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Weekend, April 24, 2005

A lovely scooped neckline tops this easy sweater...

The Scoop's Body & Sleeves are edged with
deep, chunky ribbing for a
modern flattering look...

This Size 38 Scoop has set-in sleeves and is knit in pieces using:
Lion Brand "Cotton Ease" in Vanilla.

The pattern is perfect for any Aran weight yarn, cotton, wool or blends that can knit to a gauge of 18 sts/24 rows per 4".

The Scoop is modeled by the fabulous Heidi from "Step Into My Thimble."

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Monday, April 25, 2005

  Monday Morning Mirth  

from the pages of the Washington Post Style Invitational: take a hyphenated heading from the top of a page of the Yellow Pages and define it...

Alcohol-Apartments: Universities used to call these "dormitories." (Elden Carnahan

Attorneys-Audiologists: Lawyers who guarantee they'll get you a hearing. (Marty McCullen, Gettysburg, Pa.

Automotive-Bail: What you'll have to pay if you're found parked on Constitution Avenue at 4:00:00.00001 p.m. on weekdays (Elden Carnahan)

Balancing-Balloons: Silicone implants on just one side to "even things up." (Russell Beland)

Billing-Blood: A loan shark's late payment fee. (Harold Kerr, Takoma Park)

Chiropractors-Christmas: A forecast of freezing rain and heavy, wet snow. (Brendan Beary)

Curtain-Dancing: What burlesque queens resort to when they've lost the figure for fan-dancing. (Brendan Beary)

Can-Car: Pulled by the Little Engine That Could (Pam Sweeney, Germantown)

Child-Duct: An FCC-acceptable euphemism for part of the female anatomy. (Pam Sweeney)

Demolition-Dentists: Let us rearrange your mouth in a single visit. (Marty McCullen)

Environmental-Escort: Ooh, I'll maketh you lie down in green pastures, big boy! (Harold Kerr)

Foam-Foods: The nation's top supplier of airline meals. (Joseph Romm, Washington)

Financial-Fire: For when cooking the books didn't work well enough. (Jane Auerbach, Los Angeles)

Granite-Grocers: Specializing in those holiday fruitcakes. (Stevens R. Miller, Ashburn)

Kitchen-Labor: Term of endearment likely to go over even less well than "the old ball and chain." (Russell Beland)

Lawn-Lawyers: Little statues of guys in business suits holding attache cases -- for the discriminating homeowner who'd never have a lawn jockey. (Russell Beland)

Lumber-Magicians: Your friends at Pfizer. (Michelle Stupak)

Mattresses-Memorial: Hugh Hefner's already planning his grave site . . . (Les Greenblatt, Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Paper-Parapsychologists: Practitioners who, instead of attending a rigorous school, simply got their parapsychology credentials from a diploma mill. (Russell Beland)

Real-Refrigerators: A Food Network reality show featuring spur-of-the-moment dishes like Worcestershire Sauce and Two-Year-Old Olives Wrapped in Brown Lettuce. (Tom Kreitzberg)

Rubber-Safe: Where the bank puts the bounced checks. (Paul Kocak, Syracuse, N.Y.)

Radio-Ready: Less than photogenic: "That guy has a face that's radio-ready." (Seth Brown, North Adams, Mass.)

Sewer-Sewing: The latest fad since extreme ironing competitions. (Dave Prevar, Annapolis)

Stools-Storage: Label on a vault in Howard Hughes's home. (Pam Sweeney)

Tree-Trophies: What beavers proudly display in their lodges. (Lawrence McGuire, Waldorf)

Wedding-Welding: Up to 40 percent less likely to be put asunder! (Tom Cary, Hollywood, Md.)

Women's-Zoning: A wife's rules for use of a house's public space. Seldom written down; usually enforced with a simple "You're not putting that in here, are you?" (Brendan Beary)

Yacht-Zoos: Noah's three sons launch a successful business chain. (Roy Ashley, Washington

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

meet my little friend, Mme. Dumas...

In a Move that could only be topped by a springtime tornado or two, the Little Bad Muse has started Spring Cleaning! A legandary FIVE loads of laundry were done over a two hour span of excrutiatingly boring Moday Night Sitcom TV and that only whet her whistle.

