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A Couple of Things

A Couple of Things

Dear Kay, I love a thoughtful, detailed tour through a knitting project. It’s the essence of a knitting blog: the highs, the lows, the drama of whether the neckline will flop. Come here and sit beside Alice as she talks us through the making of her Perfect Sweater, V Neck Edition. She’s a regular Julia Child of the knitting needles–her sweater’s as purty as a perfectly roasted chicken. Squareishness! Stitch Marker...

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Perfect Sweater Pattern

Yes, Virginia, There is a Perfect Sweater Pattern

Dear Kay, and All Valiant Heroes Who Have Helped to Determine the Perfect Handknit, I know there are a lot of you who have decided that world peace will arrive before the pattern for the Perfect Sweater. Ah, the Future Search for the Perfect Handknit, the project from last fall which turned our blog into a regular United Nations (or supercatty episode of The View). Well, I’m here to tell you that world peace will have to come tomorrow....

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Perfect Sweater: Your Summer Reading Project

Perfect Sweater: Your Summer Reading Project

Dear Kay, Go try this.* Pretty! It makes such a flowery picture of a blog. Reminds me of a mind map, kind of like the ones we have for the Perfect Handknit project . . . which I have not forgotten . . . which is marinating like a Piggly Wiggly flank steak in a bucket of lo-cal Italian dressing . . . waiting to be thrown on the grill . . . If you’re just joining us, please feel free to enjoy some extended summer reading–you can catch...

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Perfect Sweater: Sticking Their Necks Out

Perfect Sweater: Sticking Their Necks Out

Dear Kay, and Everybody Who Has Found Peace with Their Finish in the Knitting Olympics, If I sound deliriously excited, it’s because I am. Just goofy, really, because even as I write, there are seven geniuses at work on the Perfect Sweater pattern. Seven intrepid artists who have looked Destiny in the face and said, “Destiny, I’m not askeered of you.” “Destiny, I flinch not.” “Destiny–look,...

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I Have a Bone to Pick

I Have a Bone to Pick

Dear Kay, Still BUZZING from that hour on The Buzz Factor. We’ll have an mp3 of that delirious chatfest before long, so that anybody who wants to can hear what happens when knitters take over talk radio. (Hint: if you talk long enough on the radio, you will say anything. Peculiar knitting habits, bad dates.) A tip o’ the needles to brave soul Cara for calling! At Least Cardiovascular Mohawk Dude Was Arty This far into the Olympics, I...

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dear Kay, Have you ever seen anything prettier than a crochet cast-on? Our technical editor for the Perfect Sweater, Her Mandyness, has declared that the Perfect Sweater hemmed edge will involve a provisional crochet cast on. So, we provisionally cast on. We do whatever Mandy says we should do. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, everybody. Mwahs, hugs, and the hope that you get to pat a skein of Malabrigo today. Love, Ann PS If you want...

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Perfect Sweater: Naive Utopia? We Think Not!

Perfect Sweater: Naive Utopia? We Think Not!

Dear Kay, and Keepers of the Olympic Flame, Knitty’s technical editor Mandy is picking away at the Perfect Sweater pattern like some CSI investigator. Oh, it’s a crime scene all right. Such care! Such meticulation! And two brave knitters are testing out the size small pullover pattern to make sure it’s ready for prime time before we send it to all the also-brave designers who are going to be designing the many neckline styles...

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Perfect Yarn: Waning Days of the Discount

Dear everybody, First of all, I have no idea whether Kay made it to the Newark airport in time to make her flight yesterday. She did call me at what I thought was an alarmingly late hour in the day to chat about felted balls and whatnot. “Shouldn’t you, like, be trying to figure out how to get to Newark or something?” I asked. She was all “Piece of cake it’s not that far a walk and I only have the kids and luggage...

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Perfect Sweater: Remedial Coverage

Perfect Sweater: Remedial Coverage

Dear Kay, and everybody who’s not quite as, uh, troublemaking as Kay, YIKES, WOMAN! You start leaving Comments with words like dolman sleeves, and people are going to bolt for the doors. You don’t yell dolman in a crowded Future Search! I state it plainly: the Perfect Sweater does not have the sleeves of the flying squirrel. There is no peculiar winged element to these sleeves. Nobody’s going to be storing nuts in these...

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Perfect Sweater: Code Name MANDY

Perfect Sweater: Code Name MANDY

Dear Kay, and patient knitters the world around, Thanks to everyone for the support in my time of need. Sixteen pre-first graders armed with cups of frosting are not to be trifled with. My apologies for the long delay in announcing the latest chapter in the Perfect Sweater! I’ve managed to wipe all the frosting off my monitor. To recap (and to refresh MY memory) here’s where we are: We’re on the cusp of greatness. We have a...

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