Archive for September, 2006

Phoenix Knitting

Posted by mmmshado on September 25, 2006

It’s a well known fact among the people who know me that I don’t have much “sticktoitiveness.” I tried sewing and then a week later sold my sewing machine. I changed my major at least 20 times (and the way it looks possibly 20 times more). I went to the gym every day for a week and now haven’t been in months. But when it comes to knitting, I just keep on plugging away. 2 weeks ago I came up with nothing short but a disaster of a sock. Huge gaping holes in the short row heel. Now I find myself with a perfectly unholy heel but huge gaps in the join from heel to instep for the foot.

 Well, as always, misocrafty comes to the rescue. She gave me an idea for that which I will promptly be fixing. Surprisingly enough, I’m sticking with something and planning on putting as much effort needed into getting one (at least) complete and wearable sock. I feel that each failure I make with these socks is making me a better knitter. I’m arising from my mistakes and making positives out of them.

 So now as I sit here waiting for system updates at work, all I can think is “Yeah, that’s right, I’m updating and don’t care what anyone thinks” Why such a strange attitude? It’s this perfection kick I always want to have. Sometimes I want every word in a post (or every stitch in a sock) to be absolutely perfect but then of course I realize there’s nothing to learn in a situation like that.  Here’s an example of imperfection of mine:


The world of dishcloth knitting has really sucked me in. I’m in a KAL and everything. Yesterday I wasn’t feeling in the mood to work major overtime or go to the Boston Knit Out so I decided to catch up on watching my Netflix (a budget knitter’s best friend) DVD of Jewel In The Crown and come up with this contraption. I’ve never done cables before and that had to stop. I flipped to the cables section of my Harmony stitch guide and picked out an easy enough looking cable. I did the math and figured out that I could fit 3 cables over the amount of stitches I had. I thought how wonderful- I’ll do a different slanting one in the middle to give it some visual interest. Instead, I have accidental ruffles, texture that resembles more like alien skin than a dishcloth and only what seems a shadow of good cabling. Clearly much needs to be done.

The system’s back up again- time to take a small break from the knitting world.


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Kayne Watching: I’m In Love With This Dress

Posted by mmmshado on September 7, 2006

Bienvenue a Paris Kayne Watchers. What a dream it is to be in the city of Moulin Rouge, Eiffel Tower, Arch De Triomphe, and Kayne’s new identity which shall now be known as Monseiur Kayne de Frommage (alas, there’s no French word truly for Kaynesicle but they do have plenty of cheese! I find it quite appropriate)

So Monseiur Kayne de Frommage- what can we expect from you? I’m thinking your French self is a combination of an episode of Absolutely Fabulous (particularly the “I Hate France!” one) with all its fun ridiculousness, a part Lacroix, and a hint and dash of l’amour. Needless to say Kayne Watchers, the excitement must have hit intensely when we found out this would be a Couture gown. In our brains we resurrected images of Miss USA and Marilyn Monroe- the glory days of Kayne were on their way back.

In order to have an appropriate welcome to France, Monsieur Kayne de Frommage MUST have a party. This whole season has been lacking in festivity to an almost dire extent. But in order to get to that party, Le Frommage must search high and low through a fabric store in Montmarte to find the perfect je ne sais quoi fabric.

But first an appreciation of Kayne’s kindness- leading everyone in the cheers for Jeffrey’s win. Clearly that was some pre-ordained celebration for me (my name’s Jeff). It takes real courage after a devastating judging from Katherine Malandrino and our loyal judges to arise above that and really celebrate the victories of others. I’d say it was quite tasteful of him in fact.

And another appreciation for daring fashion choices. What was MKDF’s inspiration for gym shorts in Paris? I guess when you’re named after a cheese, you really just want to be comfortable for eating,shopping, and sketching. Understandable- it must have been part of his transition from mere Oklahoma-n to Le Kayne Francais.

While practically on the steps of the Sacre Couer, Vincent our self proclaimed couture “expert” gives his seal of appreciation minus his usual lewd statements to our namesake. I can deal without the lewdness but all appreciation for Kayne is quite welcome. Thanks Vincent!

After fabric has been purchased, it’s time to “Faites-lui le travail” (poor translation I know) Kayne was perhaps more ready to practice some of his new pickup lines (so that he can send them to Robert obviously- Kayne’s a happily coupled man) Let’s see what Monseiur Kayne de Frommage came up with:

Hé bébé, voulez-vous coudre ? (Hey baby, wanna sew?)

Je peux me voir dans votre couture (I can see myself in your couture)

Est-ce que c’est le Tour Eiffel dans votre pantalon ou êtes-vous simplement heureux de me voir ? (Is that the Eiffel Tower in your pants or are you just happy to see me?)

J’avez-vous perdu ma forme de robe, serez-vous la mienne ? (I lost my dress form, will you be mine?)

Je suis nouveau en ville. Est-ce que je peux avoir des directions à votre château ? (I’m new in town, can I have directions to your castle?)

