Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Can you spy.... Gardenia?

Can you spy Gardenia? Not the ones in the bushes, my Gardenia. :D The flowers are just so fragrant and beautiful. These bushes are just located by the front of where I live, thus I've been monitoring their buds and hoping that they will bloom in time for me to catch a snippet photo with my latest FO. Unfortunately, most of the flowers have been damaged with the abundant rain for the past week.

Sorry, this is the best shot I've gotten, they were all not very clear and DH was rushing to go to work. Maybe the setting wasn't correct or it could be the cloudy skies. In fact, I went in and it started to rain... But you can see it better in the photo below,

pattern: World Knitting Spring/Summer 2004
Yarn: Sirdar Pure Cotton for the body ( only used 1 ball of 100g) . Crochet thread that I bought at Michaels, sorry I can't remember the name and the labels were gone last summer as i was trying to knit something else.
needles: Japanese size 4 ( 3.3mm) for knitting and crochet size 2
I am working on the matching cardi that I will show the progress on my next post. Right now, it's all crumpled with 267 sts in a straight needle. I still don't get used with circulars. :)

Ah I finally decided to work on Calla Lily, I was avoiding this project since the lace border needed more attention than my other wips. I got it to work yesterday night and I hope that I will be able to sew the border properly. Still long way to go for the lace border, about 270 rows to knit on...


Lavender is coming up fast as it's an easy knit and I simplified it even more by substituting for plain sts ( between the slanting eyelets) instead of small diamonds shape sts in the design.
I was supposed to search for the shell buttons for Lavender but due to the rainy forecast of this week I will have to postpone for next week. That's the reason for the sts from the right front being in a holder. It was set to go for a matching button session on Tuesday but it was pouring with rain . See , i even got one button hole ready for the try out.

I'm not so happy with the uneven cutaway curve. I was careful on the curve but still it doesn't look very neat . I've checked the design and theirs are not perfect either. I felt better ... :) I was thinking in crochet a thin border but it may look good. Hmm, will think about it later.

Well, it's time for lunch and since I did some ironing while posting, ( waiting Blogger to load my pictures can take some time) I can excuse myself from housework and do some knitting. ;) Need to knit faster, I am having this urge to start new projects, specially that I got the new Summer Keitodama in my hands.....

I am planning to knit the cover design and another super lacy one ( it reminds me of lacy shawl patterns) from this issue. I am so happy with the fact that I was able to get a copy from the air shipment lot from Kinokuniya. I found out that the bookstore receives a few copies in advance and once sold out I'll have to wait for at least another couple weeks for new ones to arrive from their sea shipment. Hehe , it may not be too relevant for you... but you can imagine how happy I feel to get it earlier in my possession. :D Well, it isn't a super edition but at least there are few designs that i would like to knit, much better than the Spring edition.

14 comments:

knitties said...

That's a lovely top and the gardenias are very pretty! I can't wait for my LYS to stock up on the latest Keitodama :)

Agnes said...

I am browsing patterns for summer cotton tops too! Your new FO is fabulous!

Mihoko said...

What a cute top! Lace is so nice.

Flower is beautiful. I love that smell.

I am waiting for the latest keitodama. I must check it when I get it.

joy said...

You look great in your new FO; the edging is very pretty. Doesn't this neckline make the one on Violet very prim and proper? ;-)

yuvee said...

That's really, really pretty. I want one in my wardrobe! Oh wait, I can't even read Japanese pattern, duh!

Siow Chin said...

You look soo good in Gardenia! Now I want a sleeveless top for summer!

Ling said...

Your summer top looks gorgeous. I think the cardigan will be gorgeous too. I was looking at Kinokuniya in KL and couldn't really find any magazines I liked. But they didn't have the summer one.Drat!

Vanessa said...

Lovely top, Mimi! It looks wonderful on you. Calla Lily is absolutely gorgeous...can you tell im drooling :)

yuki said...

Your Gardenia top is so pretty-- the combination of the knitted and crochet parts creates an interesting and lovely effect. Looking forward to seeing the matching cardigan!

Wendy DG said...

I'm always so impressed with your projects. That Gardenia turned out beautifully. You wear it well and enjoy it.

Doreen said...

Your top looks great Mimi.

I agree with you that this issue of Keitodama is not so tempting. I might wanna knit the front cover design too, but there are a few stitches I cant figure it out. Maybe I can check it out with you later.

handknit168 said...

Your Gardenia is marvellous. Thanks for you telling that Keitodama Summer is issued, I should check for it.

Vivian said...

The top is very pretty!! And so for the others, they're pretty!!

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