Monday, May 21, 2007


Is finally done! But to be honest I am not sure about this one: it looks like it makes me fat visually and I cannot decide on how to close it. Initially I wanted to use buttons, but it looked bad, so here it is without it.

Pattern: Pink Mimosa from Interweave Knits Summer 2006
Yarn: 8.5 balls of Debbie Bliss Cathay in colour Wedgwood/ Blue-Gray for size 3.
Needles: Addi Turbo circulars 3.5mm, 3.75mm (for the st st border, not in the original pattern), 4.00mm and 5.00mm
Crochet hooks: Pony 2.5mm (I can use it any time ;)) and 3.75mm for assembly, closing and fancy edges
Modifications: I recalculated the waist shaping for size 1-2 (1.5), because I do have an unconventional figure; knitted the st st border in identical length to lace border just because I thought stitching them together (grafting) will look better; I don’t like seaming, so instead of binding off the st st border, folding it in two and seaming to the cast on row, I bound it off directly to the cast on row using crochet hook and 3 needle bind off method

In other news, I am going to Russia for 2 weeks tomorrow, but I am hoping to blog from there.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Of bobbles and lace

I am knitting the bolero for my sis as planed but now I know there is absolutely no chance in the world for me to finish it in time.

God it is tough, 40 bobbles in one row! 3 days of work and what do I have?..22 rows!!!
I know for certain now that I will not re-knit it for myself, not even for a million.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Habu Craze…

…has truck me lately. On Saturday I got two balls if Fique (FQ-1) in colour denim (20). I could not rest till the summer hat was done ;)

Pattern: my own
Yarn: 2 balls of Habu Fique in colour 20
Hooks: 5mm, 4.5mm, and 3.5mm

I have mixed emotions regarding this number, probably because I still could not wear it out. The weather here is monsoon-like, has been raining for over a week now without any sunny prospects what so ever. Perhaps I will come to love it later and will definitely take more pics. A couple of words regarding the yarn: it is FANTASTIC, strongly recommend to anyone!

The second knit was started last night and it is 20rows done. The lace motif is very simple but because I do hold the needles in a strange manner I have to twist a lot of stitches and it slows the process. So far I am infatuated: the colour is so sophisticated, simple, slick, and just yummy. The pattern I think goes extremely well with the yarn. This knit is intended for my godmother, who lives in Yekaterinburg (meaning a lot of cold days).

Just as I am writing, the sun came out!!!!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

All Done!!!

So, what do you do when you finally finish your exams?... Fall sick, I swear I do, I think I overstretch myself with revision; I was so worried eventually I could not sleep. In the past two weeks my sleeping pattern went all sorts of ways, generally speaking, the insomnia kicked in. The exam yesterday was great, I think I did well, when I opened the paper I knew everything, so revision was good overall

But before turning ill, yesterday afternoon, I went for a little treat… not so little treat, the mighty expensive treat.

I was long planning my visit to the London Loop yarn shop, I do buy online from them for God knows how long, but being there in person is totally different. The main thing which struck me is its size, it is astonishingly tiny, but at the same time it has huge amount of yarn laying everywhere mixed with needles, hooks, books, mags, accessories.

My primer reason for visiting was Habu (they stock it but very-very little). Look at what I’ve got, isn’t it cute! Some purl bee cowl soon to be.

From that point I could not hold myself and bought some Alchemy as well which I was eyeing since IK Spring Issue. You know the lace nightie, I want it but not in bamboo, in silk, and it will be a top.

I am off to lay down and maybe knit something eventually (yep I still didn’t knit a single stitch, maybe I forgot how)

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

One down, One to go

I had my first of the two exams yesterday. Thank God it is over, next week this time I will be free like a bird, knitting frenzy for all I care.

I haven’t been knitting for a week now, and I have cravings. Seriously the thought of knitting keeps me sane in times like this when I go for 48 hours of continuous studying on pure adrenaline.

Today is the day dedicated to rest, so I have time to blog and show some pics of the current and future projects.

My current project Mimosa from Summer IK 06 (was current before exams). To be honest, I didn’t like it in the mag, just flipped through and forgot all about it. But then I saw it being knitted by Elizabeth and fell in love. I am copying her version completely; I even went for the same yarn in the same colourway. Shame on me ;)

Secondly I think I’ll post a couple of the project I will be knitting soon: Bolero for my sis and top for myself.