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Kate Atherley Saves the Day

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Dear Ann, The other day I got an email from a friend with Knitting Trouble. Judy is a fairly new knitter, but she’s got moxy. She makes her own needlepoint charts. She has knit a few scarves. She can cast on, knit and purl, and cast off. Judy recently acquired  a fluffy rescue dog, Clyde, and (naturally) wanted to knit him a coat. On Ravelry, Judy found a cute dog coat and downloaded the free pattern. In her email to me, Judy said she was...

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Lazy Sunday: Dogs and Sweaters

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Dear Ann, We share a love of Maira Kalman’s work. Earlier this week,  I enjoyed knitting and listening to this recent interview, in which Maira mentions in passing that in college, she knit sweaters for her boyfriend. (More empirical evidence, if any was needed, against the mythical boyfriend curse. If you are moved to knit someone a sweater, go ahead, I say. Whatever happens, good or bad, will not have much to do with the sweater, and...

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New Directions in Sock Knitting

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Dear Ann, I love handknit socks. I have cherished handknit socks made by world-class sock-knitting pals, and I currently am wearing the heck out of socks that were “hand knit” on old-fashioned machines that crank out one sock at a time. But when it comes to knitting socks myself, I demur.  Someday, I’ll get the urge. Until then, I have plenty of other uses for fingering weight yarn. Despite my socknosticism, I was intrigued...

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Rule, Knitlandia

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Dear Ann, Last night I went to the rare book room at Strand Bookstore, a New York institution, to celebrate a knitting institution. A very cute institution. That’s her, gesticulating, way up in front of a full house. Yes, it was  Ms. Clara Parkes, reading from her brand-new book, Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World.  It being February, everybody was dressed to the nines, i.e., wearing up to nine handknits. (Beautiful woman in...

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New and Awesome: A Coloring Book for Knitters

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Dear everyone, It’s here! Just in time for the holidays, we proudly present A Coloring Book for Knitters. Get yourself a copy here! When we started seeing coloring books being marketed as a stress-relieving pastime for adults, our first thought was: why don’t people just learn how to knit? But we see how much fun adults are having with coloring books, and we had a second thought: why aren’t there coloring books for knitters? A quick...

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How Tea Cozies Changed the World

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Dear Ann, Can we take a break from yapping about our fabulous Alabama Chanin giveaway (still ongoing–everybody enter by Friday), and our fun Walk in the Park on January 17, and that Other Thing We’re Excited About that is coming soon that we can’t wait to tell people about? Because I want to talk about tea cozies. Or cosies, as they are spelled in Australia. Back in 2012, Loani Prior kindly sent me a copy of her third book on...

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