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the main difference between me and Paris Hilton?
besides the bleach everywhere, I know that Walmart is not a store where you buy things for your wall...

Hold on to your Chihuahuas
Paris Hilton's Fox TV Reality show the Simple Life debuts Tueday, 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

Miss Cleo
the charismatic television psychic joins the new music network Fuse as a spokesperson along with Tammy Fay Baker, who refuses to appear with her in public ...

Trollops Anonymous!
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Long Johns
Day 25...

100 Things
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26. I've developed a serious Crush on U2's Bono after finding out he has the same eyewear designer as I: Selima of Paris!

But alas, the wind beneath my wings leaves as quickly as it arrived as I find out MADONNA wears MY frames, the Aline...

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Monday, December 8, 2003

Monday Morning Mirth

if a face is a canvas let the Eyebrow rule...

When Mother Nature gives you eyebrows that are a cross between Jack Nicholson and Cleopatra, what's a girl to do?


And like pennies from heaven, what landed in my mailbox from my sister alongside Mr. Elf from last week? A wonderful copy of THE EYEBROW, by Robyn Cosio...

Who KNEW the History of the WORLD could be told just by following its evolution!

From the Egytians: "the longest running infulence on the eyebrow as decoration throughout the Centuries"

to Hollywood: "In the Seventies, when Sally Field made Norma Rae, her flying paisley brows, with big rounded heads that tapered off into narrow tails, were typical of the period."

Ms. Cosi gives us a "countdown to beauty" tracing only the fringe of one's forehead throughout time.

The requisite DIY chapter rescued me from my unruly plight and gave me "an instant FACE-Lift"! Thanks Sis...


Pautus writes during Roman times that "women without makeup are like food without salt."

Women in the 18th Century covered their own eyebrows with fake ones cut from mouse hide...

Number One Tip: use an eyebrow comb and scissors to brush up, snip wild hairs individually, then brush down, and trim...

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Tuesday, December 9, 2003

The Fluffa Knitalong said Furry Buckets... And this started out as the furriest with Silvia's favorite Trendsetter "Voila" eyelash yarn (and it indeedy is the yummiest eyelash/fur yarn I've ever held...). Check out Sylivia's November 14th entry to see her SPECTACULAR furry Bucket made from Pink Lamb's Pride and Voila...

My second yarn was Chocolat colored Bartletts' Fisherman Wool that was left over from this sweater.

But the little Bad Muse stepped up and whispered in my ear that the Country of the Bartlett's was gobbling up the Rock'n'Roll of the Voila and suggested I substiute Sirdar "Persian", a very loopy creme mohair.

I used that yarn around the top for two rows, upper brim and lower brim.
I purled the last two rows of the brim and cast-off purlwise. NO ROLLING!

Then I felted the thing in the washer with two pairs of jeans, a little squirt of liquid dish soap, and the hottest water ye olde heater could serve up. (A big SHOUTout for Rob from ThreadBear Fiber Arts who has a great felting article HERE).

Then I put it over a towel covered 39oz coffe can and pressed it flat with my hands and put my water-filled tea kettle over it. I DID NOT BLOCK IT with Steam. It dried in about a day and a half.

It turned out the best I've ever tried!

The felt is dense and not pilly; the fur looks almost like... FUR!

Let the little Muse DANCE!!!

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TONIGHT! @ the Knitting Workshop
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Diva Knitting Author &
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from 6 - 7 pm

Just a rockin' good roll in the yarn. A thoroughly great read even if you are not a knitter. But if you are, you will find new and exciting ways to hone your skills and bond with Your People. Yup, it's all there...

A BIG SHOUT OUT to Becky, Jennifer, Shetha, Theresa, Melissa, Jenna, Annie, Brenda, Debbie Stoller and all the cool knitters who live on these pages.

Way to GO-GO!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

The only way I'm going to finish my vegetables is if I eat a couple bites of dessert...

Green Fur: 1 - strand Gedifra Tecno Hair (will use 2 skeins for a 4 foot scarf) & 1 strand vintage sock yarn; size 11 needles; 16sts

Beige Fur: GGH Lara; size 13 needles; 14sts

Lisa G wrote in the guestbook the other day: "this is a sickness isn't it..."

Yes, Lisa, it is! Imagine a grown woman bribing herself to finish her holiday sweater knitting by starting an eyelash scarf FOR EACH GARMENT!!!

That's right, the green one is for the Red Chinese Sweater. (Very Christmassy indeed.)

And the beige one is for Rapunzel.

When I get too fed up with either sweater, (and these days I have the attention span of a gnat!), I put it down and let myself knit a few scarf rows to motivate its continuance.

Guess which project is a bigger Pain in the A**?!

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I missed the entire S'nB party because I was stuck standing in the middle of a cornfield outside Joliet, IL, covered with mud, doing a live shot, then driving back to Chicago in the pouring rain.

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Friday, December 12, 2003

[Soon-to-Be] New Threads Friday

a shimmery spongey delight!

After THREE frog princes, I get to jump back and Kiss Myself!

This is the Red Chineses Style Sweater from the fall Rebecca Mag. I an enthralled by it. I hate it.

I bought this yarn as a treat for working SO many hours this Fall. How has it rewarded me? I have ripped it out three times. I've wrestled with the needles required to knit it - bamboo?steel?plastic?fingers? I've gotten gauge that then warped out so I had to go down a needle size to FINALLY go forward. And let's not forget the pile of ribbon to the left in the picture that was the *ball* of yarn...

I seriously doubt this will be done in time for Santa...


Being a clothes horse means these lovely party things waiting in the wings get a runway encore!


last year's holiday treat that didn't make Xmas but showed up in time for Valentine's Day, the Noro Cash Iroha/GGH Fee Partytime Pullie.

This was also a project that spent much of its time behind or under the couch because of difficulty working the eyelash yarn neckline.
But I love it NOW! But in retrospect, isn't it ridiculously BIG! I see that last year, I was pretending I didn't have a body...


or this

another ribbony nightmare to make but delicious on!


or this


I'm feeling better and better...


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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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