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Friday, May 13, 2005

the scrumpDIdiddleyOHMPtious cotton Ribby

Without even trying, I’ve entered the Spring Zone. This time of year for me means lovely skies, beautiful bulb flowers, and sneezing my head off. Ye old Allergies have me hittin’ a wall this week – a little lazy. A little relaxed. Actually kind of yummy.

I’ve been enjoying the slower progress of my Cotton Ribby! This is my #66 BusMAte KnitAlong project and is growing as surely green and long as those flowers poking out of the dirt in my front yard.

You can see in the picture, I’ve used the larger rib repeats for the entire sleeve. The sleeve increases are then worked into the sides as Stockinette St. This matches the front, which has the same effect on the middle section. I basically dropped the side ribbing on both pieces.

This makes a more relaxed ribbed sleeve! I am really enjoying the cotton yarn too – woolies be GONE – your time is D-O-N-E. I see a Samoa Scoop in my future (hmm, dark brown?) – it appears that the Cotton Ease yarn is discontinued and this would be an excellent substitute for that pattern too. Can you believe I actually FINISHED all of my wool projects this year – there is not a single woolie friend hiding in the Marination Chamber ready to pop-out on me next fall like a little fiend. How the heck did this happen – WOOT!

Cotton Ribby Cardi
Design: ChicKnits
Color: #42 Soft Kelly Green
Gauge: 19sts/24 rows over 4″
Needles: #5 & #6
Yarn: ggh *Samoa*

Thursday, May 12, 2005

I took this picture of l’Arc de Triomphe in 1995.
They beckon me; I will follow…

More Plans, more Travel…

OOH La la! The time has come to leave my troubles behind and FLY! Fly away to see what one can see! To shake it up and turn it upside down! The Muse, she beckons…

In just a little over a week, I am going to Paris! This fair city is my favorite of all outside the USA and I can’t wait. It’s been almost 10 years since I was there last and almost 4 years since I was lured overseas…

Too tempting the prospect of joining mes amis Becky et Jackie on a late Spring adventure in the City of Lights~! Paris – she is a spectacle that I hope will sweep me away!

Invigorating! Full of energy (watch out for scooters!), art and food extraordinaire! History and architecture that will make me weep with joy!


I stayed there once before for two weeks in an apartment in Bastille. We went every day to the farmer’s market in the neighborhood to buy fresh food and flowers. Perhaps my favorite area is Marais (which you can see in yesterday’s entry) – it blends the very old (17th century?) with the very new and the continuity is astounding.


Much of which Chicago is not. The two are sister cities, but one is the flip side of the metropolitan coin. We even have subway enclosures that are copies of their’s but you will never mistake their public transportation for ours. Theirs is Clean! It’s on Time! It’s accessible…

And the architecture! Much of Chicago was built roughly around the same time von Haussmann was tinkering with the Parisian skyline but we’ve neglected and abandoned our treasures. In the City of Lights, one will find people living in buildings that go back centuries and I marveled at the sight.


Just the thing for a woman who does not tan! Will HE still be waiting for me outside Sacr

May 11, 2005

YAY! I got my letter!

A couple of weeks ago, I was ringing the knitting blogs and found some people were already talking about Stitches Midwest. Now, I’ve only gone once before, and I was making a video, so I’m wasn’t able to IMMERSE myself into the experience.

I’ve been told the best thing about this gathering is the CLASSES! So I upped for four and VOILA! There’s my confirmation letter – with, I’m hoping, an atta boy for enrolling early. That was the other thing people told me – enroll early because the best classes go fast. Sure enough – many were already closed when I tried to survey the listing but I think I got what I wanted.

Why do I say THINK? Because all this letter told me was that I was *Tentatively* enrolled in the classes. Awhat?

I picked these four classes:

Sat AM: “the Perfect Sleeve” taught by Jean Frost (!)
Sat PM: “Grafting with a Russian Twist” taught by Galina Khmeleva
Sun AM: “Where Do My Hands Go?” pockets as taught by Barry Klein
Sun PM: “7 Things that can Make or Break a Sweater” by Margaret Fisher

Anybody take classes before? I thought they sounded right up my alley! :)

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