Tips, etc.
What size should I make? Pick a sweater from your wardrobe that fits you the way you'd like this one to fit you. Measure it. Use the size directions nearest (or larger if close) to your other garment.

Use the completed garment as your *TEMPLATE* throughout your Ribby knitting to check your sizing and see if you're still in the ball park...

An article on sweater sizing by moi...

Want looser sleeves? Just work the center panel in rib as given when you cast on, then work the increased sleeve stitches in St st...
Friday, September 21, 2007

the first point of Libra FRIDAY!


now available as a PDF download...

As the world turns, we move into the new quarter and it's neither too hot nor too cold here in the Big Windy. I like to think that the time of the equinox is when the hemispheres are quite alike. It's a time of transitions; changing temps, changing light, changing direction.

I love this time of year! Don't mind seeking a little shelter from the weather's nip or two at all. I've been living in the sweater on the right—wearing it as a shirt, over a Tee or a sleeved shirt. It is made from a cotton blend (Short-Sleeved Hoodie: ggh BALI, color #94-Khaki) that is perfect for this fallish clime.

Sweater #2, in the middle, has been seeing lots of trips to the office. I've been wearing it with a black skirt, hose, and heels, with or without blouse underneath, and its fitted profile and color splits are sophisticated, understated, fem (yo, Carolyn). (Scoop-Neck Pulli: Selridge Farms SOFT TOUCH, colors Silver & Black).

Global Equinox

That brings us to the sweater on the left: the Long Sleeved Funnel Neck Ribby Pulli in two different handpainted tones; a celebration of sorts of our very own feminine celestial equator! (Yarn designed by Chic Knits and painted by Scout's Swag: Top/color b-Marie; Bottom/color Double Door)

Here's a Ribby stitched by the incredible Véronique, using two shades of Malabrigo:


Absolutely GORGEOUS! I like to think this one is for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere going into the SPRING!
The fresh green tickles to the toes!

Finished Measurements:
Chest: 33 (35, 37, 39, 41, 43)"
Length: 22 (22.5, 23, 23, 23.5, 24)"

Worsted Wt Yarn:
Long Sleeve Mock Turtleneck
& Hooded Short Sleeve Versions
1000 (1120, 1200, 1320, 1420, 1520) yards
Contrasting Yoke: one third of total yardage)

Scoop Neck Short Sleeve Version
850 (900, 950, 1025, 1100, 1200) yards

Gauge: 20 sts / 28 rows over 4" St st Needles: #5 (3.75mm) & #6 (4mm) DPNs
#5 (3.75mm) & 2 - #6 (4mm) - 29" Circulars

now available as a PDF download...$5.95

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Oh no you didn't!

Yes! I have simultaneous projects once again...

Nr. 1—blue circle on the right: a Ribby Pulli fished out of the Marination Chamber started last year (hee, I will ALWAYS be part of the UFO Resurrection KAL; I will Never Run Out of stuff to fish and finish). This is Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Rue CW375, a very nice soft teal. It is destined to be the short-sleeved hoodie version.

Nr. 2—purple circle on the left: an Eyelet Cardi for myself, using Rowan Wool/Cotton. I love this color, subtle and a little retro: color 54 Grand.

Both these fibers pass the Touch Test: not making my hands moist in this early autumn weather ;p

They are both wool & cotton blends and I especially like the Rowan—just a wonderful feeling to knit it. BTW: NAYY :)

They both satisfy the Simplicity Factor of being very easy knits and counter-balance the Miss Dashwood lace project. Somebody's got to ride the Bus! Make mine easy...

BUT another thing going on over here has been much more naughty.

Tuesday, as I was transferring the picture from the last post to MType, something went flooey on the bus, the computer buss, that is. We're talkin' the Info Pipeline that exists as the sum of all your Ports coming into your box: the USB, the Serial, ATAPI, Firewire, Bluetooth, DSL, etc, etc, etc...

I use a Mac Intel Mini for most of my work, souped up with 1 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM. I have an ATA buss drive and an external 150 GB USB drive for photos/video, card readers (CF & SD) and a DVD drive.

These days I think you'd call this the Usual.

Not too pretty, not too expensive, not too fancy, but it works!

Most of the time.

I'll NEVER figure out exactly what went down the other morning except the USB Hard Drive completely disappeared. Was it when I pulled out the CF card without ejecting it first (OH no you didn't)? Was it when I blindly installed the Tiger OS upgrade to 10.4.10 without reading the Read Me File (OH no you didn't)? Was it when I FORGOT TO BACK UP MOST OF MY FILES on this extra drive (OH no you REALLY didn't)!

Even though I've witnessed all over blogland the most tragic of crashes; even though I get daily emails from people telling me their horror stories; even though I profess to be a Geek Princess, I didn't pay attention.

I guess I thought that this external drive must be immune to the same Read/Write errors every drive eventually suffers from as they age. This drive is from 2003? 2004?


What this means is hours nay days were spent trying to rescue the damn thing and figure out the collateral damage via file loss = much tearing out of hair and loss of sleep and yes, even tears.

I cried for my computer.

So pathetic! So common! So CRAPTASTIC.

