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Tuesday, March 1, 2005

it ain't easy being green...

But b.Limey! IT's MARCH already and it's the perfect month for Verdigris, Envy, and GO!

"Green is favored by well balanced people. Green symbolizes the master healer and the life force. It often symbolizes money. It was believed green was healing for the eyes. Egyptians wore green eyeliner. Green eyeshades are still used. You should eat raw green foods for good health. Friday is the day of green. Green jade is a sacred stone of Asia."
...from the Make it SO website

And it's going to be my glorious goal this month to romp around in as much green as I can get my hands on... Being a Lime Freak, this won't be too difficult but just to get off to a lucky start, I unwound a couple of languishing green articles that were moldering in the Stash Palace.

No Longer Backstage:

FERN - a lovely design using Filaturea di Crosa ZARA color 1660. This one just couldn't get me going! I love the pattern but the yarn was wrong for me - not drapey enough - and I was afraid I didn't have enough to finish the whole thing...

NONAME - a miscreant machine project that made it to the SLEEVES DONE~! level but failed to excite to the finish. OFF WITH ITs THread! - a lovely merino/microfiber blend called Rubino from Austermann color #21.

What really got me going on this little b.Lime Romp? Watching the Oscars, during the first song sung in French by ChicKnits House Diva BEYONCE, I was slapped upside the head by her YELLOW GREEN EYESHADOW that Jumped Off the Screen and right into my Living Room! The Chartreuse on this Chantuese was the key that unlocked my green block and WOOT! There it is...

Overheard at Silvia's via Television Without Pity : "6:03 PM PT - Damn, Beyonce, leave some eye shadow for the rest of us..."

BTW - it snowed over two inches last night, and I believe, CABIN FEVER Reigns SUPREME!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Ménage à Doux Cardi

The FIX is FO!

hosted by the fabulous Alison...

Running out from Backstage at the OSCARS (yes, it attended the *screening* and drank some, ahem, champagne), the little cardi that could!

I have barely taken this off since I finished the little ribbon garnish on Friday then wore it all weekend. I want a few hundred more out of this yarn! The Softness! The Color Depth & Shine! The Lux...

Ménage à Doux
Design: ChicKnits
Yarn: Noro "Cash Iroha" & Reynolds "Candide"
Color: #82 Plum & #153 Magenta
Gauge: 19sts/24 rows over 4"
Needles: #7 & #8
Type: Hand Knit

While Upstairs was a Lady, Downstairs was getting ready for work (whilst fondling some new stash for courage in the face of 2degree wind chill factors)...

Below Stairs? My favorite undergarment, a deep turquoise lace La Perla fancy with ribboned straps. Shoot - if I have to wear a Parka because it's still 20 degrees, I'm going to PARTY underneath... the entire FixIT Notes HERE

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Thursday, March 3, 2005


What Classic Pin-Up Are You?

This is cracking me up because I have a few pieces of Brigitte memorabilia in the hut on permanent display! One of my prized possessions is a book from 1957 titled "and GOD Created Woman" by Raymond Boyer. This book has hundreds of B/W pictures from the movie by the same name and other shots from BB's early career.

I found it in a used book store a long time ago when I was in a PhotoBook collecting mode. I knew nothing about Bardot but as they say, the pictures just spoke to me.

She has *It*.

I don't have *It*. Most folks don't have *It*. Every once in awhile, someone comes along who just has a love affair with the camera and we can't seem to get enough! VOILA! The Pin-up!

AND, this door swings both ways. A woman I worked with had one of the best Male Pin-up Galleries, incognito, at work, that I've ever seen. There was a partial drop ceiling in her office that created a tiny little *wall* between her desk and her door at ceiling level. Here she hung her favorite GQ covers of her fancied HOLLYwooD mEN. It was months before I noticed it - you had to be sitting at or very near her desk and glance up to be Rewarded...

Yes, girls look too...

...I accidentally wiped out the comments to this entry - my apologies to all who posted!

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Friday, March 4, 2005


While I'm wading through the pile of almost FOs, I'm tempting myself with some inspiring goodies. In the mail comes:
- the new Spring 2005 Rowan
- a bag of All Seasons Cotton in...


We need some serious Warmth in these here parts and even though the sky is blue today, my brain is still a little frozen. Lookin' at some TROPICAL color just wakes it back up.

