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Fathers Day Poetry Slam

Dear Ann, Thank goodness–thank GOODNESS, I say–we never made a big deal about Mothers Day or Fathers Day in our house. It was always kind of “Sunday: bagels as usual (we’ll run out for cards later)” –and that is a fine, fine thing, don’t get me wrong. So we have not suffered unduly today. Just another Sunday in the New Normal. Which isn’t all that normal, but never mind. We got our uncles...

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The Real Royal Treatment

The Real Royal Treatment

Dear Kay, OK OK OK so it was me hacking into your account and posting pictures of you with world leaders. April Fool . . . and now that I figured out how to cut your head out and put it on other people’s bodies, well. This is going to be FUN. Now. Here’s a real sight to warm your heart. Isn’t it BEYOOTIFUL???? This is your birthday Belinda scarf, braising in a delicious broth of Citrus Soak and tap water. I’m going to...

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Tea Contest Winners!

Tea Contest Winners!

Dear Ann, Without further ado, we announce our 5 winners of a copy of Jane Gottelier’s fantastic new book, Tea and Knitting. They are: Sarah R (who has a Yahoo email address) PammieTaj Kathy (who is outinwoods) argonauta donnameche I have sent each winner an email, so if you just now remembered that your legal name is Argonauta, please check your inbox! Will the real PammieTaj please stand up? We will tolerate no PammieTaj...

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Knitting Party! Tea Party! Book Party!

Knitting Party!  Tea Party!  Book Party!

Dear Ann, Hey there, hello! I just found out that my LYS, Knitty City, will be hosting a Knitting and Tea Party on Wednesday night (February 25), from 6-8, in honor of Jane Gottelier’s brand-new book, Knitting and Tea. Lest you think this is going to be a book about knitting and “tea”, as in mugs of Lipton’s like the one I’ve got going cold on my desk right this minute, dangling a patented Flo-Thru tea bag tag,...

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The Great Muskrat Uprising

The Great Muskrat Uprising

Dear Ann, Apparently my memory is completely gone. If you had told me, as a child, that I would ever mix my muskrats and my badgers, I simply wouldn’t have believed you. But now I’ve gone and done it. As readers were quick to point out, badgers had no role in predicting the long winter in The Long Winter: Pa was shaking his head. “We’re going to have a hard winter,” he said, not liking the prospect. “Why,...

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Monday (Again)

Monday (Again)

Dear Ann, It’s a huge Monday. Obviously: Groundhog Day. Groundhog Day has gotten a lot better since the movie, I think. Before the movie, it was just a weird day about trying to understand what “6 more weeks of winter” meant. If he doesn’t see his shadow, is it less than 6 weeks, or more than 6 weeks? Does he ever not see his shadow? Should we be leaving this up to a groundhog? Personally, I subscribe to Laura...

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“Blank Blankingly Wonderful”

“Blank Blankingly Wonderful”

Dear Ann, “Blank blankingly wonderful”: that’s what they’re saying about the brand-new UK-based knitting magazine, The Knitter, which hits newstands in the UK and abroad TODAY. (If you click on the pictures, they get really big.) (OK, “they” might be a little biased because they have some connection to the magazine, like “they” might be the editor of it, or something along those lines, but...

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America’s Next Top Rowan Model

America’s Next Top Rowan Model

Dear Ann, Look what was waiting for me upon re-entry to non-summer life: Rowan’s 30th anniversary edition. I haven’t even started to take it all in, but I rejoice that there are 65 patterns. I rejoice that the pictures are as over the top, dreamy and crazy as ever, and that the models are as translucently pale and waifish as we have come to expect. I’m sad that there is no new design from Kim Hargreaves, but I’m...

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A Sneak Peek

Dear Kay, Hey look! Here’s a little peek inside the covers of Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. Still nursing the incredible rotator cuff injury I incurred while trying to finish my Ravelympics knitting project before the last 2,008 orange-clad performers swarmed the closing ceremonies on Monday night. OK, so I didn’t really have an actual physical injury. But mentally, I’m trashed. I dream about wandering cables....

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Shocking Yet True Rumors

Shocking Yet True Rumors

Dear Kay, I need to address some rumors that are floating around out there about our new book, Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. It has been said that there are projects that are not square in it. That we are putting patterns out there for things that are not dishcloths, hand towels, blankets, and bathmats. That there may be projects with sleeves. It is true that our first book was composed of projects that almost universally fell into...

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