“I just want more of her.” A wonderful piece on the late lamented food writer, Laurie Colwin.

Helping the Philippines

Helping the Philippines

  Dear Ann, Lots of knitters are concerned about the disaster and suffering in the Philippines.  Here are some ways to help. The best way, of course, is to contribute cash to reliable organizations that are in a position to be of immediate help.  Our friends at Mercy Corps have people on the ground, working with local organizations as they always do, and there are many other great organizations. But there are also people we already...

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Wreath Spotting, Cornerstone Blanket Update–and a Drawing

Wreath Spotting, Cornerstone Blanket Update–and a Drawing

Dear Ann, First, an update for our readers on the Cornerstone Blanket fundraising project. As of this morning, we have sent off 110 downloads of the pattern to knitters who donated at least 10 bucks to Citymeals-on-Wheels, a New York City charity that rose immediately to the aid of those in need after superstorm Sandy, and now needs extra funding to replenish its pantries and continue its work at a heightened level. Even more exciting, the...

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Let’s Do This Thing

Let’s Do This Thing

Dear Everybody, After a few weeks of frantic knitting by me; cool, calm, collected work on the Quark machine by Ann; and eagle-eyed spadework by our offshore Technical Editing Department, we are proud to announce that our Hurricane Sandy relief fundraiser pattern, the Cornerstone Blanket, is available for purchase. We did things differently this time. Here’s a brief explanation of what’s different, and why. When you go to the the...

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Postcard from the Upper West Side

Postcard from the Upper West Side

Dear Ann, So, remember when you were here in September and we needed to buy some stamp pads so that we could rubber stamp our woodcut heads onto stuff (like you do)–and we stopped in at Stationery & Toy World on West 72nd Street? And I said, “this is a neighborhood institution,” and you said, “oh yes, I can see that.” The “World” in the store’s name always tickles me. From the outside, it...

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