To keep the b.Limey Journey going strong (since I can't buy yarn EVERYDAY can I can I canI???) I've sifted through some of my photographs and have put them in a color Journal of their own. It isn't much, but it is a simple Hue study of Number 4 Yellow-Green on the Color Wheel, using images I can relate to because I took them. Going back and looking at them in a series is a fun way to try and understand that strong mental realtionship I have with this hue. It has *It* for me - I am drawn to this color over and over again.

Since it is never seen in isolation but as a part of a whole, I can think about what makes it such a powerful creative SPARK in my brain...

Gallery b.Limey, if you please...

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Saturday, March 5, 2005

ChicKnits New Threads Weekend Edition


Straight from Central Park, NYC
the ravishing Rose models her delightful Ribby Cardi!

She was one of the early adopters of this fun pattern awhile ago and made this beautiful version last year...


Rose writes: "Hi there! The Gates are going to be taken down... but I visited a few days ago wearing my brand-new Ribby Cardi!

It was a pleasure to knit. I used Cascade 220, and knitted the largest size, 44/45, and it only took two skeins of dark brown and less than 4 of burgundy. I've been recommending it to relatively new knitters as a good first sweater project, as none of the procedures involved in making it are inherently difficult, and the end result is fabulous. Thanks so much for a well written, enjoyable knitting experience!" :D

Be sure to visit Rose at her Brooklyn yarn shop (Yarnivore). Rose also teaches at the Church of Craft and is a Fabulous knitting advocate! You can read her personal blog, Citizen Skein - HERE...


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Sunday, March 6, 2005

ChicKnits New Threads Weekend Edition


Fresh from the Left Coast, check out the sublime Diana
and her fabulous Ribby!

What a beautiful color combo...


Diana writes: "I enjoyed this pattern a lot - I knit both sleeves at the same time. When I did the collar, I doubled the length to turn it back on its self. I did a row of all purl at the crease and reversed the rib pattern to make it lay better.

Having the zipper go all the way to the top makes it look like a sporty jacket. I am a fan of this look when I see knit patterns and am excited I have a sweater like it now."


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Monday, March 7, 2005

  Monday Morning Mirth  

Sheep and other Barnyard Einsteins

ChicKnits is still EXHAUSTED from all the post-Oscar shenanigans of last weekend and has hot-footed it back to the farm where she belongs...

DID YOU KNOW: "Sheep, ridiculed for a non-questioning herd mentality, possess a sharp sense of individuality and can recognise the faces of at least 10 people and 50 other sheep for at least two years. Scientists at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge also discovered that sheep react to facial expressions and, like humans, prefer a smile to a grimace."

So people, if you're like me and just can't work up the enthusiasm to beam (express amusement, satisfaction, or pleasure by brightening one's eyes and curving the corners of one's mouth upward) at the human commuter throng, promise today to work up a smile in honor of a just one woolie one...


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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Let Spring Fever BEGIN!!!

As hard to believe as one being able to Buy Yarn in Prison, I've gone ahead and started another Project! And, my chilly little body is all over THIS color. Started, in celebration of the weather to come AND the return of Herself to the Compound (although sporting an ankle bracelet), is a little cardi called *Martha* from the new Rowan (Number 37).

It is a very architectural all over eyelet check pattern that works rather quickly. I am using the re-cycled Filatura di Crosa *Zara* wool from the extinct Fern.

Here's another springy tightly spun merino - sooo soft and buttery. (Lightbulb, I think I'm in the midst of a barn yarn rebellion!)

This stuff will wear well right next to the skin or over a little Tee or Cami. Yum...

I don't know why, but here's another color (and texture) that seems to defy digital photography! Do you see the angle bias of the pattern? It's not *really* there - it's actually a vertical ladder-type pattern - check out a better picture here.

I've been experimenting with white balances and color temperatures and it's as close as I can get with Daylight. Flash washes it completely out. Maybe it's time to try artificial light - arrgggh! I love shooting daylight - even though I use commercial light setups all the live long day on my job - there is nothing, IMHO, for color reproduction and subtlety like an indirect natural source. Maybe I should move to a house with much bigger windows... :p

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Friday, March 11, 2005

Sublime b.Lime
the color study continues

Ferragamo Store
Michigan Ave Chicago

Apparently, while I've been happily waving my pompom over at the MPC (Martha Poncho Circus), the Fashion Gods have gone and DONE IT!

Everywhere you look, in many a Springtime window, it's there...

Splashes and dashes. Head and Feet. Hands and Arms. Over the shoulder and bolder and bolder

it's LIME!

