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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Nothing says summer more than COLOR!

And I couldn’t wait to get going on this :)

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chic knits mondo cableThis is a wool version of the Mondo Cable Shell / Vest done vest style using some of the yummiest yarn ever: Dream in Color Classy. Who could deny that this shade of green, called “Spring Tickle” doesn’t just do that???

And I, ever easily amused, also adore this cast on: a chained provisional, using some leftover minty green yarn so I can have a little eye feast while I’m waiting to UnZip when starting the other side. If you’ve ever done this type of cast on, you know that it’s very fun to release the stitches, much like the thrill I used to get opening a super-size bag of dog food, you know, wow! ;p

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In case you’re wondering, all you do is crochet a chain a couple of sts longer than your intended cast on stitch count. Then I just insert the tip of my needle through the little loop on the back of what looks like the knit stitch and pull the working yarn through to make the cast-on stitch. Lather, rinse, repeat, and you’ve got your base ready to go.

The more I knit, the less I use lots of tools; just me, my fingers and the yarn. I’m also working on another project, yum, cables are heavily involved and it’s all done free-style cabling with no needle. Less to lose; faster to knit.

And this design’s been streamlined aplenty: provisional cast on, knit from the top down, then joined under the arms and knit in-the-round to the hem (v.1 was bottom up). Lots of knitters wrote to me asking about standing this on its head, and I must say: THANKS! I like it a lot better this way — especially that you can control the final length aspect in relation to your cabling.

Cropped or regular length? Easy peasy going top down. Not enough yarn? Ditto..

SHOWDOWN: this is going to the TNNA show next week IF it gets done! If your LYS is going to be in Columbus at the show, send them by Booth 163 to see the Portfolio Trunk Show in person :)

Are you knitting this right now? Join me over on the Chic Knits group to knit with me and help me get this done in time…

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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The ShowDown Continues: its just three days before I leave for Columbus and like all good and major deadlines, it seems the more I do, the less is getting done! WHEE!

The weekend was great — did a big photoshoot with lots of new looks for fall — above’s an updated pic of the MCSVest with a little white shirt underneath. This version is made from cotton/microfiber (by ggh *Java* — 85% cotton and 15% acrylic) and it makes a very comfortable top for spring/summer/fall erm, winter. The addition of the microfiber makes the fabric behave a little better than 100% cotton, less stretch, etc. Fiber-y behavior, which of course, resembles two of my other All Time Favorite Yarns — Rowan All Seasons Cotton & Lion Cotton Ease! I’ve got my stash, don’t you know ;p

From the 1 step forward, 2 steps back files: yesterday was just about a washout in the getting things done department. Moe Larry CHEESE!

Total hard drive meltdown~!

Because my main hard drive was getting full (eewww) I’ve been using a firewire backup drive. Just lately, I transferred a ton of files to this drive and have been using it as a scratch disk for Photoshop. Yesterday, I did a lot of file retouching and BAM! I think I melted it. It started making some really awful clacking noises and wouldn’t mount on the desktop.

First, of course, I panicked! That Sound. It’s really an unhappy sound.

Then I remembered I’d been backing up all the super duper important stuff online (with something called Mozy) and maybe, just maybe, I’d remembered to include this second drive in there somewhere. Well, I did. Sort of. All of the nitty gritty was a-ok; but a lot of stuff was vaporized because I just moved those newer files to the disk. Well. As they say when you’re starting to clean a closet, if you haven’t worn something in so long you can’t remember, you don’t need it anyway…

Time will tell!

And it’s telling me to get a grip! :)

Here’s my Mondo Cable Shell / Vest so far:

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You can see it’s being propped up by HOUSE. As is should be, since the kindly Dr. is going to get me through the next few hours of rampant knitting! The MCSV should probably be about two inches longer, but given the Screamin’ Meemie Joy Ride I’ve been on for the last few hours, it’s not. ;p

Sunday June 14, 2009

Great Day O’the Morning!

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Columbus! Such a fine town, even if you are mainly looking at it through a hotel window (and from a convention floor). After setting up the booth on Friday, I was able to sneak away for some North Market pleasure: Vietnamese food and the famous Jeni’s Ice Cream (Queen City Cayennne, Grapefruit Hyacinth, and Lavendar Berry).

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Being at the TNNA summer show is an indoor excursion extraordinaire; once it powers on, as an exhibitor, you are in place, like a rock on a river bed, waiting for the wash of retailers to flow down the stream.

Booth 163 is on the southeast side of the hall in a row that is Boutique heaven. I have wonderful neighbors: White Lies Designs, Bijou Basin Ranch, Buffalo Ranch, Namaste, Noni, CookieA, Unicorn Books. There are maybe 1000 exhibitors and it is so huge that most buyer’s walking the show have a gameplan to divide and conquer it in more easily manageable chunks. I’m not sure I could be a retail warrior in this arena — it is so big that I’d reach saturation at some point and just fall over. Many people work in pairs (or more) and survey and plot to narrow it down to their personal beelines.

It is poetry in motion…

And about that WIP? s.t.i.l.l.
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but it’s getting more gorgeous by the minute…

The rush continues, Day 2.

Chic Knits — Booth 163 — TNNA Columbus
Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 10:00am to Monday, June 15, 2009 at 6:00pm

Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 North High Street
Columbus, OH

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