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Tuesday, May 1, 2007



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Now is the month of Maying,
When merry lads are playing.
Fa la la...
Each with his bonny lass,
upon the greeny grass.
Fa la la...
The Spring clad all in gladness,
Doth laugh at winter's sadness.
Fa la la...

...Thomas Morley, "Now is the Month of Maying"


 

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

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CeCe sleeves knit with ggh *Bali*

Because the Muse whispered DOit in my ear, this piece is being knit flat. The pattern instructs me to knit this CeCe sleeve in the round, which I've done for three (omg, I've made 3!) sweaters so far.

Those sleeves are very pretty. They have no seams.

And, IMHO, the knitting went very slowly.

More slowly than, say, knitting them FLAT [and taking a few minutes to seam them later...

Now you might be wondering how, in fact, many of you have written to me asking this, to convert instructions for circular knitting into instructions for flat knitting.

A Sleeve is the perfect teaching aid -- not too complicated. Not too big.

Easy Peasy Circular-to-Flat Sleeves

-- find the initial stitch count given for the circular sleeve. For example purposes, we are going to use the number 60.

-- Take that number and add 2 stitches -- [60 + 2 = 62]. These 2 sts are needed to balance the width dimension you remove by seaming. So, sixty-two stitches is your beginning stitch count for your flat sleeve.

-- Now go through the rest of the sleeve instructions and highlight any numbers referring to stitch counts for your size. If there is a stitch pattern to be worked (like lace in the CeCe pattern) be sure to account for those 2 extra sts when you establish the stitch pattern. Ususally, then, the next relevant stitch count doesn't occur until all lower shaping is done. Knitting flat does not affect the lower sleeve shaping - work all INC as given.

-- Now we are ready to make the sleeve cap. Look at how many sts the pattern recommends you bind off for the underarm area. For example purposes, we are going say that the circular pattern says: "BO the next 16 sts".

-- Divide that stitch count by two. 16 / 2 = 8.

-- To balance the st count for the cap area, you need to take away the sts you added for the seam allowance above. This is easily accomplished by adding one more stitch to be bound off per side edge -- remember you are now binding off at the beginning of two rows to get the proper shaping in that area.

-- So from our example above, the original count called for is 8 sts per edge. To take away the seam stitch, that stitch count now becomes 8 + 1 = 9 sts to be bound off per armhole edge. So instead of binding off 16 sts, you will bind off 18 sts total.

Here is an extra tip: when I cast on any pieces with seams, I extra length in the long tail cast on -- it measures about a yard of yarn. This will become my *thread* to seam the sleeve. I wrap the yarn around three fingers, then secure with a twist-tie to keep it from tangling in the work...

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Friday, May 4, 2007

. . . greetings from the Chic Knits TGIF Library . . .

Ah, the power of BOOKS!

Without them, I, and my knitting, are nothing! I learned to knit when I was 10 years old, but my teacher was more entranced by the hook, and turned to the needle only during the winter season when the grandchildren needed mittens. Many a snowy afternoon was spent knitting to "The Guiding Light" with my Busia. My first finished project was a pair of lopsided gems -- one with a normal sized thumb, the other with one fit for a golf ball. Grandma was unconcerned.

So books became my guiding light rather quickly. There was just no single person to turn to when my need surpassed my technique. Many of you have written to me about this too and have asked me to share my library with you...

Here's something small and precious right-off-the-bat that would've changed my life in the day:

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Basic Knit

I have become especially entranced with Japanese knitting books - their graphs, line-art and economy of text just key into my brain with direct information.

This book by Ondori is no exception - and just look at the cover with the lace-mitted Demo Hands! Deelightful!

After you are introduced to the Basics, you are shown how to Shape Armholes (Left & Right); How to Shape Shoulders without Binding Off; and my favorite: Sewing in Sleeves, using a Back Stitch or Crocheted Slip-Stitch.

These are all the fabulous techniques that can launch the beginner into the world of the expert, where craftsmanship is Queen.

And speaking of queens -

If you have traveled beyond the basics and are hungry for Total Inspiration, look no further than this:

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Knitting Beyond the Edge

From the needles of the incomparable Nicky Epstein, springs the third collection of her incredible decorative edge finishes. I have to confess, I have looked through this book many, many times now, and each time is as the first: EUREKA!

