a new baby blanket and Ishbel 2.1

Hi everyone!

Long time no see! Not much going on here actually, I am just mainly working an studying. It’s been extremely warm here lately, so I’ve also taken a chance to travel a bit around during the weekeneds and search for a more comfortable temperature.

Knit/crochet-wise, I have finally started working again on some projects. First, I have started a baby blanket which is a custom order due in october. It’s a solid colour blanket… I am not sure I am liking the outcome so far though. What do you think? It’s not that I don’t like it… i was just feeling like trying some new granny square patterns, but we already had selected a solid colour yarn, so i’ll have to go with it. Pattern is Greta’s Blankie 🙂


Moreover, I was feeling like knitting lately, so i decided to give a third try at the Ishbel pattern, by Ysolda Teague. I have frogged the one I had made a while back, cause it turned out to be too small (see this post) and my cat had destroyed part of it, and i have started it all over. i have now picked the bigger size and i have finished the first lace pattern repeat.

It’s a bit hard to photograph cause it is curling a bit, but here is a picture I took some days ago. In the meantime i already came to the orange/brown shade. i love love love self striping yarn!

Foto 11-08-13 10 59 14



I am planning to go buying some new colourful yarn soon. I actually can’t wait for the cold season to start crocheting regularly again! I hope to get new custom orders in soon, they are my fave ones, it’s a nice feeling when you can make a customer happy 🙂

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 🙂


First of all, I decided it would be a knit blanket, to do something different from the usual 🙂 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!


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! 🙂 look at those eyes… clearly craving for mum’s wool! lol


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)  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 🙂


Pattern of the week: thinking of… textured hats!

You should know it already by now: I love hats. I love knitting them, crocheting them and wearing them. And I haven’t posted a hat patter for way too long now. lol

I picked this one on a quest for a pattern that would help me using up some leftovers of Kauni wool I have. Those skeins are neverending, really. I actually have 2 more of them in different colorways and I have no idea hat to do with them 🙂

Anyway, here is the pattern, I really hope that you like cables and waffle stitch cause this is what is all about… lovely of what?


And here are my 3 babies… the one in the middle is the skein that I’d like to use up, it has marvellous shades! The other two are a grey one going to lilac and a brown going to purple ❤ ❤ ❤

Kauni yarn

New Ishbel – WIP

Remember I was knitting a “Ishbel” shawl in February which was driving me crazy? lol

Well, after finishing it (I don’t have pics of it sorry… i left it at my mum’s cause i didn’t have the time to block it and was looking all wonky… lol) i decided to make another one for me 🙂 i am not particularly fond of shawls, but I enjoy scarfs and scarflettes, so i figured that I had knitted a “smaller” version of it it would have looked like a nyce textured scarf.

I started the project in February, when knitting a scarf was still making sense, but sice i got pretty busy in the meantime I had to put it by side… now that it’s almost April I am feeling a bit demotivated about going on with it, but I’m confident that if I hold on to it. I’ll have a cool scarf to wear in autumn just in the right colours 🙂

The last time that i went to Italy in February I bought 3 skeins of kauni yarn in super cool colorways 🙂 One going from some greyish white to purple, one in the tomes of oranges and browns which remind of autumn leaves, and one  in purple-brown-caramel… oh, they’re so beautiful that it’s almost a pity to knit that yarn!

Kauni yarn

I picked the middle one for my Ishbel shawl… I just came around to finish the first pattern repetition… but I love how it’s turning out!

Ishbel Shawl in Kauni - WIP

Ishbel – WIP

Hi everyone!

I know I haven’t updated in a couple of weeks now, but I had a pretty stressful period at work, I basically worked for some 10 days in a row, which left me little time for hobbies and blogging 😦 Anyway, I am on holiday this week and I’m enjoying some relaxing time at home with my parents and knitting a lot (though I should be studying, but I can’t be bothered) o_o

My mum wanted to knit something for my mother in law for (last) Christmas, so when i visited last time in Nov we went to a wool store and bought 3 skeins of a cool emerald Malabrigo silky merino with the idea of knitting a shawl for her.

We browsed Ravelry for the ideal pattern and we ended up picking “Ishbel”, by Ysolda Teague. Her patterns are very popular and I must say I usually like them, though I don’t particularly love knitting them… I really don’t know why!

My mum knitted the first 3 panels before Xmas, but then realized she had messed up somehow the stitches counting and the shawl was looking uneven and wonky, so she put it by side.

I decided to pick it up again as I came here to visit and give it another try 🙂 I frogged all the lace pattern and started all over. I must admit that it took me a whole day to get a hang of it, but I finally finished the first 2 panels by the evening! lol The pattern is not that difficult, but you need to be constantly concentrated or you’ll easily mess up… not what I would call a relaxing knitting project, but I am determined to finish it nevertheless!

This is how it looks so far 🙂
Ishbel - WIP

Ishbel - WIP

Ishbel - WIP

And here is the usual link to the pattern on Ravelry

I also got as a present from my mum a skein of KAUNI wool, more or less in this colourway (pic from internet). It goes from brown, to caramel, to pink and purples… it’s super cool! I have in mind to knit another Ishbel for me out of it if I ever manage to finish this one!

