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TGIF March 29

Chic Knits Sock Nation Knittin' Citizen

…the Sock Speaks…
Stories of Spring

AIEEE! Taking a spin through Cookie A’s new collection, (congratulations on your new website!) got us so Spring Feverish, we had to take a run up the Miracle Mile that is Michigan Ave. and get some sun…

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But first the Sock demanded a new Spring colored iPod Shuffle when we
passed the Michigan Ave Apple Store…

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Next up, Tiffany’s, where the pastel Spring Jewels
were laid out below tumbling fiberish fluff
amid little white eggs…

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Sock offered to go to the Prom
with some suits at Ralph Lauren.

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Ralph appears to still be on
an Edward, Duke of Windsor
kick right now.
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And that’s fine by Sock!

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Hey, we have our own Palaces in Chicago

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Seen at Victoria’s Secret: America’s next Top … SOCK!

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Sock Mocks: Hey Madge! Your H & M
collection looks really re-cycled 70’s!

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What better place for a Friday cocktail than
the Top of the Hancock!

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After a couple of pops,
Sock offered itself to this cold, cold model at CHANEL.

Hot Pants! Hot Socks! TGIF!!!


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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

It’s a HOOD!

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The Twist sweater got crowned this weekend whilst watching “the Illusionist”. This movie was so stullifying, that it was easy to pay attention to the stitching – unlike my outing with “The Departed” which was so exciting that the Nicole top suffered a 53 row “hit” and was put back into marination custody for a time out. (Currently, 47 rows to go, again on probation.)

Movies are soo good to knit by that I see that Jennifer/Crafty Lilly has a blog called FiberFlix KAL. Here movies are nominated and one per month is picked for viewing, discussion and knitting. Coming Up in April is “Don Juan DeMarco”, with my favorite Hollywood squeeze, Johnny Depp. I’ve never seen this one! Count me in!

My perfect movie to Knit By: something without subtitles (tried and failed to watch a Bollywood box office breaker with no success), something with lots of music to cue me to upcoming drama (usually this tonal bashing annoys me to no end but in this case it’s essential) and lot’s of action scenes so I can look away and not miss too much exept for some gratuitous pyrotechnics (some of Angelina Jolie’s movies are great for this – the TombRaider series, which I love; Mr. & Mrs. Smith was great – as soon as the sound of breaking glass/explosions is over, eyes up!)

“The Illusionist” has the great Edward Norton and a fellow named Rufus Sewell who I’ve adored since I first saw him as Marco Venier in “Dangerous Beauty”. Both give safe, intense, well-crafted performances which never ignite. The whole story is about the Passion they both feel for Jessica Biel’s character, who is just too contemporary for a period piece like this. Her look, her accent, her lack of range bring the thing to a grinding halt everytime she appears. The sparsity of gimcracks in a movie so focussed on magic is astounding and by the end, when they reveal the illusion behind the Illusion, it is too little, too late. Even “the Ghost Whisperer” teases with more skill than this big budget period farce.

Especially annoying – the entire film is golden and sepia toned with faded blacked out edges to approximate a voyeur effect; just too exhausting to peep for the duration.

Between Acts 3 & 4, I was so lethargic,
I took an Exciting Button Break
while the movie plodded along…

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I’m having a hard time picking between
a faux light tortoise shell and a buff matte disk…


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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

socks

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that ROCK!

……. self-portrait Tuesday …….

Well alrighty now! The game is afoot!

This is my first pair of STR and although I have a little bit in ye olde stash, these socks are the first to make it on the runway…

After reading about this yarn for YEARS now, I am a little behind the curve, but better late than never. Especially since the newer distribution is in bigger hanks [and less likely to fraternal-ize from foot-to-foot as seen above].

I do not mind the difference. I do not mind the Flash. I do not mind ze POOL!

I swim freely!

Of all things knitting, socks make me the very happiest and I would make them all the live long day if I could. This yarn is downright dee-lightful and performed really well in just a simple boot sock pattern.

Ever on the make for stitch patterns that work to bring out the groove in the handpaint could be a life work – what are your favorites? Corinne, my partner in socking on this outing, is making her STR in a cool pattern by Empress Nancy Bush (Heeless Sleeping Socks from “Knitting Vintage Socks”) that works that striping in a very fine way.


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