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Sunday, April 4, 2004

They really started something...

And I don't mean this:
although it is SOOOO exciting!

Imagine being part of a creative COLLECTIVE with almost 40 people knitting the same garment!!!

That's the AUDREY KnitAlong over at Theresa's Keyboard Biologist Laboratory - she, Morgan, Lis and the fabulously talented Becky, have put together one of the most innovative experiences yet: a multiple person blog that gives everyone the oppurtunity to share their creative adventures ALL IN THE SAME PLACE! This spectacular (and really elegant) space is powered by the one and only leading personal publising software, MovableType.

I am so excited, I'm drinking coffee and eating SPECIAL CHOCOLATE: a scrumptious handmade TERRAPIN from Margie's Candies on Western Ave. Imagine tons of the most buttery carmel surrounding loads of huge pecans dipped in the finest milk chocolate. It's melting on my tongue right now.

As soon as I'm done wafting outrageous here, I'm going to go swatch for my own entry in the Audrey Nation.

ADDING to my PERSONAL EXCITEMENT is the fact that I've installed MovableType at ChicKnits this weekend and this is the first official entry in my new digs. MT is an incredible piece of coding genius - it took me a few tries to get it to seamlessly blend into my site - but VOILA! I'm there!

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Monday, April 5, 2004

Monday Morning Mirth

courtesy the Drudge Report

The Original Stone Temple Blogger of all, Matt Drudge, turns 9yo this week.

This is the man who could be, (insert Super WHAT the ----!), the number one URL on every news desk in the WORLD!

NINE YEARS this man has been selflessly tied to his computer, pausing only long enough lately to attend restaurant and nightclub openings. Nine years, this man has been a virtually unchallenged cybergossip diva who initially turned the journalism world on it's ear by rushing to *file* unconfirmed sensational tattles on his site, most of which tagert heavy hitters of the Leftward persuasion.

Many not so fondly refer to Drudge as the *Right Wind* in honor of his being alledgedly the favorite boy toy of the Right Wing.

Read his special birthday edition: "Anyone With A Modem Can Report On The World..." HERE .

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Tuesday, April 6, 2004

I got my hair cut by a maniac...

and suddenly SCARVES seem like a great idea!

Did you ever have a quickie with a completely unknown hair stylist because your old faithful wasn't available?!

People, I am shorn as surely as a sheep - and with not as much skill! There is nothing like the moment the stylist twirls your chair and hands you the mirror and you realize: I AM NOT IN A MOVIE!

Or maybe, in my case, you should be in a movie - the New Texas Chainsaw Massacre!

Oh - enough whining, please. All I need to soothe my soul is to get some yarn out and play with it.

This tidy little pile has been growing out of sale bins, etc. for over two years. I spoke with my Mom last night, making some Easter FamPlans, and she was all agiggle over FUNfur! That's right - those crazy scarves have hit the Michigan hinterland in a big way and am I glad?!

G-L-A-D does not begin to convey my happiness in knowing I have a sure thing yarn gift idea for some of those special people in my life. As we all know, sometimes the recipiant reaction to a knitted gift is not what we expect. (Ever go over to someone's house and see your painstakingly knitted intarsia child's sweater being used for a dog bed?)

Just another of the millions of reasons to STEP AWAY FROM THE INTARSIA!

Grab that polyester fizz and give it whirl! I'm wearing mine over a Blue Jean Jacket and I bet you won't even be looking at my HAIR!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Ode to ONDE
Onde = Wave

I've made a little experimental progress on Le Gilet Onde.


I am making my first sleeve! Why get excited about a sleeve? Well, here at the ChicKnits Workshop sleeves are like a giant case of the cooties.

Avoid them!

Act like they don't exist, even though your perfect garment of choice is always a sweater with not one but TWO SLEEVES...

So, by starting my Onde with a Sleeve Fest, I kill two birds with one stone:

1. I get those pesky cootie crawlin' things out of the way right away.
2. I get to see how a NEW YARN acts under the needle.

CONCLUSION: I love this stuff. I was, like many of you out there, ready to flame it to a melted little pile over its acrylic content and small gauge, but wonder of wonders, my instincts held and it is going to be a BEAUT!

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Thursday, April 8, 2004

Love me...

Love my swatch!

Oh, the Challenge uh, BEAUTY that is Audrey!

[Oh, I'm so vain, I bet you thought this blog was about me!]

