|| BLOG 01/31/02
Please, no more public celebrity clefts of any kind with the
exception of mon petit ami Viggo's chin
Sometime this weekend, ChicKnits will be setting up a Paypal
account for donations for clothes so he can cover up his undies.
Superbowl National Anthem
ChicKnits has taken it upon herself to bring Madonna in to
sing the National Anthem instead of Mariah at the Superbowl
because at least Madonna will dress up like a p**p instead
Ils sont simplement vulgaires!
Qu'est-ce qui se passe avec ceux publicit‚ 7UP stupide?
Ce qui . . .
(Pronounced: Suh-kee or suckee, which is French for
Drew Carey is the #1 Male TV performer?!
D-Boy Dinner Rolls where mom says, "I'm ready anytime they
(ie. family members)show up!" Then she makes one dinner roll
in the oven for bad teenage daughter who's probably been cutting
school and hanging out at the mall all afternoon...
PLEASE get a life...
Cool minimal gfx
Call me now!
makes it to CBGBs but can't move to NYNY because she has the
soul of a gypsy!
Doug, just get a Volkswagon!
Was It Just Me?
Or was almost everyone at the Golden Globes just a little
is Ralph Fiennes these days?
@ the Golden Globes?
Russell Crowe & Diane Sawyer were like a couple of giggling
school girls for almost 30 minutes on ABC's Primetime Thursday.
WOW - I'll have what she's having...
And I thought NPR was PC:
"Garrison Keillor did this great Guy Noir skit where he was
approached by an Irish American lady cop from New York who
was investigating the supposed importation of slave step dancers
Guy couldn't help but notice the lady cop's beautiful Aran
sweater. He said that he had studied about reading the patterns
in the sweaters since they told a story. He read the cops
sweater and found that it said, "Help, we are Irish step dancers
who are locked in a basement and forced to knit these sweaters
during the day and step dance at night! Please help, this
The cop proceeded to say, "Unguent? Shouldn't that be urgent?"
Guy said, "Yeah, I suppose she must have slipped a stitch."
(I found this account on the Knitlist
About the PC thing - hey, knitters are people too...
Is it Wrong to be just slightly attracted to Dennis
How did Mr. B miss this?
OK, I watched... (Just the last 1/2). I couldn't tear
my eyes away! Pop Musegack Delight! I thought the best was
when Usher came out and moonwalked. Then you could really
see MJ=R2D2?! 2nd place goes to Slash the Guitarist's fret
work (who could also do with a remedial coif makeover.) Last
place: Shaggy's dance moves put the B back in Burlesque...
But for one small moment, Liz Taylor looked like she might
give it up and wave her arms back and forth! Hhhmm, husband
Just how much $$$ did they pay Britney to dirty dance
with his Alieness
The commercials alone sent me reaching for the nearest AirSicknessBag...
Speaking of another MJ, how much $$$ will Juanita take
to the bank? This gives "I'm retiring to spend more time=money
with my family" a whole new spin!
January 1, 2002
May all your dreams come true!
January 2, 2002
Since my crystal ball is broken and my astrologer has the
nerve to be in Key West until Sunday, I am going to try and
forecast 2002 by the following: according to Yahoo Knitlist's
Jessica*'s grandmother, what you do on the first day of the
New Year is what you'll do all year.
Here goes (5*****'s is excellent, 0*'s, well you know...):
6am: Three houseguests leave after 4 day visit smiling and
hugging. (5*'s - as far as I know, no one in my family is
PO'd with me. YET.)
7:45am: Find parking space 2 blocks from work at a meter.
(3*'s - meter parking is free on holidays in Chicago but with
the wind chill, the temperature is 5 degrees above zero and
by the time I get to the building my nose is ready to drop
off my face.)
8am: Get in 6 rows of knitting before getting first work assignment.
(0*'s - had hoped to knit all day because IT's A HOLIDAY & NOBODY SHOULD BE AT WORK!!!)
9:40am: My first assignment is in Waukegan, IL. (2*'s - there
is no traffic on the road but the event I'm going to starts
at 10am and it's at least 45 minutes away.)
