Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
My new camera (less than 18 hours between the ordering and receiving it -amazing) does much better in reproducing the colours. Here are a few shots.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Today I put away my winter coat, digged out a black summer jacket and looked oh so summerly on my bike with my new scarf and all...
Started a new book: The Taking by Dean Koontz. What a subject to pick for a sunny day in March!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Not just the presents themselves but the beatyfull wrapping (I resisted the urge to rip it all apart, the paper was so beautyfull), the small notes, the silver silk paper. It was so much fun to open them one at a time. My son too was excited, but even he understood to enjoy every moment. And boy have I been spoiled!!! Look at the things she has sent me!
The most fantastic hand dyed Colinette mohair. Extremely soft and I just love the colours. They are difficult to reproduce. Turquoise, green, blue. I am so much looking forward to using it.
A skein of black Rowan kidsilk. But not just black. It has a little bit of silver in it too. I will definately use it for making a shawl or scarf. That will be perfect for wearing with party dresses.
3mm short wodden knitting needles. I have never seen them so short before. I look forward to use them and I am sure these will make the whole sock business much easier.
And offcourse coriander :-) We both like to cook indian so she made a perfect choice. I always have coriander in my garden and this year I will enjoy watching it grow even more. I promise to post pictures of it :-)
And look at all these wonderful things. We both discovered already that we have a lot in common, but I am quite sure she didn't know I am adicted to lip balm and have dryness of my hands this time of year!!
And delicious chocolate. There was some dried fruit for the kids aswell, but that was unwrapped before I god a chance to take the picture. However, my son is a bit picky, but he loved the gold wrapped chocolate. My daughter words when she had a piece of the dark organic chocolate: This is the most delicious chocolate I have ever tasted. And she is right.
A magazine with all kind of things I all of a sudden get an urge to make *lol* We don't have magazines like that here in Denmark!! What a great thing to give. I already had a quick glimpse in ot and look forward to read it.
And finally some stickers (not on this photo) a cute card (I wish my husband wasn't allergic) and a homemade cotton cloth that I had to promise to use for my least favourite household chore! Does that mean I have to remove dust from now on??!!!! ArrghI almost forgot. She send me two patterns aswell. One for socks (I don't have it) and one for a Cat's Paw Lace Shawl. Maybe I will do better on that one than my lace chunky square *lol*
Boy, have I been spoiled. How about that you become my SP11, 12 13...too?
Friday, March 23, 2007
Well, curiousity killed the cat! I wil try to be patient (NOT NOT NOT).
Anyway, I ordered 600 g of shetlandwool for the Mermaid. It was almost impossible to choose besween the colours. I have settled for petrol as the main colour (ny51) and then ny10, ny12 or ny07 for the gussets and stribes. Couldn't make up my mind :-)
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I will send her the next package in the end of april. Think I will go for at "luxury" theme this time and send her som silk.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
A crochet mouse and cat potholder for Marion. Or mybe not...
I finished the left front of the "not too crazy about it" jacket.
And finally a cotton hat for my husband. It's blue although it looks black. (SP, he would never wear a hundredwasser inspired hat!!)
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
The first package is on its way to Holland. Inside it Marion will find:
- 6 skeins of cotton in a variety of purple
- One 3mm wooden circular needle
- A pattern for a summer top
- A purple travelkit for knitters containing scissors, stitchmarkers, rowcounter etc.
- A homemade shawl -purple aswell (do you get the theme?)
- One piece of very dark chocolate
- Some goodies for the cats
- Basil seeds
Her we go:
What is your next project, now that you’ve finished the shawl?
I still havn't finished the balaclava for my daughter, it is on the way from a WIP to an UFO. Instead I started doing a hat for my bald husband. I fear he will never wear it but I'll give it a try. I am not used to 3 mm needles and it kind of takes foreeeever. I would love to make some kind of special sweater for myself using some nice yarn. But havn't found the pattern nor the yarn. Altough I would love to make it using 3 mm needles I better stick to 4mm and above.
