Sunday, December 07, 2008
Beech Wood Cowl free pattern by Ilga
Yarn: Knittery Cashmere Merino sock yarn
Wicked by Sarah & Rachel of ZephyrStyle
Yarn: Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Aran in Jet
Cable jumper inspired by Ann Budd's 'The knitter's handy book of sweater patterns"
Yarn: Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Chunky in Mink
Monday, October 27, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
And so...I will continue to blog, albeit not so regularly and dating FO details into Ravelry until I find my blogging mojo again!
I have been busy knitting winter wear for YL who is now reading 1st year law in the UK. Here's a peek at the FOs I haven't blogged about.
Details of yarn and patterns used are posted on Ravelry!
Bought this jacket pattern and yarn in an Aberystwyth LYS, knitting done in less than a week!
This Beret I knitted in an evening from the Rowan Cocoon Collection.
The lime green jumper and pink jacket are both knitted with Sirdar Softie, an acrylic and wool mix. The seaming was a nightmare since I hated thick edgings, moreover the stitches made with 10mm and 12mm needles amplified imperfections too much.
I hope the Rowan Big Wool bought for Kim Hargreaves' - Temptation jacket ( Thrown Together mag) will turn out better.
I regret changing my mind about going to Colinette Mills in Llanfair, Wales as planned. I was less than 2 hours drive away but decided not to after falling in love with the LYS (take a look at Cynthia's new online store, she'll charge actual postage only ) just a few minutes away from my hotel! It has the latest patterns, mags, every Rowan, Sublime and Sirdar yarn one can imagine with a selection of Regia and Manos at the side. Moreover, the mill is open for business half day on Fridays and it'd mean a mad rush in addition to paying for car rental, the cost of which I eventually used for Kid Silk classic!
Monday, August 04, 2008
Pattern : Notre Dame De Grace by Veronik Avery, Interweave Knits Summer 2007
Yarn: Bendigo Wooleen Mills Alpaca, DK in Oceania
Amount: 2.5 x 436 yds
Blankie is in progress now that the Mission Falls mill ends finally made it to my door after 9 weeks! But, I've decided to set the project aside and not try to finish it by September. I'm setting a new deadline, Christmas perhaps...it is addictive and there's just too much knitting to finish off for now...a Drops cable cardigan, 2 more gift scarves, socks, hat, mittens... I need more knitting time and extra pairs of hands!!
(BTW Mona, I've figured out the triangles for the sides - see the purple and grey?)
Monday, June 30, 2008
this FO which was meant for myself but now belongs to daughter YL. There's more sock yarn in the Stash...and so another is in progress with merino cashmere sock yarn from Knittery
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill, Spring Frost colorway, 100% superwash merino, Fingering wt, needles: 2 mm
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Notre Dame De Grace - the body in Double Moss stitch gets a little boring, I then move on to a scarf for some instant gratification and its fast knitting with 6mm needles.
Monday, May 19, 2008
The pattern is an adaptation of Sellykang's sock yarn blankie
The reverse side is surprising neat too, but just look at..the ends.... the ends......
I'm using short 4mm needles instead of DPNs or Circulars. They're probably stretching the stitches a little but these 'plastic learner' straights seems just perfect for the 31 sts. Thanks Annie!
Meantime, here's what's getting cast on today...
Veronik Avery's Notre Dame De Grace from IK Summer 2007
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I reckon there's enough in my stash for 8 and here's 5 of them.
Finally, and for a good cause too, I'm getting to use up the mostly acrylic wool yarn, learn how to 'log cabin' and knit diagonal squares with some (dish cloth style) I'm too lazy to find gauge for.
Hmm.....Do we have a volunteer in KL to do the seaming up end of May? :)
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Size : 10" by 63" (unstretched)
Yarn : Katia Azteca, 50% wool 50% acrylic
Amount : 2 x 100gm x 197 yds (used all)
Needles : 6mm
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Pattern: Norwegian Woods Scarf by SiviaHarding
Size: 60" x 27" (blocked)
Yarn: Dream in Color - Baby (Laceweight), Flamingo Pie colourway
Amount: 560 yrds
Needles: 3 mm
Green Gable from the cotton yarn bought in Ho Chi Minh City. Notice how the colour pools when I knit across the raglan section and the variegation stablises after? Lesson learnt.
Pattern: Green Gable
Yarn: 2 strands 4 ply cotton (1 variegated 1 white)
Size: 36" Length: 23"
Amount: 350 gms
Needles: 4 mm
Friday, April 11, 2008
Ten balls of any yarn is heavily discounted at this place, so you're looking at 2 balls each of 5 colourways of Katia Azteca planned for gift scarves for friends of YL leaving from August through February 09. Then I saw a gorgeous swatch out of the Filo Filu which I'm sure would knit up to a sexy slinky evening shawl..Couldn't resist that.
