Tuesday, September 30, 2008

blogger games 2

Well, I've been also tagged by Wooly Stuff for the "six random things about me" meme. As always, rules first:
  • Link to the person who tagged you.
  • Post the rules on your blog.
  • Write six random things about yourself.
  • Tag six people at the end of your post.
  • Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Let the tagger know your entry is up.
Six random things about me? Honestly, I had no clue what to write when I got this meme, but it's a fun game and I want to play along (especially since I knew straight away whom I'd want to tag in order to learn 6 random things about them).
So here I go...
  • for me there's only one way of casting on - that's the way I was taught ages ago; I don't even know whether it has a name in knitting world; there're two versions of this in my "dictionary": single-stranded and double-stranded; I've never tried any other cast-on-technique and do not feel deprived yet
  • a never-knitter of Clapotis - I just cannot see what's fascinating about this pattern (btw, 7890 projects; in 4150 queues as of now on Ravelry - sheer unbelievable to me)
  • did not like SAC apart for the great clothes (and never actually watched the show); was too explicit for my taste; instead, I'm a huge fan of Desperate Housewives
  • secretly working on a plan to emigrate to one very beautiful country
  • have a sense of humour that only my little sis can keep up with; whenever the two of us get together, my dear one flees (voluntarily)...
  • designed my own wedding dress (but thankfully the sewing part was done by a professional)
Done! Now the fun bit - I get to tag a homely heroine (that's payback), chrochetgurl, Heidelblog! (I believe you have some interesting 6 random things to tell), the knitting archaeologist, knitters delight and the occasional knitter.

I leave for now with this as a reminder to me (I'm going to London on Thursday for an extended weekend).

Monday, September 29, 2008

I got an award!

And I do not want to keep it all to myself, so I thought of sharing it and passing this on. 
The rules are:
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who gave you the award.
3. Nominate at least 4 other bloggers and add their links.
4. Leave a comment at the recipients' blogs so they can pass it on.

First of all, thank you to Canary Sanctuary who gave me this award. I think it's so sweet the way you mentioned why you're giving this award to the specific bloggers.

Oh, I'd like to nominate so many of you guys, but some have already gotten this award, so I'm sorry to disqualify you in my consideration. ;-)

And my award goes to:
  • knit lit - because you're such a fashion inspiration; you're my vogue-blogger when I need to find out what the next look will be
  • morningstar - because your blog gives me just the right doze of craziness & fun
  • yarn it - because your story touched me
There you go! Enjoy your award!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

FO: Evening shell

It's so nice and warm today that I got to shoot some pictures outside. I've had this Cascade Magnum for a while now, but could not quite decide what I want to knit with this yarn. I really like Balthazaar Vest, Rockefeller Sweater and Karate Sweater out of Twinkle's Big City Knits. And this ecru colour would have been fine for any of the four knits. On Friday evening I wanted to finally start something and this was my choice.

I really like this vest - it's great with jeans, with a skirt or a dress. It feels a bit like wearing a Dirndl with a t-shirt underneath, but, hey, it's Oktoberfest and this look is in at this time of the year.

Details: knit in the round on 10mm (US15) circulars. I used almost exactly 2 skeins of Cascade Magnum in ecru and knit a long version of the vest (well, I'm not sure how long the long version is supposed to be, I just made it as long as I wanted my vest to be). Again, I read on Ravelry that there are many errors in this pattern, so did not bother following it too closely. That's the m-size.

Friday, September 26, 2008

It's been so cold...

...that I had to knit a cowl to my shopping tunic. I was thankful to myself for this idea last weekend in Poland, where it seemed to be November rather than September temperatures. I almost used another full skein of Cascade Magnum and it really looks as if the cowl is just as long as the rest of the body.

There are no other news apart from the fact that I've gotten an award and have been tagged. But I'll post on that some other time. Now I have to get out and and enjoy some sun on this surprisingly warm autumn day. ;-)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

FOs: Tomato baby

Three very fun projects. A tomato baby hat, baby booties and a green wraplan. I was too stupid for Elizabeth Zimmermann's baby surprise jacket, so I searched for an easier project and was glad to find the wraplan. It's fun and quick. Other knitters have complained about the mistakes in this pattern, but I just knit the neck portion intuitively and was fine.

I hope it'll all fit the little one. This weekend we go to see our friends in Wroclaw, one of my favourite Polish cities, so I might get some shots of a baby actually wearing this. The two hats that I've knit before fit him, which I'm very glad about.

It's getting cold here, so I need to start a nice winter project now. Any ideas?