But no! It's about MY KNITTING!

And the Topic du Jour is Audrey from T's KA over HERE...

Love me or, better yet, pity me, because of my incessant need to MAKE GAUGE!

Even though the concept of this sweater [2x2 Rib - and haven't I had a lot of experience with that technique - Les Ribby Famile just grows and grows over the years here at ChicKnits - I can rib in my sleep!] is not new to me, the yarn's content is.

Here's another cotton/arylic blend that doesn't agree with the favorite needle choice I usually go for with straight cottons or cotton/wool: BAMBOO!

NO, and would that I had the common sense to go directly to the type of needle that I'm using for Onde, but alas, I didn't own it. So, yesterday, off I go to the Knitting Workshop and scoop up some more Inox Teflons. I love these needles!

They did the trick: Spot On Gauge in a hurry! Le plastique fantastique!

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Friday, April 9, 2004

Buppin' FRESH!

I saw my first Dandy Lions this week
and that means only one thing!
Time to make the Cotton Bottoms UP!

The wonderful and talented Becky from Fluffa is hosting a BucketAlong HERE.

I got all excited by the possibilities and went to Joann Fabrics and with the exception of the fuschia Sierra by Cascade Yarns, came home with some very FUN yarn for some summery Buckets!

The rave contiuned in the Applique Aisle and I garnered some fun little flowers and trims to go on the hats - love the Daisies!

And who could resist the little card shaped like a dress with some gingham ribbon and little roses also made from ribbon?

But of course, my favorite is in the upper right corner, the Shrek-sized Daisy to go on the band of a very Fresh BUP!

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Easter 2004

Time for a Partee!!!

My Family Celebrates One Year Cancer Free!
with our Mom!!!

My heartfelt thanks to all of you who kept us in your thoughts...

Wishing all of you a wonderful Holiday!

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Monday, April 12, 2004

Monday Morning Mirth


After reading one of my favorite author's meanderings over at William Gibson's blog for awhile now, it suddenly occurred to me that other CELEBRITIES probably have glommed onto the Blogging Craze with a passion. Me wonders if these are the new PR engine of the century or just the *Hollywood Squares* graveyard for those who need a new lease on their populist life!?

So, maintaining the fine tradition of enabling SLACKING anywhere, anytime, I offer you the following:

Melanie Griffith
"...Stop me - I'm on my way to becoming a Goddess even as I read!"

"...Really nice design!"

And one for Theresa:
Barenaked Ladies
"...the Schick Razor Entry is what blogging is all about!"

And one for ME:
William Shatner
" mentor, the one the only THE MAN"

Please leave your favorite reads in the comment section below and ENABLE ME to Your Slack-a-tron!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

coming this weekend - a new ChicKnits Pattern!


In the venerable ChicKnits Tradition, one cannot let a holiday pass without some New Threads. So while I'm hustling to finish my Wavy Bulb (and thank god, it's still cold), I snuck in this pulli, which I call: Gigi. It's a little frisky, a little flirty and very pretty. This model was made using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece yarn with a gauge of 5 sts / 7 rows per inch.

It was my Easter outfit with a little squiggly polka dot print skirt.

I actually wore hose! Which I love but generally, on a daily basis, do not love me!

Last KIP, I was knitting like a machine, trying to finish this lovely lady. I was a maniac - I could feel the clock ticking - I couldn't even pay attention to the conversations around me and probably sounded insane when I tried to speak! Go Bonne GO! It's always a race to the finish line around the holidays here - someday, when I save enough money to get the professional POV I need, I will ask about this Holiday Garment Obsession. Until then, I believe I'm safe until, what, the Fourth of July?!!!

GIGI: I took it with me everywhere - worked into the wee hours finagleing the neckline until I got it just so. I had this design stuck in my mind for several months, just haven't had

the Little BAD MUSE aguil3.gif whispering those sweet nothings in my ear that generally START MY ENGINES.

But now it's DONE! And wonder of wonders, it's left me with some BAD SPRING FEVER! Warm weather? Bring it on!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Onde = Wave = Ombre

the excitement continues!


Who knew this cardi would be so HIP?! The Onde/Ombre/Wave look is all over the place and I'm knitting mine as fast as my little fingers will go.

It's become my TV viewing knitting - who could protest the simplicity of stockinette stitch while gobbling up some fields and frames of pixelated pixels?

