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Bread, Milk, Noro: Check!

Bread, Milk, Noro: Check!

Dear Kay, I barely got to the store in time to lay in provisions for the icy storm predicted last night. And by store I mean yarn store. Having already cleared Haus of Yarn of its most juicy Silk Garden (aka Stage One of this blanket), I bravely headed south to Bliss Yarns, located in the wilds of Brentwood, for Stage Two (aka Rilly You Don’t Have Enough Of This Stuff?). At this point I’ve got 15 squares done and decided on the spot...

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Let Noro Be Noro

Let Noro Be Noro

Dear Kay, The way I see it, there are two ways to knit with Noro. You care, or you don’t. You aim, or you don’t aim. It is possible to impose order on a project made with Noro yarn–Ravelry is awash with knitters who have managed, through patience, yarn-splicing, and white-knuckle courage to end up with a cardigan with matching stripes on both sleeves. For me, I just accept the worldview that Mr. Eisaku Noro presents, all 100...

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Mitered Crosses Blanketyness

Mitered Crosses Blanketyness

Dear Kay, OK I have to admit it: I wanted to be the one to buy the 1,000th pattern. I wanted to get mine at some delightful milestone in the life of Kay’s pattern. I thought about being #100, but that came and went too fast. Even #500 slipped past me in the night. It turns out that rascally Elizabeth K. beat me to #1,000, so I settled for #1,001. I had no idea that 999 other knitters would be so generous. THANK YOU, everyone, for pitching...

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Say It with Yarn

Say It with Yarn

Dear Kay, Here’s a scarf I just sent off to my dear college friend, whose mom died last week. Her mom was the BEST. I got the news and immediately went home to start a scarf for her, because I was so upset that I wasn’t going to be able to attend the funeral. The only yarn I had that would work as a scarf was this pile of leftover nubbins. Noro Silk Garden. Feather and fan. Seems so inadequate. But I loved thinking about this...

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People Say That I’m A Dreamer

People Say That I’m A Dreamer

Dear Ann, I suspect you are dying to know my New Year’s Resolution, so let’s get that out of the way. Listen. I don’t want to make anybody feel inadequate. Just because I have dreams and ambition and a crackling fire in my belly doesn’t mean that everybody does. Life is hard. We have difficult choices to make. But my feeling is: aim for the stars. Get out there and TRY, girl. Like it says on the sweater, BE the...

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Post-Oscar Roundup

Post-Oscar Roundup

Dear Kay, A Day In the Life of a Noro Silk Garden Stockinette Scarf Using Two Different Colors in Alternating Stripes: 9:02 am: A scarf is born. As I cast on, I’m sitting in Sunday school listening to the dean of the church explain something about why the Anglican communion, the primates (whatever they are–aren’t primates apes or something?), the Lambeth conference, and something else (oh yeah–the entire southern...

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