11am: Event is still going on and I happily shoot videotape
of 35 members of the Waukegan Fire Dept jumping INTO Lake
Michigan amid floating ice and big waves. WOOhoo Polar Bears!!!
(5*'s - some of these guys are wearing THONGS. One beached
Bear yells at man running out of water, "Nice chesnuts, dude." This is all on camera, but I predict this will end up on the
cutting room floor.)
12noon - 3pm: Shoot some real estate shots and take a last
hour lunch. (2*'s - Glad to leave a little early, but find
myself waiting at the bus stop for 15 minutes before I remember
I drove to work. Have to walk 5 blocks in freezing temps to
4pm: Have leftover chicken, sweet potato pecan bread, and
peanut butter fudge for dinner on a paper plate. (5*'s - family
rule states that snacks = real meals during the holidays.
Time is running out, so I also throw some carmel corn on the
5pm: Knit about 1/3 of the back of a 2001 UFO while LAYING
DOWN on the couch. (5*'s - posture is important, but I was
up REALLY late with the houseguests ringing in the New Year
down at Navy Pier. Chicago rocks out with fireworks and music!!!)
9:30pm: Fall asleep on couch with knitting needles in hand
while watching a rerun of "Everybody Loves Raymond" (eeeWWW!!!).
(5*'s - usually too busy to have time enough to fall asleep
FORECAST: Any psychic ChicKnitters out there please comment
January 3, 2002
ChicKnits 2K2 ForReal
"NEVER be afraid to rip out a mistake
or even a whole project!!!
If it feels hinky & it looks hinky,
it is hinky and a few minutes of your time will send it back
onto the runway."
Who dat! Who said that? Why ... I did ... just a little over
a month ago. And by god, not only did "it" look hinky, "it" broke almost all my New Years resolutions in one fell swoop.
It is the start of a sweater, a sleeve in fact, that I just
blithely knitted away on (started 2 days before Xmas) until
all the increases where done before I measured it. Usually,
I swatch and adjust the pattern, if necessary. But noOOoo...
I substituted yarn, did not swatch and probably, if I continued,
would not have had enough yarn to finish this! My sleeves
usually measure 17" and this was around 13". OOPS...
So, last night, I ripped it back to the start of the main
part after the edge rows (a whooping 12" !!!) and figured
out what the heck I was supposed to be doing. It turned out
that the increases needed to be made every 8 rows instead
of every 6 rows. (This is a Big Mistake.) Yup, I proudly make
'em and I proudly FIX 'em.
I think if you can fix it, it won't end up under the bed or
hidden behind your shoes in the closet where you'll find it
months later and wonder what all the fuss was about.
I showed some folks at Stitch 'n Bitch how to fix a dropped
stitch by dropping a stitch in the middle of a row of the
Celtic Cable pullover. I dropped it about 10 rows. One woman
actually screamed! Who says you can't have an exciting time
knitting? Read about how to do it HERE... It's toward the end of the page. There's all sorts of links
on this site for "how-to's" as well.
I really like this sweater pattern - Rowan Winter 2001 called "Erin" - big cables made over 10 stitches every 20 rows! Really
fab in taupe cotton/lycra worsted weight yarn - total runway
January 4, 2002
ChicKnits 2K2 ForReal
Before I can get back to the future, it's imperative I tie
up all the loose ends, so to speak, from 2K1. My superstitions
about finishing a project in the same year it's started hangs
over my head like a band of ORCs with foul breath from LOTR!
Get back ye fell beasts, I say...
My knitting muse cannot rise free before I do battle with
these UFOs I found in my workroom:
1. Lavender Ribbon Sleeveles Top - 50% Done: A beautiful
sleeveless blouse with a ruffled V-neck front from the cover
of Rebecca Spring 2K1. Why did this project stall: it is the
one and only time I splurge on Anny Blatt Yarn (a frothy ribbon
edged in silver) and I end up with a bad batch. The factory
skeining process has shredded it in random places, so it's
been a B to knit, even on huge needles. Can't return it, so
I'm gonna bite the bullet and finish it - maybe in the mornings
when I'm reading the Chicago Tribune online with my coffee
and won't be so annoyed.