In this outing, we are treated to a stupendous variety of cuffs and collars; corners and edges; necklines; and closures. I own many a stitch pattern book but there is something about seeing them in action that enables me to go to a next level like no other.

My friend and muse, Edie, is a dedicated knitter of kid's clothes and her simple decorations on the garments using Nicky's series keeps inspiring me to higher ground. For instance:

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This is an Edie favorite - she sprinkles flowers randomly all over the garment - but how it changes when shown as a complete collection of finishes - placket, collar, decoration.

Page after page of incredible suggestions are packed with possibility - many have multiple treatments represented and you can isolate details at will to fit your inspiration - this is probably why I keep coming back for more - everytime I open it, I see something different. And, for those of us who are shy about finishing - the book includes engineering advice about all the edgings used - from how and how many stitches to pick up on a neckline, to buttonbands and more.

This is the kind of book that leaves you ready to explore and expand on your own -- excuse me while I go visit a special Shawl Collar...

the Chic Knits TGIF Library is always open HERE. . .

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Weekend Style Report

. . .welcome SPRING!

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While the robins and flowers have been popping up all over the place, we've been busy doing some Spring Cleaning of our own here at Chic Knits!

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To celebrate our new pattern layouts, we've made some fresh samples of the ChicKami

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and the Ribby Shell!

You asked for it: the size range on the Ribby Shell is now
34 (37, 40, 43, 46)" and on the
ChicKami 34 (36, 40, 42, 44, 48)".

We love the wearability of these designs and hope YOU enjoy knitting AND wearing them everyday too...

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Chic Knits = WARDROBE
Get Dressed...

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For a limited time only (until June 1, 2007), if you have purchased an earlier version of these patterns, email a copy of your receipt to info*chicknits*com and we will send a copy of the revised version to your original purchasing email address only.

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Monday, May 7, 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  

 

Scouting around the global design world,
one stumbles on many a gem...

here is a site for your pleasure -- do not miss these --

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Chic Knits Sock Nation Knittin' Citizen

...the Sock Speaks...
Make Mine Yellow

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Ah - to enjoy a flower in the Spring - I walk to the bus stop these days just drinking it in. The green, the petals, the scent - it is all around us - is this not the most glorious time of the year?

The lilacs promise; the dandelions wave.

Dent de lion?

They indeed are everywhere - and one would be hard-pressed to not call them the most prolific Wildflower of the Plains, non?

They control erosion, re-mineralize the soil and offer food to the animal species. Just like any other W.E.E.D.

Sock says they make a rather nice couch as well...

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"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Feral or Floral? the L.A. Times weighs in...

BTW: "...If you have been told that even a fragment of a root will regenerate, the good news is: It won't, says Nesom. "Hit it below the top of the root or the growing point," he says, "and you've got it.""

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

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The journey begins with a suitcase that refuses to be packed. THIS is the liability of perhaps too many clothes and the habit of taking about 30% more stuff on the road than will ever be used. I know I'm going to overpack; I know it's insane; to stop the insanity I procrastinate packing. Neurotic OR brilliant?

But what is way more FUN (and another tragic avoidance technique)? Playing with my clothes!

I am heading up country tomorrow for my annual Pilgrimage to the Woods. It's Mother's Day this Sunday and I always travel to my Mother's home in Michigan to bask in the love. Yes, Mother's Day is a two-way street - lots of swell emotion zinging back-and-forth in both directions.

You can see part of my Gift to Mom above. Now why could an outfit of mine possibly be construed as present to anyone if I am wearing it?

Think of it.

If you are like many teen girls growing up in America (and probably globally) you've had more conversations with She Who Must be Obeyed than you can count about What They are Wearing -- they being young women, usually with something showing that someone thinks should be under cover.

In My Family, that would be Legs/Kneecaps. Now I'll admit, kneecaps, like most feet, are not the first answer to pass the lips when questioned on one's favorite body part. Mine are doughy and chubbed to be sure (and that's both aforementioned parts - we fondly refer to my feet as *pierogi*).

