Autumn is coming <3

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September and October are probably my two favourite months of the year. I love September because although it gets chillier and chillier pretty fast, you still get some beautiful sunny days for you to enjoy πŸ™‚ I love October because the whole nature starts changing its colours and on the 14th it is my birthday… so yay for presents!

I had to leave my crochet obsession on the side for a while. I think I needed a change, so I turned to knitting! πŸ™‚ I don’t think I am a very talented knitter, but I do enjoy it from time to time.

I started last sunday a fingerless mittens project. Pattern is Graffiti on the Metro, by Kimberie Pettit. I had another pattern in mind, but my gauge wasn’t matching and I was too lazy to do the maths by myself. I have completed one mitt so far, so expect pictures soon! I used a self striping yarn that I found at my mum’s place, which unluckily isn’t “striping” as much as I had wished, but it’s 100% wool, so it should be warm πŸ™‚

As I said, by bday is approaching, so I already got me my present for myself! It’s a super cool 100% wool purple yarn! I am thinking of making a pullover, maybe with cables?? I also would like to knit a dress though, so maybe a looooong pullover? I still haven’t found the right inspiration, so if you have suggestions just let me know!

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The weather was so nice yesterday that my bf and I decided to go to see some lakes here nearby πŸ™‚ I have been living here for 20 years and I didn’t even know that they existed, can you believe that? We arrived at sundown and the scenery was extremely beautiful…

Pusiano Lake

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Alserio Lake

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I love this second picture because the reflex on the water looks like Japanese Mount Fuji, ehehe

The city I live in, Monza, hosts a Royal Palace, which was actually used as the King’s holiday house during the 19th and 20th Century, until the end of WW2. The palace was then used for expositions until the late 1980’s, when it was closed and literally left to rotten becaus of lack of funds, I suppose.

Luckily three years ago they started renovating it and it was officially re-opened last week, so I had the chance to see it for the first time in my life… it was so exciting! It felt like being on holiday for a couple of hours, I couldn’t believeΒ we had such a hidden treasure in our town.

Here are some pics… taken with my phone, so sorry for the poor quality!

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Let the sun shine!

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Hello my dearest!

How has summer been there where you live? Here in Italy it was pretty awful weather-wise… It’s been raining a lot and almost everyday since june, and it’s been cold as well. Surprisingly, September has been quite good so far! Last sunday the sun was shining and we had almost 30Β°C, and this week was very nice, though much chillier, especially in the mornings. Let’s hope that it will hold a bit longer, because I haven’t been able to sit in my garden for weeks now, since it has turned into a real swamp, to the point that I’ve spotted a dragonfly the other day! lol

I took a chance to finally enjoy the sun yesterday and I’ve been crocheting a bit in the garden. My Confetti blanket is growing slowly but constantly πŸ™‚ I’ve reached 51 squares (out of planned 130) and I think it’s looking great, I love all those colours! I’m already thinking of what edging could go with it, probably something quite plain, since the granny squares are so “rich” already. What do you suggest?

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I’ve also been cooking quite a lot lately. I love cooking, but since I live on my own I don’t get to cook much just for myself. I have a real passion for making jams and maramalades though, and last week I’ve made peaches jam for the first time πŸ™‚ I’ve often made cherries, strawberries, plums, oranges… so I wanted to try something new. I must say that this is one of the best jams I’ve ever made, it tastes soooo good! I can share the recipe if anyone is curious πŸ™‚ Here’s a picture of the vases while they were cooling down πŸ™‚ I guess you can tell it’s good when the colour is nice, can’t you?

 

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I’ve also been drying chili peppers… we’ll see how it goes. I have a huge plant in my garden, but due to the terrible weather we had all over summer, this is all we got out of it, unluckily.

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Last but not least… It was Formula 1 Gran Prix last Sunday here in Monza, and I went seeing it for the first time in my life πŸ™‚ I enjoyed it so much, it’s been like a giant party!

My brother and I were rooting for Ferrari, of course, but it didn’t win, too bad πŸ™‚

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So how was your week?

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Confetti baby blanket

Hi everyone!

Long time no see, eh? I’ve been a bad blog mommy again, but things have gotten hectic and I always have the feeling I get to do half of the things I want.

Anyway, will I manage keeping up with my resolution of posting once a week? WordPress used to send me a reminder, but at some point it must have given up, lol that’s so not encouraging!

I am presenting you my latest crochet effort πŸ™‚ I have decided to call it “Confetti baby blanket” beacause it’s so cheerful and bright! It reminds me of carnival!

It’s a baby blanket, I’ve planned to make 130 squares, so it’s going to be 13 rows per 10 squares. I would also like to add a thick border so it should end up being pretty big!

I’ve crocheted Β 30 squares this week, it’s growing pretty slowly, but I’m busy with work… hopefully it will be ready by the end of september… will I manage?

