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Friday, April 29, 2005

ChicKnits New Threads Friday
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Martha
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…

MODS:
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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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Hold That Yarn…

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

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

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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 $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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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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Wednesday, April 26, 2005

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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:

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KNITitON

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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