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Sunday, October 22, 2006

The incredible craftmaster
[just check out her finished Peacock Shawl!!!]
Quietish Elf, herself, Rosemary
sent me this fabullous picture of her modeling her Ribby Cardi.

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Rosemary writes: “I finally got a zipper put into my Ribby Cardi, so I thought I’d share some pictures with you :) Even before I had the zipper in (I finished in July, I think) I wore it fairly often.

I used Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed in 400 Ambrosia and 409 Night. Lovely yarn.”

Hear Hear! I love this color combo – have been meaning to try this yarn for awhile now…

Rosemary is also part of the CraftBorg podcast team.
Their current cast is now LIVE


[I am especially envious of the Luna Lovegood Radish Earrings!]

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Thursday KIP KIP KIP Letizia’s 2144 W Division 7-9pm October 19, 2006

check, check, is this thing on?

One would think by now that I could knit ribbing in my sleep.

THAT would be an almost true statement, but with this pulli, I was eyes wide open, but trying something new.

So it wasUP on the mannequin to see if it worked.

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Because this sweater is knit in one piece from the bottom up, after you join the sleeves to the body, you have a ginourmous amount of stitches . I used two circular needles to tame this beast.

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see post from Sept. 1 – knitting-in-the-round with 2 circs

This was the first time I tried this on a large ribbed section (previously worked on St st areas) and while I was knitting it, the join area at the edge of a rib column was looking rather raggedey, crooked and uneven. I was so blithely knitting along (don’t ask how many times I ribbed into the plain knit sections then frogged) that I didn’t even notice it until the cap area was about 3 inches long. FuPhooey.

And this is where the knowledge of all the knitters who’ve gone before saved me once again. Rachel wrote awhile back when I was stressing over nasty looking SSKs: “Maybe about 10 yrs ago I read a magazine article by a woman who was given access to some of the really old knitwear in museums, while she was researching and reconstructing patterns. Can’t remember her name. Maybe Nancy Bush or Lizbeth Upitis.

What I do remember is that at first she marvelled at how perfect & smooth the old knitted pieces were, & wondered why modern knitters didn’t have such skills. Then it dawned on her that the stitch tension had evened out with wear & time.

So I try to smooth out a wonky stitch by sending its excess yarn to its neighbors, then just leave it be, figuring magic will happen later.”

So I just ignored it and finished the yoke and neck – all that’s left is the whatever I decide to top it off with! And guess what? After all the attention traveled up and away from the troublesome points as I got closer to the end, the stitches seemed to do some kind of handshake deal with each other and agreed to even themselves out – kind of like when you go late to the movies and you have to take those seats in the middle of the row and you have to ask all the people to move it a little bit here and there and they see your supersize popcorn and drink and gladly step away…


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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

a pile of cheatin’ on the 3-at-a-Time Rule…

Even though 5 days passed up in Michigan with barely an online visit (no email, no web, nuttin), there was NOT an FO in the pile.

BUT.

There was some dancin going on.

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Clockwise WIP: Khaki Ribby Pulli; Chocolat CeCe; Violet MissBB;
Navy Elemental; Navy Nicole…

Ribby Pulli – 5″ done: I had hoped to finish the Pulli – am getting very close.

CeCe – 0″ done: CeCe forgot to get on the Bus and cried until we all got home…

MissBB – 5+” done: MissBB makes her debut – this was the traveling yarn – hoped to finish a whole sweater in 5 days, right, i was dreaming…

Elemental – 0″ done: the nearest canidate for FO status – only too dark to work on in the wild (dog hair anybody?)

Nicole – 1″ done: Nicole was too good in Cream not to be done in fabby navy wool/silk (hello Xmas party over a navy lace blouse) but ultimately had to hide from the puppy love too…

Actual SnowFall: 8″ ???
[check out my pal Curley’s pic]
Actual Knitting: 10″ !!!

Watched tons of movies – Pocketful of Miracles, Anne of a Thousand Days, Murder on the Nile, etc etc etc

filled out this meme:

48 Things You Could Care Less About

1. FIRST NAME? Bonne Marie

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Rhett & Scarlett’s daughter Bonnie Blue Butler (but my name’s pronounced Bahn – go figure!).

3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? October 15, after leaving Mommy’s house from a visit, right after I RAN OUT OF GAS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Sometimes. The experience of learning it from ruler smacking nuns took some of the fun out of its beauty.

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? Salami, baby.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I would! Then I’d borrow all my yarn!

7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Nay – only me blog…

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? YES! I am proud of this. I know not why.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Oh yes – right after I bought the Brooklyn Bridge with your Visa.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Kellogg’s Corn Flakes with very cold milk and blueberries.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Nien.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? I think I am, now that you mention it. Wanna arm wrestle?

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Butter Pecan.

14. SHOE SIZE? A friendly and common size 8.

5. RED OR PINK? How about Red + Pink = FUSCHIA!

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? The size of my hips. Boo. :P

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? I miss my poor dear Mom so much I ran out of gas two days ago while thinking of her being all alone in the North Woods.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? What kind of Evil Meme is THIS?

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Blue, Aqua, Brown.

20. LAST THING YOU ATE? A bowl of Rice Chex.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? My neighbor practicing guitar (Keith Richards WATCH OUT!)

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Chartruese.

23. FAVORITE SMELL? My favorite perfume: Angel by Thierry Mugler.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My good buddy, know only to y’all as the Smurf.

25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? Gotta be real gotta be EYES.

26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from? YES! Hugs to White Star Sam’s!!!

27. FAVORITE DRINK? Cosmopolitan

28. FAVORITE SPORT? Don’t hate me – is this a sport? NASCAR!!!

29. EYE COLOR? Green

30. HAT SIZE? 22″

31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Non – glasses all the way.

32. FAVORITE FOOD? Is this food: Snickers Candy Bar

33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Scary Movies

35. SUMMER OR WINTER? Autumn

36. HUGS OR KISSES? Hmmm. Hugs & Kisses.

37. FAVORITE DESSERT? German Chocolate Cake with Pecan Frosting

38. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Que?

39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Que que?

40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? Devices & Desires by P. D. James

41. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE Pad? Don’t have one – using a WACOM pen even as we speak

42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? Johnny Depp in *From Hell*

43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Rain on a chilly day heard from under the covers.

44. ROLLING STONE OR BEATLES? Stones

45. THE FURTHEST YOU’VE BEEN FROM HOME? Europe

46. WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? Annoying co-workers because I actually whistle while I work

47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Michigan

48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Cribbed from White Star Sam’s blog…

Blizzard – so bored you can taste it…


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