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  • Beautiful post, Kay. The MDK blog is where I go when I need to get centered, to quiet down & be in the moment . . . and to get a laugh! Thank you!

    • xoxo Tammy! You stuck with us in the desert!

  • Kay,

    I did something similar on Monday, taking the day off. I met one of my knitting buddies in Dobbs Ferry. She is a naturally good at construction and very creative (I am more of what EZ referred to as “a blind follower”). Such a nice fall foliage day. Also, for me, time seems to expand when I spend it with other knitters. It’s kind of meditative.
    Did you get to any yarn shops? When I saw Melanie’s name, I started thinking Flying Fingers in Tarrytown, or Knitting Nation in Nyack; two of my favorite haunts.
    Knit on!

    LoveDiane

    • We looked in on a sweet little shop in Beacon–Wood, Clay and Wool. Luckily for my wallet, it was closed. But it looked very inviting indeed.

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  • My favorite time during all of Interweave Knits’ magazine legacy was under the editorship of Melanie Falick. Thanks for a peek.

    • It was a Golden Age, for sure. I still remember the cover with sidewalk cafe waiters wearing red cabled sweaters.

      • That was a great one!

  • I say yes on the caftan. All the way. (And what a great word! Caftan!)

    Also:ponchos. I am itching to knit my first.

  • I tried a Spoonflower experiment recently, testing with several drawings from my #drawingAugust efforts. It was thrilling to open that Spoonflower envelope – like getting your Kodak prints back from the drugstore!! But now the fabric swatch is magneted to my fridge (which is black, so VERY artsy display), and I am immobilized by the very size of my imaginary fabric-designing-and-utilizing ideas. How do people get over/through that hurdle, and just delve in? Kay? Ann? Please? 🙂

    • I’m trying NOT to delve. *Trying.* Today somebody told me the dog cushion was weird so I am processing that. I think it makes me love it more.

  • I’ve fallen down the Spoonflower rabbit hole & I don’t want to get out!

    • Be careful down there!

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  • So enjoying the daily posts again. 🙂

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  • Kay, Such a beautiful day together in so many ways! Definitely hoping we’ll do it again soon. Melanie

  • The Endora reference caused a snort! Great post with tons of things to calm and inspire.

  • Personally I would love to mistaken for Endora! Maybe I need to make a couple of caftans!

    • Agnes Morehead was a great looking broad, no question. Loved her mix of drama queen and comedy queen.

      • Yes, but the hair….

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  • I also love the idea of a caftan but… For short, curvy folks such as myself, maybe the bit of structure provided by a kimono is the way to go. Then again, maybe I’m just deluding myself with the fabulousness that was Melissa McCarthy on the Daily Show: http://mashable.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/11421878_736501733127313_265090698_n.jpg

    P.S. Really glad to have the two of you back blogging!

    • Caftan, kimono–as long as there is plenty of draping fabric I am a fan!

    • And whoa–that Melissa caftan: I bet they made the fabric on Spoonflower, don’t you think? Brilliant.

      • Spoonflower for sure and Melissa said she made it herself — cementing her spot on my dinner party wish list.

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  • I’ve loved Melanie Falick ever since I came across Handknit Holidays when I was a very new knitter. The Elf Cap in that book was the first hat I ever made. Since then, I’ve noticed that her name has been on many books that I admire…but I didn’t know that she had a blog! (Goes off to sign up for it.) Oh, wait. First, thanks for this, and second, so glad that you had a nice fibery day off!

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  • Is it the book that will get me sewing? Not so sure.
    Keep going back to 100 acts of sewing, though. THAT is what I need to do. Can I keep the sewing momentum up, post halloween-costumes?

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  • I can’t believe I had to click that link to remember who exactly Endora was. Losing my grip, perhaps! But I do know who Melanie Falick is and have loved her books. Her Kids’ Knitting is a classic.

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  • Endora! How I shrieked!

    I love that kaftan, but you know I’ll make it in navy linen (to keep joy-sparking company with the navy linen shift and the navy linen blouse and the navy linen wrap jacket).

    • Just be careful you don’t look like a nun/imam. Perhaps a pattern or print of some kind. xoxo

  • Hopefully this successfully signs me up. Now off to watch some Bewitched!

  • What is it to Spoonflower? Obviously a name of a book and a crafty thing. But is is a specific design? A technique? When I looked at pages of the book on line I saw all different designs…so I am confused. I have never heard of it.

    • It’s a website where you upload a design and they print it on fabric for you. Very cool.

  • So happy you’re back!

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  • I am so glad to be getting inspiration from you again!

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  • So glad to be able to read your witinesses again in your posts.

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  • Love this blog.

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  • Thank you!

  • I confess to owning an April Cornell caftan. I think this defines me as middle-aged. But it has never been seen outside my front door.

    • That’s not a confession, that’s a brag. Wear it with pride!

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  • thank you for a lovely and relaxing chat!

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  • I think you could rock an indigo caftan. It would look classy. I think I could not rock a caftan, I would either look like I was walking to the beach for a swim, or an aging ungracefully hippiechick in denial. (Which is not to say I wouldn’t wear one). Maybe we can go out together in our caftans and scare the youth.

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  • Yay! I didn’t know you were back! I can’t wait to look through Lotta’s new book! I’m thinking tunic length caftan over skinny jeans!