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A Valentine to Linen

A Valentine to Linen

Dear Ann, My wild infatuation with All Things Cauchy continues. If you like watching people work (a particular love of mine, and I’m not even kidding), if you like bread, if you like flax, if you like/hate opinionated Frenchmen, well, go watch these videos. The second one really puts the Euro in flax. “It’s a fiber you have a relationship with.” In my case, a longterm, very exciting relationship. Sort of a...

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Stop! In the Name of Love

Stop!  In the Name of Love

Dear Ann, Why hello there, Ms. Bespoke Couture Knittin’, Ms. Oh That Lil’ Ol’ Reverse Stockinette Facing Under The Collar?–That’s a Dressmaker Detail To Hide Any Unsightliness, Ms. I Am Concerned About Cables Meeting Under the Arms. We humble dishrag-crankers salute you. We’re not worthy! We don’t know from cables–we don’t know from underarms, for that matter. We stick to our square...

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Still At It

Still At It

Dear Ann, I am in a flow state about knitting Sean Scully paintings. My condition can only be described as Cara-esque. Over the weekend, reader pal Kelly fed the flames by sending me a booklet from a recent Scully show at Dartmouth in which the painter comments on a series of paintings going back to the beginning of his 30-year plus focus on stripes. I like to think that as a knitter with a strong (ahem) “focus” on garter...

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St. Somebody

St. Somebody

Dear Ann, This just in: the eBay auction for Oliver’s Recycled De-Raffled Blanket has ended. The winning bid of $960.00 took my breath away, but it was just not good enough for the anonymous buyer, who rounded up her payment to a nice $1000–tossing in a lagniappe in honor of the knitters who contributed squares for Oliver. I hope it goes with her sofa! I know I will miss seeing it on my dotty chair. I’m renewing my...

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Square Two (Is A Rectangle)

Square Two (Is A Rectangle)

Dear Ann, Square Two of the Wall of Linen blanket is a walk in the park. Cast on 30 in cream. Make 4 navy blue stripes of either 3 or 4 ridges (go crazy with the possibilities). Start these stripes on the wrong side, to achieve an appearance of WS on the RS. (This Knitting Special Effect looks like ticking. I find it Visually Interesting.) Knit a total of 60 garter ridges, then bind off, then work cro-Kay all the way around the square. ...

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Square One In Greater Detail Than One Would Wish

Square One In Greater Detail Than One Would Wish

Dear Ann, I’m trying to write this down as I go, so humor me. On Friday I made a beeline to Annie & Company for Euroflax colors I didn’t have, including Navy Blue and Cream. In my yarn-scavenging frenzy, this nearly-done sweater nearly was sacrificed. I hesitated when I realized that I’ll still have a bunch left if I just finish the sleeves and cast the thing off. For Those Who Are Playing At Home I’m using Size 3...

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Wall of Linen

Wall of Linen

Dear Ann, I rarely suffer from any serious malaise in my knitting. There is always something to knit that is much better than what I am knitting now, and I am generally racing as fast as I can, jettisoning UFOs to the left of me, WIPs to my right–to get to the promised land of the next cast-on. Except for lately. Last night I was invited to a cozy Knit Nite at a friend’s and I didn’t have a project to take with me. Not so...

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Flaxen Update

Flaxen Update

Dear Kay, Here’s a quick peek at the Handmaiden Flaxen swatch knitted up. It’s 6″ x 8″ wide on a size 4 needle. I really love this yarn, I love these colors, but I do not love this swatch. No matter how pretty the colors are in the skein, something happens to them when they’re knitted together, and it just doesn’t sing for me. Who knows how the color breaks would fall when worked at a wider width? The great...

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FO-A-Thon!

FO-A-Thon!

Dear Ann, Luv yer cushion. Just love it! I also admire the way you totally lost your mind and doubled Cotton Classic to get the cushion of your dreams. And may I add that I am coveting that silvery sage background color because I have run out of it, Downtown Yarns has run out of it, and I am 1.5 sides away from finishing the Unrealistically Wide Border on my latest Mitered Square Blanket. So could you lob any leftovers this way? Just one...

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Stop Me Before I Swatch Again

Stop Me Before I Swatch Again

Dear Ann, Ever since I discovered Euroflax linen yarn last week at Downtown Yarns, I have cast my WIPs to the winds (well, I didn’t exactly have to CAST your Olive cardi to the winds; the jetstream has carried it across the Atlantic by this point) so I could swatch for the perfect shawl pattern. It’s been a Journey of Flax Discovery. First I wanted to make one of the shawls in the Summer 2004 issue of Interweave Knits. Although I...

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