So the lovely lace skirt above will delight Mom - not only am I NOT wearing trousers (JEANS OMG!), but I am fabulously wrapped to below-knee in lots of fabric -- two layers worth to be exact -- and surprisingly, it looks quite smash with the navy waistcoat. (For some reason, naked arms in our house are quite OK, but I still might throw a little sheer black Tee under that top.)

Now what's really important is Where this outfit is to be worn. At 11:30 am this Saturday, I will be in a rural church basement in the middle-of-nowhere. Well, Upper Lower Michigan to be exact but for you Urban Folk: Nowhere.

This is the site of an annual Mother's Day Lunch - where the Men of the Church *cook* (serve food cooked by their wives) once a year to show their respect to all womankind. And hence, Part II of my Mother's Day gift is given - my tongue normally arrives home later clove in two pieces from the frightful clamp that's been on it for several hours.

Ahem. However, the actual location of this place gives me ample opportunity to fufill my Biological Destiny.

I am half-Polish.

And in our version of femininity, one must always be 10% over-dressed.

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Mommie - these shoes are for YOU!
Dziękują za cały piękne kobiety nasz rodzina!

Happy Mother's Day Everyone!

 

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Monday, May 14, 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  

 

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One of a daughter's duties when on a Mother's Day Visit is to go sit under the Family Tree and see if anything interesting shakes down from above...

In her Junior Year, Mother ran for office in high school (treasurer, always a good position for a girl). She was a tap dancer and pom-pom girl and often wore real costumes and even short uniforms. Her nickname was "Legs".

The boy volunteers helping her campaign would go into a classroom and draw the outline of a leg on the board in chalk with the single word VOTE underneath. She won the election, hands down...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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LoMaintenance Girl in a High Maintenance World

Bouncing along Michigan Route 131 in the beautiful Spring sunshine this weekend, the above refrain kept popping into my head. It's nobody's song but mine, although I think that maybe an Idol winner or two might do it proud.

Whoosh. Even though I'm going 75mph, the newer, fresher cars are dusting my little Jeep. An Audi TT gets in front of me, top down, guy with perfect windblown hair enjoying the rays. This car, until recently, was my personal paragon of Car-dom. I've lost count of how many I've *road tested* at the Auto Show(s), hands on the wheel fantisizing this very trip in my own powder-brushed sliver-blue chariot.

Today, I ride a 1992 slightly rusty, white Wrangler. And I'm Happy.

I'm a LoMaintenance Girl in a High Maintenace world.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, doesn't mean I don't have Style.

Style has no price tag. Style doesn't even have a brand.

Style like Charm is something you might be born with but also something you could possibly buy.

Such as it is, a 15 year old car can be quite stylish.

It still gets a look-see (although if I procrastinate much longer it could be for the rust) flirt or two from the other cars; still more thumbs up than middle fingers.

Why abandon a perfectly working solution for something that might be just a change of veneer?

Because it might be more stylish and it works better too.

Take the pins shown above.

I was out lunching with my knitting muse, Edie, and we went in a local flower shop to see what we could see. One must never pass up a stroll through the posies; even if you walk out empty handed, the nose full will delight for a few minutes beyond.

Edie left with some body spray. I left with the box you see above.

They have become my New Favorite Knitting Tool: Corsage Pins.

On the right, you see two other pins -- they are a little longer than your average ball-headed pin and were quite nice to work with.

But compare to the Corsage Pins! The box says: "from 1929" and looks it -- and they haven't changed much since then. Perfectly straight, strong and long(er) with a nicely sized pearly head, they are so easy to use for seaming I am beaming. Much more perfect than clunky, thick T-Pins!

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Chic Knits Sock Nation Knittin' Citizen

...the Sock Speaks...


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YAY! Can't wait until the weekend comes -- it's full-blown Spring over here with a touch of lake effect chill. Perfect to test drive some new socks and take a sunny stroll.

