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Weekend July 9, 2005

Stuck at home this weekend?

Take a virtual tour of Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space and see what some other knitters have been up to…

Not the Knitting You Know…

Jenna sent me this link – apparently the exhibit has been censored!


In CHICAGO: Lakeview Music Fest

get yer Irish UP: Irish-American Heritage Fest


– there is some good stuff here

– Hothouse Flowers

– an Irish American Idol Contest (!)

“The festival will also feature
a re-vamped Mashed Potato Eating Contest.” (I’m so THERE!!)

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Thursday, July 7, 2005

how do YOU SSK?

If you are like me, not very well.
No matter what I do, my Slip-slip-knits (left leaning decreases)

Relatively speaking, of course. (Not 100% crap but they truly need improvement!) I want them to look just as lovely as my Knit2Togethers!


The First Way I learned a left leaning decrease was to slip the first stitch in the pair knitwise (needle tip through left side of stitch), knit the second stitch, then pass that first stitch back over the knit stitch.

For me, it left a sloppy big loop on top of the pair of stitches that were knit together.

SO I went on to this way of doing the left-leaner – a SSK, or slip, slip knit…

HIGH HOPES people!!!

But I’m experiencing almost the SAME THING! I am plagued by SLoppy L@@p!

A friend suggested that instead of slipping both stitches knitwise, I slip the first stitch knitwise (needle tip through left side of stitch), the second stitch purlwise (needle tip through right side, or front, of stitch) and then knit them together.

When I do this, the top loop IS smaller but now I have a little ridge on the bottom loop sticking out because it is a twisted stitch.

I am becoming obsessed with this – everytime I see the abbreviation SSK I see the word SUCK! Anyone want to enable/enlighten me??? :)

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Chicago Weather: “Highs: Mid 70s lakeshore,
low 80s inland

Purrrrrrrr-fect sip’n’knit weather…

Letizia’s 2144 W Division 7-9pm

Happy 4th of July!!!

  Monday Morning Mirth  


and the winning answer to the EXCITING contest? Drumroll please…

Deborah U: It’s a cake made to
look like a Chicago hotdog…with the works!!!!


Right on Deborah!!! This yummy little number was found while shopping at Al’s in Michigan City last weekend. I was staying at the beach and needed to pick up some vittles and was looking for some chocolate croissants.

Now, you might laugh because I was basically in the middle of nowhere (sorry about that MC citizens, but you all say it’s TRUE :) and wanting chocolate croissant and actually getting chocolate croissant are two differnt things. Ridiculous to be sure, but when you come home from the vacation with new taste addictions (I thank miss fluffa for introducing me to dark bittersweet (more bitter that sweet) chocolate smushed into fresh french bread. She called it a French ‘sMore) you have to do what you have to do and a chocolate croissant was as close as my craving could narrow it down.

But I digress…

I saw this SPECTACULAR CULINARY CREATION and immediately scooped it up to take with me for my nephew’s Graduation Party! It had TEENAGER written all over it!

It is Pound Cake shaped to look like a hot dog bun and covered with TAN frosting. A faux Hot Dog made from BURGUNDY (!!!) frosting – yes, my friends, 100% frosting Dog – and then the trimmings were a combination of frosting drizzles in spectularly realistic colors of mustard & ketchup, and the fixin’s were some kind of gumdrop stuff chopped up to look like onions, pickles, etc. FANTASTIQUE!

More Answers…

Cynthia from Chicago: " My guess is that it’s a cake replica of a hot dog. I can’t say a Chicago hot dog because all Chicagoans know there is never ketchup on a Chicago hot dog :-)

Kim Tang : " Hi. It looks like a brat. Did it come from Taste of Chicago? "

Carolyn C : " Hmmm

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