January 23, 2006
Tidy up WIPS
Last week I finished my DS's bulky sweater:
My DS posed for me. It fits him just for now and for me it looks a bit too small, but he is very happy about the way it looks, for he hates roomy sweaters. (I don't know why!) He loves it and put it on for three days straight from Friday to Sunday. It was very cold weekend. And last Sunday afternoon, when I was struggling to clear away the mess of yarns, I found that sweater's oddments and had no idea where to put away. So I gathered them all and made this:
This time the model is my DS Second. I wanted to make a matching hat for DS, but it was a little too small for him so his younger brother inherited it automatically. It fits nice for him!
BTW, recently I made some yarn exchange with a lady who lives in US and I've got these for my stash enhancement:
KnitPicks yarns....for a long time, I have been interested in shopping at KnitPicks, but they don't accept any international shipping. So these are what I cannot get directly. I am quite inpressed that softness of the yarns, I love to try immediately! But not for a while...all these yarns are lace weight and I plan to knit SOMEDAY lace shawls. In the meantime I just touch and feel and enjoy!
Oh, and I have finished "Airy scarf" too, but I have not yet taken the photo. That brick-red color is very difficult for photos, you know, and I need the daylight for it but cannot find a moment in the last weekend. Next time!
January 16, 2006
I normally love to knit with fine yarn and 2.5mm needles. I am enjoying to knit Bobby sweater with True 4ply Botany, it makes me remember how much I loved to knit small stitches.
However, ladies and gentlemen, I do want to tell you that even though, sometimes a combination of big needles, chunky yarn and simple project for kids has really good effect for someone like me, who is always yielded by temptation for new project and as the result always have too much WIPS and SO LITTLE TIME between work, laundry and kids, and as the second result too long time needed to finish any projects.
Almost finished! Actually after taking this photo I have jointed first sleeve, and I will do the another just after writing this post. This is, however, the very just size for DS right now. If there are other 2 or 3 very cold days coming, he could put it on maybe, but no possibility for next winter for him. No worries, I have another boy who have another some years waiting to put this!
And I just thought I have not yet showed you my Sophie bag as FO, mildly felted:
The code looks a bit fragile, but I think it would be OK. Though, I put so many stuffs in the bag in general so I maybe won't use it. One day it would be a gift for someone....
BTW, this is my recent stash enhancement:
Dani's "Sunshine Yarns" , handpainted sock yarn. So beautiful. I found her yarn in Alison's entry and I ordered almost immediately. Now I feel itchy to want to knit with this yarn...
January 12, 2006
Oh-Ah, new post in this lazy blog before one-week period?
Because, I participate in SecretPal 7, as second time for this events.
Hi my dear Pal, here is my questionnaire:
1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand?
I am so, so sorry for you my pal, you feel yourself unlucky maybe, but I am hopeless yarn junky and yes, I am yarn snob. Though, as a real yarn addicted person, I am interested in trying almost any yarn.
2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I don't spin, and I can crochet a little but I absolutely prefer knit.
3. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
Fablic needle cases for straight and hooks, a plastic bag for circular. so circular is normally mess, but I don't like hanger-style, and I have so much circulars, so I just don't know how to tidy up.
4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I have learned knitting when I was kid, but my addiction started just 4 years ago. My skill level is intermadiate.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
No.I am very lazy for it.
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Lavender!! bergamot orange, apricot.
7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Not so much...
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
Well, I love knitting and I am addicted to yarn, but I am not crafty person other than that.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like classic(pianos and winds), old jazz....My stereo can play MP3.
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
Recently I Love Lavender-like, icy pink. Other than that, always I love deep rusty red, steel blue, olive, eggplant/aubergine purple.
I cannot stand any simple-clear vivid colors except black and white. I also don't like orange, saumon pink.
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
My husband, 6 yrs old and 20 month boys. No pets.
12. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I wear scarves and ponchos, not so often hats, no mittens. I am glove knitter and I prefer gloves than mittens.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I loved knitting Adrienne Vittadini's "Emma", Jaeger's Matchmaker merino Aran, Debbie Bluss's any cashmerinos, Rowan's True 4ply botany, Colinette's Skye, Filatura di Crosa's Zalina, ...etc.
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Anything itchy. itchy wool, itchy mohair. Anything too fluffy. Long-eyelush novelties.
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Not specially... I knit from 2mm to 8mm needles, adult to baby, gloves to sweater.
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
17. What are you knitting right now?
Kids Sweater, baby Sweater, two scarves, Bohus gloves, baby hat, man's sweater, I forgot something?
18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Well, I prefer straight but one of my sons is still baby,so now I have to use circulars to avoid danger for him, as he is always around my knees.
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Bamboo lover, but I use others if necessary.
21. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
22. How did you learn to knit?
For the very first from my mom. For recent obsessive knitting, by myself from book or patterns.
23. How old is your oldest UFO?
1 year and a half? A lacy tank from Vogue knitting pattern, I believe.
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
My favorite animal is cat. No character.
25. What is your favorite holiday?
Summer holiday. I knit cottons and silks at poolside!
26. Is there anything that you collect?
Old Rowan, and knitting-related but not pattern books. I have many and love to read them in the train!
27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Rowan, Vogue Knitting. I stopped Knitting(England) and Interweave knit.
28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?
29. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Cable knitting without cable needle. Toe-up socks.
30. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I knit socks time to time, for my DH or myself. My foot is 23.5cm, I don't know US sizes.
31. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
January 10, 2006
Knitting for DS, or Cork season
No Bohus progress, first of all. Now I am a bit busy for knitting for boys, a winter hat has turned FO since a week:
It was the most needy project and small, I finished immendiately. I asked him if he wants a star, and he said yes. As it was circular knitting, an intarsha motif was out of question. I just embroided it, with Cork shade Vapour(orphan ball), with a bit of Kidsilk night, to be modelately shiny star.
Other than that, I am now rather kniting his Phildar sweater. I finished the back and front, now knitting the first sleeve, will finish very soon. Fast knittng with 8mm needles are good for busy working mom like me. And another WIP has occured since the last post, by knowing about a newborn of a friend. I would meet her next week, so I have to finish a gift for her new baby boy. Ladies, these are the reason why I didn't touch my Bohus gloves.
BTW, have you ever heard about "Fukubukuro" season in Japan?
Here as an annual/seasonal event, new year is much more important than Christmas for Japanese. We close the work around December 29, clean up anywhere in the house, prepare the new year. Our official New year holiday is absolutely until January 3, all the business open on January 4, except some department store's "new year sale" starting on January 2.
"Fukubukuro" means "Lucky bag", and it is generally big paper bag, which contains many items togather,(i.e. if it is from fashion boutique, it would be many cloths, if it is from jewelry shop's, it contains that kind of stuff, you know)AND you cannot see WHAT are in the bag, for it is sealed. The price depends, often it is JPY10000( around $90) or half of it, or other price, anyway the promise is that the contents should be much more valued than its price. So it is kind of a surprise bag, but many Japanese would pay such an amount for the stuff which she(he) cannot know what it is in advance. Strange?
And new year sale is the starting this "Fukubukuro" sale. Each shop prepares their limited number of Fukubukuro(often it is between 20 to 50).Recently sometimes the shop disclose the contents, showing inside of one of example bag. But even in that case, normally the contents is not the exactly same.
My story is to show you my "Fukubukuro", which I bought as the first time of my life. You can easily imagine what it is, I bought this one at our local Rowan shop's new year sale. I could see inside, and this is the contents:
A book of Kaffe Fasett, "Glorious Knitting " in Japanese, 10 balls of Cork, 2 balls of Kid Soft, assortment of small amount of DDK for motif making suggestion, two patterns call for Cork from Cork collection book, translated in Japanese chart, even a handkerchief made from Kaffe Fasett fablic. Not so bad, ah?
It was 1 man-en(approx.$90) bag and all these are undoubtedly 3 times of the value from its price. I am very happy about it, and now I found a sweater pattern which is seducing me, and call for Cork!
January 02, 2006
Happy New Year and knitting
For the first post of 2006, I show you ALL my current WIPs honestly including some which I have not yet shown you until now. However, the first photo is my last FO of 2005, this miserable Clapotis:
Actually the drop stitches are not yet fixed up, but ladies, you can SEE clearly what I wanted to tell you last time. I really thought I had to rip it out completely to restart, but Just the fragility of the yarn dissuades me from doing it. This half wool and half silk yarn is soooo delicate and, even when I knitted, the yarn surface started to become a little fluffy. When I began to drop stitches, it sometimes, often enough, was entangled side by side in rows. So it looks too risky to frog all the project. I gave up and continued with this COMPLETELY defferent color's yarn and finished.
Let me know what you think about this scarf.Thanks.
Against my resolution in December, I cannot finish this Bobby sweater yet. Just started the first sleeve. I though try to make it within this winter.
Airy scarf is the half way around. I just leave it aside, the priority is not so high.
My Bohus is not advancing fast. It was a pleasure to knit this tiny Bohus cuff, and after that I've got some urgent projects. I am looking forward to knitting it...
And from now on, these are hidden-until-now projects:
This is a scarf of Rowan big wool and kidsilk night. Strange looking. Want to see the close-up?
Each two rows you change the yarn, and knit it with a certain stitch pattern I cannot explain. This pattern was provided from our local Rowan shop, a knitting teacher who teaches there invented this scarf. I wanted to try, and I found the pattern is not difficult and I like kidsilk night, but now I am busy for knitting other WIPS.
A sweater for my 6 yrs DS. Pattern provided from Phildar Enfants, the yarn is also Phildar Mouflon(white one) and an acrylic cheap yarn(blue variagated). One day in December I found myself casting on it when I was tidying up my knitting book shelf. Just an impulsive action. 8mm needles.
What's that?? This is a sweater for DH, casted on last year....when? Oh I don't know. Shame on me. I have to knit this. Really. You know, it doesn't mean I don't love him. Hey.
This is the newest WIP, casted on yesterday. A hat for DS. This winter he has refused to put on winter hat, but these very cold days he declared that he would accept red hat which is not itchy. He will return to school on January 5th, so far I am knitting this now. For that purpose I chose Rowan cork, which is red, knit up fast, not itchy. Pattern found at online free patterns for kids.
This is first FO of 2006 and also PUCOWIPS-2, Sophie bag casted on in August 2005. I had to make just the second I-code for handle to finish, and I made it in last few days of December. This photo is before felting, and I washed it today. The smiling folk is for comparing the size with after felting.
So anyhow. Thanks for visiting my blog last year and drop me comments. I wish you all a happy knitty good year for 2006. I continue to knit and get yarns, show you here!!