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Monday, November 12, 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  

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meet my new little friend, Didge, who came to the fashion show on Friday with the lovely Mary McCain, who finished his amigurumi foot on the spot and put him in my little hand when she left! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

This Wombat is absolutely delightful!


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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

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If you are downtown this Friday and want to mingle with some great knitters, yarn & snacks, come visit with Chic Knits @Loopy Yarns.

We are going mobile with the fall collection AND presenting a mini-workshop on yarn substitution. I am very excited to be able to explore some yarn in situ, in its Natural Habitat: a LYS…

Our lovely model, Zoya, will be with us to stroll and help us visualize the yarn subs.

It’s been great fun working together this year! In addition to Zoya, the fabulous and incredibly talented Franklin Habit joined us for the Fall/Winter collection. We were thrilled he could take time out from his 1000 Knitters Project to help showcase our autumn designs.

The pictures we’re showing this season were from a photo shoot he did a few weeks ago on premises.

I want to give the biggest shout-out ever to Franklin for the lovely photos and thank him for the love and energy he brings everywhere he goes. MWAH! hugz.

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from l. to r. Beryl, Twist, & Miss Dashwood

A big SHOUT to Corinne, who styled the shoot, keeping the behind-the-scenes afloat, wrinkle-free, and flowing as smoothly as a Vesper Martini. Thanks Corinne!

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Obviously, 2 heads are better than 1…

SO if yarn’s your thing (no?) and swinging on a Friday night with some TGIF snacks and friends blows the work week right outta mind, come down to LOOPY, 719 S. State St. 6-9pm…


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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

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People in the 21st practice with abandon a skill called Multi-Tasking.
You see it everywhere.
Small jobs bundled together to get it done.

I salute those with the attention span to be a Maestro of the Multi.

I am not one of these as the pictures above attest! :)

While doing several computer jobs, cooking, phoning and laundry, the Crime occurred.

Who the heck snuck in my house and set the water heater to a billion degrees?! Who filled the tub with said water and soaked a pile of handknits in some friendly sudz? Who then forgot all about it for hours until passing the laundry room and SHRIEKING!!!

My beautiful handpainted (and up to this point colorfast) cardigan canabalized two others. One 100% wool cardigan escaped it’s bleed…

The other two were microfiber blends, the one on the right, cotton microfiber (ggh “Bali”) and the one on the left, wool microfiber (Austermann “Rubino”).

They were tatooed with fuschia in blotchy, weird patches. Oy.

This but of course, brought back a marital memory. One day, after weeks of gentle requests, my husband finally did the laundry. Everything he washed turned Pink. Apparently, his wedding band caused a tightening in the brain area controlling Laundry Sorting and 30 years of successful bachelor warsh with no *oopsies* had gone right out the window. I digress…

After I quit crying (oh, how I LOVED that green cardi), I pulled out the chemicals.

Door #1: I tried an intervention with some rinsing and washing using a detergent I had. “Synthrapol is used to suspend and carry excess dye from cotton fiber. It removes any unfixed or unreacted dye to keep it from redepositing dye onto areas of the fabric that you don’t want to be stained. It is recommended for use as a pre wash to remove excess dye (especially in reds and blues), sizing, dirt and oils.”

We had plenty of reds! And even after a nice dunk in the Synthrapol sudz, we still had plenty of reds!

Door #2: Pulled out the Big Guns! Enter the Wombat. This brown tone was an all-in-one dye product from Landscape Elements and I thought it would be worth a shot to try and work some magic. Overdying a blended fiber is always a crap shoot. Mixed metaphors aside, the nature of the content might require different temperatures or fixatives or handling. Some man-made fibers might not over-dye at all.

But when I look at the picture above, I see the PINK! Something landed and stuck like glue. Why not the Wombat?

Indeed:

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But the end result was not the best! It was a muddy olive, more tinted than dyed. I believe I used too much liquid for the amount of dye powder and *fabric* I had. So, back to the Pot!

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Stewing in some Procion “Warm Black”
even as I write this.

OMG. I’m multi-tasking again…


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