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Traveling Light

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Dear Kay, This skein of yarn has been on my desk all week long. I just keep looking at it. It may be the most beautiful skein of yarn I’ve ever seen. Not long ago, it arrived in a box of sample yarns from Manos del Uruguay. It’s as if all the sunshine in the world has been distilled in this one piece of yarn, 445 yards of sunshine. The story of these yarn dyers in Uruguay stays with me. Who dyed this? What was her day like? I...

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Bang Out a Sweater: It Came from Reykjavik

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  Dear Kay, Late to the party, barging into the room waving my bag from Iceland: “IT’S HERE IT’S HERE YAAAAAAY!” Waiting two weeks for my Bang Out a Sweater yarn to arrive has given me the chance to wallow in all the Banging Out of Sweaters that is going on. I’ve knit this Stopover sweater in my head at least three times by now. I have been studying everybody’s projects over in the Bang Out a...

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Yarn Strategies to Bang Out a Sweater

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Dear Kay, I am itching to Bang Out a Sweater. I haven’t dropped everything for a new project since at least last Tuesday. I’ve never made a lopi sweater. I’m just so curious. Where will all this lead? The mission, to recap: • Stopover pullover by Mary Jane Mucklestone. • We all cast on Monday, February 1. • Finish date: As soon as we all possibly can. Let’s dive right into that crucial decision to be...

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Prouds and Sorries at Vogue Knitting Live

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Dear Kay, Time for some Prouds and Sorries. I have now unpacked both literally and figuratively our visit to Vogue Knitting Live. It was a weekend that tested us to the core: endurance, focus, ability to gaze upon the light fixtures of the Marriott Marquis Hotel and not make fun of them every single time. The Prouds Got to see so many killer handknits, and by killer I mean knock-you-down great. I blame the dim lighting for the quality of...

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How to Tidy Your Yarn Stash: KonMari, Step Aside

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  Dear Kay, I’m tidying. I’m doing the thing with the stuff that Marie Kondo is telling me to do. Listening to the audiobook of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is frankly like enduring a sweet-voiced nag session from the cubiclemate you never really liked. I know. I know I know I know. Marie Kondo is, however, on to something. Her instructions: Hold each item in my hands. Does it spark joy? Keep. No joy sparked?...

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Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Ecru Swamp

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Dear Kay, The pile of yarn doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. I knit and knit and knit, yet the ecru yarn persists. It’s . . . spawning. There must be five miles of ecru yarn here. It does not help that I am being offered skeins of ecru yarn. Kay, you may NOT offload your ecru yarn in my direction, for any purpose. I am not going to accept it! If I get out of this thing alive, it will be because I told the UPS guy to return...

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