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Friday, July 9, 2004

New Threads Friday


the MondoRib hits the Runway..

Just in time for the Old Town Folk & Roots Festival, I’ve got a fresh topper for the hot, hot acts!

Check out Saturday’s fun:
“Headlining Saturday’s main stage is a roster of renowned international artists, including the very funky, Latin dance band from Venzuela, Los Amigos Invisibles, with additional performances by one of the greatest West African ensembles of all-time, Bembeya Jazz from Guinea, and from Paris, the Gypsy Jazz and Yiddish music of Les Yeux Noirs.”

my dancecard..

3:15 PM Chicago Afrobeat Project
with Breakdancers from Chicago’s Brickheadz & the L.A. Breakers (first ya break dance)

4:45 PM Les Yeux Noirs (then you BellyDance and I kid you not, this is wild A** stuff)


#1 with a Bullet, drumroll, the Squared-off Scoop Neckline lands on the bodice of this freshi shell. After looking at all the sketches over several days, I knew a squared-off scoop neckline would RULE!

What is different about the sketches vs. reality? Actual drape and weight of the fabric can’t be represented – these two things coupled with a untraditional yarn, will definitely throw a monkey in your wrench.

After I finished the front, I did a three-needle bind-off on the shoulders. Since I wanted to minimize bulk anywhere in this garment, that seemed a solid solution – stable but not presenting a thick seam.

This is very interesting yarn:


Imagine, if you will a VERY SOFT shoelace;
that’s Katia SPRAY.

I didn’t trust it at all – after the first Frog Session, I was at the stage of biting my lip and bandaging my wallet, not ready, though to suck it up as total loss.

And, as almost always, fixing my mistakes/poor planning resulted in a really fun wearable piece. It is comfortable on; it angles in from the hem to the armhole, so there is no pesky clinging in HOT weather. Nuthin’ worse than the ziplock bag effect in 90degree heat..

The scoop is an upside-down, mirror-image of the shape of the body of the shell – which is why it is just naturally pleasing to the eye. Me like..

– You like some blooper???

– read the Complete: Spray (all notes about the creation of this garment)

Thursday, July 8, 2004

Onde = Wave = Ombre

welcome to the slow, relaaaaaxed
Summer Edition of OndeAlong!


Barb writes: “”As far as ‘the experience’ – it was good! I like the ribbed style of the sweater; I tried to make it a little shorter in the body than the pattern called for, but decided it is a tunic style, can’t be too short. I re-did the neck a couple times – I’m not great at crocheting, but am pretty happy with the neckline.

The yarn has a nice feel, for all the acrylic, and the color changes kept me motivated to keep knitting. I usually get bored at least halfway through a project, and look to start something new. I think I knit this without interruption of another project – I would like to knit something else in Onde.”

Over at Days in the Life of a Serial Knitter, Daphne is making great progress on the same design, but in the Jacinthe colorway – check out her June 22nd entry..

Heidi, in between all of the thesis madness, declares: “Two sleeves done and the back is Onde needles!!” over at Compass Knits..

Desha, the KnittingKnerd I hope you’re somewhere in Chicago right now, knitting that PULLI! Maybe I’ll see you on the #66..

The new owner of an exquisite Charlotte (Bon Mot!), Lee Ann writes (June 04): It is the Phil Onde Pull from the latest Phildar Spring magazine–I’m just not doing the little cutdown loopy neckline thing (no one really needs to see my cleavage) ..Wouldn’t surprise me in the least if my Mom winds up trying this stuff; she was drooling over it as I knitted last weekend.”

HEY – what the heck happened to My Onde?

sleeve #2 @13″ – 5″ to go to cap shaping

QUOTE: “This is one project, because of size that will never see the time of day on the #66..”

NOT! This has become my commute knitting with a bang! All it took was one look at our studio’s Art director walking across the newsroom in a Navy Ombre Men’s Shirt (Club Monaco) to start my engines..


I just decided to put another plastic bag in side of my regular *Scruffy* bag to protect the white yarn from free floating city scummage. That’s right, us Urban Monsters are DIRTY and we smell..

But in a good way :)

I finally got the COCO by Chanel cologne..

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