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Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Missy Right Front meets Mr. Left Front

It appears everything I'm making lately is in the Red Zone - a dark burgundy cabled cardi; a cordovan Ribby; a scarlet poncho - WHO has the Christmas Spirit over here in ChicLand? FALAh lala la...

I've heard that we use Red & Green at Christmas because the English used to "deck the halls" with boughs of holly - a dark green glossy leafed plant with RED berries. OR, that we use so much RED because of the Coca Cola ads from around the 40's or thereabouts.

I can't wear true RED but am quite happy to wear any of her sister colors. I can't wait to get this burgundy number done - the weather has turned frosty and we even got a few inches of snow last night. I wore my black down vest to work yesterday with a turtleneck and heavy grey wool cardi and it was just right when sealed off with a wool cap and gloves. The Shazam would be even better - it is dense and I'll bet, almost windproof.

Yesterday, it poured and poured icy rain before it snowed. I threw on a rain Parka (what else?!!!) over the whole thing to work outside and even when I was soaked, I was still warm. While waiting 20 minutes for the #66, I was standing in the rainy wind, dreaming I was on a boat deck somewhere on the North Seas, and realized, YES, it could be done - you could be wet and still untroubled. FREEDOM! WHew... Pass me the Fish & CHips matey...

Yeah, LoTech rules but HiTech amuses!

I've been carrying my notes for Shazam around on a ripped piece of paper - just general laziness and chronic lateness. When I got home last night, I pulled out my Palm Pilot and resurrected and searched its apps and VOILA! I found I had a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader on it! My little buddy could carry my notes in style:

Now I've got the Bucket Hat right when I need it!

Here's the Shazam Pattern - no more scrambling in the bag for soggy paper...


Adobe has it for you HERE...

It's a free download. Then, after you install it to your big computer, you just drag and drop all your files onto it's icon and it makes a list that will transfer the next time you HotSync.

OK - Geeks Who've been Doing This for Years - MOCK ME Now!!! :)

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Thursday, December 2, 2004

Keep the Dream ALIVE!!!

In a town with an almost double fisted number of Sports Franchises, it's pretty painful to budget your Sports Wardrobe $$$$$'s...

The Solution: GROW Your OWN!

Here is my entry in the gratuitous Team Logo Sweepstakes,
honoring, but of course, da Cubs.

I can't go to the 2005 Cubs Convention, happening on January 21-23, 2005 because it is already SOLD OUT! I did get to shoot it last year and noticed LOTS of Home Grown goodies on Sports Heads & Bodies...

My Favorite was the Baby Cub! This is the one where the baby is on his back with all four feet in the air and he looks like he's being tickled. (To me...)

I am too lame to attempt this in duplicate stitch or embroidery and the fans who were wearing it told me they had it made by a badge company. Oh, how I begged! Now the guy I was begging from would've had to rip it off his shirt because it was securely sewn on, but did that slow me down?! Ahem, I am what I am...

When I was on my Honeymoon in Cancun, my hubbie and I were snacking in a cantina in the non-tourist side of town. We'd taken a bus away from the tourist/resort area and went exploring. The Bus Driver tried to discourage us after we reached a certain point, but we were determined to see the real deal. He was really thinkin' it was very dangerous and we'd get our tourist selfs in a world of hurt if we went off the beaten path.

But we ignored him and wandered around to our hearts content, finaly stopping in an open front restaurant to get some tacos. What should we hear, in the quiet of the afternoon, but the dulcet tones of one Harry Caray, coming from an interior bar. So we dragged our Coronas and food back there and had a rousing good time with our favorite team - how safe is that? The only FOUL thing that happened later was a bad case of Montezuma's Revenge! (The Bus Driver was RIGHT after all...)


TO try and get some of that MAGIC back, out comes the blue yarn and on goes a bucket. Out comes the Magic Cord Machine, got with a half-off coupon from, I think Michaels a couple of years ago. I couldn't get it to work back then so I've been giving it a time-out in a cabinet in hopes it would come to it's senses. In the meantime, I've lost the manual but found it here online (it's now called the Cool Corder).

