da dress on da chest... OMG...
ChicKnits has set up a Paypal account to get this woman some
I forgot to shop at Chanel this
My mom wore her hair like this
when she was a bridesmaid in her sister's wedding!
'The April 2002 National Geographic has a photo of some Tibetan
women sitting outside knitting. The caption says they are
prostitutes who knit while waiting for "business". So...be
careful when you knit in public.'
Let me be the
first to toast the Newlyweds with a Super
"He sucked her lips right out of her face!" says The View
cohost Joy Behar. Asked what was his favorite part of the
evening, Tito Jackson said of his friend Gest, "I had never
seen him kiss anyone, so for me, seeing him kiss Liza like
that was the most exciting." Added Trump: "I have been to
many weddings, and I have never seen a kiss like that before."
This child needs to get back to her roots and I don't mean
her goldilocks... It's at times like these I get down on me
knees and thank the dear Lord I am not a celebrity!
Benicio del Torres
has a girlfriend in Chicago and it's NOT me!!! HOW could this
ala Cindy Adams
"The 5-o'clock-sharp wedding saw Michael Jackson and Elizabeth
arrive promptly at 5:15. Michael did not get the bridal bouquet.
I don't know who did, as my vision was obscured by Gina Lollobrigida's
the Bachelor Party of Liza's fiance David Gest included not
1 but 3 Liza impersonators.
Possibly on cold feet, the groom left early...
Jennifer Love Hewitt & Survivor winner Ethan Zohn
Surprise of All...
Whitney backs out of singing the wedding march song for Liza.
Natalie Cole steps up
and will sing
amazingly includes all of ChicKnits current Human Froids
OH, that Other
Carmen Electra &
Why Not MEEEE
Charlize Theron was eating in a Japenese LA restaurant and
bought a handmade sweater from a fellow diner/knitter on the
spot for $1000
just in case
you're wondering since
National Craft Month
I propose that all mighty beginning
knitters and crafters who want to knit come out
of the closet and into the Crafty Light!
Learn to Cable!
There is almost nothing I like better when knitting
than making cables! Aran knitting is cable making
supreme - you just have to know how to count.
Counting's easy, I learned at age 2? 3? Now that
I knit, if I really want to get in a good mood
and keep it easy but end up with something that
people will think I'm a genius for even trying,
I make a cable pullover.
It all starts HERE!
thanks to the folks at Wonderful Things!
1st is National Peanut Butter Day so I'm having
SuperChunky on a Homemade Peanut Butter Cookie.
Ahhh, breakfast of champions.
Venus with Love
What do you do when Extreme
hits you right between the eyes?
1. Eat and/or drink a lot
2. Pull out the videos and watch the Avengers
collector set from 1967 you got for Christmas
that you've been saving for a rainy day. It's
not really raining in Chicago, but snow, sleet
and slop is close enough.
3. Celebrate your craftinesss....
make a Cabled Headband!
Materials: about 50g of Worsted Weight
yarn, the stretchier the better.
FIRST: Go HERE
and read how to make an 8 stitch cable or CB4
Then come back here and:
Row 1 (WS): K1, P2, K2, P8, K2, P2, K1.
Row 2 (RS): K3, P2, K8, P2, K3
Rows 3, 5, 7, 9, 11: As Row 1.
Row 4, 8, 10, 12: As Row 2.
Row 6: K3, P2, CB4, P2, K3.
So basically, every odd row is worked as Row
1, and every even row as Row 2, except for Row
6, where you CABLE!!!
These rows are repeated for about 20" or whatever
fits around your head comfortably. (Measure
your head in the area you would wear a headband
with a piece of yarn and then measure the yarn!)
Forecast Calls for Crafty
Chicago temps continue in the
Teens! WindChills below 0!
I'm still cabling!
WIP: Pullover from Rowan's Seasons Tale
- the pattern is called Heather and I'm knitting
it out of a cotton/lycra yarn called Designer's
Memory 8. Socknitters love a yarn called FIXATION
and this is sort of a worsted version of it.
I wish Melrose (or someone) would bring it back!
Most cottons stretch all out of shape but this
is just like that nice T-shirt or Blouse with
5% L in it that keeps it crisp and tidy.
That's what I'd call URBAN. Crisp. Fashionable.
Femme. Body conscious. Modern...
3rd is Alexander Graham Bell's birthday.
He was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Without his fine efforts, we wouldn't be speaking
Cheers, Mr. Bell!
Monday Morning March Mirth
Columbia Minerva Yarns
found this at a garage sale for 18 cents!
Anybody know the urban legend about
knitting your boyfriend a sweater?
Tell me HERE
Crafts: Sooner or later
you just gotta Do-It-Yourself...
