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Near Miss, Four Hits, and a Torcon 9 Craft Project

Near Miss, Four Hits, and a Torcon 9 Craft Project

Dear Kay, Yesterday’s tornadoes apparently filled a month’s quota on tornadoes for the United States, awful in every way. We in Nashville were lucky to dodge the worst of it, though we did get a midafternoon dose of crazy that resulted in a) quality time in our basement, b) hail the size of golf balls, so remarkable that Facebook erupted in pix of amazed Nashvillian hands displaying huge pearls of the stuff, and c) such widespread...

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Blankets on a Hill

Dear Ann, Tuesday night’s knitting party (erm, “class”) in Nashville was so dang fun. One sweet moment for me was when Yolanda showed me an album of photos that Liz Thomas had taken of log cabin blankets that Yolanda had made for her three little boys in Kentucky. I begged her to get me a link so I could share them. Warning: These photos may cause a viewer to cast on a log cabin blanket. Or produce a a darling little boy. ...

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The Ears Don’t Lie

The Ears Don’t Lie

Dear Olive, Don’t get me wrong. I love it when you help me make up the bed. I know it’s a lot more fun for you than the knitting. And better exercise! All that huffing and puffing and stretching. There’s nothing like bed linens that are fresh and clean clean clean, right down to the mattress cover. And it’s so helpful to have a companion for this job. You’re here for me, babe, every step of the way, and I...

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National Frog Something Day

National Frog Something Day

Dear Ann, I declare today, June 9, to be my own personal Frog Something Day. I’ve virtually frogged two projects! That’s at least 2 years worth of Coming To Terms With Reality, for me. Usually when I’m knitting something and it’s not working out, the project gets put aside for a minute and then, like something on the ID Channel, it’s never heard from again. These projects are not ever coming back to me, but I...

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Where to Knit in……NYC

Where to Knit in……NYC

Dear Ann, Once in a while I discover a great new place to knit in public, and I gotta share: Bull Moose Dog Run, Theodore Roosevelt Park, New York, New York What it has going for it (apart from the hilarious name): Sunny but also shady; dappled light makes for great stitch definition. Ample benches for ample knitters, and also for knitting bags and any equipment you’re hauling from Little League. The gravel may get stuck in your...

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Patchy

Patchy

Dear Ann, The sock-yarn log cabin has reached a Turning Point. I’m 6 blocks into it. But I don’t like one of the blocks. Meanwhile, knitting six 10-inch squares, at 8 stitches to the inch, gives a girl time to think of New Stuff To Do. I have eliminated the unloved square. “It’s not you, it’s me,” I told it. “I’m just not that into variegation.” Now I am poised on the precipice of...

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On The Fly

On The Fly

Dear Ann, It’s Spring Break and we are heading South for a few days. Meanwhile, I’m wrecking my wrists cranking square after square for my Cabin Raising blanket in Sophie’s Toes sock yarn. I may have mentioned that this blanket is on Number 2 needles. THIS BLANKET IS ON NUMBER TWO NEEDLES. A personal first I gotta say. Only bothers me when I think about it. Still life with back cover of Amish Abstractions, a book of...

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Deja-vous? Don’t Mind If I Do

Deja-vous?  Don’t Mind If I Do

Dear Ann, Where does the time go? It’s hard to keep track, especially if you keep knitting the same thing over and over. This is the nice clean carpet in the airport in Madison, where I spent 5 hours of serenity on Sunday, waiting for LaGuardia to work through its storm delays. Just me, a Spotted Cow, a baggie of cheese curds (from the newstand; this was Madison), and a freshly-acquired hoard of Sophie’s Toes famous hand-dyed...

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This Too Shawl Pass

This Too Shawl Pass

Dear Ann, Olive is harshing on me in this photo. She’s judging me because although I only have 2 garter ridges left on the Flaggy Blankie, toward the end of last week I was laid low by a wicked case of the Starties. As always, it hit me from behind. I had been sitting on 6 skeins of Alchemy Haiku, in the lemony-lime shade of Citrine, for a full year without being seized with any particular impulse to knit it. I had bought it last year...

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Obsession Regression

Obsession Regression

Dear Ann, It started with the ordinary need, right this minute, for a project I could knit without looking, or thinking. (Couldn’t manage Citron in the movies, due to the evenly-spaced increases every few rows.) (Obviously couldn’t go to the movies without knitting. Hello? This is me?) OK, I’m way behind on my baby blankets; I thought, I’ll start on a striped denim blanket like that one I made back in 2000 or 2001...

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