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Ahoy! It’s a Yank!

Dear Kay,
So we voted yesterday with only one moment at the voting machine where the boys were fighting over who got to push the button. I jumped in, fearing voter fraud if a nine-year-old were caught casting my vote.
I still can’t quite believe all those electronic votes are going to get counted right. Can’t you, like, spill yogurt on the thing or what if some six year old drags a magnet around the room? Wouldn’t a paper ballot be sort of analog in a good way?
(Please vote! Had to say that!)
Done done and DONE
I have finished sewing on the buttons for Yank after a VERY satisfying sojourn at the Textile Fabric Store on Eighth Avenue. They have enough buttons for me. I was there long enough for many other customers to consider fabric, have fabric cut, pay for it, and complete a child’s Halloween costume in the time I spent staring at buttons.
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These are made out of horn. I wish they were 1/8″ wider, but the chocolatelike look of these won the day.
Now. I have said many times how quick n EZ a knit this Yank is. I am not lyin’. Maybe it’s because I’ve done so much small-needle knitting in the past year, but this size 9 needle stuff is the WAY TO GO. Forget all those socks, y’all. This is PRODUCTIVE!
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I wish my photographer were around so we could go climb around on an aircraft carrier or get all Patrick O’Brianish to capture the nautical vibe that this coat gives me when I’m wearing it. But Hubbo seems to have some sort of day job that is cutting most grievously into his music producing and art direction work.
It fits pretty much perfectly–Bonne Marie Burns once again laid it all out in this pattern so that it came together without one single hitch. This is a size large, and I did make the sleeves one inch shorter than the pattern called for. But otherwise I just sat down beside the captain and let her steer the ship for me.
I do like how it feels unbuttoned, I have to say. A little less close-fitting. And in Nashville, that’s usually what the weather calls for. A coat, but don’t get too worried about it.
I think Bonne Marie is going to be cooking up a shorter version of this, which I’m curious to see. Be sure to watch her space for that project in the coming weeks.
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The yarn, Cascade Pastaza, is half llama, half wool. It is blankety cozy, and it definitely leaves a souvenir when you’re working with it. I think I’ll just vacuum it or something. This shade, 6003, has all sorts of crazy-colored fibers in it, giving it a depth that I really lurve.
Sometimes I look at a picture like that, with stitches going all over the place, fitting together, and I think: How the hell did that happen? It’s one of the great things about knitting.
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You’ll be seeing me in this a lot. Thanks, Bonne Marie, for a boatload of fun.
And the Winner Is . . .
I have won an award that I will cherish my whole entire life, something that nobody can take away from me until, I reckon, 2009.
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Yes. It’s true. Somehow–in a city that is chockablock with knitting wit luminaries, a place renowned for its knitterly humorists and Dorothy Parkers of the knitting circle–I can hardly imagine how I, who barely leaves the house except to find costumes for YouTube videos, could have ever found myself in contention for such an honor.
I’m sharing this award here, Kay, because–frankly–I’m going to tell you about every single certificate I ever receive, and that includes my termite inspection results. I’m proud of this stuff; you’re going to hear about it!
You can read the details of this honor here, if you scroll down, and keep scrolling, past Best New Puppet Troupe, Best Improved Film Programming, Best Use of Unorthodox Materials, and Best Exploding Whale.
Love,
Ann

53 Comments

53 Comments

  1. wonderful just wonderful
    tours gai tours gai tours gai
    i live in florida cost me a dollar
    to send my ballot back yes that florida
    the coat is just handsome

  2. I’ve already booked my babysitter so I can go sit with a bunch of American mathematicians and an Englishman to watch your election results next Tuesday and likely drink too much. Hopefully we’ll be celebrating, instead of drowning our sorrows. So, I’m glad you voted. I used a black pencil to put an X in a box just a couple of weeks ago, and I wonder about schmancy electronic gadget voting… Remember the chad! (One Halloween a few years ago we had a dad dressed as a hanging chad wandering around the neighbourhood.)
    Okay, also, congratulations on your great award. Did anyone get best any-other-kind-of-wit? Maybe you are just the best wit of all?? I see you didn’t win for best Brazilian Bikini Wax! How do they pick that one, I wonder!
    But seriously now, I love the coat! Too bad we are already heavily into buttoned-coat weather!

  3. I thought the exploding whale thing was something you made up! Were there others that were in the running? eek!
    Anyway, your coat is lovely and I love Cascade Pastaza–I made a norwegian sweater last year and it is comfy/cozy warm! and a super fast knit!
    Maybe I have to make a Yank, too…hmmm….

