Monday, March 31, 2008

make my day award

i am certainly not a very diligent blogger these days. i suppose other things come beforehand and i am not proud of that.
but i have been awarded by two fellow bloggers and i am happy and honoured to pass on the torch to other bloggers whose blogs make my day.
the bloggers who have nominated me are jen and peggy of chasing bunny. they are both wonderful knitters and love being nominated by them.

i will also nominate a few bloggers. i think one is supposed to nominate 10 bloggers but i am not sure i can.

i will nominate filambulle. she is a great knitter living in switzerland who always sends nice comments my way. she is a fellow zimmermaniac and that was really my way into knitting again.

i will also nominate jean miles. a very skilled knitter, american, living in edinburgh. she is into knitting, politics, cultural history and latin, i believe. her blog is a wonderful read. go there.

and kent of kent. we share our love for knitting and music. kent is a meticulous knitter with great sense of colour. we have been discussing the saddle shouldered aran for ages in our email correspondance. it is so much fun to acquaint with people you never have met. thanks.

and john. i mean who else emabarks on knitting a sweater, a russian coat, for a perfect stranger. i think that among other things is hilarious. we also share a love for music.

and lastly (for today) i still have a few nominations to give out is shan. her knitting blog is super philosophical and you really get to know her through it in my opinion. she is a alice starmore fan and so am i. and i love the way she earns money for her yarn.

Knitting news: my second saddle shoulder aran is finished and i am wearing it as i write. i love it but it is rather unphotographable and i need to go out in the daylight for a photo shoot. i will review the yarn and cables in near future.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

saddle shoulder aran encore

i am a serial knitter. i confess. and that is allright because things get more perfect with each try. and here are some awfully amateurish pics of the one in progress for me. yarn is the ubiquitous classic elite skye tweed. like all nice yarn it is now discontinued which really should be reconsidered as it is the most manageable yarn i ever knitted with. no splicing and very few knots. the patterns are sheepfold, fishbone, and a panel stolen from alice starmore's inishmore from fishermen's sweaters. it is a great book but quite 80ish somehow. but loads and loads ideas to copy in to one's own cable or colourwork. many of the patterns are in stitch dictionaries as well but alice has managed to put them together beautifully.
there is not much knitting though. it seems that work is taking all my time. it takes a long time to get there and even longer to get home so i am still looking for the ideal job close to home (for god's sakes i live in a capital) so i can walk and knit and see other people. as a single you have to be outgoing all the time. and i don't mind as long as i have the time and with this job it is hard to get the time for anything. and i really do love to play.

i have ordered yarn today for the first time in a very long time. i plan to knit a sweater for my father after this one is finished. i suppose it will be a seamless hybrid of some kind. he has proclaimed he wants a brown sweater with cables. and that is inspiring. the yarn i ordered is cascade 220 which i think is a practical yarn for kiddoes and old people.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

other people's crafts

i haven't quite diaappeared and here is finnish anatolian basketry and anatolian knitting, both birthday presents for me, for you.