| Cultural Froids
Why do they call that one guy Bambi?
da Royals UK
Better than a vintage episode of the Dukes of Hazard
whatup with the nose-job???
sittin' in a tree
VH1 has pulled the plug on the "Liza & David" show!
It's a Boy!
for my neighbors downstairs AND Sarah Jessica & Matthew
but Winona spends her day in court
WHO is she and why does she get to do so many fun things???
November 8, 2002
Even the Horses wore Visors
In what appeared to be an almost 1-to-1
ratio the Chicago demonstrators and police
banged the drum without banging any heads at
the march to protest the Trans-Atlantic Business
Police lined the two-mile march route and by
the time the protestors reached the Pioneer
Plaza where a rally was planned, they expressed
extreme intimidation by the appearance of force
along the route. Mounted police formed the rear
march following the protestors with the horses
sporting large fitted visors to protect them
from projectiles and liquids.
Why horses in the middle of a large city? At
my one and only appearance at Mardi Gras in
New Orleans, a mounted policeman told me, "Well,
a drunk will punch a person, but never punch
Only one person was arrested for disorderly
conduct and most just danced and popped along
with their signs and drums...
Outfitted in my Kevlar and Polar Fleece, (the
protestors in Seattle had flung steel ball-bearings
at the police and crowd using sling-shots -
OUCH!), I was right in the middle of the 1200+
crowd with my camera on a live hook-up during
the rally. The Police forming a Human Barricade
around the route were chosen for height (over
6'2) and experience and the protestors were
generally small, thin, hippy children who were
not going to throw down on the Terminator.
I really enjoyed the drumming (!) but had a
hard time understanding the focus of what was
going on. This appeared to be the general Chicagoan
reaction to the gathering - many people that
were downtown formed an equally compelling gaper's
block in the area with their packages, dogs
and children enjoying the spectacle.
Chicago has seen it's share of riotous looting
and shooting (if you remember the days when
the Bulls ruled, every championship resulted
in lots of burning cars and armed *celebration*)
and aren't easily moved by the threat of violence
so many just came downtown like it was the Columbus
As one Chicago Police Officer said to me, "This
is NOT Seattle. When we put you in Lock-up,
we don't hand you a cappuccino..."
November 9, 2002
Rowan Magazine 22 page 99 *Tallulah*
This poor child is about ready to fall over!
On my way down I stumbled into the Marination
Chamber in my closet while looking for a turtleneck
and found something I'd almost forgotten about
since I'd thrown it back there around April
This is from last winter's *harvest* of wool
sweaters that were partially done and set aside
when the weather warmed up. All that was missing
on this one is buttonbands, seams and pocket
finishing. Lots of finishing - no wonder it
The yarn was bugging me too - I saved mi dinero
and purchased some Rowan Magpie Aran Tweed.
It feels dry but oily and stiff. I guess for
those bigger $$$ outlays I want luxurious treatment
of my hands but here at ChicKnits, a challenge
will not be denied! I'm hoping it will soften
when it's washed as many "Mule-Spun" natural
yarns like Bartlett's from Maine do. That stuff
just gets downright fluffy and soft...
So now the only thing standing between me and
this gorgeous creation is 1.5 more ruffles on
the right & left sides with buttonholes. Every
ruffle means picking up 175 stitches for the
side you're working on. (If you had a needle
big enough to go ALL the way around, you'd be
starting with 350 stitches!) You knit St st
for an odd # of rows then increase into each
stitch for two rows. Then you bind off the 525
sts you end up with and it ruffles it's
little self up like crazy.
I like how it looks but it nearly makes my brain
explode by the time there are 525 sts
!!! on the old needles.
Yes, I am not normal thank you very much...
November 10, 2002
Knits Magazine has the best issue ever
- check out the premier designer submissions
Norah Gaughan (my favorite)
People - this is a Who's Who of Big Names in
Knit Design! The Game is Afoot my friends -
I hope the competition between all of the magazines
just goes through the roof! Imagine the fun
we'll have making all of these re-energized
Knitting has a new improved design! Preview
their cool stylish offerings online...
Bernat has re-designed their SITE
and offers free patterns for members only (not
the jacket thank you); you register a name and
password and get all sorts of basic designs
for knit and crochet (need some baby boom gifts???).
I like the collar on this:
hands off he's mine, ladies...