It seems in my earlier attempts I was using yarn that was too heavy for the little Magic Cord. This time I came to my senses and used sock yarn for the deed...


Instant Gratification with no Pocketbook Regret!

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Saturday, December 4, 2004

ChicKnits New Threads Weekend Edition

It is with great excitement, I present to you,
this ravishing RIBBY CARDI!!!

This wonderful sweater was knit by Teresa (from One More Row & Another Latte) from Cascade 220, size 38/39, 6 skeins of beautiful #2401 Burgundy...

Several months ago, I asked for help test knitting the Ribby and the marvelous Teresa stepped up for what I hope she will remember as a FUN HOUSE RIDE! (YEAH! It was kinda scary, but thrilling all the same...)

To Quote Ms. Teresa's Motto: "In her magic world a knitted garment is not just an article of clothing. It is an organic growth compounded of warmth, love and fun. It's also intellectually stimulating." This project tasked this IDEAL to the MAX and I can only say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Teresa!

From beginning to end, Teresa's insight, patience and skill helped me hurdle the process. The Ribby is a deceptively simple looking garment, but has several subtle things going on. The ribbing change-ups, the proportions, the idea of stretch and fit all gave me fits! Teresa took the Beta version and helped me through a multitude of changes - I think you could say the final is actually a Zeta version :) - and it is with eternal gratitude that I TIP MY NEEDLES towards OHIO; sip some coffee in your HONOR and SHOut into the day: "I am not worthy!"


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Monday, December 6, 2004

  Monday Morning Mirth  

the Little Bad Muse gently reminds me that
RE-GIFTING is not OK! Say what?!

Now that the Holiday Season is ON US like white on rice, look out for the newest trend in gift-giving: buying DOWN! Now ChicKnits knows that not all of us are LUCKY ENOUGH to have so many Dollar-type stores in their neighborhood, so when the office pundits or Family Muse decides that THIS YEAR you are only able to spend $10.00 on the gift swap, PANIC might ensue...


Suggestions? We got suggestions!

a New York State of Mind kindof GRAB

an urban list from Optimus

Unique Gifts?

Something for Everybody
sign me up for that Six-Pack of Socks!


my personal Boyfriend: Dick Blick
don't miss the CAT & DOG mannequins!

Computer GEAR
this stuff is just wrong - and that's why you need it!

ze Thrifty!!


duct tape is ALWAYS correct...

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Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Stand-by Unit 10:
POV of a Chicago Photojournalist

Whoa. Clueless until you see the bus leaving the curb across the street, now it is certain you might be a little late. The cold rain wakes you up second by second as you move through the air and you turn your face up to gladly dose on Nature's Caffeine.

You get into the hot taxi and try and settle into your morning routine. The cabbie's spicy aroma and braking style stirs up nauseous whiplash as you pull out some needles and yarn. Focusing on the task at hand is attempted and seeking to improve your odds you clean your glasses, not once but twice, because everything is foggy. One more quick jolt at a stop sign then the taxi pulls away leaving your stomach behind but your brain firmly locked onto the idea it's not your glasses but your EYES that are really dirty.

You were at a huge fire the night before and somehow even though you were in the direct line of smoke and debris, you are unwilling to tolerate the fact that you might have some bad job hangover. All the experts have told you that you are NOT supposed to take it home with you. Even when your clothes smell so weird they walk themselves out to the trash, you are in denial. It is happening to other people not you, even when you're standing right next to them.

The flames shooting out of the high-rise windows look especially fierce through your telephoto lens. People from the restaurant across the street fill the sidewalk around you and stand gawking at the workers rushing out of the building. We are fascinated by their tears and when they tear their hair we marvel because that's something you see only in the movies. The reek of burning office equipment is joined by the cigar smoke of sidewalk diners and the fumes of the diesel powered firetrucks which suddenly are everywhere.

The fire department helicopter is overhead pouring light onto the black wall of smoke to guide the jetstreams of water but its wings fan the smoke down the building onto the street. And yet people do not move.

