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May 3, 2004

Monday Morning Mirth

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The MDS&W Welcoming Commitee at the Baltimore Airport
warns: for *Sheepies with Small Bladders* go early and often
BEFORE you get to the FairGrounds...


Caption this picture or leave your favorite Fest Moment below...


Don't miss Kate's MDS&W Blogger's Bingo
where you can play with the sights and sounds of the Fest...

...this photo by the playful and fabulous Theresa ended up on my camera...

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Tuesday, May 4 , 2004

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What came first? The chicken or the... SHEEP! Before there is Yarn, before there is fried Twinkies, before there is Sausage, One MUST pay their respects to la Raison du Voyage: les Beaux Animaux!

WHO could resist the happy Lambs, the rasta pasta headed Rams, the ET lookin' species I have NO Name for, and the BARNS full of other delightful four-legged critters that spanned the ACRES of the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival?

Even in the company of the two most knowledgable & talented Shepardess' on the Planet: the incredible Sylvia & Claudia (did I mention beautiful?! - ladies - I'm writing your mother a Thank You note for Mother's Day), we were spun round round round by the sheer numbers of pens, all in rows, each more exciting than the last. Many Shepards had large displays explaining the History and Purpose of the Breed they were raising - I could've spent DAYS studying the facts - each was presented with pictures and letters and drawings - like a super-sized science fair project - some very sophisticated - some just simple and raw - like the straw on the ground. These I liked the best.

We spent a good amount of time in the Barns talkin' to the animals...

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here's a handsome Ram eating Lunch -
he said his name was Frank & that he was a close personal
friend of John Travolta but preferred working with Nick Cage...

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I thank all of the Shepards for styling the Heads of the Sheep in various
and wonderfully individual ways for my pleasure...

Many of the animals had tufts and locks left in place
that made them look especially CUTE!

This Sheep is also wearing a coat to protect it's valuable fleece.

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These could be the Paris & Nicole High Maintenence Lambies
with coats on early in their career
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After years of wearing the Coat, one travels with their personal stylist who gamely trims the forelocks of their feet in a masterful sheep pedicure in preparation for the Ring Event.

ChicKnits notes that the female stylist seems to be doing all of the work while the male ??? contingent chews tobacco and supervises on the left
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...all photos & graphics ©2004 Bonne Marie Burns

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Wednesday, May 5, 2004

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Before there is Yarn, there is FLEECE! A virtual Spinner's Paradise, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival offered everything from *Right-off-theBacks-O-the-Beast* to the kickiest Neon Brights in Art School Tote Bags.

Clockwise from top left:

1. The Main Bldg's huge area of freshly shorn wool put up in bags for inspection and purchase.

2. Everyone looking at the fleeces sooner or later reached out to touch...

3. A first for me: a very modern booth with UltraBrights! Most of the festivals I've been to are very trad and it was FUN to see someone step away from the herd and venture up the timeline...

4. This was my favorite fleece - I wish I would've written down the breed - it was absolutely SILVER and silky and black and WONDERFUL...

5. If anything was going to entice me to SPIN and believe me, the SIREN CALL is loud and strong at this Fest, these locks of pure color were begging to be picked up and twisted.

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And with her new spindle, spin She did:

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After the Scouring of the Main Bldg was complete, we all grabbed a sausage and fell down on the grass between some UHAUL trucks. (BEWARE Future Festers: there are no chairs - it's strictly BYOC - I didn't and lived to rue the day...)

Leigh is one of the most lovely, both inner&outer, women I've met in quite a while. Her pleasure and peacefulness while she spontaneously spun were a delight to behold...

In fact, the *apresFest* moments were the most exciting for me. After we went out to eat and drink Margaritas, the six of us ended up in our hotel room and we all picked our poison.

Sylvia made SOCKS! Claudia expertly and gently worked with the fabulous Carolyn to teach her how to spin with the new spindle she found. It was mesmerizing - Theresa and I were working on our ONDEalongs - but the pull of the spindle was large and loud. Leigh spun gracefully and swiftly like a dancer in the rain.

Who needs Martinis when one has FLEECE!


