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Cutting Class at Finishing School

Dear Ann, Earlier this week, I was digging through my denim stash in search of pom pom fixings (as you do), and I came across this artifact. It’s a Baby Surprise Jacket made of denim pom pom fixings. I do not recall when I made it, but I believe it was during the 2006-2008 period when we were renovating and life was a cycle of packing, unpacking and dust protection efforts. I remember pondering how to seam this little sweater. Because I...

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Farewell to All That (Yarn)

Farewell to All That (Yarn)

Dear Ann, I have been remiss in blabbing about dishrags this summer. It’s the summer of being remiss, apparently. The Dishcloth Calendar (of blessed memory) is no longer being produced by the lovely Janet Nogle. But when Janet and her dishrag-knitting posse learned that Elmore-Pisgah, the Carolina manufacturere of made-in-the-USA Peaches & Creme dishcloth cotton yarn, was closing up shop, they went into the studio and produced an...

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More Thoughts on Denim and Squareness

More Thoughts on Denim and Squareness

Dear Ann: Are you still with us, with all of this intensely indigo gabbing? Spurred on by comments and emails, I have a few more things to add. On Denim Blankets: Will a Square Stay Square? Readers want to know whether a square knitted in denim would stay square after shrinking. The answer is: it depends on the construction of the square. Bottom Line: log cabin squares? They stay square. They don’t ripple or do anything unsightly...

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Guess It Up: Knitting With Denim Yarn

Guess It Up:  Knitting With Denim Yarn

Dear Ann, What with all the summer scandal the New York Post is serving up these days (Madge & Alex! Christie & Hub Number 4!) I am kind of busy, you know? But people have been asking me questions about knitting with denim yarn, and I want to help. But I must be brief; there is also a YouTube of a dancing young man I have to watch a few more times today. (People ask me: “How do you do it all, Kay?” I really...

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Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Denim

Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Denim

Dear Ann, I’m dying to know how your deviled aigs came out. In my family, we are mustard, Hellmann’s, salt & pepper people. We don’t think about it too much. But if we did, we’d be looking askance at pickle relish. (Needless to say, we don’t go in for decorative pastry-bag piping of the yellow part back onto the white part. That is some kind of decadent, Martha-Stewart-meets-Marie-Antoinette notion. You...

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The Touch, The Feel, The Fabric of Our Beach Knitting

The Touch, The Feel, The Fabric of Our Beach Knitting

Dear Ann, Since you’re off wandering the beaches of New England, I thought I’d share my Summer 2007 Beach Knitting. Now. You know I usually like to do either a whole lot of small pieces (2005: 30 Top Secret Dishrags), or something that is composed of a whole lot of small pieces (the Mitered Blankets of ’04 and ’06). Beach knitting has to be cotton. Some people knit wool on the beach, and even alpaca and mohair. To...

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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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Now: Even Raspier!

Now:  Even Raspier!

Dear Ann, What is wrong with me? I can’t seem to come into possession of a knitted-up piece of denim yarn–swatch or sweater–without experiencing OCD-W (Obsessive Compulsive Denim-Washing). No sooner had I modelled Raspy in public and worn it a few times, than it started to look a bit too crispy and new. It needed mellowing. It needed several trips through the washer and dryer with as much other stuff as I could cram in...

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The Perfectly Okay Sweater

The Perfectly Okay Sweater

Dear Ann, Some people aim for ‘perfect’. I aimed for ‘adequate’, and I’m pleased and proud to say that I hit the mark. I give you Raspy, or as I prefer to call it, Raspy My Love. Raspy is a very adequate sweater. Raspy is not for wearing to your parties or your offices, or even to your grocery stores. Raspy is for wearing around the house, and especially over pajamas. Remember how I had to sub some home-bleached...

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This ‘N That

This ‘N That

Dear Ann, I know it’s in the Mason-Dixon Stylebook that we can’t title a post ‘This ‘N That’, but I don’t recall getting a vote on any of these stylebook rules of yours. I think ‘This ‘N That’ is an awesome title for a post. Life has been real this ‘n thatty for me lately. Much chasing of the tail, much public transportation, much sitting around and waiting. I had a dark night of...

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