For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

Somewhere

Somewhere

Dear Ann, I didn’t even notice that Dolly and Elton were in town. To tell you the truth, I am too excited because Belinda and Neil are in town. D2 Summit Belinda is a Londoner who loves denim as much as I do. That’s how we met. She was googling ‘denim yarn’, and found me. (Well of course she did! Who else would she find?) I hadn’t met Neil before, and I’m always a bit nervous about the non-knitting...

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What Was The Best Part?

What Was The Best Part?

Dear Ann, I don’t think I will be able to express all that one petite Canadian did for New York area knitters last night. I have tried to settle on one thing as the best part, but I just can’t decide. So I’ll give you the list of contenders for The Best Part: Was it walking into Lord & Taylor, past all the Paid Professional Perfume Spritzers (‘no thanks! no thanks! no thanks!’), going up in the elevator to...

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Cat Swallows Canary

Cat Swallows Canary

Dear Ann, I don’t know what I did to get on the angels’ good side, but it’s a very nice place to be. Great things have been landing in my lap lately. I gotta crow! On Monday, my friend Djelo (pictured above) paid me a totally unexpected call. Djelo and I met in May 1986, in Conakry, the capital city of the Republic of Guinea. I was a lawyer then. An exceedingly wet-behind-the-ears lawyer. I went to Guinea in search of...

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A Trip to Oz

A Trip to Oz

Dear everybody, One of the highlights of my visit to New York was our pilgrimage to Habu Textiles, one of the most serene places in all Manhattan. You come down West 30th Street, pass through a crowd of people standing in front of a doorway looking like they’re waiting for somebody to hand them money, take a freight elevator up eight floors, and suddenly you’re in a pale room with what surely must be bamboo floors. It’s empty...

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The End of Virtually Everything?

The End of Virtually Everything?

Dear y’all, We’re really sorry for the long radio silence, but the fact is, Kay and I finally met and it was RILLY RILLY AWFUL. I thought I could stand it until we were trying to drive somewhere and kind of ended up in the Bronx and all she had was a map that showed the entire Interstate system of the United States AS IF it could reveal whether the Cross Bronx Expressway connects to the New York Thruway. She’s all...

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Happy Monkey Year

Happy Monkey Year

Dear Ann, I sure hope ‘lazing around with hubbo’ is a euphemism for what I think it is a euphemism for. But while you two turtledoves were eating hotel waffles and watching old movies (what did you think I meant?) I was freezing my earflaps off yesterday afternoon in the single-digit temperature, trying to give Joseph a fun tour of Chinatown during the New Year festivities. We were in the neighborhood, and he was intrigued, as...

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Snow Day

Snow Day

Dear Ann, You may have heard: we got some snow. Naturally, my first thought was to activate the KayCam. Union Square Park was like a big backyard. A backyard whose lawn ornaments, which include statues of Lincoln and Ghandi and this amazing flagpole, cannot be beat. Given the price of a square foot of land, though, the snowmen here tend to run kind of small. In more snow news, I laid Checker, which is going to be delivered to the lucky...

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Only In New York

Only In New York

Dear Ann, So, there I was. Thursday night, trudging up Park Avenue in a freezing wind. Ahead of me, also trudging, a woman wearing a phantasmagoric, multicolor, full-length crocheted coat. Well, of course I spoke to her–we’ve got a blog to put out, Missy! I said, ‘That’s a gorgeous coat….did you make it?’ With the quiet pride of an artisan, she said, ‘Yes.’ I asked, ‘Did you DESIGN...

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One-Stop Shopping

One-Stop Shopping

Hey Ann: Here’s your store! Cheese and Antiques (in that order). Note also the little sign in the window assuring you that yes, they do have ‘fresh coffee’. I didn’t go in to see if the place sold cheese in your favorite form (Chee-toes), or if by any chance there were any of those $450 swifts or $8700 barrel-people you adore. We’ll save this place as a treat for that New York visit you keep telling me...

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Rowanettes March In New York For World Peace, Human Rights, Cheap Cashmere

Rowanettes March In New York For World Peace, Human Rights, Cheap Cashmere

Dear Ann, Friday was a red-letter R-for-Rowanette day here up North. Over the course of the last couple of weeks, I got the good news that not one, but two of our virtual pals from the Rowan International Knitting Circle were coming to town. As it turned out, both Kristine from Stockholm and Benedetta (famed for her bodacious Knitty denim skirt, see entry below) from Plymouth, Massachusetts, were able to meet up with Lis and me for an...

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