  4. that Yank coat is just de-licious. and– love the word ‘pastaza!’ am looking at photos of the ecuadorian coast right now and dreaming of places where wool socks are not needed. an ice and snow storm! a nice squishy knit on my lap as i type, please. (friggin’ SNOW.)

  5. That looks great! Oy, another project for the queue. I’ll never get through them all.

  6. That’s a handsome peajacket. Congratulations, too, on the “best knit wit” award. Oh, sorry, I mean “knitting wit”. . .

  7. Button perfection! You’re selling me on this project. A shorter version coming up? I’ll be on the lookout.
    Vote early, vote often.

  8. Love the color of your coat. This will inspire me to keep going on my Yank–button band here I come. I have just those and the collar to go and then the sewing (sigh, not my favorite part)

  9. Love the color of your coat. This will inspire me to keep going on my Yank–button band here I come. I have just those and the collar to go and then the sewing (sigh, not my favorite part)

  10. Love the color of your coat. This will inspire me to keep going on my Yank–button band here I come. I have just those and the collar to go and then the sewing (sigh, not my favorite part)

  11. Loving that coat—what a great color. You are right about how Pastaza has wonderful little bits without being tweedy. This is positively inspirational. I have to get going on the button bands which is all I have left besides the collar and belt….and the dreaded sewing up.

  12. Loving that coat—what a great color. You are right about how Pastaza has wonderful little bits without being tweedy. This is positively inspirational. I have to get going on the button bands which is all I have left besides the collar and belt….and the dreaded sewing up.

  13. The Yank, it’s perfect! Color, texture, buttons, fit. Congratulations! And congrats on the certificate, too.
    We voted yesterday; it’s vote by mail here in Oregon but I always drop the ballots at the elections building. We’re planning a post-election day coffee-klatch to celebrate the historicity (is that a word?) of this particular contest.

  14. Congrats on the award, Ann. Yank looks mahvelous on you: that sweater deserves another award. It’s the perfect combination of style, color, fit, yarn, and buttons! But wearing it is its own reward in a way, isn’t it? You go girl.

  15. Ann, I love love love your Yank! Quite lovely. I’m now thinking that I might have to make one of these for myself, after the gajillion other projects I’ve already bought yarn for! Or maybe those other projects can just wait…

  16. For the coat: WOW! For the award: YAY!
    I should be used to this by now, but it seems that so often I log on, and my breath is taken away! (It’s also comforting to know that I’m not the only person who can “fiddle” choosing buttons while Rome burns.)
    Again, about the coat, you and Clif DO have a pretty good deal going. Johnny would be proud…
    LoveDiane

  17. Love the termite inspection notice!! Cracked me up – and congratulations that you don’t have termites!

  18. Love the termite inspection notice!! Cracked me up – and congratulations that you don’t have termites!

  19. They could have at least placed you above the exploding whale.

  20. How does one get to be a knitting wit? And are there many in Nashville? Not that I’m downplaying your award at all because it’s GREAT that people love witty knitters…and apparently exploding whales:) FUN!

  21. Love the coat! Fab power color.

  22. Nice job on the coat Ann. Congrats on your award!

  23. The coat is perfection!
    Love the award, too. My favorite part of the praise paragraph is the exclamation point used when IDing Kay, “Kay Gardiner (a New Yorker!)”
    You gotta luv it.

  24. Ann, that is one helluva good-lookin coat. Congrats on finishing it up, you witty knitter!
    And for all you (many many) voters out there, if we ever have anything like election reform, the best way to go is voting by mail, IMHO. Here in Oregon we can sit at the proverbial kitchen table, talk amongst ourselves, then mark the ballot and send the dang thing in. Still not fraud-proof, by any means, but much more inclusive and just easier! No waiting in line! No snarky seniors at the polls giving bad advice! (My apologies to any poll-workers, I actually look forward to being both senior and snarky– oops, guess I already am!)

  25. Great coat, and looks great on you! I have to say, there appears to be nothing murkytweedy about that color at all. What gives?

  26. de light full
    now i need to pat kays head

  27. Congratulations! And I’m now inspired to make a Yank of my own. Here in Atlanta we don’t quite need to button our coats either.

  28. BEAUTIFUL!!!
    and congrats on the all clear from the pest control folks!

  29. the coat is gorgeous. I love the buttons just as they are. And congrats on the award.

  30. Love, love, love the coat!
    I thought for sure those things were Junior Mints. I was beginning to salivate.
    Congratulations on finishing the coat and winning your certificate!

