| Cultural Froids
Clooney in SOLARIS
Daylight in the Swamp
I now understand the reason I'm so neurotic is that
my father used to make me wear a veil when I went to
Little Prince Michael #1(#2?)dangling off the balcony!
That statement is the only thing that is *free* about
SBC=ATT=Can't Fool Me
Big$$$ productions - just cut my rates!
There's no crying in Monopoly!
Quit yer whining!
Tommy Lee Jones shame shame shame
It took 6 WEEKS of phonelessness for SBC/ATT to install
a home phone for me when I moved...
November 16, 2002
She's One of Ours...
One of the current cultural trends (fueled
by advertising and the media, of course) is
embracing your *individual stereotype*. Hmm,
I know that last statement is an oxymoron, but
it's cropping up all over the place.
For instance, White Castle Restaurants have
a commercial campaign that maxes out on this
idea. The little hamburgers they produce are
steamed while they're grilled and served in
six-packs with lots of grilled onions. Most
spots are open 24 hours a day and I was introduced
early on to them by friends aprÁs clubbing after
I moved here from San Francisco.
I thought they looked and tasted like Alpo dog
food smeared on a bun. Not to mention that distinctive
*odor* they leave everywhere afterwards for
The punch line to all White Castle commercials
is "He's/She's One of Ours" - like they show
a slightly trashy white famile arriving at the
relatives for Thanksgiving with big bags of
Castle's and big smiles.
I hereby claim that phrase for Knit Addicts
like myself! I don't know any stereotypes that
exist for knitters except Granny in a ROcker,
eewww, and I think we need a new one.
For instance, this morning, I did a rather knitty
thing myself. My hut is the 2nd floor of a 3-flat
and I opened a front window and put out several
skeins of very cool but musty eBay yarn on the
window sill to air out. Of course, two blew
off when I wasn't looking and then I had to
go outside in my socks on the street and look
for them. I didn't bother to comb my bed head
or even put on a coat, although it's freezing
outside. I did take my coffee.
I found one immediately on the steps of the
building but panicked when I couldn't find the
second. What if some innocent passerby got hit
in the head by a flying skein and picked it
up and kept it for a souvenir??? It would probably
be just the last few yards I needed to finish
Then I remembered that GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO
KNITTERS and just stood there a minute. AH,
there it was under a bush by the wrought iron
Here are the balls resting comfortably in the
freezing air on the deck:
YUP. SHe's one of ours...
November 17, 2002
It's Sunday. There's Snow
A true environment for STARTITIS! I
might even build a fire later.
But as I'm writing this, drinking coffee, enjoying
the view of the inch or so of snow we got overnight,
I'm also knitting...
inspired me to finish the aqua Rowan DK Soft
"Sweet" cardigan I started last year. She just
finished her pullover and it's gorgeous...
So this morning, I'm making those durn ruffles
for both fronts (this is what caused the STALL
in the first place), then leaving them on the
needle to finish. (I just cast on 245 sts for
the 1st front.) I think I'll try knitting them
both at the same time after the ruffles are
done... The back and both sleeves are already
finished and look very lonely.
This afternoon, I'm starting this (Firth from
Rowan's A Season's Tale - 2001):
This is my first digital picture with white-balanced
I got a bee in me bonnet and bought a USM
from Bond. This stands for the Ultimate Sweater
Machine and is basically a bunch of latch hooks
seperated by little walls that then make up
a whole bed. You might of seen the commercial
for this thing on TV where a crafty lady speed
knits three yards of fabric in two seconds.
UHHmm... It is NOT that easy. I got it to make
plain-bodied Stockinette sweaters for work.
I made the Orange Hoodie like this - it turned
out too big, but luckily I used wool and felted
it down to size. Then I handknit ribbing on
it later in a different color wool.
I think I have the hang of it now so I'm trying
again with this way-cool red-black-grey-white
100% wool Red Heart worsted weight yarn I got
on eBay for pennies. Then I'll handknit the
Fair Isle yoke and ribs later when all the pieces
are done. I didn't like the Fair Isle pattern
that was provided with this Rowan model so I
borged one from another source and then changed
their colors to what I want with my colourway.
I just finished the first decrease row of the
HK is mobile and portable. MK is stationary
and I feel most in command of the process doing
it STANDING UP. HK is WYSIWYG (whizzy-whig for
all us geeks: what you see is what you get)
and pretty easy to fix mistakes. MK is quite
different - you work with the wrong side facing
you at all times. You have to count Rows, Inc/Dec
with exactitude, hope you don't pop any stitches
off because the tension wasn't properly maintained
by weights (!) on the fabric you're making.
I just finished the second row of the ruffle.
I'm sitting with my coffee now and typing this
while it lays in my lap.
MK should be done from beginning to end on a
piece for best results - it's hard to just leave
it and come and go with it. You need to totally
organize your materials and details pretty much
from the start to be efficient.
I just finished the first ruffle. I was lying
down on the couch looking out at the snow covered
Later today, I have a 2-hour appointment with
the USM during a TV session of the original
"Batman" with Michael Keaton (my favorite).
I'll probably get the back, fronts and most
of a sleeve done while watching this movie.
It took me one hour to make the ruffle for my
"Sweet". I'm off to make #2 but not before I
have a piece of rasberry bittersweet chocolate...
November 18, 2002
Monday Morning Mirth
Death by Knitting
or Ode to Stephanie
Pearl (not Purl)
by Janine Tinklenberg
(From the Multiple WIP Reality Nation!)
As she surveyed her Christmas list
(For gifting, not for getting),
Her family started a knitting pool
So they could run the betting.
