Sunday, December 17, 2006

This time of the year

It's holiday again! For me it means time for travelling, of course.
In about 8 hours I'd be landing in Rome, Italy. Then on to Florence, Christmas in Venice and New Year in Paris.
Did some last minute packing yesterday, downloaded loads of podcasts into my iPod for those long train journeys, picked a project to knit on the way, etc. So hopefully it'll a blast and I'll be having the time of my life ;)

Now, for knitting(and crochet!) content

Quickie Crochet Mary-Janes
Pattern can be found here
This was really quick, easy and fun to make. And the result really is just too cute. I've got some not-so-subtle hinting from my friends to make one for them.

Last-Minute Handwarmer
Pattern: from LMKG
This is a last minute Christmas gift for our cleaning lady. Very quick and easy to make, I might make some for myself too.

This is a swatch of what I'll be knitting on my trip. Swish scarf, a free pattern from here. The yarn is Lang Mille Colori with some wonderful colours but a little too stripey for my liking. Do we like?

And this pile is what should be my Lang Sporty Cardigan. It's half-seamed, so at least we're getting there.
I think that's what should be top priority in my New Year resolution,
1. Finish all my UFOs.

Well, I should be getting ready. Will try to report on the way.
Just in case I couldn't, Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 04, 2006

On swallowtail and broken camera

Gee....I haven't blogged for almost a month! That's partially because I don't have much to blog about, and part because I've been busy with life and all that. Lame, I know.
One good excuse though, is that my camera is broken.
Lesson learned: DO NOT let your drunk friend hold your camera.
Hopefully she will have it fixed soon enough, meanwhile you'll have to bear with my mobile phone's 2 megapixels pictures instead of my lovely camera's usual 8 megapixels.
Oh well, at least I have some knitting to share....
Yes! I've found myself a competent photographer!

Swallowtail Shawl

Pattern source: IK Fall 2006
Yarn: Handmaiden Seasilk "Straw" (looks more like gold to me)
Needle: Addi Turbo 4.0mm 60cm
Comments: I've never been a late bloomer, but somehow when it comes to knitting I'm always far behind the trend. After seeing beautiful versions of this shawl all around blogworld, I finally get around making one for myself. The pattern is quick and easy to knit, though the purl5 really slowed me down. It's totally worth it though, I think the end result is simply gorgeous! It's a bit on the small side since I've been growing horizontally lately, so I might wear it as a scarf instead of a shawl.
The yarn....what can I say about the yarn that you don't already know, that it's simply delicious. Oh well, maybe I can tell you that it still smells like seafood even after washed.

In other knitting news, my cabled cardigan from Lang is long done, except that I've been too lazy to seam it up and find the perfect button. I really want to wear it though, so let's hope I'll be motivated soon. Meanwhile I cast on for few small things, but I'm still looking around for The project, if you know what I mean.