Thursday, August 21, 2008

Ribs and lace tank

Pattern: Ribs and lace tank, from Interweave Knits Spring 2007
Yarn: Garnstudio Muskat (5 skeins approx)
Needles: 3.25 / 5 mm
Ravelry link

Changes: Not sure how it happened but somehow I got confused with the gauge needed for this pattern and ended up buying a thinner yarn than called for. So I knitted one size up than I normally would and used smaller needles too

Wanted to make it shorter, so I only made 2 repeats of the bottom lace pattern. For the bust I simply used Svetlana’s instructions instead because I liked hers so much better, but I grafted the straps as in the original pattern.

This was the last summer item on my knitting list, and I've moved on to fall items already. Which means finishing the Aprés Surf Hoodie and the Corset Pullover. Both are still knit in cotton like yarns, but have sleeves which means probably perfect for wearing in October around here ...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

blog break

Hello everyone, how are you ? Didn't intentionally plan to have a blog break but I realised this morning that I hadn't posted this month yet. Summer is getting the better of me, in a very relaxed kind of way. I'm not much of a summer person, I enjoy fall and spring so much more, but the days have been perfect, not so incredibly hot you can't get out of the house, but warm enough to enjoy lazy picnics in the park and romantic walks in the evening.

Crafting has been sort of on hold, no sewing has been happening lately, although I'm still planning to finish a few of those summer dresses I had in mind. Some knitting has been going on, and I actually have another finished item I wanted to show you, but need to take better pictures first.

I've been reading more, and that pile up there is just a part of what's keeping me busy. Kate Morton's latest was ok, but not as good as her first one (or maybe I've been reading too many of these books lately), and I'm now enjoying "Water for elephants" quite a lot.

That, and planning for our next vacation. We had initially thought of visiting the Baltics with maybe a quick detour to St. Petersburg, but there's no love like the first and add to that the promise of good ice cream and it seems we're going back to Italy. So no adventures this time, and we're going in October which I hear it's a good time to go. We're planning a short stay in Tuscany just because it's one of our favorite places, then Cinqueterre and Lago di Como. If you've been there and have any good suggestions for me (like where to eat the best ice cream and such) I'd love to hear them.

I probably won't blog much during the next few weeks, but I do have some photos (old and new ones) I want to share, so I'll be keeping in touch.

Hope you're all having a great summer :)