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The Results Are In: The Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting

The Results Are In: The Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting

Dear one n all, The voters’ fingers have been dipped in milk. The UN poll inspectors have all gone home. Jimmy Carter has concluded that democracy has been served. Here’s how the 2,450 votes stacked up in the quest for The Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting: 1. Girl Scout Thin Mint 249 2. Pepperidge Farm Milano 208 3. Walker’s Shortbread 200 4. Girl Scout Samoa 135 5. Chocolate-covered Digestive 118 6. Oreo ...

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Let the Voting Begin: The Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting

Let the Voting Begin: The Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting

Dear cookie enthusiasts, We have culled through the nominations for Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting, and now present the ballot. Democracy is never easy, is it? A few notes: 1. Hard decisions had to be made while pulling this together. The point was raised that perhaps Girl Scout cookies should have their own category, due to their seasonal availability. The League of Women Cookie Voters concluded that distribution in general is a...

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The Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting

The Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting

Dear Kay, I think it’s safe to say that yesterday, the Lebkuchen Defense League rose up in support of its favorite seasonal treat. Such a spirited defense! Thank you all for explaining that the papery food/not-food thing on the bottom is called an oblaten. I’m going to start putting oblaten under everything I make. Pancakes. Hamburgers. Tacos. It can’t hurt, right? Kind of like Spanx for your food. Laura, Su1281, Emily all ask...

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A Very Late Night

A Very Late Night

Dear everybody, Well, the finalists all went out last night in what started out as a UN-style celebration of how great everybody is, and everybody’s a winner, and it’s just cool they all got to meet. “That cardigan really sets off your green complexion so awesomely.” “You really don’t look much like a potato with that awesome sweater on.” “You’re so THIN! How do you stay so...

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Teeny Project Runway: Finalists!

Teeny Project Runway: Finalists!

Dear everybody, Congratulations to everyone who entered Teeny Project Runway! If you read the comments from our last entry, you will see the overwhelming feeling that these 62 entries have, in the words of Tim Gunn, knocked everybody’s socks off. And in a world of knitters, that is a LOT of socks. We need hardly point out that this has exceeded our expectations in every way. Still chuckling, still puzzling, still hearing speculation about...

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Teeny Project Runway: It’s Time to Vote

Dear everybody, WELCOME TO THE RUNWAY! The teeny weeny runway, that is. We are proud, humbled, and awed to present the entries in Mason-Dixon Knitting’s Teeny Project Runway. (If you are just now joining us, here’s the story of what the heck we’re doing here. If, on the other hand, you’ve been waiting impatiently to see this slide show of garments knitted for stuffed animals, figurines, and taxidermy, well, you’re...

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Teeny Project Runway: A Contest!

Teeny Project Runway: A Contest!

Dear beloved nutcase readers, Kay and I are proud to announce the first-ever Teeny Project Runway. Background I had a revelation last week during a spasm of knitting for fake chickens to decorate the cast party cake for Second Grade Puppet Show. As I sat there, frantically cooking up outfits for fake chickens, I watched Project Runway, mesmerized as ever. I realized that I had found a way to wallow in the joy of designing clothes. For teeny...

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Sheep, Potential Alien Encounters, and Woad

Sheep, Potential Alien Encounters, and Woad

Dear Kay, Let’s discuss this New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. I’ve never been to Rhinebeck before, so I’m really excited. Here is a list of who will be appearing at the Festival’s Meet the Authors event, Sunday, Oct. 21, 11:30-2:30 pm in something called Tent City. It’ll be like a Boy Scout Jamboree! I can’t wait to meet all the authors who are going to be appearing. Kristin Nocholas will be there! Do...

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Takin’ Time to Make Time

Takin’ Time to Make Time

Dear Kay, I am having a Dusty Springfield kind of morning. “Son of a Preacher Man”–come ON, now. What more could you ever, ever want in a song? That video of her makes me CRY, it’s so great. Also weeping with joy at the election of Nashville’s new mayor, Karl Dean. This makes three mayors in a row who didn’t grow up here. Speaking as somebody who did grow up here, I can tell you that the city seems to do best...

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See! The World’s Most Comprehensive Wrist Warmers!

See! The World’s Most Comprehensive Wrist Warmers!

Dear Kay, A virtual postcard from tragically blogless Anna-the-patent-lawyer in London. Look: a Perfect Sweater in St. James’s Park! There’s the London Eye back there, and Buckingham Palace, and I’m weeping into my Earl Gray tea with nostalgia about my brief sojourn in merrie olde England. Love the colors (7813, dark green and 8908, pale green). Wait a minute. Anna’s hands look so . . . cozy. Thumbholes! Anna’s...

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