A few treats landed in my inbox this morning. My first thought: 15 minute blog fodder!
FANCY DOG COAT ALERT
Emma sent me a link to the kit for this dog coat, based on Kate Davies’ wonderful Rams & Yowes blanket. I have to agree that it would look smashing on my earth-toned Olive. It is hard to make much of an impression at our local dog cafe because so many of the dogs are so very well dressed. I think this might be the ticket.
3 RMS, EIK, MATCHES YOUR KNITTING
Tammy sent me this knitting-related real estate article in the New York Times. Yes, Tammy, I’ve met Christine Lavin! “Met,” as in “said hello to her one evening when she was singing at my LYS, Knitty City”–of course she was! Christine Lavin wrote the anthem of rueful 1990s single women: Attainable Love. Christine’s the best. I’m glad she found an apartment. I’ve been doing it all wrong, knitting to match my apartment. Next time, I’ll look for an apartment that matches my knitting.
IN WHICH KNITTERS ARE SCHOOLING TOM FORD
Belinda sent this image from Tom Ford’s latest collection.
Make a note: pink lopapeysas are going to be all the rage in menswear this spring. Get on it.
WHAT I’M KNITTING
Using lopi leftovers, I am whipping up a quick Thorpe hat for Afghans for Afghans’ super-fast campaign for teens in Afghanistan. They are looking for warm woollen hats, socks and mittens to fit students age 14-21. They need to receive them before the end of January. I love this organization. I can do a hat. Join me!
Behind the hat is the Bowling Avenue tribute blanket–so, so, so close to the finish. I am grateful for the patience of readers who occasionally check in to see when the pattern will be ready. SOON, I hope. SOON.
Ann. We’ve been neglecting our duty as Jack White’s Foremost Middle Aged Knitter Ambassadors. Breaking news: Conan O’Brien just released a fantastic hour-long conversation with Jack White.
I like the dark, Charlie Rose-style set, in which White appears as a pale, floating head and hands (this may be accurate). Even if an hour’s too long for you, watch the first few minutes, for the discussion of White’s upholstery career and its influence on his work today. His precise memory of a specific fabric made me smile — textile people, he’s just like us — and the “three staples” story really resonates. (I have got to eliminate some staples.) Another tip: if you’re authentic, you wanna stay away from the word “authenticity.”
Happy weekend everybody!