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

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Thursday, May 6, 2004

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Of course, sooner or later, the yarn is gonna get ya...

Since this was a Fiber Fest, there were more batts and raw goods than I've ever seen but, oh yeah, there was YARN!

The Foxhill Cormo Ladies (I love Cliffie!) were there - I met them last summer at the Michigan Fiber Fest and bought some wonderful natural colored chocolate yarn. That year, they won best of show for their fleece. In addition this year, they showed a yummy silk/cormo blend that sooner or later is going to end up on my frame. I resisted...

In fact, I resisted most of the fest!

One part saturation and one part focus led me by the nose in search of goodness.

The yarn you see above was the ONLY (snark) impulse purchase I made. After resisting the Koigu Booth on Saturday, we found ourselves drawn like a magnet to it Sunday. Which is really funny because it was almost picked over by then - really - it was 10 deep the day before and when we hit it, it was still about 4 deep. This fest is all about VOLUME - volume of crowd, volume of choice, volume of area.

What made it so irresistable on Sunday? Theresa pointed out that what was for sale at the booth were Mini's. That's right. Tiny skeins. Little production end sweethearts begging you to end their orphaned state.

Right over the area was a wall displaying a beautiful Charlotte Shawl, the Keepsake Shawl, and several other heart-stopping beauties, and in the midst of it was the Goddess herself: Maie Landra.

She told me about how she designed Charlotte and the others and laughed at me when I came up to the checkout with my handful of mini-skeins.

I told her I was going to make *Charlotte* socks (yes, I'm a dork!) and had picked a bouquet of colors to amuse and delight, like all of her yarn. She really laughed at this and I was glad!

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(I've included the Shrek Slide Shoe for scale - this RL beauty was found on Friday night during a Kamikaze Raid 15 minutes to closing at the largest DSW Shoe Warehouse I've ever seen! Never been to a last call in a show store before, but hey, I just LOVE new frontiers!)

sneak peek...

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

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Friday, May 7, 2004

New Threads FRIDAY!
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Coppertone (AKA WavyBulb)
Pattern: Vogue Knitting Fall 2002
Designer: Shirley Paden (extreme mods by BBurns)
Yarn: Filatura di Crosa 501
Color: Magenta
Gauge: 22sts/30rows over 4"
Needles: #6

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

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Sunday, May 9,2004

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May 10-14, 2004

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

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I've been sittin' on this swing knittin' in Northern Michigan

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enjoying a visit with Mom!

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

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Thursday, May 13, 2004

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sittin' on the swing wearin' a spankin' new BUP on a face only a mother could love - wait a minute - my mom took this picture!!!

What I did on My Summer Spring Vacation...

Vacation means that I have a little time in the middle of the normal *working* day to fiddle with some fun stuff...

This is a BUP that I made from some Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Traffic Cone Orange. I figure I can wear it to work and it might protect me from oncoming cars since they WON'T BE ABLE TO MISS ME!

I haven't had time to experiment with very many cotton yarns using this pattern but here's some stuff I've learned while rockin' in the misty pines...

1. Not all cotton yarns are created equal - it's good to read the yarn band to see what the manufacturer's recommended gauge is. Remember this pattern is for a worsted weight, not Aran weight (the original Bucket-O-Chic works well for that) and choose accordingly. The gauge you are looking for is 20 sts / 28 rows over 4".

Sugar'n'Cream is too heavy for this pattern and will hurt your hands and make a larger hat than you wish. Cotton Ease is more lightweight and can be knitted up at the smaller gauge. The only way to tell????

2. Swatch, baby. I used Cotton Ease and #6 needles for this BUP. I love it! I have some aqua, navy and yellow to try out as well. I traded a co-worker a bup for a cool shirt and needed to try this out before I made a yellow one for her.

3. For a brim that really stands away from the body of the hat (and it seems that cotton/blends can be kindof floppinzee), slip stitch the last two purl rounds together - this is the round that is closest to the body of the hat and made with a single strand of yarn and the last round that is made with doubled yarn.

