Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Treasures from the cellar

I received this Rowan knit kit by Kaffe Fasset from my grandmother a couple of years ago. I managed to hide it in my cellar and forget it and found it again during my really active weekend...

I'm not sure if she wants me to knit this specific model or just wants me to use the yarns. The model is just sooo 80's and so not me. And if I were to start it I would never finish it. It's just too complicated.

However the colours are just fantastic, but of some of them there is only a couple skeins each. There are kid silk in 11 different colours

and some tweed yarn in one colour

And some Kaffe Fassets design yarn in 6 different colours.

However I feel obliged to do something similar of at least part of the stash. Perhaps a slipover with the same motif? Could be a nice fist intartsia/fair isle/steeking project. (That will take forever to finish. I'm sure.) The pattern is one size only, but the little that my grandmother had knitted on it seems to be a good fit for me. But I'm such a loose knitter... Or a nice blanket with colour combination ideas from the pattern?

However I know I have to make something of this. These yarns are just too nice to be laying around waiting for me to hand it over to my granddaughter...

Monday, September 15, 2008

No so active weekend

This weekend I wasn't so active. Mostly due to a cold that hit me on Saturday. So the balance in activity for the past two weekend are quite stable.

However I tried some tatting and this is what I made:

The one on the left is from Yarnplayer's Tatting: Butterfly bookmarks and the one on the right is from Butterflies and Caterpillars. I did however learn something during these two butterflies and I've made a couple of small mistakes on the butterfly on the left. But as long as we live we learn. Right? :D

I also did some test tatting before the butterflies. A small lace that I just made up from my old tatting I showed in the last post.

Then I finished my first skein of yarn.

Strategial measurements are 28.5m/23g.

I managed to make the spinning quite tight at some places, but for beeing my first skein I'm proud of it.

I also started on my Laminaria from yarn I received a couple of weeks ago from a scarfyarn club.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Super active weekend

Friday. Normally of course to work, but when I came home I saw that I had a package waiting for me at the post office. Quickly out to the car and drive to pick up the packet and tore it up at mom's and dad's. This is what it included:

From Villa Laurila. Before I had time to start spinning I had dinner with mom and dad and went to buy some food (and a shelf to my storage room). When I came home I immediately started spinning. What a joy, and definitely some novelty yarn coming up. This was my fist days result. It is just sooo much fun to spin.

When I was at home dining, my mom digged up my old tatting shuttle that I have gotten from my great grandmother many years ago. There was still some tatting attached to it that I've been doing back then, maaany years ago. I'm starting tatting by taking a weekend course in three weeks.

Apparently I wasn't really good at this back then. My great grandmother on the other hand was really good. If I ever find the cross she made me I will post it here.

On Saturday I woke up quite early and went to town. Shopping. :D Chanterelles for Sunday dinner, shoes...

A watch that came with a handbag...

Some clothes...

After shopping I knitted a little bit on my new red cardigan from Garnstudio. This is my second project in Slike Alpaca and it's just a really, really lovely yarn. However I wish they'd make it in 100g balls. One ball of 60cm/50g knits just up so fast.

I also reorganized my storage room and surprise! I found yarn there which I've actively have tried to forget. Rowan yarn to be exact. Now it is too dark to take photos of the package with yarn, but to give some details it contains a lot of yarn (1kg) in different colours, meant to be a Kaffe Fasset cardigan. I'm thinking of not making this into a cardigan, but perhaps I'll take the idea and make a slipover. I don't know. We'll see. ;)

Oh, and mom came over with another tatting shuttle that she got from her aunt when visiting her on Saturday. It's the same model as the blue, but this one is white. So now I already have two of them. I just have to start tatting...

Today, Sunday, I started the day with a bit of spinning. And this is what I've been spinning up so far.

I also washed some sheets, ate dinner with mom, dad, aunt and aunt's boyfriend. I've also talked with a friend, planted some autumn flowers on my balcony, went to the gym and now I'm just trying to get myself to pack for my trip to Tallinn tomorrow. I'm spending three days in Tallinn on a business trip and I've located at least three nice yarnshops close by our hotel. :D