Saturday, November 25, 2006

Beaded Votive Sleeve Number 2

I did some alterations to the second one.
It looks pretty much the same, only it was much easier to knit!



My thumb is not happy, though - knitting wire is not as easy as you would imagine!




Xmas Gifts

They are cute. They are not too expensive. They are not too difficult to knit.
Translation: perfect Xmas gifts for my students!
So yesterday after the gym I bought some glass candle holders.
Last night, after dinner, I threaded the beads.
Today, while having breakfast I started knitting.
Finished Object:
Not bad for being the first one. Of course I have to admit that the original ones are much better executed. But my students won't know!!
For the following ones I will need to change the wire. This one gets cut too easily.
And I think I may use more beads - and maybe a little bigger?
So, what do you think? Should I make these or do you have any other suggestions?

Friday, November 24, 2006

Knitter or Puppeteer?



I've decided to continue knitting in spite of my eye. I can't wait to finish this project!!! ´

See? I'm knitting with 6 different balls of yarn AT THE SAME TIME. I've never done anything like this before. It will be a while before I choose an intarsia project again.


And I can't wait to start a new one (though I haven't decided what to knit) with the yarn I bought when spring was about to start (Aug 25th). Yummy! I love the colour of this yarn!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Spring Sky




I love this time of the day in spring...

Look at the sky from my window! On the left you can see the Congress Dome. And if you look closely you'll see there's a rainbow - it must be raining somewhere already.

Anyhoo... I haven't been posting simply because I haven't been knitting. My eyes are still killing me. The doctor said the conjunctivitis is much better, but now there is something wrong with my cornea - everything is blurry and I get bad headaches.
Next Saturday Dec 2nd there will be another International Knitters Meeting. Of course, we're meeting in the yarn district - where else??? I hope everybody can come!!!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

International Knitters Meeting!

Check out this knitters meeting
People from Buenos Aires (Argentina), from Santiago (Chile) and from Washington (USA).

This is Paula giving us presents.
From left to right: Paula, Carla, Gaby, Michelle, Vik, Ale and Frani.


Was this a success or what???



These are the things Paula brought all the way from Chile for me!!!

Two magazines full of patterns. I'll have a hard time trying to decide what to knit first! And some hand- dyed yarn I had told her I loved when I saw it on her blog. And a cute shawl pin!!


Three different circular needles!!! Now I have no excuse.... I will learn to knit in the round.



A ball of 100% natural linen in the most beautiful grape colour.



THANK YOU PAULA!!! I am so grateful for your kindness and for sharing this lovely morning with us.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Vogue Knitting Project - Placket Shaping

In spite of my sore eye I've been knitting quite a bit.
In order to be able to actually see the pattern, I've had it enlarged threefold.
On the enlarged pattern, I highlighted the placket shaping, I marked where the neck shaping starts, and I corrected all the mistakes I had found while knitting the back.
At the moment I'm knitting with four balls of yarn - it is as messy as it looks!

VK Principessa Placket Shaping


VK Principessa Placket Shaping


Tomorrow is our Trans Andean Blogger Knitter Meeting! I'm meeting Paula at her hotel and we are meeting with Vik, Gaby, Ale and Francine at Milana. I'm sure there's going to be a lot of yarn, needles, chatting and coffee involved!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

I WON the PIROPOS Contest!!!



On Nov 6 Paula suggested a game. Everybody should tell their most memorable "piropo"

Whenever I remember the piropo that made me winner, I cannot help but laugh!!!

"Hey, Blondie (my hair was golden blond at that time) I'm gonna make you a saliva baby-doll"



Today Paula announced I WON I WON I WON!!!!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sunday Sunny Sunday

Today Husband and I got up and decided we didn't want to stay in. My eye still hurts and all, but I was sick of staying at home all day long!
What did we do? We went to Luján.
The first thing we did was visit the Basilic. We are not very religious, but the architecture is awesome. Look:
Luján Basilic
We entered the church, and the priest was saying Mass. The church inside is beautiful, the altar especially. Anyway, I thought it would have been quite disrespectful to take pictures during Mass, so I didn't.

After that we walked around the Basilic. There are hundreds of stalls where they sell a million different things: rosaries, pictures and statues of the Virgin and of different saints, and they even sell bottles for you to take some Holy Water with you.

