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Monday Morning Mirth September 13, 2010

Seems like everybody BUT Susan Boyle is in this BBC video of PERFECT DAY!
Name those artists, if you please…

Chicago Renegade Craft Fair Sunday September 12, 2010

Lucky Me! Right down the street: the Renegade Craft Fair — today, September 12, 2010, “from 11am – 7pm, all of Division Street, between Damen and Paulina, will be chock full of incredible handmade goods made by over 300 craftspeople from all over the nation, crafting workshops + demonstrations, live entertainment, food + beverage options and other features!”

I’m heading out around 1pm to see Environmental Encroachment, a great funky urban marching band that will be busking the fair!

Also want to see: Paul Nosa’s Solar Sewing Machine; a screening of TYPE FACE (I’m nutty about fonts!); Labrabbit Optics (glasses frames); Pierogi Picnic (clothing); Spincycle Yarns; and Traveling Rhinos (yarn).

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New Threads Thursday September 9, 2010

If it isn’t just too brutal with driving rain or snow, early A.M. will find me wandering out to the back deck with my morning cuppa. Even though apartments are stacked like a long line of flapjacks over here, city living still can’t escape a certain morning freshness.

I live about two miles east of the Lake and it reaches its cool runnings about another mile west. Then, it’s like there is an invisible curtain of sorts that hangs over Western Ave(!) and going further west brings mysterious warmer air, less windy, and calm.

But I love these mornings at the ending of the summer — it can be the kiss of autumn for a few hours every day — and time to wrap up in some knitting.


Chic Knits Twist Cardigan

Pattern: Chic Knits Twist
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Lion Brand COTTON EASE
Color: #122 Taupe

Got wrapped up while I was lounging about in Northern Michigan last week. I brought the pieces with me and little by little knocked out the shoulder seams, then the hood, then the button band, then the underarm and sleeve seams. After I sewed on the buttons, I thought it was time for a little turn on the mannequin to see if I really liked it and wanted to keep it for myself.

Snort! You would think my closet is full of wearables already, but I really needed a transitional something to wear while we work up to Wool Weather. In 2008, I made a Basic Chic Hoodie in CEase Stone and it’s one of my favorites, but it’s 2. Years. Old. (If you’ve been reading this blog since the beginning in 2001 (hugz!), you know I’m a stone cold fan of the CEase.) So it was inevitable that making a huggie little lacy hoodie might be just the ticket. Problem is, I’m not a big fan of the bland light grey color of that one and am plotting a little dye-pot adventure very soon to give it a new chance for this Fall. What color should it be???

But, let’s get real and get down to it: I adore cables more than anything in knitting. And these look especially yummy in this picture, which is really a portrait of sorts.

Chic Knits KeelinSomething about photography and the camera lens: it can see things the naked eye just glosses over. For instance, check out the picture of the Keelin sweater in progress at left. It about jumps off the page! Keelin has simple Barvarian cable work, something new for me, that I’ve admired in historic work.

I wanted to make something more contemporary, and something that would work as a business piece. Voila! Cables, they can be country or city, barn or office, but really, anywhere, anytime. ;p

This Twist is going over a deep teal blue T-shirt on a photoshoot today. It’s 52° degrees right now, and going to climb a bit during the day, so that should be perfect!

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