Finishing up even more stuff

September 30, 2007

Watching the Harvest Moon rise

Last Thursday, September 27, me and my honey set out to watch the Harvest Moon rise over downtown Portland, OR. I wanted to take some pictures of this moon, but of course I had to forget my tripod…

While we strolled towards the overlook, hand in hand, giggling like two teenagers, we found this romantic spot:

Waterfall-at-dusk

And then we watched the moon rise… sigh… it was so incredibly beautiful, romantic and mysterious. It was as if the moon was on fire…

Black Sari

Black-Sari-2

See how my choli almost disappears behind the black sari I am wearing? I simply love that… it is so subtle… I am utterly content with my little choli creation.

Black-Sari-1A

 

Finished Choli
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Sirino by Great Adirondack – Colorway Cappucino
Yardage: 675
Needles: Crystal Palace Circ. #1 and #2
Gauge: 8 stitches to an inch in stockinette stitch

Click here to see all entries on the choli.

Specifics on the Lady Elenenors
Sari Style 2

Pattern: Lady Eleanor from the book Scarf Style
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Colorway 245
Yardage: 10 balls used in totall
Needles: Crystle Palace circ. # 9


Finished Lady II

Pattern: Lady Eleanor from the book Scarf Style
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Colorway 258
Yardage: 10 balls used in totall
Needles: Addi Turbos #8

Click here to see all entries on Lady Eleanor.

More finished stuff!

mountain and river

Remember all those little squares I made? I finally seamed them all up into gloves:
finished-Seattle-Gloves finished-Seattle-Gloves-2

Those are all from my fingerless glove Seattle pattern, knit up in all kinds of dk and light worsted weight yarn. All together I made 18 pairs…

finished-Seattle-Gloves-3

What can I say… I am a compulsive knitter.

See ya!

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Bye Summer of 2007

September 26, 2007

Just two weeks ago, during a hot summer’s late afternoon, I was able to make some nice pictures at my friend’s place. The heat was almost unbearable but could not keep me from making some nice shots in the garden.

Grape Leaf Grapes Yellow Flower

Little did I suspect that this day would be the last of the warm days and that Autumn would arrive with chilly and crisp mornings.

Bye Summer… you started out with long and drawn out days for me, but ended with high energy and not enough hours in a day. Also, you were my first Summer ever in the Pacific North West… Bye, untill we meet again next year.

Bye Summer

Finishing up stuff

I finally finished my choli! Being the perfectionist that I am, I already know what I want to change to perfect the pattern, but for now this will do.

Finished Choli Finished Choli 2 Finished Choli 3

Also, I would like to show you Lady Eleanor I (Noro Silk Garden 245 – knit up with needle #9), shown double folded length wise in this picture:
Finished Lady E I

And Lady Eleanor II (Noro Silk Garden 258 – knit up with needle size #8):
Finished Lady II

How about the Lady Eleanors Sari Style?

Sari Style 2

Sari Style 1

I will write more specifics with regard to my finished stuff, but right now, I really gotta run! I am going to knit night at my Local Yarn Shop and show off my choli while wearing a black sari!


In which the Late Afternoon Sun is urging me to slow down

September 21, 2007

Flower in Late Afternoon Sun

Lately I have been running around from one Non-Knitting Project to the next Non-Knitting Project. My mind is occupied with planning, scheduling, getting from point A to point B, no time for home cooking, no time for doing groceries. No time for knitting, you may ask? Never ever will I let that happen.

This busy life results in knitting untill way passed midnight, and waking up early to do just that little bit of knitting untill it is time to be occupied with Non-Knitting Projects again. Still this is not enough and I am way behind schedule which only produces…. stress.

