Monday, February 26, 2007

Back with a FO.

Just under 1000 meters of a lovely wool/alpaca blend ( m. 150 x 50 gr.) for this crocheted shawl:

I love this stitch and I didn't follow a pattern for the shawl, I just started and kept crocheting until I was happy with the size. I wasn't too sure about the edging but at the end I decided that the lace was rich enough and a round of chain would have been enough. Yes, I'm quite happy with the result.
As far as the knitted shawl is concerned there's been little progress. I'm not giving myself a deadline but I hope to finish it by the middle of March, but then again what's the hurry?

Friday, February 16, 2007

Another weekend.

Earlier today I was pleasantly surprised by finding links to my blog and my free patterns on Yarn and thread links. Thank you Scrunchyy!
The crochet shawl is almost completed but I still have to figure out how to finish it off, I mean what type of edging to add to it. I can't make up my mind, but it will be something very simple.
As far as the knitted shawl is concerned, I have made very little progress, in other words no pictures to post yet.
How about some cross stitch instead?
These will be framed one day:

Crochet and linen squares with cross stitch flowers:

Close up:

Fruit and butterflies on Aida cloth:

And that's not all folks.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


meteoropathy (from Greek meteora, celestial phenomena, and pathos, feeling, pain, suffering): a disorder, or physical condition, or symptom due to climate or conditions of weather such as humidity, temperature or pressure.

This definition couldn't be more appropriate for me.
Two days of non-stop rain and the very strong wind from the north that we are experiencing have been putting my nerves to a severe trial.
Lack of concentration is the thing that bothers me most. Feeling sleepy and apathic, weak and headachy? Join the club!
In spite of that I have tried hard to keep myself busy:

I've been working at this shawl mostly at night. Not having a scheme to follow makes it easy to crochet and watch some nice movie at the same time.
The small piece of knitting on the corner at the top is another shawl. The picture is a bit blurry but I will take a close up just as soon as I have knitted enough to show the actual pattern. Normally I don't like having more that one project going at the same time but as I have stated many times before I just cannot concentrate on anything other than plain knitting at night. So I have found this solution and I'm quite satisfied. For the time being anyway.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Another shawl.

Is it spring already?
Well, something is definately happening out there. As a matter of fact a lot of the plants in our garden have never stopped flowering. Amazing!! Our almond trees have beautiful sweet smelling white flowers, the acacia tree with its bright yellow inflorescence reminds me of a soft cloud, coloured and fragrant, a joy for the eye.
And me...well I'm in a creative mood.
After a period of mental lethargy I am beginning to make order in that messy confusion of ideas that has been lurking in my head since the beginning of this year.
The knit and crochet patterns for the calendar submissions had all my concentration for weeks. Now that's out of the way and I'm concretely planning a couple of projects. First of all a crochet shawl. This is the swatch I made last night:

Yes it is pretty! I reproduced part of a round doily that my mother had given me years ago. The wool I plan to use is the on the right. It is actually lighter that it looks in the picture, a beautiful shade of pink. I have 150 grams, approx. 675 meters. I really hope it will be enough.
I have also made a swatch for a knitted shawl, but I'm not 100% sure I like it. I'll post a photo of it once I have made up my mind about it. Give me a few more days!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

More crochet.

I have received emails from ladies asking for clearer pictures of a little doll I made ages ago. Here are a couple of closeups:

And for the ladies who enjoy crochet....

At the beginning of last year I decided to make a shawl for my little sister who had been so nice to make a sweater for me. She's a clever knitter but she doesn't crochet much. Hence the decision of making this:

This particular stitch is very pretty and it gives a warm and soft fabric. The shawl required 450 gr. of wool (226 meters per 50 gr. ball).