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Labour and Wait

Labour and Wait

Dear Ann, The comments to my Virginia Vacation post are a testimonial to the Power of Blogging. We heard from people who live in Charlottesville, drive by Mount Vernon every day, garden at Monticello, work in the Needle Lady Yarn shop, work across the street from the Needle Lady yarn shop, somebody who was leading a group of 50 third-graders through Williamsburg the day I was there, and somebody who went to high school with the portrait artist...

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If You Liked Purgatorio, You’ll Love Inferno

If You Liked Purgatorio, You’ll Love Inferno

Dear Ann, This is a case of using one’s blog as a goad to finish something. Whatever gets me through the night, you know? This is what 29 squares of i-cord edging looks like. (For subscribers to welovethatchair.com, I apologize for the lack of upholstery reveal. Maybe tomorrow. Keep hope alive.) Good news! I am only 4 squares away from the halfway point, because I only have 66 squares in the edges, not 76 as previously calculated by...

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Can You Repeat the Question

Can You Repeat the Question

Dear Ann, How are you? Who are you? Why do you keep calling me and saying things like “slip won kay too tawg pee ess ess OH”? Speak English, woman! This just came in the mail. Hallelujah! I’ve been waiting all my life for The Answers. I’ve been waiting so long I’ve forgotten some of The Questions. It turns out that these Answers are about the pedigrees of the mini-skeins Clara Parkes has been sending us. ...

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Knit Like a Pirate Day

Knit Like a Pirate Day

Dear Ann, Given all the High Seas dramas you listen to on ye olde iPod, I’m sure you know that today (and every September 19) is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Avast, me lovely chumbuckets! (How’s that? No? Will keep trying.) I’ve got something Very Special to mark the occasion. Ahoy, take a gander from the crow’s nest: (“You have exactly 5 seconds to get me off this rock, and by the way, the hat smells...

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The Light At The End of the Carpal Tunnel

The Light At The End of the Carpal Tunnel

Dear Ann, Missing you tragically. After everyone left last weekend, I dropped by the house of a friend, who informed me, as friends do, that she had never seen me looking so haggard. Well. Fair enough. Trying to look perkier with every passing day. Chins up! My favorite moment from the blur of last week, bar none: Baby Rose decided she wanted to learn to knit, and picked the right person to teach her. I would like to be able to say that...

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Bend Those Rules

Bend Those Rules

Dear Ann, Remember our delightful Portland friend, Angry Chicken (aka Amy Karol)? It feels like we’ve known her since she was just a little bitty thing, a merely Disgruntled Cornish Game Hen. Now she’s all grown up and has a book coming out tomorrow. As a new recruit to the age-old crafts of sewing, patchwork and ironing-stuff-onto-stuff, I am so excited about Amy’s book that I have taken the drastic step of buying —...

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Gibblegabble and an Author Headed My Way

Gibblegabble and an Author Headed My Way

Dear Kay, As you know, boys who knit are near to my heart. If more boys took to knitting, I honestly think the world would be an actual, literal better place. Above is the latest work by one of my favorites, Richard of Clarksville (sounds like one of King Arthur’s knights!). It is a cow from the March issue of Simply Knitting. According to Richard’s agent/aka mom, Hilda, this is not his first animal-making effort. “He kind of...

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Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow

Dear Ann, Ah, Sunday afternoon. There’s nothing like it for dozing off while reading the book reviews, waking up with newsprint ink on your face … so very pleasant. You’ve got nothing better to do, right? So listen up and I’ll tell you about a few new knitting books I’ve been peering into. They are in 3 categories, and I’m saving the weepy category for last. (The only emotion better than laughter through...

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Thread Things

Thread Things

Dear Ann, One thing I love about big-city life is how much sheer STUFF you can cram into a few hours if you’ve got a Metrocard and know how to use it. Witness last night. Intelligent Play At 6, I got off the B train at 86th Street and popped into the Bard Graduate Center for some Cultcha. The BGC is the coolest. A) it’s free and (2) you can see the most awesomest, constantly changing exhibits of fiber and decorative arts work in...

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The Most Exciting Thing We Have Ever Done Except Childbirth Which This Actually Resembles in Some Ways, Or, Shakespeare’s Great but He Didn’t Have 30 Awesome Patterns

The Most Exciting Thing We Have Ever Done Except Childbirth Which This Actually Resembles in Some Ways, Or, Shakespeare’s Great but He Didn’t Have 30 Awesome Patterns

Dear y’all, It’s not often that we write at the same time, but it’s not often that we get to announce that our book is off the presses! It’s a real live book! Like every new parent, we immediately checked out the new arrival. Look, it has a title page! It has a back cover! Aw, it’s so cute when it’s all nekkid. It even has a little bar code. A Vignette Scene: Molasses-in-Winter Printers, Ltd., Singapore. It...

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