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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Threads TUESDAY!

I found my hats! Lurking under a pile of old purses, they frolicked, playfully in a box in a remote corner of my closet, under some other boxes.

Clueless to why they were packed in such a silly manner, but delighted that they were finally back in the mix, this pile enjoyed a refreshing bubblebath!

Nothing better to face the weather challenges of the New Year (I’m looking forward to the new year, how about YOU?) than a warm head, which I think is the Secret to being outdoors.

Joining this lovely pile is a new, and what I predict to be, favorite in the line-up at Chez Chic: an H2O beanie made from Colinette Pt. 5 in a most intriguing combination of Black & White, that is called ZEBRA.

Now, does anyone have an idea what type of wool is used for this yarn? I adore it! And it really is warm; all lofty and puffy and it hugs the head when wearing to the point one does not want to take it off.

That, hmm, is my MO this winter, though: the Inside Hat!

Keep the heat down and the spirits UP!

I also had fun learning a new seaming technique: Invisible weaving on Stocknette St (One-half Stitch Seam Allowance) found on pg.72 of The Knitter’s Companion (by Vicki Square). For want of a better term, this is a lot like mattress stitching but works only the center part of an edge stitch-to-edge stitch. When finished, the two halves make a whole stitch and on bulky (or in this case, SUPER Bulky yarn), it makes a very fine low bulk seam. I liked this SO much, I’m going to try it out on a sweater next time…

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Monday, December 29, 2008

  Monday Morning Mirth  

2008, you made our head SPIN…

Politics & Fashion
– Pantsuits
– $150,000 of WTF?
– Rodriguiez

Big Box High Fashion
– visiting designers hit Target, etc (look for Alexander McQeen in April, Norma Kamali @Kmart)

– Fashionistas – I love me some GoodWill!
– Gossip Girls – Let Them Eat Cake/DIY

More is, well stupid
Skyscraper Heels

Green Green Green
My favorite color now the buzzword of PC consumerism! It’s Everywhere, Eco-Friendly! In so many products, it’s probably, Nowhere…

Give me some Men who are Fashion-hearted Men
– Patrick James (Simon Baker) yowzaa
– Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick)
– Bond, James Bond (Daniel Craig)

So Wrong it’s Right
– Kathy & Kim

So Wrong, it’s well, Wrong
– Christina Aguilera (perennial favorite of all)
– The Pussycat Dolls
– Sasha Fierce (!!!!!!)

See Ya, Trend
– Rompers on anyone over 2 y.o.
– Harem Pants
– Skinny Skinny Jeans
– (kidz, I’m torn on this one) Gladiator Sandals
– Maxi Dresses (or my tax dollars spent on FLDS anything)

Listen to Your Uncle Nag Bag

Just remember, when the going gets tough
the tough:

What was YOUR favorite thing in 2008?

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wishing you and yours the most wonderful and JOYFUL of holidays and prosperous times in the New Year ahead!

Announcing! Yarn from the Chez Chic Christmas Tree goes to:
1 — Anne Smrekar
2 — Colleen Haiber
3 — Judy Kamei

Thanks to everyone for joining in and Merry Christmas!

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