Ming persuaded me into buying the Japanese Knitting symbols dictionary and a book of 250 pattern samplers (mostly cables) when she found out I couldn't knit from Japanese patterns. I might give it a try one of these days... and there's a magnetic pattern marker too.
Remember the cheapie cotton yarn from the last post? Here's the green-white colourway growing very fast into Green Gable.. I'm using 1 strand of variegated with 1 strand white on 4mm needles. Would you believe the pile of knitting here is out of a single ball of each colour? This picture was taken when I was about to join the 2nd ball of green-white. Gosh! I'm still amazed I can get half a Top out of a RM 2 ball of yarn!!!
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Gosh! it's amazing I lived to post this blog. I had no clue about crossing roads where (really) hundreds of motorbikes were coming towards you from every direction. Terrified, I would wait patiently at the curb for other tourists (esp bigger Westerners) then get myself strategically sandwiched in the middle while waiting for them to start the dash!! I did that at no less than 6 junctions.
The ladies were always packing up by the time I arrived there in the evenings, so never actually got to see all their wares. The quality of their yarn was OK and there's loads of cotton, all in lace or fingering weight though, nothing heavier. I didn't have time to look at wool which were all from China.
Here's the loot after 2 trips to their stalls...33 x 100 gms of 4 ply cotton sold loose and by weight.
Each is less than US$ 0.65!!! and I've no idea what to do with them yet. Bought 10 the first day, went back to the hotel to knit up a quick swatch, washed it for colour fastness and was quite impressed with the subtle sheen and softness. The next evening I went by taxi :) for another 23 balls.
All packed and ready to come home...
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Yarn: The Knittery , Colourway: Earth, Merino Cashmere Sock (60% merino 20% cashmere 20% nylon)
Here's a sneek peek at my Norwegian woods by SiviaHarding which is 1 repeat and Edging short of the finishing line. It's knitted with Dream in Color Baby in the Flamingo Pie colourway. I don't think this is the right colour to show off the design but I am looking forward to wear it with my usual dark office attire.
I'm not sure if there's much chance of knitting relating shopping in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh but any shortfall this end will be compensated with my booking into a hotel right smack in Hong Kong's yarn district of Causeway bay the following week!!! (I've got all the addresses, thanks to Ravelry)
It'll mean a daily two way 45 mins MRT commute to the office but what won't we do for yarn??? I'll have to come up with a sane reason why I HAVE to stay that far away though...
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Well, I started on a blanket with some Sirdar Snuggles and ran out when it was clear that the FO could only serve as an oversized burping towel! (total denial syndrome-itis again!)
After a frantic search I came up with these....
Magic Slippers by Sockpixie. Aren't they cute???
Yarn: Peony acrylic , Needles: 3mm, size: newborn
Am going to get some feedback on these slippers from the tired but happy mom (her firstborn is a boy), if baby seems comfortable in them and they don't drop off easily, I plan to knit more of these and not bother with another blanket.
Yarn: Sirdar Snuggles, Needles: 3mm, Size: 1-3 mths
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Yarn: Australian wool, 5 ply, Black
Amount: 400 gm (yarn bought without labels and yardage information)
Size: Wingspan - 56" Depth - 25"
Notes: Followed pattern exactly, 4 repeats of main pattern
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I've been very good recently, knitting from Stash, so was certain there'd be a suitable wool mix or silky DK yarn tucked in there. Skeins are literally falling out when the cupboard is opened!
Now, how many mornings have we stood staring at the clothes closet ,surprised there's 'nothing to wear' when the bars are sagging with too many hangers? That's that same feeling I had when I searched and triple checked through the Stash for that just perfect yarn I would have bought and forgotten about many moons ago - there must be!
Nope, nothing, I came up with zilch, not even a substitute I might consider in desperation. Hmm...maybe my Stash is not as big as I thought????
Oh well! delayed gratification is good for the knitting soul sometimes and I might as well enjoy the online shopping....
Here's a peek at my WIPs...
Decided to stay with stockinette so as not to 'distort' the colourway, but might change to the Blueberry waffle stitch for the leg. Yarn - Supersock from Cherry Tree Hill in Spring Frost; Needles - 2mm
Office Casual (the third) with Peony acrylic yarn on 3.5 mm needles. I don't have a particular pattern and is winging it as I knit.