Noro Silk Garden Solo is available at Webs and Jimmy Beans Wool, and at your local purveyor of Noro.

Sunday Knitting

Sunday Knitting

Dear Kay, Chenille being what it is, I thought it best to start the Sassy I’m knitting for you in the most sanctified environment possible: church. I’m not saying we’re waving incense over it or laying on the hands, but a little spiritual nudge never hurts. It makes a fine project for sitting in the back of Sunday school listening to whoever has the podium for the hour. Today the dean spent an hour decoding “The Da Vinci...

Read More

Your Swatch Is Ready

Your Swatch Is Ready

Dear Ann, I hate to interrupt our regularly scheduled rodent programming, but in yesterday’s mail I got your Birch remnant in Kid Silk Haze, shade “Lord” (that’s missing a ‘y’ at the end, don’t you think?), which you wanted me to check out for the ruffles on the Elfin I’m knitting for you in the CurlsandPurlsNYC knitalong. At first I thought it was too blue for the charcoal Felted Tweed we had in...

Read More

Happiness (Part 2)

Happiness (Part 2)

Dear Ann, It’s a been a good couple of weeks at the Receiving Department here at Mason-Dixon Knitting (Northern Outpost). Here is the treasure trove of ancient Rowanalia that Emma sent. The photo does not do it justice. The yarn is a Collection, capital C, of Rowan Handknit DK Cotton in vintage blues and greens with those old ‘Designer’ Rowan labels that cause my blood pressure to rise. Despite my yeoman work in the...

Read More

Happiness (Part 1)

Happiness (Part 1)

Dear Ann, Here I am, blissed out of my ever-lovin’ mind, sitting on Lis’s balcony with the mother lode of Liberty sale yarns that Polly, the Nobel Prize Laureate of the knitting world, bought for me in London and lugged not only across the Atlantic, but to Manhattan from Queens, on her recent visit. OK, I know you want to know what I got: 2 bags (2 BAGS!) of Jaeger Aqua 100% cotton, in a spinachy green; a bag of Rowan Handknit DK...

Read More

Eight-pound ball of yarn, cont’d

Eight-pound ball of yarn, cont’d

Dear Kay, A status report on the eight-pound ball of finger knitting that David so graciously donated to me (wait, he SOLD it to me, the opportunistic weasel) to me earlier this summer. The ball is down to around four pounds, and the rug is the product of many knitters’ hands–when we were at the beach, anybody who ever held a knitting needle couldn’t resist adding a row or two. And two little kids got their start on this rug....

Read More

Rowan 34: Deep Thoughts

Rowan 34: Deep Thoughts

Dear Kay, In an unbelievable bit of postal efficiency, I got my Rowan 34 yesterday. Never have I felt so . . . British. What to do about the four pages of half-off discontinueds from Westminster Fibers? Serious contemplation required. That little opportunity is just about impossible for me to resist, each and every time it shows up. I still haven’t broken my new year’s resolution of No New Yarn Until Half of Stash Is Gone. But my...

Read More

Thank You for Sharing

Dear Kay, As I recall, one of our early emails (waaaay back in ’02 it was?) had to do with my profound philosophical opposition to any yarn that looked too hairy, too chunky, or too variegated. Crunchy earth mother stuff, I think I called it. Goes well with Birkenstocks. Vermontish–NOT that there’s anything wrong with it. Are you telling me that you are officially, on the record, loving Noro? Shocking. I reckon I’m going...

Read More

Eight-pound ball of yarn

Eight-pound ball of yarn

Kay–Your rugmania is contagious. Yesterday I was propping my feet up on David’s eight-pound ball of finger knitting, and it hit my like a thunderclap: there’s a rug in that thar ball of yarn. So on a pre-vacation provisioning trip to Wal-Mart (the only place I could find that hasn’t sold out of potholder loops), I picked up some 17s ($5.87 instead of $17 at my local yarn shop, though of course these are aluminum, not...

Read More

Ode to Rowanspun 4 Ply

Ode to Rowanspun 4 Ply

Anybody who knows me doesn’t know that I have a righteous stash of my all-time favorite yarn, the discontinued Rowan Donegal Lambswool. NObody actually knows the full extent of my warehouse. So tweedy! So thin! Such a fine skinny fabric it makes! If I ever got up the nerve, it would be excellent for delving into the world of Kaffe’s intarsiamania. I’m content to stick to simpler stuff for the moment, but I am cranking up to do...

Read More