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Mama Needs a New Cowl: A Contest

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Dear Ann, Yesterday I washed and blocked a new Honey Cowl (MadTosh Sport, 300 stitches, in a color called Whisker that really is reminiscent of a 5 o’clock shadow). (Do people still say “5 o’clock shadow” in this bearded age? Is it still a thing? As one gets older does this kind of  uncertainty plague one’s entire vocabulary?) Today I cast on another Honey Cowl (MadTosh DK, 260 stitches, in a steely pale blue...

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When to Throw in the Cowl

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Dear Ann, I rarely don’t finish a book once I’ve started it, and it’s the same with a knitting project. Even if I hit unexpected doldrums, I am stubborn, and also curious to see how it all works out. (I have been known to delay completion of a handknit for the better part of a decade, but giving up — or more precisely, acknowledging that I’m giving up — is rare.) So it’s weighing on me, the decision...

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Knitting on the Road

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Dear Ann: Hey, here’s the first sleeve of my Monomania cardigan. In my push to finish this sweater, I’ve been dragging it around the city with me in a little cloth bag, getting a few rows in here and there when there is a lull in the action of whatever else I’m doing. I’ve left the bag behind twice now, and both times it nearly gave me a heart attack. To be so close to the finish of a sweater, and to lose not only the...

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Clip & Save: Tips on Knitting Cowls in the Round

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Dear Ann: Let’s get this out of the way:  when I say “cowls in the round,” I mean only one cowl, my beloved Honey Cowl. I have lost count of how many Honey Cowls I have knit. There is always someone who wants one, or wants another one. They are the perfect combination of style and practicality in the handknit accessory category. There is nothing very challenging about knitting a Honey Cowl–it’s a 2-row pattern and...

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On Pins & Needles

Dear Ann, A super-quick, photo-free post to impart two pieces of vital information. 1. Non-knitting discovery: there is a really nice, tiny fabric/quilting/embroidery shop on Lexington Avenue between 74th Street and 75th Street. It’s friendly! It has a well-curated selection of fabrics for quilting and making simple clothing. It’s called Pins & Needles. I got some lovely quarter-yards of Liberty Tana Lawn for my someday...

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