BTW yarn is Stylecraft DK… I like the colours, but it’s a bit rough, though it gets better after the first wash. I do miss my Mondial Merinos Extra, but it’s so expensive… sigh

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Busy bee

It looks like the best way to take a break from a big crochet project is starting a smaller knit project. Lol
I friend of mine asked me to teach her how to crochet, since her friend is giving birth in April and she wanted to make her a baby blanket. So we went yarn shopping and I gave her a couple of hints on how to get started and the basic stiches she would have needed. Three months later she hasn’t managed to make a single stitch because she’s been very busy, so here I am trying to rescue the situation. πŸ™‚
I decided to actually knit the blanket because I felt I needed a break from crocheting, though I’m actually a slow knitter.
After much searching on Ravelry I picked the “Holding hands” baby blanket pattern by Yasemin Ersoy. It’s a super easy pattern! I cast on last sunday, but I’ve only had a chance to properly work on it today… What do you think? I think it is looking ok so far πŸ˜‰

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I am still working on my crochet mood blaket as well. Can you believe that we’re 60 days into the new year already? 10 more squares + edging and my first blanket for this year will be finished. I don’t know if I’m going to start a new project straight after, but we’ll see.

Apart from that… I’ve been a busy bee, just working and working. It’s been raining almost every day for a whole month now, so outdoor activities are very much limited, sigh. On a happy note, it was “quite sunny” last sunday, so I could finally go jogging! Though the best achievement of the day was actually getting my jumper and my nail polish to match perfectly! Lol

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#crochetmoodblanket2014… catching up!

After much thinking and calculating I have realized that with the 54 squares I had planned to make I would have ended up with a *way* too small blanket… sigh! if you make a blanket, you might want to sneggle into it, no having to pull each corner hoping to fit in, don’t you?
On the other hand, I don’t need a double bed blanket. I MIGHT need one in the future, but definitely not in the next couple of years (unless I don’t meet mr Right and decide to marry straight away, but that seems unlikely!).
So I have decided to do what suits me best, which is I’m going to make 1 square a day until the blanket reaches the desired size and after one project is completed, I will start another. This way I should be able to make several smaller blankets in one year, which I’m planning to give away as presents to family and friends, or which eventually I’m going to sell.
I don’t know if I kind of “killed” the original prompt, but this way it sounds just like so much more fun! πŸ™‚
I had only made 4 squares when I took this decision, which means I have lots of catching up ahead of me! I have managed to get to 20 squares already, so I’m still missing 8 as of today… I hope I’ll be all caught up by the end of the week, so I can start with february just in time.
BTW, the blanket is now going to have 70 squares now!

#crochetmoodblanket2014 catching up!

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The “Carnivorous” blanket

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Ok, Ok, the name I gave to this blanket is a bit odd, but it came to my mind while reading “Life of Pi” a couple of weeks ago. I’m not going to go further into details in case someone hasn’t read the book or watched the film, but yes, this blanket has a literary background, lol

Anyway, I have recently found myself almost sinking in stash yarn, or to better say, in yarn leftovers. I have been crocheting many blankets in the past years, and I rarely get to use up ALL the yarn I buy, so it started piling up at some point. Therefore I decided to make a blanket, or a lapghan, or a bed throw… I am not sure about the categorization cause I haven’t actually set on a finished size, I’ll just go on until I have yarn left. AND, most importantly, I have decided I am not going to buy any new yarn for it, so if I ever run out of it, I’m simply going to wait until get some more leftovers, with the only exception of black, since it’s the joining colour.
But why “carnivorous”? Well, do you know of all those half finished projects, those tests, those swatches which seem to lay aroudn forever and never get looked at agin? Well, I’ve been patiently frogging them all and using them up again πŸ™‚ So basically I am crocheting a blanket and feeding it with other projects! lol

But now, on to more interesting details!

pattern is…

flower in a square

byΒ Sucrette

it’s super easy and doesn’t require too much counting, so you can just go on with your crocheting while watching TV. (always a plus, if you ask me).
As I said I didn’t make up a scheme, but I counted that to get a decent size blanket I’ll need to make AT LEAST 300 squares… lol
here are some pics for you to enjoy. How to you like it? I have joined about 120 squares so far πŸ™‚

I guess my inspiration might be back ;)

The "carnivorous" blanket
Here my cat was testing it and I think it passed πŸ™‚

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Square #100!

The "carnivorous" blanket

The "carnivorous" blanket

I’m joining as I go… best invention ever, esp when you have 300+ squares ahead of you!
So this blanket is basically the reason why I am doing 52 squares for the crochetmoodblanket2014. I figured I would end up leaving one behind, and so far so good!

If you’re on Ravelry, you can see my project page HERE.

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