Noro Silk Garden Solo is available at Webs and Jimmy Beans Wool, and at your local purveyor of Noro.

Werk, Annie, Werk!

Werk, Annie, Werk!

Dear Ann, Recently I got a little package in the mail from dear Annie Modesitt. Being an inventive knitwear architect and globe-trotting teacher, Annie is pretty much always up to something, but even so, this was news: Annie is in the yarn business. This was in the package: a luscious hank of ModeSock, a fingering weight wool blend that includes bamboo.  Like all of the ModeKnit yarns, ModeSock is hand-dyed. The collection will grow as Annie...

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Let Noro Be Noro

Let Noro Be Noro

Dear Kay, The way I see it, there are two ways to knit with Noro. You care, or you don’t. You aim, or you don’t aim. It is possible to impose order on a project made with Noro yarn–Ravelry is awash with knitters who have managed, through patience, yarn-splicing, and white-knuckle courage to end up with a cardigan with matching stripes on both sleeves. For me, I just accept the worldview that Mr. Eisaku Noro presents, all 100...

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Small Haul from the Big Yarn Mall

Small Haul from the Big Yarn Mall

Dear Ann, I ended up spending time at Vogue Knitting Live on both Saturday and Sunday, and had a ball. The Marketplace at Vogue Knitting Live is not for the faint of heart. If you are a new knitter, or unaccustomed to having a large selection of beautiful yarn right there in front of you, it’s overwhelming. There is something panic-inducing about wandering the booths that crowd the overstimulating ballroom carpet at the Marriott Marquis....

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Holiday Greetings!

Holiday Greetings!

Dear Kay, As the holidays are upon us, here’s a very random list of things that are making me smile. 1. Joseph’s bar mitzvah. Kay, seeing your 13 year old standing up in front of a huge crowd, doing that ancient thing, was tremendous. And to see you being such a menschy mom was likewise totally overwhelming. (Your hair was having a particularly good day, too.) (Also those shoes were great.) (Lunch was delicious.) 2. Snowflake Brenda...

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Breaking News of a Very Mild Yet Earthshattering Sort

Breaking News of a Very Mild Yet Earthshattering Sort

Dear Kay, Just wanted to pass along this stunning, breaking piece of yarn-related news: Noro is bringing its creamy neutral yarn back into production. Silk Garden 269 and Kureyon 211. I just learned this from a kind fellow who answered my email to KFI. He says it won’t reach the U.S. until April next year. But maybe he’s wrong. For those who are not thunderstruck by this news, well, it’s OK. But for those of us like me, who...

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Mitered Crosses Blanketyness

Mitered Crosses Blanketyness

Dear Kay, OK I have to admit it: I wanted to be the one to buy the 1,000th pattern. I wanted to get mine at some delightful milestone in the life of Kay’s pattern. I thought about being #100, but that came and went too fast. Even #500 slipped past me in the night. It turns out that rascally Elizabeth K. beat me to #1,000, so I settled for #1,001. I had no idea that 999 other knitters would be so generous. THANK YOU, everyone, for pitching...

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The Goat Ate My Homework

The Goat Ate My Homework

Dear Ann, I think the two of us are in grave danger of flunking out of Miss Parkes’ Charm (n’ Yarn) School. For three weeks, in anticipation of the publication of her awesome book, Miss Clara has been sweetly sending us wee skeins of yarn and clever clues, and we’ve been cutting class. We haven’t even managed to sharpen our Number 2 pencils. My problem was that for the first two weeks, I couldn’t narrow it down...

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Shadowy Thinking, Plus Yarn

Shadowy Thinking, Plus Yarn

Dear Kay, Ohhhhh . . . it’s . . . spring break . . . and I do not have a Plan. I now question my decision to let this spring break be a loosey goosey aw-let’s-just-chill kind of spring break with my two boys. I’ve already overseen the construction of a cement volcano, a trip to Michael’s, and four hours of card-throwing practice. There are playing cards all over the house. There are nine days to go. Upside Down We also...

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A Revelation

A Revelation

Dear Kay: First, some quick video schnippets for ya. Etsy. I always wondered where our favorite handcrafty online marketplace got its name. Etsy.com. I always thought it was sort of like itsy, as in “itsy bitsy.” Which doesn’t mean much, but it is cute. Turns out that Et sy is Latin for “and if.” I learned that and a lot more from this TV profile, which captures all the promise and anticipation which comes with...

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Swatch Miters

Friends Don’t Let Friends Swatch Miters

Dear Ann, It started quite innocently. Hunkered down in the rain a couple weeks ago, I ran out of stuff to knit (having just finished my magnum opus). Well, I ran out of stuff I wanted to knit. I recently had discovered two non-wool yarns with self-striping potential. I felt it would be a service to non-wool, self-striping yarn devotees worldwide if I took it upon myself to swatch up a couple of skeins and post the results. People: ...

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