Pattern: Chic Knits *Sock Love*
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Opal *Magic*
Color: Yellow 1050
Gauge: 9 sts/12 rows over 1"
Needles: 2.25mm

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...see all Opal Magic entries HERE

BTW: Wondering why this site has been roller-coasting its way around the last couple of days? My brilliant server company decided to migrate two servers worth of accounts to another server yesterday. They didn't tell anyone and suddenly POOF! My site disappeared only to be replaced by a bogus Suspension Page. They said that was the only kind of temp page they had so they slapped it up there. NICE. :(

Because command of the language by the support group is about nil, they didn't understand how implying my site disappeared due to my being a dead beat and not because of their negligence could be troublesome...

Anybody have any suggestions for a Good server company for me?

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Weekend STYLE Report

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Now available in size 34 AND size 46
the versatile, wearable
Ribby Shell!

read more about it HERE


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Monday, May 21, 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  

 

Oh no you Didn't / DID!

[Bold for stuff you've done, italics for stuff you plan to do eventually and normal for stuff you don't intend to do]

This little inventory was sooo intriguing, I decided to spice it up a little to celebrate and put a picture or link to show the MADNESS!

Afghan
I-cord -- Hee -- there was no category here for Fun Fur but YES! I've used it!
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Shawl -- so far the bug's bit me only once and then died
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down -- my favorites out of hemp/wool/touch-o-mohair
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up -- 1st thing I ever knit
Mittens: Tip-down
Hat -- my fave
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL -- fave "the Fix is In"
Sweater
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn -- rippit GOOD january 13 wearing favorite slippers and hat with Theresa in NORWAY! The lilac became red and went on to become this three years later...
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with bananafiber yarn
Domino knitting
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with Bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Cardigan
Toy/Doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Slippers
Graffitti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
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Continental Knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Scarf
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Buttonholes
Knitting with Alpaca
Fair Isle Knitting -- barely
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else's handspun yarn -- yay inch-by-inch Meg -- THANKS!
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male to knit
Bobbles
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dyeing yarn
Steeks
Knitting art
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously
Fulling/felting
Knitting with wool
Textured Knitting
Kitchener Bind Off
Purses/bags
Knitting with beads
Swatching
Long Tail CO
Entrelac
Knitting and Purling Backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn
Stuffed Toys
Baby items
Knitting with Cashmere
Darning
Jewelry
Knitting with synthetic yarn -- oh no she did't
Writing a pattern
Gloves
Intarsia -- here's a flash from the Past...
Knitting with Linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Pillows
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Rug
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Shrug/Bolero/Poncho
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

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Wednesday, May 22, 2007

...self-portrait Wednesday



You are What You Eat Knit...

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The Birds. The Flowers. The Sun.

I've been rousting around the house, searching out and making mounds of objects feeling the need to cast-off all extra baggage and start anew. Recycle. Donate. Bin.

Off the main bedroom is a huge walk-in closet.

I am NOT the type of person who should be given the keys to that particular kingdom.

There's stuff in there.

There's stuff in there I haven't seen for seven years, not since the days I moved in in 2000, celebrating the beginning of a new millenium wishing for a new leaf and praying for a chance to abandon my hoarding ways. I must admit that nearly all of the things in the closet have been used and served me well; the fact remains they have mostly outlived their usefullness in my life. Some however, have never, cough, reached their potential.

Consider the hand-knit piece above.

It is a sweater back from so long ago that I don't even know where the pattern could be found (hint: Rowan something or other to be sure). It is Intarsia. It is cotton. I plead temporary insanity.

Looking closer, I see why I might've been attracted to this devil-child. It has interesting alternating Stockinette / Reverse Stockinette blocks.


It has Pansies.


I think they're Pansies.

And who wouldn't love a Chartruese Daisy?

Certainly not me -- hee -- it appears that that could've been the Theme of this Poem in Stitches and, you know, I've recited that one all my life, to anyone who would listen. Lean. Green. Knitting Machine.

So, in the spirit of leaness, I invite you to a challenge: name the pattern and book this sweater is made from. TOO HARD Dudes! Instead -- leave a suggested use for this block in the comments. What would YOU do with this intarsia *masterpiece*?

WIN 5 balls of Zitron POLO (a wonderful blend of 60% Cotton and 40% Microfiber) in a beautiful Cerise color and a pattern for a ChicKami shell!

Winner to be announced Monday, May 28, 2007! (Random number generator used to draw winner.)

