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Sunday, August 15, 2004

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a HANDY-DANDY YARN LIST for the MondoCable Shell!

You asked for IT : You got it! Here's a short list of yarns that would look great using this pattern...

This pattern works best with a *blend* yarn; microfiber adds a nice lightness to the mix...

Gauge: 16 sts/20 rows over 4 inches Stockinette St
#9 needles or needles necessary to get the above...

Printable copy HERE

As always, no commercial associtation with the following yarn companies or vendors...


Artful Yarns:Cinema

Artful Yarns: Fable

Berocco: Suede Cascade: Cotton Rich

Berocco: Zen

Cascade: Sierra

Katia: Serpentina* Crystal Palace : Monterey
Reynolds: Cabaret Debbie Bliss: Denim Aran
Schachenmayr: Goa* Gedifra: Aragona
Tahki: Lily

Gedifra: Beauty Cotton

Tahki: Positano* GGH: Goa
Trendsetter: Dolcino

Jo Sharp: Desert Garden*


Lana Grossa: MultiCot

  Lana Grossa: Binario


Rowan: All Seasons Cotton

  Reynolds: Mandalay


Schoeller Stahl: Portofino*


Vittadini: Diana

*star indicates discontinued but still available online yarns...

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Monday, August 16, 2004

Monday Morning Mirth


OH! For the Love of MONKEY! my wallet, yes does open...

This little buddy found it's way into my knapsack at the Retro @Rosco Street Fair Saturday.

It is a refrigerator magnet made from a bottle cap.

It is also a COLLAGE!

That's right, Ms. Jeanmarie Petro painstakingly, lovingly, cut out the little shapes needed to make this one-of-a-kind MONKEY SHINE!!!


YOU can find Miss Jeanmarie at WEENER WARE, the studio she runs with her cool partner, Barbara Tinger!

WW will also be at the Bucktown Arts Fest
August 28-29, 2004


the Renegade Craft Fair
(Wicker Park, home of our very own KIP!!!)
September 18-19, 2004

If you're visiting Chicago this Summer
go to the Chicago Cultural Center at 79 E Washington
and get some Weener at the Art*o*mat!


"What is an Art*o*mat?"

"Created in 1997, Art*o*mat machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art.

Currently, there are 71 ACTIVE MACHINES in museums and various locations throughout the country."

Find an Art*o*mat near you.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Onde = Wave = Ombre

pick up the mic and OndeAlong!


Although the best thing about my recent Road Trip to North Carolina was being with my Fam and THE MOUNTAINS(!) the second best thing was the Knitting.

I rented a Ford FOCUS from Hertz and my Mom & I split the driving. I did the RustBelt Circuit through Michigan and Ohio and Mom did the driving through the more rural areas.

This was my time to KNIT.

On the way down, I worked on the BizChic Cardi. On the way home, I worked on my ONDE. Smooth Stockinette Stitch was the order of the day as mile after mile sailed by and the Right Piece just grew and grew. From the early morning, when we went through the misty gap near the foot of Jellico Mountain, where Tennesee joins Kentucky, it was perfect auto-pilot stitchery. We were listening to some SMOKIN' Blue Grass progams on Sunday morning out of Knoxville, TN. Never before in my life (and I've been a lifelong fan) has this music made more sense to me than to hear it in the hills from whence it began...

The melodies, the rhythms, the unique instruments, the lyrics, all blended to soar and amuse in a way it just never does when I'm driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway up North. For most of the trip, coming and going, we stuck to the low power FM stations through 7 states and all I have to say is THANK YOU NPR!!!

By the time we got to mid-Ohio and it was time for me to drive again, I had made it just past the armhole split on this gigantic piece that encompasses half-back and half-front.

I finished the *piece* last night and to my extreme delight, watched with wonder as the WAVE of the Right and Left pieces matched up perfectly!!!

YES! I was skeptical! There were a few knots in one of the balls for the Left Body Piece and I was worried there would be tears and whining BIG TIME in the Windy City when it all was said and done. But no - it is wonderful - I did take the time to measure off the same amount of yarn when casting on both pieces (actually wrote it down when I started) so I would lessen the odds of mismatch.

What's Left: Collar, Belt and seaming...


the Temptress:
Le Gilet Long
Effet "Tie & Dye"

read the Complete OndeAlong HERE

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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

oh L@@K, it's!
your Fashion Future along N. Michigan Ave.


ANIMAL PRINTS mixed with florals, faux jewels,
Aunt Mimi Suits, you name it...

PONCHOS, Ponchos, ponchos!!!

Variegated long wrap sweater worn
with a FEDORA!


Juicy Couture does
PINK (& brown & fuschia) ACCESSORIES:
hats, bags, belts and SHOES!

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Thursday, August 19, 2004

More Sublime b.LIME


Back into the Garden we go, and things start to get a little tricksie...

Your pixelated pixie eyes do not deceive!

That is indeed, INTARSIA around the neckline of the Trellis Shell.

I became intrigued by lattice lace around the proposed V of the neck but what if...


That is how the wacky AQUA became a part of this equation in the first place!

The LIME, even in it's splendiferous BRIGHT GLORY was actually just too boring on its own...

Now it sings FIESTA! Partay! Sexay! Come On & Dance, all you red-headed girls!


Lattice Lace DETAIL

Intarsia DETAIL
from the Wrong Side

Read the Complete b.Limey Notes HERE

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Friday, August 20, 2004

Woman on the VERGE of a New Threads Friday
and to prove I can't do anything in a direct way, I'm binding off the last stitches of my Urban Pshawl even as I write this...

My fascination with my knitted projects, in typical late summer fashion, ebbs and flows in equal parts love and disdain. A Sine Wave of positive and negative charge - AC Knitting Electricity, if you please...


I need to be more linear and travel that Stitchery Circuit in a direct fashion...

And there-in lies the problem: ahemmm, FASHION!

I see sweaters on the street, on the rack, AND, now that it's becoming, for real, Sweater Weather, on display in all of the Local Yarn Palaces...


I ran into We'll Keep You in Stitches yesterday to snag some 24" circs to finish the Pshawl neckline and what do my gluttonous eyes spy?

The new Fall 2004 Adrienne Vittadini pattern book! WOOT! IMHO, this design house (anybody out there know WHO the actual knitwear design genius is?) puts out the BEST, bar none, collection of patterns every season. (To say I'm seriously underwhelmed by the Fall offerings at Vogue & IK is an understatement...)

AND, as I was checking out, I saw these hand crafted Birch Needles by the register (let's hear it for IMPULSE PURCHASING YAY!!!). Actually, just what I needed to whip out some Super Bulky Scarves without beating myself to death with my other pair of looooong #19 needles. These are from the folks at Lakewood Needle Co. in Milwaukee, WI.


(20 min. later...)
the Urban Pshawl is FINISHED!!!

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