Waifs down a mossy path: Dries Van Noten’s clothes for next spring.

FO! Durrow!

FO!  Durrow!

Dear Ann, Once in awhile it has occurred to me that you do not post many photo essays featuring your boys wearing tasteful handknits in glorious settings. Until this past weekend, I might have thought this was just garden-variety laziness. That you simply could not be bothered to place one of your handsome boys, handknit-clad, against a nice background, point and shoot. Now I know better. I apologize for entertaining such unkind thoughts. ...

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Drop Everything and Knit

Drop Everything and Knit

Dear Ann, I look at patterns all the time. No matter how many books and old Rowans I’ve got, new designs are always calling to me. As a result, I am always seeing things I really, really want to knit. Usually, this means I file the pattern away under ‘Will Knit Someday’. ‘Someday’ is illusory. I’m always starting new projects and letting old ones mildew in the corner, and usually I’ve seen many...

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Sur le Pont d’Avignon

Sur le Pont d’Avignon

Dear Ann, Color me proud: Look what Sara has done! From looking at the Taro Blankie, she has made her own, inspired version. Check out her substitute for the original wacky bleached denim square: –the Gee’s Bendiest piece of knitting ever! Go over to Sara’s and read all about it. That’s it–I had a powerful need to kvell. I came, I kvelled, I’m done. Love,...

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Congratulations, Darlings

Congratulations, Darlings

Dear Kay, While everybody’s voting for the Perfect Project (if you haven’t voted, scroll down to find the ballot), here is some news that we should file under “Justice, Blue Ribbon.” Item 1: Monster in Texas Remember this cute little guy? Back in July, Susan told us she was entering this felted monster–her own design–in the Texas State Fair. Well, by jinky, he took the blue ribbon in the “Original...

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Happy Knitting Content

Happy Knitting Content

Dear Ann, I do not turn on the TV in the morning, so it was through the Internet knitting world that I found out the sad news about the London explosions. From Belinda, who — CNN take note — is the perfect news source: factual, concise and braced with Churchillian fortitude. Belinda’s most recent email was entitled, ‘Happy Knitting Content’. On the theory that Happy Knitting Content can never hurt, and may...

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My Own Private Charleston

My Own Private Charleston

Dear Ann, Ever since I got back from California, I can’t stop thinking about Bloomsbury. Specifically, Bloomsbury Needlepoint. Specifically, these cushions: My friend Ann (aka the ‘Other Ann’, aka ‘Ann B.”) of Berkeley, California, made these stunning things from Bloomsbury Needlepoint, an amazing book by Melinda Coss, sadly out of print, but happily available from Internet booksellers. The book provides...

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Dolman Rerouted

Dolman Rerouted

Dear Ann, Remember this? You don’t? This is Dolman Updated, a design in the Fall 2003 Interweave Knits. Back in November 2003, I was knitting this then-brand-new pattern in the back seat of a tiny car that was careening and skidding around the hills of the Piedmont region of Italy. Usually just before or after eating a meal with 4 appetizers and a blur of other courses after that. Dolman Updated is a simple yet ingenious pattern. See...

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Mason-Dixon Mailbag, Southern Bureau

Mason-Dixon Mailbag, Southern Bureau

Dear Kay, A quick note to show you a little something that my sister-in-law, the protean Mary Neal of Living with Caucasians fame, whipped up over the winter months. Now that she has returned from her sojourn in Tbilisi, Georgia, to the land of the “free,” she had a chance to finish this doozy: You won’t find this in any Rowan magazine, no Phildar, no nowhere–Mary Neal is the sort who just sort of jumps in and goes where...

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Yoo Hoo Department

Yoo Hoo Department

Dear Ann, First of all, I’m sure you’ll join me in sending a big yoo-hoo out to our friend Yvonne in London, for letting us be the first on our respective blocks to have the first issue of the UK’s new, and apparently only, knitting magazine, called ‘Knitting’. (The collector in me is hyperventilating, to have the first issue of anything–quel thrill! ) For their first issue they really made an effort and...

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Mason-Dixon Mailbag

Mason-Dixon Mailbag

Dear Kay, Much has happened since last we co-posted the entire history of our lives: Clif’s first soccer game. (Half the team decided to hang on the sideline, citing fear of the opposing team, but Fella was out there showing a surprising level of spunk.) Ninety-sixth birthday party for Hubbo’s grandfather, Big Daddy. Tennessee Titans professional routing of the loathsome Oakland Raiders. I’m a wreck. Foremost, of course, is my...

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