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  • Pull from the tangle . . . what an excellent metaphor for most of our lives!
    Also, I must stop skimming quite so quickly. It leads to reading things such as “my boy, bookended by kindly rabbits.” Oh, the images. (I once skimmed a headline that I could have sworn said Paris Hilton was caught with cannibals in her purse.) Sometimes we pull a little too hard on the tangles.
    Enjoy Germany!

  • Happy New Year, Kay!!

  • Who cares if it’s a lengthy tweet, it’s KAY for heaven’s sake and it’s great to see a slice of your life. I will, indeed, just keep pullin’ (a la Dory) and remember how you’re a great example. Happy 2012!

  • Gorgeous knitting, as usual, and a timely motto. I am pulling from a literal tangle today — three dogs got into a basket of yarn that I thought was safely hidden behind a closed door. It’s about 600 or 700 yards of tangle. Pull a bit, shake out what needs shaking, cut when necessary; that’s what I’m doing.

  • Ahh…I love the picture on the beach. We can not always be rational human beings and the picture was worth it – a memory to always cherish.
    Short story about life theories –
    My daughter is taking saxaphone lessons. Her teacher told her that bending over at a 90 degree angle would help her with her saxaphone because it changes how she has to hold her mouth to get a better sound. I took that as a mom and ran with it – I said “What!!! Bending over at a ninety degree angle can solve all your problems??!?” It made my daughter laugh…But the grain of truth to that is that somethimes changing your perspective can help solve a problem.
    Pulling from the tangle is life. No matter how neat and organized we try to be – it’s always messy!! Thanks for your post – Blessings to you and safe journeys –

  • Your year looks like it came to an awesome end. The busyness to me makes hosting feel more real (which probably doesn’t make any sense). If things are 100% smooth, then it means that the hostessing was an afterthought.
    Ah forget it. I cannot explain why I think it is perfect that you knit all those hats while hosting. It just is.

  • Ulm, huh? A quick glance at the ravelry group Ulm knitters leads me to believe you’ll be headed to a little street called Pfauengasse while you’re there (LYS aplenty, it would seem)!
    It’s a shame you’re not heading Hamburg way, I’d gladly take you out on the razzle – I guess that’s just 450 miles too far this trip…
    Happy New Year!

  • Pull from the tangle – way to go, knitter-mom! Last year I decided to knit hats or mitts for each of the 7 cousins we were seeing at Christmas. I got them all, but I also had 8 weeks between the decision and Christmas.
    And congrats on what I hear was a tremendously successful Bar-Mitzvah! (I hear it from Ann’s post, actually; I promise I’m not a creepy stalker knitter.)

  • Happy New Year and save travels.

  • I’m dying to see Allegheny modeled! I put it on my list when you initially wrote about it. It looks beautiful.

  • I thought KNITTING was your Real Job . . .

  • Y’all had the fundraising mojo! Gimme five – all I do for charity is knit dog sweaters.

  • This was such a satisfying & excellent post in so many many ways. Pulling from the tangle, that is exactly right.
    Just two points to address:
    1) What is wrong with you? NOTHING! and
    2)Agreed. Everyone SHOULD have a Fussy Cuts on their sofa. Complete or in progress.

  • Commenting, tweet style!
    Judah and Tamar? That’s a pretty exciting story for a young ‘un!
    Awesome Thorpe study! And great teamwork. Knitters are the best.
    Looking forward to the modeled Allegheny pictures!
    Mitered Crosses: Bought the pattern. Love it. May never get around to knitting it. But I’m happy to support the cause!

  • Lovely post, Kay. Pull from the tangle — brilliant. My brain is better with that motto lodged in it.

  • I too pull from the tangle when I knit — and occasionally in other circumstances. I love your Thorpe story — I received my reward for a similar knitting foolishness – either knitting mittens or said Thorpe at the last minute — actually both may have been done that way. My daughter described that event as “mom knitting them till midnight like a little elf so I could take them with me.” Worth every crazy minute!

  • Ooh, did you say Eileen Fisher? 🙂

  • I just got my knitting mojo back after a very long, very busy fall. I puttered along with a hat and mittens feeling compelled to get these 2 (non holiday) gifts finished before I started anything else. They are almost dry!! I did start a ripple blanket and bang out a birthday cowl.
    Now the knitting is kicked into high gear as I have about 28 things I want to knit right now. Is Aunt Kathy available?
    Have fun in Germany. Sorry to hear you have a “real job”. I hope it’s managing some sort of fair-trade-yarn-globilization-wage-resource-collective. And if such a thing doesn’t exist well then gosh darn it git ‘er done!

