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TGIF July 22, 2011

We interrupt the previously reported heat&humidity with a Big Dose of Cooling SNOW!

Please stare at this until cool down occurs (I put this on my phone as the background)….

(and drink plenty of fluids!)

It’s a Sleeve! July 19, 2011

After a few cooling hours inside after a brutal day working outside, my brain was ready to continue with the Sleeve.

Picking up where we left off this weekend, voila! It’s actually happening!

Even after the last progress photos, I was skeptical that this was going to work, or at least work like I need it to work.

But I kept on taking in one more stitch at each end at a time and before I knew it, it was time to join.

Dare I say I was giddy?

I will anyways, being amongst friends… ;p

Not since my first Turning of the Heel has anything filled me with such wonder!

But it is imperfect.

I was almost tempted to rip it out and start over — the top of the cap is a little narrow. It took a turn up on the mannie and one on me with a three-way mirror, to make me decide to continue this round, and take notes for the Next Time.

Having a 3-way mirror is essential when you’re trying on clothes. We’ve all been shopping and one of the most important steps in the decision making process is checking out the fit using that tool. For those of us who like to shop with pals, they can also offer some perspective you might miss. Your knitwear is no exception!

Nobody has eyes in the back of their head! Realizing we spend the greater part of our lives looking forward, (“the normal human visual field extends to approximately 60° nasally (toward the nose, or inward) from the vertical meridian in each eye, to 100° temporally (away from the nose, or outwards) from the vertical meridian, and approximately 60° above and 75° below the horizontal meridian), means that there’s about 80% of your garment that you do not see.

My friends, it could be doing anything back there, and I for one want to see what’s going on!!

And seeing it from 360°, I had to give it a thumbs up. (click pic for larger view)

The flexibility of the knitting is controlled by the shape of the body in this instance, so not being perfect is not such a big deal.

Isn’t that a good thing? Who and what is ever perfect — certainly not my knitting. Even after years (and years, whew), I still make the same basic mistakes that a beginner does.

After all, if I measured my armhole correctly in the first place, I wouldn’t be fussing about it now! ;p

And just remember, you’ll never see yourself leaving the room…

Monday Morning Mirth July 18, 2011

Monday Morning Mirth

Recently, something big landed on the Miracle Mile in Chicago. In the land of glorious vintage skyscrapers, a 26-foot statue has taken up residence.

Now this is no brass hero or even a brass monkey ala Picasso in Daley Plaza.

This is a kitschy remake of a classic film moment, an iconic breath of summertime, where Maryilyn Monroe placed herself on a sidewalk grate to catch a cool breeze from the subway trains rushing by below.

But this giant from the 7-Year Itch has become a topic of almost epic debate here in the Big Windy, where windy stands for make your case.

The people are split in two: you either love it or hate it. It’s either a frisky camera stop designed to especially thrill the summertime tourists or it’s the most vulgar upskirt moment ever seen.

What say you?

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