And all day yesterday, I couldn't stop thinking about it while I was toiling on the DayJob. Now this drive has both USB & Firewire ports. While I was cruising along online doing recovery research, I found lots of stuff that dealt with permissions, boot block sectors, hosed directories, and more. I even created a Phantom User to force the computer to re-install all components to a new profile. No Dice. Nothing would recognize the drive or make it mount; it was invisible.

In a fit of desperation, I went into the Michigan Ave APPLE Store after work and under the huge Apple Window, bought a Firewire cable.

I went home and attached it to the Mini, and powered up the computer (no power to the drive). Then I powered up the firewired drive.


On the desktop! Recovered! Redeemed! Oh. HALLELUJAH!

I Dance now...

CELEBRATE the Resurrection of my Hard Drive:
guess who this guy singing is in the comments and win a copy of this:

winner announced next Wednesday...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Back in the Saddle...

WHEW! I think things have calmed down over here for now (that is, until I trip over my computer again) and I can get back to The Knitting.

Here's my current bus-mate: a Ribby Pulli in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in the Rue colourway I love So Much. Some people, including me, call this Duck Egg—is that right?

In retrospect, this project alone just might cure me of my lacksidaisial freakin' habit of having a zillion projects flying around. [Or, hidden in the marination chamber, as the case may be, where they now get some bad habits themselves.]

This sweater, like many who are bordered by ribbing, start out on a smaller needle. When this one came into being, I worked those first rows right up to the point where you switch to Larger Needles, and worked one row of the Body of the Garment on larger needles. I think.

Usually, when something has been sitting this long, idling, plotting, and stewing, it will exact a revenge of its own on the unsuspecting Knitter. This Foul Play takes the form of distorted stitches when you finally start knitting again.

I know this.

I usually rip back a row or two and cut out the offending kinks. This time I just blithely went back to business without doing the clippage. And, yes. I have a funky row all up in there. Needless to say, because of my blurry attention span I wasn't even sussed about it until the ribbing got to be, uhmmm, over 3 inches long and it smacked me right between the eyes.

Now I don't know about you, but sometimes my Little Bad Muse [on my left shoulder] will NOT let me rip after a certain point, mocking me for my carelessness.

I'm hoping this state will just Go Away after the first wearing and washing. (Yes, it's really one of those things only a TypeA person would fret about ANYWAY. Hold on. I'm going to go look at it again. Yup. Still there.)

OOPS #2. Even though this is like, the, zillionth sweater I've knitted, I kept No Notes.

Notes are Good.

Here's what I usually do:

1. Make a working copy of the pattern so I can write all over it.

2. Mark the yarn used by the yarn section—substituters, raise your hands! ;p

3. VIP: write the Needle Size & BRAND & TYPE used by the tools section.

4. Write the start date on the front page, just so I can laugh at myself much, much later...

Now, perhaps the most important thing for a procrastinator like me to do is #3.

Why is this important?

Well. Since I also have a very pronounced bad habit of stealing needles from one project to Start Another Project I sometimes get unexpected gauge shifts. Ususally, I will use a slightly smaller or even really smaller needle as a Holder; I just slip-stitch those boys off quickly and forget about 'em.

And this bites me quite a bit. WHY I am in denial about doing this remains between me and my professional, but let's just say, as above, I will just pick the knitting up after a Long Delay and check NOTHING about it and just knit like mad.

MORE: with this Pulli, I didn't count the stitches to see what freakin' size I had started until 4 inches of ribbing were done. At this point I discovered I was making a size too small.

So immediately after finishing the bottom ribbing, I increased 4 sts, 2 sts in on the center panels. I repeated that INC after 5 rows, for a total of 8 sts increased. Because of the nature of the yarn, it should be OK...

I think all is quiet on the western front here now; the pouch pocket is about 3/4 done...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Even though it's acting like it's deep summer, even though Christopher Columbus, Queens Isabella & Little Italy left Our Lady of Pompeii and marched through the neighborhood, even though the Baby Bears didn't make it, it really is Autumn...

And that means one thing here at Chez Chic: Sweater Knitting whether the weather likes it or not ;p

I am lucky! The Ribby Pulli I'm working on is a wool/cotton blend [80% pima cotton & 20% wool ] and it is actually really easy on the hands; no clammy mitts here. I'm all the way through the pouch pocket and quite a few inches more up on the body--this one is especially getting a workout on the bus commute, when I get a seat, that is.

Kim F. writes: "Hi there Bonne Marie. After having knit your Ribby Cardi I must say that the new Ribby Pulli does catch my eye.. The only thing is... Are you going to post a notes page on the Ribby Pulli? I relied on the notes page on the Ribby Cardi a TON!

Although I might not write up formal notes, I've made a Category for this and you can see the entries HERE. That's actually what I did for the Ribby Cardi when I was working on that too. It's a little rough, but maybe helpful? :)

I like this feature of MovableType—you can see my whole list of categories in the right hand column on this page. All sorts of fun stuff in there—I especially like the pictures that go with the Flower Basket Shawl. [Or, any of the excursions into b.Lime land that I'm so addicted to ;p]

Here's some more categories to sample:
b.limey IIIze Dye PotMachine Knitting

DownsizingPullover ConvertGallery Green


Chic Knits Twist with both hood & collar options is LIVE.
See it HERE.



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