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TGIF May 25, 2007

Chic Knits Sock Nation Knittin' Citizen

...the Sock Speaks...
the Love Bus Revisited...

It seems like only yesterday that it was deemed the paragon of hook-ups, a rolling den of mutual attraction on wheels, a mobile singles bar, commuter style.

The #66.

The Love Bus.

It didn't take too long for my fellow riders to out the Chicago Tribune reporter who penned this fantasy (April 13, 2006) -- the very next day, many told me they were on the bus with him and it was business as usual.

In our world, during Rush Hour, that would be:

-- minimum eye contact (AM: eyes still full of sleepers. PM: mascara has migrated)
-- lack of conversation (AM: I am not awake. PM: my blood sugar is so low I have NOT the energy to utter a single word)
--no desire for bodily contact (AM: don't touch my shower. PM: I need a shower).

Since the opposite of the above are necessary for a successful tryst, my busmates assured me with word and deed that the Trib guy must've been trippin' in a way that did not include being a real passenger with the rest of us.

It actually goes more like this.

I get on the bus, maybe 4th in a line of 7 - 8 at my stop. Because I'm lame and hate the new plastic bus cards (mine goes to zero balance all by itself) I put CASH into the fare box, taking an extra 4 seconds and potentially pissing off the people behind me. My stop is early on in the route and I usually get a seat and pull out my Sock-in-Progress and get to it Right Away.

It's Happy Hour and my Sock is my Martini, shaken not stirred.

One Friday night as I'm joyfully rolling along, my revelry is disturbed by not only the press of flesh of overcrowding but two loud passengers. They've arrived through the Back Door of the Bus (the thug entrance -- avoid the farebox when it's so crowded the driver can't see you) and the female passenger tells the male to move move move. She's spotted Solid Gold; an empty two-seater and ain't no stoppin' her now.

Amazingly, he sits down right next to her and even though they appear to not know each other, they start fussing and fighting right from the onset like a couple who's been dreadfully hitched for a lifetime. He politely delivers such rejoinders as: "You're Really Rude, you know." She counters with: "You ugly."

Back and forth this goes for about two stops and I find myself knitting faster and faster the more vicious and furious the insults become. We are packed in there closer than sardines there is no where to go we gotta get home! So our Low Blood Sugar reduces their pathetic tirade into a hideous low-level drone. No one says or does anything.

He says, "You didn't have to pull out the Box Cutter now."

And even as I'm glancing over my shoulder, I'm UP and getting out of my seat, telling the guy next to me to move move move much in the way She Told Him when She got on because She's right behind me, yellow-handled blade held up shoulder height, arm pulled back ready to deliver.

The packed people part like the living sea and amazingly again no one does anything but give the two Fussers room. Somehow we give them enough space (maybe an arm's length?) for us to safely stand and finish the ride because just a threat is not enough to stampede the herd in the big city.

The Love Bus.

Indeed.

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The Sock has been treating me to some Taxi lately. It likes that It matches the Passenger Bill of Rights posted on all seats.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  

You Are a Pinky



You are fiercely independent, and possibly downright weird.
A great communicator, you can get along with almost anyone.
You are kind and sympathetic. You support all your friends - and love them for who they are.

You get along well with: The Ring Finger

Stay away from: The Thumb

What Finger Are You?

Darnit! I always thought I was the Middle Finger (ahem, Middle Child?). Hee. But this cracked me up too - "stay away from the Thumb!" Indeed.


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and the WINNER of the WTF is THAT? little Contest from last week?

By random drawing (drumroll please): CRYSTAL! from Knittin' Bayou

and may we wish you a huge CONGRATULATIONS for getting your fabulous new degree!

THANK YOU! to everyone who sent in suggestions -- by far, the concensus was this should be a bag or blanket -- I can see it! Polly from All Tangled Up actually found the pattern. I knew I should've called you right away Polly! Well Done! She says it is by Sasha Kagan from Rowan #5 and is called Chequer Flowers.

