Monday, July 28, 2008

I've been knitting a bit...

So many people complemented the red top and I decided to knit another. Red is made more than a year ago (I suspect even more than 2 years ago, but I'm not sure) and I wanted to be sure I still remember how it goes.
And guess what... Blue looks even better! Now I have a mannequin for trying things on while knitting and it sure helps a lot. It's much much easier to understand how long the top should be, where to increase and decrease and so on.

Now I would like to write down the pattern for this top, but I'm a bit afraid that it's too much for me. I just finished my first pattern-writing (Holly Berry fingerless gloves, will make a new blog post about it), but the top is more complicated- if I create a pattern, I should do it for different sizes.

At the moment I'm stuck with custom orders and all plans have to wait. I'm knitting some shrugs.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

I made it myself, really!

I know this is a craft blog, but there is something else I made too....
I have a vacation at the moment, 2 more weeks. I don't feel like traveling at the moment (although we planned to go to Turkey), so time to do something useful after one week laze.

Time for renovating the living room! We had a little accident here with electricity and the entire electricity system has to be replaced. So it's smart to do some renewing before it, because later it is harder, when new wires are placed.
I stated with the wallpaper, next will be the ceiling and last the floor.

One wall is already covered with the wallpaper you see on the photo, other 3 will be light brown or light beige, not sure yet.

This is my first time to do something like this, so I don't expect anything fancy. But it sure looks better than before.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Theo Dapore

Theo Dapore is super-talented artist from United States. I fell in love immediately when I fist saw his paintings.

This painting on the photo is absolutely stunning! It would be a perfect gift to a friend of mine. The birthday is next year, but when I saw it, I knew he has to get it.
Now I start collecting the money and pray that no-one wouldn't buy it before (oh please don't do it!).
I also contacted the artist, maybe we can think something out and he can save it for me... And if it's not possible, then maybe I can get a custom order with same colors.

So please, buy all my knittings and I can buy a painting, lol :)))

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Spending the money

I'm so into Ebay shopping.

When I opened my Etsy shop again, I needed mannequin for the photos. I would like to have the original dressmakers mannequin, but those are a little too expensive for me at the moment, so I found an alternate.
The display mannequin came from UK and arrived about a week after winning the auction sale. The red top on it is not new, I knitted it more than a year ago.
The seller's shop is here.

Yarn is a compulsory purchase every time I log into this site. It is hand dyed Shetland sock wool and I love the colors. Also from UK, arrived very fast. Haven't dried knitting it yet.
The seller is Angels & Elephants.

Basque hat finally ready

I have knitted this DROPS Basque hat I showed in last post for 4 times now.

I used different yarn (Hjertegarn Merino Silk) and needles (3.25mm) and when I cast on 120 stitches as pattern said, it came enough big for putting two heads into it.
Second time I tried with 96 stitches and it was still a little bit big.
After that I knitted this red hat with 84 stitches and now it looks perfect.

Hjertegarn Merino Silk is my new favorite yarn. It is a mix of merino (60%), silk (20%) and bamboo (29%). Very soft and easy to knit.
I have wondered for a long time about yarn preferences. When I started knitting, I used mostly acrylic yarns, because they are cheaper. Now I knit more natural yarns and the quality is more important than the price. But I think it's normal, because if you don't have much experience and the knitted things end often in the garbage pin (it happened to me more than once), then it's easier to throw away or ravel when the yarn didn't cost that much.

And some words about Slovenian yarn shops also....
I visited only one in Ljubljana, right next to the PreŇ°eren square. It was small and the assortment was not very impressive. They sold mostly acrylic yarns and the prices were almost double than in Estonia. So I bought nothing.
Unfortunately I didn't have time to search the other 3 shops in the city.