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A Friday Night Video Plus Giveaway

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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)

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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 - 1

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

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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 - 1

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 - 1

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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