Friday, 25 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Finally autumn has arrived: it has been raining the whole week-end, and we have stayde home finally doing tons of things that had been waiting for ever. First of all I have changed the weels of my car, they were really worn out and almost dangerous. This took almost a whole day, but with some patience, wemanaged to sqeeze in several other things while waiting. Then we cleaned the house, and also built a new shoe storage in one of the closets: now there will be some ordering and throwing away, and finally this part of the house will be tidy.
Knit-wise, I have been working hard on completing projects, and I'm now at the sewing, end.darning stage, which always takes ages.
Saturday, 31 October 2009
And this time, I have immensely enjoyed myself in knitting this beauty!
Look at the stitch, I was fearing it was going to be difficult or extremely laboriuos, and instead it went on ... like butter!
This was the november KAL at the Wormhead's hats group on Ravelry, and if you check there, a new KAL is starting tomorrow, with two new designs... Anticipations are high!
The pattern, Star Beanie (Rav link) by Woolly Wormhead, is as usual super well written and clear, and was fantastic and quick to knit. Hey, if you go to her site, visit the blog, and have a look at the download section, where there are lots of interesting informations about techniques besides free patterns!
I used 4mm needles, and a pure wool from BBB lane, of which I do not remember the name. I used a bit less than a skein. And look at the colour (OK, not the one in the above photo, which is overexposed). The only tricky part of the scheme was the change in moving the marker at the end of the body of the hat, but by then you must have got the hang on how the stars should overlap, and thus I was able to make them spiral up continuously as by pattern.
Speaking of knit alongs, the bug has beaten me lately, as I have decided to participate also to the short-rows KAL, organised, I think, by Miss Piggott at the kn.it group (Ravelry link). I like a lot to knit toghther with other people, albeit virtually, and actually also to know them in real person afterwards, as it often happens after a while! So internet starts as a virtual space, but it is then possible to know the people you share something with in reality!
Thursday, 29 October 2009
I have had the luck to participate to sp14 with two wonderful partners, Gabi, at Rainbowthreads, and Katie, at The view from the Hill. They have been really fantastic partners, I was so lucky (and also a thank to our hostess Jinann at Have ewe any wool?).
Gabi sent me a nice present to celebrate the end of the swap: she has been really thoughtfull and picked up a super fantasic knitting diary. Look there, isn't it wonderful? There are real petals and vegetable in the cover, and orange is one of my favourite colours! I will start using it now, otherwise I usually tend to keep beautiful things unused, but the best way for me to show I liked it, is starting to write on it NOW.
THANK YOU Gabi! You really made my week, that is being rather hard on many other aspects.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Friday, 2 October 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Again a no pattern hat, knitted from the top down, with 5.5 mm needles, increasing 6 times every other round and stopping to increase at 72 stitches. The brim is in garter stitch (k one round, p one round), and I love it!
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Thursday, 6 August 2009
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Monday, 27 July 2009
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Friday, 17 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Pattern: Icing Swirl Hat by Ysolda Teague
Wool: unknown, purchased at the market, no band. I guess a blend of wool and acylic. It's very soft.
Comments: I liked knitting this hat but I'm not very enthusiastic of the final result (maybe because the hat came out a bit too small?). I have some isues in finding wich way to wear it... Maybe I shall make another bigger one. The pattern was very well written. The look of the hat not worn is beautiful, on the other hand!
Pattern: Eyelet Lace Beanie by April Paddock
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Friday, 3 July 2009
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I like natural fibers, but can happily cope with some amount of artificial, though I dont’t like all acrylic. My favourite natural fibers so far are wool and cotton, I also like Alpaca a lot. Of course, there are lots of fibers I have never tried, so maybe I shall develop other loves.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have tried several methods but havent’t found the one I like yet. Right now straights are in a bottle holder (the sort of cardboard tubes with metallic lids in wich liqueurs are packaged), and circulars and dpns sets are in a wood box (that originally contained wine bottles, seems there is a pattern there!).
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I have started to knit seriously a couple of years ago and would define myself as intermediate. I mainly taught myself from books and the interet, even though I had memories on how to cast on and knit and purl since childhood!
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, but it is not updated! I’m a big reader, I adore books and read lots of them. Knitting books are not exception, toghether with all other sorts of crafty books (quilting, embroidery, spinning, weaving, paper related things...).
5. What's your favorite scent?
All citrussy scents, but I’m not a big fan of parfumes, usually I avoid parfume parts in big stores, as I am allergic to some plants and usually start to sneeze quite a lot!
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I adore chocolate, but really like all sweets (and salted food too!).
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I have been embroidering for long, like sometimes to sew (I developed recently an attraction for quilting, but haven’t found the good moment to start with it), and I have started to teach myself spinning (drop spindle, but I’d love to follow a spinning course). I would also like to dye fibers, and maybe one day learn to weave (for now I just have books about all these activities).
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I am a fan of jazz and classical music, and have both usual and mp3 cd’s for the computer and car. Lately I also have become fond of audiobooks, which I like to listen after having read the actual book. I have several that were broadcast from the radio.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I like oranges, blues and greens, but also greys and browns. The only thing I’m not fond of is soft pinks.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live with my partner P. No childrens or pets (we travel too much for the latter).
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
All of them except ponchos, of wich I’m not a fan at all.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I like to knit hats, occasionally socks, scarves and mittens. I would like to have enough patience for pullovers, but since they take so much time, I seem never to finish them, especially if they need seaming.
13. What are you knitting right now?
Hats (always at least a coule on the needles), socks (one pair at a time), one shrug (almost finished) and a cardigan. Planning to cast on a bag, and much more. I would be inclined to have many projects going on at the same time, but try to refrain from having all I would like.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
I adore handmade gifts!
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Absolutely circulars. In order of preference: metallic, bamboo and plastic.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
2 years (knitting UFO), 15 years (embroidery UFO)!
18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe?
Usually I do not follow “official” holidays, but take holydays from work when I can. I always observe Christmas: everybody is home, and we have a huge family meeting, which is a lot of fun. Of course, it is not the only we have, but that one is special, especially with small children around (my faboulous nieces). I rarely take my summer break in due time (here it is August) but I manage to have some rest.
19. Is there anything that you collect?
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I often think of putting my hands on interweave knits, but haven’t managed that yet. Usually I concede myself to buy knitting books when they are on sale, and right now there isn’t an urgent desire....
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I would like to try colourwork.
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I knit socks and my feet is 41 EU (will measure it and add length and circumference, as I have very thin feet.
23. When is your birthday?
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
Yes, I’m gis on Ravelry
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
In a couple of days we are off for holiday, and I won't have any internet till the end of the month.
I made it, I subscribe to sp14 and I'm now partecipating! How cool is that? As soon as I get home I will keep the blog updated.
Knitting has continued very slowly, I made a neckwarmer, here it is winter and cold.
No photos from here for the moment.