When glass and debris come flying out the windows above, the mass finally runs for cover. The firemen and police are now in force and they dispatch the stragglers straight away from the danger and you marvel at the resistance. You marvel when the firebugs show up and start recording the event for their scrapbooks. A non-fireman in a CFD uniform jacket covered with souvenir medallions and badges badgers you for the private phone number of your reporter so he can give him some hot fire tip. His eyes seem even brighter than the flames overhead and you move away, at last, yourself.

Six hours later, when the fire is officialy struck, you walk your 65lbs. of gear and yourself the half-mile back to where you left your van. When you tell the cop standing next to the 5 trucks surrounding it you will drive it on the sidewalk to leave the scene, he grimaces then just starts laughing in your general direction because that's probably the only funny thing he's heard all night. You've never heard NO delivered with more glee...

The next morning, when you get dropped off at the impound lot, you jump out into the rain and pull on the gloves you grabbed as you rushed out the door that morning and begin your new day.


Like the rest of it, they just make sense.

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Thursday, December 9, 2004


A most marhvelous thing has happened.
Actually, two marvelous things have happened!

The Shazam Aran Cardi Fronts are done! They and their brother Back are resting comfortably BLOCKING on the ChicKnits Blocking Rug. It appears they are the same sizes. All is well!

BUT what's even better is that a miracle has happened.

Last night, I just couldn't constrain myself. I wasn't going to wait for the sleeves to get the party started. I decided to block the pieces I had by throwing them into the washer with a couple of dirty sweaters I was cleaning. My usual way to wash woolens is to fill my washer with warm water on the gentle cycle. I add a couple of drops of Dawn Dishsoap (just basic liquid soap, ma'am). I swish the water to dissolve the soap, then add the knits, pushing them into the water to make sure they don't just float.

No mechanical agitation has taken place thus far.

Now, on the Gentle Cycle, I let the washer agitate for 5 counts. Then I turn it off and let it soak. I come back after about 10 minutes and agitate for 5 more counts, then drain the tub, spin the knits, fill to rinse, and repeat my 5 counts.

The difference last night was that I added to the Rinse Water: one cap of Infusium 23/ mixed with 2 caps of Tresemme - both Hair Conditioners, as suggested by many who wrote when I initially bemoaned my Stiff Yarn Problem...

When I put my hands on my freshly washed pieces to take them out of the washer, I almost fainted. THEY WERE SOFT, fluffy even.

Now I had been BUGGED for, ahem, years now with the nature of this yarn. It was dense. It was DRY! It was tight. It was like a BOARD. I would knit on it on the #66 and it would flap around and spank me until I was ready to scream.


Cut to Theme Music - OPEN Episode #1:
Yarn History Detectives
This stuff was just saturated in Spinning Oil! As I understand it, this oil is used on fiber to tame it during the spinning process (people - is this half right?). Age the oil on the yarn for a couple of years (maybe 3 - who really knows when it was made?) and you get: HARDENING OF THE ARTERIES!

Even though this yarn was already made into a sweater, washed the same way as above, frogged, re-skeined, washed again and then re-knit, it was never really soaked and washed COMPLETELY. Now, the yarn has been released from the PRISON of it's commercial beginnings and can become -

OK, you get the picture.

Now all I have to do is frog the earlier sweater's sleeves to get enough yarn to finish the whole piece...

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Friday, December 10, 2004

Looming on the dusk horizon like the teeth of the Cheshire Cat
floats my Company Christmas Party.
It is laughing at me...

It mocks me because, as I zoom down the Slalom Slope of Christmas Present, I've forgotten it is TONIGHT! I've been too busy with the general Bling Ding Ring of preparations and Workshop FUN to pay attention to something very important. LIKE

What the --- am I going to WEAR?

I just went through my closet and found NOTHING! My party frocks seem prehistorically lame and dowdy - even my old standbye - that gorgeous Red Shantung Silk Blouse that fits me like a glove is pointing and laughing and shouting LOSER at me because I wore that, ahem, the last time.

I hate my clothes! And right now, there are 10 hrs between me and Cocktails with the Boss and ZIP NADDA nothin' is coming to mind...