Aftwerwards, we went to the City Park. Too many people so we just walked around for a couple of minutes. It's a pity, though, the area around the river is quite nice, but you really can't enjoy it.

I couldn't take my sunglasses off!!! The pinkeye is still bad.

After that we went to the Museum of Transport. Husband LOVED it. Husband loves vehicles. I took pictures and felt happy it was darkish inside (my eye still hurts!!)
Velocipedes
Finally, we ate hamburgers at Mc Donald's and came home in time for my eye drops.

Nap. Homemade pizza and minced meat empanadas.

Husband has just left for work.

Now I'm going to bed - TV and knitting for me.

Friday, November 10, 2006

FO and WIP

I was about to start knitting when I suddenly remembered I had a UFO.
I started beading this necklace, and then I don't know why I never finished it.
It just needed the final finishings. It only took 10 minutes:




And since I have only been posting about the Vogue Knitting Project I thought this would be a nice change.

Last night I finished the back of the VK Principessa



And my eye is still horrible. It itches and feels swollen and everything is blurry.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

How to Pick Up a Dropped Stitch

I was about to resume my knitting when I realized there was a dropped stitch.

I panicked!

until... I found this tutorial.




Result:
Hooray for me!!!!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Pinkeye

Yes. I got it from my husband. And Yes, I feel like never talking to him again.

It itches a lot. I cannot open my eyes when I wake up in the morning.


I cannot go to work.

Most importantly: I cannot go swimming!!!! I'm so upset. Especially now that I was swimming more and more every time I went to the swimming pool. I don't think I ever mentioned this before, but I used to swim A LOT - like 500 laps - three times a week, for a long time. Then I stopped swimming altogether when I moved and started living with hubby and changed jobs. I started swimming again last month, and I have been feeling so good about it.

Anyway, I'm so mad.

Here, look at my eye.





Do you see how small it looks?


Anyhow, the doctor told I was not allowed to go swimming, but he said it was ok for me to go to the gym. I have just arrived from the stretching class, and from yoga. Ommmm... still feel like never talking to husband again.


On the knitting side, this is how much I've knit:



I found more and more mistakes in the pattern (rows 75 and 77). Do these people even check what they print????
I have just finished knitting with 5 balls, and I'm down to 3 again. Oh my, I didn't think it would be that hard to knit intarsia!
However, I'm loving the way the project is coming along. I think it is so pretty and so girly!!!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Following Paula's advice

Yesterday Paula gave me some advice. She told me I should put the yarn balls in bags. Thank you Paula, it is working just fine!!!

Fortunately, I have finished knitting with 5 balls - now I am down to 3 - that is until row 83 when I have to add 2 more balls again. But let me enjoy this while it lasts!

I hope I can make progress at the weekend - next week will be busy again, so I have to take advantage of Saturday morning while Husband sleeps (he arrives at 7 am from work, so he won't be getting up before 2pm, and he might even take a nap!).
This project is coming rather slowly - I guess you won't be seeing a Finished Object too soon.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Vogue Knitting Mistakes

While knitting this project I have found several mistakes in the VK pattern. As I am not such an expert, I only managed to notice the mistakes once I had done that part of the pattern. Being the perfection freak I am, it obviously led to ripping. And of course I had to write down where the mistakes are so I don't do the same thing while knitting the front!

Currently I am knitting with 5 balls of yarn at the same time. It can get pretty nerve-wracking.

I haven't made much progress - unfortunately I haven't had too much time to knit. And much of the time I did spend on knitting was devoted to disentangling yarn!
But at the end of the day I am happy with what I've got so far, so I won't complain.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Need Help Finding Easy Projects for Xmas Gifts!

November is here, and I have decided it's time I started preparing small Xmas gifts for my students. I teach a bunch of 20 something and 30 something ladies, and two guys in their late twenties. Every year I give all of my students a small end-of-year present. Sometimes a panettone, sometimes some candles. You know, just a small present to let them know I care about them.

Every year I say to myself "girl, you can make the presents yourself" but then I find it is Dec 10th I never manage to do it.

I thought this year I might actually give it a try.

For the ladies I guess it will be easier. Maybe a beaded bracelet, or a crocheted bookmark. But what about for they guys? I always find myself in trouble when buying presents for men...

Any ideas you can share with me?