How Tea Cozies Changed the World


Dear Ann, Can we take a break from yapping about our fabulous Alabama Chanin giveaway (still ongoing–everybody enter by Friday), and our fun Walk in the Park on January 17, and that Other Thing We’re Excited About that is coming soon that we can’t wait to tell people about? Because I want to talk about tea cozies. Or cosies, as they are spelled in Australia. Back in 2012, Loani Prior kindly sent me a copy of her third book on...

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Giveaway Deluxe: Alabama Chanin Kits


Dear Kay, Here you go: a giveaway so tantalizing that I want to pretend to be somebody else so I can enter. It’s no secret that we are fans of Natalie Chanin and the many-layered enterprise she runs out of Florence, Alabama. Alabama Chanin is many things, most famously a fashion house designing exquisite couture—completely handmade, heirloom garments. At the same time, Alabama Chanin makes kits for the do-it-yourself stitcher who...

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The Cornish Are Famous Knitsters


Dear Kay, I have fisherman sweaters on the brain—ganseys or guernseys or jerseys or Cornish knit-frocks or whatever regional name you give these sweaters made with twinelike wool, often dark blue. This yarn I’m using for my pullover has me thinking about ganseys. It’s true, English 5-ply Guernsey Wool. Made up north in Yorkshire, as in the 19th century when the textile mills were concentrated there, and marketed by a company in...

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Lazy Sunday: Don’t Call Me Ma’am


Dear Ann, How is it Sunday again already? Time for some entertainment to complement a day of knitting in slanty autumn light. MDK Archive Deep Dive Let’s get seasonal, seasonal, I wanna get seasonal: Night of the Living Dead Something Else to Read It’s Decorative Gourd Season [(pumpkin) spicy language alert] Something to Watch Prime Suspect On Hulu right now. It’s so good. So, so good. Watch Detective Chief Inspector Jane...

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From Folly Cove: Reader Giveaway


Dear Ann, We mentioned a week ago that we’ve been collecting wonderful things to give away, mostly beautiful books and beautiful yarn. Time’s a-wasting! Let the giving-away begin. From Folly Cove, by Julia Farwell-Clay, is a collection of knitwear inspired by the textiles of the Folly Cove Designers, who were organized by author Virginia Lee Burton. The patterns include a long jacket, pullovers, a dress, a stole and a shawl, all...

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Lazy Sunday: What’s On


Dear Kay, It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a knitter in possession of a knitting project also wants something else to do while knitting. This week’s picks: MDK Archive Deep Dive I’m getting the Fair Isle twitch again. The words Alice Starmore have drifted back into my consciousness, as happens. If you’d like to read what happened the last time I got this jones, it’s basically a 13-episode binge...

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