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Friday Catchup

Friday Catchup - 1

Dear Ann, What fun I had gabbing on the webcam last night about cool stuff I would like to buy on Etsy. The audience “sits” in virtual seats in the virtual auditorium, and they can “clap” and “spin” (which real audiences can’t really do that easily). It tickled me to see that at the beginning, people kept moving around in search of a better seat. Like it mattered, you know? The Etsy auditorium is...

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Where Is Virgil When You Need Him?

Where Is Virgil When You Need Him? - 1

Dear Ann, With apologies to Dante Alighieri, who deserves much better: CANTO III The inscription above the Gate of Hell Abercrombie & Fitch. The Ante-Inferno, where the shades of those who lived without eating carbs and without blame now intermingle with the neutral angels. The River Acheron. Charon. A middle-aged woman’s loss of her senses as the earth trembles. THROUGH ME THE WAY INTO THE CITY WITHOUT FACIAL...

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Instinct Is a Good Designer (and So Is This Guy)

Instinct Is a Good Designer (and So Is This Guy) - 1

Dear Ann, I went into Kaffe Fassett’s talk last night thinking that, being a SuperFan, I pretty much knew what there was to know about The Man and His Work. I came away surprised, and more than anything, inspired. My pictures, however, are anything but inspiring. The light was awful and I was too shy to flash. (Flashing would be impertinent, don’t you think?) Surprises: He doesn’t have an English accent. He still sounds...

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Barefoot (Spinning) in the Park

Barefoot (Spinning) in the Park - 1

Dear Ann, Saturday in the park with Cara was a sweet, sunny, mellow time. Great turnout. Delicious weather. Many wheels. Generous teachers. One stubborn student (me). Like I said, mellow. My daughter’s hands at the wheel, for the first time. Making some twisty, chewy, awesome yarn out of Cara’s BFL. (Start as you mean to continue, messing around with the best materials.) Carrie had stereo teachers. Cara on one side, and...

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A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood - 1

Imagine no dropped stitches It’s easy if you try No twisted cast-ons Alpaca: all Blue Sky Imagine all the people Knitting socks today… Imagine there’s no muggles They all learned to knit Once we got them started They found it hard to quit Imagine all the people Knitting socks in peace… You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will knit as...

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Stamina - 1

Dear Ann, I went to the museum with the 4th graders the other day. This was a coveted field trip to chaperone. I had to arm-wrassle a couple of dinkier moms to get the gig. The 4th grade is studing the ancient Egyptians, all year long or at least until rehearsals start for The Fourth Grade Play. (Ancient Egypt is okay, but playing one of the 8 Charlottes or 10 Wilburs in Charlotte’s Web is awesome.) At this point, these 9-year-olds...

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