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Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow

Dear Ann, Ah, Sunday afternoon. There’s nothing like it for dozing off while reading the book reviews, waking up with newsprint ink on your face … so very pleasant. You’ve got nothing better to do, right? So listen up and I’ll tell you about a few new knitting books I’ve been peering into. They are in 3 categories, and I’m saving the weepy category for last. (The only emotion better than laughter through...

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Thread Things

Thread Things

Dear Ann, One thing I love about big-city life is how much sheer STUFF you can cram into a few hours if you’ve got a Metrocard and know how to use it. Witness last night. Intelligent Play At 6, I got off the B train at 86th Street and popped into the Bard Graduate Center for some Cultcha. The BGC is the coolest. A) it’s free and (2) you can see the most awesomest, constantly changing exhibits of fiber and decorative arts work in...

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The Most Exciting Thing We Have Ever Done Except Childbirth Which This Actually Resembles in Some Ways, Or, Shakespeare’s Great but He Didn’t Have 30 Awesome Patterns

The Most Exciting Thing We Have Ever Done Except Childbirth Which This Actually Resembles in Some Ways, Or, Shakespeare’s Great but He Didn’t Have 30 Awesome Patterns

Dear y’all, It’s not often that we write at the same time, but it’s not often that we get to announce that our book is off the presses! It’s a real live book! Like every new parent, we immediately checked out the new arrival. Look, it has a title page! It has a back cover! Aw, it’s so cute when it’s all nekkid. It even has a little bar code. A Vignette Scene: Molasses-in-Winter Printers, Ltd., Singapore. It...

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You Were There (Sort Of)

You Were There (Sort Of)

Dear Ann, I know you’re dying for a report on how the reading for KnitLit the Third went last night. Who are we kidding–that’s why we talked on the phone for an hour after I got home. But here’s the photo of the assembled readers, all of whom were authors except for the one on the far right, wearing actual lipstick (I wanted you, and my mom, to be proud of me). From left, we have: Nilda Mesa, a sister ‘recovering...

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Make Me a Poster of An Old Rodeo

Make Me a Poster of An Old Rodeo

Dear Ann, We may not be Hank. We may not be Bill. And we certainly are not Patsy. But believe it or not, our humble heads have been cut in wood by the venerable Nashville establishment of Hatch Show Print, printers of the first Elvis posters and pretty much everybody who ever played at the Grand Ole Opry. Lookie: I nearly fainted when I saw this on Amazon. I was all, Ann looks cute but who is the chick with the bandana and the bad...

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Pricked by a Pin! Struck by Lightning!

Pricked by a Pin! Struck by Lightning!

Dear Kay, So I’m poking around amazon.com as I do when I’m not watching America’s Next Top Model, and I come across what surely is the review of the year. Get a load of this: Words almost fail me. KnitLit the Third is so good, I’m handing it around to people who don’t even care about knitting. This book has stories written about the extraordinary in the ordinary; an adopted child from China, a magical encounter...

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Whoop-t-do: Teva Durham

Dear Kay, You know, I just joined Crafter’s Choice book club, a clear sign of capitulation. I am giving up all pretense of being selective about what I add to my fiber arts library. Four books for a dollar? Sure! I have to buy two more of ‘em? I’m doing it anyway, why not? My new membership in Crafter’s Choice gave me the exquisite experience of receiving my very own copy of Teva Durham’s Loop-d-Loop, with an...

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Les Tabliers de Paris

Les Tabliers de Paris

Dear Ann, Here I am with a Magic Remote Blog Post! Perhaps you thought you’d have the whole place to yourself for two weeks; forget about it, sweets. I can’t keep my mouth shut even when I’m not here. I fully expect that after I die, I will continue to chat for at least three weeks. The Apron Thing–What’s Up With That? Amy of Angry Chicken/Kingpod fame has started the coolest thing: Tie One On, a monthly show...

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Behind Door Number 2

Behind Door Number 2

Dear Ann, Remember Let’s Make a Deal? Remember how behind one of the doors of the Big Deal there was always a fantastic, 4-star vacation in an exotic location? And with the trip you’d get a pair of waterskis and even a boat to pull your skis? Well, if I ever get to the Big Deal, this is what I’d like to be behind the door I selected. An all-expenses-paid trip to fabulous Neenah, Wisconsin, where I could spend the whole...

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The Making of … a Book

The Making of … a Book

Dear everybody, We don’t exactly know how to tell you this, but for the past eight months or so, we have been been fooling around. We have been knitting in secret and making foxy young pals model the stuff we made. Like characters in a bad Country & Western song, we have been book-writin’ when we should have been knitbloggin’. Yes, book-writin’. See? Eight-year-old Carrie took one look at the edited manuscript...

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