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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baby blanket “try again”

A friend of mine asked me to make him a baby blanket, since one of his best friends is having a baby soon.

I had a lot of grey wool, so i decided to go for an easy patter with a nice texture. I usually make very colourful blankets cause i am a colour freak and I secretly wish i could keep them all for myself (lol), so this time I though I’d go out of my comfort zone and try something classy πŸ™‚

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First of all, I decided it would be a knit blanket, to do something different from the usual πŸ™‚ I started knitting on one of the fist warm and sunny days in may and I chose the seed stitch, which gave a nicely textured yet “squishy” effect.

I had to put the project by side for a couple of weeks though, cause I was busy studying for my PhD defensio. The nigh before the big day I started working on it again so I could relax a bit… I ended up knitting some 25 cm of it in total… It was looking so nice!

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BUT the day after I woke up to a not-so-nice surprise… Sissi, my devilish kitty and actually the *real* craftykitty, had managed to open the sealed bag I had stored my project in and had been playing with it the whole night, creating a series of holes, loopy strands and overall making a mess out of it.

I know all pets’ parents believe that their animals are special, but believe me… mine is VERY special. She is a real wool lover, to the extent that I have to buy skeins specifically for her, so that she can play with them without ruining mines. Anyhow, she won’t accept them if I just give them to her… she doesn’t want HER skeins, she wants MINES! So i need to set up all kind of possible situations where she can steal the skein from me, though it’s actually meant for her. I would usually knit or crochet a couple of rows and leave the skein freely moving on the floor so that it catches her attention. Moreover, she only likes 100% wool yarn… blends or acryclic are no option for her, she wants the expensive stuff!

Say “Hi” to my small moster! πŸ™‚ look at those eyes… clearly craving for mum’s wool! lol

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Anyway, It took me a week to overcome the trauma and finally frog that poor thing which once was going to be a blanket, cut ruined yarn strands and try to save as much of it as possible…

I have now started crocheting a new blanket. I was looking for a pattern I hadn’t tried yet and I came across this one, which looks pretty neat and is definitely an easy one:

Baby Blanket

And here is my version… I’m loving the texture and using a hook size 6 (J) Β it’s also working up pretty fast!

I wanted to crochet the edging in a different colour though, as in the original pattern, but I can’t decide which colour! What do you suggest? it’s going to be for a baby boy πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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!

Pattern of the week: thinking of… spring bags!

Hello my dear friends!

Here I am with this week’s Pattern of the week πŸ™‚

I have found this pattern which I think is very nice and definitely worth a try πŸ™‚
I used to knit myself purses when I was a teenager, but i have never made anything similar to this… It’s definitely next on my queue!

The pattern is for free, but you need to register to the website to download it. The website has other very nice pattern as well, so why not? Enjoy!

Spring Bag

 

And by the way…

Have you entered the GIVEAWAY yet? If not please do so! More entries would be very welcome πŸ™‚

STRAWBERRY FIELDS POTHOLDER GIVEWAY click the link for a chance to win!

Pattern of the week: thinking of… stripes and cardi’s!

Hello there!

I have a cool cool cool pattern for you, or at least in my opinion it definitely is!

I love cardigans and stripes and this pattern has both, so lucky me! eheh I actually already have two cardis which look exactly the same, though they are knitted in cotton and have short sleeves. I got them from Zara a couple of years ago.

I guess you can say that I like garments with an unconventional construction πŸ™‚

I am always a bit concerned about stripes though, since the danger of making something look like a pijama is always around the corner. Stripes can be tricky, picking out the right colour ombination can actually make the difference between a dull piece and something that will be everyone’s center of attention!

So, here is the pattern, I hope you will like it. I have added some extra picts of colour combos which I think that look particularly well, enjoy!

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and now some cool examples πŸ™‚

 

by POF on Ravelry

 

by wendygene on Ravelry

 

And what about using a solid colour with a nicely textured stitch?

by nina0 on Ravelry

Pattern(s) of the week: thinking of… hearts!

Hello people!
This post was supposed to go up last week, but well… We still have 2 days before Valentine’s, so I guess that technically we are still in time πŸ™‚

Here are some hearts/love themed patters that I have put together for you.

And if you’re single (like me! lol), or just not celebrating Valentine’s day, there are a ton of other uses for these projects! πŸ™‚ My personal fave are the last two. Cute cute cute!

 

Springtime in my Heart

Hearts

Love Bug Amigurumi

 

Lovely crocheted hearts

“Not your Valentine” hat :) And I’m loving it!

Hi everyone!

I’m sorry for being a bit absent lately… I am writing the final chapters of my PhD thesis and it’s driving me nuts! lol I just want to be done with it as quickly as possible, but on the other hand I am sick and tired of the whole thing, so “oh joy”. Still three weeks to go before the final deadline. I guess I will survive till then πŸ˜€

 

Anyway, since I’m spending most of my evenings in and I was feeling the need of doing something different from the usual stuff, I have knitted a fair isle hat. The hearts pattern is from Ravelry and I have already used it several times, but the hat pattern is mine πŸ™‚ I had actually already knitted a very similar hat, but in Blythe size, so well, I virtually have a mini-me now! lol

Here are some pics… It took 3 evenings to knit it and I have been taking pics the next day to show progress. How do you like it?

I named it “Not your Valentine”… lol

 

Day 1

 
Fair Isle hat knitting pattern, soon available at sakuracrochetdesigns.wordpress.com stay tuned!

Day 2

"Not your valentine" fair isle hat, day 2 progress :)

Day 3

"Not your Valentine" fair isle hat... Finished! ❀❀❀

And here is my Blythe Ali wearing the same hat!

Ali modelling "Hearts Queen" hat :)