Is Starshower the new Honey Cowl? Only time will tell (but it looks good).

Public Service Announcement

Public Service Announcement

Dear Ann and everybody, There has been a rushing gush of newly-completed Mitered Crosses Blanket FOs over on Ravelry.com lately. People are finishing them by the score, and they are stunning. There are faithful replications of the original, by those who doggedly sought out Noro Silk Garden #269 (a shade that currently resides on the other side of the river Styx of discontinued colorways, but will be taking the ferry back to life in early...

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Two Trips to Arnold’s, Many Squares, and Happy Endings

Two Trips to Arnold’s, Many Squares, and Happy Endings

Dear Kay, The fellas talked me into going to Arnold’s Country Kitchen for the second day in a row to celebrate the end of school. When Clif reminded me that Friday is chicken and dumpling day, well, he didn’t have to ask twice. Arnold’s is a meat-and-three on Eighth Avenue, and it is a crossroads for Nashville. You see all sorts of people, but at some point, everybody is united by the need to take a deep breath and groan....

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License to Miter

License to Miter

Dear Ann, Hey guess what? A yarn store/cafe in beautiful Brooklyn kindly asked me to teach a workshop on the Mitered Crosses Blanket pattern. I have not been to La Casita yet, but I love it already because (a) it is a “yarn shop and wine bar” and (b) it is the only yarn store in the world that didn’t get the memo that a yarn store name has to include the word yarn, knitting, wool, loop, purl, stitch or ewe. Radical! Space is...

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Yay (It Ain’t Sew)

Yay (It Ain’t Sew)

Dear Ann, Riding high on the early-morning reverse jet lag energy, I’m (over)excited to be joining the Mitered Crosses Blanket sample. If you have ever sewn up a bunch of knitted squares into a blanket (and I know you have), you understand. I am a decent hand at sewing up. I know my way around mattress stitch, and I am not ashamed of my whip stitch, neither. It’s just so much more fun, for a knitter, to knit things together...

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Color Me Joyeuse

Dear Ann, It happens to be my birthday today, so I treated myself to the thrill of pushing the Send Money button on PayPal again. I sent $2750.00 US American Smackeroonies to MercyCorps for its Japan relief efforts. This makes a total of $5000.00, a figure that is stunning to me. (I made sure to add a note crediting the generous knitters of the world.) In other happy birthday to me headlines, I am beyond thrilled to be confirmed in my vague,...

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That Felt Great

Dear Ann qnd everybody, Checking in on the fly to thank everyone who has purchased the Mitered Crosses blanket pattern for Japan. This morning I pushed the old PayPal “SEND MONEY” button (one of my favorite buttons) to send $2,250.00 to donate@mercycorps. A princely sum for a humble garter stitch blanket that is not even finished yet (two more squares done, though). I could get used to this feeling. Ciao and bisoux from la belle...

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Did I Cast on the Noro? Reader, I Did

Did I Cast on the Noro? Reader, I Did

Dear Ann, I miss you when you’re away! In my last post, I whimpered about the pull of temptation to cast on a new log cabin blanket in Noro Silk Garden before doing my duty and finishing the last sleeve on a child’s overdue pullover. A few days later, this comment came in from (our vast readership in) Qatar: I was going to say just give in to the call of the Noro, but it’s been several days, so you must have...

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