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The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

Dear Ann, It has come to this. My once-glorious dishrag drawer is faded and bedraggled. I first noticed the general lowering of the tone of my dishcloths quite a while ago, but I kept pushing aside such unthinkable thoughts. The fact is, I’ve not been in the dishcloth knitting mood for a while now. Then, recently, a visitor commented on the sad state of my also-once-glorious tea towels. I had to face it: I’ve let myself go. The tea...

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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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Chin Up, Old Thing

Chin Up, Old Thing

Dear Ann, Recently The Women’s Room had a wonderful post about why getting a bit older is not that terrible. Today I discovered something even better: Google “Helen Mirren.” Go ahead, do it. Better now? A reason to put on your mascara and get to the gym once in a while? Feel free to suggest other Google searches that will help ease the aging process. Speaking of the aging process, some of my handknit dishrags have moved...

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Lifestyles of the Stitchin’ Famous (and Free Pattern!)

Lifestyles of the Stitchin’ Famous (and Free Pattern!)

Dear Ann, In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been vamping here, recycling pictures of my dog and such; I have mislaid the KayCam. But wanted to fill you in on Last Night At Martha’s Party. Martha (yes, that Martha, do I have to post a link to cussin’ Martha?) threw a party for bloggers in honor of a BlogHer hootenanny that was going on that I didn’t know about, and she was kind enough to invite me, so I went. It...

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From Our Far-Flung Dishrag Correspondents

Dear Ann, It sure is hard to keep up with all the news in these times. For example, the Ballband Dishcloth. There is just always something happening with the Ballband Dishcloth. People love it. It is the ur-dishrag, deeply embedded in the zeitgeist (and also the weltanschauung). Ballband-reminiscent ski hats. As Craig Ferguson would say, “Take that, Billabong!” And on the gossip beat, sources inform us that a certain Ballband...

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Sorry It Took So Long

Sorry It Took So Long

Dear Ann, You saw this coming, right? The knitting of fruits? This one was is based on the Per Orla dishcloth pattern. I hate to be so predictable. I bet y’all have had a pool going. Whoever bet on “September 17″ and “plum” takes all. What’s next? Kiwi? Acai berries, or whatever form of fruit acai is? (I don’t even know what acai looks like; I think it might spring from the earth in the form of...

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Tidings of Lemon Fresh Joy

Tidings of Lemon Fresh Joy

Dear Ann, If you are not a dishcloth knitter, keep moving, nothing to see here. But for the few, the proud, the stubborn among us, who openly knit the humble dishcloth in the face of dismissive public opinion, at times even from fellow knitters, it’s a big day each year when Janet Nogle’s Dishcloth Calendar comes out. Well, my raisiny-handed friends, the 2010 Dishcloth Calendar is here, where you can purchase a download or a...

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Summer Sunday Brunch (Free Pattern!)

Summer Sunday Brunch (Free Pattern!)

Dear Ann, This time of year, as surely as hurricanes threaten coastal areas and dogs lie down on the sidewalk and refuse to move one more step, you will find me wracking my brains to design an entry for Janet Nogle’s Dishcloth Calendar. My entry-in-progress for the 2010 edition is most intriguing. So intriguing I am taxing my skill set trying to make it work. It will work, dagnabbit! And it will work elegantly! But late summer also...

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In Your Easter Bonnet (With All the Dishrags On It)

In Your Easter Bonnet (With All the Dishrags On It)

Dear Ann, Hi there! I’m still here. My knitting has taken a dishraggy turn lately. I am–believe it or not–getting to the bottom of my heretofore bottomless stash of Peaches & Creme dishcloth cotton, which means that suddenly all my choices are: pastel. I guess I just don’t like pastels that much in the Ordinary Course of Business. When my beloved Juicies and Blahs are down to sad 3-yard nubbins, I still have...

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Mason-Dixon Boyz N Scarvz

Mason-Dixon Boyz N Scarvz

Dear Ann: I know it’s kind of worrisome for a middle-aged woman to keep posting photos of young guys wearing her knitting. I’m sure you’re concerned–quite rightly–that I might be stalking them, or perhaps sitting on the sidewalk with a scrawled sign soliciting assistance. You’re probably thinking I’ve been saying things like “dude”. Fear not! All models 100% guaranteed to be related to...

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