Stores are not helping - even though every Christmas as I shop for others, I REALLY shop for myself - I've seen nothing that rings my chimes and makes me dive for my wallet. I don't want to wear a camisole with a skirt! I was just kidding about that poncho I was going to make! I really want it but it just ain't gonna happen.

And what about this?


I see this outfit every day from the windows of the #66 at the Ralph Lauren store on Chicago Ave. (OK - the City is named Chicago - why did they name a Street: Chicago?!) It is one of their Party Looks for the Season - a long buckskin skirt with fringe topped by an Aran cabled tube top with long cabled arm warmers WITH (not done yet)

a VERY long WIDE cabled scarf.

All Winter White All the TIme... And is it just me, or does the Mannequin seem a little... COLD? Why oh why do we suddenly need total anatomically temperature correct Plastic Figures on display? It not only annoys the Locals but the Tourists Loud Tittering all the way down the street after they pass is giving me a migraine...

I consulted with several male co-workers (I am the only female in my group) and they ALL voted for BLACK! ANYTHING black... When I asked about Strapless I was met with Guffaws a plenty and someone actually uttered the word PROM, but that was a reporter and he has a big vocabulary! It seems that guys maybe like to see that look on other people's dates, occasionally, but it really is NOTHING compared to Black Boots and a tight Black Skirt.

The people have spoken...

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Saturday, December 11, 2004

ChicKnits New Threads Weekend Edition

More Ribby FUN!!!
Introducing Shelby in her all-over Ribbed Ribby! BRAVA!

Getting to know Shelby was DELIGHTFUL as we both Beta Tested the pattern this fall. Shelby is a feltmaker/fiber artist extraordinaire from Texas. Her website is Karmic Knits and is full of expert knitting and tremedously ADORABLE Hat Making! Just beautiful...

Shelby made her Ribby from Classic Elite 03 Tweed. She's even made a cool 20 Questions List for the project HERE.

Check out the October 22 entry on this page to see how a Ribby looks before it's sewn up!

She also has a most gleeful 100 things About Me List that inspired me to start one myself...

Shelby also is a yoga teacher and I have to really thank her for being so centered and SMOOOOth throughout this whole process! Given a bumpy road to walk on, she decided to FLY and took me along for the ride! I can't thank her enough for the lesson...

Shelby's kitty Bagheera likes the Ribby too...

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Monday, December 13, 2004

  Monday Morning Mirth  

It's that time of the Year again and over here at ChicKnits we're checking out lists and making them twice:

TOP 10 WORDS OF 2004
1. blog
2. incumbent
3. electoral
4. insurgent
5. hurricane
6. cicada
7. peloton
8. partisan
9. sovereignty
10. defenestration

OK! QUICK! Just what does *peloton* mean???

...according to Merriam-Webster's

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

a Tale of Two Sleeves

Most people I know who LOVE to knit sweaters HATE to knit sleeves! For me, it signals the stage in the project when the Honeymoon is over and when Marital Counseling might become necessary...

This time around on 2 of my WIPs, I'm trying something different. On 2 different sweaters, I have two seperate sleeves on the needles. One is the Shazam Cardi and the Other is a Ribby. When I get tired of one, I switch to the other and WOOT! It's (sortof) cured my 7-year Itch, to borrow a phrase...

I thought for those of you who are knitting the Ribby as your first sweater, you might enjoy seeing a little comparison.

WHAT's UP with those Ribby Sleeves?

YUP! They're really skinny! That's because the ribbed pattern wants to scrunch itself all up when it's in a relaxed, unworn, position. You can't see any of the hills and valleys of the rib - which is weird! It almost looks like bumpy Stockinette st.

It also looks alot smaller than the non-ribbed sleeve.

But now the FUN happens - you just love FUN don't you!?

If you slighty stretch the Ribby sleeve, you see that it is the same size as a normal, non-ribbed sleeve. WHEW!

Now I understand why some people on the #66 think I'm knitting a scarf when I'm wailing away on my commute!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

hey Kidz! What day is it?

It's WashDay! Time to take that honkin' mistake project and send it to the TUBS!

