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Saturday, January 3, 2004

a ChicKnits Gallery Presentation

the talented, intrepid Melissa Lim
from ACTIONHERO models her new and
FABULOUS Leg-O-Chic Legwarmers...

Photo Credit: Melissa Lim

Photo Credit: Donato Sardella

You will recall the original party lasses from November, Taryn Manning, Nicole Richie and Caroline D'Amour dancing the night away at a Bling-Bling party in NYC, wearing LegWs and dare I say UGGs with their MINIs.

While I was Christmas shopping with my nephew, we hit several boutiques in my neighborhood. The always interesting NOIR had some very enticing PINK UGGs stenciled with some kind of tribal tattoo in black up the back of the boot.

Only the begging of my nephew, who was tragically pulling me by my sleeve, prevented me from making this wonderful purchase.

Hmmm, I'm going to shower and run back up there and see if they are still for sale. WOW, light bulb, maybe they've been marked down!!!


Forget the Uggs and Dance in Your own
ChicKnits Leg-O-Chic Legwarmers!

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Monday, January 5, 2004

Monday Morning Mirth

According to People Magazine, Louisiana Diva Brittany Spears had an unforgettable time over New Years week in Las Vegas, marrying childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander.

After partying hearty at the Ghost Bar, Britt called for "one of the hotel's lime-green limos, driven by a hotel bellman, who shuttled the couple to the Little White Wedding Chapel, a famous quick-hitch place where everybody from Dixie Chick Natalie Maines to Bruce and Demi have tied the knot.

Spears wore jeans and a baseball cap. Alexander had on a casual shirt. The bellman walked Spears down the aisle. There were no friends or family in attendance.

The whole thing was videotaped by the chapel, and Spears has been showing the world's craziest wedding video to friends.

"I don't even know if she loves him," says a source."


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Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Play it Again, Sam

My upstairs neighbor is a guitarist. He's quite good.

He practices everyday, usually when I'm at work. Sometimes, he has others over to play with him. I think he entertains the fancy of being in a band, playing to millions. Who that plays the guitar does not?!

When he's alone or with other musicians, they play the same song(s) over and over again. They stop and start. Begin and end. Initiate a rhythmic sequence then suddenly halt. This harmonic PushMePullMe usually gets on my nerves sending me straight to a CD of my own to mask their vibe, which actually is Very Low Volume to begin with but just loud enough to trip my brain.

A funny thing happens when I just let myself drift into their rehearsal. They will eventually burst into blended symphony and FINISH a song; THEN I am their silent partner and applaud the effort wildly. PLAY IT AGAIN!!! and AGAIN. ENCORE!!! The repetitive drone is forgotten in the joy of the Music.

My neighbor practiced a lot this weekend. It was the first continual snow of the season. I decided to inventory and clean my studio. Surprisingly, I came up with just a couple of unfinished projects.

One was the sweater back seen above. I started it for my Christmas project the first week of December 2002. As usual, it was too complicated to get done in time and I was too challenged by the wavy bulb pattern to do much more than put it on a shelf.

It is a 32 stitch / 32 row pattern repeat. Charted. An impossibly complicated series of Right and Left twists over 2-3 stitches.

Or so it seemed.

The last couple of days (I now have Mondays off until March - woohoo the four day work week in sub-zero temps!) I've started knitting this again with a deadline of the middle of February. I put the chart on a clipboard and ran another piece of paper above to follow the row. It was a disaster.

Even though I've finally gotten comfortable with cabling without a needle, the chart was too small and the rhtyhm too different than the cabling I usually do that is based on even numbers. To top it off, I measured the back above the armhole shaping and it was hopelessly too small. I guess last year, the understanding of fit had not landed on my tiny head. So, I ripped back to the beginning of the shaping.

Enter my neighbor. He was alone last night, but practiced all the same. Over and over he played. Over and over I twisted and cabled, then ripped.

I was cursing the fact that this pattern was so bad when I put the thing down, took the guide off the chart and just studied the design. Hmmm. Double twists three times going up; 2 singles; then straight for a few rows. Always a sum of eight purl stitches in combination between the legs of knit stitches. Curving. Ascending Descending.

Like Music.

Like a song - which is actually even more complicated if you throw in lyrics. I could learn that; my neighbor was egging me on as he played his song over and over.

I put the chart down and just started knitting.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Languishing on the shelf alongside the magenta swirly bulb cardie was one diamond's worth of this Sheepy Valley Wool sleeve.

While a half a foot of snow landed on Chicago, I was busy resurrecting its cables:

Center: Aran Diamonds, from Barbara Walker "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns", Book 1, page 264, "It is pure, classic Aran: a fully developed design, symmetrical, clean, and refined by generations down to a deceptive simplicity." The Diamond is a wish of success, wealth and treasure.

Sides: Coin Cables, from Barbara Walker "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns", Book 1, page 264, "This pretty little cable is made with a rather novel cabling technique that forms small round medallions with the side stitches crossed in front." Cables are a wish for safety and good luck (the rope that saves the fisherman) and well, coins are what is wished for.

So this little beauty in the wonderful color called Louvat, is a knitted wish for prosperity and success in the New Year.

