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The Muse Props it Up September 23, 2011

If you’re going to demonstrate something, it’s a good idea to have some props.

Tomorrow, at Yarncon, I’ll be showing how to set in a sleeve and but of course, the natural props would be:


It didn’t take a very long search around Chez Chic to come up with some candidates.;p

Someone like me who loves to start projects and incrementally finish them, over a period of months, nay, years, is actually at an advantage on days like this!

Who’s to say that the Cassidy cardi started in 2008(!), isn’t going to come in handy, when it *donates* one of its parts to the cause?

Or, even further back, something I called OLIVIA (name now gone awol abroad on other’s projects) which had sleeves knit up to the edge ribbing and a body knit in full. The original plan on this one was to edge it with some lace but, like the name, this idea became too similar to other’s to release.

But, it too, like the Cassidy sweater, was very willing to become the biggest prop of all — the guinea pig — the spokesmodel on stage — and tomorrow, it will be the one that gets finished in real time during the demo.

All it took was a little sweat equity and before I knew it, the blocking rug and the wonky blue-snowman coverlet my Moms gave me for Christmas long ago were doing their duty on the living room floor. Fresh sweater parts, nice wooly smell about the place.

Thanks, Procrastination Muse!

Although I normally would curse you in many ways, even in many languages, today you sure came in handy! What you whispered in my ear so many many months ago is now going to be one big bang!

Not only will The Muse hopefully translate into many other projects by many other people, I end up with a pretty (chartruese, cough) *new* sweater, all ready for the turning of the leaves…

Hope to see you there. :)

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No Fear SLEEVES September 20, 2011

Right about now in the Big Windy something is happening that really makes me smile! :)

People all over the place are casting on sweaters. The temps are dropping; the wool, it wants you.

Every sweater we’ve ever seen has something in common with all the others: Sleeves.

And you’re gonna have to knit ’em to wear it. The Sweater. Yep.

I’ve been knititng sleeves in one permutation or another for several weeks now, (although I’m into the yoke part of my Derica sweater, whoo), and it’s been lots of fun exploring all the different types of sleeves there are.

Probably my current personal favorite also happens to be the one that strikes the most fear into the hearts of knitters everywhere. You can see it on the left – all of its scary gory self – the Set-In Sleeve…

But have no fear – this weekend we are taking this monster on the road and spreading the news.

We ain’t scared of no sleeve and neither should you be!

In fact, they are one of the defining moments in the evolution of clothes and something that is simply Incredible!

So, to celebrate their awesomeness, I’ve decided to demonstrate how it all comes together.

We’re going to explore the shape the style the form and function of this lovely invention…

Join me this Saturday for a workshop:

1pm on September 24, 2011

Pulaski Park
1419 W. Blackhawk St. (Map it)
Chicago, IL 60622

Pre-register Here: YarnCon Workshops

…YarnCon is Chicago’s own yarn-centric exhibition — a place to promote, sell, and celebrate the yarny arts…

Monday Morning Mirth September 19, 2011

Monday Morning Mirth

It seems Emmy and Oscar are dating, in Hollywood, this year…

TV/Movies, Movies on TV, Made-for-TV Movies, heh, HBO…

Everybody is everything!

Which, from my POV, makes for more interesting (and yes, potentially, tragic) gown-watching at this year’s Emmy awards.

Now, more than ever, big-screen luminaries light up the small screen and boy-oh-boy: scorch the Red Carpet.

From l. to r.
WIN! Kate Winslet not only took home the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama (for Mildred Pierce), but showed up in a stunning red gown by Elie Saab. Thanks Kate, for your performance and knowing it’s globally awkward looking at throat-to-navel cleavage. Just right!

LOSE! La Paltrow in what could’ve been a sophisticated turn instead served up a lil-ole peep show. Wearing a gown by Emilio Pucci, Le Midriff Gwynn, in spite of toning and whatever they do out there on the left coast that we don’t in the Windy, seemed to have a bubbly little life of its own (even when she was standing still). It was reassuring to me, though, that my muffin gonna be there even if I don’t eat the cheeseburger…

WIN or LOSE?! I just had to throw my favorite director and one of my favortie actors in here for grins. But, sheesh, it really does make you realize they basically just have to shower and show up!

WIN! More BWEmpire with Kelly McDonald in an intriguing (but nameles?) gown with lovely paneling and lace, showing that the flip-side of strapless can be lovely indeed.

BONUS WIN! NO one-sleeved dresses spotted anywhere!

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