| Cultural Froids
an Oxymoron or just Plain Dumb Luck
ChicKnits gets a mention in the Wall Street Journal!
If someone gave me that handknitted lime green
sweater with the word DUDE knitted in I'd fall
at their feet and kiss them...
Three Mo' Tenors
are the singing
sensations from the Marshall Field's Xmas
Route" for Senor Spike
Sounds too weird to me...
One of the other curses of the working class
is that when you finally take a vacation, your
body still is punching the clock. Mine will
wake up every day at the same time, even if
I haven't set the alarm, no matter what time
I went to bed.
So me and the lightly frosted streets are sitting
under the very early morning overcast sky, while
the rest of the world works up their Anti-Green
Bay energy sleeping late. Oh, I forgot. Me,
my bucket hat on my head, my COFFEE and my big
felted sweater are sitting writing this
in the cloudy single-digit weather. It's record
cold this morning in Chicago - there's really
no way you can keep all the cold air out of
your house (another reason to just STAY IN BED
I cannot imagine the weather up in Green Bay
Wisconsin (Yah hey, hosers!!!) today for the
football game. There will be frozen patootie
galore out there, but you just KNOW someone
will take off their shirt and show us their
beer belly. There is also a 99.99% probability
that that person will have a painted face. (If
any of you are watching this game, I make a
quarter bet here and now that this will happen.
Double or nothing that the person is a GB fan,
Yup, I'm gonna watch the Bears vs. Green Bay
and maybe eat some cheese curls later. But not
before I pick-up and start the second ruffle
on my beautiful "Sweet".
Rowan Magazine 26 Design 2
The second ruffle only goes around the neck
and the straight-away along the fronts gets
tight garter stitch button-bands. Happily this
means I won't go into a coma about half-way
through and start crying for my mommy like yesterday...
Actually, I invoked the power of the Slayer
and watched two Buffy episodes to fool myself
into rapid-fire completion. What's up with that
Spike character? Is he Australian or British?
Why is he so skinny? Do vampires have to be
Wraiths as well? Lestat, my all time favorite
New Orleans ghoul, was rock star handsome. Hmm,
thin but ripped...
I think this guy should play Spike! Guess his
I think Spike should grow out his hair too.
That dyed blonde thing is so over. Get a little
mop goin' will ya please?
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Monday Morning Mirth
courtesy Boy clothing
OOH LA la!!!
My wonderful Spike replacement is none other
than Brazilian sensation €lvaro Jacomossi
I *discovered* Jaco in a big way Saturday while
shopping at the Guess? store on Michigan Ave.
where in the Men's Department (UhHmm - should
be in the Women's dept.) there is a 3x size
billboard of the whole reclining Brazilian Bebe...
For some more "mirth" check
out this Jaco
fan site. The third picture from the left
is especially mirthful and shows Alvaro laughing
I also get to see him in this ad
(Lower Left) that's two stories high on
the side of a building from the #66 on my
way to work. Never fails to "wake me up".
SNOW no GO
The HUGE CHUNKY snowflakes falling right
now means I won't be taking the bike ride to
the Museum today.
If it's over 35degrees, I ride my bike.
A couple of winters ago the assignment editor
at work sent me out every morning to take pictures
of the weather for the morning show. This is
the kiss of death for most TV shooters. How
many ways can you shoot a sunny day?
Snow is much more interesting...
Tricky, but fun! I had the best time ever the
day I decided to sit on various curbs and get
street level stuff of Bike Messengers in a snowstorm.
I figured if I came back with something so off-the-wall,
I wouldn't get sent out on the weather beat
That, of course, was extreme wishful thinking!
But I did talk to many Bikers that day (and
believe me, there are some characters who choose
to do this for a living, especially in such
a weather-challenged area as this!). They gave
me their secrets for cycling in the freezing
So now, if it's not too slippery, I go out too,
in my thin layers and fleece. I just have to
be careful which bag I carry because I had one
that really ID'd me as a messenger that seemed
to signal carte blanc abuse from the car sector.
WHoa, these bikers (and their free-form antics,
I must admit) have really ticked people off!
I took more flack in two hours than a lifetime
So it's a no go to the photo show down at the
Museum of Contemporary Photography. I was going
to see some pictures taken by a cop I met during
the TABD *demo*. Scott Fortino is part of the
Project and was a very interesting guy so
I wanted to see what he and the other folks
were up to.
Instead, since it's just such a rarity for me
to watch it snow instead of being in the snow,
I'm going to be a little Elf today and finish
some stuff. OR start some stuff, TEE hee HEE...
Rowan Magazine 22 page 99 *Tallulah*
This one lies a-blocking! If a project goes
over several months, I finish it up, then wash
it and let it dry flat.
This turned out better than I could've imagined.
It's the second one I made and is much better
than the first. I used a stretchy merino for
the first one and it just is a PITA to wear,
although it's very pretty. This one is made
from the recommended yarn from Rowan, called
Magpie Aran and it holds its shape much better.
I've learned the last year the secret to substituting
yarn involves much more than gauge. You must
consider the drape and nature of the FABRIC
you are creating before using something else.
The new yarn must be very similar in behavior
(can you assign human properties to yarn, hmmm)
to the original or your results could be a crap
Believe me, I've learned the hard way...
OH What Fun (Jingle Jingle
Marshall Fields is the largest department
store in Chicago. It is also owned by the same
people who own Target (Dayton-Hudson?). Now
I don't know if I'm a little perved, but I REALLY
like Target's commercials. They are fresh, musically
provacative, and always interesting.