Even if you're one of the extreme
knitteratti, I know (for sure) one day you'll
become a hybrid. You will become enchanted with
the idea of crocheted lace. Or someone will tell
you that Kool-Aid can be used to dye things. Beads
are Beautiful! And we all know that everything
looks better in candlelight.
that day comes, (and it'll be sooner than you
think), the perfect place to go visit is
subtitle of this site says it simply best:
"Daily Finds and Stuff I Really Really Like"
Megan, the craftmistress deluxe behind this wonderfully
designed and fun site, wanders the web and comes
back with the most incredible best of the best.
Things that put the good into "the good life."
There's stuff to make, stuff to bake, stuff to
wear to make you beautiful (and smell good) when
you give that groovy party with the HOMEMADE
Megan finds stuff I never can find - she even
has 2 (not 1, 2!!!) recipes for my favorite cocktail,
the mighty Mojito!
And she's got it all in a handy-dandy
for you to get lost some afternoon and travel
the world while you're planning your next party.
Enjoy the clean design and great photography and
I guarantee there'll be something there you just
Oh, of course, Megan KNITS! Here's
her pattern for a fabulous eyelash scarf with
License to (s)ILL(y)
dance that's more than real
Think Sock Monkey - here's how you feel
Put your left leg down - your right leg up
Tilt your head back - let's finish it up
M.C.A. with the bottle - D. rocks the can
Adrock gets nice with Charlie Chan
We're offered Moet - we don't mind Chivas
Wherever we go we bring the Monkey with us
Sock Monkey - that funky Monkey
Sock Monkey - skunkie
That funky Monkey
People, these are the real deal. My man
MCA on the left is my favorite toy of all time
from when I was a tot, made with my grammie's
own hands. His legs are different sizes and his
can is slightly forever leaning to the right because
of the way I clutched him under my arm during
the night. It also has what I now recognize from
my many trips to New Orleans as a gris-gris bag
around its neck. I think there is lavender inside.
Something to calm the tot within at least.
My brother and I did not know that these were
a Sock Men so we called them Foosers.
The Monkey is wearing a Burberry dress. It does
You might need a Funky
Monkey of your own!
"Good luck in your quest for World Cablenation..."
Ollie says: "I find it funny that you mentioned
learning to cable because I happen to be in the
middle of my first attempt at a cable pattern.
It's a grey sweater using Moschio (I can't think
of the company right now) knit with #9 needles.
There's only one cable running down the front;
I figure crawl before I walk or run...I was amazed
to learn that with a standard cable, there are
no new stitches that you need to learn. You just
use the regular ole' knit and purl stitches (with
an extra knitting needle tossed in)."
New CableNation citizen Dangerous
Chunky, says she's "tackled the sport of CB-4ing"
gettin' down and interactive with the moniter
& needles... Cable on!!!
UFO: My SuperCable Pullover has crept from
the Startitis pile over to the UFO side - it is
half done and I've started the front. I can't
wait to wear this! And I typically hate a project
at this stage but I'm plowing right through this...
Here's what it looks like finished
on the right.
Speaking of the original CableNation, I
am getting sortof psyched about St. Patrick's
Day and have been offered the opportunity to ride
on our company float at the traditional South
Side Irish Parade (always a ParTay!). People rent
U-Haul Trucks and park them rear-side out facing
Western Ave the night before in the commericial
parking lots. Magically, they turn into "house
parties" on parade day with plenty0refreshments
for all. UMM, should I or shouldn't I...
We are having a co-worker DJ some music as the
float rolls (while the world turns, etc etc etc)
and it might be too scary for me! Maybe I SHOULD
go and wear the SUPER Tiara I got the one year
I went to Mardi Gras. I didn't want to dress in
a costume but always wanted a tiara so I bought
one that is ALMOST Miss Universe size. Just stunning...
I wore it all day and everyone kept asking me
what I was Queen Of or they just waved at me or
pointed and leaned over to their friends (probably)
saying, "Look a Beauty Queen." UHH hahh... I didn't
even have to wear a bikini and have my A** hanging
out in front of millions of viewers or get implants
to get maximum respect. Y'll should really try
Even if you get one just to do housework in.
For all the Rebecca Fans out there, you
can buy it online from the USA source HERE
Women's Day 2002
With Honor and Respect,
Past, Present and Future,
Celebrate Women around the World
Toy Story: Part One
Lucky girl me, I came from a family that loved
playing with toys! My Dad's Dad had a big train
set that he fiddled with, that had a whole room
devoted to it. He built mountains and even made
little detailed trees out of spaghnum moss and
carved wood. Boxcars were distressed to look rusty
and stained glass was used for a pond with a bridge.
We were never allowed to drive the trains, but
it was thrilling to stand just about eye-level
with this manufactured world. I just put myself
on the bridge in my mind and was off...