2. Lilac Linen Sleeveles Top - 90% Done: No excuse
for this except summer turned into fall and I pitched it into
the closet. It is a boat-neck top made out of Rowan Linen
Drape in the yummiest lilac color. I have red hair and love
blue and lilac (aqua too!). (There is a theme developing here
as well - seems like I am like the tourist who can't afford
to eat dinner in a 4star restaurant but can eek out $$$ for
lunch - I make sleeveless tops out of more expensive yarns!!!
There's that champagne taste on a beer budget thang...) Even
though it dawned on me this could be worn under other sweaters,
I can't seem to pick it up (it's on #5 needles and is a PITA).
SO: this is the KIP Bus Project until it's done...
3. Lilac Cotton-Wool Cardigan - 20% Done: Beautiful
Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece basic I don't need until Spring.
Get thee to the closet!!!! (Until March)
4. Brown Heather Coat/Jacket - 30% Done: I must be
believing my own hype because I bought and brought this with
me on a business trip in October thinking I would finish it
while on the road (lot's of time up in yee olde room with
the free cable movies??!!) This was my first business trip
and I didn't understand then how much of the real wheel and
deal spins at the hotel bar... Let this become the morning
project after said Ruffled Top...
5. Charcoal Wrap-Around Coat/Jacket - 90% Done: Bartlett's
Fisherman wool in a fab broken rib pattern. I have 30 ROWS
TO GO then seaming and it is FINI!!!!!! This is the one you
just want to jump into on the weekend and be cradled by a
furry cozy wearable binkie!
January 6, 2002
The snow lies lightly on the ground. Your furnace is working
away and there is some hot tea steeping in the kitchen, perfuming
the house with an herbal spice that's nice. You have just
stepped out of a warm bath softened by fragrant gifts from
Santa and have wrapped yourself in a warm handknit sweater
and woolie socks. Not only are you cozy, you are POWERFUL...
AND, you are unaware of the danger lurking just around the
corner. That new Xmas gift yarn beckons and you pick up some
needles and start zooming away on the perfect sweater. It
is knitting up like butter and you're just sailing along listening
to Kermit Ruffins and his Barbeque Swingers...
But wait, something is wrong! There must be something in your
tea besides cinnamon because your knitting seems to be shrinking.
It should be 7 inches and it looks like 4. You panic and pull
out the ruler just to be sure.
You have just slipped on the proverbial Knitter's Banana Peel...
YOU DID NOT SWATCH !!!
You were blithely convinced, just this once, that the ball
band on the yarn was correct and you could just skip this
tedious, boring, mind-numbing step.
2K2 ForReal Resolution #3
The time you'll save will more
the time you'll rave if you don't.
This swatch was made using #6 needles (too loose by just
a nose) and then #5 needles (just perfect - fabric is firmer,
but has a nice drape).
Now I can ignore Resolution #1 and merrily go on my knitting
way! (Sorry, I've been reading LOTR and am in an elvish frame
January 8, 2002
It's time to put the crafty back in craft.
My main slick move is getting sick of a project, then hiding
it because I can't stand to look at it. This is a common phenom
and some accurately call it "marinating." I am a professional
Marinator. (Is that a word?!) I can start 'em and hide 'em
like nobody's business.
Then, one day, you remember that long ago UFO and suddenly,
today is the day you are genuinely motivated to finish it
and become The Terminator. I was energized this weekend by
single digit temperatures to fish for the felted
vest I started in the fall. This was banished to the marination
chamber because it was too warm to even hold and work on back
then. Now it is like a lap robe!
It turned out to be a real B to pick up the stitches around
the armholes, bottom and fronts. The felt was so dense, I
had to resort to using an Ice Pick to pierce the d*** thing
so I could fish for a loop.
But, once I got in the swing of it, it went really fast. This
funky thing just needs a zipper up the front and a mock turtle
to be the next excellent FO!
I'll be back . . .
January 9, 2002
As January is speeding right along, I'm discovering some
personal trends in my knitting style. This time of year is
always ripe for reflection - maybe it's because here in chilly
Chicago, one is indoors more often staring at the walls. Or
the TV. Or, for those lucky enough, a roaring fire (with some
sparkly salts thrown on for good measure).
