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Monday, April 30, 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  

 

I thought the first harbingers of SPRING were always the lovely Robins and their cohorts, the DandyLions! Yesterday, as I was enjoying my cuppa, one of these was actually outside my living room window behind me, bumping the glass, trying to get in and tell me something…

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I kept hearing a soft thump, then thump. I finally got up to see what could be so persistent and VOILA! I came face-to-face with Robin Redbreast! Here he is still waiting. (Still outside.)

Mr. Robin said: “Here’s the sure sign of Spring – they’re Everywhere!”
[warning: explicit language at start...]


extra points for using my favorite Bon Jovi song…

The Backstory: I really appreciated the camera work in this video. A few weeks ago, I had to shoot a boarder demo down at McCormick Place Convention Center. The producers had built a huge wood mockup of a street scene, complete with ramps, steps & rails. I shot alot of it very low, to get the jumping action from a cool angle and capture the speed. When I finally stood up to shoot an interview with a 14 y.o. superstar (he was incredible) I had my back to the stairs. Another boarder jumped then lost control of his ride at the foot of the stairs. Even though there was a bit of distance between us, the careening board smashed into my ankle at full force.

I almost passed out.

This is why I sort of appreciate the profanity at the start of this tape – whatcha gonna do when they come for you – the pain was just incredible. But I’m a winner not a whiner and finished my assignment (whatta dumba**) even though I about bit my tongue in two. The kid we interviewed grabbed my hand at the end of the shoot, and said, “Dude. You rock.” HE appreciated my white knuckle move.

Over the next few days, my entire ankle turned black, through and through.

It is still a little yellow, though not as bright as the springtime Dandelions.


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Thursday, April 25, 2007

get back here!

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My favorite fan has agreed to be a token hand model to beckon Spring back to Chicago. Upon its grill, it wears New Projects — sure to entice and please the delinquent Sun!

We’ve had two nights of rain — one huge and invasive — so much so, three of my east facing windows leaked all over the place. The winds were so strong, they forced the rain through the small spaces where caulking had seperated from settlement and age. This of course, should’ve been been anticipated.

My neighbors and I had just found (a miracle) a contracter and set up a day (so lucky) to have all the windows in the building re-caulked. It had been dry and warm for over a week and it just seemed like we were going to put one over on Mother.

Well.

We all know how that goes. Just wash your car and see! Everyone knows not to tempt HRH, especially at this time of year.

So I’m taking a different approach, (now that plan A is hosed/postponed until next week after our windows have, fingers crossed, a chance to dry out), and offering Her a couple of new warm weather projects.

Number One:

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I found this KAL via Knitorious, hosted by Kat with a K!

I love the rules/norules: “2. You have two options for that UFO: a. Work on it. You don’t have to finish it that month, if it’s something big, but it must be added into your rotation of “active” projects. A token row or two does not count. ;-)
b. Frog it. If you don’t want to work on it anymore, rip it out and move on.

Well, I’m kindof combining a & b and Frogging and Re-starting and working on it :)

The Kelly green on top is a CeCe, made from ggh “Bali” that I started and abandoned last year. I grew weary of the sleeves (yes, again with the sleeves) knit-in-the-round and have frogged. Now, I am knitting them flat and will update that process in a later post once it is more photo-worthy (and maybe when the Sun comes back out and i can actually take pictures!)

Number Two:

The greyish-aqua needle on the bottom holds a brand new project. I splurged and went virtual shopping in Canada at Knit’n'Tyme. I am making a shrug, from a Phildar Printemps 07 TenDANces pattern, using some stashed Plassard yarn I got on vacation in Atlanta a couple of years ago…


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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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…made with Elann Peruvian Highland Silk yarn…

click HERE for more pattern info…


SKILL LEVEL: Advanced Beginner

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:
32.25 (34, 36.5, 38, 40, 42) "

YARDAGE (DK Weight Yarn) :
450 (500, 550, 600, 650, 700) yds

GAUGE:
22sts / 30rows over 4" St st
using #5 / 3.75mm needles


Yarn – Cotton, etc.

