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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

just CableMe

Ah, history ignored is doomed to be repeated…

Last year, loosely around this time, (February 18th, 2004), I had a bout with Startitis. Now this was nothing like the flu I picked up a couple of weeks ago that had my innards strangled and made a keening wail pass my lips, but it was insidious all the same.

For the new knitters, (hi there, lil buddies !) STARTITIS is where you continually buy yarn and start a project, but never finish it. Piece(s) might accumulate all over your house, until you have a S*load of half-finished who-knows everywhere.

It appears that my Startitis is/might be tied to the WEATHER! After a weekend of 2 feet of snow and wounded ego (even after I shoveled out the 3 car garage that goes with me and my building mates condos, I couldn’t get my car, my JEEP, for chrisakes, out of the alley) I soothed my evil soul with a new – – – SLEEVE!~

This sleeve probably doesn’t win any startitis prizes, because it joins a finished Back. That Back has been lanquishing in the UFO Vault since last year, where it was discarded in favor of another Startitis Flame: the Fern sweater, and I believe, GIGI, which I actually finished.


I am already 2/3’s done with the sleeve and OH how I love this wool. It is from Montana Targhee Sheep and is organically processed.

From In Sheep’s Clothing pg 45: “the breed was a cross of Rambouillet rams and Corriedale x Lincoln/Rambouillet ewes (me – how’s that for animal husbandry!!!) — for high-quality apparel wool — extraordinary loft and elasticity — good shape retention and crease resistance.”

I am in love – it is so different from other wool (read Magpie Aran Tweed) that I’ve been using that it just caresses my hands as it passes through my fingers…


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Monday, January 24, 2005

  Monday Morning Mirth  

baby, it’s cold outside…

come back inside where it’s HOT

…more fun

fly me

the oracle

what the —-

What the —- II

lest we forget

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Friday, January 21, 2005

baby.jpgbaby talk

There’s a baby boom goin’ on over here in Chic World! Lots and lots of my friends and family are having babies. Usually, I’m too lame to get a knitted item together but when my friend L had her handsome boy a couple of weeks ago, I just had to go a little crazy.

“The Baby Owner’s Manual”: this tome is actually written by an MD, but in a very tongue-in-cheek way that is hilarious. AND, it has really rockin’ fine graphic design throughout. The new Mommy is a creative and will dig that, along with the fun hints… I hope. :)

Scrappy DOO: in the middle right corner of the picture above you see a little 6″ stuffed toy. He is a knitted Scrappy Doo, the nephew of my fave, Scooby Doo. I have some washable wool (the only one I really like, Filatura 501) to make a pal for the new baby boy! I hope I can unhook my selfish heart for the few minutes it will take to wrap it and actually manage to give it away when it’s finished. I LOVE THIS TOY! The UK pattern is from the time of the first incarnation of the SDoo cartoons and is out-of-print. I found it on eBay a couple of years ago.

I’ve seen lots of knitted toy success online (remember the ZooAlong?) and darnit, I hope I make those tiny legs right!

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