Bang Out a Sweater: A Trip to Iceland

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Dear Kay, You have mentioned (often) (sincerely) (comprehensively) your deep love of the Icelandic lopi sweater. Somehow I’d forgotten that you’d hatched this fever while in Iceland. For anyone craving a quick trip, here’s where the Kay Gardiner Icelandic sweater fever began: “Icelandic (Sweater) Saga.” I am dreaming of lopi yokes. I am waiting for my plutoloopy not-yarn plates to arrive. Anticipation for the...

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Diagnosis: Vogue Knitting Live Vertigo

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Dear Ann, Well, that was fun. I always feel this way after Vogue Knitting Live, hung over without benefit of alcohol, weak as water. It’s so fun, running with the bulls of knitting, nearly getting gored on the latest in knitting needles (six-sided is the thing this year), experiencing the joys of being young, alive and a knitter. (OK, two out of three.) So many fun people to literally bump into in the scrum, so many yarns you’ve...

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Walk in the Park: Warm Hearts, Good Company

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Dear Kay, The mighty, intrepid group who gathered yesterday morning are the sort of sturdy, hardy folk who make knitting great. It was such a great start to the day. Highlights from the Walk in the Park: Humongous designer Jacqui Fink represented Australia, where the knitting is giant and the hats are, too. Technical knitting wizard Kate Atherley waved the Canadian maple leaf flag; color-filled designer/teacher Mary Jane...

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Travel Time (and Time Travel)

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Dear Ann, Ten years ago, almost to the day, you and I were headed to San Diego for our very first TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association’s Winter Trade Show), to show everybody our first knitting book. Today, we’re headed there again. We’ll have different badges this time. If you had told our 2006 selves that we’d be back again in 2016, and that the book we’d be showing everybody would be a coloring book, I...

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Destination Yarn Shop: Omaha

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Dear Ann, Christmas in Omaha was wonderful this year. When we arrived on the 22nd, it was raining. Raining! In Omaha! In December! We tried to accept it–after all, the temperature in  New York was 70 degrees that day, so the whole world has gone crazy and we shouldn’t expect the frozen tundra to be frozen, or tundra, anymore. But on the morning of the 23rd, in the course of a few hours, 8 inches of snow fell. Perfect, powdery,...

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Snippets: 17 Solutions for Cabbage

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Dear Kay, First of all, a giant thank you to everybody! We are heartened to see that we are not the only people who are willing to stop, drop, and color pictures of knitting. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, yesterday we launched A Coloring Book for Knitters, and it’s now sitting atop the Amazon knitting bestseller list. Such a wonderful surprise. In Other News, Cabbage Meanwhile, I have been worrying about cabbage. In a...

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