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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dare I say it: I love to frog things…

There’s something really satisfying about *un-zipping* those neat little stitches, even if you’re left with a bigger mess than the one you’re trying to fix…

After I used a seam ripper to remove the left zipper piece (I always make the Left Buttonband first to know how to space my buttonholes on the Right Buttonban), I ran into a snag…

Because I trimmed a too-long zipper to fit the front edge, I had to reinforce the top part to make a zipper stop. I used buttonhole thread and really made a nice tack in that area and also made a buttonhole stitch at the top of the tape so it wouldn’t unravel.

This proved really hard to take out and off course, I wonked the collar portion quite a bit. The collar was added after the original band was knit on the fronts. My game plan was to frog the band and save the *live sts* of the collar for later re-attachment. It sounds more evil than it really is: easy…

But I damaged a couple of rows and really panicked before I just cowboy’d up and realized all I had to do was attach the new ball of yarn and KNIT the TWO ROWS I killed. Duh.

Then it was a cake walk to use that same working yarn to pick up the front sts, as shown below, waiting for their turn now on the needle…

Pattern by Shirley Paden, Vogue Magazine Fall 2002

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Monday, April 21, 2008

  Monday Morning Mirth  

Tripping around the Runways online, one can see the most amazing fashions…But one can also Meet the People behind the scenes, the gurus (Tim Gunn, anyone) who breath life into the diaphanous.
Leave it to the Parisians (but of course) to lead the way off the stage and into the neighborhoods with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, Madame Pompadour herself: Suzy Menkes…

trip the Roberto Cavalli boutique
Just Cavalli 50 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008

can you whisper Rockstar? Read on boys & girls…


Menkes’ wonderful tour of a Marie Antoinette exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris (see it if you’re in Paris until June 30th). Do not miss the wall of hairstyles by Leonard.


Suzy explores the Phenom of the other Mme. Pompador we keep seeing around town at the opening of Fendi Paris…

Menkes article on the Beehive @ Chanel

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Weekend Wardrobe Report

If you are in the Winston-Salem, NC area, you are nearby the wonderful and friendly Knit Picky!

The store is in a lovely vintage house and Sammie Jo and Co invite you to pull up a chair and join them to sit and knit awhile!

Starting the last week of May, they are offering a class featuring the Chic Knits Ribby Shell.

This is a great look for summer and a great knit to try out some new fibers if you’re an experienced knitter or learn some basic skills in shaping and styling if you’re a beginner!

Call for class details…

Knit Picky
309 Harvey Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Phone: 336-768-5599

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