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Next Time I’ll Knit Nitrous Oxide

Next Time I’ll Knit Nitrous Oxide

Dear Ann, Now I understand why the model wearing Ether was lying on the ground. It was not, as first assumed, just your basic Rowan photo styling. (“What say we have her lie down on a grave, then?” “Jolly good!”) In fact, knitting the lace edging had rendered her unconscious. Knocked out. Stoned out of her ever-lovin’ tree. I know this because I just finished the 39 repeats of my chosen Ether edging,...

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I’ve Come Over All Tutorial

I’ve Come Over All Tutorial

Dear Ann, My applied i-cord adventures continue. Applied i-cord is the new dishrag. If it doesn’t move, you really ought to apply some i-cord to it. A reader asks (and she’s not the only one): “What do you do when you get to a corner?” I’ll tell you what I do: I stop. I wonder why I didn’t foresee this problem even once during the previous 6 feet of i-cord application. I consider getting up off my...

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I Believe In Applied I-Cord (and Eli Manning)

I Believe In Applied I-Cord (and Eli Manning)

Dear Ann, I do not know how I lived, and knit, this long without embracing applied i-cord. Applied i-cord has it going ON. It’s a RUSH. Applied I-Cord: How I Roll To work an applied i-cord edging of 4 stitches, using 2 straight needles: Cast on 4 stitches and place this needle in your right hand. Pick up one stitch in the edge to which you are applying the i-cord and place it on the left needle, *slip the 4 stitches onto the left...

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Trippy

Trippy

Dear Kay, Still sailing along on the Tweedy Squares blanket. I’ll be brief, despite the fact that this blanket-bordering project is one of the more epic efforts I’ve made, right up there with fixing breakfast this morning despite a profound lack of breakfast makins. I do have one observation to make: when dealing with the eight-year-old diner, if bacon is part of the menu, then bacon can be the entire menu. Let’s go to the...

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Hoydens and Harridans!

Hoydens and Harridans!

saucebox (sôs’bŏks’), n. One who is obnoxiously self-assertive and arrogant: malapert, witling. Informal know-it-all, smart aleck, smarty, smarty-pants, wisenheimer. Slang wisecracker, wise guy. See good/bad.* Dear Kay, Well, I knew there’d be trouble from SOMEbody once I chose a direction for the border for this blanket. Little did I know it would come from formerly loyal galpals Cristina “Saucebox” Shiffman and...

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Seven of a Kind

Seven of a Kind

Dear Kay, Big doings around here. I won’t recap the entire weekend, because I’m saving it for the HUGE AND DISHY NOVEL that I’m going to write someday, but it was Dad’s 75th birthday, and we managed to get all seven of his children, families attached, from six different cities, in one place for an entire weekend. You know, at the circus, how they have that guy who spins twelve plates on sticks, balances a ball on his...

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Loopy

Loopy

Dear Ann, I know you’re loopy about the logistics of leaving home to go further than the grocery store (I just got an urgent email from SAVE_THE_GUINEA_PIGS.ORG). We’re both loopy at the prospect of standing up in front of people and, um, saying something? Anything? Having a pulse? Not sweating through our matte foundation? But me, I also have lingering, unprocessed loopiness from my brief trip to England. So, let me just fire...

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