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Game, Set, Match

Game, Set, Match - 1

Dear Kay, A quick hello and Rowena update. But first of all: Roger Federer . . . watch this: My blågrå Rowena cardigan is heading into the thrilling Finishing phase. I bound off the last sleeve late last night, delirious, wondering what I had just done. Let’s just say that the US Open makes for prime knitting. Except for when you throw your needles in the air in abject delight. I took The Big Piece of the sweater off the blocking board,...

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Sabotage!!!!!!! - 1

Dear Kay, At this point, my Rowan Pearl sweater is done and undone. I am slogging through the sleeves, which are nothing but an endless series of leaning cables–a real pair of soul suckers if anybody’s looking for a Lenten discipline. In the interest of Doing Something Else To Cut The Tedium, I decided to get ahead of the game with a stout, boot-camp style blocking of the fronts and backs. You know: a multi-day marathon to get these...

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What Goes On In Our Basement

What Goes On In Our Basement - 1

Dear Kay, Get a load of this: country financial twangster Merle Hazard, featured in yesterday’s entry, has done gone hit the dang big time. That New York Times has discoverated him, honey! See? You can say you knew him back when. Meanwhile, Elsewhere in Our Basement While SOMEbody was recording country songs over in the superdank portion of our basement, I was patiently standing over in the slightly-less-dank portion, at the ping pong...

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Home Home Home FREEEEEEEEEEE! - 1

Dear Kay, I’m finally home, after a week in Martha’s Vineyard which I can only recommend TOTALLY. What a lovely, unreal place. So watery–everywhere you look, there’s some pond or ocean or bay or sound. We had to wade across a stream to get to the beach. Crazy. And the ferries–you can’t even get to Chappaquiddick without getting on a boat, and Chappaquiddick is, like, forty yards from Martha’s Vineyard....

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My Heizkessel Is More Eingebauten than your Heizkessel

My Heizkessel Is More Eingebauten than your Heizkessel - 1

Dear Ann, The people have spoken. I am not talking about the election. I am talking about my new iron. This post is not for those whose iron cost quite a bit less than their sewing machine. It’s for My People. The Iron People. Let us pause for a moment to reflect on all the good times I’ve shared with my Rowenta. [PAUSE] I think of my Rowenta as just one Rowenta, always the same, always the best. But in fact, my current...

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