Waifs down a mossy path: Dries Van Noten’s clothes for next spring.

Perfect Handknit: Onward!

Perfect Handknit: Onward!

Dear Kay, and the Style Council, My apologies for the delay in corresponding, but between the submarine-style blog disaster and the shocking realization that they didn’t put glasses on those cowgirls on the book cover, well. I’ve been a little shaky. I mean, we are myopic, have been myopic, and shall forevermore be myopic. The lie! The utter deceit of it all. I can hardly look at the thing. A Brief Knitting Moment Before we return to...

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Perfect Sweater: Squirrel Hits Transformer

Perfect Sweater: Squirrel Hits Transformer

Dear Kay, and the Needleworkers on the Verge of Breakdown, The thing that gets me is how tenuous it is, this Internet. Kick the plug out of the wall, and it vanishes. Take for example, last night. At 7:08 pm, we heard one of those distant, muffled BOOMs that means a squirrel somewhere made a wrong turn on a power line and blew out a transformer. Lights out; Future Search for Perfect Handknit vanishes into the ether. I had been carefully styling...

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Perfect Project: Let’s Have a Mandate!

Dear Kay, and the Tastemakers, No, no, it’s not like a date with a man, y’all. It’s just that 328 of us agree on ANYthing. Ah, the smell of it! The tally: My perfect project is a sweater. 60.4% 328 a shawl. 16.2% 88 socks. 12.5% 68 a scarf. 6.8% 37 an afghan. 3.3% 18 a sweater dress. 0.7% 4 Sweater Dress Backlash I feel rilly sorry for the sweater dress. Julia: “I actually...

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Perfect Project: An Interlude, then a VOTE!

Perfect Project: An Interlude, then a VOTE!

Dear Kay, and Everybody Seeking the Perfect Handknizizzle, You think I’ve been just sitting around with the markers, drinking heavily and making mind maps of my grocery list. Well, let me tell you–your recent decision to revisit the cardigan for Dennis Weaver/your dad rekindled in me the desire to finish up some achingly undone projects. Not only will I relieve the crushing guilt of having promised sister Buffy a handknit in 2003, it...

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Perfect Handknit: Too Proud to Live, Too Sorry to Die

Perfect Handknit: Too Proud to Live, Too Sorry to Die

Dear Kay, and the Future Searchers, [For those just joining us, a quick review: We are deep into a group quest for the Perfect Handknit. If we were MSNBC, we'd have a graphic in the corner that ticks off the days: "Perfect Handknit: Day 23." It's not a hostage situation, exactly, although we may have lost a few participants to grief at the wrong yarn being named the perfect yarn, confusion about why we are doing this, and general claustrophobia....

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Perfect Handknit: The Hard Part Begins

Dear Kay, and the Committee of Semi-Defeated Yet Stalwart Handknitters, Never mind the irregularities at the polls–the blue-fingered agitators, the accusations of nefarious alphabetization, the excessive consumption of Screech Rum drunk in protest–we have all weighed in. I find this very interesting. The fact is, for many and various reasons, few of us are totally happy with the results. We all feel a little uncomfortable, a little...

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The Perfect Yarn: Destiny Begins NOW

Dear Kay, and the Perfect Handknit Task Force, Thanks for the virtual chicken soup. We’re all on the mend, though David managed to eke out an extra day home from school when he said to me, in his pale way, “Mom. I need just one more day . . . to recover . . . ” OK. A couple of notes: First of all, thanks to all you type-A homework completers. I knew we could count on you. We had last-minute write-in nominations for the Perfect...

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The Perfect Yarn: Snurfle

Dear Kay, and the Perfect Handknit Think Tank, Just a quick note to ASSURE you that the Future Search will continue shortly–let’s just say a few UNREGISTERED participants showed up and have been disrupting the executive committee planning session in a very uncooperative way. OK, the fact is that we’ve all got colds here. I’m going to have another teal blue cordial (OK, Dayquil to you connoisseurs) and fire up the BlogPoll...

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The Perfect Yarn: Narrowing It Down

The Perfect Yarn: Narrowing It Down

Dear Kay, and the Perfect Handknit Design Committee, Such input! Such passion! Such utter lack of snarky backbiting and ridicule! Delighted to see our Future Search off to such a congenial start. Let’s all take a 15-minute break and congratulate ourselves. [15-minute break] OK, could you Koigu people in the back quit sniffing the yarn with those rapturous expressions on yer faces? Kymm, please quit dismantling that old sweater–at...

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A Projeck: In Search of the Perfect Handknit

A Projeck: In Search of the Perfect Handknit

Dear Kay, I keep thinking about how awesomely awesome it was to hear everybody’s ideas about how to design the Fern sweater. How helpful. How incredible the brain trust is, here on the Internet. How everybody else seems to know so much more than I do. How all that awesome awesomeness could be channeled into a project that would reflect the collective wisdom of all the knitters of the universe. Or something. Here’s what I propose: ...

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