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Mary Sue and the Superpurply Lenten Frontal

Mary Sue and the Superpurply Lenten Frontal

Dear Kay, One of my favorite knitters in the whole wide world is Mary Sue Taylor (Ravelry link). I mean: she is a dynamo. She has that full-steam-ahead approach to knitting that I totally admire. She doesn’t mind projects that you measure by the square foot. Portability is not an issue for her: I have seen her cheerfully toting around a Jojoland bedspread as her car knitting. She did some great test knitting for our book–the Kiki...

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Mason-Dixon Knitting Rule Number Whatever: Keep Driving

Mason-Dixon Knitting Rule Number Whatever:  Keep Driving

Dear Ann, Kiki and Mariko, My Kiki Mariko rug is done! Although I cast on more stitches (total of 154) with the intention of getting a more square-ish shape, I ended up so besotted with the color changes that I knitted extra rows and got a shape that is still rectangular, just a bit bigger. I’m real happy with it. It is one of those projecks that people come into your house and notice immediately and think you’re all clever and...

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The State of the Kiki Mariko

The State of the Kiki Mariko

Dear Ann, I hope everyone in Nashville will be glued to the tee vee tomorrow when you appear on TALK OF THE TOWN. Whatever are you going to do without me interrupting you? Save me a bite of whatever’s on the cooking segment. Travel Knitting: Do’s and Don’t’s One of the rules I live by: if it needs its own seat, it’s probably not a good project for travel knitting. Here we see the current status of my Kiki...

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The Road To Recovery

The Road To Recovery

Dear Ann, I’m so glad we got that out of our system. I’m told that after a couple of weeks, one’s eyebrows return to a tint that bears some reference to the natural world. Looking forward to that. Meanwhile, I’m getting something else out of my system: my very own Kiki Mariko rug. This is not portable knitting, and as you know I have a broad concept of portability in the fiber arts. (Yesterday I was winding a...

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Look Down

Whatever You Do, Don’t Look Down

Dear Kay, One of the hazards of our philosophy of covering our entire houses with knitting is that sometimes, it can be a haunting sort of thing. For example. Every morning I wake up, and as I brush my teeth I invariably look down and see: The Tailgate Rag Rug, the one that appears in our book. Three years into its life, I can happily report that it has held up sturdily through a number of washings–air dried, mind you, no machine dryer...

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The Liberation of Rag Balls! Freedom!

The Liberation of Rag Balls! Freedom!

Dear Kay, Motoring along on the Tailgate Rug, 2008 edition. I’m so hooked on this thing that I am lugging around two cones of Peaches n Creme double worsted–as if they were PORTABLE or something. My blue rag balls are holding up well, though I’m a little concerned that there’s a little too much cobalt in the dark blue. But not concerned enough to do anything about it. It’s a rug, right? So I’m flipping...

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My Head Is Spinning

My Head Is Spinning

Dear Kay, I hate to interrupt this graduate-level seminar in poetics (keep those indigoey limericks and haiku coming, you guys–see below!), but I need to make a brief announcement. If you’re going to Rhinebeck, we want to see you. We’re cooking up a couple of blankets for Afghans for Afghans, so we would like to mooch some of your knitting skills. We’ll be in the Author Tent on Sunday from 10 until we keel over, so...

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Don’t Get Me Started on Rugs!

Ann–I’m onto you: you’re baiting me with that rag rug entry. Of course I went straight to the link and ogled the Bulls Eye Rug. I didn’t find the explanation of how it’s made all that ….. helpful, though. My Maysville Rug Filler (aka ‘mop yarn’) rug project is languishing in a shopping bag. Let’s review: In June I went to Downtown Yarns, a place I have no business frequenting given the...

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