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Hark y’all– It’s Ann!

[Dear Readers,
Ann has asked me to post the following on her behalf. I took the liberty of inserting some extra ‘y’all’s and ‘yee-ha’s to ensure that authentic Ann Flavor. (Just kidding!) Actually, I did take the liberty of inserting random pictures from my move, which have nothing whatsover to do with what Ann is talking about. I just thought we needed some pictures.
Love, Kay]
[Random Picture Number 1: “Moving Day.”]
Dear Kay,
Sorry to have been such a crummy correspondent. I miss
everybody! It’s hard to get those long, pointless sentences
going on my blogfone, but today I have found an actual computer
in the basement of one of the houses here at the Monteagle
Assembly, and I’m feeling like a guinea pig set free.
[Random Picture Number 2: Untitled (Hamster).]
(P.S. Does anybody want an overfed, underexercised guinea pig? I’m
now officially Fatigued of poopscooping. If Squeaker would just
jump in on a conversation or something, I’d feel more of a bond
with her. What is that tiny mind thinking? Is it thinking?
Sorry. Trying to be a loving rodent caregiver.)
Sorry also not to provide pix of the copious amounts of knitting
I’m producing up here. But imagine these common features:
A. Large.
B. Easy.
C. Well, large and easy pretty much cover it.
When I left Nashville, back in 2004 or so, I threw a bunch of
stuff in bags and figured, Hell, something will come of all
[Random Picture Number 3: Afghan Squares Under Guard on Moving Van.]
I’ve revisited Scribble Lace knitting to good effect. (Thank you
Cristina for pointing out the importance of thinness when it
comes to the thin yarn.) It’s now a slippery kind of scarfy
thing that may visit my bathroom window before it’s done.
After the Colinette Point 5 wallow that resulted in a
scarf/throw/tarpaulin, I moved to the batch of Araucana Nature
Cotton that I bought at Sheila’s Warehouse de Yarn. I managed to
match up the Nature Cotton with a Rowan 32 pattern called Tammy
which called for Rowan Polar. I’m using 10 1/2 needles which
move things right along, but all is not well with this Nature
Cotton. Nature Cotton is the softest yarn I have ever felt, but
it is not behaving. Its thick/thin nature makes my knitting look
wildly irregular–not just irregular, not just Point 5
irregular, but I-Can’t-Knit goofy. I’m embracing imperfection
like a long-lost friend these days, but Nature Cotton is testing
my tolerance for lumpiness. I’m hoping all will gel into a
modern little pullover.
[Random Picture Number 4: A Typical Box.]
And incredibly enough, I have purchased my first Noro Kureyon
here at the Monteagle Assembly. In the one place in the world
where I thought I could avoid yarn shopping, a wonderful
knitting teacher from Memphis showed up with a trunkful of yarn
from Yarniverse, a great shop. I had to laugh. Eyelash by the
bale, Lamb’s Pride, you name it. I’m now the proud owner of a
Kureyon ribbed scarf in a pukey combination of flesh, lime,
fuschia, gray, and tan. Those Japanese are nuts.
Lots of love,
[Note from Kay: Is it just me, or does anybody else hear the theme from Ken Burns’ ‘Civil War’ documentary when Ann posts from Grundy County?]




  1. I don’t know, Kay. The guinea pig is spoiling the mood for plaintive fiddles. I’m hearing banjoes and picturing Ann chasing the critter around combing it for fur to spin once the Point 5, Araucana, and Kureyon run out.

  2. Re. Squeaker try this limk: http://edition.cnn.com/2000/FOOD/news/06/07/guinea.pigs/
    But be prepared, the content may not be too tasteful… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Ah…I wondered what that sound was.

  4. Ann! I cannot believe you are getting away with 10 1/2s on that stuff! I did an afghan square in Araucania for my sister’s wedding afghan (substituting for Manos) and I’m using freaking 3s! I am a super loose knitter though. Maybe it’s the pattern or the fact that I am using basically toothpicks to knit it, but it turned out awesome. There’s a pic on our website. All Hail Grundy County!

  5. Ann&Kay : This inspired combination of unrelated prose and pix is where Mason-Dixon was leading us along, wasn’t it? I feel like I have exercised parts of my brain that have been snoozing since I read Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves” many years ago.
    Kay : See you Friday! Thanks to Susan, we have organized a small but determined contingent for a Chicago-based sew-up session, so bring some squares along if they are not at the bottom of the moving piles. We can order them some kirs, too.

  6. Kay, For those of us who do not knit and only read the blog to find out what you are doing (since you have not been a great correspondent lately) the random pictures are a very nice touch. Of course the picture of Joseph makes me miss you guys, but I know I’m really missing you when even your familiar handwriting on a moving box triggers a little homesick feeling. Hope the move went well! I can’t wait to see the new digs.

  7. Great combined post.
    Knit on girls !

  8. Note to Laurie and others: The handwriting on the moving box is not mine, but a long-suffering moving man’s. (“I suppose there’s more yarn upstairs, Ma’am?”) By the end I had converted them to the Yarn-Rich Lifestyle. When moving in, one helpful mover suggested putting all the yarn together in one closet. “Great! idea!” I chirped, “But better make that two closets!”
    And in my fatootlement, I had forgotten that Friday was Kir With Evelyn Day. WoooooHOOOOOOO! Will bring squares!
    LOL at the flattering reference to Virginia Woolf. We like to think that we are every bit as confusing and obscure as Virginia, minus the brilliant writing. xox Kay

  9. Look again at the picture of the moving box, Kay. Are you sure the “MBR Closet” was not written by you???

  10. Laurie, far be it from me to argue with you when you are really sticking to your guns, but I swear that neither I nor my alter ego, “Ma’am”, labelled even one box. Which is why I laughed at all the ‘YARN’ and ‘Knitting Books’ labels, because they showed the guys were paying attention. They surely must see it all, in their line of work. But I bet they rarely see quite such quantities of knitting materiel. xox Kay

  11. Don’t think I haven’t pondered roast pig with fava beans n a nice chianti.
    Kay, so happy to see that the Squares made the move safely.
    Off to go dress a deer and scrape some raccoon hides.
    xoxoxoxox to everybody! Can hardly wait to return to my cushy suburban life-style. Positively craving some stop n go rush hour traffic.

  12. kay…. am lovin’ your joseph’s polar bear hug, awaiting the new digs…..yes-er-ie…. home IS where the heart is….. XXX

  13. glad you had a good time at yarniverse, but when i go there, they’re so rude! (i don’t go anymore!) they were so nice over the phone and email, but as soon as they saw me, everything changed… they got mad at me after they didn’t have what i wanted and insisted that i can’t use the german version of a rebecca pattern (i bought it in germany and don’t have the english)… i couldn’t believe it! i haven’t been treated so rudely since i was in high school and shopkeepers followed me around to make sure i didn’t steal!


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