaters are always great, another lace cardigan. Reagan. Cool right side up, but it can be worn upside down, too. WUT? I want to...

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