Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A shawl for my new coat

Well I meant to show you pictures of this sooner, but somehow I can't seem to find the cable for uploading pictures to the computer. I had to buy a cardreader and now I'm sure I will find it very soon now I have this one, but now I can use this for the other camera as well. On top of that the pictures I took earlier were deleted from the camera. Youngst daughter loves to make pictures with the new camera and this is what happens if you can't connect to your computer right away !

I bought a new coat , it's grey and I didn't have a nice comfortable shawl to go with it. So I looked into my stash if I could find something matching. I had some balls of Noro Silk Garden, not all the same color but in the same colorway. I really like the idea of the striped Noro Scarf from Brooklyntweed but wanted a wider scarf, more like a shawl. And after searching through Ravelry I came up with the idea of another Clapotis. This was done on size 9 needles ( 5,5 mm)
and with 5 skeins Noro Silke Garden in three different colors, alternating between 2 yarns every two rows. Sorry, I threw away the ballbands so I can't give any colors.
I think it matches quite well, I still have to block it but to be honest I really like the look of it as it is.

Last week I went to a wool and needlework fair in Rijswijk where I purchased these: KnitPicks Harmony needles. Can you believe that, over here in the Netherlands, on a fair !
I bought them from Storm op zolder or "Stormintheattic" on Ravelry. She just received the day before the fair and it turns out she is the distributor of KnitPicks over here. I didn't hesitate very long, I just had to have these........

and these as well. DPN's in all sizes, because......

I bought this as well. A Dutch book on how to knit socks from Wolhalla . Everything I want to know is in it, now I just have to start, someday soon I'm sure.

The yarn is also from Storm op Zolder, 2 laceweights and green sockweight.

The same day this arrived from Maple , some beautiful handdyed and handspun Alpaca. It's soft like butter.

And yesterday I received another package. Yeah I know, it seems like Christmas over here.

But when Monkeemaker was selling some of her monkeys I just wanted to have one real bad !

Even the paper made me smile.

Look who has made it across the Canal ! HP15 has arrived safe and sound and brought me some candies too. Well actually he tried to eat them himself as soon as I opened them, didn't even bother to unwrap them. I can tell you this guy will be a handfull !

And this is proof that you should never leave a ball of yarn unattended on the floor while a bunny is hopping around !

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A package

Opening a box is always very exciting ! What's in it ? Is it exactly as you hoped it would be or is it way different than what you thought it would be ?

I was having high hopes for this one. But unpacking wasn't that easy with the help of a very curious little black bunny.

Caught you !

This was send to me by One Planet Yarn & Fiber and in it was the kit I had ordered from them for the Cluarach Stole from Knitspot that Anne so wonderfully designed. The yarn is Lanas Puras Melosa in fingering weight, color Eggplant. I already made something with this yarn before, my Clapotis (scroll down) and really liked the way it knitted up. So the yarn itself wasn't a surprise but the color was. Darker and richer than I thought it would be, the color is even darker than in the picture, and I just love it.

I loved it so much I just wanted to wind one of the skeins into a ball right away so I could make a swatch with it. But o horror, look what I found when I put it on the yarn swift.

A tangled mess ! Not just a quick wind for this one. It took me quite a while but I got it untangled in the end. I just had to break the yarn once, that's all. I just hate it when it's such a mess, it makes me nervous just to look at it. I checked the other skeins but the are fine, so I was just unlucky to get this one I guess. It also didn't show on the outside so I don't blame One Planet for this, they just couldn't have known.

A swatch was made but I haven't cast on for it yet because I found this new pattern on Ravelry.
I'd better not check Ravelry anymore, this site is driving me crazy !

It's the Juno Regina Stole from Knitty. I had this wonderful Platinum gray merino/silk from

the Plucky Knitter waiting for the right patern to come along. It's a fairly easy pattern once your through the buttom part. Just repeat the same 2 rows over and over again.
It's very hard to capture the color in this yarn, silver gray with greenish and brownish parts in it. Trust me, it's very pretty !

When this one is finished this one is also waiting in line and Anne is designing the most wonderful shawl ever right now. And just let's NOT talk about all the wonderful sweater and cardigan patterns that are waiting out there, waiting to be knitted. By me.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Not enough....

Yarn to finish the Tulip Baby Cardigan. I only had to finish the cuff of one of the sleeves and part of the i-cord around the neck when I ran out of the main color. So close ...but not able to finish it.
I had to mail to Socktopus to ask her if she would send me a bit more. She very kindly mailed me back right away and send the yarn out right away. It seems that there were more problems with the amount of this color, the rest was more than enough, and she would make sure this would not happen anymore in the future. Unfortunately it took for more than a week to arrrive so it wasn't finished in time to give it to the new parents on our family visit.

Pattern: Tulip Baby Cardigan from Dream in Color
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in several colors
Needles: 4 mm and 4,5 mm.
This was an easy to follow pattern even if I never knit an i-cord before or on 4 dpn's.
Yes, I can now knit on 4 dpn's, so socks should also be a possibility now. They are very portable projects aren't they ? No, stop ! Don't think about socks for a while yet ! My to do list is already way too long ! And there just aren't enough hours in the day for all the things I long to do most.
I already have a problem with blogging on a regular base, I always try to keep up with the blogs I love to read most but most times I just don't have enough time to sit and write up a post of my own.

But anyway, here is another finished item. My double dayflower scarf. A free pattern to be found here in a PDF file.
I used 4 balls of Noro Silk Garden in color 228. I might even make another one in a different color some day. It really was a joy to knit this, the pattern was easy to follow and with the bigger needles ( 5,5 mm) it just flew by.

Here is a picture made in Brugge. We had a wonderful time there, walking along the canals and the old buildings. It reminds me of Gouda, which is very close to my village. There are far more old buildings here, it's on the list of the Unesco Heritages.
We went to see the only yarn shop Brugge seems to have, but found it closed for the 2 days we were there. Well it wasn't meant to be I think. Instead we took home some of these......