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The Cat Is Out of the Tub

The Cat Is Out of the Tub

Dear Ann, You know me: not a big blocker. I don’t like to fuss. I just wet the thing, plaster it to a flat surface, eyeball it for rough symmetry, and aim Rowenta in the general direction for a couple of blasts. That usually makes me feel that I Have Blocked And It Is Good. But we’ve spoken of Exchange Anxiety, and how it makes us mad to prove that we are good enough, we are smart enough, and doggone it, people like us! In the...

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Flat Done. And a Farewell

Flat Done. And a Farewell

Dear Kay, I’m not saying that I engineered a fambly trip in order to generate long stretches of time available for knitting. I’m just saying: a connecting flight to Norfolk via Baltimore gives a person just enough time to finish a rilly long scarf. [People for the Ethical Treatment of Handknits should avoid the following photograph, which contains images of curled knitting under extreme duress.] I know, I know. I liked this scarf in...

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With the Right Tools You Can Do Anything

With the Right Tools You Can Do Anything

Dear Kay, You know how I am about the blocking. I love the blocking. I may start taking in the blocking as piecework. I was at Sheila’s Yarn Shack the other day to pick up an item she had ordered for me way back before her shoppe even opened. I’m telling you, it was like Christmas. Like a mason working without a trowel (OK like Michelangelo without his scaffold) I have been blocking stuff on my giant cardboard box covered in...

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The Passion of the Blocking

The Passion of the Blocking

Dear Kay, Here’s a pile of Sassy, off the needles, ready for its destiny in my basement, ready to meet Rowenta the Steamy and the Tomato of Pins. There’s always that last triste moment when I’ve actually, finally reached the last stitch of knitting. Oh, chenille, sorry for that time when I was so ugly to you. You are a good yarn. Stay sweet, OK? And have a great summer. Proof of blocking. Heresy Our reading this Sunday comes...

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Sewing Up Splash n Beth

Sewing Up Splash n Beth

Dear Kay, I’m now finishing up two cardigans: the thin Donegal Lambswool Beth and my rastafarian fiesta, Splash, in spongy, smushy, stripey All Seasons Cotton. As you all too well know, I love pinning and blocking. Some weird masochistic urge. And you think my shade card obsession is geeky . . . Late last night David, the 7-year-old fiber arts king, hung out with me while I tried to figure out all the curves of Splash. There’s...

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