While all the good people in Miami are out dancing on the
beach in their thongs (or at least, that's what we see in
their travel blurbs), we in Chicago are laying around in our
snuggies (er, long underwear for you NorthWoods Hosers!) mentally
mining the brain for any type of refreshment and amusement.
(Otherwise known as climbing the walls, cabin-fever, bingeing,
bar flying, etc.).
I am caught in the throes of these deep winter stages:
All projects (and much of my personal life) follow these steps
for some reason - and even while I'm terminating one project,
I'm creating another! I think this is happening more than
in the summer because when you are sensory deprived in one
area your senses become stimulated in other areas more sharply.
Inspiration surrounds us..
Right about now, Funk Soul Brotha T. Joiner would say, "We
don't do shout outs, but if we did, a BIG SHOUT OUT to:
Dangerous Chunky for inspiring me with her fine
Teva Durham for her fab design work on her site Loop-d-Loop;
Designs another fresh New York design group;
all who inspired this new hat in progress (Creator):
Of course, the felted vest is now in the territory of the
Procrastinator! I'm leaving it on the back of the couch staring
me in the face so maybe by Saturday, I'll put the zipper in
and who knows, maybe I'll get all funked up and knit the collar
while being hypnotized by His Alienesse's 30th(?) Anniversary
January 10, 2002
OOPS, I did it again...
the Ruby Hat
Just another version of the easy
hat from Gale Coffey.
I've been using up all sort of odds and ends - this uses size
10.5 needles, so I double up worsted yarn in two colors making
one bulky strand, or just two same color worsted strands.
This one also had two strands of fuzzy, burgundy eyelash yarn
mixed with one strand of burgundy variegated DK weight.
I've got enough left over to make a slotted scarf to "match".
January 11, 2002
The What the... File takes
a field trip to the right hand column!
Reading the fabulous My
Blue House, I find that the indomitable Mr. Blackwell
says ChicKnits House Band Destiny's
Child is a "trilogy of taste-free
What the... If every fashion
styling has a flipside, then the ChicKnits coin would gladly
Tails: Destiny's Child
photos courtesy of AbsoluteNow.com
If my booty was as liscious as the 3 DCs, it would be all
I could do to restrain myself from walking around all day
with just my new hat, a purple studded halter/loincloth under
my red down jacket with my black Harley boots. Very NorthWoods...
I hereby invite Mr. Blackwell to get real and come to Chicago
to ride the #66 Bus with me and see how the PEOPLE dress!!!
January 13, 2002
No Snow but Nose Froze...
I just finished sewing a hem in the notorious Felted Vest
as the latest chapter of the Procastinator morphs into the
Terminator. I am sitting in the bright afternoon light - the
sky is fabulous. High rippled icy clouds break into the most
cool blue open spaces - much more interesting than a clear
azure summer day.
I was knotting the thread at the last and reached up to swipe
my nose and couldn't believe how cold it was! My house is
nice and warm (although I have a sweater on) so what's up
with that? Now I can't stop feeling it! I guess I'll have
to wrap a scarf around my head...
The Most Excellent Felting Adventure is drawing to a close
- I just have to put the zipper in. I like to do that in the
morning when I am really fresh, when I am the utmost coffee
achiever. If my nose ever thaws out, I think I'm going to
take a nap. Sundays are cool like that.
January 14, 2002
Let it snow, let it snow, let
it snow . . .
The Excellent Felting Adventure Reaches the Finish Line at
long last. I ended up eating French Strawberry BonBons just
to bribe myself to put in the zipper.
Read about the whole adventure
That's what is says on the tin: "LaVie de La Vosgienne Les
Fraises Bonbons Fruits." Or eat me and sew like there is no
tomorrow!!! Have more energy than even 5 cups of coffee (which
I also had)! My sweet auntie gave me some $$$ for Xmas, so
I have a new coffee maker. Another friend gave me the candy.
I am truly blessed, dressed and confessed.
