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Listened to Spanish Talk Radio in a taxi to work this morning and they were discussing *johnny depp* and how he was the *sexiest man ALIVE*!!! Even in Spanish, I knew what they were saying about the Depster...

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Saturday, November 22, 2003

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Easy Garter Skinny Scarf

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This is a CU of the yarn used in the above scarf -
it is the equivalent of about 4 Jello Shots!

It was hand-spun, dyed, then plied by Christine McKay from Tochay's Farm Fibers & Yarn Emporium located in Jonesville, Michigan.

I bought it last year at the TKGA National Show in Chicago.

I am using #17 needles, 10 stitches, Knit Every Row 'til yarn runs out.

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Sunday, November 23, 2003

Naugthy: One ball Crystal Palace Splash | #15/10mm needles | 13 sts | Knit every row until yarn is GONE!

Nice: about 120yds Super Bulky Yarn | #17/12.5mm needles | 10 sts | 2.5sts per inch | Knit every row until yarn is GONE!

Both of the scarves measure 4" x 72". This was totally accidental. I just KNIT UNTIL THE YARN ran OUT!

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Monday, November 24, 2003

Monday Morning Mirth

Just in time to oversee the Holiday Knit Productions in the ChicKnits Household is none other than this ELF who arrived on my doorstep a couple of days ago.

My sister wanted to cheer me up because I have to work on Thanksgiving and won't get any of the 21lb turkey she's making so she sent me a little cheerfulness via USPS.

Cacky sez this gamine lass reminds her of me when I'm trying to pull a fast one - like tell a bad joke or mock her...

Can you imagine? I actually DO put the hand up to my mouth! Just like a three Y.O...

Darn it, sisters are the best. Just ask Claudia & Sylvia...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

read the fine print...

Didn't do that... AND, they didn't show the back of this sweater in a picture. I might have given pause to making it if they had...

The back is moss stitch from the waist up to the shoulders. I almost ripped it out last night - the shape looked really off (it was 4" shorter then). I was microseconds away from a FrogFest when I got up and shuttled myself into the cold night air for a Reality Check. I went right outside and let Mother Nature slap some sense into me...

Then I got out a similar favorite fitted sweater and put the piece over the sweater. It was almost exactly the same shape! I don't know why it looks weird to me, but it is spot on. The side shaping lines up and the armhole shaping/back width is the exact same size!

I must have Moss Stitch Whiplash from throwing the yarn twice as much as you do when you knit plain...

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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

hmmm, the Bus Mate Saga...

In the never ending quest to make wardrobe that doesn't S*k, I've been dedicating my time to durable yarns. My stuff has to really take it - when I'm photographing something, I might be on the ground, in a pack, or just heavy lifting. And, it has to take being stuffed in a bag in transit while waiting to be knit!

That doesn't mean I want to look like boy. I want to be CHIC on the Street!

And, that has proven harder to do than I thought.

Of course, there's the venerable LoTech wardrobe - one navy, one beige, one pumpkin.

There's the Bartlett Yarn Duo I made earlier this year - one brown, one black.

And now there's the ultimate WorkHorse, by my idol, Kim Hargreaves, something called Moonlight, from the current Rowan book.

It is brilliant.

Not too many weeks ago, I was out shopping for yarn with Theresa and hooked some yarn to make an experimental jacket. It is more than one color. Intarsia. Slightly. By one stitch.

I had no pattern but a big idea. Then I started looking for a pattern to use this Sheepy Valley Navy on and found the Hargreaves design. It has everything I was looking for and more.

I really wanted the curved bodice line. But this design includes the most wonderful neckline shaping I've ever done. You can't see it from my picture because I bound off all the stitches, but the neckline is Short-row Wrapped and the stitches will continue for the collar when finishing is done. I bound off the stitches to *hold* them to that point.

I did lose the built-in garter stitch buttonband. I'm on a Zipper Binge and will put a 2-way seperating zipper in when it's done.

And, my contribution, a single line of white, added after knitting.

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Thursday, November 27, 2003


Reasons to be cheerful part 3

Why don't you get back into bed
Why don't you get back into bed
Why don't you get back into bed

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Some of Buddy Holly, the working folly
Good golly Miss Molly and boats
Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet
Jump back in the alley add nanny goats

Dominate the Camels, thumbing out the candles
All other mammals must eat their oats.
Seeing Piccadilly, Fanny Smith and Willy
Being rather silly, and porridge oats

A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it
You're welcome, we can spare it - yellow socks
Too short to be haughty, too nutty to be naughty
Going on 40 - no electric shocks

The juice of the carrot, the smile of the parrot
A little drop of claret - anything that rocks
Elvis and Scotty, days when I ain't spotty,
Sitting on the potty - curing small pox

Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3
Reasons to be cheerful part 3

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Reasons to be cheerful part 3

Health service glasses
Gigolos and brasses
round or skinny bottoms

Take your Mum to Paris
lighting up the chalice
wee willy harris

Bantu Stephen Biko, listening to Rico
Harpo, Groucho, Chico
Cheddar cheese and pickle, the Vincent motorsickle
Slap and tickle
Woody Allen, Dali, Dimitri and Pasquale
balabalabala and Volare

Something nice to study, phoning up a buddy
Being in my nuddy
Saying hokey-dokey, singalonga Smokey
Coming out of chokey

John Coltrane's soprano, Adi Celentano
Bonar Colleano

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Reasons to be cheerful part 3
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Yes yes
dear dear
perhaps next year
or maybe even never

in which case

Reasons to be cheerful part 3...

.......Ian Dury & the Blockheads

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1. Rapunzel (48%)
Pattern: Rowan Fall 2003
Designer: Jean Moss
Yarn: K1C2 Worsted
Color: Clear Grey
Gauge: 20sts/28rows over 4"
Needles: #6 & #8

2. Chinese-Style Sweater (32%)
Pattern: Rebecca Fall 2003
Yarn: GGH Tiffany
Color: Dark Red & Brass (trim)
Gauge: 18sts/26rows over 4"
Needles: #10

3. Moonlight (50%)
Pattern: Rowan Fall 2003
Designer: Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Sheepy Valley Worsted
Color: Navy
Gauge: 16sts/20rows over 4"
Needles: #8 & #9

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