And, ahem, I have to agree. In what appears to be the perfect union of function and color, we see the lovely freshness that is LIME all over the place...

(virtual) Window Shopping





...visit Gallery b.Limey here

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Sunday, March 13, 2005

ChicKnits New Threads Weekend Edition


Fiber flirts with the arrival of Spring
as the beautiful Sarah (from Stitch!)
models her fresh COTTON Ribby

Sarah used two different yarns to create this fabulous sweater.


Sarah writes: "Since I'm allergic to wool (ugh, right?) I found some
great mercerized cotton for this cardi. I used
Schaeffer Laurel in the Billie Holliday colourway for
the body and Reynolds Saucy in a dusty purple for the
sleeves and collar. This is the most comfy sweater I
own and am already planning my next..."


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Monday, March 14, 2005

  Monday Morning Mirth  

get yer Irish on...

dress his friend...

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

green with (Spring) ENVY...

I long for the day I can throw the windows OPEN - the days when a moist breeze kisses the cheek and freshens the heart. I long to breathe in the glee of the new wind and rush to air the house; let it roll over all those dirty corners and then CLEAN it til it shines!

NOT! Knitting, my friends is better than HOUSEWORK! Knitting will bust the Cabin Fever we all seem to be SUFFERING from. WHY else would I get this email last night (spelling, etc as written):

Subject: Martha S. poncho

Textfield: Make me Marthas poncho? Anyone out In this World that would knit me the PONCHO

Any Takers? ANYBODY!? ( I must politely DECLINE!)

This poor woman is BURNING UP! Please, step away from the computer and GO OUTSIDE and roll in the snow!

I see little crocus pushing their way out of the ground, in the midst of the snow. There was one 68 degree day last week, and they, like all God's creatures, myself included, were FOOLED into thinking it was safe to come outside and play. It's NOT!!! It is 22 degrees right now! I just set out my long underwear for the 166th day.

THIS is why I am enjoying the Green Thing. I am compensating for the lack thereof in the Great Outdoors.

In an act of totally unselfish self-preservation, I fired up the knitting machine this weekend and (now that I'm DONE with a couple of projects) started a simple deep-ribbed cardigan. I have all the *straight* knitting done and am now adding the ribbing piece by piece.

I love this color - the freshest Grass Green - a yarn by Austermann called "Rubino". It is an Italian merino/microfiber blend that is very Palace as opposed to Barn...

Just smooth, soft well-defined stitches - and a color to roll around in until Those Better Days arrive...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005


the Revenge of the Barn Yarn

Once in awhile, usually early in the morning, a sweater will jump into my lap. It is not whole. It is sadly lacking seams and bands, and even, buttons. It is BEGGING to be seamed; whining to be worn.

Why I can do these duties only in the AM is a mystery to me - but it's always been like that, and I've stopped questioning the why and just go straight to the wherefores.

The Sweater Whining gets loud enough, at some point, to actually WEAR ME DOWN and VOILA!

A Mattress Stitch is made.

A band appears out of nowhere.

Buttons march in place like troops galore.

IT's a Sweater!

And believe me the pitiful chant of this sweater was particularly LOUD! I think sitting in the Marination Chamber with all that Palace Merino I've been working on lately was giving the Barn Yarn an inferiority complex...

Perhaps being started last February and not finished until 13 months later in MARCH just was insulting to its barny little body.

I don't know.

WHAT I do know is that, coincidentally, it is still COLD enough to wear this *Jacket*.

And I'm Glad...

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Thursday, March 17, 2005




Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

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Friday, March 18, 2005

the Winner...

With a resounding margin, the Uber Marl button wins the b.Lime OFf! What is really funny, is I actually bought these buttons especially for this cardi at the same store I got the buttons for the Spencer Jacket. (If you are visiting the Rush St./Oak St. area, do not miss Tender Buttons! No affiliation, yadda yadda ydda). They are actually quite green, but subtle.

BUT, my confidence floundered, for no particular reason, happens alot in late winter, and I had to throw the gauntlet down on a couple of other button looks just to be sure. Thanks for helping!!!


I wouldn't go as far as to admit to being a Collector, but I am an afficianado :) Over the years, I've amassed a pile or so, and can't wait for better weather (what a tired-ass song this is becoming - my apologies) so I can go Flea Marketing in the outer counties for: BUTTONS!

