Friday, November 30, 2007

mais / more

... para a Centésima Página (#340-#346, disponíveis a partir de amanhã)

Went to see Delirium last night and it was amazing. Now we're already planning to go see Quidam next year...

Not much else to talk about, except that for once in my life I'm actually going to finish all my gift making and purchasing early and way before Christmas this year. Speaking of which, there will be some small shop updates next week (needle cases, pencil sleeves and bookcovers) in case you were wondering. Have a great weekend !

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

shop update (with bags)

(pocket bag nr 132 and messenger bags nr 133 to 138)

some were custom orders, and some are available at the shop now

Monday, November 26, 2007

still on knitting

It seems I'm obsessed with knitting these days. I'm still sewing (shop updates coming soon, I promise) but knitting seems to be my favorite stress relief. That and inline skating, finally. I've had this pair of skates tucked in the closet for months now and on saturday I had my first class. Amazingly I didn't fall that much, I could even manage some turns and learned how to stop (well, more or less). Anyway, I loved it, as you can tell, so I know how my next weekends will be spent from now on.

Back to the knitting .. Remember I was so sad that one of my favorite yarn shops is closing down by the end of the year ? Well, I'm still sad about that (I went there last week to stock up on Katia yarn by the way, and they're making some good discounts) but I followed Glaucia's suggestion and visited this new yarn store that opened up very close by, called Spa Tricot. It's small but lovely, and the owner Mafalda very nice and knowledgeable. She's currently stocking Gedifra and Schachenmayr yarn, but very soon she will also have some Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Mission Falls and Noro (Blossom and Silk Garden). I'm especially looking forward to see the Noro, I've been wanting to knit a Noro cardigan for myself for quite some time now.
Anyway, if you're nearby go check it out, it's definitely worth it.

Centro Comercial AC Santos
Avenida da Igreja, 15, loja 24

Aberto das 10 as 19 (excepto domingos)
Open from 10 to 19 (except Sundays)

And down below a few magazines I picked up at the Munich airport (Rebecca and Ottobre Design) and Kim Hargreaves Heartfelt pattern book. The Rebecca magazine is quite good, there were a few patterns I really liked (such as the dresses below), but unfortunately my German is very limited. I've enlisted the help of a friend, and slowly we're trying to make sense of the pattern instructions.

Now the Heartfelt patterns are all amazing. Kim Hargreaves was one of my favorite designers at Rowan, and I always feel like knitting all her designs. These two below are just a couple of my favorites.

And finally, some the knitting I did over the weekend. The scarf was finished sometime ago, but I finally made a hat to match. And following the same pattern, the first of the christmas gifts is now done.

Scarf: My so called scarf
Hats: Snowball hat, from Interweave Knits Fall 07

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

fo: juliet, foliage

Juliet is done ! It looks amazing, and it was such an easy pattern to follow ... and super quick to knit, too.
I knit the small size, but on 6mm needles (the pattern calls for 6.5 mm) and it came out perfect.

Also done and finally blocked is the Foliage hat. I have some yarn left so I think I'll knit a scarf to match very soon.

Now on to the next project ... and christmas gifts !

Monday, November 19, 2007

a stopover in munich

What to do when you have a 6 hour layover in Munich, which just happens to be one of my favorite cities in Europe ?

A quick visit to Marienplatz and the ViktualienMarkt (about the only thing open so early in the morning), even though it was snowing and I only had my summer clothes on ...

I did find this lovely yarn store - Wolle Rodel - too bad it wasn't open yet, and I had a flight to catch (it's in one of the corners of the ViktualienMarkt, opposite Starbucks and the organic marketplace. The address is Rosental 9)

And I love this shop (Holz & Leute, at ViktualienMarkt 2)

crafty shopping in HK

Ah, Japanese crafts books are the best source for inspiration ...

A peek into the latest Cotton Time, which is filled with adorable ideas for Christmas

This amigurumi crochet book was impossible to resist. I've always wanted to try to make one, maybe this is the inspiration that I needed.

And this softie book is my favourite, it was love at first sight.

The knitting book I got from Siow Chin is also brilliant. I love all the patterns, especially the hats.

And finally, look at all the new fabrics I got ...

in hong kong (cont.)

View from my YMCA hotel room

Street market in Fa Yuen street (Prince Edward MTR station)

Bird street and market

Flower market