Monday, December 31, 2012


A Christmas sweater for myself, made with some squishy yarn I got on my birthday. I fell in love with this design as soon as I saw it, and the end result didn't disappoint me. The back features the same lace pattern than the front (sorry, but couldn't get a decent picture of it), which although it looks quite intricate, was actually not so difficult to memorize.
Pattern: Pomegranate, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Quince & Co. Chickadee, 6 skeins in Peacock.
Used 3.5 skeins for the body and 1 skein for each sleeve. The neckband didn’t take much, so there was about 30 gr left of the total 6 skeins.
Also, it grew just a tiny bit after blocking.
Project page on Ravelry, where I have a few notes of the changes I made (not many, mainly the sleeves).

Thursday, December 27, 2012


Hope you're all having a great week. Here we've been spending time with family, enjoying good food, reading our new books and going through some Lego madness ... exactly as Christmas should be :)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas :)

I finished the stockings last night, just in time for this year's Christmas. We spent all morning cooking and baking, the oven is filled with delicious food for this evening's dinner, S. is taking a nap, and I'm thinking I'll probably sit down for a bit and watch "Love actually" for the hundredth time while finishing my Pomegranate sweater and wait for the family to arrive.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone :)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A bucket rain hat

A surprisingly easy to make bucket rain hat for S., based on this Oliver + S pattern. I made size small for her, and it fits just right. You'll have to take my word for it, since she's not the most cooperative model these days ...

I did manage to take a few shots of her wearing the frog pajamas though. Here it is in full action ... she was trying to climb on top of the cat, and he was being incredibly tame about it.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

a trip to Munster

A short trip to Munster to visit the Christmas markets. We stayed at the Movenpick, spent a morning with S. at the Munster Zoo, had delicious food at the Stuhlmacher, drank gluhwein and feuerzangenbowle, and visited the 5 or 6 Christmas markets in town several times to make sure we didn't miss anything.
Some curious facts about Munster: it is the bicycle capital of Germany, and during WWII 91% of the old city was bombed and destroyed, therefore most of the historical buildings and sights that can be visited are actually restorations.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

a striped tee and some frog pajamas

During our trip in Gent I didn't forget to stop at a yarn store. The only one which had a convenient location was Stoffenidee, in Burgstraat. They have a decent selection of Lana Grossa, Rowan and Debbie Bliss yarn, but they also have a nice selection of fabrics.

I got some LG red yarn to make S. another Tiny Tea Leaves cardigan (she definitely outgrew the other one), but also couldn't resist some stretch fabrics. It's very difficult to get really good stretch fabrics in Lisbon, quality is usually poor so I was very excited to have found these.

I bought some red and grey stripes to make this long sleeved tee for myself ...
 ... and these cute frogs to make some pajamas for S. (which I knew would be a hit, since she loves frogs)
I didn't follow an exact pattern, just used one of my own t-shirts and one of her pajamas to draft the pattern (for her I just made everything a bit longer, hoping it will last for a while).