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Grand Ole Hair

Grand Ole Hair

Dear Ann, Honeeeeeeey, I’m home! I had a blast in Nashville, as I always do. Nashville is a wonderland. Then again, it doesn’t take all that much to make me happy. One thing I have been pondering about Nashville is: What’s up with the hair? Why is there so much GREAT HAIR in Nashville? I mean, look at Tammy Wynette: Girl had awesome hair. Dolly’s hair? Get OUT! Dolly’s hair mojo is so strong that some of...

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Yarn, Country Music, and Ditching Work

Yarn, Country Music, and Ditching Work

Dear Kay, First things first, becuz the question was raised, and a yarn query trumps anything else as far as I’m concerned. The yarn shown in my last post is Koigu Painter’s Palette Merino, shade P704. It’s knitted on size 1 (2.25 mm) needles. It’s a supercloseup photo. Above is the same yarn photographed farther away. See how different it looks all knitted up? Murky. Not as pretty as in the skein. Ah, whatever. One...

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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Temporary Nashvillian

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Temporary Nashvillian

Dear Kay, I tried, I really did. I managed to get a plate of fried okra within two feet of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, but she wouldn’t bite. I know she was tempted–two more minutes, and she would have laid aside that avocado and gone for it. She’ll be back. I know, at this very minute, she’s dreaming of fried okra as she finds her way to Lexington, Kentucky. So, it really was a worlds-collide sort of day yesterday, just...

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The Operative Word Here Is Whoopie

The Operative Word Here Is Whoopie

Dear Kay–dear, faraway Kay, Kay who can no longer rummage through my yarn looking for more Cotton Classic yarn, ya big MOOCH, You know that part of any Jacques Cousteau documentary where the divers surface after 12 hours under water, drag themselves back onto the rubber raft, and gasp, “Écoute, Jacques! Zere are amazink sings down zere”? That’s me flopping into the rubber raft. Our little book tour has revealed to me so...

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Meet Seta Wharton

Meet Seta Wharton

Dear Kay, As you may recall, I along with my friend Judy host a bi-monthly group we call Sit ‘n’ Knit. It’s technically supposed to be for people who attend our church, The Church On Broadway Closest To The Titans Stadium Except For The Baptists. Sit ‘n’ Knit is wide open in terms of who attends. We have regulars. We have cameo appearances, sort of like when Alex Trebek showed up on Cheers. We have people who flee...

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Seeing John Malkovich

Seeing John Malkovich

Dear Kay, While you and the entire blogiverse have been in Rhinebeck blissing out on wacky new crafts and carrying on like a bunch of Kappa Deltas during rush week at the University of Alabama, I have been on the MOVE. Stop One: Tailgate Antiques Show If it’s October, you know where to find me: out in the parking lot of the Fiddler’s Inn across the street from the Opryland Hotel. I am utterly addicted to the Tailgate Antiques Show: a...

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Bulletin: A Fair, a Fern, An Infernal Affair

Bulletin: A Fair, a Fern, An Infernal Affair

Dear Kay, and the Unruly Mob Currently Voting on Yarn, If you have not already exercised your rights as a voter for the Perfect Yarn, please scroll down to the previous entry and do so immediately. The polls are open until Thursday night, 9:41 pm CDT. Please ignore the two people who are trying influence your vote by whispering the word merino in your ear. If you have already cast your vote, well by cracky, pour yerself a margarita/red wine/Long...

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Sasha Kagan Spotted at Noshville

Sasha Kagan Spotted at Noshville

Dear Kay, So. Yesterday, the birdlike, funny Sasha Kagan materialized at Angel Hair Yarn Co. for an afternoon, and it was one of those great times when you get to peek behind the curtain. She has been in the knitwear design business for 30 years. I look at her drifts of pullovers and cardigans and waistcoats and swatches, and my head pretty much spins. How many times have I pondered Sasha Kagan’s designs, in Rowan magazines? Flowers and...

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Breaking News: All Dignity Now Gone

Breaking News: All Dignity Now Gone

Dear Kay, My phone rings: “Ann.” It’s F., clearly with news to tell. First we discuss the new uniforms which our school has somehow decided to adopt. I won’t say how F. voted, but the last bits of my hippie soul died a quiet death when the vote came down. A Child Of Mine In A School Uniform? No, no, it isn’t the uniforms she is calling about. It is this: Yarn at Target. You can now get yarn at Target. You know how I...

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The Beginning of a Circle

The Beginning of a Circle

Dear Kay, Well, I’ve gone and done the unthinkable. I’ve joined a nonvirtual, real-life knitting group. Helped start one, actually–it’s a group of women who go to my church. It all started a few months ago when a mother of triplets suggested that the women of our church start a listserv. Before you know it, people were setting up walking groups, talking about sex education, and generally feeling all connected and cozy. It...

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