Last night, I got 5" done on my first sleeve - enough to now see the WAVE begin. You can see the ball has shrunk dramatically and now is a very pale lavender. Amazingly, the picture won't *look* absolutely exciting until it goes to white and you can see the whole progression.

WHO doesn't NEED these?
courtesy Neiman Marcus

These lovely PRADA Ombre Pumps for Spring carry the WARNING:
Due to high demand, a customer may order no more than three units of this item every thirty days.

• In pink leather with an ombré effect that fades from a dark shade at toe to a light shade at heel.
• 4" heel.
• Made in Italy.
• $335.00

Can't get the Onde yarn where you live or just tired of all that small gauge St st? (It really isn't all that small!!!)

TRY THIS: DIY an existing beige sweater according to the directions found HERE about 2/3s of the way down the page!

Jillian writes: "I'm about to start knitting Le "Pull Femme" in Phildar Onde (the free pattern) in the lilac to white colourway. Just finished my fourth swatch and I think I've finally got the tension! Hurrah!"

Go Jillian GO!

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Thursday, April 15, 2004

one down, one to go...
make it stop!!!

Now that the weather is finally warming up in Chicago, people seem to be inversely cheerful!

As in SURLY.

Maybe it's just leftover annoyance that Baseball's Opening Day (for 2 teams!) required a DOWN JACKET but maybe that's just me...

Even on the Bus, people are snarling at each other.

CASE in POINT: two elderly women are boarding the #66 and one is yelling at the other. She is spouting, "Don't you bump me again. I DON'T PLAY THAT!" The other one starts shaking HER CANE at Lady #1 and tongue lashes her right back.

Everyone has forgotten how to drive! No turn signals. Extreme lane changes and chases. I lost track of how many times I was cut off on the Dan Ryan coming back from an assignment yesterday. What is going on???

To add insult to injury, my eyes are so swollen by my allergies that it looks like two shrimp are perched over my eyeballs until around noon, EVERYDAY!

[But hey, no prob, I can just blame it on the bit** slappin' I just received by the Taxman!]

I'm not sure SPRING is my favorite season after all...

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Friday, April 16, 2004

one and three-quarters measure of sock goodness...

The Sock Love Returns, at any and all waiting moments of my life!

The heart grew cold for awhile and my 2003 Sock Bender ground to a halt when I started these socks. This was the first sock yarn I ever purchased and it is, well, sort of uninspiring. Since I'm really TRYING to finish what I start, I just made myself carry this along with me until the MUSE aguil.gif
wacked me upside the head on the #66 the other day.

Like Joan of Arcadia, I was staring into the face of the Art School Boy sitting next to me, searching for meaning. This, and I do mean looking up and finding a face in yours, is SO easy to do on the BUS. Given the bulk of our wardrobe most times of the year, (WHWAT, spring and summer are a SEASON?) we are crammed together like little NEMOs seeking warmth and forgive me, yes, we do sit very close together on the BUS. Forgive me (no offense intended so it's really unlucky to flame me!) when I reveal that occasionally on really cold days, I actually seek out LARGE FOLK to sit in between - this usually happens on a 3-seater, with the others facing outwards.

AHEM, the Holiness of the Occasion ocurred when the Art School Boy revealed his CRUSH on my sock. He went ON & ON about the beauty of said object - YES! the sock I thought was B-O-R-I-N-G he thought was Beautiful. He called me an ARTIST three times in a row and just like that - the genie was OUT of the Bottle - and, once again, beautiful the sock became!

Now, I am knitting it at any pause in the day I find. I still don't like it very much, but if I finish it, I can go on to a more Lovely Pair waiting in the ANGEL Wings...

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Saturday, April 17, 2004

a ChicKnits Runway Presentation


courtesy of Lana Grossa

Warm weather is starting to Sing!
in the MidWest US...

Sing Along!in this beautiful TwinSet!
here's another view
of the sleeveless top...

click HERE for pdf file...
English translation starts on Page 4...

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Check out all current offerings by following this path:

Lana Grossa Yarns: Model of the MONTH

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online SHOPs:

Europe: Filati

USA: ThreadBear Fiber Arts Studio

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Sunday, April 18, 2004

are you READY for your CLOSEup?

presenting a little Touch of Spring CHIC!
from Chicknits Happy Little House of Couture...


Flirty & Feminine, this closely-fitted pulli will be
your NeoClassic Favorite!

