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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

my lucky lucky day…

My studio unpacks! Secrets revealed! In six weeks, the contents of those crates merged into some kind of curtain covered leaning tower of Mystery that I was reluctant to touch for fear of a avalanche.

Did I mark the boxes for easy reentry? No way! Just piled ’em as high as they’d go according to weight (hmm, heavy/books/equipment?; light/yarn/pillows/curtains?; tall/lights/racks) and ignored them once the last curtain was thrown over ’em. By the time the major work was being done in the rest of the unit, I’d built a WorkPod with a skinny entry alley in the middle of the pile where my desk is, where I’m writing now.

But today, I am free of the wall, free of the Humpty Dumpty tilt of its topmost height and I must say, I seem to be typing faster with nobody looking over my shoulder ;p

Unpacking is FUN! No really, suddenly stuff, seemingly of its own will, flies into a different configuration, as if it is entering its space for the first time. Lots of it didn’t go back from whence it came before the box phase. Some of it went to the Goodwill, some into the great Chicago Recycling center (the alley), some given to neighbors (table, chairs, lamps). I had a mini-office in a part of the living room that had outlived its day so parts were dismantled and passed along.

What was most fun to find and repurpose were the UFOs. They were in hiding everywhere; a chest, a doored bookcase, boxes mixed in with yarn. The sample above was knit by the wonderful Wanietta way back in the early design days of the Cassidy sweater. Although its shape and structure isn’t too complicated, there is a lot going on in this style and it didn’t quite come together the first time around. This one was reluctantly sidelined; scrapped; put into a dark place for a time out.

Sometimes, in knitting the better part of valor is knowing when to move along and this was one of those times. It was time to tweak the pattern and make slight rearrangements that would make it easier to knit and better to wear. The current Cassidy pattern is 99% the same as what you see above; one of the cable patterns was changed to eliminate a thread catching problem and the sizing was adjusted a little.

But I’m thanking my lucky stars that this one missed it’s day on the runway because it is two seams and one collar away from a being a sweater (and one sample I won’t feel guilty wearing). It is the yummiest color (Cascade 220 Color #9454 Rainier Heather) which is about my most favorite purple ever! Heathered with shades of navy and plum, it is rich and very easy to look at.

Purple is everywhere this fall (especially purses and accessories here in Chicago) and this was the first color choice for Cassidy which because of ye olde dreadful deadlining took a u-turn into, what else, a version of chartruese! There is always plenty-O of that color in the studio stash ;p

Monday, October 20, 2008

  Monday Morning Mirth  

me and my tatoo…

Once upon a time in blogland, everyone was posting pictures of their tatoos (sp?). This was my version, using my trusty old scanner and my black down parka for a drape…

While browsing online, I came across this site, and the topic: Lady Fingers, which gave me quite the giggle! Most interesting to me was that the fem versions were so much more civilized…

Thursday, October 16, 2008

l. to r.: Amanda, moi, Mercedes, Kristen

One of the very best things about knitting are the new friends one can make across the miles…

It’s even better when those friends come up to the home town and visit. On Sunday, a bunch of us here in sweet home C met up with none other than Runner Extraordinaire Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark for a celebration dinner up at Wishbone after the Chicago Marathon! She came all the way from Birmingham, Alabama, to run and we had a great time toasting (the lovely Amanda, seen on the left above, recommended the “Georgia Peach” cocktail wowee!) and eating some wonderful food (crawfish cakes — thumbs up)!

Besides being a Proud Champion of Marathon 2008, Mercedes is the owner of a fabulous knitting store in Birmingham, called Knit Nouveau. We also have the honor of being the designers of the coats in the new Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines book — Mercedes’ design is called METROPOLE (pg. 23) and it is wonderful!

© 2008 Gail ZuckerYARNCON
If you were over at YarnCon on the 4th, maybe you tried it on. Everyone who did looked adorable! It combines texture and shaping and stitch detailing to make a modern silhouette…

see more YarnCon pix here

Franklin’s booth was a big hit at YarnCon too and you can see him and his glorious new book: It Itches. at his book signing on Sunday, October 26 at Arcadia Knitting

more great pictures and great YarnCon storytelling from Kate @ the Stash Haus

©2008 Gail Zucker

I had a great time meeting and greeting all the knitters that came to the Pulaski Fieldhouse on the 4th and just rollicked the day away with the amazing Ann Shayne (who is more fun than a barrel of you know…)!!! Much of the book was *LIVE* at the show and you could see and fondle many projects. The Kiki Mariko felted blanket (page 68) was there too and it was amazing to see and fantasize the Before & After poaching because it was BIGBIGBIG after ;p

I totally fell in love with the knitted plaid KSH shawl called BELINDA (pg. 17); it uses two colors and I must have one out of dark brown and light blue! Ann was wearing the lime & blue one as a scarf after dark with her coat and it looked great (totally low bulk).

But what was most exciting for me was to see ladies trying on the YANK coat. The gremlins stold my camera but let me tell you that it was just so much fun to see it in the wild; look out Rhinebeck, it’s roaming its way straight to YOU!

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