January 15, 2002
Tales of the #66 Part One: Rules
of the Road
It snowed in Chicago today, so I took out the Ruby Hat
for a test drive on the #66. I had to wait for about 10
minutes for the bus, after a block and a half walk to the
stop, and I'm thrilled to record, NO COLD GOT THROUGH to
my sweet little head...
However, I almost fell asleep on the Bus because this hat
is too warm for ANY place that's heated (even a little).
Sleeping is not allowed on the #66 for several reasons:
one might miss their stop, snore or most importantly, lean
over on their seat mate's shoulder and maybe become a mouth
breather. (This has happened to me in both directions -
I was the pillow or the sleeper.)
Anyways, I resisted sleep and remembered I was supposed
to get my work ID picture taken today! This was going to
be a problem because they called me in early so not only
did I have Bed Head, I had Hat Head from the serious warmth
of the Ruby Hat.
This is NOT a problem on the #66. We have the whole spectrum
of hair represented, everything from what I'll politely
refer to as Gutter Head worn by the crackhead/drunk/whatever
on a 24/7 bender to the expensive "do" worn by the trader
with the gfx/designer girlfriend who have Pre-paid Bed Head
from the local loco salon downtown. (One of my friends gave
me a bag full of this stuff made by TIGI but I had to toss
it because it made me smell like a lime sucker and I do
As you can imagine, on some days these two looks generally
approximate each other, usually when the yuppie folk have
wantonly doused themselves with a little extra because it's
Friday and they're meeting friends for drinks after work.
Of course, when I removed my hat and ran my hands lightly
through my hair, no one blinked... I had the perfect combination
of product and wear on my hair, thanks to the conditioning
action of the Ruby Hat!
A gentleman got on the bus a couple of days ago and sat
with a plop next to me. He was reeking of that special morning
after combo of beer, wiskey and smoke clinging to his clothes
and had the slightly shiny look of a man who's been pickled
for days. I was overjoyed because usually my sinuses are
seriously dysfunctional until about noon and this particular
morning, I got a face full of fellow man. That always means
I'm going to have a good day because my head is really clear.
This happy feeling was displaced in about 7 seconds when
said fellow started a conversation with me. On the #66,
it's OK to reek, read, or even retch, but one must NOT start
talking with a seat mate between 7am-10am or 4pm-6pm. Everyone
knows this. However, Mr. Smell leans over to me and asks, "Well, how do I look? I've been out all night and my wife's
gonna kill me." I'm thinking, "Not if there's anything left
after I'm through, sir" but instead I just narrow my eyes
and give him the patented "Are you talking to me?" half
turn of the head all commuters use and he says, "No, really
do I look normal?" (I swear to God!) So, I say "Are you
kidding, you look fine!" The scary part of this is she probably
won't notice because I have the feeling this guy is a career
drinker but the great part is he shrugs a little, re-arranges
himself and SHUTs UP for the rest of the ride.
His hair was just about identical to the current rage haircut
around here (probably was around NYNY a couple of YEARS
ago): the half-inch long shag job with just the front section
lubed and pushed straight up. Like Carson Daly used to wear.
Wow, Mr. S wasn't even trying.
Anyways, after I got to work and got my first assignment,
I never made it back into a building but spent the next
eight hours outside or in the car without any cool breeze
on my brow. That hat is a gem!
January 18, 2002
ChicKnits is One-Year Old Today!!!
the day with a ChicKnits serving
of the #3-#5 Top Hats from the #66 Chicago Ave Bus!!!
About 150 yds of Bulky Weight or 150 yds/each of 2 colors
of Worsted Weight or 300 yds of one color of Worsted Weight
Or go wild and mix and match any
worsted weight yarn to make stripes! Each row takes approximately
3yds of yarn. I've combined DK weight (3 strands), mohair,
ribbon, eyelash, one strand of cream & one strand of another
color to get a "ragg" effect, wool with acrylic, wool
with cotton, acrylic with cotton - you get the idea. Use
up all your leftovers!
(Worsted Weight Yarn will be used double throughout.)