To go any further on my Shazam Cardi, I've got to farm back into a couple of leftover pieces for their precious yarn.

I *unwind* the piece into a center-pull ball using my little ball winder. Then I make skeins from the balls, using my swift and loosely tie in 3 places so they don't seperate in the next step...

Now I fill my kitchen sink with warm water and 2 tiny drops of plain dishsoap and soak, rinse with plain water after I've seen the loopies relax, then dry flat...

Just for fun, I added a couple of skeins of Fuschia variegated wool from a trial project that didn't turn out. It's now destined to become a cowl...

I wore one in Low Teen Temps all day yesterday working outside and with it up around my ears, didn't even reach for my hat!

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Friday, December 17, 2004

the backstep tango

Having one REALLY easy project to soothe the weary mind is always a good idea...

I look at my WIP list and see two complicated projects and one sort of easy project. MISSING: that REALLY easy mind fulffer-nutter! So I started a little slotted scarf like the one Theresa made. Mine is out of some WILD Noro Kureyon that jumped out of the stash to beat any SADD that might be hanging around (it ALWAYS cheers me up to see COLORFUL accessories on other folks necks and heads, so I though I'd return the karmic dues). BUT, I wasn't really happy with the way the mid-section was turning out using this yarn, so I RIPPED it.

NOT in the mood to wash the kinkiDEEkoo's out of the used yarn, I tried something completely different.

Using my old faithful ball winder, I made a medium-loose center pull ball as I frogged. Every inch or so of the new ball, I would spray it with water. Then I would frog some more until the ball was about an inch bigger and spray with water. When the scarf was completely frogged, I wrapped the ball in a terry kitchen towel and MICROWAVED it on low for about 10 sec. (I read this microwave hint earlier this year where someone MICd a skein of yarn but I can't find it - anyone?) I microwaved more in small time increments until the ball was completely saturated with steam.

I let it cool to room temp and VOILA! Kink Free!

May your Holidays be so LUCKY!

BEFORE: the slot is too skinny
AFTER: a combination of the Bow-Knot & the Try This Slotted Scarf Pattern gives a little wider slot area...

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Weekend, December 18 - 19, 2004

the Ghost of ChicKnits Christmas Past!
this list first seen in 2002...

If you are a Professional Procrastinator like me, chances are a couple of people slipped between the lines of your Christmas List...

There is still hope - that is, if your friend is a knitter/wannabee knitter,
like YOU!


Top 10 List
of Last Minute Gifts

10. Make a pretty *Coupon for Knitting Lessons* from you...

9. Make a *How-to-Knit Kit* out of 2 - double pt needles (wrap a rubber band around one end so stitches don't popoff) and a small ball of yarn and a little homemade coupon *Knit Lesson* (from you!) One set of Double Pts. will make 2 Kits!

8. Dig in your stash and find enough yarn (combine more than one if you need to) and make a *Scarf Kit* with the yarn needles. OR, call it a *Hat Kit* and felt a hat together...

7. Get a Spray Bottle, Heavy-Duty Straight Pins and a couple of nice cotton towels, include directions, wrap and call it a *How to Block Kit*.

6. Get an inexpensive 4'x6' Indian Type Rug and label it *the Ultimate Blocking Rug* including directions.

5. Make a coupon for *Learn Finishing Techniques* if you know how to Mattress Stitch, Three-Needle Bind-off, and Chain Stitch. Three lessons at your pleasure...

4. Make coupon good for *Seam the Newbie's Sweater* because this is a daunting thing for most people to do and that's what friends are for.

3. Really suck it up and Make a LARGE coupon good for *Total Finishing of the Sweater of Your Choice* which would include blocking, seaming, banding, buttons, etc. Of course, this is worth millions and lifetime devotion so be very very careful...

2. Get a wonderful *Steamer* like this if you don't have one get one for yourself as well) for finishing - it is a million times better than an iron and will send your finishing into orbit!

1. Break the bank($35.00) and make a person a coupon for *Membership in the Fiber Art Shop's Online Video Knitting Classes* - you register, pay and pass the password on the coupon. These are very cool...