Kane County: first weekend of the month, year-round

Lake Co: Every Second Weekend Each Month

DuPage Co: 3rd Sunday of the Month

Sandwich, IL: an antique market

Actually, I just like strolling around - but one SHOULD have an agenda, non? You could collect buttons your entire life and never even fill a drawer!

Aye, I hear the piper callin' me to DuPage to wander about maybe Sunday...

More adventures in Buttons HERE

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Saturday, March 19, 2005

ChicKnits New Threads Weekend Edition

Jacket Fantastique!
as modeled by the ravishing Parikha
(from Dropped Stitches).


Parikha writes: "I made the small size and used about 9 skeins of yarn. This pattern is clear and easy to follow, and the design is just spot on--all the edges matched up perfectly, so seaming was a breeze. I'm really happy with this sweater, and it's definitely going to become a staple in my closet. A couple of people have even told me that it looks store-bought, and isn't that one of the highest compliments a knitter could hope for?"


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Sunday, March 20, 2005

ChicKnits New Threads Weekend Edition

VaVaVoom, Ms. Bardot!
Presenting Wendy and her
fabulous DUOtoned Blue Ribby!

Well done and welcome to the world of blogging
with the launch of your entertaining tome:


Wendy writes: "This is my Ribby Cardi - I used Elann's Peruvian Collection Highland Wool. Let me tell you, this was cheap, cheap, cheap! I think they charge something like two bucks a skein for the stuff. I'd make another one, but it is nearly 90 degrees outside today and I can't fathom owning yet another sweater! I have an idea, though, I could make the pattern in a cotton blend and shorten the sleeves."


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Monday, March 21, 2005

  Monday Morning Mirth  


Because Ms. B just might've used all the eyeshadow on the planet (or even the Universe) that fateful night, the folks over at L'Oreal stepped up to the challenge and made us some MORE...

Just click on the *Look for Spring* arrow, dodge the dodgy music and ENJOY your own tour of COLOR!

But of course, my personal favorite in the collection is hyperGreen (the copy reads: "Make them envious of your vibe!")

EXACTLY that's just what I was looking for...

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Tueday, March 22, 2005

uh, uh, uh...

Alrighty NOW! I'm doing Hard Labor with some Adware on my computer! Been infected by some mysterious varmit! Must search and destroy - no pain, no gain, etc. etc. etc. Let the healing begin...

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

rRRRhwwrr, a girl can't stay down forever, rwwhrsheesh...

Not much knittin' gettin' done when your busy doctorin'...

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions and fixes! I ended up having to do a complete System Restore because of a particularly heinous file that would not allow itself to be deleted.

AND that's fabulous! Because now my laptop is running like a fine racecar! So this was actually the thing that booted me into some Spring Cleaning of the Geek sort. WHAT FUN!

But just as the computer was getting better, I actually got wasted by some kind of stomach flu. So far this winter, I've dodged that bullet but hey! on the 2nd day of Spring, what's more merrier than a *personal, internal* overhaul by Mother Nature!

In the midst of all this MAL, arrives two friendly, happy things! A Fuzzy Scooby Doo pet from my friend Amy, and her son, Ben - thanks guys - I love scoob! AND, from the little bad Muse, aguil3sm.gif a couple of bags of really cheap Rowan All Seasons Cotton in the discontinued Safari color. WOOT! I'm feeling better already!

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Friday, March 25, 2005

buttons, little Spring buttons...

Now that I'm done with one sleeve and over half of the first front of my Martha cardi, I can amuse and slack myself by once again pulling out the BUTTON BOX!

I love the multi-colored trims I've been seeing on many garments and am ready to take the plunge into extreme closure...


On the left you see the temptation: three different, brightly colored, vintage, (probably post WWII ?) novelty buttons. On the right, very modern, graphic 2k5 plastic buttons.

The design of the cardigan can flip either way - it is neotrad with a nice simple edge finish. I REALLY like those wild colored disks! I've had them for a long time and never really put them side-by-side but their diameters match (check), their saturations match (check) and they have a FOLLY all about themselves that make the sweater SMILE (check)! WHIMSY galore...

BUT the question remains - will I hate myself in the morning IF I freak out with all that COLOR!?

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Monday, March 28, 2005

  Monday Morning Mirth  

more blog cheese...

Have you seen this?what the...

"...The blogs may represent more than just their knitting. Or knitting may reveal much more about a person than an ability to manipulate sticks and string."

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005


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be sure to close small window before opening the next...

