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Contest Winners and Beauty Shots

Contest Winners and Beauty Shots

Dear Ann, The Random Number Generator has done its work, and declared the winners of last week’s book giveaway: Kathy P, Kay “Hot to Go” (no that’s not me), Laura M, Susan “Knit A River” and Brenda “iabrenda.” I’ve emailed the winners. Congrats & enjoy! In the spirit of the Labor Day holiday here, I conscripted youth into the workforce over the weekend. Sixteen year old niece Maggie,...

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The Back To School Book Giveaway Begins

The Back To School Book Giveaway Begins

Dear Ann, I know back-to-school is old news in Nashville, but up here in lazy town, we are still milking summer for all it’s worth. The kids go back to school next week. It’s been so long they need a refresher on What Is This “School” Of Which You Speak, And Why Do I Need A Haircut For It? Good news, Joseph’s Back to School Sweater is done! Yes, I started it for Back to School 2009. Shut up. Luckily, Cristina...

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Sometimes a Great Notion

Sometimes a Great Notion

Dear Ann, Preparing for the journey to Omaha last week, by which I mean, going through the stash and patterns and trying to figure out what to knit, I smacked myself on the forehead and said, “Hey! I could knit for a human!” Joseph is a human, and he has been asking for a “charcoal grey sweater”–I kid you not. Back in June I bought 7 skeins of Rowan All Seasons Cotton in a lovely charcoal grey. Now all 7 skeins...

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Thin Men of Manhattan! And Mr. Boy!

Thin Men of Manhattan!  And Mr. Boy!

Dear Ann, It’s always exciting when a new issue of Twist Collective goes live, and I get to see what we wrote. In the brand-new Summer 2009 issue, there are additional delights: Franklin, at the height of his powers in “13 Ways of Looking at a Knitter.” A wonderful piece of literate, laugh-out-loud whimsy, with drawings reminiscent of Picasso’s late work. (My Franklin crush is obviously out of control: hello,...

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