1 pair 16" #10.5 needles (or size needle to get gauge
1 set #10.5 Double point needles
Large darning needle to weave in ends
Width: 20" (Medium)
3.5 sts/ 4.5 rows
Advanced Beginner who knows how
to decrease and use
CO 70 stitches using circular needles.
Join being careful not to twist your cast on and knit
Purl 1 row.
K 21 rows (about 5").
*K12, K2tog, repeat from *.
K 1 row.
*K11, K2tog, repeat from*.
K 1 row.
*K10, K2tog, repeat from*.
K 1 row.
*K9, K2tog, repeat from*.
*K8, K2tog, repeat from*.
*K7, K2tog, repeat from*.
*K6, K2tog, repeat from*.
*K5, K2tog, repeat from*.
*K4, K2tog, repeat from*.
*K3, K2tog, repeat from*.
*K2, K2tog, repeat from*.
*K1, K2tog, repeat from*.
*K2tog, repeat from*.
Cut yarn with about a 6" tail. Thread needle and
thread through remaining stitches. Weave in ends.
©2002 Bonne Marie Burns
For Non-Commercial Use Only
January 20, 2002
The Good News:
Since I work outside a lot of the winter, I am almost always
in a DULL Parka of some kind. Being a fashionista, this
wears me down and I've tried to compensate over the winter
by wearing something underneath the piles of outerwear that
would brighten and maximize my stylings. Most of the time,
this was Fancy Pants, if you know what I mean, but lately,
that is not doing the trick! I can't wear most of my sweater
creations, (although the hoodies are getting a workout this
winter), because they would get ruined in about 10 minutes
of hard labor.
So I've become a hat junkie...
Once I figured out how easy and fast they are, there is
no stopping me now. This is the BEST way I can let out all
those repressed fashion urges without ruining my wardrobe.
Let there be HATS!!!!
The Bad News:
Oh, my people, what have we done!? Not only are the Mighty
Chicago Bears OUT of the playoffs with a billion inuries,
I have totally blown a very desirable project this weekend!
The grey sweater/jacket is out of the picture until further
notice. If you notice in the picture, it measures 34" Long
(Cool! Fashionable Knee Length). However, it also measures
25" ACROSS!!! This jacket was supposed to be 23" but it
wraps around and seems like it just grew wider when I wasn't
looking. It is so big I am like a hobbit inside of it. After
I pinned the sides and sewed the shoulders, I tried it on
with a belt and almost fainted...
I looked like a 200lb sack of Yukon Golds! Really, really,
really not Chic at all. Really NOT RUNWAY! Really, really
ignorant as well. Even though I swatched, I just didn't
understand how to envision the FIT. The DRAPE. The PROFILE...
BUT STOP! I hereby invoke
ChicKnits 2K2 ForReal Resolution
and it passes all tests:
To the frog pond shall thee go. (This is antique knitTalk
for ripping (ribbit ripit rip it) out a project!!!)
Looks like I'll try it again with some shaping - I think
I can rescue the sleeves (Whew!) and collar and just redo
the fronts and back. All freakn 34" of it. The fabric made
with this pattern and yarn is not drapey enough for doing
anything but barreling out. Thank God it was on #9 needles
and I knit it on the bus because it's so easy...
The Other Bad News: My website server is driving me crazy.
The site has been down and downright unavailable. What the...
Janurary 21, 2002
Ever tried? Ever failed? No
matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
As I was sitting in the corner licking my wounds over the
jacket debacle, I decided to go scrounge in the UFO pile and
see if there was something there that could cheer me up!
Prime Rib Hat
Knitting is my vice, my crutch, my Xanax, my martini, and
because its so easy, you can indulge an idea in small portions.
In fact, many knitters refer to this phenom as "Startitis".
This is where you have to start something just for the thrill
of it, striking while the iron is hot, so to speak.
That is why I have a pile of sleeves, fronts, backs, etc,
that are just one of a kind parts really started to be a bigger
project but once the FLASH is gone, it's gone and it ends
up in the pile. But the beauty is that you pick it up later
if it was a good idea after that marination period and go
for it. (Of course, some stuff will lie there forever.)