4. The hat I made and wore at the MDS&W is out of off-white perl cotton - it really stretched out so I made a chain-stitch crocheted tie and wove it in every other stitch close to the brim, then tied it. It makes a nice decorative accent...

5. Be sure to try on your hat to make sure it is tall enough for you before you start the crown shaping - I ended up making my cotton bup a little higher than my wool version - this one measures 3.5" high.



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

Not to be used without my written permission

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Friday, May 14, 2004

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the eastside of Mom's Garden

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my favorite flower



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

Not to be used in any way without my written permission

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Sunday, May 16, 2004

a ChicKnits Gallery Presentation
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I love Ann's choice of colors in this wonderful ChicKami
AND her mods to the bod section...

Ann writes:
"The solid magenta was the only stash yarn I used; everything else I bought in one visit to a LYS, most of it 50% off. I was amazed that two of the variegated yarns had almost identical colors, even though they were different brands/fibers/weight. Cool!

I changed it from stockinette to ribbed to avoid Sweater-Standing-Apart-from-Body syndrome (which has happened to me in the past)."

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Around the Ring in 5 Cups of Coffee or less...

check out Rachel's fantastique combo tank made from SOY YARN! I was lucky enough to finally meet Rachel in person at the MDS&W and must say, her eyes are as blue or bluer than her lovely tank!

Kerstin debuts a lovely Peace Fleece ensemble which includes a fantastique BucketO... CHIC!

check out Thuy's fabulous pictures camping AND KNITTING on the Beach in California at her new blog Schmeebot! Oh how I miss the Pacific...

welcome to new ringer Donna who is knitting GIGI!

a huge shoutout to Melissa who is also knitting Gigi and helped me fix a typo - I've sent *freshened* patterns to y'll - if I missed you, please contact me here...

Join the Gigi Knitalong sponsored by Stella over at She Who Knits. Visit HERE to get details and learn how to sign up...

lastly, here's a groovy graphic for all of you knitting Gigi...

just right-click and choose "Save Picture As" to save this picture to your hard drive.



THANK YOU all so much for making this pattern!!!

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Monday, May 17, 2004

Monday Morning Mirth

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After - hey - Claudia - your ThinkPad might need one of these!

The best thing about Mother's Day last week, was that my Mom was still with us...

As many of you know, she beat Ovarian Cancer this past year. I am happy to mention, her sister has gotten the all clear too! She has been fighting Uterine Cancer the past year as well. WE ARE SO THANKFUL and OVERJOYED it's AMAZING!!!

I enjoy the time I spend Up North with Mom more than ever. She's been busy gardening up a storm. Much of it is with rocks that local farmers drop off after they are done clearing fields. So far, she's built a circular flower bed about 6ft across and planted a *rock garden* next to her front door, which she has started to fill with all sorts of tiny goodness. She promises me pictures when they're in their glory around July.

It is still so cold at night up there, the furnace runs.

Not too cold during the day that we didn't spend a great amount of the late afternoon sitting on the swing. After the *chores* were done, you could find us out there, me knitting on Audrey and she reading the paper. Mom has a new puppy and it is a cheap thrill to watch the grass grow ( and this time of the year Up North you almost can!) and see her new puppy romp around the yard.

BooTwo is half Jack Russell and half Chichauha and if you look at her with your eyes sqinked, she looks like a Baby Joey. She is the successor to the beloved BooBoo, who months ago, when my Aunt was first ill, was hit by a speeding car after she got off her chain in the yard. It broke our hearts beyond measure. My Mom spent a lonely winter without her pal and we were all so happy when puppy season came round this year because we were hoping she might find another friend.

And, thanks to my sister, she did! Cat found dog at the local shelter in Greenville and now we are happily amused to sit on the swing and watch Boo leap like a joey around the place.

IMHO, a swing is much better than a rocking chair. It requires mainly just your weight to keep a movin'.

I had to have one and when we saw the Meyer's *Fresh!* store in Cadillac had them on sale, off we went. Mom came to the rescue with her Red Chevy Station Wagon. The whole swing was disassembled and boxed but that package would never fit in my Jeep Wrangler! So the plan of attack was to drive it the 20mi. home from the store in Mom's car, then I would break it down into digestable portions for ze Jeep trip back to the City.

