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Monday Morning Mirth May 6, 2013

Monday Morning Mirth

New show opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this week
Punk: Chaos to Couture

What to wear?

Spikes in your hair, but of course, and maybe, a little holey sweater?

Pamela Rooke, aka Jordan, is an English model and actress noted for her work with Vivienne Westwood and the SEX boutique in the Kings Road area of London in the mid-1970s

There’s still time to make a small statement that is SFW: zipper bracelets!

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Bazinga May 2, 2013

One of the great things about getting a little adjustable mannequin was the idea of knowing in advance that most likely whatever I was making was actually going to fit.

One of the not-so great things was that there was no longer any excuse for being in denial about something that wasn’t.

My current WIP – a curry-colored BRYNNA – is up to about 1/3 of the first sleeve being done (and moving right along).

But something was just not right. This was one of the first things I put up on the new mannie and OOPS it had…

A little big problem…

My mod was actually too small – if I quit being in denial, I had to admit – it was too tight on the mannequin and that meant it was going to be Too Tight On My Body Too.

Apparently, just grabbing a needle and using it (without checking size) could mean Your Needle Is Too Small and whatever you knit with it is Also Too Small, even though it looks just like the right one.

I plead watching several back-to-back episodes of Top of the Lake in a dim room for this dim move but nevermind!

I’ve never been one to shy away from a little splash in the frog pond and in the glaring light of day, ZIP.

Off came the offending piece and onto success! This time, though, I am not taking any chances and it’s Best Practices Everywhere!

Chic Knits Brynna Knitting Pattern

Using a leftover swatch from the original VONICA neckband sample (double frog! use the yarn!), I threaded the working stitches on a length of yarn, then

laid it flat on a table and measured it. Looks good! So onto the next part

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which is another trip up on the fit mannequin and VOILA.

NOW it works –

Now there’s a little sparkle in my step knowing that I can get going finishing the sleeve I abandoned to fix this. Bazinga!

Maybe I’ll reward myself by picking out some buttons…

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