Friday, July 28, 2006
My Lopi pullover, here is a better "pose", taken under natural light.
My brother's sweater, I blocked it two weeks ago, so took another picture for reference.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Pattern: Aftur 21 from Lopi 25
Needles: Inox 4.5mm and 4.0mm circular needles.
Yarn: Lett-Lopi 12 balls, from Romni Wools
Modifications: Body and sleeves were shortened, main colour was change from oatmeal to brown (Oatmeal was sold out, so I had to make this change).
It's the first Icelandic pullover I made. Easy to construct - circular knitting, no pull sts except the moss stitch edging, no seams, no set in sleeves, no stitch counting except the yoke. Fast and fun!
But, but... I have to complain about the yarn! It's raw and I even found grass blended in the wool. Alas... my skin itches!
Thursday, July 20, 2006
After a long long time, this week I picked up my fine steel hooks again, and finished this "Tulip Pineapple Doily", which has been hiding in my lace box for months (at least 14 months). It looks like a simple project, but the little picots took me forever to finish! Doily in now days has no functional purpose at all, but I really like the delicate effect, and I think of it as an art piece.
Pattern: I forgot where the pattern is from.
Hook: Red Heart 1.00 mm steel crochet hook. ( I think Red Heart's hooks are much better than Colver's, although they are really cheap)
Thread: DMC Cordonnet Special crochet thread No. 40.
If you would like to try crochet lace, use DMC's thread. I think they are the best!
Monday, July 10, 2006
Then, on the knit side, I tried to slip the stitches onto the right needle first, it turned out that the stitches are somehow twisted.
So what is the right method?
ZIDANE 就像非洲原野上的一头暮年雄狮, 拥有灿烂的战绩和辉煌的过去. 在夕阳的余辉下, 用犀利有神的目光傲视群雄, 那是王者的风范.
然而却因一股怒气, 一声狮吼, 一个头搥, 最后一张红牌伴随他离开戎马半生的舞台, 那是一代球王的终生遗憾.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Pattern: Just a standard vest I made, no pattern.
Yarn: seven balls of Garnstudio's Angora Tweed (I love that yarn!).
Needles: Inox 4.00 mm & 3.50 mm circular needles.
The arm hole shapes like a parabola, my grandma's request. She likes that kind of shaping.
Buttons I got from Mac Fab, my favourite fabric store in Toronto.
While I was making the vest my grandma was astounded about the quantity of knitting helpers I got. She recalled in the old days women in my home town (a small village in south China) DIY their knitting needles directly from bamboo trees. This brought me back to the memories of my childhood in China - about my nanny taught me how to knit when I was seven years old. Nanny Liang was a very nice lady, and I still remember how she taught me the "knit" stitch patiently. But in China, many people believe knitting, and other kinds of needlework is not appropriate for children to learn (所谓玩物丧志); only school education is essential, and only getting a good grade is important. Unfortunately, my nanny also worried that knitting would affect my academic performance (even though I was only seven years old!), she allowed me to watch her and her knitting buddies making beautiful children sweaters, but refused to taught me how to "purl" after I successfully learned how to "knit". For many years before I came to Canada, I only knew how to "knit", and could only produce gather stitch fabric!
Even today, because of that belief people pushed to me in my childhood, I still couldn't knit in public -If I do I would really really really feel timid and ashamed (I would feel like a child doing something not behaving). Hah! But that doesn't destroy my passion for knitting. I knit happily at home and feel comfortable to share my enthusiasm on crafting with people through web blogs.
Yarn Shop update:
One more yarn shop is added: http://www.yarnshoptoronto.blogspot.com
Lastly, I would like to showcase the stash I got from LYS in May and June - I broke my record again because I've never bought that much yarn at a time. These two months during my visit to yarn stores I bought some yarn here and some there, and when I gather the stash together, it's like a yarn hill.
Jaeger Trinity, I am going to knit this for me.
Garnstudio's Alpaca yarn saved for the Union Square Market Pullover, but I don't think I would have time to knit that.
Rowan 4 ply soft, for the Kittiwake hat shown in Alice Starmore's Aran Knitting.
Lanet baby wool...
Alpaca lace yarn - two hanks for the Icarus Shawl from IK summer 2006, the third hank is for a lace scarf.
Mohair yarn - it's was on sale so I bought some.
Galway wool - enough for making two vests for my brother.
p.s I am currently knitting a Lopi sweater for myself. But since I don't have a camera with me right now, I would show my finished sweater later.