Great new knitalong starts today over at Fringe Association. We are IN on this thing.

My Rodent Dines Finer Than Your Rodent

My Rodent Dines Finer Than Your Rodent

Dear Ann, It seems a person can’t mention her hamster’s refinements without somebody starting up about the gracious manners of their own guinea pig. Soon we will see a gerbil enjoying an amusing Sancerre and an omelette aux fines herbes (extra herbes). (We owe the photo above to Ruth at Woolyheaded, where they also plate the pets’ entrees.) The story behind yesterday’s photos is that, in her years-long quest to get our...

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Owl Right, Already

Owl Right, Already

Dear Ann, People are whimpering about the owl. They want to know how to make the owl. Me, I got no idea. The owl, my studio confidant (remember Naive Knitter?), was a gift from a friend. The belly is felt and the rest is vintage fabric. It’s your basic fold-down beak owl. I love how the eyes are just plain shank buttons. Do not underestimate the expressiveness of a shank button. There is a tutorial here, at Moonstitches, which is...

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We’ll Tawk, We’ll Knit, We’ll Have Cawfee in Lawn Guyland

We’ll Tawk, We’ll Knit, We’ll Have Cawfee in Lawn Guyland

Dear Long Island Knitters, If you’re a Long Island knitter, and you’re reading this, and you’re not doing anything tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, would you please drop by the A.C. Moore Craft Superstore in Carle Place and rescue me from loneliness and overspending on crafty goodness? I’ll be there from 1 to 3. Just me and the Sugar ‘n Cream. Here’s the address: 157 Glen Cove Road Carle Place, NY 11514 On...

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Throw Momma Off the Sofa

Throw Momma Off the Sofa

Dear Ann, When I started my version of Denyse Schmidt’s What a Bunch of Squares quilt back in the summer of 2006, I had the modest goal of finishing it by the summer of 2007, so I could put in on the air bed in the new guest room and people who slept there would be going, “DUDE! Did you see that there is a handmade quilt with MATCHING KNITTED TWIN QUILT on the airbed in the guest room?” (I know, that was a lame fantasy, even...

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Look, Look

Look, Look

Dear Ann, Anybody in need of a Rhinebeck palate cleanser: I’m here for you. (If you want to wallow in the Rhinebeck, or you don’t want to read about quilting, scroll down.) Here’s a situation with which we are all familiar: a special baby is expected. You are going to make something Great for this baby. You spend a lot of time thinking about, and rejecting, many Great ideas. Meanwhile, the special baby is born. The...

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Feet Don’t Fail Me Now

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now

Dear Ann, As if my feet needed further adornment, Cristina made me a pair of slippers from the Step Lively pattern in Denyse Schmidt’s book. She whipped these up right before my eyes. I have been scuffling around in them like crazy. They look extra swell with my Kaffe Fassett pjs. Make no mistake, I am A Sight To Behold in the early mornings. Cheerful! I have mixed feelings in making the following Public Service Announcement. This...

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Quilting Japanese

Quilting Japanese

Dear Ann, Quilting is not something that ought to be undertaken when one has eleven people sleeping in one’s house for the Labor Day weekend. (So of course I tried it.) Carrie is really hocking me to finish up the quilt for which we have been collecting fabric in recent months, loosely based on …this picture in this Japanese patchwork book. I’ve done the 20 inner squares, and am halfway through framing them in dark and...

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I’m Going To Jinzenji World

I’m Going To Jinzenji World

Dear Ann, If you believe in the concept of yin and yang, and the importance of keeping them in balance, you and I are in grave danger of being over-yinned, or over-yanged, on the stuff we’ve been knitting. (The other grave danger, for me personally, is a life-threatening Pedicure Status. My feet are a danger to myself and others. The Department of Homeland Security has declared my trotters a threat to national security. But enough...

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Uncle!

Uncle!

Dear Ann, Help! Who knew there were so many rectangular stole patterns? (JennyRaye knew. Have you seen her listing of rectangular stole patterns? JennyRaye is a one-woman crusade against Jemima Puddle-Duck Syndrome.) OK, so I’ve decided. I think. I thought long and hard about Sarcelle. I downloaded Sarcelle. I love wraps that are knit on the bias, like Clapotis and Argosy, two of my favorite knits ever. For these and many other...

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700, or A Whole Lotta Gibble-Gabble

700, or A Whole Lotta Gibble-Gabble

Dear Ann, Let me be the first to nyah-nyah-nyah-NYAH-nyah atcha. I have carefully plotted and planned, blogged and refrained from blogging, in a strategy to maneuver myself into the position of posting our 700th entry. Yay us and our 10th-grade touch-typing! Let no one say that you and I cannot generate a mighty river of words. Since word-generation has been my goal since birth*, I am pleased and proud. (*A family story has it that when I...

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