Himself and Herself both loved windup or battery
toys and always were on the look-out for more
insane little geepers that would make everybody
laugh. Imagine my mother's delight today over
the plethora of digitally dancing gorillas and
hamsters. Every Christmas, she sends me a new
toy to delight my family, friends and co-workers.
These toys are so lucky, I quickly pass them around
to share the mirth. I just received a dancing
Leopard for my birthday that's holding a heart
while he sings "Do You Love ME" that I would be
most honored to send
to anyone who would like it.
There is one famous frog that ribbets Xmas carols
which has been wrapped and distributed for over
5 years to various households. It is now on the
South Side of Chicago on Avenue M with my friend's
83 year old Mother, who ADORES Senor Frog. She
said to us, when we told her our customary pass-along,
"To hell with your silly custom, I'm keeping him!"
Right-on bubbie! I thank you a million times over!
The first thing I remember making is a dress
for my little troll. It consists of a rectangle
with two slits for the arms. My mom sewed a snap
on the back and added the little snip at the top
of the dress to make a collar.
Crafting just might be in our DNA it seems...
HerStory: Small & Smaller
I was way into straightening this morning and
folding and sorting all the garments that were
strewn about. There were 50mph wind storms yesterday
here in Chicago and it just made a royal mess
in my house! Hehehe...
I noticed that the majority of garments I make
are with rather large needles - the good ole American
way of the worsted - size 7 - 10. I actually am
making fast progress on the ruffled aqua pullover,
which is on size 5's: 8 rows to the inch! And
it is NOT taking forever. I get into a riff where
it goes really fast and I think of all the women
in early 20th that made really fine gauge sweaters
all the time because of the fashions and the materials
they had to work with.
I have some craft magazines from the 20's and
30's that I found at flea markets (my sister Catherine
and I used to go adventuring many a Sunday)and
the garments are incredible! Suits and dresses
in beautiful Edwardian (?) type clothing I've
only seen on Masterpiece Theatre or in the Victoria/Albert
It makes me want to keep at least one project
in a fine gauge to enjoy not only the variety
but the craftmanship.
Oh to be sockmaker to the Queen! "In 1560
Mrs. Montagu, whose marital status is unclear,
gave the Queen, whose silk woman she was, her
first pair of knitted silk stockings. These so
delighted Elizabeth Tudor that she would never
wear cloth stockings again." (Emerson).
to all the threadbenders of history...
celluloid baby is dressed in a
minute gauge crocheted dress, unders, and booties.
Doughy hand included for scale.
Morning March Mirth
Columbia Minerva Yarns
Re: Boyfriend Knitting - JUST SAY NO!
If it's a sweater, your love will bomb before
Socks? He'll walk away from you...
Putting the Art into
Arts & Crafts
benefit of the "New Knitting" is, of course, new
Thanks to the web, the insatiable curiosity of
leads to fresher fields for us all.
global traveler I've met is
This New York Diva has roamed near and far
and delightfully shares her terrific textile discoveries
with us in her blog.
Some Chunkified destinations include the artful
Stiching or goto the online Smithsonian
and explore their Creative Process Archives!
My favorite Dangerous find is all the way in Japan
where we visit the exhibit Fushiginoiroito!
and KnitJapan, a collective effort highlighting
art knitters and designers in that country.
Imagine my delight as a photographer/knitter to
find another who Shoots 'n Stitches! See it all
in the Chunkerific
And, for sheer entertainment value, don't miss
Knitting a cool album of Hollywood threadbenders...
There's enough here to light your creative fires
for long beyond 2002!
Bon Voyage, Dangerous Chunky!!!
The Muse is Lurking Here
After almost a year, I finally finished the knitting
part (except for edgings) on a little shell from
It is made from Linen Drape which I liked at first,
was irritated by soon after, thus into the Marination
Chamber it went...
Every once in a while, I would pick it up, hold
it a few seconds, and find an involuntary sneer
forming on my lips. BEGONE!
REASON: Yarn is made from Linen and Viscose and
seemed too silky. Then the pieces grew and I thought
the shell would not hold it's shape but just warp
out into a baggie. It is a fitted chic little
thing and this would not do at all...
Most of the time, if a project has been sitting
around FOREVER, I wash it lightly as part of the
blocking process. This produced a most welcome
transformation in the pieces - they firmed up
and went back to their proper shape.
I think they'll warp out a little with wear, but
maybe just enough to soften up and go back to
the Drape part of this yarn which seems to be
completely gone at this point.
The shell is supposed to look like this.
Happy Birthday Teddy!
It's the 100th Anniversary of the Teddy
Bear this year - probably one of the most "crafted"
playthings ever on the planet.
I went through a bear phase myself a while back.
My sister, Catherine makes toys as well, dolls
of all sorts. We sort of egged each other on at
one point. It's always such a swell to have someone
to craft with, bounce ideas off of, keep you in
line when you fall into the inevitable obsession
If I had to have one petty obsession (besides
KNITTING/Yarn of course) it might be Teddy Bears.
