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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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Lazy Sunday: Nicola Walker Film Festival

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Dear Ann, Sometimes in the middle of the night, I sit up in bed and scream (silently, the worst kind of scream), “WHAT IF I RUN OUT OF BRITISH DETECTIVE SHOWS?” I intend to live a long life, and spend much of it parked in front of a screen, knitting and watching British detectives (and also Swedish and French detectives in British productions, time permitting). I don’t see how they can possibly keep up the pace. Friday night,...

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All Roads Lead to Bill

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Dear Ann: You know I love a good scarf-tying video tutorial. Getting ready for a big holiday weekend here in the US, I thought this one, from Refinery29, could be useful for those planning a nautical adventure, or just swanning around on dry land. 3 different scarf looks for each day of the l-o-n-g weekend✨ Click the link in bio for more #R29ShortCuts videos for all your #summer beauty needs. A video posted by Refinery29 (@refinery29) on...

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Lazy Sunday: Eastenders

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Dear Ann, My longest-running, most reliable knittertainment, by far, is the British soap opera EastEnders, a multi-family, working-class drama that has been running continuously since 1985. I started watching it about ten years after that, a few years before my kids were born. I know this because in early 1997, I was standing in front of the TV, rocking a sleepy newborn, when the EastEnders theme started playing. Whereupon the baby started...

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The Gift of Being Easily Entertained

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Dear Ann, On Sunday night I was occupied with celebrating a wedding in New Orleans, and missed the live telecast of the Tony Awards. So it was only last night that I watched some of the best bits on YouTube. I think we all need some uplift, so here goes, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acceptance-speech sonnet: Also, Ann, I want you to know that I have a new hobby: looking at pictures of Daveed Diggs’ jackets. Like this one, and this one, and...

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