Mom was waiting to pay for her other purchases when I said "See you later" - I had tied the box down and would go ahead to the house and remove all the crap from the back of my car.

I left her standing in line but before I moved away, she started turning over all the magazines on display that showed thong or button, so their covers faced backwards. And believe me, for mostly women's mags, there were quite a few! The young woman in line behind us was open mouthed with glee!

I went to my corner store back in Chicago last night to get some milk and about half of the mags were turned around - my turn for the toothsome jaw drop! Moms are EVERYWHERE! Love them...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2004

a ChicKnits Dirty Little Secret Presentation
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Has this ever happened to you? You have a couple of spare moments in an unlikely place - mine was the Student Center @DePaul University where they have networked computers in their coffe shop. My truck was parked outside with my camera waiting to do a live shot and I had, like, 10 minutes to get coffee, a banana ( nature's perfect food, Dude! How about that biodegradeable wrapper?) and maybe a cookie which left just enough time to bid on an EBAY AUCTION!

And this was no unique eBay auction. It was an auction for a CONE OF YARN! They're all over the yarn section like lawn mushrooms after a spring downpour only exceeded in quantity by the proliferation of EYELASH YARN vendors. And you better believe that the Eyelash Craze is just BEGINNING in the US. When I went round to the Walmart in Cadillac, MI last week in search of TLC Cotton Plus, I came up empty handed.

However, ahem, the lovely stock lady had not one, but TWO CARTS full of skeins of eyelash yarn and was busy placing them on the shelf. I asked about the lowly cotton and just got the BLANK STARE of disbelief: "what - you're one of those weirdos that knits and you want COTTON!???!??!" kindof half turn of the head. She didn't even answer me so great was her pleasure in fondling the soft acrylique delight of the eyelash FLUFF~

But I digress -

I placed a bid on that auction, then forgot all about it, then of course, WON IT!

And now that I've had a chance to play with it, I kind of LIKE IT!

It is worsted weight 100% Softball cotton in a nice non-baby light blue - I think it shall make a perfect LoTech for work. I'm going to whip it up on the Bond USM that I have.

The USM is good for making those Stockinette portions of a project - then you add the ribbing and detailing later. I used mine alot a couple of years ago and have set it up in a permanent space in the flat so now I don't have to keep taking it down and we shall see what springs forth.

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In Other News...

RIP Audrey!

I have retired my Audrey sweater, I believe permanently. I worked on it several days on my vacation and don't think I have the stamina to finish it!

The design is not going to be attractive on someone of my build. I knew this going in, but only this morning when I held it up to myself in the bathroom mirror did....

Oooh - you know the rest....

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Thursday, May 20


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Onde = Wave = Ombre

the Finish Line Arrives

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The temperature in Dijon, France has surely hit the roof! Anna's wonderful sweater is finished and is HOT HOT HOT!

Read all about it Here.

Our very own co-host, Silvia (from California!), has finished her wonderful Onde as well! Read her May 8th entry for all the fab specs...

Right On SIL! It looks SMASHING!

Theresa is ALMOST DONE! Bravo neighbor! It looks MAHVeLous!

Wishing Caryn a speedy recovery from some Health Blues!

Go HEIDI GO! On that Thesis!

And last and surely least is my current progress on my sweater:

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Now that I'm done with the Wavy Bulb, this is going really fast! I love working with this yarn and adore the fabric it produces. This is the Left Front/Back combo piece. I've finished the decreases and am almost done with the waist portion, then on to the bodice increases.

When I was up in Michigan last week, I went on the rounds with my Mom to her Docs, etc. and everywhere I pulled this out to work on it, people came over and ADMIRED it.

I do & do & do ONDE onde...

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Friday, May 21, 2004

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AYE-EEEEEE!!! And what should I find in my post box this week but this lovely *proto-yarn* from the lovely Claudia...

I opened it while at a stop light in heavy traffic and heard the above sound, shouted LOUDLY in fear, from my truckmate (a male reporter!) when I pulled it from its envelope.

