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All Things in Moderation, Including Moderation

All Things in Moderation, Including Moderation

Dear Kay, Ohhhhhh, what a weekend. Next week the fourth graders are having their Biography Fair, where everybody dresses up like historical figures and stands in a big room telling their stories to the other students. David will be Henry Ford, so we have been assembling a Model A in a process that has taken longer than assembling a full-size Model A. We have completely dispensed with the engine and may punt the whole thing if we can’t find...

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A Red-Letter Day

A Red-Letter Day

Dear Kay, Red! The color of the day is RED! I had the best red-letter day I’ve had in ages when this came in the mail: A red letter. Last summer, I made a new friend. She and her husband and young son have just adopted a beautiful baby from China, and now that she’s here, the girl obviously needs a handknit and SOON. In China, red is the color of happiness, good luck, and/or prosperity (at least, that’s what my Google search...

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The Function

The Function

Dear Kay, On Friday night, I hosted a Function here at der Haus of Shayne, along with galpals Katie (who can knit but won’t knit because her mother knits a lot) and Betsy (who doesn’t knit but whose English sheepdog Harry who is generating a sweater once we find someone to spin his fur for us). It was a cocktail party given in the name of a good cause.* Doesn’t that sound grownup? Doesn’t that sound like something I never...

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Care Package

Care Package

Dear Kay, I hope you’re having fun at camp. Please remember to wear the flip flops in the shower — I don’t think I need to go into the whole issue of foot hygiene. It doesn’t matter if Jennifer thinks your rain parka makes you look like a Hefty bag. I will not send you another raincoat but I love you anyway — Knowing how important it is to receive mail from home while you’re at camp, I thought I’d go...

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What I Did on my Summer Vacation

What I Did on my Summer Vacation

Dear Kay, I didn’t figure that coming home would be more fun than the trip that preceded it. I’m wandering around the house thinking things like, “Cereal. Look at our options for cereal. Isn’t that great?” Or: “This sure is a great window to look out.” Or: “Weeds can grow fast when they feel like it.” Or: [hugging computer] “My compuuuuuuuuter! I miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissed...

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Your Swatch Is Ready

Your Swatch Is Ready

Dear Ann, I hate to interrupt our regularly scheduled rodent programming, but in yesterday’s mail I got your Birch remnant in Kid Silk Haze, shade “Lord” (that’s missing a ‘y’ at the end, don’t you think?), which you wanted me to check out for the ruffles on the Elfin I’m knitting for you in the CurlsandPurlsNYC knitalong. At first I thought it was too blue for the charcoal Felted Tweed we had in...

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Happiness (Part 1)

Happiness (Part 1)

Dear Ann, Here I am, blissed out of my ever-lovin’ mind, sitting on Lis’s balcony with the mother lode of Liberty sale yarns that Polly, the Nobel Prize Laureate of the knitting world, bought for me in London and lugged not only across the Atlantic, but to Manhattan from Queens, on her recent visit. OK, I know you want to know what I got: 2 bags (2 BAGS!) of Jaeger Aqua 100% cotton, in a spinachy green; a bag of Rowan Handknit DK...

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Eight-pound ball of yarn, cont’d

Eight-pound ball of yarn, cont’d

Dear Kay, A status report on the eight-pound ball of finger knitting that David so graciously donated to me (wait, he SOLD it to me, the opportunistic weasel) to me earlier this summer. The ball is down to around four pounds, and the rug is the product of many knitters’ hands–when we were at the beach, anybody who ever held a knitting needle couldn’t resist adding a row or two. And two little kids got their start on this rug....

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Eight-pound ball of yarn

Eight-pound ball of yarn

Kay–Your rugmania is contagious. Yesterday I was propping my feet up on David’s eight-pound ball of finger knitting, and it hit my like a thunderclap: there’s a rug in that thar ball of yarn. So on a pre-vacation provisioning trip to Wal-Mart (the only place I could find that hasn’t sold out of potholder loops), I picked up some 17s ($5.87 instead of $17 at my local yarn shop, though of course these are aluminum, not...

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