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How to Travel Through Time

How to Travel Through Time

Dear Kay, I’d like to think that this past weekend was a unique experience for me, but let’s face it, a twentieth college reunion has elements that are pretty much identical no matter where you went to school. To help out all the other 42-year-old knitting bloggers out there who haven’t yet chronicled their twentieth college reunions, here’s a little template you’re free to cut ‘n’ paste. Add your own...

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To Your Right, Fainting Goats

To Your Right, Fainting Goats

Dear Ann, Well, I’m back. I had a fabby time in the San Francisco Bay Area, including a couple of days seeing the kid-friendly sites of the Wine Country of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. As you know, I love me a good Bad Sign. My all-time favorite was a sign that used to be near every cash register at Century 21, a venerable discount department store in lower Manhattan. It said: COURTESY IS OUR POLICY! If any employee has been...

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Where the Curls Are

Where the Curls Are

Dear Ann, I stopped by over at Curls and Purls to see what arrangements Lis had made for posting to her blog while she’s in China. Guess what? She made arrangements for you and I to report on her news from China. So here goes, from your curly-haired (NOT!) New York correspondent Kay Gardiner, live on location (sitting at her computer receiving emails) di-reckly from China: Hi All!! I have arrived safe and sound in Beijing!! All I can...

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Gifts

Gifts

Dear Ann, At last, I’ve been to Boston. This means I can no longer stun my fellow New Yorkers by telling them, “Would you believe, I’ve never been to Boston?” But it was worth it. Boston is wonderful on many levels. As befits the cradle of the American Revolution, there are many fine National Park Service historical sites. The kids and I are on the same page about this: We [heart] monuments. They are going to move...

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Travels With Pam

Travels With Pam

Dear Ann, As you know, last week I got on an early-morning train and headed for Washington, D.C. and a 24-hour visit with my friend Pam. Pam and I, due to circumstances beyond our control, seldom see each other more than once a year. Due to these same children, I mean circumstances, we rarely talk on the phone. So when we see each other, it goes something like this: I’M SO GLAD TO SEEEEEEEEEEEEE...

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From the Bagram Bazaar

From the Bagram Bazaar

Dear Kay, Sometimes the mailbox provides a total surprise. A bit of Afghanistan showed up the other day, from our now nonvirtual friend Tish whom we met in the flesh at the New York sew-up. These scarves (she sent two) were sent to her by her sister Jenny, who as you recall is a member of the armed forces stationed in Afghanistan. Here’s what Tish tells us: “These are the size headscarves normally worn by men, but with the ouster...

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It Happens

Dear Ann, I’m back from my 24-hour blitz of metropolitan Washington, D.C., its senior housing and its yarn stores. I will brief you fully on Monday. But since a picture paints a thousand words, let’s just say I had a: Good Time. Thanks, Kristine. Love,...

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City of Knitterly Luv

City of Knitterly Luv

Dear Ann, Just a postcard to let you know (i.e., make you jealous) about my latest encounter with real, live Knitters of the Northeast. Yesterday morning, after enduring a slow-motion fish-slicing session at the ‘appetizing’ counter of Fairway (’cause a well-bred New Yorker never travels without her lox and bagels), I hopped the #3 subway to Penn Station. Three hours of clickety-clack (mine and the train’s) later, I...

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We’re Here. We’re Gluten-Free. Get Used to It.

We’re Here. We’re Gluten-Free. Get Used to It.

Dear Kay, What a fine piece of planning for you to be out of town during all the hootenanny. I know you must be crushed to miss out on all the fun protesting going on in New York. I would have written sooner but I’ve been too busy trying to figure out what I want to protest. The good news is that I think I’ve found it: I’ve formed a nonprofit organization called Citizens for a...

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On the Road Again

On the Road Again

Dear Kay, PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC — If you’ve ever watched the Weather Channel, you have seen that woman standing on the beach with her hair going sideways saying things like, “Heckfire, we been waitin’ all year long for our vacation and we ain’t going to let no hurricane get in our way” and you think, “Good lord, woman, haven’t you checked the radar to see that GIANT ORANGE BLOB looming off the...

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