ON to the closets! DIG through the Sweater Armoire! FIND the scoundrels that need to be cleaned before their Summer Hibernation!

SCREECH! This is a cool thing - the yummiest deep indigo color - but the sight of it makes the Little Bad Muse hem and haw and before you know it, she's borrowing a phrase and SHOUTING in my ear: "Dumbass"....

That's right - it's too big and looks wonky! This poor creation is the end result (and becoming my personal MO) of NOT reading the pattern. Just knit the thing, make a few critical changes and carry-on as a card carrying member of the Dumas Family, who in legendary fashion, set the standard for blissful ignorance!

End Result? Floppinzeeze in ze shoulder, droopin' in the sleeves, and an accidental waistline that would do Mme. Josephine proud...

OFF with it's Thread! Vraiment...

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Wednesday, April 26, 2005

the PinkU Hanami Party...

Even though we don't have Cherry Blossom Time here in Chicagoland, I have extreme Hanami Envy. In Japan, during the *opening season* of the flowering trees, people gather together under the flowering glory in parks everywhere and have picnics!

Over the last couple of years, most of the knitters I know have wanted to get together OUTSIDE and get their knit on. Being an inveterate public knitter myself, I know how much fun it is to hang out in a public place and stitchit. Lots of my lunch breaks are spent sitting in the sun (even if I'm indoors) in a Public Place and knitting with the People. On ANY given work day, you will find me on the #66 Bus, wailing away on some WIP or another, all the time soaking up the vibe of the city-in-motion. It never fails to inspire me.

Chicagoland is chock FULL of places and events that would be a natural for this. So while I was studying this weekend, trying to hone my CSS & XHTML skills, just for the fun of it, I put together a little page to catch this idea and run with it:



Here you will find listings of events and places that might be of interest to you as a person who likes to KnitInPublic! You can use the comments section to perhaps hook up with other folks who might be attending said event. It is just starting up and has just a few listings right now, but I'll be adding more as I find them. Please send me any suggestions/events from the greater Chicagoland Area and I'll put them in! :)

I also included a list of Local Chicagoland Yarn stores. (If you have a link and are not on there - let me know...)

Coming Up: still looking for a cool, big page calendar script that I could run on a page that you would see the links in the day blocks. Working On: a list of local area knitting groups - send me your link if you have one :)

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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Hold That Yarn...

SCORE #1: Joann Fabrics on Elston Ave -
3 little baskets for 3 little WIPs...

KA-Ching $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Score #2: Now my Mobile Yarn can sing *HELLOOOO Spring* in an Indeed tote with cool black & white striped lining and green accents.
Original Cost: $48.00. Score Cost: $11.00

KA-Ching $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Nature balances the books: I run over muy $$$ eyeglasses with truck at work while trying to find a hole in the sky to raise the truck mast
for a live shot...

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Friday, April 29, 2005

ChicKnits New Threads Friday


Design: Stella Smith (Rowan #37)
Yarn: Filatura di Crosa *Zara*
Color: #1660 Chartruese
Gauge: 22sts/31 rows over 4"
Needles: #3 & #6
Type: Hand Knit

This color is ALIVE! I am so glad it is getting to be warmer here, because this tropical hue is almost too HAPPY for those nasty SADD days we are gonna leave behind AS OF NOW...

1. Changed gauge from 28/38 to 22/31 - made it one inch longer so it's pocket-top on me and adjusted as needed to fit my measurements.

2. Forgot to follow pattern for hem bands and needed to use provisional cast-ons for all pieces to add correct hem later..

3. Blanked out pattern instructions for front edge, which included a knit-in button band - added and sewed on button band after fronts were done. This actually worked out well - I used much smaller needles to knit it and it doen't pull as much as one knitted with the same size needles as the body would. WHEW!

4. Changed neckline from hard edge square, to slightly curved edge square. I have a seriously right-angled jawline and this softens the neckline towards my face without destroying the designs *look*.

5. Not a mod but: decided to use the multi-colored vintage buttons I was playing with early on with this cardi - they are really FUN! Might have to lose the yellow ones - their scalloped edges grab the buttonholes in a naughty way when buttoning...

...A special THANKS to Jessica over at Rose-Kim Knits for hosting the Martha KAL!!!

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