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Eight Yarns, One Sweater?


Dear Kay, I have embarked on a project that has all the elements of Survivor, or The Voice, or Dancing with the Stars. It has rigid guidelines, an unruly set of contestants, and room for a lot of randomness. It’s definitely weird, but it has proved to be pretty entertaining. How It Started Karen Templer has been running a fisherman sweater knitalong over at Fringe Association. I decided to take part in this jolly event, and dove into...

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Werk, Annie, Werk!

Modeyarn (hero)

Dear Ann, Recently I got a little package in the mail from dear Annie Modesitt. Being an inventive knitwear architect and globe-trotting teacher, Annie is pretty much always up to something, but even so, this was news: Annie is in the yarn business. This was in the package: a luscious hank of ModeSock, a fingering weight wool blend that includes bamboo.  Like all of the ModeKnit yarns, ModeSock is hand-dyed. The collection will grow as Annie...

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Flood + Shelter

Flood + Shelter - 1

Dear Kay, I’m spending a shocking amount of time poking around looking for my next thing to knit. Really, couldn’t you just spend all your time in anticipation of knitting? I just want to observe here that Jared Flood’s yarn, Shelter, is the only yarn I’ve ever seen that I would like to own in every single color. Glorious! I’m crazy for it! It comes from here online. Here’s how this American-made yarn is...

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Indigo Fisherman Dreams

Indigo Fisherman Dreams - 1

Dear Kay, Upon returning from Rhinebeck–I mean, in the gate lounge at the airport, moments after sitting down, as soon as I could possibly get to it, forgoing a pretzel, even–I started work on a swatch. It was like having a dollar in my pocket at Smith’s Variety. It was all because of this yarn, made by Buckwheat Bridge, a small angora goat and Cormo sheep farm and mill located in the Hudson Valley. They call it North Sea...

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Squares, Noro, and Birds

Squares, Noro, and Birds - 1

Dear Kay, I had a run-in with my Noro scraps this weekend, cranking some squares for the Knitty City Blanketpalooza coming up this Wednesday night. Pearl and Phyllis and the gang there are sewing up a blanket in memory of Peter, to send to Afghans for Afghans, and I wish I could help out. Anybody who’s on the Upper West Side with a tapestry needle and some gumption would find a real outlet for that sewing-up energy. And also some...

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Ball and Biscuit

Ball and Biscuit - 1

Dear Kay, As I sat in the kitchen eating my biscuit this morning, I realized I have a problem. I need something to knit. It’s just a fact. I find myself in the awful, awkward position of knitting all day, yet not really in a position to blawg it, because it’s all stuff for our next tome, Mason-Dixon Knitting 2: The Shining. Believe me, it’s going to be chockablock with earth-shattering innovation, this new book. I weep at my...

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