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Travelogue: I Can’t Believe This Place Exists, but It Does

Travelogue: I Can’t Believe This Place Exists, but It Does

Dear Kay, I’m up top the mountain in Monteagle, Tennessee, where the hooting dog still hoots, the rooster down the road continues to launch his fake-sounding “cockadoodledoo” at 4:53 am, and swifts have taken up residence in our chimney, chattering like bats all day long. It’s so LOUD up here. I had a note from Lily, an 18-year-old knitter who is Sewanee bound this fall. She wisely has begun sussing out the yarn situation...

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Family Baking Project of the Week

Family Baking Project of the Week

Dear Kay, This was a summer of alt crafting. I mean, I was knitting steadily, but there were serious detours into other time-consuming and weird fun activities. “Baking” My brother Clif and his wife Mary Neal‘s family arrived en masse at the Assembly just in time for Week 8, also known as The Quiet Week. Which meant there was plenty of time for perusing the Assembly’s 29-year-old cookbook. I’ve discussed Porch...

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Cool Heads on a Hot Day

Cool Heads on a Hot Day

Dear Kay, The Cottage Tour and Bazaar! Sometimes a day is a little too big. But it was all a good kind of big. At one point, as I was wheeling visitors around on a borrowed golf cart, a fellow golf cart driver told me he’d just toted a batch of knitters who’d come all the way from Evansville, Indiana, after reading about the cottage tour on the blog. I tried valiantly to track them down, but they were too fast for me. It’s...

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Extreme Makeover, Carriage House Edition

Extreme Makeover, Carriage House Edition

Dear Kay, One bad piece of planning for the Cottage Tour was when I asked two of my neighbors if they would be willing to put their adorably and recently renovated cottages on the tour. Frannie and Amanda said yes in a cheerful way, which was great. The bad-planning part is that my shed is directly across the street from their cottages. Which means that hundreds of people are going to be coming down Maple Avenue next Friday and having to pass by...

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Cottage Tour and Bazaar Red Alert

Cottage Tour and Bazaar Red Alert

Dear Kay, Oh, my, gravy. I have never in the past SEVEN YEARS OF BLOGGING gone this long without an entry. I feel like I’ve died or something. (You do realize, of course, that today marks the seventh anniversary of our bi-regional co-blogging venture. Happy blogiversary! For anybody just catching up, there are only 1,277 entries to slog through; it’s no worse than watching all the back seasons of Mad Men, only with a lot more...

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Back on the Mountain; And, A Provocative Lecture

Back on the Mountain; And, A Provocative Lecture

Dear Kay, Yoohoo! I’m over here! So sorry to be out of touch, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been a) knitting, b) thinking about making things, or c) disconnected from the Internet, because Gawd knows that I cannot live without the electronic IV of twitchyjuice, even if I’m up on the Cumberland Plateau. Many things to discuss, so many. But the thing most on my mind this morning is the field trip I took last night with...

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All Kinds of Mess

All Kinds of Mess

Dear Kay, I really do have to apologize for my long silence on the correspondence front. I’ve got my wi-fi set, the iced tea is flowing, and the knitting is now coming along at a regular pace. These blanket squares are, unfortunately for you, going to be the menu for a while. So addicting! So many ends! But this stashbuster is already looking like it’s going to require more yarn in certain colors. That I have to, like, buy. Which is...

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Attention Yarn Shoppers of Middle Tennessee

Attention Yarn Shoppers of Middle Tennessee

Dear Kay, A quick note to invite one and all up to the Monteagle Assembly on Wednesday, July 23, for the annual cottage tour and bazaar. I mention this because a) I’m in charge of the thing and I am getting a little nervous about it. But more important, b) there will be one fiberlicious booth among the 31 vendors with a beautiful range of lovely yarns and handcrafts. Sewanee resident and author of Twisted Sisters Knit Sweaters and the...

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Dateline: Monteagle, July 4 edition

Dateline: Monteagle, July 4 edition

Dear Kay, It’s 5:07 am, and I was awakened by the racket of every bird on this mountain. I was lying in bed, minding my own business, when this one really naggy-sounding bird let it fly from what sounded like two feet away from my head. Now, it wasn’t in the room as I had thought as I woke up thinking Bird In My Room, but it woke me up so thoroughly that now I am in deviled egg mode. I need to get deviled eggs ready before...

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A Contest AND a Free Pattern

A Contest AND a Free Pattern

Dear Kay, Well, Buffy bid a hale ‘n’ hearty farewell, taking her kids, her sixteen binders of schoolteacher stuff, and the Buffy Pantry which goes with her wherever she travels. The Pantry is a cardboard box containing all the necessities of life. Let’s just say: the likelihood that she would run out of Carnation Instant Breakfast while visiting me = zero point zero. As MobileCom Buffy faded in the distance, I prepared the...

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