“I just want more of her.” A wonderful piece on the late lamented food writer, Laurie Colwin.

Saturday Morning Book Find

Saturday Morning Book Find

Dear Ann, Our lovely publisher sent me a copy of a new quilting book. (Isn’t that considerate? Do you think it has anything to do with how many times I’ve said, “By the way, I quilt, too!” [stage wink]) This one is right up my alley. It arrived yesterday and I’ve already given it a thorough going-over. Modern Log Cabin Quilting, by Susan Beal. Quick review: Beginner quilters sometimes ask me to recommend a...

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A Friday Night Video Plus Giveaway

A Friday Night Video Plus Giveaway

Dear Ann, This one is for the book lovers, and also for the people who crave organization in their lives. It came to me via Twitter, the gift that keeps giving (while taking away all my free time and a fair amount of my time that is committed elsewhere). (By the way, my tweety handle is @KayGardiner, would it kill ya to follow me?) Knitting: Now With More Cozy! Speaking of books, I recently received a copy of a new knitting book that is...

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Ready, Set, Crawl (and a Contest)

Ready, Set, Crawl (and a Contest)

Dear Ann, This weekend is the second annual New York City Yarn Crawl. This year, the prize baskets are more deluxe–and more plentiful– than ever, and it looks to be a fun time for stores and customers. This year, one of my fave old-neighborhood spots, the City Bakery, is a “friend of the crawl,” with its own prize basket. (If you stop in at the City Bakery, I recommend the hot chocolate with homemade marshmallow, or...

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Australian Best Seller–Book Giveaway

Australian Best Seller–Book Giveaway

Dear Ann, Stay with me now: this is about a book devoted to knitted tea cozies. Which I love. I know that sometimes, when stooping to enjoy a (rare!) delicious moment of cattiness, we ridicule some of the, um, specificity, of knitting book themes. 1001 Easy Cat Knitted Toys, for example (because, duh, 1001 Regular Level of Difficulty Knitted Cat Toys is so 2007). We mock, but we mock with deep understanding. We are whistling past the...

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Randy Mogul, Restless Assistant

Randy Mogul, Restless Assistant

Dear Kay, Our book group is currently in the process of choosing books for next year. The theme is “Water.” It was selected four days after the flood. It’s an impressionable group. The thing is, I have no brilliant idea for this theme. They totally made fun of me when I suggested Churlish Sea Captain, Temporary Wife. So I’d welcome any ideas you might have. I’m also curious what everybody’s reading this...

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Surprise, and Suits and Ties

Surprise, and Suits and Ties

Dear Ann, You: doing your bit in the trenches to help Nashville including the part of Nashville that is your very own basement. Me: knitting and quilting and generally going about my business, several stories above dry land. I wish I were there, keeping you company and following directions. But like everybody else, at least I can give. This is one of those situations where “throwing money at a problem” is not a bad thing. ...

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Learning from Sheep, and Kristin Nicholas, Too

Learning from Sheep, and Kristin Nicholas, Too

Dear Kay, Knitting designer Kristin Nicholas has a really beautiful blog post today about her sheep: Lessons from Sheep. I’ve had a copy of her new book, Color by Kristin, on my kitchen table for a couple of weeks now, a total color explosion sort of book. Really fearless and bright. It is so cool, such a fantastic contrast, to consider Kristin’s book when looking at the monochrome, snowy photographs coming from her farm...

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Let’s Give Away A Book or Two, Shall We?

Let’s Give Away A Book or Two, Shall We?

Dear Ann, Our dear publisher has sent me a couple of most excellent books, so I thought I’d get busy and give them away this morning. First up: 400 Knitting Stitches. Not 399, not 401, but 400! This is a good solid stitch dictionary with a really pretty cover. I was tempted to keep it, but since I seem to have talked myself into all 4 of the Barbara Walkers (5 if you count the Learn-to-Knit Afghan, and I think you should), one Lesley...

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Knitting Poem of the Week

Knitting Poem of the Week

Dear Ann, I am so happy to have discovered the Knitting Poem of the Week. This one is also the Dyeing Poem of the Week, for all you cochineal fans (and you know who you are). (With thanks to our literate, kniterate Champagne Bohemian, for leading me to the Poetry Society website.) Let’s all visit every week, and hope they don’t run out of knitting poems. Oh! And while I’m getting all arts & lettersy, I wish so hard...

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Queen of the Baby Shower, 2009 Edition

Queen of the Baby Shower, 2009 Edition

Dear Ann, Look at the two of us. We are, technically, what both my Grandma Pearl and my Grandma Mabel called “shiftless”. We got no shift, at least not when it comes to summertime blogging. Thank goodness for kind publishers who want us to give away books. Such as this fine, crazy, silly, fun book, “Wacky Baby Knits.” You gotta wonder how we got to the point, in the evolution of our ancient craft, that a knitter who...

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