January 25, 2003
Stand-by 10: Part 2
Ripped from the Headlines!!!
All Crime All the Time!!!
As one of the probable minority of people in the
USA without cable or a sat dish, I watch local TV.
Network Progamming, Newscasts, Sports, geeky Saturday
afternoon SciFi Movies on WCIU, hosted by Son of
Svenghoulie, Korean and/or Polish Soap Operas, Hispanic
Game Shows; nothing is safe from my remote control.
I've even made my Home Page one that immediately
gives the TV Viewing Schedule for the day/evening.
It's in grid form and if you read it vertically,
during primetime, it looks like what we call in
the News Biz a Police Blotter. This is Old School
Dragnet Talk for the real "Ripped from the Headlines"
Page 6 or whatever is logged in the local reports
from the various CPD District House records.
Chicago even has local neighborhood papers which
print page after page of these fascinating logs
reporting real interviews such as: "Victim says
he/she was hit from behind by unknown assailant
after leaving the Lovehunt Tavern at 4:15 am Saturday
morning. He/she says he/she is missing his/her wallet/purse
containing $40.00 and is missing a 1 carat diamond
ear stud. He/she thinks he/she was unconscious for
about an hour and suffered multiple abrasions about
the right side of his/her face when he/she hit the
We just CANTgetENOUGH of this stuff. NBC could just
become an entire Law & Order Franchise Network.
Just add a couple of more spin-offs and the whole
primetime line-up for the week is taken care of.
I nominate a new Series called "Law & Order: BLT".
Since it is now cool for Hollywood Players to do
a few fey turns on the tube, I'd cast Al Pacino
and Harvey Keitel as corrupt Bad Lieutenants and
let them shake down and manhandle New York (sorry
NY!) like Detective Brisco really wants to...
I would also start a series originating in Chicago.
It could be called "Law & Order: the Hall". Pound-for-Pound,
in the greater Metropolitan Chicago Area, we have
more elected/appointed goverment officials on trial
than any other major city.
My entire day Wednesday was at the Everett Dirksen
Federal Building, working on not one, but 7 cases.
This Mies van der Rohe high-rise is home to about
21 floors of courtrooms and offices filled to the
brim with grim trials mainly dealing with officials
that have SPENT MY TAX MONEY in some audacious and
silly way. I wait on the First Floor with the rest
of the Media Pack on cold, hard, almost block-long,
wide marble benches. This lobby is three stories
high, with multiple black rectangular columns. The
outside walls are floor to ceiling glass. The elevator
areas are faced with huge sheets of marble and twenty
foot high bronze federal seals. It is intimidating
We are allowed to wait here and tape defendents,
attornies et, all arriving, departing, talking,
punching, spitting and my favorite, head-butting.
You have not lived until a suspected mob boss flares
his nostrils and goes head down full speed ahead
towards your midsection. Once, an outfit defendant
lost control of his pants and was holding them up
with one hand (unsuccessfully, since his trousers
were seriously breaking wind) and punching with
the other free hand. I won't attempt to recreate
the verbiage he was lubing our group with but let
me say it was probably in the top ten monologues
of curse words and slang vulgarities I've ever heard!
Who needs to run with the bulls in Pamplona when
you can haul around a video camera and move as fast
as you can BACKWARDS!
At some point in these proceedings, if your shift
remains the same, you are there for the duration
of sometimes month long(er) trials. The defendents
and attornies get to know you and choose favorites
from the Pack and cause major jealous rages and
grumbling amongst us.
I was a slight favorite recently in a HUGE multi-state
(Illinois/Nevada) far-reaching trial that is comely
to a close very soon.
Maybe you've heard of Cicero. A near-west suburb
of Chicago, it was built by none other than Al Capone
as his personal *village*. It continues to this
day as a bastion of petty crime and vice.
Its Mayor, is going down...
to be continued...
January 26, 2003
Bet along withMe...
Yes, I am a shallow, boy-watchin',
tush-checkin' FEMALE SportsFan...
Since I'm not too high on either team this year,
I'm going the low road and picking the winner of
SuperBowl XXXVII merely on the dude-ability of the
That's right, I'm picking the one I think is the
best looking to win the game.
(How much more insight do the bookies really have???)
but the Raiders are goin' down!!!
WHY? Because Rich Gannon's head
is smaller than his neck! AND, scare me NOT with
that nose-down-look buddy...
Quick make him a London
Beanie or Footy
Hat to balance it out!
GO go go Yuckaneers!!!
: : through the Looking Glass...
Five minutes ago, at 1:31 PM, I
started my first sock...
In celebration of USA women everywhere, I salute all
the knitter's working on anything in the middle of
this National Football Holiday!
Since knitting loves company, if you want to join
me, I'm following Terry Royea's Sock 101 pages starting
using her pattern found HERE...
