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Friday, September 16, 2005


TINKER rears his Fugly Head

This wonky sleeve has irritated me, well, ever since the sweater was done. Back in the day, because it was 100% according to pattern directions and finished dimensions, I just said OK. I’ll wear it. I’ll Like it.


It is too damn long! I don’t like to roll it back – it’s too darn Tight as well. WHO cares that this is discovered 2 seconds before one must leave for their day job?! Not me! I must tinker tinker do…

Because, we all know, it can be FIXED!

I have the yarn. I have the Needles. I have the WILL!


Because I used the M1 method of increasing for this sleeve, it is easy to see where I can start the new edge. I’ll gain about 4 stitches as well and the sleeve won’t be so tight at the wrist.

OOooops – gotta catch the #66…

This has to some kind of adjunt to Murphy’s Law – just when things get interesting, you gotta run away and do something DULL…

To quote the intimitable Michelle: “Oh, well…”

Thursday, September 15, 2005

I need some love yarn to keep me happy!
I need some love yarn to keep me happy!
HAPPY! Baby, won’t ya keep me HAPPY!
Baby! Wontcha keep me HAPPY?
the Rolling Stones

my cotton Ribby – made from Samoa – featuring this Button Band

Call me a nut, but I love to finish sweaters! Now, I don’t mean just the knittin’. I mean the sewing, the picking-up, the BUTTONS!

chicknitsBOSS.gif: Here you witness a sure case of one eating dessert before dinner! Yum! Little nutty heathbar buttons all sewn on before any OTHER seams have been made…

It is SO MUCH FUN! to finish as you go – a little bit of this, a little bit of that and VOILA!

Before you know it, it’s DONE! and walkin’ away on your back…

Besides my Instant Gratification Fixation, the other sure-fire Finishing Technique I love is MUSIC! That’s right – ever since ye Olde iPod landed at Chez Chic, there’s been some rockin’ rythm on those needles like never before. I saw the Rolling Stones at Soldier Field on Saturday night and it’s filled my head with favorites, old and new! The very best thing about seeing the Stones was the audience – it was about 50/50 mixed between young and *old* proving once more that music just don’t fade away…

Everyone in the crowd of +60,000 people had their favorite – when the first few bars would fire up, they’d jump up and sing along and the rest of us would be swept right away with them

My Favorite Stone Songs

1. Ruby Tuesday

This could possibly be my Anthem –
or at least, my tattoo…

Don’t question why she needs to be so free
She’ll tell you it’s the only way to be
She just can’t be chained
To a life where nothing’s gained
And nothing’s lost
At such a cost

There’s no time to lose, I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away
Dying all the time
Lose your dreams
And you will lose your mind.
Ain’t life unkind?

Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you smile with every new day
Still I’m gonna miss you…


2. 19th Nervous Breakdown
3. Fool to Cry
4. Get Off of My Cloud
5. Memo from Turner

Pick yours HERE

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

First there was the 4-H; ladies and gentlemen, I present a league of our own, the 4-F Divas

Friends, Fiber, FUN, Food…

the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival

Take a bunch of like-minded people, put a map and a cool drink in their hands and two hours later, VOILA!

FRIENDS (from L to R): Michelle, Carolyn, Monica, Rachel, Dee, & Lynette

Not as huge as MDSW, the WSW fest was just as user friendly and fun! There were about three sheep barns and two big vendor barns located in Jefferson, WI, on the recently built fairgrounds.

We had a BALL! Many hugs and kisses to Michelle for handling, with ultimate style, the driving, and a big thumbs up to my mates for not mocking me when I discovered that I’d had my shirt on inside out for most of the trip! (I’m blaming the Rolling Stones concert I’d attended the night before at Soldier Field for that insane fashion faux pas…)

FIBER: the really lovely stylings of Briar Rose Fibers, from Michigan, hand-painted yarns extraordinaire. I just love those little sweaters – what a great idea to simply show off how your colour ranges work.

FUN!: a little bit of ye olde Men Who SPin! Oh, alright, the truth comes out at last! The only reason I’ve been going to all these Fiber Fests is not the critters or knitters, it’s the MEN! I love a man with a staff or strand in hand!

Awwwh! NOW we get to the real reason one might go to these events: the purdy little critters! Now, laugh if you must country-folk, but us City People have to get by imagining other four-legged species beyond the Domestic Chien et Chat (Rotweillers, although large, do not count!) We enjoyed a demonstration of some very large sheep running in a very large field herded up by a very talented Shepardess and her Border Collie.

FOOD: nothing beats the wonderful viddles one finds on fairgrounds in America! Here in Wisconsin, I enjoyed a pulled-pork sandwich, with some delightful crisp and cool potato salad, polished off with a piece of homemade rasberry PIE! YUM!

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