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How Was That Log Cabin Workshop, Anyway?

How Was That Log Cabin Workshop, Anyway?

December 28, 2006, String of Purls, Omaha, Nebraska. Dear Ann, This picture pretty much says it all. I had a blast just pouring my heart out about Log Cabin love. I couldn’t have wished for a more into-it audience. By the time I got done blabbing (or actually I just paused), everyone had knitted the center of a big-ass log cabin cushion in Nebraska’s favorite home-state yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. Yummy! A few more...

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Intro to Public Speaking

Dear Ann, Sometimes I wish my college days hadn’t been so much Politburo (google it, youngstas!) and not so much with the Communication Arts. I am venturing, in a scaredy-cat, just-this-once way, into the world of teaching other people something about knitting. My only cause for optimism about this adventure is that I so enjoy teaching people things when they didn’t ask me. They are just shopping for yarn and saying something to...

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Nashville Skyline

Nashville Skyline

Dear Kay, Aw hell, we were knitting at the library yesterday. We ran out of chairs. Next month we’re just going to take over the lobby. You learn a lot about people when you sit around and knit together. I can’t possibly capture it all, and I probably shouldn’t even try. Here are a few tidbits: First egg cozy I’ve seen all year. (This is the famous Weekend Knitting egg cozy. I hate to say it, but it kind of looks like a...

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BULLETIN: Knitting at the Nashville Library!

BULLETIN: Knitting at the Nashville Library!

Dear all, particularly those in Tennessee or the eight states that touch Tennesseee (can you name ‘em?), You never know who might show up knitting at the downtown Nashville library: Coleman and her Koigu log cabin blanket. Dee Dee, who came all the way from Keene, New Hampshire. We especially love New England knitters who think Nashville is just not that far to come for a bit of knitting. And no shortage of groovy gals. The Hello Kitty...

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You Come Too

You Come Too

Dear Ann, Where ya been? I’ve had a few days of travel, featuring the likes of Fiona Ellis, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Robert Todd LIncoln, Robert Frost, and no less than the one, the only, the inimitable—-STITCHY McYARNPANTS. Could you plotz? Could you scream? Could you die? Let’s take them one at a time or in pairs or however it comes out, shall we? Bruce and Neil Cara has written lovingly of our drive to...

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How to Have a Great Weekend Despite a Relative Lack of Erotica

How to Have a Great Weekend Despite a Relative Lack of Erotica

Dear Kay, Ohhh, Memphis. What a town. Every time I looked up, I’d see the top of this bridge–a reminder that right over there is the mighty Mississippi River. People all the time compare and contrast Nashville and Memphis for one reason or another, but in my book, if you’ve got the Mississippi River rolling by, you win. When I told one of my civilian friends (a non-knitter, bless her heart) that I was going to Memphis all by...

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Ding Dong There’s Somebody at the Door

Ding Dong There’s Somebody at the Door

Dear everybody, I hardly know where to begin. Let’s just say that when this chatterbag shows up on your doorstep, you can forget about getting much of anything done. The fact is, Kay’s been in Nashville for a couple of days, and the gibblegabble level has been deafening. At the moment she’s on her way home yet stranded at the Nashville airport and I feel kind of guilty that she’s probably been cornered at the...

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East End, We Hardly Knew Y’all

East End, We Hardly Knew Y’all

Dear Ann, Were you here? Was that you sleeping with the spiders at Casa Kay? Was the coffee too strong? Was the shower okay? Did you make it home all right? Here’s your report card for this mini-leg of our Neverending Book Tour. Ann Shayne: East End Report Card Grooming: A-plus! You have never looked more summery and serene. (I credit the Grundy County 8-Week Cure. Sign me UP.) And you managed to achieve Perfectly Fine Hair...

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Lawn Guyland Here We Come

Lawn Guyland Here We Come

Dear Ann, Hey! We need to tell everybody about our plans for NEXT WEEK! We will be on the East End of Long Island at two fabby knitting parties/book signings. True to our message of peace, love and natural fibers and our guiding principle of North/South sisterhood 4-ever, one event will be on the North Fork and one will be on the South Fork. Hey–if you’re out here, hop on a ferry and you can attend both events! Tuesday, August...

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How Vivian Met Francie

How Vivian Met Francie

Dear Ann, I love a crossover story. You know, like Elvis being at the top of the pop AND gospel charts and probably a bunch more charts? Or, for that matter, the other Elvis, singing with Ann-Sofie von Otter and Burt Bacharach (not at the same time although THAT would be cool)—it’s all music, right? If you like music and have even a smidge of curiosity, you like different ways and means of making it. And so it is with the mitered...

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