Just what I need!

So after I'm finished knitting Rapunzel (gasp, just moments away!), this is next in line.


How to Cable without a Needle
from the lovely and talented Wendy Johnson

How do I figure out where I left off? I am an inveterate row counter and make notations on my printed *copy* of the pattern how many rows it took for the body to the armhole, from the armhole to the shoulder, the wrist to the armhole, etc.

If I have to pick it up later, I can count in one of those areas and see where I am.

I usually use rather simple patterns too, so you can actually count on the knitted pattern the number of rows where you left off.

ALSO, if it's been quite a while since knitting on the piece, I rip back a couple of rows and attach fresh yarn to avoid a twisty effect from the old squashed last row.

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Thursday, January 8, 2004

How much do I love Mattress Stitching? Enough to be bit by its bug during the week!

Usually, I only finish things on the weekends, when I'm bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (?!), but last night at 8pm, I slip-stitched the shoulder seams and mattress stitched the sides of Rapunzel.

I'd finished knitting the last front piece on the #66 coming home - my seat mate can attest to my frenzy.

Imagine, if you will, a large woman (me), in a big red down parka with a face mask pushed down around her neck, burgundy knit bell-bottoms over her jeans and long johns and thick bugabootoo snow boots, knitting like a maniac.

Of course, said seatmate's listening to Andrew W.K. on his CD player at top volume just fueled the fire! On a standing room only bus, it always amazes me when folks NEED to share their MUSIC!

I'm thinking Andrew W.K. is a great, but personal choice, something that might be left for the privacy of one's home; or the concert hall.

NOT THE #66! AT RUSH HOUR! We have enough energy to spare!

But thanks anyways, matey! The annoyance the music generated helped me finish knitting Rapunzel in furious style!


While I was writing the above in my blog, Andrew Himself was writing this to a fan on his site:

Dear Andrew. I am a huge fan of yours and I was wondering when you are coming to Cleveland next? You rock!!
asked by Paul on Thursday, January 8, 2004

Dear Paul, The last time we were in Cleveland was one of the best times we've ever had there. Ohio is just a great state, and I can't think of anything but pure pleasure when I dream of the parties that will commence upon crossing that strong state line! Do you know how good it is to be loved by you? Do you know how good it is to be in a room with wooden walls, but still a really open air kind of space, with nothing but friends for as far as the eye can see, and limiting the length and distance of the sight because of the lights shining so bright? It feels really good, and I hope that when we slam the right way in Ohio, you're feeling it too! We would like to work our way through Ohio over and over again... the next time we're working on will be this Spring. Keep your eyeballs and brain locked in a relentless focus on the information presented in this website. It will tell you! Thank you, Paul! Never Let Down! Your friend, Andrew W.K."
answered by Andrew W.K. on Thursday, January 8 , 2004 8:24 AM

RIGHT ON! Cleveland ROCKS!!!

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Friday, January 9, 2004

I will never forget the time I demonstrated to some new knitters how to fix a dropped stitch.

I took the sweater front I was making, knit to the middle of the row and intentionally dropped a stitch, letting it unravel about 6 rows.

One women actually screamed!!!

This occurence seems to strike utmost fear in the new knitter. I can only guess where I am on the knitting timeline because not only do I scoff and sneer at single or even multiple droppped stitches, I can't seem to stop ripping things out and making them into something else.

It is quite empowering.

This scarf started out last winter as a different kind of scarf, the wonderful "Try-This" slotted scarf from Sharon on the 2001 Knitlist Giftlist.

For an UNK reason, it just sat in the basket and I lost any interest I had in it.

Then along comes the Multidirectional Scarf pattern by the wonderful Karen Baumer. As usual, I'm a day late and a dollar short, because everyone all over the globe made these out of Noro Kureyon for great Xmas gifts.

Yup, my yarn is Kureyon, which I love! I lost the ball band so I don't know what color it is but I remember when I bought it last year, I loved the progression of warm to cold in the colourway.

This is very entertaining to knit and is another unintentional ice-breaker on the #66. People cannot figure out:
a. what I'm doing
b. what it's supposed to be

And I am cutting everybody here a whole lot of slack this week because it's been VERY cold - and is snowing right now.


ChicKnits Cold Tip-O-the-Day: Tight Boots = Cold Feet.

Make sure your boots are large enough for just a little ease between your woolie socks and the *box* of the boot toe. This creates a nice warm *locker* for your foot...

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1. Rapunzel (99%)
Pattern: Rowan Fall 2003
Designer: Jean Moss
Yarn: K1C2 Worsted
Color: Clear Grey
Gauge: 20sts/28rows over 4"
Needles: #6 & #8

2. Moonlight (55%)
Pattern: Rowan Fall 2003
Designer: Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Sheepy Valley Worsted
Color: Navy
Gauge: 16sts/20rows over 4"
Needles: #8 & #9

3. Copper Tone (40%)
Pattern: Vogue Knitting
Fall 2002
Designer: Shirley Paden
Yarn: Filatura di Crosa 501
Color: Magenta
Gauge: 22sts/30rows over 4"
Needles: #6

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