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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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Vivi’s Sweater

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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Cat Trouble

Cat Trouble

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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Tails of the City

Dear Ann, Some days, I am especially grateful that we have a blog. What do people without blogs do, when something weird and kind of cool happens to them? I guess they have to take their chances with the Metropolitan Diary at the New York Times. Here goes. Scene: Central Park, 8-ish a.m. Dramatis personae/canae: Me/my Olive, my pal Lisa/her Artie Walking along the path to the Dog-Friendly Caffeine Stop, I spy a collar on the ground and pick...

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Feisty Friday

Dear Ann, This morning dear Emma tweeted me this video as career guidance for Olive. It’s too, too good not to share. Off to order some Nancy’s Fan Club t-shirts. Happy weekend, all! Love, Kay P.S. Just realized that Nancy has the same theme song as the Nashville Bandwagon. Coincidence? Or soul...

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Tiny Diva

Tiny Diva

Dear Ann, I present, however belatedly: Lady Dogga Purely incidentally (definitely not in response to Anonymously Annoyed’s Comment of Crankitude), I knitted the wig. The pattern is one of the wigs (the Beehive, which could also be called the Marie Antoinette) from Pigs In Wigs, which appears in the fabulously wacky book Knitting Mochimochi. Since Olive is decidedly NOT a handknit toy pig, my innovation was to make a stretchy sleeve...

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Glad and a Little Sad

Glad and a Little Sad

Dear Ann, What a hoot! Readers were very generous with clever and silly suggestions of Halloween getups for Olive. I now have a master list to draw from, and knit from, in years to come. Olive, who seems to enjoy Apparel, and being the subject of fussing, will not greet trick or treaters in her birthday suit. THE GLAD The winner of the drawing for the stack o’ books is Lou H., whom I’ve emailed. Congrats, Lou! Try not to...

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Our Favorite Little Black Fruit

Our Favorite Little Black Fruit

Dear Ann, Kind reader Elizabeth D. sends breaking news: August is Celebrate Olive month! For reals! There’s a whole website about it! They have some interesting suggestions on how to observe Celebrate Olive Month. Number 8: “Sign up for school snack duty: Send the kids in with a few cans of California Ripe Olives (and a can opener).” I’m not sure I want my kids known as Those Kids (Who Brought Canned Olives To...

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First Annual Olive Bergmann Festival of Songs About Dogs

First Annual Olive Bergmann Festival of Songs About Dogs

Dear Ann, You may have wondered, with a sinking, sure knowledge, “Is Kay going to be one of those people who celebrates her dog’s birthday?” Why yes. Yes I am one of those people. (I know! It’s awful!) Olive is one year old today. She loves the popular music of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s (chewable formats only, vinyl preferred). To mark the occasion, a few classics, certified Helen Reddy-free. I heard this one in...

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