Cutting Class at Finishing School

Dear Ann, Earlier this week, I was digging through my denim stash in search of pom pom fixings (as you do), and I came across this artifact. It’s a Baby Surprise Jacket made of denim pom pom fixings. I do not recall when I made it, but I believe it was during the 2006-2008 period when we were renovating and life was a cycle of packing, unpacking and dust protection efforts. I remember pondering how to seam this little sweater. Because I...

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A Skein, Just One

A Skein, Just One - 1

Dear Kay, Yesterday I launched the Hefty bag of yarn (the good, the bad and, yes, the ugly!) off to our Guess the Number of Hefty Bags contest winner Danielle. It turns out that she’s having a contest of her own, and she’s going to be giving away yarn from the Hefty bag, so Lord knows where all that stuff is eventually going to end up. Anybody who wants to get in on Danielle’s contest, go here. As I’ve been adjusting to a...

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Moderne Baby Blanket Pattern: HAUNTED

Moderne Baby Blanket Pattern: HAUNTED - 1

Dear Kay, OK, I have a confession to make. The whole, entire time you were working on that Moderne baby blanket from the book, and you were using Araucania Nature Cotton, I feared that it was doomed. I didn’t want to say anything, because I hoped I was wrong. But I wasn’t. How did I know? Because I am at this moment sitting on the version of that blanket that I attempted myself, and it is barely worthy to be used as a chair seat...

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That Thing We Do

That Thing We Do - 1

Dear Ann, Remember how we used to do that thing with the sticks and the yarn? Gosh that was fun. Do you ever think about taste? About how it’s so specific, and everybody’s is different? And how it matters so much even though it has nothing to do with function or craftsmanship? Last week, when I realized, sadly, that I had knitted up every miter for the No Sew Mitered Blanket, and that I had reknitted all of the icky ones that I...

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Beach Blanket, Bingo

Beach Blanket, Bingo - 1

Dear Ann, A while back, I was inspired by a free pattern that Thomas mentioned, for something called the Psychedelic Squares Afghan. I said to myself, in the robotic imperative that comes over me now and then: “MUST.KNIT.THIS.NOW.” But I did not knit it then. I let the idea percolate for a while. But now, the season approaches in which maternal duty requires me to park myself in a sand chair each Saturday and Sunday, coated in...

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New hobby: upholstery

New hobby: upholstery - 1

Dear Kay, I’m feeling so flush and clever about my newfound abilities with two-handed Fair Isle that I have rethought my current project, this Alice Starmore pullover. In a couple of weeks, at this rate, it’s going to be a rilly cool slipcover. Here’s the stunning proof that I have completed one pattern repeat of Keava. What’s great about documenting every four rows of this sweater’s progress is that someday I will...

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