THIS chunk-o-Border Leicester Ram is more powerful than a thousand evil glares! Gotta get a whole Fleece STAT!

Thanks Claudia!

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A huge THANKS to Caroline for this lovely pattern book and beautiful card! Caroline got a lowly ball of magenta Fixation from ChicKnits a while back and sent this in gratitude - merci beaucoup, oh gracious, generous one!

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What?! were they thinking?! What was I thinking? I actually bought these honkers a couple of weeks ago - was my head up my, oh you know...

The cable on these is almost as big as the needle and STICKY! I actually tried to use them on the Mondo Condo and almost expired from exhaustion while trying to move the yarn down the vast expanse of plastic.

I can't believe I bought the *#@$%$ thing...

The Addi folks also replaced their small gauge cables awhile back with a stiff, uncurling, plastic material and all hell broke loose in the knitting universe. I was one of the people banging my head against the wall when I opened a fresh pack and found foul play.

I want my old plastic back!

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Monday, May 24, 2004

Monday Morning Mirth

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And so it begins...

I'm only human.

I HAVE to eat. SO I have to go shopping.

And thus it happens.

THE ONSLAUGHT!

The millions of Products invading my space with their buyability because they are adorned with...

SHREK!

So far, I've succumbed to this lovely Ogre Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap. The soap comes out of Shrek's hand and smells Apple-y. I washed many times yesterday. It's absolutely logical - if the Ogre can't kill Germs, who can?!

Then, there were the chips~! I'm not even supposed to EAT chips. And there in my cart is a HUGE bag of Lay's Wavy's with the Donkey & Shrek on the bag.

Oh, did I mention the M&M's?!

Beth tipped me off several weeks ago: "Shrek M&Ms - seriously, my daughter came home from a night at Grandma's with a big bag of them. They're Shrek-y colors and a bit bigger than the average M&M.

Thought you'd like to know - beth"

Right ON Beth! I'm there!

And what kind of friend would I be if I didn't spead the JOY!?

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BIG, GREEN MONEY MACHINE

"Based on the first film's success, DreamWorks has licensed about 80 companies to make "Shrek" items from watches to skateboards, bed sheets to backpacks, and toothpaste to computer games.

Eight promotional partners include PepsiCo's Frito-Lay unit, which is offering its Cheetos snack in a version that turns tongues green. Hewlett-Packard Co is selling "Shrek" computer products, and fast-food chain Burger King has "Shrek" collectibles."

some Faves...

1. the Shrek Etch-a-Sketch: I could put this to good use in traffic jams on the Kennedy...

2. the Talking Donkey (only will get if he says: "I'm goona make waffles!")

3. And the plush Beanie 7" Donkey (and you all thought I was only in love with the Big Guy!)

4. Shrek 3 is in the works and will revolve around Shrek joining the Knights of the Round Table!

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

StreetChic
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take a walk around my block


Ralph Lauren Store, Michigan Ave.

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Why is it that Warm Weather and Bright Colors seem to be locked together in a torrid embrace?

For the past few weeks, the skies of Chicago have been drabbly heavy with thunder clouds and constant rain. The bright neon stripes of this tube top are shocking in their ability to almost blind with COLOR in the midst of all this gloom.

The Great Lakes Area is lucky to receive tropic-like sunshine for more than a few weeks every year. One year, I lived in a large house with a larger garden and counted the times I could sit out in the yard without extreme weather: 6 DAYS TOTAL. There was plenty of High wind. RAIN. And just the bleakest drab outlook for most of the summer.

Then again, we can have killer sunshine and temps for three months in a row.

As the temperatures now climb, the very same colors are starting to make sense...

So, perhaps, Mr. Ralph is practicing some Miami voodoo on us Northerners by dangling these clothes in our pallid little faces...

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I would wear this suit in a second, if I lived 3 hours south...

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What summer house wouldn't be complete with some very bright cabled pillows and a kelly green afghan?

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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

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Even though the world is swimming in beautiful yarn this spring, the 3attaTime Rule is still in effect here at the ChicKnits Workshop....

But what a number 3 it is! I've finally started the prototype for a Ribby Shell, to be offered in multiple sizes. This Shell will be the first offspring of the Ribby Family - which eventually will include the Cardi & Pulli...

