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Wreathed in Glory

Wreathed in Glory

Dear Ann, A super-short post to announce the winner of the drawing for the Hampstead Wreath knitted by my own fair hand. The lucky soon-to-be-adorned one is Lorajean aka KnittedWit on Ravelry. Thanks, everyone, for your generosity to Citymeals and your support of our efforts to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief. We’ve sold 154 patterns so far. The total donated to Citymeals is yet to be calculated but definitely exceeds $4000 at...

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Pop-up Contest: Win a Year of The New Yorker

Pop-up Contest: Win a Year of The New Yorker

Dear Kay, Quick! Insta-contest! Time sensitive! The New Yorker–yes, The New Yorker–just emailed me. Yes, me. If I renew my subscription now, I can give a free year-long subscription to ANYBODY I WANT. I love finding The New Yorker in my mailbox. It’s not the same to read it online. It makes me really happy to think that somebody out there will get it in their mailbox, too. Leave a comment with your favorite New Yorker writer,...

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Our Best Contest Prize Now!

Our Best Contest Prize Now!

Dear Ann, You know how I feel about blankets. By my lights, there are not enough knitted blanket patterns in the world. In a world of endless designs for knitted apparel, most designers devote scant attention to the humble blanket. A shining exception, and hero of mine, is Debbie Abrahams. I have followed her work for years. Debbie’s blankets are intricate patchwork adventures. Where my own blankets tend to beat a bone-simple idea...

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Gone to India and Nepal

Dear Kay, Hannah is spending a year in northern India, working for Operation Smile. She’s keeping a blog here. Maddie is in Nepal for three months. She’s writing about it here. These are two young women I have watched grow up, and now that they’re 18, they seem so much wiser that I’ll ever be. (And calmer than their parents about blasting off for the other side of the world, that’s for sure!) Just wanted to share...

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World Semi-Premiere: Merle Hazard Heads to the Beach (and Off the Fiscal Cliff)

World Semi-Premiere: Merle Hazard Heads to the Beach (and Off the Fiscal Cliff)

Dear Kay, Everybody’s favorite financial crooner Merle Hazard is popping up on PBS again, this time with “Fiscal Cliff,” in which he imagines what would happen if our congressional leaders played the ultimate game of chicken: Please take a moment to Like and Share, if you’re feeling Likeish. I’ve been humming this all day. It totally erased “We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together” from my head....

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Gallery of Household Mysteries. Plus: Finished Objects

Gallery of Household Mysteries. Plus: Finished Objects

Dear Kay, Now that the end of summer is seriously upon us, I can’t really fake it anymore regarding the condition of the house. This morning, on the way to the kitchen in search of decent 9 a.m. light for photographing my handknits, I passed by these objects. That last, lingering tote bag from hell, or some trip, or something. I can’t remember one single thing that is in there. This nonfunctioning microwave oven, still lying in...

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Giveaway: “A Truly Useful Book”

Giveaway: “A Truly Useful Book”

Dear Ann: I’m sitting on a pile of unprocessed knitting and life experience that is about 3 stories high. Every time I open up the “post to blog” page, I stare dumbly at the screen. Where to start? Where to start? How is this happening to a venerable workhorse with 9 years in blog harness? Well, a giveaway is always nice. Baby steps. And this is a good one. Remember The Yarnery in St. Paul? Aka The Singing Yarnshop? ...

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My Funny Cowlentine

My Funny Cowlentine

Dear Ann, Lots to report and little time (I have to get dolled up for the Carnival of Love tonight–tickets available at the door! Fried foods! Sexy people! Good cause!), so here goes. New Cowl In Town Honey Cowl Five, in madelinetosh DK (shade: Scarlet), 2 skeins. This is for a small person, so in hopes of getting a wide, wrappy cowl out of 2 skeins of the Tosh, I cast on only 150 stitches (compared with 220 for the full-on Honey...

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The Most Haunting Books: A List

The Most Haunting Books: A List

Dear Kay, Well THAT was fascinating. I have long known that the comments on this blog are more interesting than the entries. This is particularly obvious when you look through the response to the question posed in our previous entry: “What’s the most haunting book you’ve read?” Thank you ALL for taking time to share your thoughts. I’ve collected all the haunting books into an easy-to-use clip ‘n’ save...

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