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Thursday KIPKIPKIP 2144 W Division Letizia's 7-9pm


Another day. Another opp to dress the Mannequin and play in Photoshop!

The Truffle colored CeCe is joined!
It's grown about an inch beyond that point
and is moving right along.

To tame the multitude of stitches a whole sweater at a time requires, at Chez Chic, a little trip to the needle stash. I have acquired several pairs of 24" Inox circular needles over time (multiple hats anyone?) and am using 4 needles just like you would a set of double points.

The first needle holds the stitches of the Right Front and 1/2 of the Right Sleeve. Needle #2 holds the stitches of the other half of the Right Sleeve and all the way across the Back and through the first half of the Left Sleeve. The third needle holds the last half of the Left Sleeve and the Left Front. The 4th needle is the working needle.


During the knitting itself, the entire piece sits in my lap while I work the sections, one at a time. The non-working sections are out-of-the-way and their needle just collapses and folds under the pieces, no poking.

After the yoke has become a more manageable size, I go back to just one circular needle to the end.

[Could this mannie be whispering, "Finish me already!"]


For a delightful morning (or afternoon) treat, fix yourself a cuppa and enjoy a deliciious TRUFFLE!

Mademoiselle Fluffa! has finished her CeCe and it, like the lady herself, is delectable! Impeccable!


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Monday, November 6, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  


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Tuesday, November 7, 2006


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Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Tales from the #66

They say you shouldn't take your work home with you but no one's ever mentioned that maybe one should avoid taking work back to work. This morning, on the sacred #66, I was trying to mind my own business, knit a little, and absolutey forget the previous day's 15+ hours I spent toiling in the fields of the Democratic process on my video gig. No Go, my fellow Citizen.

Even though I was face first in the last rows of my project, trying to be completely apathetic, I could not hide from the election I worked at the night before. Some guy's loud and slurpy remarks about the candiates kept pinging through the air and out of the corner of my eye I saw bare legs ending in dirty sloppy socks in running shoes. Following up the limbs I was rewarded with one of my pettest of peeves, a middle-aged guy in too-long bermudas - wearing them to the office in a fugged attempt to grab some pitiful last fumes of skater boi chic before we all noticed his birth date and sent him home to get a note from his mother. Yes, my Fellow Citizen. Guys over 30 who dress like this ALL live with their mothers.

In one hand, which was marked by felt ink with the numbers 1333, he clutched a clear plastic bag, which coincidentally had a label which read "Holding MCC 1333". The other hand was trying to thread a belt through his short loops and he was weaving back and forth on the moving bus, all the while shouting out candidate's names. A new bus voice answered him each time the name changed as if one had one chance and one chance only to be the Oracle who would answer the (clueless) Beltless One.

And even with extreme effort, the belt would not go through its loops and its owner would not shut the up.

Instead, belt dangling, he now pulled out a cell phone and called Bob. "Hey you'll never guess what happened last night, Bob! I slept it off but you know that bouncer at BlahBlahClub that's an off-duty cop? I punched him and he got me arrested. Who's governor?"

And believe me when I say, and if you are a commuting sort, you will, that there was no where to run and you now stopped whatever you were doing and became a vacous sympathetic mouth breather. When you are late to work and trapped on a standing-room-only chariot of the godz, you do not question fate, you just stop, look and listen to your fellow human being go through their personal train wreck.

"Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! Is he ever going to be surprised when I show up tonight in my uniform and arrest HIM HA Ha ha ha ha. What about Duckworth?"

And this is when, as shameful as it can be when you truly wonder why they took away the belt and didn't throw away the key.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Finding peace in an ever-so-upturned world
just got a little easier.

Solution? The Chicagoland Dulaan Knit-In! Take a wonderful Cause that not only reaches out to our brothers and sisters afar, but allows the near to engage their generosity and hospitality together at home.

Bringing it all together? The wonderful, handsome and quite talented Franklin Habit!

Saturday, the 4th of November, saw a gathering unlike any I've seen in Chicago. The glorious John Evans Alumni House was the place and knitters from all over the Country were the PARTY!

Every room was bustling with good will, good food and warm garments being fashioned for Dulaan. The Potluck!? Food glorious Food! Especially yummy in my tummy, the Mac'n'Cheese from Adian & Co. OOh La la, creamy with a crust of crushed potato chips - OMG! - many many thanks for the delight!

The fabulous Lynette brought about a million scrumptious cupcakes! And Jamie provided Intelligensia Coffee for all to wash it down!

Continuing the Best-of-the-Best Rollcall was one of the most exciting RAFFLES I've ever seen! People and Companies from all over the States contributed the most incredible prizes to be given away in a drawing -

Here is the lovely KarenB (left) who contributed beautiful boocou skeins of Jaeger Cashmere to the cause - unbelievably luscious fuschia!

