Dear knitting friends, whom we hold so dear,
It’s Mason-Dixon Knitting here.
Your loving matrons, Kay and Ann
Persisting with the hairspray can.
Once again, inspired by that elegant codger,
The New Yorker’s arch Angell, Roger
We will never do him justice
Roger wins at rhyming — trust us.
Roger’s been joined by Frazier, Ian
Another iambic-ly gifted bein’
But neither dude yet has been bitten
By a muse that knows her knittin’.
So here we go!
We’ll do our best
To put another year to rest.
2017: what can we say?
Let’s put it blunt (the only way)
The year has been a true dog’s breakfast
We’ll sigh deep sighs when it has left us.
Politics has been reelin’ and rockin’ it
But it’s been a decent year for stockinette.
In January, knitting was all the rage
Pink oceans of pussyhats on every front page.
Kudos to the Pussyhat Project, we thank it
And to each maker of a Welcome Blanket.
March Mayhem was a ton of fun
(But it sucked that only one pattern won.)
We draw the line at Swedish Death Cleaning!
The year’s been grand at MDK;
We’ve published every single day!
So, kisses to our contributories:
Albina McLaughlin (Donegal’s glories)
Sonya Philip (Wear What You Make)
and Franklin Habit (whose news is not fake)
Clara Parkes, our agony auntie
Kate Atherley, who gets a bit ranty
(But only on matters of technitude
Otherwise, she’s a model of rectitude)
Juliet Bernard has an evergreen eye
Carrington Fox makes a mean Frito Pie,
Jill Draper‘s hapigan invention,
Liz Kaplan keeping crochet in contention,
Alice Beltran, Knitstrips star, and
Yooge catwalk sweaters from Amanda Carr.
Max Daniels preached us care of self
while Melanie Falick dragged us off the shelf.
Jillian Moreno, dame invincible
(She makes us want to spin some wool).
Carol Feller on the indie design racket,
Wendy Johnson‘s Perfect Linen Jacket!
The Honorable Adrienne Martini: unsinkable
(She challenged an incumbent and won: unthinkable!)
Ann Weaver: color, all day long
Gut-busting newcomer: Dee Gee Strong!
Cecelia Campochiaro: Sequins Knitting Cinderella
(according to Miss Emily Litella).
Many textured unventions may it yield!
Dianna Walla, 60 degrees north of the equator,
Melissa Washburn, Knitstrips illustrator!
For zesty photos, without fail,
What would we do without Zucker, Gale?
And for our date to the Rowan Prom:
We pin a Kaffe Big Flower on Karin Strom.
Hyphenated names may be harder to say
But we sing polyphonic anthems about them
(‘Cause who knows where we’d be without them?)
Jim and Jen got our skill sets ready
This year was not just about MDK
(At least that’s what we’re supposed to say.)
We’ve stopped and had a look around
At marvels! wonders! to be found.
Hannah Thiessen rejoiced that knitting is slow,
And Bristol Ivy caused our minds to blow.
Kate Davies, we are proud to announce,
Launched a new yarn that we crave (but mispronounce).
Karen Templer can’t go wrong
With the January 1 kick off to her Logalong.
The trends of this year were what-we-call woke:
To local-spun yarns we wish many full years,
We’re so glad to have found the sisters The Wooliers.
We squeezed into these superklassy dresses
To send you all New Year caresses.
And hope against hope that things will be great
In the Year of Our Lord two-oh-one-eight.
RAUCOUS NEW YEAR REVELS TO ALL.
With much love,
Kay and Ann
P.S. In case you’re new here, the photos that accompany this post are out-takes from our 2008 music video, Pardon Me (I Didn’t Knit That For You), aka the most fun thing we have ever done.