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June 30, 2005


I was *window shopping* around the Web yesterday, looking for new and wonderful things and decided to put together a little list of yarns that one could use for the ChicKnits Scoop du Jour…

Basically, I searched on the gauge the sweater calls for (18 sts / 24 rows or Aran or Heavy Worsted) using these resources –


Wise Needle


Knitter’s Review


Here’s my Partial List:

ArtYarns “SuperMerino”

Arucania “Nature Wool or Cotton”

Black Water Abbey “2Ply Worsted”

Blue Sky “Dyed Cotton”

Blue Sky “Organic Cotton”

Brown Sheep “Lamb’s Pride”

Barlett “2-Ply Worsted”

Christopher Sheep Farms “2-Ply Worsted”

Debbie Bliss “Cashmeriono Aran”

Debbie Bliss “Denim Aran”

Dzined Merino “Wool/Hemp Worsted Weight”

Dzined “Wool/Hemp/Mohair Worsted Weight”

GGH “Samoa”

Karabella “Aurora 8”

King Tut “Egyptian Cotton”

Noro “Cash Iroha”

Noro “Kureyon”

Noro “Shinano”

Noro “Silk Garden”

Rowan “All Seasons Cotton”

Rowan “Kid Classic”

Sirdar “Romance”

Wool Pack “10 Ply”

The two little buddies sitting on my couch are the original Scoop in Rowan All Seasons Cotton, and it’s sibling, the CE Scoop (white).

COOL HINT #1 (thanks Mary S.): Notice any difference? On the original grey Scoop – I made the ribbed edging on the body 4 inches; on the sleeves, 5 inches.

You can make the ribbing however long you want it (up to the length as stated in the pattern) ! Just be sure to knit an equivalent amount of Stockinette st to equal the pattern’s written amount of ribbing when you are completing the piece…

COOL HINT #2: A LITTLE steam on that ribbed edging will make it lie open and flat. LIGHTLY steam it while spreading with your hand – be careful not to overdo it (or steam your little fingers :)

COOL HINT #3: Not sure how to block cotton or a cotton blend? Go HERE for some tips and tricks…

…please send me any and all yarn suggestions – anybody tried the TLC Cotton Plus at this gauge?

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Monday, June 27, 2005

  Monday Morning Mirth  

Maybe my brain’s gone soft (really?!) because of the incredibly HOT MUGGY weather here in Chicago – or because of the poignant comments y’ll left about the CE discontinuation meltdown BUT I thought NOW is the time to show some LOVE and have a little contest!


All you have to do is identify just WHAT THE ABOVE is a picture of! Send me an email with the word CONTEST in the subject line and your answer in the body of the mail. A random drawing will select the winner of:

6 – Balls of Cotten Ease in the color *Candy Blue* (yum) & a printed out pattern for ChicKnits Scoop du Jour (in a plastic sleeve–we go all out over here…)

The winner will be announced next Monday, July 4th!

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Weekend, June 25-26, 2005

ChicKnits New Threads Weekend Edition


BRAVO! Sarah W’s fabulous Ribby Cardi for her husband, the HANDSOME Quinton…

Bravo! Bravo!


More Ribby Goodness…


Beautiful beneath the pines, the lovely (& talented) Bonnie Evans elevates the Ribby Cardi to a new and wonderful level!

AND, she puts a new spin on the process…


visit the
for all the glorious details!

Want to be in Gallery Ribby? Send me a picture of your Ribby with knitting details to be included in the gallery

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