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TGIF May 25, 2007

Chic Knits Sock Nation Knittin' Citizen

…the Sock Speaks…
the Love Bus Revisited…

It seems like only yesterday that it was deemed the paragon of hook-ups, a rolling den of mutual attraction on wheels, a mobile singles bar, commuter style.

The #66.

The Love Bus.

It didn’t take too long for my fellow riders to out the Chicago Tribune reporter who penned this fantasy (April 13, 2006) — the very next day, many told me they were on the bus with him and it was business as usual.

In our world, during Rush Hour, that would be:
— minimum eye contact (AM: eyes still full of sleepers. PM: mascara has migrated)
— lack of conversation (AM: I am not awake. PM: my blood sugar is so low I have NOT the energy to utter a single word)
–no desire for bodily contact (AM: don’t touch my shower. PM: I need a shower).

Since the opposite of the above are necessary for a successful tryst, my busmates assured me with word and deed that the Trib guy must’ve been trippin’ in a way that did not include being a real passenger with the rest of us.

It actually goes more like this.

I get on the bus, maybe 4th in a line of 7 – 8 at my stop. Because I’m lame and hate the new plastic bus cards (mine goes to zero balance all by itself) I put CASH into the fare box, taking an extra 4 seconds and potentially pissing off the people behind me. My stop is early on in the route and I usually get a seat and pull out my Sock-in-Progress and get to it Right Away.

It’s Happy Hour and my Sock is my Martini, shaken not stirred.

One Friday night as I’m joyfully rolling along, my revelry is disturbed by not only the press of flesh of overcrowding but two loud passengers. They’ve arrived through the Back Door of the Bus (the thug entrance — avoid the farebox when it’s so crowded the driver can’t see you) and the female passenger tells the male to move move move. She’s spotted Solid Gold; an empty two-seater and ain’t no stoppin’ her now.

Amazingly, he sits down right next to her and even though they appear to not know each other, they start fussing and fighting right from the onset like a couple who’s been dreadfully hitched for a lifetime. He politely delivers such rejoinders as: “You’re Really Rude, you know.” She counters with: “You ugly.”

Back and forth this goes for about two stops and I find myself knitting faster and faster the more vicious and furious the insults become. We are packed in there closer than sardines there is no where to go we gotta get home! So our Low Blood Sugar reduces their pathetic tirade into a hideous low-level drone. No one says or does anything.

He says, “You didn’t have to pull out the Box Cutter now.”

And even as I’m glancing over my shoulder, I’m UP and getting out of my seat, telling the guy next to me to move move move much in the way She Told Him when She got on because She’s right behind me, yellow-handled blade held up shoulder height, arm pulled back ready to deliver.

The packed people part like the living sea and amazingly again no one does anything but give the two Fussers room. Somehow we give them enough space (maybe an arm’s length?) for us to safely stand and finish the ride because just a threat is not enough to stampede the herd in the big city.

The Love Bus.



The Sock has been treating me to some Taxi lately. It likes that It matches the Passenger Bill of Rights posted on all seats.

Wednesday, May 22, 2007

self-portrait Wednesday

You are What You Eat Knit…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Birds. The Flowers. The Sun.

I’ve been rousting around the house, searching out and making mounds of objects feeling the need to cast-off all extra baggage and start anew. Recycle. Donate. Bin.

Off the main bedroom is a huge walk-in closet.

I am NOT the type of person who should be given the keys to that particular kingdom.

There’s stuff in there.

There’s stuff in there I haven’t seen for seven years, not since the days I moved in in 2000, celebrating the beginning of a new millenium wishing for a new leaf and praying for a chance to abandon my hoarding ways. I must admit that nearly all of the things in the closet have been used and served me well; the fact remains they have mostly outlived their usefullness in my life. Some however, have never, cough, reached their potential.

Consider the hand-knit piece above.

It is a sweater back from so long ago that I don’t even know where the pattern could be found (hint: Rowan something or other to be sure). It is Intarsia. It is cotton. I plead temporary insanity.

Looking closer, I see why I might’ve been attracted to this devil-child. It has interesting alternating Stockinette / Reverse Stockinette blocks.

It has Pansies.

I think they’re Pansies.

And who wouldn’t love a Chartruese Daisy?

Certainly not me — hee — it appears that that could’ve been the Theme of this Poem in Stitches and, you know, I’ve recited that one all my life, to anyone who would listen. Lean. Green. Knitting Machine.

So, in the spirit of leaness, I invite you to a challenge: name the pattern and book this sweater is made from. TOO HARD Dudes! Instead — leave a suggested use for this block in the comments. What would YOU do with this intarsia *masterpiece*?

WIN 5 balls of Zitron POLO (a wonderful blend of 60% Cotton and 40% Microfiber) in a beautiful Cerise color and a pattern for a ChicKami shell!

Winner to be announced Monday, May 28, 2007! (Random number generator used to draw winner.)

Monday, May 21, 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  


Oh no you Didn’t / DID!

[Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do eventually and normal for stuff you don’t intend to do]

This little inventory was sooo intriguing, I decided to spice it up a little to celebrate and put a picture or link to show the MADNESS!

I-cord — Hee — there was no category here for Fun Fur but YES! I’ve used it!
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Shawl — so far the bug’s bit me only once and then died
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down — my favorites out of hemp/wool/touch-o-mohair
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up — 1st thing I ever knit
Mittens: Tip-down
Hat — my fave
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL — fave “the Fix is In”
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn — rippit GOOD january 13 wearing favorite slippers and hat with Theresa in NORWAY! The lilac became red and went on to become this three years later…
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with bananafiber yarn
Domino knitting
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with Bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/Doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffitti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental Knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Knitting with Alpaca
Fair Isle Knitting — barely
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn — yay inch-by-inch Meg — THANKS!
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dyeing yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured Knitting
Kitchener Bind Off
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and Purling Backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn
Stuffed Toys
Baby items
Knitting with Cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn — oh no she did’t
Writing a pattern
Intarsia — here’s a flash from the Past…
Knitting with Linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

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