Knitting Aphorisms Revisited

Dear Ann, Last night was a dark night of the knitting soul. As I was doing the final (500+-stitch) rounds of Quadrature, I had to consult the pattern again to read the bit about some increases required only in the final rows of the B cables. (The B cables are the ones on the sides; the A cables are the ones on the corners. They are the same. OR SO I THOUGHT.) This was when I discovered, with a kind of handheld-camera, horror-flick terror, that I...

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She Learned to Love the Thread

Dear Ann, Breaking news:  ROSANNE CASH IS A KNITTER. Oh and also:  she has a new record coming out today. (Photo: Gael Towey.) I know that Rosanne is a knitter, because I taught her.  We met a few years ago, at a book signing for her memoir, Composed.  She wanted to learn how to knit, and asked me if I gave lessons.  I said, not really, but I’d be glad to teach you to knit.  It was one of the nicest surprises ever. We met up a...

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Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting


Dear Kay, It’s publication day for Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting! I have an essay in there, “What Are You Making?” It feels like six years ago that I sent that essay in. What a nice surprise to see it turn up all tidy and done. I am trying to identify the yarns on the cover but can’t. Especially stymied by that brown one with the weird twist to it. I’ve just started to read these stories—I had a galley this...

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Vivi’s Sweater


Dear Ann, This is Vivi. Vivi is a Papillon puppy belonging to Gail, whom I met on Twitter.  (I was trying to complete my set of all possible spellings of the name Gail.) The red sweater belongs to Vivi’s elderly sister Mitzi. Mitzi’s  sweater is 15 years old. Gail wanted it copied for Vivi. I wanted to copy it for my own purposes, so I took it on.  As you do. How hard could it be? With some help from Belinda of True Brit Knits,...

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Sunday is for Scarves, Shrugs, Shawls & Stashbusting

Sunday is for Scarves, Shrugs, Shawls & Stashbusting - 1

Dear Ann, The 15 minute format is perfect for sharing a new book. This one is Scarves, Shrugs & Shawls: 22 Knitted Designs with Their Special Techniques, by Sarah Hatton, a member of Rowan’s design team. The publisher, St. Martin’s Press, sent me an advance copy; the on-sale date is February 26. Leafing through it, I wasn’t wowed at first. I asked myself, why aren’t you wowed, Kay? Is your wower busted? Is...

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Cat Trouble

Cat Trouble - 1

Dear Kay, I don’t even know what to say. I come into my knitting lair this morning and I find Kermit the 18-pound wonder cat, gnawing on my freakin’ yarn. Total sabotage, right under my nose! Cat spit all over my precious precious Rowan Donegal Lambswool. Like he’s sick of the thing already, wants me to move on. Hey cat–I don’t eat your creepy chicken-flavored cat treats; you don’t eat my yarn. What’s...

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