If you’re Rhinebeck bound, we would love to see you at Jill Draper’s studio in Kingston on Saturday night. Details here.

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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The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary


Dear Ann: Today we are honored to be a whistle stop on the blog tour for Wendy Bernard’s latest book, The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary. I’m going to stand at the end of the virtual caboose and deliver a rousing virtual speech. Ready? We love a stitch dictionary. I have honed and polished and Kon Mari’d my knitting library down to only the most useful, precious books that spark joy. Apart from sentimental favorites,...

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Kate Atherley Saves the Day


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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