So I found this very bright fuschia variegated front&back
out of stockinette stich. This was tossed because it was too
bright and the yarn was too warm to hold. Perfect for January
in Chicago NOW.
It is Rebecca Nr.19 Pattern
18 a really fab ruffled edged pullover. Now I remember
another reason it was tossed - indecipherable instructions!
I had to go online to research the ruffled (!) rib that is
on the bottom of this sweater and came up with this:
God Bless Megan Mills of New Zealand and all of the kind
people online who share their Know How with all of us flukies!!!
I would've tossed my pieces back in the pile and just slid
away to some french fries or something without this site!
I don't fear failure. I only
fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is
pounding, saying, "Keep going, someone must be on top, why
--- General George S. Patton
January 22, 2002
we're mighty mighty
wherever we go
our knitting will grow
ChicKnits 2K2 ForReal Resolution
"Knit in Public (KIP)"
I was thanking my lucky stars this afternoon because I was
on the #66 a little earlier than usual. It was clear and 53
degrees here today - just luscious - I was just dreaming away,
looking out the window.
Around Ogden, a bunch of high school students got on the bus
cussin' and fussin'. They came right back to where I was sitting
and started tusslin'. (One young lady yelled at one young
man she was going to kick his mutha f***** a**, but in a happy
way, like she was in his class.)
Another fellow told her to stop the cussin' and then she really
started fussin'! She told him she was OUT OF SCHOOL and would
DO whatever she f'n wanted to do. He replied, "Well, that's
probably true but we don't want to listen to YOU..."
All of a sudden there rose such a clatter, all passengers
turned to see what was the matter! She was barkin' like a
dog, croaking like a frog! So I grabbed my needles tight thinking
I'd lose the fight if I had to hear one more weird sound so
Just the touch of spun fleece in two rows gave me peace. I
was off in my own land of calm almost home.
January 25, 2002
ChicKnits 2K2 ForReal Resolution
"Teach Someone to Knit"
Even if you just learned yesterday, there's someone out there
who would love to know too! In fact, you are probably a more
patient, passionate teacher than many who've been knitting
for years. Plus, if you're like most new knitters, you are
imbibed with the "magic" of the first stitch ever made.
This summer, my S'nB group ran a learn to knit workshop at
LadyFest, a big music festival featuring the arts and crafts
of women. We thought we were rained out by huge thunderstorm
- we were going to do our thing outside in a local park. So
we left handmade signs taped to the fence of the park giving
an address of another park that had a fieldhouse we could
use. By all nature's rights, the signs should've just washed
We were so bummed but when we got to the other location we
actually had to turn people away, there were so many women
who showed up! Check out these
pics. It's hard to describe the happiness and power of
most in the group once they'd completed their first row on
My next group challenge is one of my friend's daughter's Girl
Scout Troop. I hope they have a badge for this - wouldn't
that be too cool to put on a sweater sleeve or scarf of my
January 26, 2002
Ooh La la! No one is wearing shoes here in Chicago!!! The
magic of 60 degree weather in January makes us think we are
down in Jamaica walking on a six mile long beach of white
sand sipping endless pina coladas!
People were doing the stroll, riding their Harley's, dragging
some tables and chairs out to the sidewalk and calling it
Cabin Fever is transformed in just a few hours to Spring Fever
with a bang***. It's like everybody just got a massage and
a triple latte. Oh, I forgot, it's really just called OXYGEN.
That stuff you get to breathe when you GO OUTSIDE.
ChicKnits is not immune to this phenom and quickly was inspired
to kill two birds with one stone: finish a lingering UFO and
wear it to Lunch Outdoors tomorrow.
Lilac Ribbon Tank
Made from Anny Blatt Bijou
a perfectly scrumptious ribbon that's cotton
with a slim edge
of silver. Very light and FROTHY...
And it appears
I'm officially on a ruffle binge!
January 31, 2002
Midnight : Chicago transforms
from Spring Fever to
Photo by Bonne
Marie Burns ©2002
accumulations of 3 to 6 inches.
Snow gradually changing to sleet and some
freezing rain by morning. Ice pellets likely.
Low 30 to 35. Northeast winds 10 to 20
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