Then, on a late afternoon while I am frantically working on my Lady Eleanor II (Noro Silk Garden 258 ) on the patio of my favorite tea shop, I suddenly notice that the sun is gently massaging the back of my neck. As I put down my knitting, I detect my shadow on the side walk and make a note to self: “Woman, you better slow down…”

And so I did… I just sat there, enjoying the touch of the Late Afternoon Sun, while watching my shadow grow longer and longer… My knitting needles were left untouched for the rest of the evening.
Late Afternoon Sun

As for knitting

Lady Eleanor I and II

Lady Eleanor II (Noro Silk Garden 258)hasn’t been agreeing with me. She is unruly, high strung, moody and difficult to work with. Yet she attracts many many admirers who constantly interrupt me to ask me what interesting pattern I am knitting, and oh, that yarn, how beautiful!
Lady E 1 Lady E3

And yes, indeed she is beautiful… and despite our somewhat difficult relationship, I managed to finish her. Now I am ready to attach the fringes.

Lady E 2

How is Lady Eleanor I (Noro Silk Garden 245), you may wonder? She is patiently waiting for me to knot the fringes. Soon, I promis her…soon.

The Choli

I have been very patient with the sleeves of my choli. Just two weeks ago I attempted to knit up the sleeve cap, hoping to be done with it. Easier said then done. I spent an entire Saturday morning and early afternoon on the sleeve cap. After the 6th time of ripping out, I finally thought I had tackled it only to find out that it really was too bulky, too puckery and way too long.

First Attempt on Sleeve

It may look good in the photo, but believe me, it was not in reality. So rip rip rip I went again and started all over.

Can you believe that my patience started to deplete? This combined with being behind schedule, made me a grumpy and stern knitter. And with a deep frown in between my eyes, I made yet another attempt which luckily turned out well… it had better!

2nd attempt sleeve1

After the figuring out how to knit a sleeve and sleeve cap comes the figuring out how to set in the sleeve. I have gotten many tips on how to do that, thanks!

2nd attempt sleeve2

This setting in the sleeve gave me a good headache and when I had to rip out yet again, I hung down my shoulders and came to the conclusion that I maybe, just maybe do not like to seam…

2nd attempt sleeve3

Seaming a little fingerless glove is nothing. NOTHING I tell ya. Seaming a set in sleeve… Oi.

Beauty in the Late Afternoon Sun

I was more than happy to get such a nice message from the warm and friendly Late Afternoon Sun. It made me literally stop whatever I was doing and it made me think of the stress one can put on oneself. Knitting two Lady Eleanors, designing a choli and learning how to make a set in sleeve is just fine, but expecting it to be all done in a month is a little bit too much to demand from oneself.

Just a week ago, when I was visiting some friends, I saw a flower enjoying the late afternoon sun… Luckily, I had my camera with me and I took some shots.

Flower in Late Afternoon Sun Flower in Late Afternoon Sun 2 Flower in Late Afternoon sun 3
How beautiful the world around us can be… sometimes we just need to stop doing whatever we are doing and simply sit still and enjoy.

Untill next time!


Oh Lady Eleanor…

September 4, 2007

Oh Lady Eleanor… how much I adore her!
LadyE3
I have finished the knitting part, single crocheted the edges and attached all 52 fringes:

LadyE4 LadyE5 LadyE6

I almost don’t want to knot the fringes… as if I am afraid she will leave me as soon as I am done with her.
Will you believe me that I felt a little lost when I finished the last tier of rectangles..?

LadyE7

I love love love this pattern SO MUCH, that without even finishing it, I immediately purchased a new colorway and casted on quickly, like a girl madly in love hasting to be reunited with her lover.
LadyE1 LadyE2

Tackling the Fitted Sleeve Cap

Oh boy… not easy this one… Many thanks to those who have given me tips about the fitted sleeve cap! I really needed that, as I am just a beginner knitter and have no experience with sowing and putting together garments.

Allthough I am having a hard time putting the sleeve together, I must say, I have learned a whole lot. This whole thing has forced me to look at sleeves and sleeves cap in a different way. Not a day goes by or I am looking at many women’s tops that flauntingly walk by me. And of course my eyes are locked on the sleeves… I stare at their shape, want to take it off of the garment and lay it flat just to see how they are “engineered”.

This is how far I am with my sleeve. Just a little bit more and I have reached the horizon.
LadyE8

LadyE9

Oh, I almost forgot! I just posted the pdf.file of Fingerless glove Seattle! Click here to go to the page.

Happy knitting!