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A Provisional Cast-On and a Memorable Send-Off

A Provisional Cast-On and a Memorable Send-Off - 1

Dear Kay, Since last I wrote, I’ve been to Greenville, Alabama, and Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a week to gather with family and friends to remember Uncle Dan, my dad’s only brother. Solemn and hilarious, heavy and light, dark and bright. Why does so much of life parse into such even measures? I heard “Danny Boy” on a bagpipe, witnessed deviled eggs that stood on their ends like little egg-white Jefferson cups. I...

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The Elements of Bro Style

Dear Kay, Too hot to knit? I think I pushed the edge of the envelope on knitting this past weekend in Baltimore, during the NCAA Lacrosse Championship immersion weekend with Clif. Oh sweet Jebus it was hot, but we found some shade, slathered on the SPF 100 (is that even possible? It’s basically house paint, right?), and hunkered down for just a boatload of high-speed action, on the field and on the needles. Net result: four Mitered...

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Mason-Dixon Mailbag: Our Far-Flung Correspondent

Mason-Dixon Mailbag: Our Far-Flung Correspondent - 1

Dear Kay, We just got a letter from my sister-in-law Mary Neal–she who designed the Knitty Jamesey pattern, she who provides us here at MDK with the broad view of the worldwide textile scene, she who puts up with my wandering brother Clif. Read on: Dear Ann, Your brother Clif has returned at last from being in China all summer. As usual, he was on the job being our extremely foreign textile correspondent. For those who want to play along...

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Getting Home

Getting Home - 1

Dear Kay, O! Many moons have passed since I last picked up my quill and ink. Right this minute I’m eating a hazelnut biscotti which the ultrakind yarn shop owner Jamie gave us when we visited North Fork Stitches. I’m touched that she thought we weren’t getting enough snackage these days. I’ve already made short work of those North Fork chocolate turtle things and the North Fork potato chips. I trust that you are saving...

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Going Native

Going Native - 1

Dear Kay, While you have been wandering around your apartment in your EPA dust abatement suit, I’ve been trying to catch up on my sleep. Last weekend we spent the night in a cement teepee, and I’m still having that Iron Eyes Cody feeling. Here ya go: you’re looking at a member of the National Register of Historic Places, Wigwam Village #2 in Cave City, Kentucky. Not to be confused with Wigwam Village #6 in Holbrook, Arizona,...

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