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Friday, February 10, 2006


the Handpaint Adventure cont…

Stepping into the commute gap, we have the new Mobile Project: the Ribby Pullover. My other projects are in the finishing stages (buttonbands, seaming, etc) and are just too fussy to stuff in ye olde bag.

This is not unlike the sock I have stuck in my pocket at all times for quick stealth knitting. It just goes round and round; you can stop at any point and quickly put it down. That was a problem with the other project(s) I’ve been hauling around lately – I would have to stop in the middle of a ROW and would drop stitches (or even in one dizzy instance, turn and knit the row in the wrong direction so I had an extra half row glitch happening for awhile. SCARY!)

This goes fast and is user friendly, so it can be RELAXING to do on the commute instead of a Rolling Wrestling Match…

I’m also diggin’ the way the handpaint is revealing itself. It made climbing diagonal stripes during the bottom portion and now has reversed and made arrows in the opposite direction. I’ve just changed skeins so I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Citius, Altius Fortius

All Hail Knit Olympians!

I give you this orchid as a token of Strength, Beauty and Fruitfulness…

May you achieve your goals and surpass your personal best!!!

My cheers from the sidelines will be Loud & Strong! All HAIL!

Faster, Higher, Stronger!

The most famous orchid, the ~Vanilla orchid~ was said to give strength to the Aztecs, who drank vanilla mixed with chocolate.

Thursday, February 9,2006

I gotta testify if you’re extra fly
Kanye West 2006


And Ms. Bliss – YOU are the Flyest of them all.

I became a true believer stitch-by-stitch, wedgie row-by-row while knitting this *shawl* [that will become a collar]. Flaming enthusiasm was doused by fickle faithlessness. I burnt hot; I burnt cold. It took much longer than I planned. It almost spent time under the couch in a timeout. But the lust for somethinng NEW threw me back in the game. I’m still not sure I get it – but I don’t have to – the loveliness, the symmetry, is quite enjoyable all the same.

Spurring me on were the Grammys. In-between numbers [with occasional johnnyjumpup dancing] I wacked out the last two pattern repeats ending almost-in-time with the spirited duet of Jamie Fox and Kanye West on”Golddigger”. I especially found the Drum Corps stuff amusing and wonderful being a big fan of D&B. My day job lands me at a lot of parade shoots and I’ve been spotted in the wild shaking the groove thing in public More Than Once to any especially spirited high school marching band…

And people, I must say, your astute Poll voting was RIGHT ON! Green Day took the award for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”. But Uhhuh. Hello O.C.!:

“And the polka king, Jimmy Sturr, claimed his 15th Grammy, this time for “Shake, Rattle and Polka!” (Rounder). The victory pulled him into a tie for Grammys won with the decidedly better-known Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman.”

Tuesday, February 8, 2006       Reminder: MCA SnB tonight

Sunday mornings at Chez Chic usually go something like this: drink the coffee, read the mail, drink the coffee, read the NYTimes, drink the coffee, realize it’s noon and you’ve done nothing! Drink the coffee and watch your Little Bad Muse plot your busy Path of Destruction…

This last Sunday, while I was still on the paper, the Muse went all the way out to Albuquerque, possessed Scout, who in turn wickedly tagged me for a Super Bowl Sunday Knitting Challenge! AHH! Never one not to blink when staring a Rascal in the eye, I accepted! DROP Everything, except the cuppa, but of course…


This lovely stuff is a pile of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, herded up on a yarn crawl to their studio (June 17th – anybody recognize the Shawl pattern in that picture?). The color is marked “one-of-a-kind” and it truly is! Now no where in this SBC, did the idea of NEW PROJECT come into play [I think it was more, like, knit as much as you can until your hands fall off or you’re too tipsy to throw], but since I was on my own, I decided to make my own RULES! If I could’ve I would’ve just STARTED projects all day long and left them like little plastic beer cups all over the Ford Field of my living room…


There is more going on here than in your mouth after a taste of some luscious Junior Mints! Minty Aqua, Sage, Cocoa, Ruddy Brown & a Ruddy Lilac! All living together in harmony on some really soft yummy strands – all joining together in a cute circle to make a Short Sleeved Ribbi Pullover!


That is until reality reared its head and I got all distracted by some late breaking plumbing supplies – last year, around Christmas, I bought new toilet seats and two faucets. I had no idea of what I was getting into so the sink stuff just sat and sat, prominently, in the middle of the hallway, mocking me to DO SOMETHING! And, just a few short weeks ago, I was introduced to the Magic Phrase “Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty” (thanks, Dale!), and installed my first Faucet. So Sunday, I ran 75 yards to the second bathroom and SCORED a game winning Sink Touchdown!


So what happened to all that Yummy Yarn? Well, it’s well on its way to be that Pulli – (this morning, 3″ and counting…)

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