WIP’s update :)

Just a quick update on what’s been on my needles lately 🙂


I finally finished the neck ribbing, I am very happy with it, it was a bit of a challenge for me 🙂

Though I always say that I don’t like knitting bottom-up garments, I actually learn many new things each time I try making one. With top-down you can’t really go wrong for what concerns fittings and shapes… so I am happy I challenged myself with this pattern 🙂

The sleeves still need to be knitted and sewed. I just noticed that I don’t have any #4.5 mm dpn’s, so I will have to buy some.

It’s now currently on hold till I overcome my laziness and finally get to drive to the store 🙂
Thermal WIP


I bought a skein of Valiani Nomotta some time ago cause I had a project in mind which actually never became reality. Since I had bought it in my usual yarn store down the street, it was at a robbery price, so I decided I HAD to do something with it no matter what.

I picked a hat pattern called Heart Vines from Ravelry. It’s a really cool pattern, very easy to follow and to remember, too bad that with this bloody yarn I could have knitted pretty much anything and the pattern wouldn’t be recognizable! By the way, if you ever see this yarn in a store and think about buying it, well then please think again. I have never seen anything as bad as that, not even the cheapest acrylic yarn is so rough, so stiff and totally lacks of elasticity. Never again! 😦
New WIP day 1
Day 1 – just cast on and finished the ribbing

Heart Vines WIP - day 2
Day 2 – knitted up to half of the second pattern repeat, just about 20 rows missing before crown shaping

BTW, here is a link to the pattern in case you’re curious


I loooooove Fair Isle knitting! I remember that my grandma once knitted me a pullover with the cutest butterfly pattern when I was a child! That’s probably where my love for fair Ialsnd knitting comes from 🙂 Anyway, I posted some time ago about trying some easy pattern in order to get confident with it… since I liked the result I decided to try something more difficult and there it goes… a Blythe Hat!

Apres ski hat for Blythe

New stash and new blanket project!

Hey everyone!

Today’s project  is a bit “old” already, anyway my parents went on holidays at the seaside in May (yes, I know :)) and they found a cute and small yarn store during one of their sightseeing trips. They decided me to make me a huge surprise by buying an enornous stash of yarn!!! They came home with more than 40 yarn skeins and they definitely made their girl happy 🙂

The yarn is 100% wool and it’s very soft to the touch. It came in 5 colours: yellow, blue, cream, some “lobster red” and light pink

New stash!

I failed to add the pink to the picture… dunno why, probably it’s because it’s the one that I happen to like less, but nevermind!

More or less in the same period I had purchased this book, which I find totally inspiring! There are a lot of cool patterns and the author uses only a couple of stitches for them all, which make them easy and quite fast to work.


Does anyone else have it? The pink blanket on the cover definitely caught my eye on Amazon, so I had to buy it! Anyway, what I was going to do with all the yarn I got became suddenly clear…

New rug - work in progress

The first one I crocheted was the blue one and I totally fell in love with the pattern! So much that I couldn’t wait to finish the first square in order to start the others 🙂
Since I was still working full time at the moment, it took me one week to finish each square, whcih is a long time in my opinion, but with so little time left in the evening, it was the best I could do. Now that I am not working anymore I am still crocheting quite slowly cause I’m simultaneously caught up in some 74732392 projects, well… you know how it is! They just keep producing too much beautiful yarn and we’ve only got 2 hands!

By the end of the summer this is how it looked like. I think that using a single colour would have made the pattern stand out more (as the one in the book), but I’m very happy with my own variation as well:




I am happy to announce though that I reached square #14 this weekend, which makes me right halfway through the whole blanket! When it will be finished it will be just as big as a regular single bed, and I honestly can’t wait! I’ll keep you updated!

– Starting date: May 2009
– Finishing date (ext): April 2009
– Number of squares according to project: 28
– Number of hexagons made so far: 14

New yarn!!!

Mum made me a surprise this morning, she went to the local market and got me the softest and most colourful cotton yarn ever! I’m so happy! I love cotton much more than wool, cause it’s so soft and fresh to the touch (esp now that it’s 35°C here, and you hands sweat when crocheting wool!)

Here are my new babies
Group picture :)

And they are going to be turned into… POT HOLDERS! 😀
My other co-worker is moving in with her fiancè soon, so I thought it would be cute to make something for their life together 🙂

I really like this design by Bea in Norway…
I’m going to give it a try already today, yay!

Yarn shopping and more crocheting

I went yarn shopping the other day 🙂
I was feeling a bit down cause of the terrible weather (it’s been snowing and/or raining since early Nov. now… sigh) and I needed to cheer myself up with some sparkly colours.
I took a chance to buy some skeins for whitedomino @ Ravelry.com for the 10$ swap, but I had to get me this super soft merino/acrylic wool yarns too!!

New yarn

which I have used to knit myself a hat (yes, AGAIN!). My mum said the hat seems to be too small once more. After the big Puff Hat failure (more about that in a following post), I must say I’m pretty disappointed. I try to follow the pattern and also keep track of the gauge, so I don’t really know what’s wrong.

Crocheted hat
Pattern: The Darling Diva’s Snow Day Hat @ Ravelry.com

Do you think it looks too small?

I used the same yarn to crochet a pair of fingerless mittes and I totally adore them!! These are super soft and warm, and finally I managed to make something the way it was supposed to be 🙂 eheh

First crocheted mittens
Pattern: Lacy Fingerless Gloves by Christie Pruitt @ Ravelry