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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Sunday Knitting

Sunday Knitting

Dear Kay, Chenille being what it is, I thought it best to start the Sassy I’m knitting for you in the most sanctified environment possible: church. I’m not saying we’re waving incense over it or laying on the hands, but a little spiritual nudge never hurts. It makes a fine project for sitting in the back of Sunday school listening to whoever has the podium for the hour. Today the dean spent an hour decoding “The Da Vinci...

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Happiness (Part 2)

Happiness (Part 2)

Dear Ann, It’s a been a good couple of weeks at the Receiving Department here at Mason-Dixon Knitting (Northern Outpost). Here is the treasure trove of ancient Rowanalia that Emma sent. The photo does not do it justice. The yarn is a Collection, capital C, of Rowan Handknit DK Cotton in vintage blues and greens with those old ‘Designer’ Rowan labels that cause my blood pressure to rise. Despite my yeoman work in the...

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