Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Violet cardigan

Right, I've decided to update this post and finish the story.
I was trying to duplicate this fabulous cardigan :

which, by the way can be seen here, http://www.helenmccabe.co.uk. She has great designs, I simply love them all.

And, of course, mine just did not look the same :(.

The yarn is back in the ball (Karabella Aurora 8 ), but I think I know what I'm doing wrong here. It's a cotton yarn not a wool yarn I need, in order to get the bubbles lines to look the same. And to get the same drape effect.
The idea is on hold and I am might be considering Rowan Calmer for this job, not sure yet.
End of story and end of frustration.

Monday, July 03, 2006

FO Flower Basket Shawl

Quote of the Post:
"It's all about mind over matter, if you don't mind it doesn't matter !"

Last UFO finished last week.

For a few days afterwards I managed to stay 'clean' and got myself focused on all sorts of other tasks. First I finished ironing (the mountain of clothes I had piled up for weeks) and this was a great achievment. Did some washing and gardening, re-organized the stash - even did weekend walks :).
Just enjoying independence and pretending to be a normal person.
It didn't last long though.
Everything went downhill last night, when I could not resist anymore and started my Aurora 8 sweater.
But that's another story altogether :).

Now back to the FB shawl.
Loved the pattern, loved the yarn.
I've used Blue Sky Alpaca Silk in red brick (4 skeins), and 4.5 mm needles.

The photo is not very clear - but there was no way to convince my model to repeat the shouting session in the day light.
If you have teenagers you'll know precisely what I mean.