For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

Shearly Wonderful

Shearly Wonderful

Dear Kay, Thank you for sending down the St. Bernard with the little casket cask (whoopsy! thanks, Michelle!) around its neck with the brandy in it and everything. I really am fine, I promise, under this avalanche of school-end foolishness and miscellaneous hooha. If I had any more room on my back bumper, I’d add a new bumper sticker: “I’d rather be knitblogging.” Or “My other car is a basket of yarn.” Or...

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Labour and Wait

Labour and Wait

Dear Ann, The comments to my Virginia Vacation post are a testimonial to the Power of Blogging. We heard from people who live in Charlottesville, drive by Mount Vernon every day, garden at Monticello, work in the Needle Lady Yarn shop, work across the street from the Needle Lady yarn shop, somebody who was leading a group of 50 third-graders through Williamsburg the day I was there, and somebody who went to high school with the portrait artist...

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If You Liked Purgatorio, You’ll Love Inferno

If You Liked Purgatorio, You’ll Love Inferno

Dear Ann, This is a case of using one’s blog as a goad to finish something. Whatever gets me through the night, you know? This is what 29 squares of i-cord edging looks like. (For subscribers to welovethatchair.com, I apologize for the lack of upholstery reveal. Maybe tomorrow. Keep hope alive.) Good news! I am only 4 squares away from the halfway point, because I only have 66 squares in the edges, not 76 as previously calculated by...

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Kaffemania

Kaffemania

Dear Ann, Going through my Lifetime List of Crushes, certain names stand out. Davy Jones, Bobby Sherman, Maybe Donny Osmond For 5 Minutes (Hey I Was 13), John Denver, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Clinton….(The path was not always upward, but it was always exciting.) Only rarely have I been granted the opportunity to approach The Adored One Du Jour, to say something stupid that I will forever regret at a moment I...

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Can You Repeat the Question

Can You Repeat the Question

Dear Ann, How are you? Who are you? Why do you keep calling me and saying things like “slip won kay too tawg pee ess ess OH”? Speak English, woman! This just came in the mail. Hallelujah! I’ve been waiting all my life for The Answers. I’ve been waiting so long I’ve forgotten some of The Questions. It turns out that these Answers are about the pedigrees of the mini-skeins Clara Parkes has been sending us. ...

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Knit Like a Pirate Day

Knit Like a Pirate Day

Dear Ann, Given all the High Seas dramas you listen to on ye olde iPod, I’m sure you know that today (and every September 19) is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Avast, me lovely chumbuckets! (How’s that? No? Will keep trying.) I’ve got something Very Special to mark the occasion. Ahoy, take a gander from the crow’s nest: (“You have exactly 5 seconds to get me off this rock, and by the way, the hat smells...

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The Light At The End of the Carpal Tunnel

The Light At The End of the Carpal Tunnel

Dear Ann, Missing you tragically. After everyone left last weekend, I dropped by the house of a friend, who informed me, as friends do, that she had never seen me looking so haggard. Well. Fair enough. Trying to look perkier with every passing day. Chins up! My favorite moment from the blur of last week, bar none: Baby Rose decided she wanted to learn to knit, and picked the right person to teach her. I would like to be able to say that...

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Bend Those Rules

Bend Those Rules

Dear Ann, Remember our delightful Portland friend, Angry Chicken (aka Amy Karol)? It feels like we’ve known her since she was just a little bitty thing, a merely Disgruntled Cornish Game Hen. Now she’s all grown up and has a book coming out tomorrow. As a new recruit to the age-old crafts of sewing, patchwork and ironing-stuff-onto-stuff, I am so excited about Amy’s book that I have taken the drastic step of buying —...

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Gibblegabble and an Author Headed My Way

Gibblegabble and an Author Headed My Way

Dear Kay, As you know, boys who knit are near to my heart. If more boys took to knitting, I honestly think the world would be an actual, literal better place. Above is the latest work by one of my favorites, Richard of Clarksville (sounds like one of King Arthur’s knights!). It is a cow from the March issue of Simply Knitting. According to Richard’s agent/aka mom, Hilda, this is not his first animal-making effort. “He kind of...

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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee: A Superpretentious Literary Examination

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee: A Superpretentious Literary Examination

Dear Kay, That’s Canadian yarn up there–Fleece Artist Merino 2/6. I thought I’d lead off with that beautiful stuff because I first heard of it from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, and she’s on my mind today. I just finished reading Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off. When I started reading it, I’d fold down a corner whenever she wrote something particularly funny, something I could quote in my little book review. Pretty soon...

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