Announcing Skyler

Congratulations to proud mommy and daddy, Lia and Fery! Skyler is wearing my hand-knitted sweater from Erika Knight's book.



4 skeins of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
1 skein of Rowan Handknit Cotton
5 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Patine
3 skein of Koigu

Various Denyse Schmidt fabrics and some other with Marimekko fabric on the background

That's all the craft related items that I buy in Nashua and New York. I didn't get to visit all the yarn shops, only one realy big store in downtown Nashua and Purl in Soho. Unexpectedly, Purl is very small, but the yarn is stacked from floor to ceiling. Of course, the choice is not so large but you can find every yarn to knit stuff from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I got the Koigu there, lots of lovely color option. I haven't found LYS around here that carries Koigu. What a shame!


Off on a Vacation

Quick news: knitted Trellis Scarf 70%, bought yarns on sale at LYS, and cast on for Hot Pants (Rebecca 27) in Framboise Rowan All Seasons Cotton. This cotton is great, I love the texture, somewhat like cotton velour.

I'm off to the East Coast tomorrow morning. Bye now, see you in about a week or so.


On Nothing

No knitting activity at all after Apricot Jacket is done. It's not my fault I have nothing to knit (Trellis Scarf is conveniently forgotten). I've ordered some yarns from my LYS, but it haven't arrived yet. Why didn't I buy yarns from the internet, you ask? I just prefer my LYS where I can hold the exact yarn. Maybe next time.

In two weeks, I'll be in NYC.Imagine all the shopping that can be done! I want to go to Soho, where there is Purl and Purl Patchwork. And then Habu Textiles and School Products. Of course, there will be some sightseeing. We want to walk the whole length of Central Park, if it's possible. Also the whole length of Brooklyn Bridge. I should prepare my comfortable footwear.

Today, we're going to a friend's wedding. I'll be wearing a dark orange silk skirt and flesh-colored lace blouse with a bustier underneath. The lace blouse has a row of beading on the neckline. I'll be doing my hair up with some pale pink pearls studs. I'll try to take pictures if I have the time.

Happy weekend!


Apricot Jacket

Click for bigger picture, ignore my jammies

The classic Apricot Jacket, 7 skeins of Berroco Touche, with major modifications. I shortened the sleeves, as you can obviously see. I have to recount the stitches from the original pattern and it worked out well. This would be more wearable in summer than the long sleeve version. The yarn is wonderful for cotton, actually it's cotton and rayon blend. Not too shiny and not too crisp, but a little bit splitty. What do you think of my version of Apricot Jacket?

By the way, why does my pictures always look grainy? Does anyone know how to lose the graininess?


Another One

Guess what? Our bird move away to give way to another family! A new mama bird is nesting on our flower pot now. She already got one egg laid on Sunday morning. The flower pot must be a high demand place for birds. Words got around that it's a great spot for raising babies haha...

"You know, I have my babies in this beautiful spot with purple flower. Sure, sometimes those big creatures pour water on us, but still it's always nice and sunny, and we don't get that much rain on our feathers. My babies are getting bigger, so anyone can have my old place. It already got a nest too, so you can move right in." -mama bird #1 to other mama birds-to-be.


More Teal Gable

Green Gable, 2 skeins of Cotton Fleece in New Age Teal

I'm knitting the smallest size plus 4 extra rows for the yoke area. I don't want my Gable to squash me. For the body, I did 3 paired decreases and 3 paired increases on each side. I don't know how long the sweater's supposed to be in the pattern, I use the masurements of my favorite tee and it's about 14 1/2" from underarm to the cast off edge.

This is perfect. Do you think I can wear it in the hot and humid days of summer? Not that it matters now, it's still spring in here.