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A-Grommeting We Will Go

A-Grommeting We Will Go

Dear Ann, Yesterday I headed down I-95 for a visit with Cristina, who has been very busy with her dyepot and knitting needles getting the goods ready for the needlework table at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia’s Holiday Crafts Festival this weekend. Unfortunately Cristina was not allowed to rest from her labors, because I had brought her a present. A self-grommeting present. I had made a pair of patchwork potholders and a semi-matchy,...

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The Great Meeting of 2006

The Great Meeting of 2006

Dear Kay, Train buffs–and people who watch long, involved television documentaries–know this picture. It’s the historic 1869 meeting of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads in Promontory, Utah–the moment when America was connected by a transcontinental railroad. Finally! A quick way to Napa Valley! Oho, dear friends, we made a little history last night when West met East: You can practically smell the coal...

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Doubters, Blasphemers, Charlatans…and Babies

Doubters, Blasphemers, Charlatans…and Babies

Dear Ann, Some of the comments to yesterday’s post had coffee coming out of my nose. Others had me blushing. Others gave me ridiculous, pompous, self-aggrandizing ideas. Which of course I am considering very seriously. So let’s deal with them in order shall we? Doubters There have been many mentions of the ends on the back of the intarsia. How very horrifying they must be, how we are afraid to imagine them let alone look at...

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Warning: Extreme Graphic Intarsia (Mature Audiences)

Warning:  Extreme Graphic Intarsia (Mature Audiences)

Dear Ann, Intarsia is one of those techniques that is not so much in vogue these days. (Or in Vogue, for that matter.) You got your lace, your cable, your fair-isling in all directions and dimensions, but you don’t see a lot of cool new intarsia designs. (Important exception: skull and crossbones motifs. Those are classic. Those we will always, always keep alive in Our Craft.) About 10 years ago, as a fairly new knitter, I...

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On Irregularity and the Rejection of Certain Notions

On Irregularity and the Rejection of Certain Notions

Dear Kay, I don’t often write here about Hubbo, mostly because he likes to keep a low profile. I’m not saying he works for the CIA, or the NSA, or Wal-Mart, even. But he may be the last human who can qualify to be attorney general; he’s upstanding, he is. He is literally upstanding, too, about 6’3″ of upstanding, which is why (I’m embarrassed to say) I’ve never made a sweater for him. The problem with...

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Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition

Dear Ann, Last week I decided to get down to business and sew up this pile of stuff: It seemed like a good idea at the time. A week later, let’s assess progress. Deco Poor Deco, which was started in March 2002, when Rowan 31 was fresh and new, and so was I. Deco, whose sleeves were re-knit so as to be the perfect length. Deco, the very first sweater that I knit to the correct gauge. Deco, with its amusing twisted-stitch motif and its...

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Boxy Pullover Tells All

Boxy Pullover Tells All

Dear Ann, Being as how this is a knitting blog and all, please excuse me while I recount, at a nausea-inducing level of detail, Creeper’s sewing-up story. After all, in Blog Lit 101 we were taught that the Sewing-Up Story, like the Bildungsroman, is a literary genre unto itself. We must not ignore it simply because it is tedious and repetitive and we’ve all done it a hundred times and nobody cares. There are also humanitarian...

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Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Dear Ann, I just arrived back from a bibulous, gluttonous, trufulous — in other words, wonderful — trip to Piemonte. You had your chance to go with me, you turned me down (for some petty reason–what was it again, Maternal Duty?), and now you will have to put up with me blathering away about it for a solid six months or so. The kiddies are arriving home from school any minute, and I expect there will be quite The Scene in our...

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The Trouble With Stripes

The Trouble With Stripes

Dear Ann, There I was, streaking and striping along on Miss Bea’s Jumping Dress, in placid and almost meditative fashion, when I got to the teeny-tiny shoulders and said to myself, ‘Holmfirth, We Have a Problem’. Take a look: See what I mean? There is a profusion of ends hanging off those bitty little armholes, and insufficient acreage to neatly tuck them. Nary a seam! I will have to weave them in along the back and hope...

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Knitting Gone Wild

Knitting Gone Wild

Dear Kay, Are you wondering what this might be? A decorative textural element along the sleeve seam of my Jack n Eddie sweater? A giant bobble? A snag? Nope, nope, and nope. This is a sleeve being sewn to a side seam. If I had continued on my way, I would be half done with a poncho for my seven year old. This is called “not paying attention to what you’re doing.” I was admiring the way the zigzags were semi-lining up, feeling...

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