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This is Happening: Kaffe Fassett Big Flower

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Dear Ann, Yesterday was the day. I cast on Kaffe Fassett’s Big Flower Jacket from his 1985 book, Glorious Knitting. Months ago, the vintage kit for this project arrived in the mail. It was a complete surprise, a gift from Clara Parkes, who must have been in some kind of mad KonMari frenzy that I am totally not going to question. The kit did not spark joy for her. IT SPARKS JOY FOR ME. As Clara knew that it would. I was so stunned to own...

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Rule, Knitlandia

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Dear Ann, Last night I went to the rare book room at Strand Bookstore, a New York institution, to celebrate a knitting institution. A very cute institution. That’s her, gesticulating, way up in front of a full house. Yes, it was  Ms. Clara Parkes, reading from her brand-new book, Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World.  It being February, everybody was dressed to the nines, i.e., wearing up to nine handknits. (Beautiful woman in...

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Lazy Sunday: Are You Ready to Rumble?

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Dear Ann, It is Sunday. In the Jewish world, we would say that this particular Sunday is Erev Bang Out A Sweater, or Bang Out a Sweater Eve. Are you ready? Is everybody ready?  Yarned up? Swatched up? Fired up? If you’re waiting for yarn (and I think you are, Ann, you plutoloopy freak), don’t worry about tomorrow being cast-on day for our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong. It’s a fast sweater–that’s the whole idea. You...

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Snippets: Love Wins

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Dear Kay, I’m reading the news, coming from cities famous and obscure across the globe, and it’s hard to feel cheerful with so much madness afoot. It’s a grim way for the world to head into a holiday season. That said, the flip side to all this terror is a season when it’s easy to find ways to contribute to worthy causes. Knitters tend to be generous, so here are places where good folks are cooking up ways to support...

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Sheeple Get Ready: Rhinebeck 2015

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Dear Ann and Everybody, So, I get one day at Rhinebeck this year: Saturday. I want to make the most of it. In Rhinebecks Past, I have run around for 7 hours in a fevered state of excitement (which I enjoy). Sometimes I find myself in the same barn, looking at the same beeswax Santas, two or three times. I know I am looking for Something Special, but I get blown off course by running into a friend, or getting starstruck, or gazing into one of...

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