Saturday, January 12, 2008

About new projects and knitting collection

I've been thinking about knitting all day long since I am back to my usual knitting motto. ;) Using again Debblie Bliss baby Cashmerino to work on my latest Lotus cardi. The bottom left photo is more reflective of the true color of the yarn.
I had in mind for a simple design but I didn't spot anything suitable in my books. A lot of work flipping in my monstrous book collection these days. I decided to come up with my own design. Looks to be very simple but designing is not an easy task. With all my initial excitement, I forget to do the inset pockets. I was way up to the shoulder line by the time I noticed the mistake. However, I really wished to have pockets. Then my only alternative was to have sewn on ones. I took the risk even though I knew how bad my sewing skills could be.

Now I am working on the collar. There is a problem, it keeps rolling up on the back side of the neck . I'll need to check on that later. I decided to give myself a little distraction. Something brainless, like this scarf.

This was one of the first winter 2007 books I bought. I was attracted by it's clever construction. It's easier to knit than it actually looks. First knit a right triangle piece and pick up stitches on the hypotenuse side. Repeat the action until desired lenght. I am using Diadomina yarn in color DD 313 that I bought in Hokkaido last year. I am thinking in knitting a matching hat from the same book ( another nice construction, hopefully coming soon) since I have 6 skeins of this yarn.
Now showing some new items in my knitting collection. Got these from London via husband before Xmas. I wrote detailed info for him to easily get these items for me. Apparently, he had to call me once at the shop as he got all confused about the names. Then I spoke to a saleslady to get what i was hoping for ( Tapestry and Kidsilk haze). Though hubby selected the colours for me and even throw two bonus magazines ( Tapestry and Rowan pure wool). I wanted to get the Kaffe Fasset sock yarn ( even though I don't knit socks!) but they didn't carry it.

Next are some souvenirs from Spain my dear sister sent to me. She makes extra effort to look for knitting magazines or yarn when she is travelling these days. One magazine is called Diana ( Spanish) and the other Maglia ( Italian).There was also Knitting beyond the edge by Nicky Epstein that she added later in the pack .

Couple weeks ago I went to Shanghai with husband. It was a super quick stop of only two days to take care of a few personal matters. I had that little hope for yarn as you know me even though husband had told me there would be no time for yarn hunting. I did a quick search in Ravelry and found some info in the forums. On the second late afternoon, we had a little free time and husband asked me where I wanted to go. Of course we went yarn hunting based on the info I had searched. Unfortunately, we walked many streets to find only two yarn shops. One was closed and the other one didn't had anything appealing to me except for Henyuanxian yarn that I still have a good stock in hands.

I spotted an ad while in the metro train station. I took a photo of the ad despite that a train was approaching and we still needed to figure out which direction to go. Strong positive yarn thoughts, always bring me yarn! I wished that they were real than virtual though....
Well, I didn't come back empty handed. Found a tiny yarn shop nearby the district I was staying. I asked permission to take this photo. So fun that the ladies are all happy and knitting together.
As you can observe in the photo there weren't a good selection of yarn to choose. The owner looked so enthusiastic that she would sell me something. I didn't want to disappoint her so I got this lot of purple cotton yarn. It's very thin thread and it looks like export yarn to Japan. There weren't much choice of colors, either bright pink or blue.

I also bought couple crochet books from a bookstore. It's more for eye pleasing or inspirational tool because the patterns in the book are just stitches charts. No sizing or details info of the designs.

Thanks for your comments! It's always nice to hear from my knitting friends and receive encouraging words from new readers! I try often to reply to my comments but a lot times i don't get a return address from blogger.
Now it's time to go knitting! See you next time!

13 comments:

yuvee said...

I always found that collar is the most difficult part to figure out when I'm not following a pattern.
Your husband and sister are amazing! Do you have any plans for those Rowan yarns?

Sherry said...

Your husband is sooo nice!! :)
I always buy yarn from Shanghai if I go back visiting my grandparents. And I also like the book series you bought, I have quite a lot. :) Yeah, Chinese knitting instruction doesn't have a lot of sizing information, it lets you to add/subtract the pattern to fit your size.

Agnes said...

That is a really good start to the yarn stash and magazine collection in 2008! Great sister you have! :)

Susanne said...

Hy Mimi,
hey you've changed your blog-layout - very nice.
And you've done so many wonderful knits, I'm amazed. I should have a look at your blog more often, I think.
Happy Greetings from old Germany
Susanne

opportunityknits said...

I like the stitch design on your lotus cardi, hope you work out the collar. The scarf is really interesting - the yarn you chose is perfect for the pattern. And, is that a cake in the photo? It looks too pretty to be eaten!
I'm wondering what you have in mind for the lovely Tapestry and ksh.

Koko said...

I've been also thinking about the next project but I couldn't decided yet. I like a sweater or Jacket/cardi with simple and chic. Thank you, Mimi for the kind tips about your wonderful cardigan. I really like that one.

What are you working with those gorgeous yarns?

Your husband is so sweet and sister as well!

Lim said...
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lauray said...

Sorry, used my hubby's account to comment just now. haha I always love to hear ur yarn hunting stories. :) And ur hubby and sis is so nice! Mine is putting me on a 'permanent' ban until I knit my meagre stash. LOL

Sherry said...

You know the Yu Garden in Shanghai? The area beside Yu Garden is called Cheng Huang Temple. There are 2 buildings for wholesale almost everything in your daily life. There are total of 3 yarn shops in the 2 buildings. I usually just go there and buy whatever I like since I don't go back every year. :P Let me know if you need more information.

Vivian said...

Hey, you have change your layout in your blog, look really nice. Love all your FOs, they look gorgeous.

JL said...

what a good find !

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