Great new knitalong starts today over at Fringe Association. We are IN on this thing.

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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FO-A-Thon!

FO-A-Thon!

Dear Ann, Luv yer cushion. Just love it! I also admire the way you totally lost your mind and doubled Cotton Classic to get the cushion of your dreams. And may I add that I am coveting that silvery sage background color because I have run out of it, Downtown Yarns has run out of it, and I am 1.5 sides away from finishing the Unrealistically Wide Border on my latest Mitered Square Blanket. So could you lob any leftovers this way? Just one...

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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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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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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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Live From Denim Central

Live From Denim Central

Dear Everybody, This morning, Ann is indisposed. She has been called away on an Urgent Matter involving Gingerbread Houses and something called the ‘pre-first’ grade. She expects to be up to her elbows in royal icing for the better part of the day. I would venture to say that although surely ‘pre-first’ graders are much more mature than kindergarteners, there may be airborne gumdrops. The vocabulary word for the day...

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My World Is Blue

My World Is Blue

Dear Ann, Belinda and Neil are winging their way back across the Atlantic this morning. Since I didn’t take a single picture of them, I will show you a picture of this most excellent bit of loot they brought: This is the front and back of a gigantic 1980s-era pullover in Rowan denim. Belinda got it out of her friend Jo’s garage where it was under constant threat of mice. Jo made it herself but stopped wearing it because, being...

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Can I Boro Your Jeans?

Can I Boro  Your Jeans?

Dear Ann, Ever since your fan-pfaffing-tastic post featuring boro textiles, it’s been all boro, all the time around here. Anything that is getting a little scruffy, I feel like I ought to put a patch on. Trouble is, it’s a quick slide back to my personal 1970s, with ‘patchwork’ print fabric (polyester double-knit being the medium of choice), hippy embroidery on dirty jeans (“Um, Kay, the blue eyeshadow and...

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