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They say it wasn't Planned, but...
CBS and the NFL apologize to EVERYBODY for Miss Jackson's bustier *accident* and swear MTV will NEVER produce another half-time show.

I got a Novarg email in FRENCH! My friend got one yesterday in Italian and jealousy reared its oh so ugly head...

There is a special place in H**L for these virus creators. They will be locked in a small room with Ron Jeremy and Tammy Faye Baker and made to read InStyle until they all fall down...

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Sunday, February 1, 2004

Super Monkey Bowl Socks

Yarn: Worsted Weight Wool; small amounts of Red & White; about 3.5oz Brown/White Marl (I'm using Alice Starmore Scottish Heather in Mooskit/White 114)

Gauge: 5.5 sts/7.5 rows inch

Needles: #5 / 3.75mm (I'm using 1 40" Addi Turbo)

Using Red Yarn, Cast-on 40 sts. Divide among needles.

Round 1: *K2, P2; repeat from * around. Break off Red Yarn.

Round 2: Attach White Yarn and Knit every stitch

Next Round: Work 10 more rounds as Round 1 above.

damn this is a boring game...

First Good Commercial: a donkey who wants to be a Anheiser Busch Clydesdale

First Touchdown: But of course, the Patriots! after the longest running no-score first half ever!

Next Round: Break White Yarn. Attach Marl Yarn.

Knit 50 rounds.

Touchdown Panthers 1.46 min left in 1st Half...

Halftime Score: Patriots 14; Panters 10...

Kid Rock ain't got nothin' on Kid Sock...
25 rows + ribbing DONE...

and a Super What - the Justin/Janet Dirty Dance? I was waiting for a 4-way with Janet, P, Nel, Rock, etc. Bummer...

Divide stitches evenly and work back & forth on half of the stitches for the Dutch Heel as follows.

Break Marl Yarn and attach White Yarn. Purl one row.

Row 1 (RS): *Slip one, K1; repeat from * across.
Row 2(WS): Slip first stitch, purl across.

Repeat these two rows until 21 row have been worked, ending with a RS row. Break White Yarn. Attach Red Yarn.

Next Row (WS): As Row 2, but do not slip first stitch.

Continue in Slip St Pattern for 7 more rows ending with a RS row, then turn heel as follows...

the Bowl has :09 seconds left in the 4th Qrtr and the score is TIED!!!

OMG! Adam Vinatieri kicks a Field Goal with 4 sec to go and the PATRIOTS go ahead by 4!!!!!!

the PATRIOTS take SuperBowl XXXVIII !!!

Let's Dance!
Next Row (WS): P13, P2TOG, P1, turn.
(RS): Slip 1, K7, SSK, K1, turn.
(WS): Slip 1, P8, P2tog, P1, turn.
(RS): Slip 1, K9, SSK, K1, turn.
(WS): Slip 1, P10, P2tog, P1, turn.
(RS): Slip 1, K11, SSK, K1, turn.
(WS): Slip 1, P11, P2tog, turn.
(RS): Slip 1, K11, SSK.

Pick up 16 sts (~1 st for each slipped stitch on edge of heel flap) along heel flap edge.

Distribute stitches evenly and continue.

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Monday, February 2, 2004

Monday Morning Mirth


The Washington Post's Style Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's (2003)winners:

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

5. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray painted very, very high.

7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease.

11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2004

It appears this winter has not been especially productive for Ms. ChicKnits. I'm going to chalk it up to two things: projects that were more involved than I realized; and veering off course to knit pleasurable fancies such as ponchos and gifts that have no business in my wardrobe scheming...

At least, the important work garment, Moonlight, is a-blocking and just remains to be sewn up and garnished.

I am very happy with the way this turned out SO FAR. It's a little premature to rant away happily before I've even tried it on - but if one thing has landed on me the last year, it's the concept of fit.

I totally understand how wide the pieces must be at the hips, waist and bust. The sleeves are the correct length for my monkey arms. The width of the back above the armhole shaping is just right for my body. This required some tweaking of the original pattern.

BUT OF COURSE! One will ALWAYS have to tweak the original pattern. One size M does not fit all Mediums. Since my MO is to never read the patterns all the way through, I've gotten my fair share of surprises at the finish line, but NO MORE. Don't be afraid to change a pattern- you HAVE TO if you want things to FIT.

So, the only surprise I might get today is NOT doing anymore Janet Jackson / Boob Reaction coverage at work.


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SPECIAL BULLETIN - Reality Check #1

In a fit of creative genius/madness, I just ripped out all of the I-cord I had done on Rapunzel. It was completed to the middle of the collar back.

It was just too thick and sucked all the air out of the room!

Damn I wish they had a bigger picture of this sweater!

Damn I wish I would've made Elfin...