Here is the first teddy I made. It was a pattern
I found in a Teddy Bear magazine for an 18" bear.
I kept photocopying it and shrinking the pattern
down. This little bitty is 3.5" tall.
He has button joints that are actually rather
smooth. The same can't be said about my top/buttonhole
stitching. I never really got the hang of it!
Much later in the game, I went to Gigi's
Dolls & Sherry's Teddy Bears in Chicago
and bought some real "fur" that bear-makers
like STEIFF actually use. It's really woven
sheared mohair and is really cool to touch.
This is the biggest doll store I've ever been
in. When you first walk in, there are life size
Barbie dolls from the 60's to greet you. There
are whole rooms of old doll dresses, shoes,
wigs, bits and pieces. It is at once like a
museum and the most funkified toy store a grrrl
could go to.
I've given away most of the little bears I made
but kept this little boy for myself:
It has loco ears and it's own "B" letter
sweater with little glass buttons. (He has
little glass eyes.) I have a little picnic
basket full of buttons I've found at flea
markets and garage sales. When I see 'em I
buy 'em and throw 'em in the basket. Then
when I'm making a sweater, I go "shopping".
Some are very very old and have great cardboard
cards they're attatched to with wonky designs
Ewe's current newsletter says this about
Mr. Teddy's Birthday:
"According to the story, in 1902 President
Roosevelt went on a bear hunt in Mississippi,
but after three days no bears had been found.
Somehow his guides managed to find a mangy
old bear and tied him up to a tree for the
president to shoot. When Roosevelt saw the
bear, he decided that no one should shoot
the bear for sport. A cartoonist heard the
story and drew his own version of the event.
This caught the attention of a New York shop
keeper whose wife had made two toy bears.
They wrote the president and got permission
to name their toys "Teddy's bears". This got
changed to teddy bears and the rest is history!"
you need a bear of your own go HERE...
HiTech Meets LoTech: When you Knit
in Public (KIP) sometimes you get stuck without
your goodie bag. I was in need of markers yesterday
on the ribbed ruffled cardie I'm working on to
locate a series of decreases. This sweater has
a V-neck and shaped fitted sleeves which means
the dreaded double decrease. This is where you
are DEC on both sides at once, usually at different
row counts. If I don't mark and count, I flop
So scrounging around the mini-cam garage (which
is 99% male) I found a twist tie and about a foot
of nickel-lead solder. This stuff twists nicely
and doesn't poke. Then I was lucky enough to find
one little bobby pin so I was made!
I wonder who was the first woman to use a bobby
pin for a technical save? Since everything I know
I learned on TV, it's quite obvious that many
a road trip at least has been salvaged by some
babe who pulls a pin out of her do and goes under
the hood and saves the day. And they say we are
just little pink flowers...
It's all good... I can't believe it -
people were coming up to me all day yesterday
telling me they heard the Osgood story about knitting
on the radio! MOST of them said I didn't sound
like a MORON!!! Can't get too much better than
that. Every dog gets their day...
listed some transcripts of portions of the broadcast
- I actually MISSED IT...
some of my toys
gave me a standing ovation!!!
this is one of three
red-headed old rag dolls I have. Ain't she cute?!
Her head's about as bloated as mine is...
First, a little history
of Aran knitting and some stories about the most
used stitches and you can see why I love this
It is simple matte DK cotton that I found
in London and is uncommon because it's SLEEVELESS!
(It never ocurred to me that you can just leave
the sleeves off of most sweater patterns and have
a really cool shell to wear by itself or under
a jacket or shawl.)
I've been dragging my feet about knitting a sweater
as complicated as this one:
This lovely handknit beauty has to be the best
score of my knitting lifetime. I found it at my
church rummage sale for the grand total of $1.00!!!
(I washed it and it was as good as new.) It is
so warm, that I wear it under a black leather
vest when it's over 40 degrees outside...
My next stop traveling the CableNation is another
sleeveless Aran which is guaranteed to fly across
the finish line because I HATE KNITTING SLEEVES!
more inspiration, check out Elizabeth Dimbleby's
and my inspiration Wendy Johnson's Alice Starmore
May you live a long life
Full of gladness and health,
With a pocket full of gold
As the least of your wealth.
May the dreams you hold dearest,
Be those which come true,
The kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you.
May the friendships you make,
Be those which endure,
And all of your grey clouds
Be small ones for sure.
And trusting in Him
To Whom we all pray,
May a song fill your heart,
Every step of the way.
this St. Patrick's Day,
I offer silence and prayers of thanks for the
thousands of Irish-American firefighters and policemen
in our Nation who watch our backs
and would give their lives for us
in a heartbeat...
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