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Wreathed in Glory

Wreathed in Glory

Dear Ann, A super-short post to announce the winner of the drawing for the Hampstead Wreath knitted by my own fair hand. The lucky soon-to-be-adorned one is Lorajean aka KnittedWit on Ravelry. Thanks, everyone, for your generosity to Citymeals and your support of our efforts to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief. We’ve sold 154 patterns so far. The total donated to Citymeals is yet to be calculated but definitely exceeds $4000 at...

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Wreath Spotting, Cornerstone Blanket Update–and a Drawing

Wreath Spotting, Cornerstone Blanket Update–and a Drawing

Dear Ann, First, an update for our readers on the Cornerstone Blanket fundraising project. As of this morning, we have sent off 110 downloads of the pattern to knitters who donated at least 10 bucks to Citymeals-on-Wheels, a New York City charity that rose immediately to the aid of those in need after superstorm Sandy, and now needs extra funding to replenish its pantries and continue its work at a heightened level. Even more exciting, the...

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Let’s Do This Thing

Let’s Do This Thing

Dear Everybody, After a few weeks of frantic knitting by me; cool, calm, collected work on the Quark machine by Ann; and eagle-eyed spadework by our offshore Technical Editing Department, we are proud to announce that our Hurricane Sandy relief fundraiser pattern, the Cornerstone Blanket, is available for purchase. We did things differently this time. Here’s a brief explanation of what’s different, and why. When you go to the the...

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Hampstead Wreath in the Wild

Hampstead Wreath in the Wild

Dear Ann, It’s late Sunday night and after a busy weekend, I am spending it like anybody would, checking Ravelry to see if there are any finished Hampstead Wreaths posted there yet. Here is the very first one: Isn’t it lovely? It’s by our own, by which I mean Nashville’s own, Mary Sue Taylor, mtaylormusic on Ravelry. A dear heart and a great knitter and also a person who, I was not the slightest bit surprised to learn,...

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From London With Love

From London With Love

Dear Ann, Here’s a sweet bit of news. Our lovely pals Belinda and Wendy at True Brit Knits, knitwear fashion designers extraordinaire, have given a lovely gift to Sandy-ravaged residents of New York City. It’s called the Hampstead Wreath, and it’s a knitting pattern. Through the end of the year (i.e., the very peak of wreath-knitting FEVER), all sales of downloads of the Hampstead Wreath pattern will go to...

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Postcard from the Upper West Side

Postcard from the Upper West Side

Dear Ann, So, remember when you were here in September and we needed to buy some stamp pads so that we could rubber stamp our woodcut heads onto stuff (like you do)–and we stopped in at Stationery & Toy World on West 72nd Street? And I said, “this is a neighborhood institution,” and you said, “oh yes, I can see that.” The “World” in the store’s name always tickles me. From the outside, it...

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