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Tuesday, January 16, 2007 – Buy our patterns from these STOCKISTS

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Last year, sometime around Time for a NEW! Idea, Chic Knits decided to try something different. Two or three times a week, we get email from knitters who want to know if they can get our patterns in a way other than PDF files – in paper form? Perhaps mailed to them or purchased at their LYS? Hmm. What a great idea!

We loved that idea. We loved it so much, we started prototyping graphics and layouts that would reflect our modern look – the Modern Look that many knitters have added to their wardrobes the last few years using Chic Knits patterns. NOW ready for the Runway? Hard copy brochure editions of a selection of knitting patterns from our portfolio!

To celebrate, we decided to go back to the beginning – to one of the first designs ever to hit the runway at Chez Chic, in 2002: the Ribby Pulli, fashioned in a 2028 gauge.

This time, however, we decided to go for broke and make it just like we envisioned it in our wildest dreams – just like we wanted to wear it. And the only way to do this? Design the yarn colorway ourselves and have it made up to order, just for this garment.

And, but of course, the first person who came to mind when we thought of beautiful dyeing was Jamie from Scout’s Swag!

Over the last couple of years, she’s worked tirelessly to develop and distribute some of the most incredible colorways online. And not only are the colorways fabulous, but Scout’s yarn base and craftsmanship are absolutely wonderful. We wanted a worsted weight wool in two subtle colorways.

Lucky for me, she was able to work with us and she took our inspiration and made it reality – and I have to say – when I opened the package from Albuquerque, I was simply blown away – she nailed it!

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…read how she did it here and stay tuned tomorrow for the rest of the story…


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Monday, January 15, 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  

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sorry… anybody else notice what this guy’s turned into?

 


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Thursday, January 11, 2007

ha ha ha

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Go ahead – laugh at the grey skies – mock Motha Nature because she’s mocking YOU!

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What better way to do it than a really big burst of b.LIME! Spurred on by the Green Sock Knitalong, I have been maniacally knitting this simple sock.

It is the ubiquitous 56 st / 56 Row Sock from Regia and this is their Crazy Color sock yarn in color Green #5264.

Winter is back in a big way here in Chicago – the type of cold weather that inspired the phrase *turtleneck* which IMHO refers NOT to a collar treatment but instead describes the way frozen wind-smacked humans hunker down into their jackets, using their collars to sheild their red, red noses.

It is so brisk here in the WindyCity that even with a scarf the cold makes one scrunch, shoulders UP, head tucked in, to face the 20-30 mph wind.

Somehow, this COLOR rescues me with it’s warmth. Last night, on the #66 after waiting in the dark, I quickly found a seat and turtled in, knitting out, and didn’t realize my face was half-covered by my jacket the entire ride until I rose to my full height to leave at my stop and felt a draft at my neck.

Hey – a big Thank You to Karen from Mingling Yarn for the shout-out on the Yahoo KnitList – thanks so much for the compliment!


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