Saturday, December 30, 2006

Buenos Aires Covered In White

Let me tell you the temperature in Buenos Aires is around 30 / 37° C...

Of course it is not snow.... It never snows in BA, not even in winter...

It is a long-time tradition in the city to throw the diaries and agendas of the ending year on the last working day!!

I Got Mail!

Thank you Arianwen!

Gold and Silver Card

Noni Bag Patterns! and a lovely Merry Christmas letter from Arianwen and her family!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Swatching & Christmas Ranting

This is as far as I managed to get.

It's a pattern from Verena magazine, I'm using straight n.4 needles (though the neck requires a circular oh no)

It's almost Christmas and the past few days have been busy busy busy. Meeting people, buying/knitting last minute gifts. After lunch today I'll devote myself to cooking dessert. Husband and I are celebrating Christmas Eve with Husband's family, and I was asked to bring some dessert. I decided to go for a Brownie / dulce de leche / meringue cake. Super easy and super delicious. After toasting at 12 midnight we're probably going to meet my parents and some friends - that's when the party begins. Lots of laughter and fun there.

I want to wish you, all my dear blogfriends, a very merry Christmas.

An Irish Christmas Blessing
The light of the Christmas star to you
The warmth of home and hearth to you
The cheer and good will of friends to youT
he hope of a childlike heart to you
The joy of a thousand angels to you
The love of the Son and God's peace to you.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Happy Birthday and Anniversary!

First of all I would like to thank everybody for your wishes and kind words for my B-day and Anniversary!

The truth is I had a very nice birthday party on Friday. I celebrated it at my parents' because my apartment is a little small... Just my family and some close friends of ours, but I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately my husband had to work that night, but then he was free all weekend long so I can't complain.
My Dad and I

Saturday was impossible in BA. The temperature reached over 40°C. I couldn't even move it was so hot.

And yesterday Husband and I went out for dinner to a pizza restaurant we used to go when we first met, around 10 years ago (Husband and I dated for a couple of months 10 years ago. We were really young, and neither of us wanted any kind of commitments back then. So I didn't see him for 5 years, until one night I ran into him at a disco, and 3 months later we were living together!!)

Today I gave some of the Xmas gifts to my students. Everybody loved them!!! I'm so relieved!! Even one of the guys said he really really liked it and that at home he has lots of candles. Wrapped Votive Sleeves with Glass Candle Holders!!
I still have to knit 4 more, but I have run out of wire!! I'll try to get some today or tomorrow.
In addition I have already chosen what to knit with the cerise yarn - a pattern from Verena magazine. I haven't knit the swatch yet, so I don't know whether it will work, but at least I have already found something I like!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Votive Sleeves

7 out of 15.

I still have to knit 8 votive sleeves.

In the background you can see our Christmas Tree. I decorated it last Saturday while listening to Luis Miguel singing "Santa Claus is coming to town" and all the songs in his latest album "Navidades".
Next weekend is full of celebrations around here! My birthday on Friday, Wedding Anniversary on Sunday! I have threatened Husband: I must get one present for each. And of course another present for Xmas!
Talking about presents I have almost finished Xmas presents shopping!!!! I have bought gifts for my mum, my dad, my sister, my husband. I asked him if he wanted me to buy presents for his family and he said no. His family is not used to giving presents... He only told me to buy something for his 5-year-old niece, this is the only thing left for me to buy, shouldn't be hard she's into Disney's Princesses these days. Anything Princess will do.
I have to get back to the wire and beads - I'd like to give these next Monday and Tuesday, and
I'd better finish them before Friday before the party begins!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Argentina's Next Top Model

Yeah! that's me in my Principessa!

Isn't it lovely????

Today I managed to finish it: first I did the picot edge around the sleeves.

When I finished I had to some shopping and I thought I would try to find the buttons (today is a Holiday here so I wasn't sure the shops would be open, in fact the first place I went to was closed, but then I saw a small, dull and rahter darkish haberdashery that was open, they didn't have a great selection of buttons but the ones I found aren't too bad).

When I returned I resumed work. I sewed all the loose threads - I didn't dare to count, but there were over 30 for sure.

Finally I sewed the placket and the buttons and Ta Da! Meet the FO.

What's next?
Well, around 12 or 13 votive sleeves.
A summer bolero for my goddaughter (her asking me to do it is a huge compliment, she's a very strict and classy teenager).
A sweater for me with my cerise yarn.
And I'm also working on a secret project. I cannot tell you anything, it's secret. I'll tell you more, but not now... And I can't show you the yarn yet, I haven't bought it yet. I guess you'll have to wait a little for that one!
Have a nice weekend everyone!!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Hooray for Circular Needles

After my first ordeal attempt at knitting with circular needles, I cursed and promised myself thought I would never try again.

When the time came to start working on the collar of my Vogue Knitting Principessa, I read "cast on xx stitches on your circular needles". I was screwed in trouble.

Of course, being the stubborn determined person I am, I immediately grabbed my straigth needles.

I cast on maybe 60 or 80 stitches when I realized I wouldn't be able to make it - I had no room to maneuver. Oh, F*ck my...

I reluctantly decidedly took the Aero Circular Needles Paula brought from Chile. I started casting on.

So far, so good.

I started knitting the collar.

It still is hard took a while for my hands and fingers to get used to knitting like this. I guess it takes me three times longer than knitting with my straight needles.

Here's a picture to show you my circular knitting!

Today I finished the collar, but I still have a little sewing to do (the placket and the loose threads of the intarsia, and the buttons, of course), and I still have to crochet the sleeve edges.

I won't show you the complete picture until I've finished it and it's ready to wear, but in the meantime have a look at the collar:

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Coming Soon...

Today I finished the worst part of the project: the sewing!
I have to tell you I didn't understand the pattern until this afternoon. You knit the sleeve together with the front and back, and I had never done this. I wasn't even sure what I was supposed to sew...
The result:
Sorry about the blurry images - apparently my camera sympathizes with me and my blurry vision post-pinkeye!
Close up of the shawl-collar-to-be:
102_0732And the sleeve:
102_0731Now I need to study and figure out how to knit the collar. There's something called "Short Row Wrapping" which I have no clue what it is. I hope it's not too hard. I really want to wear it for my B-day!!!