More b.Lime from the Streets of Chicago... Housewares, fashion, even shop walls - it's EveryWhere...

Clockwise from top left:

1. Cafe au Lait Cups: huge chartruese dishware on a shelf.

2. Ruffled Edges: on a stack of lamp shades.

3. Beautiful Walls: Prada Store on Oak & Rush.

4. More Ruffles: wonderful ombre skirt.

5. (center) Embossed Flower Purse: yellow-green mingles with blue & aqua.


...all photos & graphics ©2005 Bonne Marie Burns

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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Stand-by Unit 10:
POV of a Chicago Photojournalist

Invevitably amongst us, icons rise up. Given any crowd, on any day, one individual will bubble up through the masses and become its reference point.

Sports is not exempt. In fact, Sports is the leading producer of Icons on the Planet! Pound-for-pound, more HeeRoes are manufactured globally per season than one could shake a stick, bat or foot at.

Here in the Center of the Universe, otherwise know as the MidWest, this phenomenom is no stranger. Hey, Chicago has 2 STAR pro baseball teams, 1 basketball, football, 2 hockey, 2 soccer, etc, etc, and a plethora of heavenly COLLEGE bodies - we're bound by law to have at least a handful of superstars - even in those lean years no-body is collecting them trophies!

But THIS could be the Year as we March to the Arch and I am a fly-on-the-wall in these hallowed Halls of CouldbeFame. My job is not to get pictures of the action on the field/floor, but to find and record those people and happenings in the stands, bleachers, and bar stools that just could be the NEXt Defining Sports Moment...

Like late last week, in a monstrously HUGE sportsbar out by O'Hare Airport, I found myself pulling cable to wire up a live position for the evening news. I picked a spot on a little cul-de-sac platform in the corner of the bar, under a DJ booth. On the weekends, this must've been the dance floor for those one-drop-over-the-line types who only dance after a hundred beers or so because, we all know REAL MEN don't Dance...

Hence, this was a very small space.

This did not stop the Manager from filling it with about 24 folks, all dressed in Orange (& blue) eating Orange Food (Buffalo Chicken Wings & BBQ) drinking Orange Beer (anything by Bud). A small wooden railing seperated us from the rest of the fan-filled-to-capacity bar, hundreds who were busy watching 4 huge screen sound-around TVs, fueling up for the SHow Down NCAA Playoff game between the Illini and the entire State of Wisconsin.

The scantily clad waitresses (now, Hooters is half a Mile down the road and they've taught us Hooters IS Football!) wafted about in their shiny hose and mini-shorts, moving through the crowds like cigar smoke, finding their openings, taking the field. I followed their lead, and spirited my equipment and lights in to my covert position.

And there I saw him! The One. The Ultimate. The Defining Moment/Man of the NCAA Playoffs: Mr. Blue Hands!

Like hundreds of men before him, come rain, sleet or snow! he had taken up the mantle of Fandom and made the Sacrifice!

In a darkened corner of the little dance platform, his girlfriend was busy smearing Bright Illini Orange Paint all over his ample naked torso. She had already finished the excruciatingly detailed Blue *I* on his bald head; the exagerrated Arches over his eyebrows - the Blue Lipstick was in place. He was Ready to become just what this Sporting Event needed to catapult it into the Championship Annals of Fame:

One Brightly Painted Man...

When he was done being adorned, he strolled over to introduce himself to me/my camera. A president could not have walked with more dignity and stature. I rose up to my full height and accepted his partially orange hand and shook it with relish, as the Mighty Blue Puppet Hands rested on the table near. Somehow, staring into his eyes, I knew he was going to be more in my immediate future than perhaps I was prepared to endure.

Although my reporter swore later she had avoided it at all cost, Mr. Blue Hands was in line for a Live Pop during our shot, along with a femFan wearing Lucky ORange Shoes (cute!), and a Grandma wearing a blinking Illini billboard hat (cuter!). These folks stood waiting in the bowling alley of fate, ready to be picked off one-by-one by our producer's call and we began! Suddenly, all spoken sound was GONE! It and our measly position was overun by 40 shouting bodies - some with trumpets and drum, tuba and tamborine, pompom and pomp! The Illini CHeerleaders and Marching Band had Arrived, unannounced and full of loud mobile PEP!

DIVE backwards LIVE on TV and catch the WAVE! Catch Mr. Blue Hands as he comes hurtling towards you; dodge the dodgy paint job and fight for your threads...


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