Werk, Annie, Werk!

Modeyarn (hero)

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


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 - 1

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! - 1

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 - 1

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 - 1

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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