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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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