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

Unanswered Questions, Answered

Unanswered Questions, Answered

Dear Kay, So many loose ends to tie up. For everyone here for flood relief coverage, well, sometimes we talk about unwieldy DVD-mailing projects, sleep issues, even knitting when we really run low on topics. 1. Singing Revolution. This Mason-Dixon Around-The-World DVD project is limping along, though some of you (I won’t mention anybody except for the person who lives on the Upper West Side of a major metropolitan city) have been caught...

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The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Dear Kay, Pins and needles over here, just pins and needles while I’m waiting for the Diminishing Rib Cardigan to finish drying. Will the mighty redemptive power of blocking redeem this foldy curly neckline? Remember, this is what it looked like before I soaked, pinned, and quietly begged the neckline to behave: I think this neckline thing is going to work out OK, now that I’ve enlisted the 18-pound Portable Blocker. Please note...

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Don’t Stand and Watch

Don’t Stand and Watch

Dear Kay, Top Tennis Tip #2 from my spring break tennis experience: “Constant Movement: Hit and move—don’t stand and watch.” I am beginning to think that tennis and knitting are the same thing. The same motions repeated over and over. The thrill of a decent serve; the agony of a bad bind-off. The blisters! The backbiting! The bad calls! Speaking of bad calls . . . I mulled the bind-off situation for the Diminishing Rib...

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Conflict, Conflict

Conflict, Conflict

Dear Kay, Motoring away on this Diminishing Rib Cardigan. I still have concerns about the way the neckline is going to behave, but I’m so far GONE that I can’t stop. See? Foldy, curly. This is going to be a mighty challenge to my blocking skills. It’ll work out, one way or another. Staples and hot glue remain options. Working this yarn, made from the wool of a Pennsylvania sheep named Padmae along with some mohair from an...

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Keeping It Low

Keeping It Low

Dear Kay, Even as I write, Yoram Bauman, the world’s first and only stand-up economist, is sitting in my kitchen eating a waffle. He’s in town for a gig today (here! Come laugh your way through the recession! Here‘s his tour schedule), and Hubbo has been showing him around town. The sights so far have included Music Row, Lower Broadway, and my father. For somebody from Seattle, it doesn’t get more exotic than that. We...

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