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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

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Apparently, this is as close as I get to intarsia.
WHwat? There is no intarsia in this garment?
Exactly.

Still, I love Variety in me knits. What this little Saffron cardi (from Rowan Mag #25) is loaded with is Texture. Lots of Twizzle…

Just a little moving Purl Stitch makes the wavy gravy bulby thing you see above. I am thrilled by this. It amuses me over and over. Even when I’ve missed a couple of moves because of stitch shifting on the wrong side of the piece, it hasn’t bugged me too much because then I get to flip it over and see the beauty on the front. Hypnotic! I love staring at it.

Speaking of staring – anybody keeping up with the saga of the Olympic Italian Ice Dancers Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio?

Now, I must tell you, my most entertaining O-moments so far have been in the Half-pipe and other Snow Boarding events – and contrary to the rest of my family, I usually don’t watch many ice capades.

But baby, I’m hooked! Between the incredible Fantasy Outfits that go farther than ANYTHING you’ve ever seen during a Ballroom competiton (remember these skaters are going FAST – slippage cuppage b**bage?) and the drama what is there NOT to love? I missed the Sunday round of Passion that occurred when Ms. Fusar Poli and Mr. Margaglio unfortunately fell (as did 2 other couples – makes you wonder maybe that ice needs a zamboni pass or two) then Stared Each Other Down for long seconds before leaving the ice.

It made my head swim to see them behind the scenes in the locker room last night – FROSTY! And then they skated together! Now one partner flings the other around and around at high speeds with sharp blades on the slickest of surfaces – people ANYTHING could happen. I’d be so outta there.

But no – they carried on – dressed to the nines – and were almost MORE dramatic at the end when she knelt on the ice in front of him and then they embraced. YOWSA!

Sheer Madness

beyond the word Impeccable only leaves you with: Fierce


Monday, February 20, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  

what Women Want

on their Man…

Right before we went to lunch last week to celebrate my birthday, my very good friend Di gave me a cocktail. A Man Cocktail – a copy of the new March 2006 Esquire Magazine. I was immediately so intoxicated, she had to drive to the restaurant. (Where, BTW, I Devoured a half-a-slab of Dry Rubbed Ribs immediately after. Yes. I have issues.)

Inside this issue is the article “What Women Want Their Men to Wear.”

A Sampling of their survey yielded
Surprising/Not Surprising results:

- Most Flattering Color: Blue
- Change? Give away the pleated front pants
- Flip-flops are sexy
- And, no surprises here, Best Man in a Uniform:   FIREMAN!

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if your entry disappeard, I apologize – I’m a newbie at this thingie – I reset it now so it can show all entries with no funky popups – so if you want to leave your fave again, Please Sign…


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Friday, February 17, 2006

New Threads FRIDAY!
 
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b.lime Love 2006


 
Shaw Collared Jacket
Pattern: Simply Soft
Designer: Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Crystal Palace *Merino Frappe*
Color: #088 Split Pea & #020B Sage
Gauge: 18sts/24rows over 4″
Needles: #7 & #8
Type: Fusion

Fini! The b.Lime Love continues at Chez Chic
heading into the weekend with more than a little Romance…

Higher Knitting Education continued for me on this project – the collar was very challenging and I admit to being of very little faith at one (ok, two or three) points but just did what the pattern said to do and VOILA! Form and function prevail – this design incorporates a genius use of short-rowing – a standing ovation for the wonderful Ms. Bliss!

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The collar drapes beautifully and indeed, is a true shawl!

I believe this yarn could be an acquired taste. This brushed merino is not as warm as mohair but yields a fabric that is a cross between that fiber’s fuzzy goodness and felt. It is very soft and lightweight – a pleasure to wear.

TGIF!

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