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New Threads Tuesday April 23, 2013

There is only one way to describe today in Portland: SPARKLING!

The weather is so crisply sunny it almost hurts the eyes while it is inviting one to frolic…

Just the kind of weather for a bike ride, a run, a stroll

A little time at a sidewalk cafe…

A little time in a little dress topped with a happy new FO!

Chic Knits Vonica

Pattern: Chic Knits VONICA
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: UNK Italian Wool/Cotton DK
Color: Muted Turquoise

This has been one of my famous start-n-stop projects, looked at longingly but knocked out the way by deadline knitting and then! Colder weather and the longing for warmer “lap robes” (that’s my pet name for top-down all-in-one-piece projects).

Two curious things about this: first, I have no idea what the yarn is. I do know i bought it many many moons ago on ebay and it was a cone end from an Italian factory. I also had it in olive (made the Sandrine cardigan sample with that) and have happily been wearing (and washing) that ever since.

It has a lightness both in weight and the wearing, a very nice combo of fibers. Somehow it seems to be self-adjusting – just enought wool for warmth; just enough cotton for cool.

The second interesting thing is this dress!

It is one of the few surviving garments from my student days in San Francisco – a design I put together for a class. I wore it constantly in the day – now it’s a little tight and WAY too short but I like to leave it on a hangar on my bedroom door. Just a talisman to wish for the muse to linger…

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New Threads Tuesday February 12, 2013

Chic Knits Hey Girl

It’s still sweater weather here in the PacNW and we’re loving it!

Whether you’re rambling around town (or just sitting in front of the fireplace), you need a little cozy, maybe a little hug…

Here’s our take on the boyfriend sweater: Hey Girl…

Borrowing from the most classic of classic designs (hey, this was most likely the first sweater ever Worn by women in the early 20th) we’ve updated it with some sassy detailing in an easy top-down style…

SKILL LEVEL: Advanced Beginner

34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 46, 50, 54) inches

YARDAGE (DK Weight yarn) :
1150 (1200, 1300, 1450, 1600, 1800, 2000, 2200) yds

22sts / 30 rows over 4″ St st using #5 (3.75mm) needles

get it HERE

New Threads Tuesday May 8, 2012

Clear skies finally blew into Chicago this morning and we’re ready to take a break from the big Studio Chic re-org.

Time to take some pictures…

Chic Knits Cinnie Hand Knitting Pattern

Our little turquoise CINNIE has been finished for a few days but we havent’ been able to get to it because of all the boxes in the way!

For all of you playing along: whoever told me I should keep most of my notebooks from college gets a kick in the pants! (Ooops. that would be me!)
Last night I went through a gazillion old binders full of negatives (yes! Black & White, etc) from ye olde college darkroom practice days. Stuff that seemed so wonderfully magically artistic, to my youthful eyes, in the cruel light of the now older future seem just rather, well, mundane.
Then, there were the journals from writing classes. Amazing how interesting things were in a tight co-centric way when I was a teen/young adult that now seem so, can I say, rather self-orbital and DRAMATIC.
Couple of really satisfying re-plays of boyfriend break-ups, though, that I’d completely forgotten! (Was in the habit of writing Letters I Never Sent…)

Well, here’s all the drama I need these days…

Chic Knits CINNIE

Pattern: Chic Knits Cinnie
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold SILKY WOOL
Color: 09 Verdigris

This turned out just about how I wanted it – fits well – is lightweight and I think it will be just that added little layer that will make me a comfortable kitten at the summer TNNA show. Gone will be the days when an unwelcome blast of AC came through and shivered me timbers. ;p

I’m going to give it a test run this weekend when I go out to dinner with some friends – restaurants also have that characteristic –

One thing I might add: a piece of grosgrain ribbon along the hem area of the neckband (towards the waist).

Since the yarn used is so lightweight, I think a little stablization might make it ab fab rather than fly-away. Will just have to remember WHERE the heck I’ve re-org-ed my Notions…

Anybody need some separating zippers? I found a whole box full…

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