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Wednesday, July 14, 2004



I couldn't resist this wonderful color when I saw it in the store on the rack. It had the freshness of spring, the excitement of a summer day, the COLOR of...


Ogerific, I say, the more the merrier!

Anyone who's ever been out yarn hopping with me can attest to the fact that after I walk into a store - any yarn store - anywhere - I will walk in a straight fast line quickly to the first LIME I spy.

Like a bee to the pollen, I BUZZ and adore, court and fondle, and with great effort, push off and try to inspect and appreciate something else.

Sometimes, the attraction is too strong - and GLADLY, I ended up with this hot, hot, hot color just made to order for these HOT Summer days.

It gives me great pleasure to pull this out on the bus, after I've waited in the city soup at the stop, and just look at it in the Summer Light. This saturated SUPERcolor just makes sense now in a way that it never will in the middle of winter.

The mystery for me, though, is why this attraction is so strong to begin with. And even though you don't see many people wearing this color often, when they do, it is always striking.

I am intrigued by why all humans have a favorite color. To echo our libidenous brothers who delcare "I'm a Leg Man myself" I'll have to just SHOUT "I'm a LIMEY for sure..."

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

bonne + lime love = b.Limey!

The Fabulous Kate Gilbert writes in the last edition of b.Limey: "In the haute couture fashion world, green is considered bad luck so many designers avoid it. Madame Carven was one of the first (and only?) successful designers to use lots and lots of green."

Way to pique my imagination, Kate! Superstitions, fashion, luck, mystery, intrigue - all just the stuff we are made of over hereaaah @ChicKnits...

So onto the Fashion History Ride, where we find:

"According to Liles, Scheele's green or arsenic sage was introduced about 1770. Although it was extremely poisonous, it was used to dye cotton, linen and paper."

Liles states that "Napier complained bitterly in 1875 that the dye was still being used and that it poisoned the maker, the winders of yarn dyed with it, and the person using the dyed article." (p.145)

"He adds that it was particularly dangerous when used on wallpaper and that there is good evidence that the arsenic from the wallpaper in his bedroom on St. Helena killed Napoleon and poisoned some of his servants."

The STUFF that TOOK DOWN the tiny Emperor? The arsenic in the dye itself was the culprit!

More from the Victorian Web:

"At Guy's Hospital in London a surgeon had been presented with many patients suffering from sore eyelids and lips and lung and throat complaints, and he was the first to isolate a univerul cause. A cheap and widely used type of wallpaper was decorated in green foliage and flowers, the pattern made up in thick relief of arsenite of copper. Under heat or agitation from brushing or cleaning, particles of dust would slowly poison people in the room."

And there's the flip-side of a favorite color: the POPULAR color!

And you thought Avocado green refrigerators were LETHAL...


more on Madame Carven, the petite grand couturier, who, for the love of lime, defied the superstition: "It all began when Madame CARVEN decided to establish her own Haute Couture house on the Rond Point des Champs Elysées in 1945. Her main objective was to cater for the smaller woman as she herself was only 1m55!"

Designer History

House of Carven

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004



Throw a catchy tune my way and my brain doesn't stand a chance.
I'll be singing it over and over the livelong day - against my will even.
Perhaps this has happened to you...

Lime. Aqua. SING IT!!!

I can't get away from it - it's been a lifelong attraction on clothing I've made and worn. One of my favorite dresses I ever made back in the day when I was trying to SEW all my wardrobe instead of KNIT IT was a turquoise dress trimmed in lime green piping...

and... Have MERCY! I've been inspired by a purse...


If you recall this missive's March 9th entry, I was overcome by a desire to couple Brown and PINK because of the way Jana Feifer used them together on her initial series bags.

Well she's playing MY TUNE again -

Just in time for those Lazy, CRAZY days of Summer, a wonderful, outrageous, not-for-everybody cup-O-Iced-Green-Tea with a Sprig of Mint...

Or a garden of luscious tropical foliage and sky...


noun [C] : a light frame made of bars of wood or metal crossed over each other, fixed to a wall for plants to grow up.

At first, I was calling this design "Arbor" because of the color being so evocative of my love of trees. When I drive up to Michigan to see the Familials, there are miles and miles of Forest Preserves and the undulating greeness of it all makes the miles (300) fly by.

But something I've decided to try on the front of this piece demanded a change in the look of the back.What you see is a Trellis - angled lace that emanates from a center stitch and travels to each side edge.

If all goes well and I'm, well, just plain lucky, something this way grows...


the Green Goddess wants YOU!

Juicy Couture's Sweats

Lacoste Baseball T

Language Sequin Top

Marc Jacobs Venetia


All blime all the time
Complete Notes: b.Limey

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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 27, 2004

New Threads Friday

get yer DANCE ON!!!

Design: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: GGH "Bali"
Color: #44 Lime & #84 Aqua
Gauge: 20sts /28 rows over 4"
using #6 needles

If garments could talk this Trellis shell would shout HOORAY!!! I'm done and ready for some FUN!

read the Complete b.Limey Notes HERE

As always, it's TGIF once again here at ChicKnits! BY gum it's one of the last weekends of summer and what have we here?

The annual Bucktown Arts Fest!
August 28-29, 2004
2300 N. Oakley Ave.

"Following the directive, “It’s the art, stupid,” the Bucktown Arts Fest continues to present art in all its forms. From its humble beginning as a small gathering of local artisans, the fest has grown into a premier gathering of painters, sculptors, photographers, craftsmen, musicians, actors and poets. Free from large-scale commercialism, the event keeps its eye doggedly focused on art."

AND, for music lovers with some dancing feet, there's
Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival
August 28-29, 10:30AM-9:30PM
Petrillo Music Shell
235 S. Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60603

Don't miss original Santana drummers with the Tellstars:1:55 - 2:35 p.m Saturday - featuring José Chepito Areas, Mike Shrieve and Armando Peraza...


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