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Saturday, January 10, 2004

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Monday, January 12, 2004

Monday Morning Mirth

*** Update your Thesaurus ***

coffee (n.), person who is coughed upon.

flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

abdicate (v.), to give up hope of having a flat stomach.

esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

negligent (adj.), condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your underwear.

lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.

flatulence (n.), emergency vehicle that picks you up when run over by a steamroller.

balderdash (n.), rapidly receding hairline.

testicle (n.), humorous question on an exam.

rectitude (n.), formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a proctologist before examining you.

circumvent (n.), opening in the front of boxer shorts.

pokemon (n), Jamaican proctologist.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Even when you read the fine print, buying online can bite you in the A*s.

One of my coworkers scored a fab new Palm Pilot Tungsten E from Santa and showed me how efficient he had become at record keeping. I was Shrek with envy because I am notoriously impaired at work related schedule and toll record keeping. My company probably owes me thousands over the years I've worked there because I get so busy, I write things down on little slips of paper, which of course become dust in the wind shortly thereafter.

So on New Year's Eve, trying to turn over a new leaf before the clock had even struck twelve, (around 11:45 pm), I raced over to the Palm site and ordered one for myself. Hmmm, tax deduction, free shipping, added bonus of a MPG player addon. How could one improve on this package?

How about delivering it to my door!?

Somehow, now I'm grasping at straws for a CIVILIZED explanation here, UPS tried to deliver it to another house (there is North and South versions of most of the vertically aligned streets in Chicago) on the same street, but maybe on the South Side?

The folks at that address said THEY DID NOT KNOW ME and off the package went to BROWN CENTRAL...

I had to go pick it up and show an ID. The free shipping is now ticking on the meter towards the half-a-bill mark...

BUT, being the optimist I am, I will find a HAPPY ENDING here somewhere.

Enter Vogue Fabrics, which is right around the corner from BROWN, and just full of happy findings of all kinds.

I went to Zipper Heaven, as you can see above. These are all seperating or double-seperating styles and I'm just poppin' them on anything I can.

One little request for the Vogue Folks (who also have a swell store in Evanston) - Get a grip on your Button Selection! No matter what store I go to, it is so out of control, I run away shaking. So, I forgot to look for buttons for the Wavy Bulb Cardie, which is progressing slowly (18 rows last night).

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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

As I lust for yarn in the new collections or the LYS, it never ceases to amaze me just how expensive the raw goods can be. I believe, like most commercial distribution, the goods are targeted and marketed towards whatever the *Suits* think us Silly Little Consumers will go for.

And go we do! Hence the plethora of books on hip, large gauge knitting. Personally, I prefer more fitted garments - warmer, more stylish, make me look less like a barrel...

Dare I mention scarf yarns? WHO hasn't rolled around in ecstasy (or agony) trying to knit these expensive fringe benefits?

And then along came eBay. And suddenly, knitting is affordable!

Somehow, I'm always drawn back to the basics. And eBay gave me a great shove in that direction when I scored not only the yummy cream yarn pictured above but also this fabulous book:

Written by Gladys Thompson, published first in 1955, it is the story of Jerseys, Guernseys and Aran sweaters. Ms. Thompson traveled around the UK Isles and gathered over 82 patterns specific to the localities.

She writes: "In 1938, I sent a group of fishermen dolls to an exhibition in London. The four fishermen wore different patterned Yorkshire guernseys, and two fisherwomen were included in the group, one wearing a lilac sun-bonnet, and knitting a tiny guernsey; the other in a black dress with a crochet shawl. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, saw them and asked me their history, and I told her I hoped to write a book about the patterns. She was very interested, and made me promise to carry out this idea."

So Ms. Thompson traveled to many isles and bays and did just that; Flambourough, Filey, Robin Hood's, Whitby, Northumberland, Musselburgh, Fife, Hebrides and more...

She charted and preserved the various distinctive texture/cable designs each area was know for. Some of the local women helped her deconstruct entire sweater patterns and write them down for future use. Ms. Thompson recalls most were never written down before. (How's that for knitting outside the box?)

Chapters are divided by stops on her journey and include pictures of fellows wearing the goods - most are from the 1800s.

So for a few dollars (around $20.00 total), I got enough yarn for a great work sweater, AND the book to make it from. The only thought I've had this year approximating a Resolution for 2004 is to make sweaters I can wear to work - sweaters that can take heavy lifting, pulling cables, carrying loads.

What better way than to follow a Past that's tried and true and Go for all the Gusset I can grab!

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Thursday, January 15, 2004

Some kind of Psyhic Knitting Barrier has been broken in the ChicKnits Household.

The wonderful Shirley Paden design (called "Coppertone") that I've fondly dubbed *WavyBulb* has become a movie sweater.

This pesky, twisted-sister-stitch-fest has entered the realm of things I can do while I watch DVDs!

My life has been a series of feast and famine when it comes to enjoying the thespian pleasures of Hollywood. I go for months without having any interest in *watching* and then I can't get enough of that celluloid stuff.

I am currently on a Viggo Mortensen binge. In the last couple of weeks, I've watched:

- Perfect Murder (thug/stud extraordinaire)

- A Walk on the Moon (oh please, come over to my house and sell me a blouse!)

- GI Jane (great performance as a Drill Instructor who spouts poetry - but zero stars for having Demi Moore in the movie and we won't even mention the tedious one-armed pushups she constantly does - is there an emoticon for a *rasberry sound*?)

- Prophecy (steals the movie as Lucifer)

- 28 Days (plays a grab-handy man stud baseball player in rehab)

and last night,

- Portrait of a Lady (the rejected (?!) suitor who the doorknob casting directors passed over for the snarky John Malkovich - really, Viggo can play Temptation better than any actor I've seen re: Prophecy).

Hmmm, now that I think of it, maybe that's why I could knit the Bulby so easily.

Portrait has to be one of the most geographically dull movies I've ever seen. There are no peaks and valleys. It is one long MONOTONE of a melodrama. It goes on and on without relief, like driving through Nebraska towards Colorado during High Corn Season in August.

Imagine spending your summer car trip surrounded by annoying rows and rows of vegtables that have nothing to do with your pleasure, while you strain to see the beauty of the mountains you know should be ahead...

Hmm - lots of spots to cheat and look away to knit my Twister Sister. No wonder I got so much done!

The back is finished and I have changed the neckline to accomodate a large portrait collar instead of a turtleneck.

AHA! See what watching a *new* Romantic Movie has done, after all...

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Friday, January 16, 2004

New Threads Friday

The transformation of a bustling pre-Holiday season is astounding. Now, instead of swimming through scores of people merrily on their way, I leave the #66 after work and walk on a totally empty, dark street to my house.

People are hiding in their houses. Cooking. Eating. Watching TV by the hours. Or in my case, knitting!

The seemingly endless grey skies of Chicago demand a jolt of color to amuse.

I present my Very Amusing Tecno Hair Scarf! Alas, no Chinese Red sweater yet, but this wrap around can go anywhere, over anything. I love it!

Very Amusing Green Fur Scarf: 1 - strand Gedifra Tecno Hair (will use 2 skeins for a 4" by 6ft scarf) & 1 strand wool sock yarn; size 11 needles; 16sts; knit until yarn runs out...

Tune in tomorrow for some more furry fun...

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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 (65%)
Pattern: Rowan Fall 2003
Designer: Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Sheepy Valley Worsted
Color: Navy
Gauge: 16sts/20rows over 4"
Needles: #8 & #9

3. Coppertone (AKA WavyBulb) (50%)
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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