Since we all need shells for the summer! of course the shell begins the parade.

I am making this prototype from a Vittadini yarn called Teresa - it is a cotton/nylon mixture, almost a ribbon, but actually a tube.

Imagine the tiniest panty-hose leg (that's the nylon part) filled with soft cotton - it is really incredible stuff.

Teresa will grow into a plain panel front Ribby, because even with that smooth tube there's a little variation with the cotton which lends a keen texture to the mix.

Next in line is the 2x2x3x1 Ribby Shell, which will be in the same offering - and this will be made from Tahki Cotton Classic.

The gauge on both these shells and other Family friends will be 5sts / 7 rows per inch (20/28 worsted/dk).

AND, what do I like most about this project? But of course - NO SLEEVES!!!

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I've updated the ChicKnits Website to include a catalog section, where ChicKnits Patterns for sale will now reside.

check it out here...
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shop online

You can also reach the catalog by clicking on the word PATTERNS in the toolbar at the top of the page - or you can find the Catalog Button on the left side of this page and other places around l'Atelier ChicKnits...

Many thanks to all of you for your wonderful pattern support! I find it absolutely THRILLING to see your creations around the web and in public - it inspires me to reach way up in the design sky!

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Thursday, May 27, 2004


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Onde = Wave = Ombre

more beautiful Onde Stars!

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I can say for a FACT the East Village of Chicago is illuminated with STYLE!

Theresa, my neighbor and good friend, has finished her fabulous Onde Pulli in the fresh tones of Chlorophylle - ce modèle est plus frais que le printemps!

She writes: ""It's hard to describe how light and airy the sweater is. Even though it's composed of about 600 g of yarn, it has a light-as-a-feather quality about it. I think this is achieved due to a combination of the texture and gauge and composition of the yarn. Phil'Onde is a fairly fine yarn (somewhere between sport and DK weight) so you wouldn't expect it to work well knit on 5 mm (US 8) needles. But the nubbly texture works in your favor here and sort of fills in the nooks and crannies. I think the fact that this yarn is mostly acrylic also works in my favor -- a lightweight springy garment is less susceptible to the ravages of gravity."

Our very own co-host, the intrepid Leya, is just about done with her Nenuphar Pulli! Read her May 20th entry for lots of helpful hints on finishing with this yarn...

Leya - vous ROCHE! Thanks for SHARING!

Join me in wishing Carissa the best as she bids blogging farewell and let her know we hope it's only a hiatus! She's almost finished with her Onde as well...

HELLO!!! Rob not only joins our happy little Karaoke singALONG while he knits an Onde of his own, il apporte quelques boules au bandstand - and I am talkin' YARN! Congrats ROB for becoming a Phildar rep - now grab the mic and sing a few bars!

Fellow Chicagoan and Purse Artiste Cinnamon also joins our group with a Chlorophylle Creation...

Besides having a SHREK FEST! Desha, the Knitting Knerd, is hard at work on her Onde! How green with envy am I that she has a huge inflatable Ogre on top of her local burger hut? Dag...

But of course, my Onde is moving right along...

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this piece is 22" wide and 18" long

I'm actually not as far along as I hoped - we've had flooding and radical storms all over the area and I've been working 50-60 hours a week the last few weeks. This weekend, I'm working on the big Memorial Day Parade. When oh when will I find the time to sitNknit?

This is one project, because of size that will never see the time of day on the #66...

I did, however, make peace with my sleeve caps and have graphed and charted out a more fitting armhole for myself...

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Friday, May 28, 2004

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The past two weeks have been a real weather humdinger in the Midwest. Today is the first day in MANY with clear skies and bright sun!

I KNOW there is great joy and lightness of heart in many, many households today as the flood waters recede and life can start to point in the direction NORMAL.

