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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 believeย 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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A recent project… more fingerless gloves!

The Fingerless Glove Fanatics group on Ravelry is so addictive!

I am a Fingerless Mittens collector myself, I just love them… I have almost any colours, both knitted and crocheted, and I must admit that I love buying them at Accessorize, eheh

However, they’re also very fun to make and definitely a quick project. The only negative aspect, if you ask me, is that you need to make two, which in my case seems to negatively impact the “yay, a new project!!!” excitement as soon as I finish the first one.

Being a memeber of a Knit Along group definitely helps getting projects completed though, which is nice!

In April I have decided to cast on the Seeta Fingerless Gloves (pattern from Ravelry) and they turned out great. I am so happy with the result and I can’t wait for the cold season to come back so that I can wear them (not that it actually ever went away… today it is raining dogs and cats and wearing a scarf wouldn’t be inappropriate).
Here is the usual Ravelry button, click on it to be redirected to the original pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

And here are my lovelies. I have taken the pics before having completed the thumbs, which is my personal pet peeve when it comes to knitting gloves, if you ask me. Anyway, they’re finished, blocked and looking beautiful in my drawer now.

On my needles: "Seeta fingerless mitts". Pattern from Ravelry.
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"Seeta fingerless mitts" pattern from Ravelry. WIP

The pattern required some modifications though, cause IMHO the sizing is totally off. If you cast on the indicated 30 stitches, and have a correct gauge, you end up with a wrist circumference of 12 cm/4.7 inches, which doesn’t seem to fit any adult female wrist, or at least didn’t fit mine!