The ballet neckline is trimmed
with a "ribbon" tie and textured edging...

Uses Worsted Weight yarn at a gauge of
20sts/28rows per 4" St st

Finished Measurements:
34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48) Inches

Main Color: 1000 (1100, 1200, 1250, 1300, 1400, 1600) yds
Trim Color: 25 (25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50) yds

Model knit using:
Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece
Body: CW-230 Victorian Pink
Trim: CW-825 Truffle

Buy this Pattern for $4.95 using PayPal!

Secure and easy PDF Download!!!

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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

just a beautiful day in the neighborhood...


Everday, sometimes several times a day, I'm stuck at the traffic light at Michigan Ave at Ontario, heading out to the expressways. This could be as easy as a 30 second pass through or an excruciating 5 light extravaganza.

To the left of me, Burberry's. To the right of me, Coach.


How lucky am I that I am obsessed with Fuschia and Pink. Red & Fuschia. Pink & Kiwi!


AND, I cannot find any local Fuschia summer yarn. Imagine, if you will, the challenge of HAVING to GO repeatedly to the LYSs and search for something that seems not to have made it to the shelves. (Oh poor little me...)

MY FANTASY: LYS owners would have a regular subscription to Vogue, WWD, Harper's, etc. and would be in touch with what is OUT THERE being offered to us on the racks. Or, better yet, read the Pantone Color Forecast like EVERYBODY ELSE in fashion.

Knitting is fashion.

Fashion is style.

Style is time relevant...

Is it insane to want to look like This Year's Model, wearing this year's colors?Why do I want to buy and knit with yarn that is reflective of some other time frame, some other universe ;p

I need Fuschia!

One doesn't have to bust a move and haunt the runways to get a clue; I just received a catalog from Herrschners, their craft edition. With all the wonky, self-proclaimed luscious, acrylic, fantastique plastique!

Over on page 66 & 67 is listings for the new TLC Cotton Plus (that Mariko's knitting with) and Lily Elite Cotton.

Both have up to the minute color offerings like Tangerine and Fuchsia. Hmmm, might be a good way to try some COLOR LOVE (without breaking the bank).

one or two for the road...

Adam Polselli: Everything Design

Michigan Ave. Tulips

...all photos ©2004 Bonne Marie Burns

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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Onde = Wave = Ombre

More Onde LOVE!

the 1st variegated ball lasted
until halfway through the cap

If reading around the blog ring is a good barometer of the Universal Knitting Goddess' hormone level, it would appear that April is, indeed the cruelest month. We are all flying straight into what little sun is breaking through the leftover winter clouds and singeing our tail feathers.

Case in Point: this sleeve should've been done this weekend. Other duties(including, but not limited to, dining, theater, drinking) HAD to be attended to so into the week arrived the WAVE. I met up with Carolyn, Mary and the IndiGirl Herself, AMY, for cocktails and knitting in the lobby of the Hotel Intercontinental, Monday. A little wine, a little dim sum, fine conversation, and...

In a space of two hours, I knit and re-knit the sleeve cap until I was wonked! Oh why, Onde Queen, would this cause such a tizzie? COULD it be, I just couldn't understand the pattern translation? I rewrote it twice to conform to the way I was used to getting sleeve cap instructions; then failed twice, trying to execute my own folly. Made myself read it AGAIN, and last night, knit it exactly to the directions. Here's my final notes, written on my phone bill (unpaid). I still had to step away from the pattern and talk in Bonneese.


How to make it better? Go Shopping!

The actual #1 Cruelty of April for me is Allergies. I have been scratching my face off, sneezing, waking up every morning with eyes so puffy and bloated, I look like I was boxing with George Foreman over the grill. ( Just a comic aside - has anyone EVER opened a bank account JUST to get that GFgrill? Please write me!)

I recently lost my almost lifelong doctor because my health insurance provider doesn't pay their bills ( they not only nickle and dime the doctors and clinics to death, they actually don't pay their bills until they're SUED!). So, instead of trying to find a new doctor to go see for some new and improved allergy medicine, I tripped on over to the local drugstore for some OTC Claritin AND spent the $$$ I saved on these:


Can you say, OOh La la, Dr. Chanel, check out the Bling in the corner of the lens, that's Coco's favorite flower the Camelia.

OMBRE for Everybody!

