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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Scary Monsters; superFREAKS

Behold a Ghost from Workpile Past
(those of you younger than 12, leave the room now):


OH how I want to put this on and wear it today but ALAS! it is about 5 sizes too big for me. It is like my very own Personal Mobile Home/Tent. Indeed, I followed the pattern. Indeed, I blocked and seamed and MOST OF ALL, I swallowed my own pride and I admit it, I Knit INTARSIA!!!

Why the pattern makers of the day (Rowan #3) thought a 50″ circumference for a size Medium was the standard is perhaps the Scariest of ALL! But scarier still? No, not those drop shoulder seams guarenteed to give about a pound of bunch under the arms. No. Not the ginourmous width of the sleeves. But this: not once did the measuring tape pass through my hands! Not once did the thing get eyeballed for scale. I just blithely ran down the Rosy Path to Ruin.

And it took 12 years.

That’s right.

I started it, got about 3/4’s of the way through than left it up at my Mom’s because the thought of weaving in all those ends was driving me INSANE. I gave her a bunch of yarn to distribute to her friends because I had a surplus from my Divorce. [What, you didn’t get a huge stash when you got divorced? Oops. I must’ve been self-medicating with Those Fiber Capsules (erm, skeins) we all know and love so well.]

Years (and years) later while rousting about her spare room, I found it.

And more importantly, I was nutz enough to finish it.

I have to admit, I love those big birds! And the Buttons! Any ideas on what to do with this? I am going to recycle the collar –

This was a substitution from the collar as given in the pattern and took a long time to make.

You could call it Old School Fun Fur: it’s individual *fingers* of yarn that makes a rasta salad of a fabric that just deserves to be on something else –


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Monday, October 30, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  

so funny!


A groovy skein of yarn goes to this winning comment (left as a caption for this picture from last Monday):

“It’s the horrid wool-sweater-laundry-tragedy-allegory about Kirstie Alley, before and after Jenny Craig.”
Posted by Angela

and because everyone had so much fun playing and I had another skein of yarn, I drew a number randomly and found a second winner! And this comment is pretty darn funny TOO!

“Mr. Washie gets revenge for being ignored. Not only did he shrink one of these sweaters, he sucked all the color out of it and hid it somewhere, waiting for an unsuspecting load of whites to dump it on.”
Posted by Tracy

The Story of the Little Sweater: or, Meet My New Hat – a couple of years ago when I picked up the needles after a long hiatus, I made a beautiful alpaca sweater.

Alpaca can be very warm, so I made an elbow length mock turtleneck, which became one of my favorite little numbers, dressing up and dressing down.

ALAS! It was so little when wet that when I washed it with some other sweaters, using my machine as a *laundry tub* it hid against its sides and partied hardy with some blue jeans, the next load in the long line of post-poned laundry cramping my lifestyle.

What is really funny is something I wrote back in 2003:
Secret #3: I felt things by washing them in hot water with two pairs of blue jeans and a little squirt of Dawn Dish soap. Scrubbing Hot Bubbles = Felting.”

I’ll say! Read the rest of the secrets HERE.

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Dulaan Project Knit-In Potluck

Dulaan is the Mongolian word for warm. Think of it not just being physically warm, but also the warm heart of human love, and the warm feeling that grows from knowing that you have touched a life, even on the other side of the world.”

Coming UP: Next weekend –
Saturday, November 4, 2006
Franklin Habit, from the Panopticon, is hosting
here in the Chicagoland
the most fabulous
Dulaan Project Knit-In Potluck

read all about it here
and find out how to sign up!

I’ll be there with bells on enjoying all that
Pizza, Swag, and Give-aways!

See you there with your knitting?

>>>>>>> How to Help <<<<<<<

Participation in the Dulaan Project is simple

You may use whatever yarn and colors you like. There is a need for hats, mittens, socks, neck gaitors, scarves and sweaters for all ages from babies to adults – especially for children ages 2-10. Think warmth and simplicity.

Some Chic Knits Free Patterns:
Bulky Scarf
SuperBulky Scarf
Keyhole Scarf
Chic Cowl

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