Tidings of Lemon Fresh Joy

Tidings of Lemon Fresh Joy - 1

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!) - 1

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 - 1

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) - 1

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 - 1

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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