...all photos ©2004 Bonne Marie Burns

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Thursday, April 22, 2004

new3.gif FO!!!


Now that the heavy lifting is done,, it's easy to see why I should love these socks. Just look at the wonderful pooling on opposite sides of the socks - beautiful turquoise, brown, yellow and cream...


One can never be too thin, rich or well heeled~!

These are perfect for my workAday world, where Doc Martins or Nike spin me round round round.

My excitement at finishing these has driven me to, of course, start another pair.

... to be continued

one for the road...

...all photos ©2004 Bonne Marie Burns

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Friday, April 23, 2004

Parlez-vous Bonneese?

Many of you have written to me for the sock pattern I used for the newest Sock Love on ChicKnits' tootsies and here it is...


Now I can hear you saying loudly, mentally, RUKiddin' ME!? Or even, What the ---- ...

I'd say that too if I didn't know that this dilly little piece of cardboard contains all the info one needs to knit that sock. I carry it around with me at all times in my wallet. Which, in fact, is where the cardboard originally came from. HANDY!

First Person to completely write up the pattern, using the above info, in beautiful full size instructions wins a MiniChic SOCK LOVE PRIZE of:

Color 6 Lot 3301 Gauge: 9sts/12rows 1" using #1/2.5mm needles

You have until NOON, CST, Sunday, the 25th of April, to submit a Plain Text version of the pattern HERE.

No questions to me about this challenge will be answered - all the info you need is already here :)

Winner TBA Monday Morning...

...all photos ©2004 Bonne Marie Burns

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Monday, April 26, 2004

Monday Morning Mirth

In what appears to be the continuance of their whimsical ad campaigns, the Burberry Store on Michigan Ave. is showing a huge collection of foot high figurines mixed with fashion.

Yes, my friends, mixed in with the skinny mannies, are these precious little men.

did you know, "most Gnomes are 7 times
stronger than a man & can run
at speeds of 35 miles per hour"?
Hey, that's faster than the #66!

Burberry is celebrating the 100th Anniversary in Britain of the GARDEN GNOME!

...a little gnome with cool bucket!

And that's Good Gnews! Little people and animals have decorated the gardens of millions of happy people since time began!

How do I know they're happy? You just can't garden and be sad!

...hey, scary gnome, quit lookin' at me
I'll get back to work when I feel like it!

the History of the Gnome

don't argue, you need a Fairy Mushroom

UK Gnomes Outed by their neighbors...

...all photos ©2004 Bonne Marie Burns

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Ladies & Gentlemen, we have a WINNER!!!

the winner is:

come on down...
please email me your address and I'll send you your OPAL!
Thanks to everyone for their beautiful efforts!
Pattern will be Posted TUESDAY!

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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Sock Love Pattern

...all photos & graphics ©2004 Bonne Marie Burns

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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

If it's possible, I am more excited about going to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, (May 1 and 2, THIS WEEKEND!) than any vacation in recent memory. Forget the fact that I haven't taken a vacation that didn't involve famObligations in the last couple of years, and just GO WITH the FACT that I'm leaving on a PLANE!

ME, and T and my little SockB are goin' to the Coast - joining C & Leigh to become a Merry Band of Pranksters as only CITY GIRLS can when turned loose on a fairground with lots of Animal Barns.

Believe me, I know whereOf I speak!

I embarrassed myself to death last year at the Michigan Fiber Fest by thrilling to the sound of the different *VOICES* of the Baaaaing Sheep in the Sheep Shearing Competition Bldg.

I knew not they were so individual and kept pointing it out to the sheep owners who were kind enough to smile and nod at me!

Like people who love fiber everywhere, the joy is contagious and I'm a gonna get me some!

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Oh Mighty Bloggers and Readers! I've added a little list
on the Right TOP of this Page if you want to
say HEY! to all the other folks going to Maryland...

Just click on the red button to leave a message!

...all photos & graphics ©2004 Bonne Marie Burns

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Thursday, April 29, 2004

Broadripple minus Googley Eyes...

All About SockB

Pattern: Rob Mytaska's Broadripple Sock Pattern
- my gauge is different than what is given; it makes a perfect measurement for my foot using the original number count.

Yarn: Opal *Magic* Color 1051

Needles: Addi Turbo, size 1

My Gauge: 9sts / 11 rows

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...all photos & graphics ©2004 Bonne Marie Burns

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Friday, April 30, 2004


Hope to See U There!!!

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