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Monday, December 22, 2008

  Monday Morning Mirth  

A phenomenon that just keeps getting bigger and BIGGER:
the Ugly Christmas sweater party!

All over the United States this weekend, people gathered for good cheer, nog, and WARDROBE! This has become such a favorite of the masses, there are now a bunch of websites selling, yes, U.G.L.Y.

No soiree by you!? Come on down to this virtual Shrine to Intarsia and party on…

Click on the white arrow to start and click on the little pictures to see an Awesome Christmas Sweater! If you click on the arrow box in the lower right corner, the slideshow will go full screen :)

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MORE! A wonderful story of the Santa in NYC! On the Street with wonderful photographer Bill Cunningham…


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New Threads Friday, December 19, 2008

Since I lost my other funky monkey chunky cap, it was time to make a new one. Out of the stash, some Rowan Big Wool in a subtle charcoal grey which whipped up into an H2O hat in no time (made while reading the New York Times online — one must keep up with one’s event horizons!)

Just in time too, it’s been storming outside for hours and not only is it cold, they are telling us we are going to have Thunder Snow!

I’ve been carrying a polar fleece headband in my pocket and if it gets too extreme on my earsies, I pop that on and then put this big boy over it. Then, if Old Man Winter is still giving me the finger, up goes the down hood.

The Big Wool has that single ply goodness: it is so fleece-like and lofty, it holds the warm air emanating from one’s head and returns the favor ;p

I pulled out a few other skeins of yarn that have this insulating (and pretty) quailty and they are the new Freebie Friday 4: a Triple Play!

Why? Because I love your earsies too!

Three freebie recipients will be pulled out of the mailbox on Tuesday, December 23, each one getting one type of yarn shown. First drawn, first choice, second drawn, second choice.

The Yarns are: Colinette Pt. 5 (color 145 frangipani); Rowan Biggie Print (252 ); & Gedifra Peruana (color 1645).

Freebie Friday Triple Play
Send an email HERE. freebiefriday4 must be in the subject line …

It will automatically be stashed into a Freebie Friday Folder and the new owners will be chosen by random drawing on Tuesday, December 23rd.

Happy Friday!!


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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Earlier this year, my good friend and spinning goddess Vera Videnovich was at YarnCon with all of us, showcasing her wonderful wares from the Farm. I got some scrumptious hand-spun plant-dyed wool yarn from her but it wasn’t bulky enough for the project I had in mind so I asked her to ply it together for me.

Vera uses natural plant materials to dye her wool and it is always gorgeous! Tonight I get to go pick up my lovely chartruese *gold* and visit with Vera in a very fun place!

From 7 am to 7 pm today, Jamba Juice is holding a Knitfiti Event at their 20 N Michigan store to celebrate the launch of their new hot steel cut organic oatmeal and they’re going to deliver this to lots of folks in Chicago’s non-profit community as well as they work in this cold, cold holiday season! Rock on JAMBA!!!

Vera is going to be at the store, spinning and being part of the fun and since it’s right around the corner from my dayjob, I’ll be popping in after 3 for some oatmeal and knitfiti fun!

Jamba is going to leave the knit goodness up through the holiday season as their excellent decorations so if you can’t make it come in and have a peek!

Here’s a coupon for you so you can get that new oatmeal for a buck!!!!

Two of my favorite things: yarn and good old-fashioned oatmeal — can’t beat it! See you there :)

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