If you’re Rhinebeck bound, we would love to see you at Jill Draper’s studio in Kingston on Saturday night. Details here.

Sweater Inspector


Dear Ann, As I make my daily rounds, I look at sweaters. It’s a habit that comes very naturally. I look at sweaters that my fellow shoppers and pedestrians are wearing, of course, but I also stand staring in front of shop windows. Knitwear is often the pride of a brand’s collection, and there are some great sweaters in the shops. Athough I don’t suffer from “I could knit that” syndrome–where you never buy a...

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Sheep, Potential Alien Encounters, and Woad

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Dear Kay, Let’s discuss this New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. I’ve never been to Rhinebeck before, so I’m really excited. Here is a list of who will be appearing at the Festival’s Meet the Authors event, Sunday, Oct. 21, 11:30-2:30 pm in something called Tent City. It’ll be like a Boy Scout Jamboree! I can’t wait to meet all the authors who are going to be appearing. Kristin Nocholas will be there! Do...

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Takin’ Time to Make Time

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Dear Kay, I am having a Dusty Springfield kind of morning. “Son of a Preacher Man”–come ON, now. What more could you ever, ever want in a song? That video of her makes me CRY, it’s so great. Also weeping with joy at the election of Nashville’s new mayor, Karl Dean. This makes three mayors in a row who didn’t grow up here. Speaking as somebody who did grow up here, I can tell you that the city seems to do best...

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See! The World’s Most Comprehensive Wrist Warmers!

See! The World's Most Comprehensive Wrist Warmers! - 1

Dear Kay, A virtual postcard from tragically blogless Anna-the-patent-lawyer in London. Look: a Perfect Sweater in St. James’s Park! There’s the London Eye back there, and Buckingham Palace, and I’m weeping into my Earl Gray tea with nostalgia about my brief sojourn in merrie olde England. Love the colors (7813, dark green and 8908, pale green). Wait a minute. Anna’s hands look so . . . cozy. Thumbholes! Anna’s...

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A Couple of Things

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Dear Kay, I love a thoughtful, detailed tour through a knitting project. It’s the essence of a knitting blog: the highs, the lows, the drama of whether the neckline will flop. Come here and sit beside Alice as she talks us through the making of her Perfect Sweater, V Neck Edition. She’s a regular Julia Child of the knitting needles–her sweater’s as purty as a perfectly roasted chicken. Squareishness! Stitch Marker...

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