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
Morning March Mirth
Leisure Arts Company
"I told you drinking all that green beer at the
would turn that forked tongue of yours an emerald
Himself: "AAAAh, woman, it's a bad hen
that won't scratch herself!"
What is Irish diplomacy?
It’s the ability to tell a man to go to
So that he will look forward to making the trip.
femmes qui tricotent...
un homme qui agit seulement!!!
Our mascot Mr. Crowe has landed in the middle
of a tempest in a teapot! There is discussion
on About.Knits that he is just a lovely poser.
it out and grab some wallpaper!
I still think he will win the Best Actor award!
Everybody Dance Now!
I could I would do a
CableDance right now in celebration of
the blocking of my SuperCable sweater!
However, never one to miss a photo op
the Little Bad Muse has
Stepped Up to Step Out!
I washed the pieces in a little Dawn dishsoap
and rolled them in a towel for awhile after
rinsing then patted them out to shape on my
fab blocking rug. I love this thing - it's like
Velcro (IMHO the greatest invention of the 20th).
No Pins Needed!
So now I have two projects that are knitted
and just need finishing - always a "day-off"
project for me. I like being fresh as a daisy
when I mattress stitch...
Pourquoi utilisez-vous Dawn Dishsoap pour
laver vos vtements tricotÁs? Regular Dawn
liquid soap is just basic soap. A LITTLE added
to the water you wash your garments in is gentle
and thorough. Forget about Woolite - it is actually
harsher that Dawn. For wools, try using plain
old baby shampoo. I really like Mane&Tail Shampoo
followed by their Conditioner. Wool is just
sprung in Chicago with a snow blast and freezing
temps. I thought for sure I could hang up the
down jacket and GET OUT of parka hell! Looks like
a day for the heavy snuggies as well...
My silver cloud is that I am still knitting a
wool sweater and it is warm to hold on the lap!
I had this project with me the other night at
the primary election HQ of one of our Republican
Governor canidates. It was at the big Downtown
Marriot on Michigan Ave: balloon columns galore,
buffet, open bar for the supporters.
I work for the media and we were roped off like
the little hamsters we are and were all set up
on a platform for live coverage. Election nights
are usually a lot of hurry up and wait. The results
trickle in and you get to be horrifically bored
for HOURS then jump up and roll on the concession/victory
So, there's various time killers that people use
to try and wack the stullification. I saw crossword
puzzles (old school), newpapers (runs out of content
way too early in the night), stacks of magazines
(1*), laptops (2**'s), laptops with wireless internet
surfing (3***'s), laptops used by the print media
with hardline fiber optic lines for quick filing
used for surfing (4****'s), and the very best
time aspirin around: KNITTING (5*****'s).
Of course, the real truth is that I was the only
one knitting and made about a third of a complicated
ruffled then ribbed sleeve throughout the evening.
We were with a losing candidate and the boredom
factor rose to such high altitudes that at one
point I had 5 people gathered around me just WATCHING
me knit. Four men and 1 women.
I let the lady knit a row - she had learned many
years ago from a neighbor. Just like riding a
bike! Now she's going to come to S'nB and start
something. One of the guys wants me to make him
an Aran sweater. (Cables are intoxicating, no?)
I told him that I only knit for myself and family
because it is just too labor intensive. He, like
typical competitive paparazzi, then tried to talk
me into it. It was really hilarious. I finally
said OK, that I would do it for $2,000.00. After
blanching, he said "WHAT, I thought it would be
like $200.00." I said, "Oh, no, for 5th place
rated channels, the price is doubled." He left
me still knitting while the laughter died down.
the Knitting Blog Nation!!!
Citizen ChicKnits celebrates
Ringness with a happy dance!
Three Cheers for Ivette!!!
Thanks for the most intelligent idea of the month
- you are a crafting goddess...
I just put the code for the Knitter's Blog Webring
on this Blog page. I am a new Citizen!
I put mine into a little table at the bottom of
this page. Feel free to take the table and just
change the ID# in the link code to your ID# to
use the arrows.
Little Bad Muse always finds a way, and this morning
while I was starting to clean my apartment, I
This of course meant abandoning
the housework so I could start the process but
that is not a problem in the ChicKnits Universe.
While putting together a batch of clothes that
had wore out their welcome, I found my favorite
sweater. Or Ex-Favorite Sweater since I'd washed
it and it shrank at least 3 sizes. It is from
J. Crew a couple of years ago and is a simple
light baby blue V-neck. I love this color! It
is also in a small gauge that I wouldn't make
in a million years so I snapped it up. Then killed
it by accidently felting it.
AHA! My friend Mr. Felting! He lives down
the lane and is always ready to help out.