Or, visit Alison Trembley-Boucher at BellaOnline
and get hip with her cool articles and online
finds... Hey Alison, if you're ever in Chicago,
let's have lunch
November 11, 2002
Monday Morning Mirth
From Gwyn over at Wooliemama:
"By the way...on CNN I saw some s*ck-a** from
ET or some such crap telling Aaron Brown that
Eminem's acting makes him a cross between James
Dean and Elvis Presley(which I would personally
not want to see, anyway) and that he is poised
to be the John Lennon of our generation. Oh,
no. I don't have any particular feelings towards
the guy, myself, besides thinking small white
boys who are that angry should be avoided, but
comparing him to John Lennon?
As Brea said, "He's not even Ringo."
If the best my generation can do for representation
is Eminem, I'm ready for the mothership to come
and take me away."
AHhh, I'm afraid ChicKnits and the Little Bad
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LATER: several of my friends
saw this over the weekend (it grossed over $54Million!!!)
and pounded me over this blog entry. What the...
Does this mean *I* have to see it now???
November 12, 2002
Real People. Real Scarves...
me in me Cravat
Yesterday was cold, miserable, drizzly,
and dark. Somehow I lost my Eddie Bauer raincoat
at that rally for the TABD (amongst other things)
and had to make do with my leather jacket.
Under Mr. Moto was my orange slightly felted
hoodie, a burgundy turtleneck, and my new Pt5
Scarf (slick streets, slick look with my little
"ScarfLink" holding it closed...)
I have to get some more of this yarn and make
a couple more! It just molds itself to whatever
area it's touching and becomes part of you.
I thought last year when I made my first H2O
hat that it was just the hat that was making
my little head feel so good. It really felt
just like a hair extension.'
When I wore it, I'd never take it off, mainly
because I forgot I was wearing it, it was so
Well, the scarf does the same thing. It just
molded itself to my turtleneck and I never took
it off. I forgot it was on - just soft not scratchy
fluff. It wasn't too hot or even damp after
I was in the rain most of the day.
Dag, that's what I call service with a smile!
The colors are so beautiful people were just
coming up to me all day long petting it. Don't
know if I dig that so much or not, but I LOVE
the feeling of this yarn...
November 13, 2002
What's Up with T(HAT)?
ChicKnits PATTERNS are now ONLINE! For
convenience and fun, patterns are now going
to be available via secure and easy PDF download
for your pleasure!!!
Why would a normally sane person go around the
bend and leap off the cliff?
You asked for it!
I wanted to provide multiple sizes for garments!
I really want to keep ChicKnits Ad Free &
Bandwidth is beginning to be a real problem...
Everybody else was selling my patterns (right
in some LYS!) so I thought I'd jump on the
Look for more fun stuff in the future! As time
allows, I'll be trying out some fine fashion
on you foxes. Let me know what you'd like to
November 14, 2002
Lana Grossa genrerously
Fabulous Fall Model that combines ribbon yarn,
chenille and merino in a wonderfully original
Just click on "Model of the Month"
when you get to the index page...
Thanks so much to the folks at Lana Grossa!
You can buy their products online HERE
November 15, 2002
Tales from the #66: I'm going
This is gonna happen! My Obscure Rainbow
colored double braided cable cardie is just
bussing along. (Here's a picture
of the yarn I'm using photographed properly
on the Bonkers Handmade website.)
I decided to make it the project I take on the
#66 and it's getting more attention on board
and at work. Lately I've had assignments that
are very hurry up and wait. This is the reason
everyone cites for Hollywood knitting - Oww
- do I now get a canvas chair with my name on
Probably not, but there's plenty of seats on
the bus where I can speed stitch and entertain
the other riders. They just love this colorway.
I keep getting asked, "What is that?" said with
I know variegated yarn isn't for everybody and
I try to only go with those that SPEAK TO ME
but this one just tickles people. AND, those
cables on the front that I thought might disappear
really stand out with some textural landscaping
that is DY-NO-Mite...
Hey Wendy, this one's
Yesterday morning, on a crowded #66, around
6:30am, a very bingey guy reeking of alcohol
stood up to get off the bus. Even though his
rear bootay was exposed for about 8", he took
time to get a cigerette ready to light up
as soon as he de-bussed.
There was a whole row of Ukranian immigrant
ladies as rock-faced as Mount Rushmore who
just dropped mouth at his dropped trou and
then just started clicking, clucking, and
ranting in Ukranian!
Mr. Pantsie just swayed back and forth with
his cig and when the whole bus burst out laughing,
all that expelled air must have whacked his
Cr**k, because he FINALLY pulled up his drawers.
Whew! That was a narrow escape for everybody
on board. Thank God I had my knitting to distract
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