Many, many antique socks. They look so . . . antique.

World Premiere: Merle Hazard Takes on Those Thievin’ Bankers

Dear Kay, Oh, it’s ON. Econo-crooner Merle Hazard is back, and he’s headed for a showdown in “The Ballad of Diamond Jim.” Hope you enjoy The Man in Beige in his most dramatic song yet. The PBS NewsHour has a lot of juicy Merle-related stuff over here, including a video interview with the MIT economist Simon Johnson, who watches Merle’s video and does a damn fine job of explaining exactly what the problem is with...

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The Joke’s On You, Narrowminded Cur!

Dear Ann, How did we miss this? Book ’em, Brontes! Love, Kay P.S. Status report on El Blanki Magnifico: All but 2 squares joined into wholeness; those 2 blocks need their 2 half-blocks before they can be united with the others. Down to 3 yards of #269, spit-felted from 2 pieces. RUGGED! Waiting for a ball of #269 to drop from the sky (a pony would also be nice). Seriously, I have reason to believe that Yarn. Is on. The Way. This...

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We’re All Dead Chuffed

We're All Dead Chuffed - 1

Dear Everybody, Listening to WFUV on the way to Jersey last night, we heard Dennis Elsas play the Beatles’ 1963 Christmas greeting. This was a special record sent to their fan club members. (Dennis said the record was green vinyl.) Listen all the way, and hear George thank the fan club secretaries! It must be a fresh thrill for Ann, Bettina and Frieda every time they hear it. They were so young and silly. More of these, for other...

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The Jayum and the Hayum in the Payun, Baby

Dear Ann, Let’s not pussyfoot around it: knitting is just not a priority this week. The week leading up to Christmas, the to-do list is so compelling that I find I need stronger procrastination aids than knitting. My choice: video surfing. This morning I was watching a video of Fanny Cradock making a trifle, over at The Women’s Room, and I thought, geez, Fanny talks funny, but can’t we do better? Yes we can. Here is...

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