So here's the plan: I'm going to make a couple
of party purses and hats out of the pretty little
I am going to trim the purses with leftover yarns
and some TechnoHair I bought for $7.00. Not bad
for 4 projects...
is actually much more beautiful!
Step One: Felt the sweater some more by
washing it with blue jeans in hot water.
HEY! All of a sudden I'm back doing housework.
Later . . .
Mr. Felting has almost gone too far!!! Give him
an inch and he'll take a mile so I wish I would've
kept my eyes peeled a litte sharper...
is now a size that would fit a 4y.o.
Well I'll make a purse with a matching hat or
Never say never...
snow much of the day
with chilling 15-20 m.p.h. NE winds.
Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches with higher totals
More wet snow overnight with another
inch or two accumulation possible.
Forecast calls for Crafty...
I'm starting to think the Little Bad Muse has
some kind of cash deal with the Weatherman! I
am virtually stuck in the darn cabin with the
housework looming and the Felt Bag calling...
I took the little purse to the next level because
until that's done, the really fun trimming part
Here's my progress in PURSE
Damn, I love digital cameras. I swore for the
last couple of years that I wouldn't get one until
they were as good as film but I'm having a ball
with this one and Photoshop.
The Oscars: I'm with Dangerous Chunky on
this one - I lent my copy of Training Day to friends
last night so they could watch it before the awards.
We'll be on the cells tugging war: Denzel Russell
Hey, book it Dano: $20 on LOTR to win, please...
Get in touch with your
unique craft DNA!
Make ribbon, wood and paint do your bidding!
Find out how to command the technique of your
Make something wonderful out of something
not-so-wonderful with the lovely
own words, Kathy Cano-Murillo says:
She takes naughty pleasure in slapping fresh paint
on raw wood.
She loves the smell of magic markers, especially
the fruit flavored ones.
She happily shares her secrets tips with other
I'll say! This site has enough cool projects
to get you through the worst of any type of Cabin
I love shadowbox art - Crafty Chica shows you
how to make a Love-in-a-Box
Wall Shrine. She even has a book coming out
in September on how to master this wonderful art
style from found objects.
Or how about a PAINTING
your Cell Phone to mirror your personality?
If you need help staying on track during your
busy day, gently remind yourself with some Flower
This site makes me want to take my mini-glue gun
and make a necklace out of IT! Thanks Kathy! Keep
Fresh PopUp Windows...
Now accepting comments to
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Last night at Stitch'nBitch, we decided
to have a Granny
Square party. We're trying to decide what
colors of yarn we'll ask everybody to bring. Should
primaries/brights rule the day because of our
seasonal change to spring/summer? Or should we
go for a more subtle range because we are inner
city chic divas? Hmmmm...
I think I want to make about 8 little squares
and make another purse. I would line it with felted
material made from old wool sweaters. (OMG, do
we see another binge coming on. It's going to
be too warm to make hats so I'm going to have
a different type of small project to wallow in...)
My Fellow Chicagoans: If you see someone
wildly going through all the racks in the fab
thrift stores around Wicker Park, Bucktown, and
East Village, know it's a kindred spirit on a
mission... Which of course means: LEAVE THE GOOD
STUFF FOR ME OK???!!!
My good friend Mary Jane Galloway called
me last night and wants me to share a craft booth
with her at a couple of summer street fairs here
this summer. She is so organized - competition
is really steep for many of these fairs and she's
voted early and often just like a good Chicagoan
should. (I love the fact that many people only
think of Chicago in terms of maybe 3 things: gangsters,
Michael Jordan/Bulls, and political fraud!)
She's gotten space at the Wells St. Art Fair and
the Halstead St Fair. These are both fun ones
with hipsters who sometimes wait all year to see
what they can get from the craftsters present.
My question to MJ was: what the heck do you think
I could sell? Of course she said: PURSES. I almost
started crying because obviously she just doesn't
understand how I couldn't part with any of them.
Maybe by summer, after I've obsessively made a
few hundred, I'll be able to part with one.
Granny Square stuff:
whole load of Grannies
WARNIING: 5 cup entry
Virtual becomes Reality
One of the best things that's happened to
me while walking the Road of Craft is the
people you meet along the way.
Online over the last few months the Knitting
Bloggers Nation exploded on the scene. It
is thrilling to find all the global talent out
there and the extra added energy only jet propels
Imagine my delight last night when I got
together for the first time with online blog legend
to Knit 'nChat over at the Weaving
Workshop. They have a Thursday open knitting
night here in Lincoln Park in Chicago.