My favorite right now is the Wayne (Never Say
Wrinkle) Newton walking and singing in the winter
wonderland! Just makes me scream!
Now, Marshall Fields must've borrowed the agency
that little sister Target uses because their
Xmas campaign is just as entertaining - jazz
singers and I think gospel singers talk, scat
I was almost going to INFECT you with the jingle
but it's been roaming around me head for two
days so I'll spare you.
Instead, here's what I did on my Winter Vacation,
Day 4, Tuesday:
Vogue Fall'02 Filatura di Crosa 501 Yarn - Color
Even after all of my ranting about that Vogue
Fall02 issue, I went back and found something
I adored! It is on page 105, by Shirley Paden
and features traveling twisted stitch oval designs
that run vertically in groups.
This is now my projet compliqu¡ mais ¡l¡gant,
that of course, I intend to be finished with
(You can manicially LOL at this point; I am...)
I thought the design was very feminine and looked
like Christmas Tree Bulbs in a way. I'm going
to adapt it to a cardigan somehow...
Finding the Alchemist Within
Although it's strictly forbidden to do housework
on Planet ChicKnits when on an official vacation,
gardening is OK so I went through my closet,
weeding out some things I just wasn't wearing.
Some of the items that ended up in the pile
were things I MADE WITH MY OWN HANDS...
Could I relegate them to the recycle bin or
should I banish them to the Box Of Shame that
holds the Style WannaBees, Misfits or Experiments
Just GOne Wrong??? Fashion being the fickle
fraulein that she is just doesn't play fair
some years and in my knitting youth, I was taken
advantage of quite a few times by designs or
yarn that just would not bend to my will.
Some of these Pokemons are just a frozen testament
to the learning process. Most of them should've
just either never been started or ripped out
before they became such a reality bite to my
pocketbook and fashion sense. Hence their banishment
to the BOS, because I just can't bear to throw
or give them away. I've rescued the one's I
could and just have to live with the nagging
underbelly of knowledge that I didn't swatch,
measure, or use the right yarn. About once a
year, I open the box and make myself look at
them for a few minutes.
I guess I think that like mushrooms they might
be growing into something larger or more palatable
in the dark and I can still pull them out and
make them shine in the light.
Well, yesterday, I just maturely acknowledged
that the BOS is full and put some things in
the Recycle Pile.
One sweater just would not go.
Noro Kureyon Color 55
Oh, how I love Noro Kureyounl!!!
Would that I would've figured out that it is
just too HOT a wool to wear as an indoor pullover.
(Here's where Americans can all take a bow for
But wait, just because this isn't a Scandinavian
design does not mean it cannot be STEEKED!
Thanks to Corinne from Lucky
Penny for this shot!
Who says I can't just make it
a cardigan and live happily ever after?!
Not the Lovely and Talented Lucy Neatby who
explains on her Tradewinds site the Zen
of Steeking. If you pretend it's just a
regular sweater instead of a Fair Isle, you
just mark the center, sew a couple of lines
of machine (!)stitches over the vertical ladders
of yarn between the stitches and CUT IT!!!
If you don't have a sewing machine, follow Knitwear
Design Goddess Dawn Brocco's Hand
That's right, cut it and pick-up
some stitches and make button bands.
And V²ILA! Now, you have a Cardigan!
A cool Kureyon Cardigan that feels like butta
and now has a furry collar!
Today, I lengthen the sleeves - I was lucky
enough to find a ball of this colourway at the
Knitting Workshop and will have a go at it later...
Just in the Nick of St. Nick
Knitty is HERE!!!
Take a spin in the groove with
the best free knitting magazine online.
The one that speaks with YOUR VOICE!
free pattern here - Vodoo
I promised myself last year I would not let
the freezing temps here in Chicago hold me back.
It's 16 degrees right now and I'm going for
a walk wearing these under my gloves!
You need some too! Even if you are living La
Vida Loca more South than me, they make a very
cool fashion point under another sweater or
Here's your chance to justify buying just one
ball of the cushiest or colorful yarn you can
Some friends went to a Dude Ranch this summer
for a week. I was insanely jealous because
I love to ride horses! AND, one of my back-burner
lifetime goals is to learn how to wield and
spin a lariat upright so you can jump back and
forth through it. Kind of a vertical hula-hoop.
(If you need to know RIGHT NOW how to do this
Well, it looks like I'm not going anywhere anytime
soon (I still have another week off with no
plans - my company made a "mistake" and I have
to use the days by the end of the year or lose
them and they just sprung it on me! No time
to plan. No money to squander during the holiday
season either... (OH quit yer whining!))
But where does the roaming insatiable mind of
the ChicKnits traveler land? Why in her own
DUde RanCH of sorts, where lariats are replaced
with YARN and the corral is the comfy couch
with all the fine touches of the deep MidWest,
which in my case is a laptop and maybe a delivered
Hey, where's the DUDE in ChicKnits Dude Ranch?:
DUDE! #1: Work the thousand
plus stitches to finish the ruffling around
a sweater neckline!
DUDE! #2: Finish the sewing and blocking of
DUDE! #3: Steek an oldie and make it a newsie.
DUDE! #4: Really mix your metaphors and some
Kool Aid and start some real experiments in
the Home Home on the Range category.
I have a plethora of beige yarn and am just
not a beige person. So I've been experimenting
with dyeing it with Kool Aid which I learned
how to do last year.
Most of the colors on white yarn come out very
But they are toned down considerably if you
use beige or light grey yarn to begin with.
I am trying to make a really deep eggplant color.
Not quite there yet, but, joy of joys, I've
discovered how to use that Lime Green to make
my favorite chartreuse!
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