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The Sister Projeck

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Dear Kay,
It’s a funny idea for a website, The Sister Project. At first glance, it seems so particular, so specific. But it’s about sisters the way some knitting blogs aren’t really all that much about knitting . . .
The zookeepers of this place, Margaret Roach and her sister (of course) Marion Roach Smith, have created a place with plenty of room for good humor, serious reflection, and a bit of the absurd. It’s pretty much a rabbit hole to fall into–the galleries of artists’ work are so beautiful. I liked reading about how the site came about. It’s so fluid, this Internet thingie. I love the way an idea like this can percolate, then boil over so fast.
Our Q & A with Margaret is up over there.
In a recent life, Margaret was the editorial director of Martha Stewart Omnimedia, which had to have been one of the large jobs of the universe. Now, in her “retirement,” not only has she stirred up The Sister Project, she keeps a rich rich rich gardening blog, A Way to Garden. You can see her lush and subtle gardens if you go over there. Highly recommended. All this, while tending her garden in upstate New York. So glad that she’s taking it easy these days!
Love,
Ann

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Yes, it’s a zoo, and I am the oldest monkey in it, admittedly, the big sister. As David Byrne sings, “Peace, love and monkey business,” my retirement motto, and The Sister Project has all of the above. Love to you both, and thanks for making the time to share your story of beloved siblings and wacky friendships with us. And when we record our country-western song you girls will have to pardon us…

  2. Thanks for sharing the Sister Project – I’m going to share it with my sister!
    Also – loving all your pics lately, Ann, with the cats popping up all over the place (looks like our house!).

  3. One of the great things not mentioned in the interview is that you both make sure the rest of us don’t miss great new things, whether it’s blogs, yarn or patterns.
    That’s why I read mason-dixon every day!
    I sound like an advertisement, but I don’t care:)

  4. Kermit appears to be crashing from his latest bamboo needle high.

  5. I love your cats!!

  6. Amen, sistah! It was thanks to a spread in MSL about Margaret Roach’s house that I found out a much-prized flea market find was Frankoma pottery; and then I began collecting it. Now my mantel (and all that dusting) will make me have sister thoughts!

  7. I’ll have to check that out- I have four sisters (I’m next to last).
    The furry boys seem to be right at home, and KErmit has lost his shyness perhaps?

  8. Thanks for The Sister Project link. Nicely unique. I absolutely adore the cats-on-a-chair-with-throw photo!

  9. It’s been said: animals and children will upstage you every time. Is it even possible that the kitties are upstaging that be-u-ti-ful blanket? (Oh, say it isn’t so…)
    LoveDiane :)

  10. Love The Sister Project, my brain is whirring.
    Also, most excellent throw-with-cats photo evah, Ann!

  11. I checked out The Sister Project, and quickly determined that those Roach sisters’ intellects are on a higher plane than mine. (Took me a full 2-3 minutes to figure out what TSP (which they kept referring to) meant! The only TSP I knew was the abbreviation for teaspoon in a recipe. (I’m only a danger to myself, not to others, thank goodness.) I also checked out Margaret’s gardening skills and got an immediate dose of inferiority complex! I’m lucky to keep my lawn mowed, the shrubs and crape myrtles trimmed, and the trees pruned (by a professional tree service, after my “chainsaw incident” when I decided to try that chore myself a couple of years ago). I still refer to it as my personal Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
    On another note, does anyone else besides me get squeamish looking at Ann’s “cat(s) on/near handknits” photos? I shudder to think of pet hair on, or claws caught in, the beautiful knits. I may have to avert my eyes from such photos in the future!
    Mary G. in Texas

  12. I had a cat some years ago who used to sit, paws hanging over, just like your black kitty. We called it edge-sitting, or drippy cat. Thank you for (unintentionally, unless you’re psychic) bringing back a lovely memory. :-)

  13. Oh, thanks for these pointers! Some new gift, every time I come to MDK. It’s one of the universe’s most reliable and delightful treasure troves. Thank you, ladies!

  14. Yes, those Roach girls can be intimidating. But they’re also funny as heck, which is why I stick around them. I love seeing that favorite MD blanket perched so casually with cat and chair..almost makes me think I could make it. But…maybe not. At least, not yet. 3 other projects on the needles need attention first…

  15. OMG – The Living. That is such a great book!
    You two have fabulous taste.

  16. Thanks for the link to TSP, my mind has been whirring with ideas, memories and fear… what would my own sister put on her list? Oh, dear!
    As for the knitted “throw” on the chair, to me it also looks as if those are “throw kitties” just casually tossed for that Living Well look, such a trendsetter!

  17. Thanks for the link to TSP, my mind has been whirring with ideas, memories and fear… what would my own sister put on her list? Oh, dear!
    As for the knitted “throw” on the chair, to me it also looks as if those are “throw kitties” just casually tossed for that Living Well look, such a trendsetter!

  18. one of these days i will open
    my house beautiful magazine
    and there will be mason dixon
    i do not have a sister but
    i can always play lets pretend
    happy you lead us down the garden path

  19. Beige kitty on the right looks like a stuffed animal–she/he almost doesn’t look real and would probably be insulted if she knew that :-)
    Diane/Bloomington,IN.

  20. can anyone say how well the book translates to the UK market? we don’t have the Lamb’s wool mentioned, does the book give uK alternatives?

  21. I love the photo — have been swatching said throw to see if I’d enjoy doing repeats of it — love the color combo, so I won’t be changing that.
    I’ve come to believe that car fur makes all knitting better. My friends and family don’t believe me. “But look at these neat pet hair removal sheets! See how effective they are?” They still don’t believe me. But then again, they don’t have to negotiate with the cat in question while THEY knit…
    I wish Bobo could do floppy. He specializes in two poses: Martha Graham arabesque, while prone no less, and pre-track sprinter hunch, ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice.

  22. OMG!! Marion Roach-Smith used to be my customer when I had my yarn shop. So cool to see this. Thank you.

  23. OMG!! Marion Roach-Smith used to be my customer when I had my yarn shop. So cool to see this. Thank you.