If you’re looking for a baby-steps way into lopapeysa knitting, the wee Gilipeysa is literally a baby sweater, and the cutest thing going.

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


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 - 1

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 - 1

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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