I wish I would've of taken a million more pictures! There was so much energy and love pinging the walls that even a week later, I am still smiling thinking of it - old friends and new sharing a stitch or 2, hats, scarves, sweaters rolling off the needles, delicious food, all bound together by the very best of intentions.


>>>>>>> How to Help <<<<<<<

Participation in the Dulaan Project is simple

You may use whatever yarn and colors you like. There is a need for hats, mittens, socks, neck gaitors, scarves and sweaters for all ages from babies to adults - especially for children ages 2-10.
Think warmth and simplicity.

Some Chic Knits Free Patterns:
Bulky Scarf
SuperBulky Scarf
Keyhole Scarf
Chic Cowl

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Weekend Wardrobe Edition

Chic Knits = Wardrobe!


Pattern: Chic Knits *CeCe*
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Patons *Brilliant*
Color: White
Gauge: 20 sts/28 rows over 4"
Needles: #7

The incredible Karen M debuts a gloriuos Holiday CeCe - it is modeled by her beautiful daughter, Grace. BRAVA!

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Monday, November 13, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  

This entry is in honor of a very, very naughty *snack-filled* weekend. I recently gave up the Food of the Godz (erm, french fries) in hopes of staving off that Holiday 5 pounder that always ends up on my hips. I was doing really good until this happened and then I wanted (and tried) to eat everything in sight.

A friend told me about the trend at State & County Fairs of putting un-before thought of already cooked Food to the Fire - but food to the fire in a special way: FRIED in Deep FAT!


These were the Summer Romances of
quite a few Fair Followers

Favorite Fair Food
Deep-Fried Twinkie
Deep-Fried Oreo
Deep-Fried Macaroni and Cheese
Deep-Fried Snickers
Deep-Fried Krispy Kreme Chicken and Swiss sandwich
Deep-Fried Pickles
Boring Elephant Ears
Free polls from

Make One in Your Own Kitchen! YUM!


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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

New Threads Tuesday!


Pattern: Chic Knits *CeCe*
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Rowan *Calmer*
Color: Coffee Bean #481
Gauge: 20 sts/28 rows over 4"
Needles: #8

WHOOT! My 3/4 length sleeve CeCe is FINI! A special happiness fills the house when an FO hits the Runway @Chez Chic! If only there was some way to knit faster - I got such a lust for clothes - I stash dove last night and found a bag of DK Patons Cabled Merino in Black - am going to do another one in Black - oh no, are the Holiday engines revving up?

I am totally lusting after Black Wool Sweaters. I know I've been threatening to knit a black Aran for over a year - seeing Emily's oh-so-FAB black one at the Dulaan Knit-In put me over the top! But I need a little something for the holidays too - so another CeCe is ON. Number 4. I'm crazy in love. And CeCe needs these boots for walking...

I actually had a picture of me wearing this then I forgot and re-formatted my CF card to do a shoot and POOF! Oh well - when I'm all fancied up and out for some flash metro soirée, I'll grab another...

Caught in the lens this weekend, a more fabulous look in my favorite place, Wicker Park...


Even more fun: The Glorious FLUFFA! in her Truffles CeCe!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006


Inspired by the sensational color combo in Sylvia's Horizon sweater, I've started a little fire here in the MW.

This is the start of a slightly cropped vest, using the Ribby Shell pattern. It uses the plain panel version but starts the panel later so the bottom ribbing will be longer. I think the neckline will morph into another form as well...

Isn't this the most RIOTOUS of colors? But of course, it is Lorna's Laces [Shepards Worsted], and our home town girl Beth Casey, named this one after one of my very favorite streets: Irving Park. I've always referred to this on assignment as *Irv*, fondly, like a chummy friend.

And I hope that is what this will be - a kickIT sort of everyday chill buster! I am totally into the layers now that the temps have fallen loooowwwwwwer [at least from last week, you know in the MW, it can go back to 70 tomorrow. For 10 minutes.]

It's all about the VEST these days in Chicago - my good friend Corinne keeps showing up at KIP in beautiful vest after vest and I'm HOOKED!

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Chic Knits = WARDROBE get dressed

Presenting the incredibly gorgeous Melanie B in her cropped Ribby Cardi! Congratulations, Ms. Melanie on the coming baby! I adore your *Bump Ribby*. BRAVA!


More Ribby goodness, as crafted by the lovely Chandra, from Knitting Nerds. I love this color combination and thank you so much for sending me this fabulous picture of beatiful YOU!


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Weekend Wonderland

The most wonderful time of the year...

Good friends, good food, good GIFTS!

Try a Felted Bucket Hat for
a little Cold Weather CHIC!

freshly tweaked for better fit, better brim, stylish...