Miss Sqib is here for the holidays and we had
a BLAST dishing and tip sharing and getting to
know each other. Thanks for and wishing you Happy
Holidays, Squib! So pleased to meet ya!!!
Wendy Yarn Co
Confessions from a Craftoholic: OMG I
might be able to find help over at the Church
of Craft but hope this revelation will not
World Famous Crochet
This delightful Scooby picture is my computer
YES, while surfing eBay looking for knitting patterns,
I found this Wendy pattern from the 70's for not
only Scooby but SCRAPPY! He's most pudgy and beautiful
so I made wallpaper out of this brochure because
I couldn't afford the ~~ $57.00 the dang thing
eventually sold for. How I longed to get into
a bidding war with whatever B was blocking my
ownership of the rare and valuable jewel.
Oh fellow crafters, I need remedial underwiring
at the Church of Craft for this one because I
lust not over emeralds but burn over OLD PATTERNS.
I must do penace and move on with my life....
Not however, until I lift my Crafting Spirits
with a trip to the Poodle
Wing of the:
Your host Shari
Elf from Kansas City is a artist and singer
with a fine appreciation for what I can only call
My Favorite Bubbie Toy
These are the things that Bubbies everywhere (even
as we speak) are crafting as they watch the Price
DIVE Dive dive: incoming blabby coffee
Here in the skewed Media Universe that I toil
in, there is a phenom know as fan appreciation.
It can take the guise of letters, calls, uninvited
visits, and gifts.
One simple spring day not too long ago, a huge
box arrived at the TV station I work at addressed
to the Newsroom. Inside this box were individual
gifts for all of the reporters and anchors working
at that time at the station. Over 10 crocheted
lovelies were enclosed, each tagged with love
explaining their recipient and inspiration.
They were all 2-liter bottle covers with various
animal heads representing the talent personnel
of the newsroom. The only exception was one with
a female type head honoring Elizabeth Vargas who
at the time was a reporter in Chicago. I think
she's on NBCs morning show or something now. This
lovely head was embellished with lovely dark yarn
hair and had an embroidered face with brilliant
lips and eyes...
Ms. Vargas was not amused. She, and all the other
recipients were, in fact, HORRIFIED! You would've
thought they had received personal porn fanmail
of some terrifying nature the way they ran screaming
from that box. At first, being journalists, they
were curious and slightly flattered that there
was a particular object in the box that was a
portrait of themselves.
However, imagine Walter Jacobson's surprise when
he saw he was represented as a green and white
Dachsund with a very long nose! (If you're not
from Chicago, he was a #1 Anchorman at the time
with a 6-figure salary and the fitting ego size
a celebrity must possess!)
Of course, another female reporter got to be a
pink French Poodle bootle cover and I was very
When I found out that no one was interested in
keeping the tributes but they were to be donated
to a local children's shelter, I begged for the
poodle and dachsund and was rather harshly rebuffed!
My theory was that some sweet Bubbie on SSecurity
or a pension had saved her money and bought all
this yarn. She, out of love and misplaced devotion,
made these delightful presents for the whole crew.
I THANK her for her lovely sentiments and generosity
wherever she may be....
This lovely Mule? Lamb?
Horse? Dog? possesses all of the true Hallmarks
of the Genre: ambiguity, pom-poms & a happy smile...
The Beat Goes On!
The little felted purse is moving right
along. I thought I could pick up stitches along
the top to knit the trim right on. BUT, Mr. Felting
did such a good job of shrinky dink that the fabric
is way too dense to even pierce evenly.
So I measured ( from my old Boyfriend Norm Abrahams
of This Old House: "Measure twice, cut once."
I actually met Mr. Abrams at a huge House Show
and my friend had to go up and get the autographed
8x10 for me because his celebrity struck me dumb!)
the top of the purse twice and cast on what I
thought would be enough stitches to go around
Using a similar darker blue tone mercerized
cotton, I worked 3 rows in Garter stitch. Then
I worked two rows in Stockinette St using one
strand scrap Light Blue cotton and the Chartruese
This was too dense so I dropped the lt. blu and
used just the TechnoHair. I'm using #4 needles
so it should be dense on the inside and really
fluffy on the outside. (Just like some people
will be about 3" of Fluff so when you put your
hand in the purse
you pet yourself coming and going...
Weaving Workshop the other night, while visiting
with Ms. Squibnocket, I started a little shell
out of Jaeger Albany:
The pattern is from a Jaeger Book featuring
a very MODERN designer named Amanda Griffiths.
This yarn is a skinny cotton ribbon and she uses
loops and slip-stitch knitting to create many
wonderful fresh garments.
out the Albany Portfolio HERE
I've purchased many yarns from this great online
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