I've spent many hours in the flood areas working and taking pictures of the dedicated efforts of so many - it is absolutely unbelievable how folks draw together during crisis to work for endless hours in the face of nature's challenge. MY hat's off TO YOU: from the groups of High School Students, to Churches, to neighbors, to Girl & Boy Scouts, to Sheriff Sheehan's Work Release guys, to the 3yo who begged his dad to go home and get *his* shovel because he wanted to fill sand bags alongside him, to the drivers of the personal cars who hauled load after load of bags to their neighbors, and even to the drunk guy who showed up at a sand pile at the edge of the river complaining to the cop directing traffic that his neighbor was messing up his lawn and who was met with whistles and catcalls and thumbsdown by everyone else - TODAY the sky salutes YOU...

And just what could this have to do with knitting? In a word: SOCKS...

Do you wear your wool socks in warmer weather? Me neither. Until last week, when I ran out of clean clothes and started raiding the winter storage, pulling out my woolies.

Wool keeps you warm even when it's wet; it breathes; it really adjusts to your temperature and fondles your feet. And my barkin' dog-O-feet know whereof they speak as I was on my feet for HOURS & hours, etc, whine, whine, whine, BARK! [And in the northern hemisphere of my bod, I have so many mosquito bites on my head, it approximates a lunar landscape...]

SO, I'm still knitting socks to wear to work. I've gone on to Wool/Hemp - some really pretty organic looking sportweight yarn from Dzined and am making these socks whenever I am in a KIP moment when the space is too tight or the time is too short to whip out the Agnes design I'm carrying with me these days.

This yarn makes a really soft, lightweight fabric that I love wearing - I already have a pair from last year that I wear year round...

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My sister, Cat, is the best flea marketer in the universe. On one of her hunts, she found these Argyle Sock Patterns in with some sewing stash. And off to me they came...

Thanks Sis!!! These are really COOL...

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Sunday, May 30, 2004


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Check out Joan's Ugliest Pattern Contest! WHOOPs...

Hey Daria! I'm with ya - I just went and joined her Acrylics Anonymous Webring... COME OUT into the LIGHT all Ye who are NOT "... afraid to show your acrylic love!"

check out Kristyn's entry about her *Tan Line* fiasco - my nephew once told me my arms looked like Frosted Mini-Wheats because I was so tan on ONE SIDE ONLY!

Krista Jo has some GRRRRRrate! tippage on buttonbands and collars in her current entry - hey, Krista, how YOU doin' - my fave buttonband is a sew-on type too!

I'm enjoying the marvelous poetry over at Maggi's site - check out her writing by visiting her links on the left hand side of page under the heading: *Poetic Stitches*


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A most heartfelt Message of Love and Sympathy on the passing of Greta's beloved Tasha...

the smiles after the tears? - Greta writes: "Sometimes Mercy and Grace pour down all at once and you just have to say YES."

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Monday, May 31, 2004

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Have you stopped to thank a veteran today?
For the price of freedom they had to pay?
Did you gaze into those distant eyes?
Did you see the ghosts he can't deny?
Did you think a soldier's heart was made of steel?
Because he was trained to kill, he couldn't feel?
Did you see the guilt written on his face,
For the loss of life he can't replace?
Did you know he mourns the lives he couldn't save,
And walks with comrades in their grave?
Did you remember the boy with innocence lost?
Do you really know war's ultimate cost?
Have you felt the blast of artillery fire?
Do you have the courage it would require?
Have you stood in trenches consumed with fear?
Felt the enemies breath so very near?
Have you walked with God on a battleground?
Seen your brothers dead or dying all around?
Have you stopped to thank a vet today,
Or did you just turn and walk away?
From the pain he'll carry for the rest of his life,
Did you consider his family, his children, his wife?
That watch him suffer in silence each and every day,
As he's haunted by memories that don't go away?
Did you care that the soldier is still pulling guard?
That his heart, mind, and soul will forever be scarred?
Do you know how he suffers from ptsd?
Or that our precious freedom is never free?
Did you care that he still hears the blood curdling screams?
Or that he returns to the war each night in his dreams?
Have you felt the sorrow of a combat vet?
Or would you rather just forget?
That war has pierced his hardened heart,
And torn this soldier all apart?
Would you rather our heroes just fade away?
Or will you stop to thank a vet today?


...Chris X
United States of America
(used with permission)

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