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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Happy Birthday Vic!



Thursday, 7 p.m., Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.

“On the 50th birthday of V.I. Warshawski, the famous female sleuth in Sara Paretsky’s mystery novels, the author will lead the third annual scholarship awards presentation. The college scholarships will go to selected high school students who spent some time with homeless people. Students will read from their essays and Paretsky will sign copies of her novel, Ghost Country, about a homeless woman. There will also be birthday cake to celebrate Warshawski’s birthday.”

In honor of one of my favorite characters of all time in Fiction, P.I. V.I. Warshawski, and her happy day, here’s a little contest for you: send me an email with the word “GUMSHOE” in the subject line and the item you think you might find Vic knitting someday on a stakeout included in the body portion of the message…


WIN this Regia sock yarn to make some Cool Socks for your Gumshoes…

[Winner selected by Random Draw on Sunday…]

One of the greatest and happiest mysteries of my life is the connection that takes place when the circuit completes: take the cord of the written word and plug it into the socket of my brain.

And surprisingly (or not), one of the strongest hookups for me has been the novels of Sara Paretsky. She’s from here. I’m not from here. But I’ve been here long enough and have a job that throws me out on unexpected landscapes with abandon to the point I relate to Warshawki in a way that can only be described as uncanny.

One of my dearest friends is from Vic’s neighborhood and has taught me all about the difference between Chicago St. (near where I live) and S. South Chicago Ave. That’s right – South South – and that’s the world Warshawki is always going back to and getting lost and locked up with in her many detective adventures. It is a part of the city where if you didn’t grow up here, you would get lost in as soon as you got off at the Indy Ave exit.

Paretsky’s writing opens up the Region like no other – the incredible melting pot; the industrial wasteland of a landscape; the people who hang on to their heritage old and new with strength and continuity while trying to find the dream and survive the predators.

The very best thing I like about Warshawki is that she never gives up. Never takes the path of least resistance. Even when it might not be the wisest thing to do. Knock Knock…

I’m there.

Tuesday, July 25, 2005

what I did on my Summer Vacation…


a little color tab for you – take and enjoy…

Spurrred on by the cute little DSL Monkey-on-my-Back, I spent some time online (can you believe it) slacking and exploring all sorts of good stuff. Who could resist visiting the Runway Pages of, WWD, and New York Magazine. Sonic BOOM!

Many thanks to Christian Dior’s John Galliano for waking me up this morning! b.Limey my brother! Oh where oh where is Heidi Klum when we need her! Auf Wiedersehen, indeed! Thanks to Corinne, I now know I can enjoy PR on NBC! Question though, how does someone like ANGELA survive and the possibly talented Malan gets the boot? (Quick: can anybody say “producer-led preference for conflict ratings over real talent.”) Confession: I watched some of the Miss Universe paegant just to See the Dress!

Apparently only some of the Designers in the High End Fashion world actually use the fashion forecast colors, but I like to see what the ranges might be. Looking for some new kinds of worsted weight, I obtained this.


This is a whole sample yarn set from Blackberry Ridge, my neighborly farm source from the North. I’ve seen them at a lot of the shows but thought it would be really cool to have the set to appreciate the colors and textures of the yarns in person.

I got this in the mail about 3 minutes before I met Theresa on the #66 to meetup with Cara, who was here visiting Chicago. We had a great time oohing and aahing over these mini-hanks on the bus while sitting in a seat facing backwards going down the street – always happy to entertain the other passengers with some fiberly fun!

If you haven’t seen this yet, go check out Cara’s trip pix (around July 19)! So awesome that she and her hubbie knew to go visit one of my favorite Chicago Couples, Mr. and Mrs. Superdawg! Did they treat you right or what, m’lady?

Cocktails! Fireworks! Friends! Nothing like meeting one of your favorite bloggers and knitting a few rows under the summer sky!

I toast all ya Knit Bloggers out there with my favorite, a Cosmo…

1 1/2 oz vodka
1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
splash of cointreau
splash of lime

thanks to Glenna for the above and to all for the Vodka recipes!

Monday July 24, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  

I confess – I was glued to the TV this weekend watching the original Episode 1 of Miami VICE…

I must say – after viewing that and then viewing this (yaHA DSL!) I’m a wonderin’ what the * they were thinkin’ casting Colin Farrell as SONNY CROCKETT! Even in the trailer, his accent is all over the place – maybe it’s slippin’ on all that Hair Product (to be fair, when I’m in Miami, I use lots of this) but


Almost as wooden of a perfomance as Alexander, minus the funkay golden locks?

the Original Miami Vice

Get Dressed

Listen to the Theme Music and I double-dog dare ya not to remember the Coconut Bra!

My Vote

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