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Almost Ready to Go

Almost Ready to Go - 1

Dear Kay, VERY rainy day, most excellent. I’m in the midst of the Constant Hem, and I turn on the radio only to find myself listening to a two-hour NPR call-in fest, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, all about the topic of CIVILITY. Of course, if you throw Camille Paglia into the mix, things get feisty pretty fast. It’s kind of funny. The bottom flap of the cuff folds under, all hemlike, whereupon one commences to matching up stitch for...

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Oh, BeHAVE! And Let’s All Watch a Movie Together

Oh, BeHAVE! And Let's All Watch a Movie Together - 1

Dear Kay, I don’t know WHAT is going on, but these outbursts–congressman Joe Wilson, Serena Williams, Kanye West, even Federer!–are getting on my NERVES. What is with people? Whoopsy–getting a little unattractive there myself. I sincerely apologize for my outburst. Don’t censure me! I don’t know what came over me. Seriously, even my ten year old saw Kanye’s ploy for what it was: “He just wants...

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The Wrestler

The Wrestler - 1

Dear Kay, At this point, this Rowan Pearl sweater has turned into something akin to backyard wrestling. I’m totally punch drunk, just adding flaps of stuff wherever the pattern tells me to, whacking the thing with a folding chair. I’m in the twelfth round with this sweater. At any moment, I’m getting out the staple gun and the barbed wire. For those keeping track, the collar took a whole ball of Rowan Wool Cotton, once I...

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Two-Timing, and an Exhortation

Two-Timing, and an Exhortation - 1

Dear Wind Beneath My Wings, Ferocious knitting mojo down here right now–I don’t know what has come over me, but really, I’ve been knitting like . . . well, like you. Give me five minutes sitting still–waiting for the pasta water to boil, waiting for a parent-teacher conference–and I’m cranking a few rows. And this new project is pretty much perfect for this sort of thing. It’s Mary Neal Meador’s...

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Dishcloth Cotton: It’s a Good Thing

Dishcloth Cotton:  It's a Good Thing - 1

Dear Ann, You were a girl with straight hair, so maybe this will jangle a memory loose. I was a girl with straight hair. Carrie is a girl with straight hair. Last night, right on schedule at age 11 years 2.5 months, Carrie experienced a rite of passage familiar to all straight-haired girls and former girls. She suddenly got the idea that if she put 20 or so real tight braids in her wet hair and went to bed, in the morning she would wake up...

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