January 27, 2003
Monday Morning Mirth!
read about it here: Big
Bang for the Bucs
I feel like a WOAHman!!!
excuse me, I have to go
change into my rhinestone Bra!
Zi'm just a girl at the SuperBOwl!
This yarn is a colourway called "Septermber Morn"
by a seller on eBay called "lotusblossom". She has
tons of stuff for sale HERE
at Over the Rainbow Yarns, (used to be called MaryAnn's
I've made a few items from her yarn including: the
Camoflage Hoodie, the Cosmic
Long Cardie and the Ruffled
This particular yarn is 50% Merino & 50% Alpaca,
DK weight. I've put off knitting anything with it
because I was afraid it would be too hot for me
At one point during the SuperBowl, (which for the
most part was as BORING as usual), I had to take
off my sweater because I was working up a little
heat wave knitting the gusset. This is challenging
work, my knitting friends! I was also using two
circs so I was a little wobbly goin' round the bend...
January 29, 2003
TICK (fun) TOCK (fun) F-U-N!!!
I think I've been in the News Biz too long.
Not only do I associate addresses with stories I've
photographed, I work like a speed banshee under
I am currently whipping myself into a frenzy finishing
my submission for the next issue of Knitty.
It is at the point where it is so exciting, I'd
like to take a *Mental* day and just wail!
Imagine yourself with no pictures, diagrams or clue.
I need a picture, so I make a sketch. Then I put
notations on the raw sketch as I go. This one started
out at one gauge, but that yarn was a bust so I
had to swith it out to another gauge, so this page
is getting rather crowded with hand multiplications
I use a shorthand for the pattern itself - like
just the # of stitches for the front (oops, just
for example please).
Shapings are marked like 1/2/5 - which would translate
to DEC or INC once every two rows 5 times. I really
like that notation. I wish real patterns were written
Ya gotta try it! Make something from SCRATCH!
January 30, 2003
Rousting around the web last year
I found a great resource from Pat Kirkland
over at the Yarn
She's put together a
Course in Sweater Design"
that is VERY educational and easy to understand.
Last summer, I met someone like I imagine
Pat to be up in Winettka, IL. "She" is the wonderful
Carolyn herself from:
Caroline's Fine Yarns
843 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
+1 (847) 441 0400
My knitting buddy and good muse, Eden, took
me there the first time a couple of years ago. (Thanks
be to those who are so kind to introduce us to their
fiber worlds...) I was amazed when Edie took a ball
of yarn off of a shelf, whipped out some needles and
made a swatch. Then Carolyn measured Edie (just like
how the "Short Course" recommends)and Carolyn wrote
an original pattern ON THE SPOT for the gauge swatch
and type of sweater Edie wanted to make. I was in
awe(mouth in a big round "O"!!!) She'd asked for a
hip length V-neck cardigan out of some greaat tape
yarn and WHOOOSH there it is...
This idea changed the way
I think about knitting forever. I had been blindly
following patterns letter by letter, number by number.
When they didn't fit me, I usually blamed the pattern,
designer or even just the Little Bad
But ladies (& gentlemen), It Was Me.
I never swatched. I never used the yarn called
for in the pattern. I NEVER measured anything besides
sleeve length (am overly sensitive because once my
brother called me "ape arms"). I never checked my
progress to the schematics most patterns come with.
No wonder I kept coming up with DUDS.
THUD... (sound of hand slapping forehead palm
first)- I better get hip to my hips, my arms, MY waist,
MY NECK, even my underarms...
These measurements are the most important tool
in the knitting repetoire. So simple, yet so ignored.
The sketch above was what happened when I went
one step further and measured my favorite cardigan
that I was wearing under a down vest the entire fall
of 2001. I used it like a jacket and it fit like a
glove. Not tight, just right.
Guess what? These Numbers almost Approximate
my body measurements with about 2.5-3" of ease (ease
= the amount of inches over your exact body measurement).
Makes perfect sense.
Now when I go to make a pattern (commercial or
original), I take into consideration whether it
is outerwear(+3"), an indoor cardigan (+2" - meant
to be worn over a light blouse), a pullover worn singly(+2")
or over other clothes(+3"), a shell that is meant
to be a second skin in the warm air(+1")or a tunic(+2")
that allows air underneath. I compare the measurements
of the proposed pattern to my eased measurements at
the onset and several times during the making. And,
I really almost always come very close to getting
a perfect fit these days...
January 31, 2003
you know you wanta...
I just joined the Fuzzy Feet Felt-Along
and you can too!
Kate has invited all of us to a international
event starting February 4th!
cool & easy Felted Slipper
Pattern from the last issue of Knitty,
people all over the globe will be knitting Fuzzy
Feet starting this Tuesday.
Kate will accept the *BEFORE* & *AFTER* pics and
put them in a gallery!
SO - find the *hidden* button in the Picture Above,
click & get the info to sign up for a rousing roaring
good ole monster of a time!!!
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