And finally,

Je m’appelle couture. Je ferai votre corps bon. (My name’s couture. I’ll do your body good)

 (Thanks to AltaVista Babelfish for translation!)

As the piece was coming together, we get the usual scrutiny from Tim Gunn. I felt like he really needed to have a glass of red wine, smoking a cigarette, and wearing a beret while doing this critique. At least the agony of what was happening would have been less- who can take Tim Gunn in a beret seriously? Personally, I thought it coming together was beautiful and very couture. I imagined (in my crossover show of America’s Next Top Model and PR) the model wearing this dress and love love loving it to death and modelling it like it was the last dress she’ll ever wear. Luckily Kayne was able to prevent Tim’s criticism from taking over- his positive attitude is so admirable

“I’m in love with this dress. I think it’s gorgeous. Hopefully (the judges) will see the life I breathed into this”

Back to the other designers, my conviction that Laura was perhaps the first subscriber to Kayne Watching was confirmed- all her criticisms are just absolute love and admiration of Monsieur Kayne de Frommage. And Jeffrey, we can just be comforted by the thought that he is trying to suppress his Kayne tendencies in life and covering it up with that harsh and brusque exterior. Perhaps he was subscriber #2!

When the first day finished up, I felt concern. Has Kayne’s hair color changed?!?! Has he dimmed the brightness of the hair for the gay parisians or was it just some bad light that he stumbled into.

Word of advice Kayne- slow down while shaving! (Just a friendly PSA)

And yes, after all this, the real Kayne de Frommage comes out of Le Cabinet per se. If anyone is going to be the humorous one on this show, it’s Kayne. And while it was “Spectaculairement de fromage”, it was a welcome from the biting and critical statements from everyone else.

Katherine Malandrino- how we love your love of Kayne. Sure we find out you were living a double life (even after fondling Kayne’s dress), but your admiration and extensive praise of Kayne’s dress made this Kayne Watcher bubble with excitement. I was ready to pull out the champagne right there because that dress really was gorgeous and matched perfectly with his blazer. He’s not just a designer, he’s an accessory.

While traversing the Seine, Kayne worked his own Je Ne Sais Quoi to attract the attention of the French models. I’m sure they were loving his Plus D’Orange Coiffure.

And now it’s time to leave our French pick up lines for the streets of New York once again. Going into this, Kayne did us very very proud on that boat- the dress moves, it shines, it WORKS! Alas the disparities exist from what we see on tv and what the judges see. Obviously they’re just Santino-ing him at this point and can’t look at his work objectively. I mean hello, Kayne “Too Much” Gillaspie? At least be French about it Nina- you work at Elle. Kayne “Beaucoup” Gillaspie. Much better if it has to be. I love how insults sound much better in French.

The best part of all this is- No Au Revoir to Kayne. To Kayne…

Vous basculez notre monde (You rock our world!)

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Kayne Watching: Not A Recap

Posted by mmmshado on September 4, 2006

I bet you thought there would be no Kayne Watching this week. That’s ok. Up until a few minutes ago I didn’t think there would be one either. I’m human- I was so worried during this episode that it would be Kayne’s final one. I’m a hopeless optimist though and it at least got me through the episode. But now it’s time to be serious.

It’s getting close Kayne Watchers- to where we either have to say goodbye or prepare ourselves for a runway show for the ages. There’s something to hold onto- namely Jay and Santino. I think about some of the items that both Jay and Santino sent down the runway in their respective seasons and perhaps Kayne is now a card carrying member of that organization. Sure he doesn’t get schmaltzy with the judges but he knows how to impress- something that both Jay and Santino were capable of.

I guess it comes down to the one pivotal producer question. Does Kayne make good tv? Absolutely!!! Kayne Watching wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for the wonderful world of Kayne and his Kaynesicle Orange hair.

But I also have to be real. What if this is the week of weeks? The judges made it very clear that he is in jeopardy. Wednesday night has so much riding on it- I can taste it. We can hope for a self destruction of other designers at this point or we can hope for Kayne to put out his best work yet- and I think either situation is possible at this point.

Kayne in Paris by the way? I’m beginning to wonder what the French must have thought of his hair. I’m sure they could come up with a very appropriate name for his coiffure. Kayne De L’Orange… Creme de la Kayne… Chaud Chaud Kayne avec Creme de l’orange. Oui?

If Santino can get a runway show, there’s no doubt in my mind that Kayne can get one too. No one is safe at this point.

I wonder what others are thinking as they watch this. Is Kayne’s talent as apparent to others as it is to me? What I enjoyed most about this episode is that as his garment was coming together, you could tell it was him. Kayne sticks out- it’s a reality. He’s not afraid to step into the spotlight every once in a while and shine. He knows what he’s doing but it doesn’t seem to be in the taste of the judges- and in the reality of the world, who are they?

Ok ok- I’ll also admit that Kayne’s ass pants were a highlight of the show too. I only wish I knew how to make custom pants for myself like that. He worked them and that Versace print right down the runway.

He ain’t no Liberace- he’s Kayne Gillaspie and he’s coming to a white tent near you.

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