Pattern: $4.95

the complete Collection at
Le Chic Boutique

the beautiful Theresa, models the Felted Bucket Hat, in our very favorite neighborhood, Wicker Park...

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Monday, November 20, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  

more FUNkay food

ok, everybody knows about the Chicken & the Egg...

well, what came first here?




many thanks to Marg - who first told me about #1 above...

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006


self-portrait Tuesday

This photo was shot in my bathroom mirrors. The color cast from the bank of lights above the mirrors gave a late late twilight look to it, which I decided not to correct, but painted it a bit in PS. Sometimes things become something else than originally intended.

I was trying to take a picture of a new necklace I got Sunday at the DIY Trunk Show, from Natalia's wonderful collection. I didn't really know what the story was behind it - but the shape was initial-like (B) - and it's curvaceous beauty spoke to me.

This is actually an Ek Ong Kar (symbolizing one creator and is a central tenet of Sikhism.)

In my daily grind as a photographer, I am almost always in plain, utility type clothing. This time of year, the Parka becomes the Chief Commander of my wardrobe. And, if you've ever seen folks dressed for outdoor work, stylishness is not at a premium, but function is. It has always been comforting to me to wear garments and objects underneath all of it that either flaunt the function or are just beautiful in themselves. If I'm feeling especially crushed by the weather, a favorite La Perla turquoise lace set makes its *appearance* and even though no one else knows why I might be smiling, happiness will be washing me down.

This little pendant joins the collection of things that are underneath. It is personal (initial), beautiful (craftsmanship), and spirtual. Quite a triple play.


And it reminded me of another favorite emblem - worn at all times by possibly the most incredible Tudor of all.

And, in the unpredictable way that culture chooses its icons, the necklace of one of the most historically infamous has become the neck piece of one of our current favorites, none other than Ugly Betty!

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Thursday, November 223, 2006


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the incredible H2O Hat
2 hours and ZAP!
you're WARM!


Pattern: $4.95

the complete Collection at
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Monday, November 27, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  

because slacking on the computer is an art form in itself, I bring you art tricked out...

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006


The vest. It grows. The pattern from the hand painted yarn is intriguing me such that I can't wait to see what comes next.

This little number has become a reward, so to speak, or perhaps, more accurately, a bribe. There's a lot cookin' in the kitchen at Chez Chic and to keep myself on point, I work a few rows on a fab personal project to reward myself.

Another, quicker (and necessary) reward - some new Boots! These are by Camper and were harvested on a shoe sale romp with Theresa on Sunday.


The combination of materials in these boots is what caught my eye: rubber toe kicks and 3" heels, Nubuck sides, Taffeta tops!

But wait, when the brain is all fired UP, one project isn't enough. Just when you need to be focused on the singular, the multiple will be very appealing. And we're not talking about any old project. Or, maybe we are! The uncontrollable urge to re-work re-model a previous project just might strike.


Here is a sweater I made earlier this year which decided it would be much happier as a cap-sleeved vest. In my rather cavalier ignorance, I thought it would be an evening or 2 romp in front of the TV. MEMO to SELF: next time, try and have the bright ideas the first time around...

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006


The color of this yarn (Berroco *Ultra Alpaca* Lavendar Mix) almost takes my breath away. It is such a departure from the regulation color strip @Chez Chic


(BLACK, Dk. Brown, Taupe, Grey, Chartruese, Navy, Bijou Blue)

It is in a world of its own...

Planet Pleasure.

I think I might have to re-think my favorites and work this in!

Ariann #2 on the needles, is 2 shaping INCs away from being at the joining point. I've got the yarn all wound and am ready to roll out to the bus and hit it. It is going with me everywhere - has a hot date on the 10th of December.

Today, we look for buttons - can't wait to see what Michelle has come up with - she's making Ariann with this yarn too - spied it at our KIP. I can't decide what would go best with this - brown? grey? not purple? black is too deep toned. What do you think wouldn't detract from the song of the lilac?

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Thursday November 30, 2006 KIPKIPKIP

reality check...


To make sure that little Ariann is coming out to spec, the Blocking Rug makes a guest appearance. I like to use this rug to *hold* pieces for blocking and measuring - pin usage is at a minimum because the rug pile *grips* the knitting. I like to measure my progress at several points to make sure I'm in the ball park. I measured after the ribbing, at the waist point and now, before joining (bottom and upper arm edge).

This yarn is making a really nice fabric - drapey, soft and to gauge [4.75 sts/6 rows or 19/24, using the larger needles]. This should be even better looking after a nice wet blocking.

The body section is gently patted out on the rug then meausred, from side point to side point.


I'm getting a hair over 19" - am making a 38" sample, so all is well. The dimensions given for this design are finished measurements - the actual circumference of the lower body piece. I chose a size nearest the dimensions of my favorite fitting sweater - choose up rather than down if close.

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