Tuesday, April 24, 2007 

Royal knitting

Republican as I am, I still find princes and princesses quite interesting. Maybe because they are always pretty and wear beautiful clothes. Have a look at the world's freshest princess, the Danish one:

It's true, you can't almost see her, but look at what she's wearing: a lace knit baby blanket! What a teriffic idea. I can totally imagine that one in Drops Alpaca...

Sunday, April 15, 2007 


Casting on never went faster than with Salina a few days ago. Of course, after 6 centimetres I was no longer on but off gauge, despite swatching (though I'm not sure five rows count as a swatch no matter the row gauge). I got stitch gauge at my second attempt, but then it just hit me, after beginning the bust increases, that I might not have row gauge. And no, I hadn't. I'm thinking it doesn't matter (...please God). I'm thinking the difference is too small. Like, 32 stitches makes 9 cm instead of 10. I'll just knit until it's long enough, and I don't think the slightly shorter distance between the increases and the decreases won't make a difference. Keep your fingers crossed...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 

My first SP10 package!

Dear Secret Pal,
I simply cannot believe this. I've no idea of who you are, but you've just given me one of the most lovingly thought-through and generous presents I've ever had. At first I was very impressed only by the beautiful wrapping, and from there it just got better and better. I was surprised to find a book-looking package (at least in Sweden books are quite expensive), and I was absolutely stunned to see you got me Vintage Style from Rowan. I cried. I started looking through it, and found your note on the "Salina" page, saying there's enough yarn in the package to make it, if I like. I couldn't believe it, tore the paper off the yarn package and started crying again. Six balls of Rowan's Felted Tweed in "Watery". Watery is the word for it alright. Like a fountain.

And, dear blog readers, the precious package also contained a little cross stitch kit, apparently picturing the very English house where my yarn was bought, candy, a pretty card with a wooden version of the London Eye, a knitting magazine (Simply Knitting), a lavender bag (and my yarn smells of lavender, it's just beautiful) and a hand knit hot cross bun from "All the fun of the fair". That's a bundle of nice things I didn't even know I wanted!

Dear SP, I'm speechless (lucky thing I'm typing). I had a hunch before, but now I know for certain that you are a lovely, generous and caring person, and I'm already endlessly thankful to have you as my secret pal. Would you mind being my SP for the rest of my life?


SP10 contest questions

1) How old were you when you learned to knit?

I know I knitted in school, when I was about ten. But I have memories before then, of needles, white acrylic yarn and endless (it appeared) amounts of stitches...

2) Who taught you?

It must have been my mum. At least I know she taught me to purl, since I purl funny (Norwegian style).

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