Is Starshower the new Honey Cowl? Only time will tell (but it looks good).

Rhinebeck Dos and Don’ts

Dear Ann, Not to rub your nose in it, but I’ll be heading up to Rhinebeck, on Sunday this year. It makes me laugh to remember that when I first heard about the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, maybe 15 years ago, I thought to myself, “Phew–at least I’m not so deep into this knitting thing that I’ll ever even THINK of going to a sheep festival. Those people must be NUTS.” And now, Rhinebeck is right up...

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Road to Rhinebeck Knitting: Free Pattern

Road to Rhinebeck Knitting:  Free Pattern

Dear Ann, As knitters of the Northeast block their Rhinebeck sweaters (or upgrade their Rhinebeck Sweater to a Thanksgiving Sweater), I’d like to be helpful. A free pattern will come in handy for anyone who has the good fortune of having two skeins of delicious Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 4 ply fall into her stash, perhaps even at Rhinebeck. It’s an easy-to-memorize, fun-to-work stitch pattern that looks like a cable yet is...

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Last-Minute Schmatta (Free Pattern)

Last-Minute Schmatta (Free Pattern)

Dear Ann, Here’s a free pattern for holiday gifting and December TV-watching. This is not rocket-science knitting. This is git-r-done while watching a movie on Netflix knitting. But every civilian who sees it wants one, so I think that makes it a good Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Thank You For Teaching My Kid gift. It’s called Schmatta, which in yiddish means “rag.” To me it does not have a connotation of abject...

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Brisket, Teevee, and the Ever-Roaming DVD

Brisket, Teevee, and the Ever-Roaming DVD

Dear Kay, First of all, I am going to flat-out brag about the fact that I have a brisket in the oven, at 9:30 in the morning. I can’t really remember the last time I did something like this. “Cooking” “supper.” I have been melting, and reconstituting, and microwaving all summer. At some point, slicing a tomato ceases to count as cooking when there’s no entree to go with it. The love of a new cookbook can...

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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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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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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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Giddy (My Favorite Emotion)

Giddy (My Favorite Emotion)

Dear Ann, Have you noticed how, when you reach A Certain Age, it’s harder to feel giddy? Christmas morning doesn’t quite do it (a nightgown! yay! can I go back to bed?), a birthday absolutely doesn’t do it, but I’ve found that Pub Date can still evoke the old lightheaded joy and jangling-nerve combo that is so exhilarating. The book is out there, all by itself. Nobody holding its hand. Nobody reminding it to say...

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The Age of Linoleum

The Age of Linoleum

Dear Ann, The new Dishcloth Calendar is here! The new Dishcloth Calendar is here! For inspiration for my contribution to this year’s edition, I searched far and wide, racing through stitch dictionaries like a mad woman–nothing doing. I looked down at my feet, and there it was: kitchen floor. Marmoleum. Linoleum! Who doesn’t love linoleum? Who doesn’t miss it every day? Who doesn’t want to knit a dishrag...

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