“I just want more of her.” A wonderful piece on the late lamented food writer, Laurie Colwin.

She Learned to Love the Thread

Dear Ann, Breaking news:  ROSANNE CASH IS A KNITTER. Oh and also:  she has a new record coming out today. (Photo: Gael Towey.) I know that Rosanne is a knitter, because I taught her.  We met a few years ago, at a book signing for her memoir, Composed.  She wanted to learn how to knit, and asked me if I gave lessons.  I said, not really, but I’d be glad to teach you to knit.  It was one of the nicest surprises ever. We met up a...

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Thera-FO

Dear Ann, All kinds of heck has been busting loose at Casa Kay.  Mostly good, or at least To Be Expected In The Arc of a Fulfilling Life. Right now I have the flu-like symptoms, which is more pleasant to think of as Extra Knitting Time. The final 2013 FO that I have to show is this striped shawl/full-body stole from the book Wear With All.  I’ve been knitting on this since last summer, off and on.  I picked it as my WIP date for our...

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Oh, Bring Us a Figgy Pudding

Oh, Bring Us a Figgy Pudding

Dear Kay, I found this hat in Hubbo’s coat pocket last week. At first I thought, Good grief, what is this abomination in my husband’s pocket? And then I thought, Oh, I made this. I think this hat came into existence during a fairly low period last year when I was knitting hats in quantity. I apparently ran out of Cascade 220 up towards the top, though I can’t imagine how I could run out of Cascade 220 given that there are...

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Cowls: A Manifesto

Dear Ann, Today, reader Susan S. stood up on Instagram and called me a “cowl enabler.” [beams with pride] Back in oh-nine or twenty-ten, when cowls were The Latest Thing Since Fingerless Mitts, I believe I may have told you, in one of my more candid, low-blood-sugar moments, that “the only reason for cowls is that knitters like to make cowls.” (I know! As if that is not a more than sufficient reason! Low blood sugar!)...

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Two Words: Rag Balls

Two Words: Rag Balls

Dear Ann, In this season of gratefulness, I’ve been thinking about how I’ve wished for a knitting group, and how funny it is that when it finally arrived (like a pony from the sky), it was a sewing circle. A bunch of women I didn’t know a few years ago.  We are the unofficial New York City branch of the Alabama Chanin Sewing Society and Fan Club. Sometimes I knit at sewing circle. If the mutual support (aka gossip) is flying,...

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The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

Dear Ann, It has come to this. My once-glorious dishrag drawer is faded and bedraggled. I first noticed the general lowering of the tone of my dishcloths quite a while ago, but I kept pushing aside such unthinkable thoughts. The fact is, I’ve not been in the dishcloth knitting mood for a while now. Then, recently, a visitor commented on the sad state of my also-once-glorious tea towels. I had to face it: I’ve let myself go. The tea...

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Winners! And Wool People 6 Is Making Me Crazy

Winners! And Wool People 6 Is Making Me Crazy

Dear Kay, Wow wow wow. So many books! Thanks to all for sharing what you’re reading right now. I find all this totally fascinating. There are five randomly chosen winners in our contest; wish I could be Oprah and give away 360 copies of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. Here are the books these folks are reading. Does it get any more ecumenical than this? JULES M.: I am reading a book called Do-It-Yourself-Therapy, I kid you not. It...

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Why I Love Knitting (It’s Not the Knitting) (But It Is)

Why I Love Knitting (It’s Not the Knitting) (But It Is)

Dear Kay, I’ve got the worst case of the Rhinebeck blues. The best thing and worst thing is that Clara Parkes is coming to town in a minute on her book tour for The Yarn Whisperer. Tonight at Parnassus Books at 6:30–come one, come all! Best thing: I get to hang out with her, which is great. The worst thing: tomorrow she is getting on a plane to go to Rhinebeck for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. Without me. On top of that,...

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My New Best Friend

Dear Ann, Well, I did finish the seaming on Saturday. Very pleased with Whitby, and myself. It still needs a few finishing finesses, but it’s all in one piece, it’s wearable, and it fits. Expect to see it around town. A lot. Meanwhile, I will fill the void with more knitting on this whopper wrapper from Wearwithall. It is getting too big for the subway. Which means I’ll soon be casting on my next whopper wrapper. Thanks...

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We Have….Poncho

Dear Ann, By 4:15, the second sleeve was on. Practice does make things speedier. It also helps not to watch YouTubes. I’m calling this a garment at this point. I am wearing it, therefore it’s a garment. ONWARD (dammit). Love, Kay

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