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Monday, December 20, 2004

  Monday Morning Mirth  


Company's comin'! You know what that means - time to pull out those Christmas Decorations!


1. New lights for the vanity console in the bathroom so people can see their hands as they clean up.

2. New Faucets for the vanity console so people can wash their purdy faces and not splash all over themselves like those funny bathroom units you tried in France.

3. And, drumroll please!? A new Christmas Wreath of a toilet seat to wrap the season's best in full glory...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

For the very first time, I've participated in a SWAP! Last year, in January, I was at a meeting of the Windy City Knitting Guild, and it was the beginning of the fun. You took a numbered bag, that had yarn inside and the mission was to make the owner of the bag a HAT! I picked #27 - and this is what I made.

Last night was the Long-Awaited Exchange over at the Sulzer Library's beautiful Community Room. I had yarn belonging to a lady named Connie (who unfortunately wasn't present). So Laura Kochevar, our esteemed president, accepted and modeled the Bucket, then it was her turn to find out who was the recipient of Connie's creation - which she had in tow... And, now what are the odds here, Connie had MY yarn! Here's what she made me:


WOW - it is FABULOUS! AND, I was a total dork! I actually forgot what yarn I put in the bag! Connie added some scrumptious knobby colorful carry-along yarn and fancied it up so much that I DIDN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE IT! Brava!

Here's the original yarn, some really DULL variegated mohair and TWO little Chenille Flowers Connie added to spice things up later, if wished.

It was great fun seeing all the masterful creations that popped out of those bags. Here's the whole group that participated:


I wish I would've taken close-ups of all of the hats - they were outstanding! My favorite: Joy Davis's mitered corner banded hat made from various variegated yarns belonging to Corinne Niessner. When you flipped the band to the inside, she'd knitted in the words "Blessings in 2005"...

Non-Hat News: in the Show'n'Share segment, Maureen Moran modeled her perfectly fabulous Elizabeth Collar made from baby yarn and angora. This creation is designed by the wonderful Kate Gilbert (of Clapotis fame) and you can get the pattern HERE, another marhvelous Gift Idea for under $10.00!

Merry Christmas O Warm & Wonderful Ladies of the Windy City Knitting Guild! Many thanks for all the Goodness of 2004 - the meetings, the workshops, the Snacks, the sharing of craft and most of all the Warm & Friendly Folks!

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

My Movie of My Friend Caroling YOU!

...takes a few seconds to download (you need a QuickTime Plug-in on your computer to play this...)

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Christmas Eve 2004


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Monday, December 27, 2004

  Monday Morning Mirth  

When your Christmas starts HERE
maybe it's time to run for cover!

Why you might ask? Well, Vicky's Secret, IMHO,
ususally doesn't COVER UP MUCH!

And, if the last minute shoppers I saw out at Oakbrook Mall Christmas Eve were any indication, 9 ouf of 10 procrastinating Guy Shoppers were toting a VS bag back to their cars. (This was actually my reporting assignment that afternoon - last minute shopping that is...)

Imagine my surprise when is saw this box, from, RU ready, MY MOM! It had a note on it that said it was time to stop giving me the warm and fluffy PJ's and that it was TIME TO GROW UP! Now Halloween is supposed to be the scary Holiday, non? but I was shaking in my faux fur-lined clogs (thanks, Sis!) all the same...

Off with the Lid and what do I see?

How cool is it that my Family respects the fact that I am, indeed, an ADULT!

Meet my little friends on the kitchen counter:
From Left to Right: New Guy on the Block, Santa Monkey; sitting on Huge Old Carnival Prize Dog (I call Happy Jack!); Red-Headed Girl Rag Doll holding Depression Era Celluloid Baby in a Crocheted Dress; Small Carnival Prize Dog (really - it's RinTinTin!)

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

under the Christmas YumYum Tree

A Secret Pal sent me this WONDERFUL Baby Alpaca Yarn!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

It is so buttery and yummy and bulky that it almost made me faint when I opened the package - AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...

