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In Great Taste: A Kitchen (Drawer) Tour

In Great Taste:  A Kitchen (Drawer) Tour

Dear Ann, Honey, what’s got INTO you? Way to stir it up! My favorite comment (so far) to yesterday’s post is from Becky H, who joins the chorus of people (me included) chanting ‘Show us your shoes! Show us your shoes!’ but adds “you can keep your top on if you want to”. If you must, remain clothed. But do not deny shoes to this crowd. And if this reporter person comes after you, you know I’ve got...

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Lame-Off, Part Deux

Lame-Off, Part Deux

Dear Kay, I dunno. I mean, I have never enjoyed competitive sports, but when you suggest that I’m lamer than you, I feel like I’ve just won a gold medal in Lame. I’d write you a thank-you note, but I can’t find a piece of paper or a pencil. It means a lot to me that you’d say I’m lamer than you. I mean, I think that you’re pretty respectably lame. Your two-week-long lack of bandwidth while sitting on...

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Smoke Signal, Or Perhaps Just a Puff

Dear Ann, I know. We’re lame. But I have to say, you’re more lame than me. Up here, we’re not on retreat in a bucolic albeit possibly rodent-infested setting. We WISH we were in a bucolic albeit possibly rodent-infested setting. Here, there have been real-life struggles worthy of a reality show. Human versus massive numbers of cardboard boxes and dusty old stuff. (I don’t say humans, plural, because basically,...

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Summer Spread

Summer Spread

Dear Ann, Hiya! Can’t believe we’ll see each other this weekend. To those in the Indianapolis area, come say hi on Saturday afternoon at Mass. Ave. Knit Shop, 3 p.m., bring your knitting. We’re in town for TNNA (which spell-check always wants to change to TUNA). So yeah, a mega yarn-crawl is what we’re talking about. It is a blessing that all sales are strictly to the trade. But a girl can whine for samples,...

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Why They Call It Quilting

Why They Call It Quilting

Dear Ann, Hope you’re having a Grand Time viewing the canyon. I would imagine there is some interesting wildlife to be seen out there. Slithering, creeping, crawling, man-eating–the whole Circle of Life. Me, I’ve been dealing with the typical fauna of Lawn Guyland. Oh sure, sometimes they get a little crabby, but they’re harmless, really. I’m guessing that if the cee-ment wigwams were a challenge for the...

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What a Bunch of Squares

What a Bunch of Squares

Dear Ann, So, so sorry to hear about Kitty. She was such a sweet, petite cat. And, maybe it was from being named after an old-time Country & Western star, but (sing it with me!) she was a one-woman cat. She never sat on a visitor’s knitting. Although once she did jump in my lap by mistake. (I was hunched at your computer, wearing glasses, and knitting–a mistake anybody could make.) Both of us were surprised. I envied...

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Be Very Afraid

Be Very Afraid

O Ann, Dear Ann, Help Me Ann, This just came in the mail. I blame it on the Japanese craft books. Damn them and their mercilessly cute zakka, their log cabins with crazy words, their spare spaces saturated with wabisabitude! I don’t even know what a zakka is. Never mind! Must. Make. The Zakka. I also blame Joelle, who showed me this machine and told me it was plenty good for a humble log cabinner such as moi. (Follow the link, in her...

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Resistance is Futile

Resistance is Futile

Dear Ann, Help me I think I’m falling……..(apologies to Joni Mitchell.) This morning I’m heading down I-95 for a visit with Cristina and Herr Pfaff, the original sweet-talkin’ ladies man. Recently I was bitten by the Log Cabin bug. I thought my years of knitting log cabins had made me immune, but I caught a particularly virulent strain by breathing the air here and here. This led me to places like this and...

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Squirrel Quilting

Squirrel Quilting

Dear Ann, Here I was, fixin’ to lay down one of those ‘My Trip To Omaha (Director’s Cut)’ posts that I know you SO relish every tedious morsel of, when the postman arrived. Stop the presses! Our top story today is “HOLY ACORNS BATMAN!!!! LOOK WHAT CRISTINA SENT ME!!!!!!!!” Courtesy of Herr Pfaff and, I think, a pair of curtains Cristina scored at IKEA, here is: …the Log Cabin Needle Roll! Here’s...

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Sewing Lessons

Sewing Lessons

Dear Ann, As you know, I hold a grudge against German appliances. I know it’s not fair to hate the entire industrial output of a country because of one INCREDIBLY STUPID WASHING MACHINE, but that’s me: narrow-minded. Let that be a lesson to you: if you dye my kitchen floor blue, I shall be extremely wary, not only of you, but of everything that comes from where you come from. But that’s all over now. Yesterday, I met a...

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