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Monday, September 18, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  

Mixed-Up Shook-Up Girl

let the People Speak…

Free polls from

“Just because something is possible to do,
does that mean we should do it?

Marji says it all! Read this and then come back and vote!

Thursday, September 14, 2006


If you live in the Midwest, I don’t have to tell you that it’s been raining here for days and days and days. The grey skies are a color sponge that remove the vitality of everyday objects and leave them subdued and low.

The Outside Life is now become the Inside Life; autumn is officially upon us, early and strong.

After I get over the grey, I realize how much I love this time of year. This is the time when the projects begin in earnest. This is the time new things are learned and wallowed in.

I’ve been wandering around the Photoshop landscape a lot lately. It is so amusing to see what it can do:

Here is a *sketch* for the CeCe I’m working on now – I wanted to see what it looked like in brown.


Almost works ;p

The actual yarn I’m using is Calmer in *Coffeebean*.

the Fabulous Fluffa is also knitting this baby in the same yarn and she writes: “I think that Rowan should rename this color of Calmer “chocolate truffle” instead of “coffee bean”. YUM!

Believe me when I say, this woman knows her Chocolat! She introduced me to the glories of dark chocolate in Paris – I did not realize that you could get Chocolat Bars in percentages of Cocoa (more being better!) We started me out at about 40% and by the end of the week I was, hmm, at 72%? This color makes you want to D.I.V.E. right in!

Quote for today from a Chocolat Website: “Cocoa is a precious commodity; it should be treated with respect.”

BoogaJ has been kind enough to eat some chocolate
and write about it for us!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


self-portrait Tuesday

The Knit-Geek Questionnaire
…via Laura via Kate

1. What’s your worst habit relating to your knitting? What? Only one? I would have to say STARTITIS! I get a bee-in-my-bonne-ette and sooner rather than later there’s more projects stinkin’ up the joint than mixed metaphors in the average Chic Knits blog entry.

2. In what specific ways does your knitting make you a better person? Well. Yer average mixed-up shook-up citizen living in the Urban Miasma with other grumpy folk can easily be soothed and reformatted towards productive not destructive horseplay via the addition of sticks and string. (Note smile on knitter’s face in above picture and pout on seatmate’s.)

3. How might you or your life be different if you were suddenly unable to knit? Apparently, according to the latest media polls, a yoga booty call would have to take place every 20 minutes or so to manage the strain knitting erases. Are you lookin’ at me?

4. If money were no object, what one yarn, and what one tool or gadget would you run out and buy first? Italy. Whawt?! You just said money was no object. OK. Be that way. Polwarth & Silk it is. TOOL: no doubt, a very flash Scale.

5. What knitting technique or project type are you most afraid of (if any)? What, specifically, do you fear will happen when you try it? Aye matey, no technique is safe from the needles of b-Marie! BUT, history will bear out the fact that I avoided Intarsia like the plague (many scars vaccinations later). If there were no *day job* I would probably be caught in the lovely net of Extreme Lace Knitting. I’ve become smitten with the work of Galina Alexandrovna Khmeleva, whose specialty is Orenberg lace as is the delightful Mary-Ann Parisi who modeled her latest (although non-Orenberg) shawl at the last WCKG meeting.

…to be continued

Many thanks to Leonda who snapped the above pic on the moving #66. It sort of qualifies as a *self-portrait* because of the milions of Photoshop moves I squeezed on it.

more on flickr WIP KIP

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