Because things went a little slow with the hat I digged out an UFO . This one, only in black and shorter -but I am not to crazy about it to be honest. The yarn is too cheap and the pattern to wide. I Think I felt a little fat the day I chose the pattern.
I’m trying to choose some special yarn for you that you wouldn’t easily find in Denmark. Can you find Rowan and Colinette yarns? I tried to do a danish google and found nothing for Colinette and only one place that had a bit of Rowan. I for sure havn't tried them -would love to!
Do you prefer to knit with soft yarns for example cashmere/merino or possum to hardwearing (and tougher to knit with) wool such as Shetland or Blue faced Leicester (BFL) which soften incredibly on blocking? (not sure which category I would put mohair in) I guess I am a little to the soft side, but it depends on what it is for. Not too itchy I guess, unless it is for felted bags.
Do you like handpainted yarn? Yes I like it but havn't had a chance to try it yet.
What weight is the yarn you are knitting your squares from? The off white is It is 300m/50 but I use two threads at a time. The light blue is 145m/50g.
What kind of yarn(s) are you using? I am always ready for something new. If I use one kind of yarn it doesn't mean it is the only one I want to use. I have used mohair quite a lot- I find it very good for making winter shawls. Especially if it isn't too thick. I sometime use cotton, especially for the kids, however, at the moment I have plenty of cotton -ran into a sale. I am really not much of an expert when it comes to yarn. Most of the things I have made are with one colour only. I would like to try mixing colours but don't really know how to do it. I have a thing with horizontal stripes -I was ones told short people shouldn't wear that- And I am short. Guess I have to go for something a little more sophisticated than stripes! Or maybe multicoloured yarn like the sockyarn hundretwasser . Maybe handpainted yarn is the answer!
What do you like to bake? What was the last thing you made? Bread, rolls, baguettes, naan, white bread, brown bread and bread with cinnamon, cardamom, carrots etc etc. My favourite bread these days is brown bread rolls with chopped dried fruits -figs, apricots and prunes. Yesterday I made a pile of white baguettes and some brown rolls for my son (he doesn't like the ones with fruit).
Friday, March 16, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
This is the shawl for my SP10 pal -Marion. She likes purple, so hopefully she will like this one. But she doesn't like mohair yarn!! Which I have used. The question is, doesn't she like things made of mohair or doesn't she like to knit with it herself. A little risky. Oh well, if she doesn't like it then maybe her cats do!
So far this shawl has taught me 3 things
- Don't use mohair for filet crochet.
- Don't use multicoloured yarn for filet crochet.
- Filet crochet is rather time consuming :-)
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
I made a few squares the other day and now it is time post them. I'll post pic of the shawl tomorrow.
Monday, March 12, 2007
And offcourse I am a secret pal myself. I am going to spoil Marion from Amsterdam i Holland. http://marretje.punt.nl/
She makes a lot of nice things apart from knitting. Cross stictching (actually I am working on a cross stich myself, a christmas thing for my son, but right now it is an UFO as it is a christmas thing -and I am so not in the mood for xmas at this time of the year)and miniature houses. She says she is a beginner knitter, I am impressed with her beginning skills!
So, it is a great day and on top of that it is the first real spring day. The weather is sunny and mild (13 degrees celsius). So far I havn't been in the mood for hanging out in the garden, but I can feel it is going to change soon.
With a weather like this is feels kind of stupid to make winterclothe! Anyway, I am still working on the balaclava. As I couldn't find a pattern I make it up myself. So far I have done quite a few changes on the one I had in mind. I am facing a problem though -soon I will need to continue with double pointed needles. Which I don't have!
But this is not the only thing I have been up to. I have tried out my winder. Both me and my kids find it fascinating! The yarn, however, takes up much more space this way.
Friday, March 9, 2007
But instead of making socks I wil try to make a balaclava for my daughter.
The pattern so far: Gauge 24st/10cm.
CO 112 st on 3 mm needles. k2 p2 for ?
The socks will have to wait, apart from a pair of crocheted babysocks -which are not even made of the sock yarn.