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Surprise, and Suits and Ties

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Dear Ann, You: doing your bit in the trenches to help Nashville including the part of Nashville that is your very own basement. Me: knitting and quilting and generally going about my business, several stories above dry land. I wish I were there, keeping you company and following directions. But like everybody else, at least I can give. This is one of those situations where “throwing money at a problem” is not a bad thing. ...

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Learning from Sheep, and Kristin Nicholas, Too

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Dear Kay, Knitting designer Kristin Nicholas has a really beautiful blog post today about her sheep: Lessons from Sheep. I’ve had a copy of her new book, Color by Kristin, on my kitchen table for a couple of weeks now, a total color explosion sort of book. Really fearless and bright. It is so cool, such a fantastic contrast, to consider Kristin’s book when looking at the monochrome, snowy photographs coming from her farm...

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Let’s Give Away A Book or Two, Shall We?

Let's Give Away A Book or Two, Shall We? - 1

Dear Ann, Our dear publisher has sent me a couple of most excellent books, so I thought I’d get busy and give them away this morning. First up: 400 Knitting Stitches. Not 399, not 401, but 400! This is a good solid stitch dictionary with a really pretty cover. I was tempted to keep it, but since I seem to have talked myself into all 4 of the Barbara Walkers (5 if you count the Learn-to-Knit Afghan, and I think you should), one Lesley...

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Queen of the Baby Shower, 2009 Edition

Queen of the Baby Shower, 2009 Edition - 1

Dear Ann, Look at the two of us. We are, technically, what both my Grandma Pearl and my Grandma Mabel called “shiftless”. We got no shift, at least not when it comes to summertime blogging. Thank goodness for kind publishers who want us to give away books. Such as this fine, crazy, silly, fun book, “Wacky Baby Knits.” You gotta wonder how we got to the point, in the evolution of our ancient craft, that a knitter who...

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Fathers Day Poetry Slam

Dear Ann, Thank goodness–thank GOODNESS, I say–we never made a big deal about Mothers Day or Fathers Day in our house. It was always kind of “Sunday: bagels as usual (we’ll run out for cards later)” –and that is a fine, fine thing, don’t get me wrong. So we have not suffered unduly today. Just another Sunday in the New Normal. Which isn’t all that normal, but never mind. We got our uncles...

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