Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas

I eagerly CO the other day for the Coraline cardigan and have only just finished the hem. I'm finding the Malabrigo silky merino to split easily when knitting which is a bit of a pain, but otherwise I'm very happy with the softness, sheen and colour of this yarn.

Not much else to report except tomorrow is Christmas Eve (yay!) and my family will be arriving in the afternoon to spend a few nights with us. Looks like it may rain throughout most of the festive season, but as long as the weather is warm I don't mind. So, I wish you all a very merry and safe Christmas

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

FO: Featherweight Cardigan

Pattern: Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace (3 skeins in colourway Vaa-only used a small amount of the 3rd skein)
Needle Size: 4mm/US 6
Size: Small

Another great pattern from Hannah Fettig, easy to knit and the end result is a wonderfully light weight spring/summer cardigan that can be worn anywhere. I again loved knitting with the Malabrigo Lace and was very happy with this colourway. Its a very dark green with small areas of blue, not the easiest colour to photograph inside (was a stormy day today so unfortunately no outdoor shots), but I think it will be versatile enough to dress up or down. In any case its a colour which the recipient, my Mum, can wear well. Hope she likes it!

With nothing else on my sticks I am now dying to CO for the Coraline sweater which I was going to wait until the new year so I could add it to my projects list for a new Ravelry group called 10 in 2010 (basically commit to knitting 10 projects of your choosing in 2010), but alas I don't think I can wait. Doesn't matter because I'm also taking part in the NaKniSweMoDo group (AKA National Knit a Sweater a Month Dodecathon...complete 12 adult size sweaters in one year) so I can add it to that list instead. My last years quota was five, so if I can top that I will be more than happy. So yes I plan to have a very productive 2010....

What are your plans for 2010?

Monday, December 7, 2009

For some time now I have been searching for a day to day bag and I finally decided a few weeks ago that what I really wanted was a Namaste bag, which to my great delight arrived today...

After much deliberation I chose the Carli bag in eggplant, which is surprisingly bigger than I expected, a good thing considering the amount of stuff I tend to carry around with me. I am very impressed with the quality and design of this bag and I love the deep purple colour.

Today also marks the beginning of my holidays (2 months off work yay!!), so with time up my sleeve I decided to dye up some yarn to cast on for the Garden Gate Socks. I dyed up a skein of rust orange and another of bluish purple which I will cast on in a few days time (I wasn't happy with the original picture so I edited it out, hopefully I'll have a better picture of the yarn for the next post) . Otherwise I have nearly finished the Featherweight Cardigan (ravelry link) and am planning on posting finished pictures this time next week.