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In Dusty We Trusty!
Cubs are TIED for 1st Place in the Central Division!

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Super What the ----
Sunday nite around 10pm someone shot 5 rounds at a 15yo gang kid on a bike RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE! I was watching Law & Order! Then I was really watching Law & Order with about 50 of my neighbors out on the street.

Two cars got shot up and my porch got dinged. No person was injured. Hmmmm, new neighbors, new teenage drama...

I went back inside when one lady took her young son by the arm and said, "Honey, want to see the bullet holes?"

Pennant Fever!

National League
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Cubs W86 L73

Houston W86 L73

Go Baby Bears!!!

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100 Things about Me

20. Proof Positive I'm a Geek:
I danced around my Auntie's kitchen mopping with her new Swiffer WetJet. It was just too much fun to squirt and go. AND, the cleaning pad attatches to the mop head with VELCRO, which I consider the top invention of the 20th Century!

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Saturday, September 20, 2003

TODAY! Don't Miss This!!!

Renegade Craft Fair
Wicker Park
1425 N. Damen
11am - 5pm


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The Renegade started out as a showcase for NEEDLECRAFTERS(!) and has expanded to include some of the freshest talent out there from Chicago and beyond!

Meet some of my crafting heroes!:

Lucky Penny Handmade

Sublime Stitching

Luster Soapsworks

Loose Tooth

Sunday, September 21, 2003

It''s Sweater Weather!!!

We all need a few like this!

Too old for a binkie? Try this instead!

This version of the beloved hooded sweatshirt is a very easy, worsted weight classic!

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Finished Measurements of:
38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50 Inches

Gauge: 18sts / 24rows using #8/5mm needles

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Monday, September 22, 2003

Monday Morning Mirth

For your pleasure:
Introducing Mr. & Mrs. R. P. Von Munkgke!

Things have been a little blue here at ChicKnits lately, so what better way to cheer things up than throw a WEDDING! With Dolls! Yup, it's in my DNA, just ask my sister and Mom...

Saturday at the Renegade Craft Fair, there were suitcases full of pals from SOK MUNGKE and the guy on the right just jumped out at me. Like a fool, I carried him around the rest of the day while I was wandering about shopping and visiting folks.

Everyone wanted to know what his name was and when I ran into Mary from our KIP, we christened him "Rennie" after the Renegade...

Of course, as soon as he saw my other sock monkey, Pattie, he had to marry her! WHO could resist?

Sorry, but you missed the bomb reception!!!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Who's Life is it Anyway?

Bullet Hole #1 - Buddha's Car is Still Smiling

Different day, different face. That face is drawn and tired. Dark circles rim my eyes and my hands are a little shaky.

I was up most of the night Sunday after the shooting outside of my house. No matter how many times I've seen things on my job, I'm hardly ever there when it happens. It's always the aftermath. Sunday night, I was there. Front and Center. The bullet hole in my front door is off to the right.

My neighborhood is not a *Bad* neighborhood. It's made up of multi-family apartment houses - most are 3 - 4 flat units. We all live on top of the other and ebb and flow with each other's life cycles in some kind of rythmic symbiosis. We have a block club and yard parties. Nobody beefs about anything unless it's to throw it on the grill...

A new family has moved into an apartment in the building next to mine. They have no father, but a son about 18yo who is most likely a gang banger. As far as I know, there are no other GBs on the street - just families, babies, students, children, old folks, singles, young marrieds of all ethnic type and pocketbook.

I'm very friendly and have been chatting up the new folks. The Mom is very old fashioned looking with a ponytail so long I doubt she ever cuts her hair. She wears colorful housedresses and smiles and nods at me because she doesn't understand what I'm saying when I chat with her. I smile and nod as well.

Her husky son sits on the stoop all the time, like a Buddha. I talk to him every chance I get. He kind of grunts unintelligable answers at me but I keep on talking because I want him to know I am not a nameless, faceless, anonymous person. I am his neighbor.

My gut instict tells me he is trouble. With, of course, a capital *T*. He spent most of late Sunday night, after somebody tried to kill him, right back on the stoop, taking a break a couple of times to feel up his girlfriend in the bushes by my house. Hmmm - he's a young man - but he does not live in a vacuum. He's moved into our neighborhood and guess what? It's MY turf; I've been here a lot longer than him...

One day, I came home from work and there was his little brother, sitting on a folding chair on the porch, all dressed up in brand new red and white team clothes. He sat there for hours. I wish I would've seen the team logo - the cops tell me those are the colors of a group called Satan's Disciples. I miss my old neighbors, Felix and Eddie. They were only dressed up once in a while in their Softball Team Uniforms. The *Our Place* team sponsored by the Loop Tavern on Chicago Ave. came in second city wide last year. They rule! I loved their games and victory parties.

But they've moved away. Their uncle, Tio Rosario, helps me with my garden, but he's very old and Eddie says he's worried the neighbors upstairs will do something to him if he mixes it up too deep.

I was so upset about this, when I got up this morning, I walked the two blocks to District 13 and spoke to some TAC officers from the CPD. They came by later to chat with an officer who was outside taking pictures of the shot up cars. They made their presence known for about an hour, talking to everybody going by, leaning on Buddha's fence, gazing at his window.

The last time I looked outside, there was one detective's empty coffee cup, spiked on top of the fence as a calling card, just to say hello.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Shrinky Dink Circus

just block it...

Shrinking a sweater on purpose is surely a Gobsmack Antidote! Here I was all whiny and pouty and NOW?


I love that.

My Great Experiment in Cotton Shrinkage is a resounding success! I washed the sweater pieces in hot water with my towels, twice. I checked every 10 minutes or so to see the shrinking process and compare to my pre-shrunk swatch.



I dried them in the dryer until they were slightly damp and smoothed them out to the correct measurments on my blocking rug. To guarentee a perfect *BLOCK* which sets the size and stitches, I sprayed it down with water to be very damp, covered with a tablecloth and let dry.

VOILA! Now I have a fab sweater for work that can be washed and dried by machine. Six seams and seven buttons stand between me and my dream...

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Thursday, September 25, 2003

Ze Renegade Craft Fair

Howdy Tent

I'm with Stupid Tees

Lucky Penny Handmade Dog Sweaters

Annette/(Ten by Ten Magazine) & friend

Annette's Hats

Pet Purse


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Friday, September 26, 2003

New Threads Friday!

Auntie J's Socks are D-Done! I can't believe that they match so well in the stripe department. One looks a little bigger in the picture, but they're right on!

It's been 3 weeks since she was in surgery and she's doing great! Everyday, she's doing better, getting stronger and more active.

She starts her treatments next week - 4 days in the hospital on chemo, then 2.5 wks off. Mom is staying with her on a as-needed basis and I'm Plan B, as needed.

From my family to yours, a heartfelt thanks for all of the well wishes, prayers, and positive vibes you've all been sending us! If you've ever heard the song "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" that kind of describes how I feel when I know I'm being held up by so many helping, kind hands. Thank you...

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