Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Just take 2

I was tempted, last year, to do the Just Take 2 quilt… but I never came around to do it… and as much as I loved it there were so many blocks (see an example here) that I felt it would not be reasonable to start such a project.

But good news, this year Just Take 2 is back with a School House Quilt and I’ve started :-)

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So far I’m on target: I sewed Block 1 and 2 and prepare the other 18 School House.

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All of this done under LaoShi’s close supervision.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Knits and love

For some time now I wanted to post pictures of my latest knits.  Most of them were gifts for Christmas and other occasions.

First, Effortless.  I knitted this one first for Alice. I really liked the top-down work.  I knitted another one for my Mum, just before we left S’pore.  The yarn is Perfect Day 8 ply by Cleckheaton.  I made the fronts not as wide as the original ones.  The yarn is beautiful, soft and warm.

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Livingston.  I first saw this adorable jumper at Sandrine and Company.  I could say it was love at first sight, and the perfect Christmas gift for MP’s BB, Ewenn.  It’s been knit in Rowan Wool Cotton, in Duck blue.  Another very enjoyable knit, and seeing Ewenn wearing it was even better.  Actually seeing Ewenn, Gaia, Marie Pierre and Benoit was the nicest presents of all.

 

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MP asked me, some time ago, if I would knit her a cable jumper. I know this is not exactly what she asked for, but once again, I could not resist this pattern and it gives me an excuse to knit her another one.  It is in Aviso Phildar.  The pattern looks more complicated than it is, and once my fingers learnt it, it went very fast.  However, I did not put it on the back, but knitted double ribs instead.

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Semele -  This one was not supposed to be a gift, it was supposed to be mine. But…  First, it’s the yarn that caught my eyes.  I got myself 3 balls of Katia Oxford with no idea of what I was going to knit.  Then I started with a different pattern, but it looked a bit simple.  Semele with its leaves was more in harmony with yarn colour.  In the end I used almost 5 skeins, which make this shawl/scarf large and comfortable.After blocking the draping effect is even better and the texture even softer.  Alice gifted it to a friend’s Mum.  I hope she’ll enjoy it.

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I also knitted some socks for MP’s hubby but did not take any pictures.  They were very simple, and I hope they’ll be made of good use.

Next, I’ll show more recent small-ish projects.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

This must be LOVE

No nothing to do with today’s date! Just yarn love, pattern love and shop love.

Tuesday, Juliette and I went to London.  She wanted to go to Borough Market.  I wanted to go to Islington.  We did both, it was freezing cold.  After lunch, Juliette’s mood dropped to freezing cold too.  But I really, really wanted to go to Loop.  Se we did! And now I’m in love.

In love with the shop. Yarns and books on 2 floors, cosy arm chairs for accompanying husbands, very relaxed atmosphere.

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In love with this yarn: 50% baby alpaca – 50% raw silk, oh-so slightly shimmering, and soft, so soft I can’t even describe how soft. It’s Metalico from Blue Sky.

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In love with this pattern: Marin by Ysolda Teague. Now I need to practice some calm-yourself-down-breeze-in-breeze-out-movements, finish all my other projects and then I’ll be able to start knitting.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

My day in London

Yes, I took a day off last week.  Since we came back, I promised myself to go and enjoy London while I can, but somehow it did not happen.  New year, new resolutions, I’m doing it in 2013.

My first outing was at the Fashion and Textile Museum.  The current exhibition is on Hartnell to Amies: Couture by Royal Appointment.  I did not know these designers, but how much I loved it, especially the outfits from the 50’s.  I just wanted more!

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More pictures here.

The next exhibition at the FTM is on Kaffe Fasset – can’t wait.

I also indulged in a walk by the Thames, it was a bright sunny day.

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And to finish my day, a short visit to my favourite shop.

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