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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

…new Threads Tuesday…

The last we saw this color in these parts was weeks ago, it was spotted in the wilds of the #66 Chicago Ave. coach. It was enjoying a ride downtown taking the same route hundreds and hundreds of visitors have been using this summer.

What a lucky thing to go past the American Girl Store! WHO is that I spy eating in the sidewalk cafe at Ralph Lauren (Johnny Depp??) IS that really a farmer’s market outside the Museum of Contemporary Art? Are those peonies REAL?

My projects show a lot less restraint than I at this time of year and want to LEAP off the bus, and go enjoy the sites with all of the fine tourists out frolicking in the landscape in what is called the Miracle Mile…

But I understand the finish line is also in sight, so on I knit on and VOILA! My new pulli is done! This was made using the new Basic Chic Pulli pattern and was intended to be a piece of display wardrobe at the TNNA show in June. Instead, it took its summer time on the needles and is now making a late arrival.

I don’t mind.

Deadline be damned, now it can be for MY closet! I love clothes! And this design is going to be the one that eats my stash. It is the Busmate; the knit-in-the-round darling that can be mobile and (almost) mindless Happy Hour knitting: that hour between worlds when you’re trapped in traffic but soothed by the needle.

I have aqua Bali; taupe Madil Denim; more soft navy but in a matte yarn called Kool Kotton; an ecru one and a light blue one in Cotton Fleece (which is the yarn this one is made from). I lust for one out of Shelridge Farms Soft Touch.

Can you imagine the fun, at some point, of opening the armoire and seeing pullovers for the taking in all sorts of colors on an entire shelf…

It could happen…

Must. Knit. Faster.

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NEW! for Fall 2008

Step out into some fabulous fall fashion with new releases from the Chic Knits Portfolio!

The Basic Chic Hoodie is our sassy take on the classic sweater we all love to wear, with deep ribbing and darling pockets.
Knit from the top down, this cardigan includes plain and lace instructions.

lace-trimmed version…

With figure flattering shaping and ribbed accents, the Basic Chic Pulli is the perfect look for everyday or every night.

Knit from the top down, in-the-round with minimal finishing and plain or lacy ribbed edgings…

more new releases…

Gorgeous modern lines blend with traditional curvaceous cables!

Chic Knits Cassidy features low-bulk easy cables, non-binding ribbing and a patterned hood for casual elegance and charm.

  Flattering and fashionable, here’s a soft slouchy cabled beret.

Knit in-the-round using the popular 18/24 gauge, Cassidy’s Cap is a quick and easy knit and perfect for your personal wardrobe or gift giving. Beautiful in popular kettle dyes OR mohair blends…

  Adorned with a simple lace accent, this raglan cardigan is functional and stylish.

Knit in-the-round and in one piece with minimal finishing, the Chic Knits Eyelet Cardi is sure to become a primary staple in your wardrobe.

New releases are now available from Chic Knits Retailers click HERE…

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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What is up with these looooong cylinders of yarn?

I giggle everytime I see these and I’ve been laughing for a few years now!

In the early days of eBay, I was a stalker. Nothing was more entertaining for me than to browse and *window shop* the yarn offerings on that site. Even more entertaining, or so it seemed at the time, was actually buying a bunch of Mystery Yarns. If you’ve ever been in my studio, you know it’s liberaly peppered with HUH?!

This was a get from a forgotten vendor and I think it is a cotton-microfiber blend. How do I know? Gut feeling, intuition, women’s prerogative, etc. etc. etc. nothing scientific or positive because, after all this is MYSTERY YARN!

It IS DK weight and I also have it in aqua…

I adore it and now it finally gets to go to bat.

My design project needs a patsy, an experimental sacrifice, even, and nothing is more incredibly expendable, than Mystery Yarn. It serves, it protects, it will be my wardrobe at the very end without needing to make nice in a picture!

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