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

Lazy Sunday: Confessions of a Band Groupie


Dear Kay, I was a groupie for a band exactly once. I wasn’t very good at whatever it is that groupies typically do—you know, the low-rent behavior, the screaming—because it wasn’t really that sort of band. I think we went to Shoney’s once and overdid on Hot Fudge Cake. Beyond that, it was pretty mild stuff. The band was The Young Nashvillians, and it was 1982. When I look at this footage of the band rehearsing in my...

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7 Kardashian-free Christmas Trees

Christmas angel band

Dear Kay, O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree! You are so very many things. Love/hate, depending on the year. Such a mirror for my mood. One year I came home from a trip (from where I can’t even recall), and Hubbo and the boys surprised me by having the tree set up. I burst into tears, because I truly had worried that I wasn’t going to muster the steam to get a tree going that year. It’s a loaded emblem, the tree. The mood this...

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New and Awesome: A Coloring Book for Knitters


Dear everyone, It’s here! Just in time for the holidays, we proudly present A Coloring Book for Knitters. Get yourself a copy here! When we started seeing coloring books being marketed as a stress-relieving pastime for adults, our first thought was: why don’t people just learn how to knit? But we see how much fun adults are having with coloring books, and we had a second thought: why aren’t there coloring books for knitters? A quick...

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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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