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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

support your local Traveling Rhinos…

Probably the last thing I expected to see in my very own neighborhood was a virtual sea of crafting! Now, in years before, when I lived on Schiller St. next to Wicker Park, it was always a very pleasant afternoon to saunter over to the green by the fountain and visit the Fair. There I met Shannon and Jenny and Vera and Corinne, all with their beautiful and expert handwork.

This year the Renegade Craft Fair has mushroomed into a Spectacle~! [And this I say with all positive appreciation!] Just like in days of yore when there was a seasonal Market Day and all the tradesman, shepards, alesman, jesters, buttermakers, and weavers came to town, here was a festival, a party, a concert, a feast!

As far as the eye could see, from Hermitage (almost at Ashland Ave.) to Damen, were set out booths, stages, food stalls, and craft corals, one-half mile’s worth of Craftiness! I was abashed that I only had less than an hour to roam, my time being wrangled elsewhere. But in that hour, I strolled and found this.


A good sized crowd was outside this booth

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Monday, September 17, 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  

Men in Tuxedos have been doing this for years

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The Weekend is Fine & Dandy

It’s September and it’s not quite Sweater Weather…

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It’s absolutely Vest Weather! The lovely Stephanie debuts her recently finished NICOLE…

Brava! read about her knitting and the tall girl mods she made for a custom fit at her blog Klosekraft.

Stephanie’s vest is knit using Classic Elite Premiere (50% Cotton; 50% Tencel) in a seriously adult lavender…

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This vest is also great over a blouse: this navy version is made in a wool/silk combo (from Elann) and has the sheen characteristic of silk merged with the bounce of wool. Mary looks gorgeous in a black voile blouse, vest and blue jeans but this style looks equally great over a dress or with a skirt!

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Here’s a great list of over 30 yarns that would work well in this pattern. If you have any suggestions send them to me HERE. I am especially finding time to make one with Lavold “Silky Wool” or “Silky Tweed”. Because of the structure of the piece, it works well with yarns that have fibers that don’t have much elasticity. If you have some ALPACA or SILK in your stash waiting for the right project, it has found a home…

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Ooh la la, Ms. Louise, but this is a very flirty look! Really pretty! This vest is fashioned out of Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere and the stitch definition is outstanding! I love it! Louise modified the cable slightly to her taste and I think she made a great choice, non? Beautiful lady; beautiful vest…

Read pattern stats about Nicole HERE

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