  31. Not only is the coat super-stylish but — wow — Ann is wearing red!? And not just glittery, Country and Western showgirl red? It looks fantastic on you, and you in it. I see a whole other new stash in your future.

  32. WOW! That coat is a beauty, and you look SO comfortably dashing in it! Congratulations on both the knitting and the knitting wit. I am just one of the many who benefit from both :)

  33. First? I’m thinking, ‘Why is she putting Junior Mints on her absolutely smashing new Yank coat?’ I think that was because my eyes crossed when I thought of your bravery in entering any fabric store this close to Halloween. Shorter version? Be still my heart! Perfect for us shorter knitters.

  34. Kudos on your award! kudos for the Yank – I love it and maybe I could make a less warm version for Dallas TX. Lastly, good thing you didn’t let the boys push the voting buttons, that’s a no no. I’ve been working early voting here and it’s crazy! Had to kick 2 little children out of the polls due to their adorable t-shirts that said: Teeny Republican. Luckily they had 2 parents with them so they could tag team the voting. And as an aside – no food or drink in the polls so you don’t spill on the machines. Let’s cross our fingers and hope all those votes get counted.

  35. Loved this sweater the minute I saw it in your book. Now I love it more and that color? Chic, chic, chic!!

  36. Oh, that coat is so FABULOUS! I think I love it almost as much as you do, and probably would openly fondle it in public, given I was ever in public with it. It’s a great design, and in your capable hands, has turned into a piece of knitwear to envy. Nice work, and nice wit! Congratulations.

  37. Oh, that coat is so FABULOUS! I think I love it almost as much as you do, and probably would openly fondle it in public, given I was ever in public with it. It’s a great design, and in your capable hands, has turned into a piece of knitwear to envy. Nice work, and nice wit! Congratulations.

  38. Wow. I love this, and I have always been nervous about the larger jacket-sized garments (a combination of the it taking forever and the greater cost associated with them). This is stunning. I imagine it would look lovely in a brightish (non-navy so the stitching shows up real well) blue tweed. Yum!

  39. Congratulations! A well deserved honor, you witty woman!
    And I love the coat. It looks wonderful on you. A question: how do you think it would look on a “traditionally built” woman (as Alexander McCall Smith calls us)? I can’t decide whether to jump in.

  40. I really did think you were making the exploding whale up. You CAN’T make this stuff up, can you?
    The coat looks awesome; I think you could have used it at Rhinebeck to cuddle in, though the intarsia blanket seemed to work well. Mmm, Junior Mint buttons!

  41. Beautiful, beautiful. As if I needed another reason to knit something else from the new book!

  42. Woo hoo! the Yank looks terrific, and congrats on your certificate!!

  43. My favorite category was “Best Surprisingly Confrontational Art.” I looked for one that was “Best Not Surprisingly Nonconfrontational Art” but didn’t find it. Too bad. That list itself should win for “Best Use of Humor in Newpaper Lists.” But yours was bang on — even if they forgot your partner! Congratulations.

  44. that coat looks even better in red! – and I loved the green one in the book! Fabulous and congratulations!

  45. Oh that coat in red! Looks fab on you. I could go for the short version myself- very tempting!

  46. once again I have envy over a sweater jacket made at the able hands of Ann Shayne. This one will get me about a week of pentence for the sin in my heart for the wanting of it. That is beautiful. I liked it in green. I LOVE IT IN RED. It wasn’t in my cue. I have to finish that forest of trees, the daily sweaters, the Margaret, my Kiki rug, swiffer covers, when would I find the time. Why do you do this to us. Oh well another pattern from the book added to the list…

  47. The sweater is gorgeous even if I thought the buttons were m&m’s!

  48. The YANK coat is fantabulous. I just love the red and now I have serious color challenges deciding what color to do for me!
    Congratulations on the CMT award. SO funny!

  49. I.WANT.THIS.COAT-SWEATER! I’m having it! I AM!!!

  50. Wonderful coat! Color & style. Would love to knit this up….so here’s a silly query…how to I purchase the pattern?Where? Help please!
    Many thanks,
    Mrs. M

  51. LOVE it! Wow. And a color not of your usual palette, as others have noted. Wondering if you put that belt on the back, as I myself am not a fan of extraneous elements. I am, however, a big BMBurns fan. And MDK fan! Just got my book this week and am soaking it all in. Brava once more!

  52. Beautiful coat!
    I went to vote and they asked me paper or plastic, I mean paper or electronic? I chose paper!

  53. Beautiful job! The color is eye-popping.You will turn heads in the street.