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Wild (Cat) Kingdom


Dear Ann, I love this #helpfulknittingcats thing that you and your fellow cat fanciers have started. You know what I love about cats? They’re so diverse. There are fluffy cats. There are not-so-fluffy cats, with ears like tulips. There is the Lord of the Fluffy Cats, Loki. (Scroll down. You can’t miss him.) There are discriminating cats in formal attire. I certainly enjoy sharing knitting time with my own cat. Gosh, I’m a...

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Lazy Sunday: Dogs and Sweaters

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Dear Ann, We share a love of Maira Kalman’s work. Earlier this week,  I enjoyed knitting and listening to this recent interview, in which Maira mentions in passing that in college, she knit sweaters for her boyfriend. (More empirical evidence, if any was needed, against the mythical boyfriend curse. If you are moved to knit someone a sweater, go ahead, I say. Whatever happens, good or bad, will not have much to do with the sweater, and...

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Deep Dive: Delicious


Dear Ann, For today’s Deep Dive,  I feel like we ought to take a little moment to celebrate your special ability to find an incredible YouTube video. I could watch this a thousand times. And now I’m hungry, and I want to listen to...

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New Directions in Sock Knitting


Dear Ann, I love handknit socks. I have cherished handknit socks made by world-class sock-knitting pals, and I currently am wearing the heck out of socks that were “hand knit” on old-fashioned machines that crank out one sock at a time. But when it comes to knitting socks myself, I demur.  Someday, I’ll get the urge. Until then, I have plenty of other uses for fingering weight yarn. Despite my socknosticism, I was intrigued...

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Lazy Sunday: The Hero Is a Piece of Yarn


Dear Kay, This is a stretch, I know. But I’m going to ask you to watch a trailer for a brand-new XBox video game. I keep watching it, because it’s just so beautiful. The hero is a piece of yarn. The thing is, it’s likely to make you laugh or cry or both, and it may give you hope for humanity that a bunch of people in northern Sweden would take the time to create a video game that has, at its core, one subject: love. Here...

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Rule, Knitlandia


Dear Ann, Last night I went to the rare book room at Strand Bookstore, a New York institution, to celebrate a knitting institution. A very cute institution. That’s her, gesticulating, way up in front of a full house. Yes, it was  Ms. Clara Parkes, reading from her brand-new book, Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World.  It being February, everybody was dressed to the nines, i.e., wearing up to nine handknits. (Beautiful woman in...

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