Sunday, December 28, 2008

Silky Lace Ribbon Scarf

A little late for Christmas, but finished nonetheless:

(Do you like my handsome model?)

The pattern is Veronik Avery's Lace Ribbon Scarf available, for free, on I used Handmaiden fine yarn 'Silken' - 2 skeins - in this lovely bright berry red colour.

The pattern is a simple knit that is easy to memorize. Be warned though -- the recommended length for the scarf is a whopping 80 inches! Mine is just a touch shorter than this as I stopped when I was out of yarn from the 2 skeins.

I'm thrilled with the end result. As is my Mum who received the belated gift.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Can you believe that Christmas is just around the corner? I can barely contain myself! Especially given that I'll be heading back to see my family and friends in the UK.

A couple of friends had a Christmassy swap recently, and I came away with the most amazing haul of goodies from Kristina. She is a sweetheart! Thank you Kristina :)

Goodies include:
- Scout's swag in De Young colourway
- A fabulous project bag from Etsy shop 3am enchantments. Isn't it gorgeous.
- A Starbucks knitty mug (oh yeah, my collection is beginning to grow) and some yummy Aveda comforting tea.

I've been plugging away on more slippers... ever popular. So that's 3 more pairs that will be travelling back home with me.

And I tried my hand at making some Fimo stitch markers. I love the Zecca style goodies and that's what inspired me. These were fun to make and surprisingly simple.

Hmm let's see what else... I've been doing some other gift knitting which isn't quite finished yet. Speaking of which, if you need a quick gift idea, check out the front of the Sundance catalog -- isn't that a cute little hat/scarf set for a bottle of wine. (And don't get me started on the sweater -- I'm dying to try and mimic this using the anthropologie-inspired capelet as a starting point).

Ok, must focus and get back to the gift knitting!
Stay warm,

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Brown paper packages...

Yesterday evening there was the most wonderful surprise waiting for me in the mailbox -- a parcel of goodies from the UK!

Amanda, of Joli House (go check out her blog -- it's choc full of great projects and beautiful pictures) had sent me a lovely gift package:

  • Posh yarn - a silk merino lace weight yarn with a whopping 1200 yards. Isn't it a great colour! And the yarn is soo very soft. I'm thinking I'd like to make a top - maybe spook, or grannie smith, or marianne, or...

  • A great knit mug. Funnily enough, I'd just acquired a similar mug from Starbucks (I'm sure you've seen them around blogland already, right?) and had told Joe that I was going to acquire a whole set. Seems Amanda read my mind and is helping me on my way :)

  • And check out the festive shopping tote. Love it!

  • But most of all, I really like the adorable card -- a picture of Amanda's daughter Lily (who, by the way, is an amazing knitter - her fab projects are also showcased on the Joli house blog). I see a future Kim Hargreaves in the making ;o)
I love receiving gift packages in the mail... it truly is one of my favourite things. Thank you Amanda, this is a really sweet and thoughtful gift :)