For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

Sunflower Season (Free Pattern!)

Sunflower Season (Free Pattern!)

Dear Ann, In the midst of submitting a pattern for the 2009 Dishcloth Calendar, I remembered last year’s design, which I am now free to share with my fellow dishrag-knittin’ freaks. It’s classified as a “Grade 2 (Impractical)” in the Dishrag Classification Manual. Meaning it’s pretty, but not utilitarian. I beg to differ! At heart, it’s a simple– albeit florally-reminiscent– counter...

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Gifty!

Gifty!

Dear Ann, [Note to skimmers. If you stay with this post, there is a free pattern in there somewhere.] Hey there. IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!! Hanukkah is in full swing, but I can handle Hanukkah. Hanukkah requires one Unnecessary But Greatly Desired Electronic Item (To Be Purchased By Dad), plus 7 small items such as: Croc buttons (still looking for here’s the Israeli flag Croc button I saw recently–how cool would that be as...

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What’s New In Dishcloth Design

What’s New In Dishcloth Design

Dear Ann, Once again, I’ve been moonlighting from my full-time job as your part-time correspondent. Now, Miss Ann: I know you love dishcloths. I also know you don’t love them as much as I do. You like dishcloths, but you never get a crazy jones to knit 2 dozen dishcloths, ever. So, occasionally, I stray. I hang out with my dishrag peeps, and we get to cooking up dishrags. Crazy stuff. Over the summer, I heard from Janet...

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Sheep, Potential Alien Encounters, and Woad

Sheep, Potential Alien Encounters, and Woad

Dear Kay, Let’s discuss this New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. I’ve never been to Rhinebeck before, so I’m really excited. Here is a list of who will be appearing at the Festival’s Meet the Authors event, Sunday, Oct. 21, 11:30-2:30 pm in something called Tent City. It’ll be like a Boy Scout Jamboree! I can’t wait to meet all the authors who are going to be appearing. Kristin Nocholas will be there! Do...

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Takin’ Time to Make Time

Takin’ Time to Make Time

Dear Kay, I am having a Dusty Springfield kind of morning. “Son of a Preacher Man”–come ON, now. What more could you ever, ever want in a song? That video of her makes me CRY, it’s so great. Also weeping with joy at the election of Nashville’s new mayor, Karl Dean. This makes three mayors in a row who didn’t grow up here. Speaking as somebody who did grow up here, I can tell you that the city seems to do best...

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See! The World’s Most Comprehensive Wrist Warmers!

See! The World’s Most Comprehensive Wrist Warmers!

Dear Kay, A virtual postcard from tragically blogless Anna-the-patent-lawyer in London. Look: a Perfect Sweater in St. James’s Park! There’s the London Eye back there, and Buckingham Palace, and I’m weeping into my Earl Gray tea with nostalgia about my brief sojourn in merrie olde England. Love the colors (7813, dark green and 8908, pale green). Wait a minute. Anna’s hands look so . . . cozy. Thumbholes! Anna’s...

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A Couple of Things

A Couple of Things

Dear Kay, I love a thoughtful, detailed tour through a knitting project. It’s the essence of a knitting blog: the highs, the lows, the drama of whether the neckline will flop. Come here and sit beside Alice as she talks us through the making of her Perfect Sweater, V Neck Edition. She’s a regular Julia Child of the knitting needles–her sweater’s as purty as a perfectly roasted chicken. Squareishness! Stitch Marker...

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Yo My Dishrag Peeps

Yo My Dishrag Peeps

To my fellow Earthlings who have an irrepressible urge and an irrational exuberance for knitting dishrags and other sassy items for kitchen and bath, G R E E T I N G S: I have News. THE DISHCLOTH CALENDAR IS ON SALE TODAY! THE DISHCLOTH CALENDAR IS ON SALE TODAY! Janet Nogle has organized the first-ever-that-we-know-of calendar with knitting patterns for dishcloths, washcloths, and other spa and kitchen items. I haven’t seen it yet,...

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Perfect Sweater Pattern

Yes, Virginia, There is a Perfect Sweater Pattern

Dear Kay, and All Valiant Heroes Who Have Helped to Determine the Perfect Handknit, I know there are a lot of you who have decided that world peace will arrive before the pattern for the Perfect Sweater. Ah, the Future Search for the Perfect Handknit, the project from last fall which turned our blog into a regular United Nations (or supercatty episode of The View). Well, I’m here to tell you that world peace will have to come tomorrow....

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Weekend (Dishrag) Knitting

Weekend (Dishrag) Knitting

Dear Ann, Let’s review our current Situation, Summer 2006. You: living in a tin-roofed shack. No doubt rendering squirrel fat as we speak. (“Kids, we’re having tacos tonight!”) Me: communicating with the world via princess phone. My current telephone number has LETTERS. Do you remember the sound of a princess telephone ringing? Not princess-like at ALL. It rings like a death in the family, every time. Oh, and...

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