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100 Things about Me

26. I think Peanut Butter, preferrably Skippy Super Chunky, spread on a homemade peanut butter cookie is a full course meal.

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Saturday, February 7, 2004

Cabin Fever making you wacky shacky?!

Grab one of these and get goin' on a Spring Fling!

presenting a new ChicKnits Original Pattern

the ChicKnits Eyelet Cardi
The Perfect Companion to the ChicKami!

this sample is made from Jo Sharp DK Wool and
finished with 7 hooks'n'eyes for the front closure

You asked for it you got it! This is perfect for all those lighter weight yarns languishing in your stash...

the ChicKnits Eyelet Cardi in Sportweight and DK weight yarn gauges in one pattern!

Simple construction and real-time chic makes this sweater one that you'll wear over and over.

Eyelet detailing on the yoke adds just the right amount of architectural interest to take you from the boardroom to the playroom...

Knit in-the-round with minimal finishing, the ChicKnits Eyelet Cardi is sure to become a primary staple in your wardrobe.

This version of one of ChicKnits original designs from 2003 includes directions for Sportweight Yarn and DK Weight Yarn.

Yarn: 1000 [1100, 1200, 1300] yards Sportweight Yarn
900 [1000, 1100, 1200] yards DK Weight Yarn

Gauge: 22 sts / 30 rows Sportweight Yarn
20 sts / 28 rows DK Weight Yarn
over 4" / 10cm
Stockinette St using larger needles

Size: S [M, L, XL]
Finished Circumference: 36 [40, 44, 46] inches
Length: 19.5 [20, 20.5, 21.5] inches

3/4 length Sleeves


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Monday, February 9, 2004

Monday Morning Mirth

How Many Dogs Does It Take to Change A Light Bulb?

Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?

Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!

Australian Shepherd: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle ...

Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.

Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!

German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.

Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.

Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb?

Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Born to be WILD...

Get your motors running!

I was so happy to FINISH something, I didn't even comb my hair - I once again just slapped on some RED lipstick and, it appears, my tightest pants (was actually going for *dark*) and put Moonlight 2004 in the ChicKnits history annals.

FO FO FO and a bottle of rum!!!

I have this on over another sweater, and a tshirt and it fits! I think I can wear a lightweight fleece vest under this and call it almost all seasons...



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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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

just an elfin Princess at last...

I know, I know, I'm jumping the gun here, but I'm so darn happy that the *new* attached I-cord is working, I'm partying like it's 1999! (Did you see Prince with ChicKnits House Songbird Beyonce on the Grammy's? I went to the Grammy's once for work and was walking in the back 40 where the talent have their Private Trailers. Prince threw a cup of ice at me when I walked by him. He was standing in the doorway of one, half-naked and I was, of course staring with disbelief at how, hmm, short he is...)

Back to the Princess: the #4 bamboo dpns did the trick! I also used the suggested 3st I-cord. I guess I thought I needed 4sts because I was attaching; twisted logic it turns out - the bulk of my *improvement* was just hideous.

NOW, the scale is correct and just makes the jacket POP!

I especially like it along the area of seed stitch in the front. I'm going to do another detour here (no panicking!). I'm going to make a hidden *flap* under the crocheted trim that will accomodate 4 buttons. That way, the trim won't be stressed by the loop buttonholes that the pattern calls for - otherwise, the buttons are sewed on top of the edging which will warp it out. With a concealed edge to anchor the buttons, the loops and buttons will be hidden and the scalloped edging will do a sweet minuet!

Wish me luck...

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Thursday, February 12, 2004


Come see the Incredible Chunky Monkey!
Knit during Superbowl XXXVIII
and untouched by scandal!
Not even a TOE RING in sight!

Ok, it's NOT so incredible.

[Time to try Wendy's toe up sock pattern and knit a *real* Cheeky Monkey with short row heels!?]

BUT what is incredible is I used Alice Starmore yarn to knit it (did I break some kind of rule here - like no AS on something as lowly as FEET?!)

What's also incredible is the FUN we have @KIP!

2144 W Division
7pm to 9pm

Friday, February 13, 2004

God is in the details, but methinks the devil is in the execution - especially in the neck curve of the wonderful Wavy Bulb Cardi.


1. I've changed the pattern from a pullover to a cardigan.

2. I've removed the extra long turn back cuffs and adjusted the pattern for wrist length sleeves.

3. Because the original pattern's turtleneck now doesn't flatter a cardigan design, I've nixed it completely and am making a large portrait collar.

4. Because that change involves making a plain old absolutely straight neck into a rather complicated scoopneck - whwat about all those wavey bulbs that back their thing up right to the front edge?

I've changed the neckline shaping BOTH front and back.

The back neckline was rather simple.
I dropped the center point about 3" (this is a sexy little romp of a cardi, my friends) and experienced no trauma figuring out the curved shaping over the rise of the shoulder piece.

The front neckline took six attempts.

I either blew the row count. Or blew the stitch count. Or messed up the *keep working in pattern while shaping* portion of this program.


I'm should change the name of ChicKnits to WWF4, because it appears I'm in a SMACKDOWN with most of my projects at this time...

BUT, one can ask, WHO's the BOSS?


Need the mentoring of a wrestling master?

Build your own alter ego Wrestler!

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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

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Yarn: Sheepy Valley Worsted
Color: Louvat

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