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How Tea Cozies Changed the World


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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From Folly Cove: Reader Giveaway


Dear Ann, We mentioned a week ago that we’ve been collecting wonderful things to give away, mostly beautiful books and beautiful yarn. Time’s a-wasting! Let the giving-away begin. From Folly Cove, by Julia Farwell-Clay, is a collection of knitwear inspired by the textiles of the Folly Cove Designers, who were organized by author Virginia Lee Burton. The patterns include a long jacket, pullovers, a dress, a stole and a shawl, all...

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Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting


Dear Kay, It’s publication day for Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting! I have an essay in there, “What Are You Making?” It feels like six years ago that I sent that essay in. What a nice surprise to see it turn up all tidy and done. I am trying to identify the yarns on the cover but can’t. Especially stymied by that brown one with the weird twist to it. I’ve just started to read these stories—I had a galley this...

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Sunday Is for Scarves, Shrugs, Shawls & Stashbusting

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Dear Ann, The 15 minute format is perfect for sharing a new book. This one is Scarves, Shrugs & Shawls: 22 Knitted Designs with Their Special Techniques, by Sarah Hatton, a member of Rowan’s design team. The publisher, St. Martin’s Press, sent me an advance copy; the on-sale date is February 26. Leafing through it, I wasn’t wowed at first. I asked myself, why aren’t you wowed, Kay? Is your wower busted? Is...

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I See Honey Cowls

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Dear Ann: Reader Gale Zucker writes in our comments: “Have you pushed through the Honey Cowl time warp and can just, like, make them appear? That particular color just kills me.” Gale, I’m glad you asked. Yes, I close my eyes, visualize a Honey Cowl, lay my hands on 400 yards of hand-dyed merino, and when I open my eyes I am standing over the kitchen sink inhaling Soak fumes. Seriously, here is the current Honey Cowl. ...

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Giveaway: “A Truly Useful Book”

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Dear Ann: I’m sitting on a pile of unprocessed knitting and life experience that is about 3 stories high. Every time I open up the “post to blog” page, I stare dumbly at the screen. Where to start? Where to start? How is this happening to a venerable workhorse with 9 years in blog harness? Well, a giveaway is always nice. Baby steps. And this is a good one. Remember The Yarnery in St. Paul? Aka The Singing Yarnshop? ...

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