Classic Elite: Classic Silk
Premiere

Dale of Norway: Svale

Debbie Bliss: Cotton Cashmere

Elann: Endless Summer Luna
Sonata

Elsebeth Lavold: Hempathy

Filatura Di Crosa: Millefili Fine

James Brett: Kool Kotton DK

Jo Sharp: Soho Summer

LanaKnits: All Hemp 6

Plassard: Coton Lin

Rowan & RYC Yarns:
Calmer
Cashsoft DK
Cotton Glace
Luxury Cotton DK
Wool Cotton

Sirdar: Breeze DK
Luxury Soft Cotton DK

Valley Yarns: Longmeadow

Yarn – Wool, etc.

Black Pearl: Cashmere DK

Classic Elite: Wool Bam Boo

Debbie Bliss:
Cashmerino DK

Elann: Peruvian Highland Silk
Peruvian Quechua

Elsebeth Lavold: Silky Tweed
Silky Wool

Filatura di Crosa: Zara

Jaeger: Extra Fine Merino DK
Matchmaker Merino DK
Roma
Trinity

Jo Sharp: DK Wool

Louisa Harding: Kashmir DK

Queensland: Uruguay DK

Rowan & RYC Yarns:
Baby Alpaca DK
Cashsoft DK
Felted Tweed
Pure Wool DK
Scottish Tweed DK
Silk Wool DK
Soft Lux

Shelridge Farms: Soft Touch DK


Even though I rarely exhibit a perspicacious nature, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that most of us don’t like to knit sleeves.

There.

I’ve said it. Put it out there for the whole world to see.

Of the last four garments I’ve finished, only one had ‘em.

I love wearing them but the last few months just ended up knit sleeveless.

Enter Nicole -

I started wearing TeeShirts under my tank tops after I saw Madame Fluffa holding forth in France and never looked back. The shirt extends the season – a little light cami underneath can privatize the areas modest folk might want to lightly cover.

The design sprung from the purchase of a blouse. From July 9, 2006:

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While the new Mrs. Urban (OH, how I love that last name) is off somewhere honeymooning (and apparently beforehand, moonlighting), I’ve been working away on the Nicole camisole.

I use the term *camisole* lightly – this is probably going to be worn more as a vest over another sheer shirt – or any variety of other shirts. I also plan on wearing it solo – so I’ve made its lacey-ness more suggestive than revealing.

I love the way this is turning out – it is not a Victorian romp – more like a modern feminine stroll that might work for the night out or for the street. Which is exactly how I have been directing my wardrobe – I want it to have a dual nature – depending on what you pair it with, it can go day to night quite easily. Which is what a Working Girl without a battalion of stylists needs – wearable, usable, knitted clothes.

But if I could, I would certianly want to have Ms. Kidman’s wardrobe – almost everytime I see her, she’s wearing something I would absolutely love to have.

The first Nicole I knit (the creme coloured one) is made using a yarn from Sirdar called “Breeze”. It is a cotton-microfiber blend. I would characterize it as the little cousin to yarns like Rowan’s “All Seasons Cotton” (Aran) or ggh “Bali” (Worsted), both in different weights but similar fiber content and twist. They make a nice, lighter weight fabric than 100% cotton, but IMHO, give a finish that is more casual than a beautful mercerized 100% cotton, like Elann “Sonata”. The James Brett “Kool Kotton” is also a nice blend. But of course, there is always the perennial favorite: “Calmer”.

I am always ready to take up the needle and swatch – the ball bands on yarns never fully explore the range of gauges that might work on a yarn – you never really know until you knit and measure. I’m eyeing several “suspects” I will add to the list as knitting unfolds…

Please email me info*chicknits*com with any suggestions for favorite DK weight yarns you love. I am especially in thrall to this gauge right now – it allows a really versatile range of texture and drape not possible with larger yarns…



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