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Chic Knits loves the Weekend


It’s Sweater Weather!

And here’s the one you’ll throw-on-and-go again and again.

Simple enough for the first time sweater knitter but with enough style and detail to wear barefoot or boardroom:

Chic Knits = WARDROBE
                      get dressed…



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Friday, September 22, 2006

chibbles & bits

The Renegade Craft Fair was last weekend and I was able to go and mingle for a bit. First on my list was Corinne of Lucky Penny Handmade, who was there with her beautifully designed and knit dog sweaters. It was delightful to see the variety of dog owners visiting the booth and in my mind’s eye I dressed the pooches in all those yummy clothes!

Upside: The Fair has gotten larger and larger each year and there were over 150 vendors in all repping all the lastest and greatest crafting goodness out there. I want to be there next year myself with something – it would be like going home – I lived right across from the park on Schiller St for a couple of very happy years and it would be just lucky, I guess :)

Downside: first I forgot my camera, then I lost the cell phone I took some pictures with! L.O.S.T. without my digital pals P.A.N.I.C. inthe P.A.R.K.



You knew this was coming so DUCK!

Leaving the *premises* emptyhanded was just not an option. Hee. Just not possible for moi. Trachey Lampe to the rescue! I ended up with a couple of skeins of her gorgeous Lamp’s Lumps Handspun, which I reckon will morph into some really fine hattage as it’s getting cooooolio over here.


Chic Knits Mystery Tip-O-the-Week

What she saw: k3 (0, 1, 3, 0, 1)

Now this is an interesting chain of numbers to be sure – a sequence that has given people fits on first approach more likely than not, including me. What the hella does that mean?

What she wrote: “For some reason on my printed pattern, there are instructions to knit additional stitches on Row 2.”

What I wrote: That is not a mistake. :)

That is the conventional way instructions are given when there is more than one size. The number nearest the abbreviation is the first size, followed by all the other sizes in order within the parentheses.

The pattern instruction is written as a series of numbers in parentheses following an instruction:
k3 (0, 1, 3, 0, 1)

It interprets as Knit *x* number of stitches for your size where the first number next to the abbreviation corresponds to the first size (in this case size 34) then each number seperated within the parentheses corresponds to progresseive sizes that the pattern is written for.

You will notice in the pattern there are 6 sizes.
34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44)

In the above instructions, there are six numbers.

k3 (0, 1, 3, 0, 1)

It translates as
size  34    36    38    40    42    44
knit   3      0      1      3      0      1

You will see this used throughout. I find it helpful to take a marker and black out all numbers that do not refer to the size I’m making.

Bonne Marie


Survey sez:


ye who are about to begin, I salute thee!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


it might be sweater weather, but @Chez Chic, it’s BOOT Time! VOILA! My gen-u-wine Harley Davidson Motorcyle boots, anytime anywhere with anything…

self-portrait Tues continues…

The Knit-Geek Questionnaire, Part II
…via Laura via Kate

6. Who is/are your knitting hero(es), and why? On a cold and gray Chicago morn
a poor little girl with some sticks was born… OH. I had to go way back on the timeline for a minute and think about this but I think I can finger two significant turning points in my knitting. The first: learning How to Mattress stitch and finding out how much I loved it! I blame Janet Szabo and a little book she wrote called “I Hate to Finish Sweater’s Guide to Finishing Sweaters.” All of a sudden I was Not Afraid. All of a sudden, I saw a million beautifully banded, seamed and collared beauties gracing my horizon, sprung from my very own hands. The other really significant influence on me is someone named Caroline and she runs a tr

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