I was having problems getting
the Blue Bucket in the front to be the
right size and it was giving me fits!
It is for my Mom for Christmas and NEEDS
to be MAILED asap...
I felted it last week and it was so goofy
looking I threw it on the floor of the
laundry room. I did not trust the Felting
Elves! So after I made the TweedyRed one
and it turned out ok, I soaked Mr. Blue
in some hot water and blocked it. (Didn't
do that the first time.)
This time, it went from being tiny (un-blocked)
to about 25" around because I used a flowerpot
for the mold. Now my Mom's head is NOT
that large. I looked at it and just giggled
when I measured (finally she measures!!!)
it. Since the TweedyRed was dry and off
the coffee can, I decided to block Mr.
This time I showed no mercy and threw
it into the washer with two pairs of blue
jeans and several other hats that needed
to be washed or size adjusted.
Third time is a charm. Who would think
that it could take all that abuse? Now
I TRULY understand why some folks are
a little HAUTE UP about WOOL...
the Yarn in the Blue Bucket
a true story
My Mom lives in Northern
Lower Western Michigan (Hi Tonya!).
One of her friends raises a lot of sheep
and until a couple of years ago, after
shearing, they would have the wool spun
up somewhere into yarn.
In the springtime, Mom takes a special
trip out to their farm to see the baby
sheep. She has a whole drawer full of
yarn but has never knit with it. She
just looks at it and touches it every
once in a while. (I have lots of yarn
like that :)
I stold the blue yarn from her stash
because she was wearing a really awful
old shredded hat out in the snow shoveling.
(This might just be a country thing!)
This hat will keep her warm and dry
(because of the organic nature of the
yarn and the slight brim of the bucket)
and she can think of how cute those
baby sheep are in the spring so she'll
have something to look forward to...
If it really is a country thing, she'll
put the new hat by the wood burning
stove and look at it and still wear
the old shredded one outside...
Monday Morning Mirth
humor is the
work of a very small mind.
And you know what
small mind, small feet, small *****
Somebody got taken for some fast cash
paying for that really obnoxious Xmas
commerical that loudly proclaims everyone
prefers work-related (EEWWW!!!) crap to
WONDERFUL HANDMADE GIFTS!!!
I'm so inspired by their generous holiday
spirit that I present to you a special
edition pattern just to CHEER the masses:
Yarn: 200 yds
Chunky Yarn (I used two balls of Rowan's
Cork in Color 38 BUG)
Gauge: 14sts/18rows on #11 needles
(updated 101211): Find the full pattern HERE...
a ChicKnits Runway
courtesy of Lana
Lana Grossa Yarns
posts a Unique Pullover Design
with cables and a center rhombus!
Never heard of a rhombus? check it out...HERE!
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
How Sweet it IS!
Rowan Magazine 26
Design 2: SWEET by Kim Hargreaves
using Rowan DK Soft Color: Minty
Santa Claus is coming to town
and in Chicago, like many places, that
means New Clothes! One just can't look
*Last Year* at the holiday soirees...
Even though I had the best intentions
(!), my eyes were once again bigger than
my stomach and the groovylicious Magenta
Bulb sweater is going to have to be for
later. I decided to take a deep breath,
relax, and ENJOY the last holiday weekend.
This means, maybe, a couple of scarves
won't make it and Ms. Magenta will have
to take a powder.
The Sweet Cardie has taken me since January
24th of this year to make. It is made
with much smaller needles than I'm used
to working with and is mainly Stockinette
Stitch (the boring bane of knitters everywhere!)
so it just did not inspire.
When the warmer weather hit in the Spring,
off to the Marination Chamber it went,
three-forths finished and maybe never
AND my modification idea of double ruffles
around the neckline had me in a chokehold
as well. It ended up being over one thousand
stitches on the last and cast off row.
OMG! Cry FOul! Smacked Down by my own
But, since I am once again the self-victim
of over ambitous project mongering, it
had to step-up-to-step-out for the party
Tibbles & Bits
Better Homes and Garden has
a new edition of their KNIT IT series
coming out this month...
See a preview at the Awesome
Find Your Scarf Within with
By golly, I've been in a Doubled Up
Muffler frame of mind for weeks now
and didn't even know it!
Another Sneaker over at Personal
Threads with a look at the Spring
Thanks to Jamie over at the Red
Sweater who spotted this!
Are the fuzzy pictures Not Telling the
Whole Story? No Mo Boxy Pullovers, please!
I got me a waist and I want it to show!
I've got a bra and I intend to wear
it! I hate Intarsia!!!
There is one style called Bon Bon that
is interesting and maybe there's more
like it somewhere or maybe I'm just
drawn to it because it sounds like my
pesky nickname from work! OR, Rowan
is going to have SEVERAL mini-books
like they did last year featuring various
yarns targeted to various fashion styles!
I must be in a Christmas coma, because
I'm just not too excited about it at
all. I'm still in a wool frenzy, working
on my wild Fair Isle cardie and the
the Blue Bucket Hat for Mom
blocked out right to the correct measurements!
I took it off of the coffe can *hat
mold* and tried it on myself and it
Then I flipped it, filled it with packing
peanuts, put it in a box and surrounded
it with other goodies and poured packing
peanuts around every space! Hopefully,
it will make it up to Michigan without
being crushed. (AND in time, it's getting
a little late to post packages, no?!
GO USPS GO - these folks work so hard
this time of year. My mail has been
getting here After Dark!)
It's also a bonus in the ChicKnits household
to re-cycle packing peanuts. I hate
those things, even though they are a
necessary evil. The little suckers always
find a way to hide in the corners or
under the couch. I'm always finding
them in my bushes and yard as well.
The 2K2 Message in a Bottle of sorts
- but just what is the message any way???
You Can Ring My Bell
Jingle Bell that is... Do you
have a friend that wears Holiday Clothes
at the Office? Green on St. Patrick's
Day. Red, White, and Blue around the 4th.
Black and Orange Skeleton earrings and
more on Halloween...
Well, in this spirit, it appears the sweater
I'm making for my Holiday Ensemble is
going to make me that employee. AND, it
is so wild I might have to hand out sunglasses
to people who stare for more than 5 seconds!
(It is made from vintage wool Red Heart
yarn, probably during the late 60's when
people (especially designers) were doing,
*you know*. Whew...)
OOOH, but it's wildness means now it's
an opportunity for gag gifts! Oh, what
fun... I have a bunch of Dollar Stores
right on Chicago Ave. where I catch the
#66 and can get some funKay Loonie Tune
shades or really cheap wraparounds and
hand them out. Or if the person is snarly,
I get to say one of my favorite phrases,
"Take a picture, it will last longer!"
(AND don't you know, photographers love
to say this!!!) I think I'll also hand
out Instant Win Lottery tickets to the
truly Free Range Rude.
The Big Ball Lotto is now over 120 Million
so if I win Friday, maybe I can get better
Like, hey, Let's Do Lunch! In Paris. For
the Week... I know at least 5 of my friends
who would go for this at a moment's notice.
OR we can do a version of the Shopping
Cart Game but at Barney's where everything
you can grab for 15 minutes is yours!
Wild is good. Wild makes you dream...
So many of you asked
for a human modeling the felted bucket
hat, and since Marg Helgenberger couldn't
make it, I thought I'd grab the nearest
one I could find and Voila!
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