DESTINY's Child: a Hat and Scarf Set Extraordinaire

Did you ever get *colorized* (teeheehee)? I am a WINTER :) The color artiste who was draping me with huge fabric swatches told me I would always look the best in...


and it is, TRUE~!

When I wear that color, it brings out all the natural *makeup* Mother Nature painted my face with. A touch of lipstick and I'm good to go. OH - how I love that - some of us just want to be BABES without all the High & Mighty Maintenence...

This Alpaca is in the same beautiful BlueRed Color Family and will make my skin BLOOM like a little rose in June...

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

the ∑ in Xmas

SUM TOTALs usually bore me, but hey, it's AFTER Christmas! So now it's merely*historic* to recount the details - and I LOVE history...

Truly unoriginal, but FUN! Five bucket hats have wended and wound their way on a Christmas path far and wide to land on new noggins. Beside the Cubby Hat, this is my favorite, a Cascade 220 felted bucket (I lost the band so I don't know the exact color). I am finally learning to check the hat in increments of 5 minutes (for better control - was lazily checking every 10 minutes or so) while it's felting - I fish it out of the HOT sudsy water with the leftover plastic from - RU READY - a defunct brushless toilet brush - ahem - a HANDLE. We try not to throw ANYTHING away before its time in the ChicKnits Household (wondering who? those people are who eat everything but the SQUEAK - big EEEoouuuuwww all around - it's my ancestors! The Sausage Eaters! I took my Mom into the best local Polish Deli around - Andy's on Division - and she almost expired with delight upon gazing at the smoked sausage display hanging behind the *Ham* counter. I say ham, because there were about 50 different kinds of ham in that damn case!~ AND some cheese.)

BTW#1: It seems I've become addicted to using a new, combination of punctuation marks, because a simple "exclamation point" no longer can contain my AWE & WONDER with the world and writing about it at large. WITNESS - a tilde and exclamation point together: !~ which translates in Bonnese to "SUPER WHAT THE ----". This just came flying off my fingers so I'm keepin' it!~

BTW#2: One of my Favorite Flames of 2004 was someone who chastised me via email for using too many exclamation points in my entries. Like, dude, RU really THAT excited by LIFE! YES! I AM! AND! I won't/can't STOP!!!!!!!!!!

Ahem. That brings us to RoundUp Total 2: only 2 measley scarves for the Season. But this Kureyon baby gets you blinded by the light!


this is my fave of the batch - a scarf pattern marriage of the Bow-Knot and the Try This Slotted Scarf Pattern in Kureyon Color #126.

SADD Be Gone!~

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

can't get enough

Since my other knitting seems like WORK to me this Holiday Week, I'm relaxing with a Ribby. It is a low stress, high output kind of project and I can't wait to finish it so I can wear it. I am on a Burgundy Bender and it joins the 4 other Ribbys I already have in my Favorite Sweater Repetoire. I have the original Purple one, a Black one and a multicolored yoke one.

Instant Ribby Karma

1. How to pick the right size to make: measure your chest at the fullest point. Make the next size up in the Finished Measurements listed. For instance, if your bust measures 37" use the instructions for the finished measurement of 38/39 inches. You need what is called "ease" in the garment so that it isn't too tight. Read about ease and how to size your knitware HERE.

2. Hate that Zipper? Use 8 large snaps (from a fabric store like Joann's) sewn to the front edges to close. I have one I made like this and I love it!

3. Need Help with your Zipper? Go HERE for step-by-step instructions...

4. Join the fun at Gallery Ribby! Send me a picture of you in your finished ribby and I'll post it to the Gallery. Here's the work-in-progress page for an idea of what it'll look like (details section still in progress until after the houseguests leave...)

And, as this New Year approaches, I TOAST all the Ribby Knitters out there far and wide and wish you Good Speed and Fine Health!


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Friday, December 31, 2004


I can't think of any better way (pardon my brain slippage here, ahem) of ending the year than with a BANG!

And just how BIG is that BANG!

ONE SLEEVE's Worth, that's RIGHT!

One tiny sleeve down and the Little Bad Muse TWIRLS
right into 2005!!!


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