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Knitting Fiction

Hats With Attitude Blog

December 1, 2022
Jake: The Question

“Hey Jake, ask your mom if you can stay over on Friday.”       A boy in a grey hoodie freezes mid-hop on his way down the school bus steps, and turns toward the question. Another boy, at the top of the steps, this one in a black hoodie, twists himself around and hangs onto […]

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December 11, 2022
First, Backup

She turns her head so violently to the left that you’d think her eye ball had been snagged by a size G crochet hook. She stops in her tracks. Around her the early morning coffee shop is humming. Conversationalists are leaning toward each other across tables. Students, writers, and dawdlers, each seated alone, are geared […]

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December 25, 2022
Unquiet Air

“See me.”       The woman stops and looks around.  Where did the voice come from? Who is speaking to her? She stands still in the aisle, listening. The Holiday Bazaar is busy and when she stops, other shoppers move around her as though she is a boulder in the bed of a stream. It […]

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December 28, 2022
Mistakes and How to Fix Them

She tapes the flyer over the chaos of photos, greeting cards and receipts that she’s already taped on the refrigerator door. Meaning that for at least a week it will get first dibs for her attention. Meaning also, that she’s made it invisible to him. Because he is more interested in the contents of her […]

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January 16, 2023

She made The Mistake five years earlier. She learned of it when he carried her across the threshold and stood her in the arctic entry and she still in her full wedding regalia. The first blow landed on her left cheekbone because he is right-fisted. A few inches in one direction would have fractured her […]

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January 19, 2023
The Meat Hammer

Not his favorite meal, but his third favorite meal. When she first took the job at the nursing home, just down the block, she’d arranged her work schedule for early morning shifts so that she could be home in time to prepare his dinners. So tonight will be his third favorite: cordon bleu, fresh steamed […]

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January 22, 2023
The Black Hole

Living with him these past five years has taught her that Aunt Irene’s assessment of him is correct. He is wily enough to stay out of prison—but just barely. He is manipulative enough to earn some salesmen awards at the car dealership, but not smart enough to work his way up into management. He could […]

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January 28, 2023
Fair Isle

Irene painstakingly cleans the meat hammer. Aunt Irene taught her how to use dish soap and a brush on the weighted aluminum, without letting any soap touch the ancient wooden handle. She places it upright, into the old stoneware crock that Aunt Irene willed to her, together with wooden spoons, pestle and knife sharpener. It […]

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February 2, 2023
Even Long Games Must End

Irene wrapped her positive pregnancy test in toilet paper—around and around—over and over. She opened the lid of the metal feminine sanitary box and dropped it in with the used tampons and pads. Still sitting on the toilet, she buried her face in her hands and wept and laughed. And wept. And laughed.      […]

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February 11, 2023
The Homework Assignment

The little bell above the yarn shop door tinkles as Irene opens it and steps into the shop. She noticed that there are only two cars in the lot. That’s because it is early afternoon. She has stopped by right after work. Straightaway, before she takes stock of the shop or caresses even a single […]

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