| Cultural Froids
Knitters are the Nicest
When your *(insert favorite body part here)*
is stuck in a wringer because you can't
figure out how to shape a V-neck or sleeve,
there is hope!
A wonderful man by the name of Jim Simmons has
a program to compute the angled decreases you
need. He is a retired Air Force guy, who is
a computer programmer and also knits on a Bond
machine and is active in Ham Radio.
I first *met* him on a Bond listserv and his
program has bailed me out countless times including
today! I'm working on the Left Front of my "Sweet"
Rowan Soft DK cardie and their instructions
do not jibe with the row amount I need to match
the already knitted back.
JIM SIMMONS to the RESCUE! I used his Knitting
Companion program to figure out my decreases
without blood, sweat, or tears...
Since I don't have a
kitty of my own, I borrowed Miss
Wendy Johnson's very own Izzy to cheer you
I have this picture on my desktop and it just
popped into the blog this morning...
This tiny peanut belongs to Corinne Niessner.
Corinne and I met at a Kool-Aid dyeing workshop
last winter. You wouldn't think it would be
tropically bright in a church basement on the
Northside, but ten of us were screaming schoolgirls
(my new theme) over the miracle of Kool-Aid
Corinne ran with it (I've got one hat)and started
her own business, inspired by her love of fibers
and her love of animals.
VOILA! Luck Penny Hand Made
This has blossomed into a very cool cottage
industry online and at shows around Chicago...
I even got to flex me designer genes and put
together a site for the goods!
Check out this budding creative
(and I do mean Corinne!!!) at:
Penny Hand Made
Fear of Trying
I love *Novelty* Yarns! I just can't
knit with them for some reason. After mutilating
two balls of Charm and one of another kind of
thready/flaggy stuff, I just set the leftovers
in a bowl and looked at them...
Yes, in the world of ChicKnits, yarn can be
a holiday centerpiece!
Even with all this wiggly karma preceding the
fact, I still bought more! This time it was
a SINGLE BALL of something called "Night"
by Filatura di Crosa in a wonderful coppery
color. It's almost like the icicles you
buy to put on your Christmas Tree but it's actually
on a thread-base, with nothing sticking out.
Why would I try again? On the MTV Movie Awards
show, none other than that self-proclaimed rock-diva
Jennifer Love Hewitt was wearing a skinny little
metallic scarf as her only piece of jewelry.
The Little Bad Muse was wracked with envy and
immediately made me search for a sure thing
to wear for the holidays.
This picture is not good - I think I'll try
again in daylight, (if that ever happens here
in Chicago again). This scarf is two inches
wide and about six feet long. (It looks all
scrunched up in the picture.)
Whoa, this little number is the perfect party
ice-breaker. Although people won't want to pet
you like they would if you were wearing an eyelash
scarf, they will ask you about it. Is it a scarf
or a necklace...
Kind of like that age-old question about that
Disney character Goofy: hmmm, Goofy, man or
and much, much
I never get Thanksgiving off from work.
Yesterday was no exception, but instead of hanging
around in the mini-cam garage with my truck,
I went inside to the newsroom to get clear directions
for my assignment.
A little potluck party of sorts was going on
the 2ND Commandment of Mini-Cam
(which is what my newsroom refers to
shooting video which is ironic since
the camera weighs 25lbs.) is:
2. Where's the free food?
the 1st Commandment being:
1. Where's the bathroom?
I t was like I was caught in a tractor-beam
when I saw the whole Eli's cheesecake sitting
unprotected on the managing editor's desk...
One thing led to another and before I knew it,
I was sitting at Edie's desk (she's a writer),
and since she was knitting a Xmas scarf I joined
her, knitting on my Bonker's cardie and enjoying
some treats. (I am now making the back of the
sweater, the two fronts and two sleeves are
Two of our co-workers were sitting behind us
at their desks (this is one one of those huge
partitoned workspaces so popular in corporate
America - grey as the day is long); the one
who is a director was playing a guitar, and
the other who is an anchor was keeping time
on his knee, singing with him.
Others where gathered around the food, having
a nice, laughy chat and all in all it was the
warmest moment I've seen in some time. Just
fuzzy and as bright as could be under the glow
of about forty flourescant light fixtures...
Of course, the spell was quickly broken, because
in the news biz, we are always on a deadline.
The happy eating moment was just that: a moment
(or two) at the most, and then you're on to
the next attention grabbing headline!
The easiest target was Edie and I who were still
unfortunately being the fuzziest folks in plain
view. It all started when one person, and really,
I expected more out of professional writers
and producers, went "Hmm, knit one, purl two!"
Then it was a woman who walked by, "Oh ladies,
you're just setting us back 3000 years over
And then the guitar player came by and commented
by loudly humming a few bars of none other than
the Banjo Theme from Deliverance...
I was going to set out a piece of paper and
pen with the instructions: "Captions HERE" which
never fails to get fabulous sarcastic, cynical
responses by the dozen.
But before I could, one by one several people
drifted up to us and wanted to really know what
it was we were doing. I was wearing my Colinette
Pt. 5 mini-scarf in the Autumnal colourway
and people were nodding and saying, "She MADE
AHHH, here's my chance, will curiousity kill
the cat? Will I flatten the unbelievers with
a single caustic smackdown?
NAH! I just offered to teach 'em all to knit
and several took me up on it. Who knows, if
you see this on an episode of that goofy show
"Good Morning Miami", please let me know so
I can get my share of the blingBling for the
This is a TRUE STORY...
new improved pic of my Glitter Scarf -
details found in November 27th entry
the Sweetest Saturday
I thought this Saturday would never get
here. Although this week was indeed seven
days long, it seemed more like a lifetime of
slowly passing moments - most of these stuck
in traffic, mind wandering, drifting headfirst
into the oncoming cars, until something pops
you in the frontal lobe and you veer off just
in the nick of time...
Why the time warp continuum? I'm off of work
for two weeks!!! The last week before a vacation
is sheer torture for the working class - you
count the minutes, make deals with yourself
to get through the as usual odius tasks at hand,
and then collapse at the end.
Since this is one of the re-occurring themes
of my life, I washed my sheets and made up a
wonderful fresh nest to collect my bones. I
slept like the dead, like a baby, like the dog
in front of the furnace grate...
And now, while I wait for the stores to open,
(oops, missed Black Friday), I am doing the
last two rows of the first ruffle around the
neckline of my Rowan "Sweet" (Magazine 26 Design
I didn't bother counting how many stitches are
on these needles! You can barely see it but
there are two 32" circs in action. I'll have
to use a 3rd needle to finish it off...
I can't stop Ruffling!
I decided at the last minute that I just had
to have two rows of ruffles around the V-neck
of this sweater. I almost edged it in the leftover
Techno Fur from my felted purse but decided
the fur wouldn't wear as well as the wool and
at some point would bring Sweet down...
This means I picked up Hundreds of Stitches
around the Fronts and Back of this girly thing
- and now will probably end up with a thousand
stitches at the end to bind off. On Number 3
I saved my pennies and bought some Addi Turbos
in sizes 3, 5, 6, 7, & 8 because in my humble
opinion they let you knit fast like a bastard
(sorry, I work with 15 men and drive a truck...)!
Imagine my chagrin to find my number 3s had
a hooked end! Never have seen that before and
was quite POd because parking around the shop
on Oak St. where I bought 'em is non-existant.
But they've turned out to be the Silver Lining
in the Cloud of Pick-Up-and-Knit in the ChicKnits
Universe! You use the hooked side to pick up
your stitches and the pointed side to knit back
and forth with. Since I don't knit in the round,
sweet as honey!
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