Here's some other fun suggestions:

-- Throw Rug for Bathroom
-- Bolster Pillow
-- Sachet Pillow filled with Lavender
-- Blanket for a Cabbage Patch Doll
-- Baby Blanket with added strips
-- Game Board
-- Kitchen Towels
-- Pin Cushions from little squares
-- Cushion Cover

and one I hadn't thought of from s.Kate: "If you have no attachment to or plans to continue or alter this masterpiece, may I tempt you with something from my stash as a trade?" BINGO! Bring it!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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Whether it's a resurrection or not depends on how you do the math -- like maybe re-starting something that was barely started at all should count, right?

I was working on this green CeCe last year around this time and stalled [mental block on knitting sleeves in-the-round].

Rippit/rResuscitate and we have 2 flat sleeves! [I didn't actually knit them on the same needle but put them there to hold and wait while I finish the Body of the garment.]

I cast on for that yesterday and have an inch and a half done so far. RISE!

Rise as fast as bread! Rise fast as the weeds growing in my back yard I say!

Nothing is faster --

We are in the process of re-doing our *landscaping*. What passes for organized bushes and other green stuff is a compilation of old and new -- the stuff the developer/builder threw into the ground a few years ago and stuff we've been adding as we go.

It is way less than ideal, especially the original stuff -- trees planted smack dab in the middle of the yard, in incorrect conditions so they couldn't thrive or just the wrong kind of plant. Really. Got to. GO.

This last weekend we had a fellow come in and take out a monstrously huge Privet hedge. While this can be a great fast-growing bush, in a small profile area it just takes over. We could barely open the garage entry door or walk between the houses without being bussed around the head and shoulders by a hedge so bloated and huge one did anything to avoid having to walk near it. Our tree fellow made short work of it with a chain saw but disappeared half-way through the job.

This is not unusual in the Big City.

Finding coherent workman who will Get It Done like they say they will is almost a miraculous occurence. We thought we hit solid gold because we saw this guy working on our neighbor's stuff. Hee. Different day, different sh*t. He not only didn't finish our job on the first day, but left a fair amount of cut branches in the street blocking parking and maybe scratching cars going by. I went out and piled them in the parkway and just started to churn.

Who thinks the Fellow actually returned my phone calls? [I have a bridge I'd like to sell you!]

Instead, his wife calls at 10am Sunday morning (sorry our truck broke down) and says they're on their way to wrap it up and I'm actually happy because no one will have to be telephonically flogged (which BTW, I do rather well). I'm skeptical but show up he does -- with a rather shady guy who looks like he came straight from the deck of the Black Pearl -- dirty scarf around his head, glazed, greasy skin, 5 o'clock shadow at 11am! But he also has a Machine -- one that gobbles and dissolves the stumps they left from the day before. And to make nice, my fellow manually digs up a stump too close to the house so he won't kill the surrounding bushes with the Stump Buster wheels. All is forgiven. All that remains are plans for the fresh and new!

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Thursday, May 31, 2007




Sock Love in Schoeller Stahl SOCKA color 9047


Now that I've completed that silly Finger Quiz, I've noticed that indeed, I lift ye Pinkie, unconsciously, into the air any chance I get -- drinking a cuppa, tying my shoes, and oh, blow-drying my hair.

I thought myself a common man but this one little flag salutes the snob in all of us, no? Yes! I watch Masterpiece Theatre and accredit it as High Culture! But tickling it was to see a scene in Bleak House where Guppy, a social climbing lawyer, raised his pinkie with purpose while drinking a cup of tea with his betters, as if that one act alone would make them live in a parallel society.

I adore Charles Dickens. I've been slowly working my way through his writing, which I find as fresh today as when he walked.

I suppose one had maybe, hmm, two or three pairs of socks back then, if you were fortunate -- cost: 1 shilling, 10 pence ("It has been said that in 1800, not one person in fifty living in England wore socks, but by 1900 not one person in fifty was without them."). But what DID the common man wear? I wonder if there was a street market equivalent of the Six-Pack Freeway Sock Guy in the Victorian Age; we have them, now that the weather is good, at many ramps across town. You can be stuck in traffic, get cold water, a pack of peanuts, and a six-pack of white cotton socks. I promise this is true. I promise I will get a picture of this.

Until then, you will have to go wallow here:
-- Sock Timeline
-- History of Socks Japenese-style
-- the History of the Sock Monkey

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