Great new knitalong starts today over at Fringe Association. We are IN on this thing.

Mighty Knitters of Babylon

Mighty Knitters of Babylon

Dear Ann, Remember that great Bob Marley/Jimmy Cliff song? How did it go? Mighty knitters of Babylon Where we sat down And there we wept And did the tubular cast-on Something like that, anyway. I cannot get this song out of my head since last Monday, when little Meli, Cara and I went day-tripping all the way to the Village of Babylon, Long Island, to finally spend some quality time at Other Ann’s super darling, ultra adorable, mega cozy...

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Sights, Sounds, ‘n’ Smells

Sights, Sounds, ‘n’ Smells

Dear Kay, Kay, you have done strong work in chronicling hi-lites from our trip, but I have more tidbits for the scrapbook. Food Strolling along a street in downtown Portland, we came across a felted Thanksgiving by LeBrie Rich. We came across this, too: An unfelted cornmeal pancake. With unfelted butter. Delicious. A Portland movie: A Seattle movie: Seattle Restaurant Moment A late, unexpected supper at Lark. It should be noted that one of...

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Dateline: Portland, Oregon

Dateline: Portland, Oregon

Dear Kay, As Loretta Lynn and Jack White put it, “Portland, Oregon, and sloe gin fizz/If that ain’t love, then tell me what is . . .” After winging west from Nashville, we landed in Portland, Oregon, and immediately got our groom on: We did all these things, with the result that Kay’s poodle cut was really working for her: Good morning, Portland! With your host, Kay Gardiner. One conclusion so far is that there is...

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The World According to the Yarnery

The World According to the Yarnery

Dear Kay, I hate to say it, and I’m a little bitter because they did it without the aid of two-story-tall hair, but I think we’ve been out-YouTubed. On Sunday, The Yarnery Family Singers just about blew everybody’s handknit socks off at the knitting party in St. Paul. For those of you who somehow didn’t manage to get to Minnesota (where were ya and we missed ya!), drink it in . . . Bravo to them all: Eric, Scott, Jess,...

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The Straight Needle Express

The Straight Needle Express

Dear Ann, I write to you even though you are sitting in the same room, because I like to write to you. I wanted to update you on what you’ve been doing for the last 24 hours. Driving and talking. More driving then more talking. That about sums it up. Not really! Although exhausted from talking my head off, here are a few snapshots from the road. First Stop: Lexington, Kentucky Lexington is all about the equitation. White fences as...

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O Chicago! Wunnerful Chicago!

O Chicago! Wunnerful Chicago!

Dear Kay, Reeeeeeeeeeally sorry you weren’t in Chicago, because frankly–and I don’t mean to rub it in or otherwise make you feel like you missed something special, which it was, and you already knew this–it was a ton of fun. Here are the few photos I managed to take with my cell phone, due to the Anncam’s tragic orthopedic problem. (I just figured out this morning that it works if I poke the lens back in, like a...

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Spanning the Globe: Shea Stadium

Spanning the Globe:  Shea Stadium

Dear Ann, First, a bit of housekeeping. Your house: not functioning because they have shut off the power in your neighborhood today. My house: functioning at subpar because the Hubby di tutti hubbisti is laid up in the hospital with a non-threatening but nevertheless annoying issue. I’m happy to say that he’s A-OK, and we are working through any interspousal issues ensuing from (a) the fact that he had Emergency Management...

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The City Beautiful

The City Beautiful

Hey everybody, Just a note to let people of the Midwest know that Ann and I, with the help of our co-conspirator Bonne Marie, have cooked up a late-breaking plan to go to Chicago the first weekend in October. On Friday, October 3, we will be helping Loopy Yarns celebrate the grand opening of its grand new location. They’ll have our new book in plentiful supply, and we will sign them and hang out and provide whatever entertainment we...

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From Sea to Shining Sea: Road Trip!

From Sea to Shining Sea: Road Trip!

Dear Kay, Get packing. We just got our marching orders for our book-related travels this fall. Check it out: LEXINGTON, KY, Friday, October 10 7:00pm, fabulous Joseph-Beth Booksellers NASHVILLE, TN, Saturday, October 11 3:00pm, the amazing Southern Festival of Books ST. PAUL, MN, Sunday, October 12 1:00pm, William Mitchell College of Law Auditorium with the insanely fabulous Yarnery PORTLAND, OR, Monday, October 13 7:30pm, giant and fiercely...

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Southampton Show And Tell

Southampton Show And Tell

Dear Ann, Yoda and Obi-Wan, Saucepots et al., Belatedly, I have some photos to share from the knitting party at the Southampton Historical Society that was so kindly organized by the Rogers Memorial Library. I hope it was the “Second Annual” such gathering. I love meeting the local knitters and knitting-curious, and love the opportunity to yak about my knitting hot pash du jour. (This time I carried on about The Knitted Blanket...

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