Many, many antique socks. They look so . . . antique.

Lazy Sunday: The Song of Lunch

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Dear Ann: There were two devastating deaths this past week, of beloved Brits David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Someone on Instagram commented that both would have made magnificent codgers if they’d had the chance. There are YouTubes aplenty of both of them. For our Lazy Sunday knitting pleasure, I chose a lesser-known, short TV movie,  The Song of Lunch.  It stars Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson as old flames who meet for lunch 15 years after...

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Lazy Sunday: Scary and Not Scary

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Dear Ann, It’s not really that lazy of a lazy Sunday, seeing as we’re still in San Diego running around the convention center for the TNNA Winter Show, but here goes. Do you think these Lazy Sunday posts make people think we watch a lot of TV? In my case, it’s accurate; I do watch a lot of TV. I blame it on the knitting, and on the fact that I have never gotten into a good groove listening to audiobooks and podcasts. Just as...

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Search Term: Turkey

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Dear Ann: Double-dog dare ya to search for the word “turkey” on Ravelry. It’s especially rewarding if you do not limit your search to knitting. Go ahead and include crochet. You will find a cornucopia  of examples of the creative winds beneath our wings as needlecrafters. This one blew me away. Wish I had a baby handy. The Little Turkey Baby Hat, by prolific designer (and my fellow New Yorker) Irina Poludnenko. It restores...

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Thanks, Knitting

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Dear Ann, In my family we never went around the Thanksgiving table, each telling something they were thankful for. I attribute this to the dour Danish forebears. Gratitude was one of a whole list of emotions that were felt but rarely expressed. (It was OK to express a complaint, like the Helsinki Complaints Choir; Finland and Denmark are not that far apart.) I remember my childhood pastor, who revered the early Christians, reacting with...

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Lazy Sunday: Don’t Call Me Ma’am

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Dear Ann, How is it Sunday again already? Time for some entertainment to complement a day of knitting in slanty autumn light. MDK Archive Deep Dive Let’s get seasonal, seasonal, I wanna get seasonal: Night of the Living Dead Something Else to Read It’s Decorative Gourd Season [(pumpkin) spicy language alert] Something to Watch Prime Suspect On Hulu right now. It’s so good. So, so good. Watch Detective Chief Inspector Jane...

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Clip & Save: Tips on Knitting Cowls in the Round

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Dear Ann: Let’s get this out of the way:  when I say “cowls in the round,” I mean only one cowl, my beloved Honey Cowl. I have lost count of how many Honey Cowls I have knit. There is always someone who wants one, or wants another one. They are the perfect combination of style and practicality in the handknit accessory category. There is nothing very challenging about knitting a Honey Cowl–it’s a 2-row pattern and...

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