  • You have a Real Job? When?
    Mazel Tov on your son’s becoming a Bar Mitzvah! I’m kvelling on your behalf. (Oy.)
    Love the hats. Totally worth it for the photo.

  • [I’m going to do a Dad Tribute Comment, because I had lunch with him yesterday and he’s so great.]
    Kay. Where do I leave a comment on here? Those are nice hats.Kay. Why are there so many hats you made? Where do I leave a comment on here? Those are nice hats. Those are nice hats.

  • What Ann said. Nice hats. Nice blanket.
    NICE photographs! Wicked nice Allegheny.

  • Pulling from the tangle is the best description of how I approach life!!!
    And what’s this about a real job? What real job? (As if taking care of kids, a house, a blog, writing knitting books…isn’t a real job, or four…)

  • Seven matched hats on seven kids on the beach at New Year–brilliant! It makes perfect sense to me, but you had the guts to DO IT. Thanks, Kay, for all you do!

  • I just (like, 20 minutes ago) finished my first Mitered Cross Afghan. Love the pattern, love the design, love the afghan!! And love the charity piece of it. All ready to start another. Thanks.

  • Kay-so lovely to see your post! Whether between kind-hearted rabbis or rabbits, Mazel Tov to you and your son. The Alleghany looks amazing even folded so demurely on the bed. I agree-it needs serious photog modeling when on.

  • woo hoo – love that Fussy Cuts!

  • Pull from the tangle. Words to live by.
    I would also love to live by “a knock of of Eileen Fisher knocking off Martha Stewart” that would be perfect for me.
    Check out T magazine and the knitted hotel room today!
    Happy New Year.

  • Long Tweet, indeed. I wish I could get the hang of Tweeting, just for the “Mason-Dixon” of it….Kay, this was a great post, full of news, great pics,interesting tidbits, and, finally, making me remember that I want to start my own “Fussy Cuts” blanket. Although it’s way past my sleepy-bye time, I’m glad I stayed up for the read.
    Happy New Year to you, Ann, and all of my fellow Mason-Dixonphiles.

  • I have been pulling from the tangle metaphorically for a long time! Thanks for giving me a knitterly name for it! I have to say that I am a little annoyed that I feel like I have to knit a Thorpe now! Just one, at least!! I am in the process of trying to mix my mitred cross with a fussy cut! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Oh, yes. Pulling from the tangle. I am so using this phrase to describe my life From Now On. Perfect. Just perfect. 🙂

  • Great post filled with some new phrases I’m going to adopt (I’ll credit you), whirlwind knitting and great projects!

  • wait, Real Job???

  • Wow. I’m kind of breathless just reading about it all! You are amazing.
    Also, Joseph learning how to tie a tie from youtube rather than his dad is so poignant. But at the same time it is also a good illustration of Pulling From the Tangle: the Next Generation.
    Nice solo and collaborative work on everything. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • I needed “Pull from the Tangle” today. Thank you

  • You knit a DRESS also?? What is wrong with you woman? Or is that also rhetorical ?
    Much love in the New Year.

  • Being able to knit all that is called LIVING THE DREAM. I wish I could knit faster just so I could create all that stuff.
    Have fun in Ulm and take pictures! It’s been a long time since I’ve been there.

  • What a great post! I laughed out loud at my vision of the Kay-and-Kathy Thorpe production line and teared up just a little at the thought of Joseph learning to tie his tie from youtube. And “pulling from the tangle” is my new life motto, I think. So — laughs, tears and life lessons, all in one blog post. Fantastic!

  • Ulm Germany is where my mother’s family is from. My grandparents were married in the church with the tall spire. Someday I hope to go there.

  • Pulling from the tangle is brilliant! Daughter’s wedding is in 26 days, enough said. I did manage to get her lace wedding stole (Hanami) finished and blocked in time to give it to her at a shower this last weekend. It’s nice to have a skill that can make a special memory and convey our love. I love the picture on the beach. The kids will have good memories of their moms knitting together. The other projects are gorgeous, too! Congrats on the Bar Mitzvah!

  • Happy new year! Thank you for the new and so well-understood metaphor. As well as everything else.

  • Happy New Year! I’ll have to find a way to remind myself to Pull From The Tangle throughout this year, which has already geared up into stress mode.
    Have fun on your TBT to Ulm (will you be In Ulm, um Ulm or um Ulm herum?). If it gets too bad: you’ll be less than 2 hours from Pfaffenhofen, where the Wollmeise yarn lives.