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  • Hi Ann
    glad we finally convinced you that Birch is an ideal carry along project! I missed my original self-imposed deadline and am finally on the 3rd ball. This is definately a soothing commuter project and excites much attention in a London rush hour.

  • Birch is looking fantastic! Congratulations! Truly a thing of fluffy beauty.
    and I love that bear-hug sweater – it’s soooo cute – any hints on where to find the pattern?

  • Your birch looks really nice. You’ve cracked it for good. :0) Now all you have to do is to convince Kay that she wants to make one too,

  • You are the master of the Birch! The fluffiness looks fab. Go Ann!

  • Jo, the bear sweater (so cute!) is made of Sirdar Snowflake and a kit can be found at this site: http://www.fibershop.com/snowflake/bear.shtml. Ann, congrats on the Birch. It’s looking mahvelous.

  • Beautiful Birch.I knew you’d like it … once you’d got over the initial fears.
    ‘Spunk’ is not a word nice girls use in the U.K. ! Just in case you’re visiting & feel compelled to say it ! Really.Don’t !!! It means something completely different.

  • I’m really dying to make the Birch Shawl but a couple of other sites have been screaming in frustration. I noted though that you’re actually carrying it around with you to knit which tells me it’s not something that you have to be absolutely holed up in a locked private room to concentrate on. Could you give me your opinion about whether or not an experienced beginner could handle this? Thanks!

  • Beverly–you should look back a few days–Ann was really cussing up a storm during her first few attempts at Birch. Which doesn’t mean it’s not suitable for an experienced beginner! (That is NOT a slam on Ann; knitting lace with cobwebs has a wicked steep learning curve and then, apparently, it’s smooth sailing, to the point that you can carry it along with you and knit it while driving or entertaining people on the London Underground). Mason-Dixon Knitting strongly recommends that you do a practice swatch using another yarn that behaves like, well, yarn. This way you can learn the pattern and perhaps see it a little better without all that fuzz clogging up your vision. Then you can proceed to the mohair and click away on it until you find it a total bore.
    Dear Emma–it is so funny that spunk is not a polite word in England. Here, as you may have gathered, spunk is foremost among the virtues, a quality greatly to be prized in the young. A synonym is ‘moxy’–does that mean anything nasty in England?? Then again, I am the only person born after the turn of the (20th) century who still uses ‘moxy’ in ordinary conversation. I think it went out with the phrase ‘horseless carriage’.
    To all–I’m thinking of practicing what I preach and attempting Birch, but in Denim of course. Wouldn’t that be a fab accessory for Stevie Nicks to do her twirling dervishy dance in?? “She is like getting dark, and then she is the darkness….” ???? No wonder everybody makes fun of the 70s!!! XOX Kay

  • “Knit herself an ALPACA SUIT.”: Eureka!!! at long last, the next MDK Kay-Ann exchange! You knit me an alpaca suit, and I’ll knit you one!!!
    This lady must really be SOMETHIN. She has moxy aplenty, in addition to enviable skill. So pleased and proud she’s an MDK reader.
    Let me know when to start knitting alpaca.
    I really always have wanted to knit a faux Chanel boucle suit–you know, something with a hint of lurex and a big gold chain a-dangling. Is that an overshare? Should I seek professional help? xox Kay