For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

Knitting Aphorisms Revisited

Dear Ann, Last night was a dark night of the knitting soul. As I was doing the final (500+-stitch) rounds of Quadrature, I had to consult the pattern again to read the bit about some increases required only in the final rows of the B cables. (The B cables are the ones on the sides; the A cables are the ones on the corners. They are the same. OR SO I THOUGHT.) This was when I discovered, with a kind of handheld-camera, horror-flick terror, that I...

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Vivi’s Sweater

Vivi’s Sweater

Dear Ann, This is Vivi. Vivi is a Papillon puppy belonging to Gail, whom I met on Twitter.  (I was trying to complete my set of all possible spellings of the name Gail.) The red sweater belongs to Vivi’s elderly sister Mitzi. Mitzi’s  sweater is 15 years old. Gail wanted it copied for Vivi. I wanted to copy it for my own purposes, so I took it on.  As you do. How hard could it be? With some help from Belinda of True Brit Knits,...

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Tails of the City

Dear Ann, Some days, I am especially grateful that we have a blog. What do people without blogs do, when something weird and kind of cool happens to them? I guess they have to take their chances with the Metropolitan Diary at the New York Times. Here goes. Scene: Central Park, 8-ish a.m. Dramatis personae/canae: Me/my Olive, my pal Lisa/her Artie Walking along the path to the Dog-Friendly Caffeine Stop, I spy a collar on the ground and pick...

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Best Medicine

Best Medicine

Dear Ann, You know that science has proven that laughing is good for you, right? This morning, thanks to Twitter and Norma, I have been laughing so hard at Damn You, Auto Correct that Olive is trying to call 911 on me. The auto corrects themselves are very funny, but what has me hysterical to the point of airway obstruction are the reactions– shocked, bemused, offhand– by the recipients of these odd messages. (My fave so far is a...

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Glad and a Little Sad

Glad and a Little Sad

Dear Ann, What a hoot! Readers were very generous with clever and silly suggestions of Halloween getups for Olive. I now have a master list to draw from, and knit from, in years to come. Olive, who seems to enjoy Apparel, and being the subject of fussing, will not greet trick or treaters in her birthday suit. THE GLAD The winner of the drawing for the stack o’ books is Lou H., whom I’ve emailed. Congrats, Lou! Try not to...

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Our Favorite Little Black Fruit

Our Favorite Little Black Fruit

Dear Ann, Kind reader Elizabeth D. sends breaking news: August is Celebrate Olive month! For reals! There’s a whole website about it! They have some interesting suggestions on how to observe Celebrate Olive Month. Number 8: “Sign up for school snack duty: Send the kids in with a few cans of California Ripe Olives (and a can opener).” I’m not sure I want my kids known as Those Kids (Who Brought Canned Olives To...

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First Annual Olive Bergmann Festival of Songs About Dogs

First Annual Olive Bergmann Festival of Songs About Dogs

Dear Ann, You may have wondered, with a sinking, sure knowledge, “Is Kay going to be one of those people who celebrates her dog’s birthday?” Why yes. Yes I am one of those people. (I know! It’s awful!) Olive is one year old today. She loves the popular music of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s (chewable formats only, vinyl preferred). To mark the occasion, a few classics, certified Helen Reddy-free. I heard this one in...

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How To Bore Your Dog

How To Bore Your Dog

Dear Ann, Don’tcha hate it when a blogger says they’re working on secret knitting, and they get all CIA about it? Olive finds this very boring. But what can I do? I’m working on Secret Knitting. It’s for a pal. Let’s just say that it has taken on A Life of Its Own. There is no aspect of this project that Olive doesn’t think is boring. Sure, it cushions the stones on the patio, and it’s mildly...

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Brother From Another Mother

Brother From Another Mother

Dear Ann, People always ask me, “What kind of dog is that?” Impossible to tell, really. We were told: Australian Terrier and Miniature Poodle. No sign of poodle in the actual dog, though. So, Olive is some kind of terrier mix that also is reminiscent of a tiny German Shepherd. Here in the land of Yorkies, Chorkies, Havanese, and many hyphenations of poo, we never see a dog that looks like her. Until we met Hercules. ...

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Dogography

Dogography

Dear Ann, I’m learning a lot about dog photography. It goes slower than knitting photography. You never have to wait for knitting to stop licking itself. If you’re trying to photograph a dog in a naturalistic setting of quilts or handknits, it’s good if the dog sleeps a lot and likes textiles. My dog really likes textiles, especially my personal pillow. Apparently my pillow is just THE BEST. If you had told me a year ago...

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