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I actually finished all of my Gift Knitting but didn't finish EITHER of my holiday sweaters


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Day 43...

100 Things about Me

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!

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Saturday, December 13, 2003

Theresa, who kindly posed for this picture and I are off on an adventure!!!


Matt and Rob have enticed us out of the State and into their way cool Land Of Yarn and Happiness! I've just looked at those walls of yarn LONG ENOUGH!!!

We have NOTHING like this in Chicago...


ThreadBear Fiber Arts Studio
703 Hutchins Ave
Columbus, IN

We are using MapQuest directions and it's almost no-brainer from Chicago IF we don't get lost using their very strange route to the Freeway!!!


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Monday, December 15, 2003

Monday Morning Mirth

One night a guy took his girlfriend home. As they were about to kiss each other goodnight at the front door, the guy started feeling a little in the mood. With an air of confidence, he leaned with his hand against the wall and smiling, he said to her "Honey, would you give me a kiss?" Horrified, she replied,

"Are you mad? My parents will see us!"

"Oh come on! Who's gonna see us at this hour?"
He asked grinning at her.

"No, please. Can you imagine if we get caught?"

"Oh come on! There's nobody around, they're all sleeping!" ....

"No way. It's just too risky!"

"Oh please, please, I love you so much?!?" .

"No, no, and no. I love you too, but I just can't!" ....

"Oh yes you can. Please?" ............

"No, no. I just can't"

"I'm begging you ... "

Out of the blue, the light on the stairs went on, and the girl's older sister showed up in her pajamas, hair disheveled, and in a sleepy voice she said,

"Dad says to go ahead and give him a kiss, or I can do it. Or if need be, mom says she can come down herself and do it, but for God's sake and all of ours....


---- My Sister says this is a true story and it happened to someone she knows in Michigan...

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Welcome to Fantasy Island...

If you would've told me I'd have more fun in Indiana than a week in Negril, I would've probably just snorted in your general direction.

But INDEED! Down south about 240 miles is an Indiana treasure, the lovely town of Columbus. Graced by historic and modern architecture amidst a rolling landscape, Columbus is also the home to the Threadbear Fiber Arts Studio. This major Crown Jewel of a yarn store is run by owners Rob Matyska and Matt Waldrop, seen below with the lovely Theresa, who was my fellow Road Warrior on this yarn journey.

L-R: Theresa, Rob & Matt


The ThreadBear Fiber Arts Studio took my breath away. From the moment I spotted this through the front porch window,
I was gasping for air...

This is Cascade 220 in every color imginable! En Mass!

Further in the lovely Craftsman Cottage that they have been
renovating is this Wall-O-Lamb's Pride.


The Studio is filled with a wonderful selection of the best of the best from many yarn companies; I swam through it all! And when you need to take a break, sit a spell in the comfy living room and ponder
Alpaca and other fiber treats...


The best part of our afternoon, besides meeting the Guys and Helen and Eve, was just sitting around this table, knitting and talking while it snowed gently outside. Something like family happens when knitters sit in a circle and work together; it's a side effect of the craft I never expected when I first started knitting with other folks.

Spending the afternoon conversing with Matt and Rob was just delightfully fresh and even a little naughty! And to have the Wall of Koigu below behind me was sheer inspiration...

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what you don't see above is the Wall of Lana Grossa that I dived into and came out smiling... be continued

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Welcome to Fantasy Island II...

One of the first yarns that magnetized me at the ThreadBear Fiber Arts Studio, was Visione by Lana Grossa. I plucked some off the Wall-O-Lana Grossa in the room with the big knitting table.

It is the yarn you see in the upper left and is called for in this design:


The Visione is a scrumptious ribbon (! I can't stay away from this stuff) that makes up the body of the garment. The shiny is edged by wool chenille tiny eyelashes. Hard to describe but GORGEOUS!

Since I was going for a monochromatic look, I matched Lana Grossa Merino Big (lower middle) for the sleeves and Crytal Palace Deco-Ribbon (right middle) for the lacey trim at the top and on the embroidery on the flare of the sleeve. I'm going to make it a cardigan so there will be a button band out of the Deco as well...


The weather Calls for Caps in a big way right now and I am on a Bucket Binge.

Here you see Cascade 220 on the top left (slated for a felted BOC - yes I'll tame that tiger!), Manos de Uruguay -middle left, then Froelich Wolle "Swiss Chalet", and Sweet Grass Targhee wool in unsoured natural on the bottom.


Rounding out my Indiana Extravaganza was a copy of Barbara Walker's 2nd Treasury of Knitting Patterns (thanks Aunt Flo) and a very cool book "In Sheep's Clothing: a Handspinner's Guide to Wool" (by Nola & Jane Fournier) that explains all the different types of sheep fleece there is out there. This ought to come in handy at the Maryland Fiber Fest next year!


So that's it for the lastest Yarn Adventure Road Trip! It's wonderful to know that Matt and Rob are only an email or call away if I get a wild hair about some Koigu at 4am some shiny morning... There just isn't ANY yarn store like this around here...

AND - I'm still smilin' 4 days after their fabulous hospitality and warmth!!!

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Thursday, December 18, 2003

that time of year...

The cheerfulness of my #66 Bus is astounding! From caroling Gangsters (really - knew all the lyrics to every favorite!) to everyone loaded down with packages, one cannot escape the Holiday Spirit that is circulating like a virus.

I am making great progress while riding the #66 on the Rapunzel sweater! The back and both sleeves are finished. The left front is over the half-way mark - who knows - if Santa drinks a case of Red Bull, it just might adorn me at that important Christmas Eve party it's been invited to attend.

I love this design!

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Friday, December 19, 2003

New Threads Friday...

can you tell I just got up and
slapped on some red lipstick? Heh...

This has actually been done for a couple of weeks but I just got around to taking a picture of it! I'm way behind on the gallery front and want to update everything soon.

I am very proud that I've now moved about 2 feet away from the bathroom mirror and am now posing against the bathroom wall!

Elegant, no?

I'll be entertaining houseguests starting Saturday through the Holidays and will actually have PEOPLE, 24/7, to take my picture. Be Gone nasty timer shots!

Even with the heat in my apartment on low, this sweater is like a fur coat. I think I'll trot around the block...

Tibbles & Bits

  • Letizia's was the host to a Fabulous Holiday KIP last night! We knit and ate Candy Cane Frango Mints (you have not lived until you've enjoyed Frango - thanks Carolyn!) and traded beautiful ornaments. I am so pleased to have made so many wonderful new Friends this year - thank you all!!!

  • While fooling around with my archives, I wiped out a whole weeks worth of entries! Movable Type, here I come.

  • The 2x2x3x1 Ribby Pattern is now in the Links section on the side of this page. I thought I'd lost it too, then I was reading some email and BAM! It popped up... Thank goodness - don't want to rewrite it...

  • Since the Familials will be ensconced at Chez Chic for the next few days, entries will be limited! Have a great weekend!!!

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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

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