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Small Shawl on a Wall

Small Shawl on a Wall

Dear Ann, I’m going to try to make this a 5 minute post. Earlier today I Instagrammed a picture of a small shawl on a wall in somebody’s booth at Vogue Knitting Live, after one of my companions pointed it out. We oohed. We aahed. We mentally queued it. Lauren said she’d seen it in the Winter 2012 issue of Knitscene. My twitter feed promptly exploded with tweeps wanting to know, needing to know, begging to know, demanding to...

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Other People’s Knitting: Knitmas Edition

Other People’s Knitting: Knitmas Edition

Dear Ann: I’m completely wrecked from staying up with the kids last night to watch the British Pop Pensioners Concert, I mean the 12/12/12 concert to benefit Superstorm Sandy relief. There is now a clear demarcation in my life: the Time Before I Saw Roger Daltrey’s High-Gloss Bare Chest, and the Time After. (Click if you dare.) Seriously. Foxy old men: I love your foxiness. I really do. I also love a shirt. Ann! The...

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Wreathed in Glory

Wreathed in Glory

Dear Ann, A super-short post to announce the winner of the drawing for the Hampstead Wreath knitted by my own fair hand. The lucky soon-to-be-adorned one is Lorajean aka KnittedWit on Ravelry. Thanks, everyone, for your generosity to Citymeals and your support of our efforts to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief. We’ve sold 154 patterns so far. The total donated to Citymeals is yet to be calculated but definitely exceeds $4000 at...

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Near Miss, Four Hits, and a Torcon 9 Craft Project

Near Miss, Four Hits, and a Torcon 9 Craft Project

Dear Kay, Yesterday’s tornadoes apparently filled a month’s quota on tornadoes for the United States, awful in every way. We in Nashville were lucky to dodge the worst of it, though we did get a midafternoon dose of crazy that resulted in a) quality time in our basement, b) hail the size of golf balls, so remarkable that Facebook erupted in pix of amazed Nashvillian hands displaying huge pearls of the stuff, and c) such widespread...

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Craft. Work. Knit.

Craft. Work. Knit.

Dear Ann, FINALLY! I’ve been dragged out of seclusion by your mention of Ann Weaver. I’ve been crushing on the designs in Ann Weaver’s recent book, Craft. Work. Knit, since someone with a good eye introduced me to them last autumn. I got my hot little hands on a copy of this self-published gem, and fell in love. It was the good kind of love. The kind that inspires you to finish up a couple of projects so you can cast on...

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A Dollar (per skein) and a Dream

Dear Ann, Sometimes when I’m having a quiet day of introspection, I get to thinking, gee, maybe I’ve knit one too many log cabin blankets? Maybe I’ve exhausted the form? (Usually, when I am having such thoughts, I am sitting there knitting on a log cabin blanket, but whatever.) Then I see something like Cathy of Ann Arbor’s version of our Buncha Squares blanket (which is itself a knitted version of Denyse...

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Teeny Project Squirrel

Teeny Project Squirrel

Dear Ann, Our friends at the magical Brooklyn General Store are sponsoring a spring contest that is sure to excite readers who fondly remember Teeny Project Runway. What’s not to love about a contest whose official rules state: “You can submit up to 3 squirrels”? See the details here. NOTE: Although it is truly unfair, taxidermy is not allowed. Console yourself with the fact that virtually all other 3D squirrel-making...

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The Knitting Olympics–On Ice!

The Knitting Olympics–On Ice!

Dear Ann, Still gaping in amazement at Rodarte’s skating costumes for the Olympics. Can I brag, just a little, that as soon as I saw the photos of the red & black number, I said, “Rodarte”? ‘Cause I’m so down with the kids and the fashion and stuff? And because it looks just like a dress from last year’s collection that made me gasp, “Kid….Silk…..Haze….”? (Go to Aunt...

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‘Tis the Gift To Be Simple

Dear Ann, Reader Gretchen kindly wrote to tell me (a) she liked our audiobook, and (b) to send me a link to this blanket for a baby boy because she thought I’d like it. Well, yes. I like it and in fact I lurve it! As it happens, for the past few weeks I had been running through my mental list of Baby Blankets I Like To Knit, for a couple of baby boys who are growing a pound a day and speaking in full sentences at this point, and...

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