Would she finish her knitting this year?
The tension ran quite high.
All walked softly as they passed,
So they wouldn't get poked in the eye
By her needles going clickety-clack.
Wool fluff filled the air,
Whirled in clouds about her head
And settled everywhere.
She started looking hollow-eyed,
She started getting thin,
Still, she kept a-knitting on
With a weird and manic grin.
Socks for mamma, a hat for Ted,
Gloves for Auntie Sue.
All far more than twenty
Knitting thirty years could do.
She finished her knitting on Christmas Eve,
Long after all were in bed.
But when they all got up that morn
They found her lying dead!
Yarn and needles were clutched in her hands.
The mortician left them there,
And so she was buried, wrapped in the shawl
She meant to give to Claire.
"Why did she do 'IT'?!" her family wailed,
"She knit her life away!"
"Oh, is that knitting?" A friend remarked,
"I thought it was crochet!"
© 2002 by Janine Tinklenberg.
This poem may be used in knitting guild newsletters
freely as long as my name appears and I get
a copy of the newsletter.
November 20, 2002
a ChicKnits Runway Presentation
courtesy of Rowan
click on photo for preview...
My Crystal Ball IS ALIVE And I see that
I won't be able to keep my resolution of NO
MORE YARN until the current projects are wrapped...
The new Calmer cotton/microfiber blend yarn
is now being offered by Rowan. That
used(?!) to be my absolute favorite yarn
(oh, Squib!!!) That makes non-heavy garments
with beautiful stitch definition - I hope this
is it's Baby Sister. I would love a thinner
A definite HomeRun for Rowan and Kim Hargreaves!
Let's hope they let it sell for more than one
season and offer a plethora of ADULT colors!
November 21, 2002
Come to the Cuter Side of
Fair Isle in
Just like a little tiny school girl
I am all wiggly about this Cardigan...
I finished the two fronts and the back up to
the armholes on the USM and then did around
20 rows of Fair Isle and finished up the raglan
shaping. (The pattern is Firth & Nevis from
last year's A Season's Tale by Rowan.) I still
have to do the ribbing on the bottom but I'll
probably save that until last.
I must say it is as cute as a puppy's kiss,
but back-and-forth fair isle compared to fair
isle in-the-round makes me want to tear my hair
out. Especially on the wrong side where keeping
your tension is just absurd.
That's the order of the day - absurdity. Raglan
shaping AND purling in up to three colors will
make the rest of the day seem like a cake walk.
My Bonkers sweater was
going great guns until I saw I had made two
mistakes in pattern repeats and had to frog
12 rows. Now I KNOW it's going to be a beauty
because the one's I foul out on at least once
go on to be the best...
November 22, 2002
In Lieu of the FF
Here's the Bust
1. When did you start your
I started in 2000 when I launched ChicKnits.
It languished for months and it wasn't until
November when people started visiting it.
2. Why did you start it? The urge to
write about knitting overwhelmed me - I *suffer*
from the disease of Startitis. Many behavioralists
recommend keeping a journal to manage your cravings
and acting out. You can go back and read and
understand the triggers that cause you to pick
up the needles and that new ball of yarn when
seven other projects are littering the couch
and surrounding floor...
3. What do you get out of it? The thing
I like most about knitting is almost the thing
I like most about writing. When you blog, you
take words (lines and scratches, symbols, punctuation)and
record your thoughts and the mental progressions
of your creative ideas. If you're lucky, this
vaporware becomes a conduit into someone else's
reality. And, drumroll please, COMMUNICATION
is achieved. You've reached out and touched
someone using the most mysterious, ancient art
For me, blogging took my rather solitary experience
of creating and pushed it out on the horizon.
I've met many wonderful people and have been
inspired by their like efforts. Commonality
with manners - all of the group seem like people
I'd have over for dinner, with knitting afterwards,
4. How much time do you spend a week working
on it? Although I worked nights for many
years, now I am an early riser because of my
job. I have to ease into my day with a pot of
coffee, email, and blogging. I'm drinking coffee
and writing this at 6:50am. I usually have 15
minutes or so to do it.
5. What do you get out of reading other people's
knitting blogs? The inspiration, elevation
and soulfullnes I've discovered in our corner
of bandwidth is astounding! From ideas for new
projects, to the sharing of life events, the
experience has pushed me into a more forward
plane. It is just HONEST. We share our triumphs
and tragedies like butter on bread, served up
plain as day. Blogging = Maximum Mental Refreshment...
November 23, 2002
It's Beginning to Look a
Bad Muse once again has kicked me in my
Southern Hemisphere! Even though it's not as
wonderful as the one belonging to George, I
must say it is now moving forward.
It is just another typical Chicago Late Fall
Day - Grey - Windy - Freezing - Nasty (1:30pm
- Sunny - go figure). My neighbor is roofing
his house and suddenly my path to the garage
is blocked with a TON of debris. He didn't ask
first either. !**??##$$&@*&(#*^)@(*!
But it has given me a wonderful excuse NOT to
go rake up the last of the leaves! Instead,
I am going to try and finish up those items
needing some sewing so I can DRESS SMART for
the holiday ahead.
I am going to a wonderful family gathering tomorrow
and can use a new outfit! Here's where you go
*shopping* in the UFO bin and sew some seams,
steam and VSila!
You are a beautiful princess awaiting her coach!
Or in my case, the #66.
From the BADreallymeansGOOD
School of Language, overheard on the #66:
"Look at that, knitting! That's just weird.
Hmm, intriguing", uttered by a cute 20-something
wearing a handknitted ear-flap hat who was
watching me knit the Bonkers cardie. I was
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