Damn, I better go take a HOT shower and SCREAM!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Along with Mattress Stitching, I love putting in zippers. And, since I just bought a pile of them from Vogue Fabrics and, methinks they're going to be showing up everywhere.

I'm even going to redo a sweater I made last year - the buttons are irritating so in goes a nice two-way seperating zipper. I love that look where it's just zipped between the bust and the navel. Very comfortable; very easy. Read how I do it HERE


This morning I put a zipper in Moonlight.

here's the finished insertion with gnarly orange basting yarn that holds the fronts evenly together before you start

this is the flip-side and you can see the zipper basted to the sweater

voila! a little 2-way action - I removed some of the orange basting to reinforce the bottom zipper tape that will get a lot of pulling...

FOOTNOTE: I've acquired some #4 Bamboo dpns and am merrily rolling along with Rapunzel. The I-Cord is scaled beautifully now. Who's the Boss? Who's your Mamma? Who's your Daddy Cohibas for Everyone!!!

Thanks to all for their encouraging words and suggestions!

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Thursday, February 5, 2004

Since most of my projects require lots of finishing, I've created a special category for this, because boys and girls, I've been knitting something else on the #66!

Just can't take that I-Cord on the road - darn it...

SO I've been working on the Aran Cardie I designed and started last year. I finished the first sleeve yesterday and started the second. It is going very fast. Once you memorize the easy patterning, you don't have to follow a chart or massage it into submission like projects who will remain unamed.

YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! and I'm comin' to get YA! During Prime Time TV, maybe...

Who's the BOss?


BTW, FIP is a term folks from Michigan use to refer to folks from Illinois who are touristing in their lovely State...

Can you guess what it means?

It DOES convey the way I'm feeling about these projects right now...

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Friday, February 6, 2004

TEKtalk: Walk like a Canadian, Norwegian, Chicagoan...

Sorrel booties in back,
Fuzzy Feet in front...

One of the first things a newbie to a Winter Season Area of the Globe needs to do is find some comforting wardrobe. Many people I work with move to Chicago from the South, SouthWest and West; they are flattened by the cold.

Ususally, the disbelief gives way to desperation and one of us who previously offered to go shopping with them is re-found and an outfitting expedition occurs! That is the best advice I could give anyone moving to a new area - find someone who lives there and go Weather Shopping for clothes!

AND, even a seasoned hand/foot as myself can suffer some guidance. My two main concerns while working for prolonged periods outside in the 0 digit temps is fingers and toes...

I've almost got it down in the fingers part - this year I'm using some mountain expedtion gloves by Manzilla, that have gripping areas on the palms and are not too bulky.

LA FEET? Poor little dogs...

I have super subzero boots by Columbia called Buggabootoos. Very clunky. I have the wonderful Sorrel Boots from Canada (GOD BLESS ALL CANADIANS!) but they are rather unflexible to run in. Good for snow and cold; weird for run and gun, which is what we call video news gathering.

I am wearing guys size 6.5 Thinsulate lined work boots with heavy wool socks. I haven't completely replaced everything I own with handknits (yet) so I get men's socks from EMS and slightly felt them in the washer. (Ironic - never can find real active cold weather wear for women here - hmmm - are there no women in the Great White NortH!?)

Last week during the extreme cold, I ran into the lovely and talented Maureen Moran on the #66. I was knitting Moonlight; she was working on some swell socks in a German sock yarn I've never seen. Beautiful.

I was also wearing my Red Polar Parka, a down vest, three pairs of pants (yup, I'm counting the Johnnies), and two pairs of socks.

My feet were freezing. I mentioned to Maureen my problem with my feet and how the men's socks were good, but since the heel part never hit my foot in the right place (was up on my ankle) I was always wearing through the sock faster than I should. We discussed how to surgerize the remaining pairs and then Maureen suggested something INCREDIBLE!

She said, "Why don't you try making some felted socks to work in?"

Light Bulb!

She said, "Remember the Fuzzy Feet from the wonderful Theresa's Pattern?. Those would work."

Lightening Bolt!

WHAwt? You know they'd work! My Sorrels have removable felted booties that fit into the leather/rubber outer boots. That's the secret to their success!

Direct electric SHOCK!

SO knock me over with a feather Northlanders! (and Southlanders you can knock me over with a feather this summer when it gets Cold Down Under!)

Today is the day I try my original Fuzzy Feet in my boots. My boots are big enough to handle 'em. I can't wait to try 'em.

Powered by my felted wool Shrek footin' booties, I'm gonna walk all over ewe...

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Currently Knitting

1. Coppertone (AKA WavyBulb) (60%)
Pattern: Vogue Knitting
Fall 2002
Designer: Shirley Paden
Yarn: Filatura di Crosa 501
Color: Magenta
Gauge: 22sts/30rows over 4"
Needles: #6

2. Lovie (18%)
Design: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Sheepy Valley Worsted
Color: Louvat


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

2. Moonlight
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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