29 November 2006

Icarus finished


Well, here it is. Finished. I have finally completed my Icarus shawl and I am so pleased with myself. I have really enjoyed knitting it, which was, incidentally, my first shawl, first lace project and first blocking. I love the result so much that I have been trying it in front of the mirror the whole day: before hiding the wool ends, before blocking, after blocking, on trousers and jumper, on an overcoat... I have already started to miss the project and thought about starting the second. But I must be a sensible girl and finish other things first. I must confess I am the sort of person who starts a knitting project just for the fun of it although I set myself some 'loose' targets and I think "Well, it does not really matter if it takes me another couple of months". But then, once I have started, I begin to feel the necessity to knit quickly and see the garment finished.

These two pictures were taken before blocking. After 'blocage' it measures 180x85 cm.

Knitting Icarus has taken me about a month. I work out and look after my two-year old daughter, which leaves very little spare time. So I have been staying up late to enjoy some lonely knitting. The problem is that I have been feeling quite sleepy during the day lately.
Next projects:
- I have to finish Sofia´s cardigan for Christmas. I've hadly started it.
- I want to make a sleeveless cardi for my daughter. I have 1 1/2 balls of soft green yarn.
- I want to knit a stole or scarf in one of the leafy patterns I have been trying lately.
- I have to finish the table runner in ' punto Assissi" (cross stitch) that I showed in a previous post.

20 November 2006

My American Accent

It's been quite a few days without posting, but there has not been much to talk about.

I didn't take Sofía´s measures until Saturday, so I have kept working on Icarus until today. I am nearly done with chart three and, thanks to the fact that I signed up for the Icarus KAL and that I have a look at it from time to time, I have learnt that Miriam Felton (Icarus' creator) has posted some corrections for chart 4 on her blog. I am so thankful to her for making these corrections just before I start chart 4!

I also took a test on the net to know about my American accent -- although I have never been to North America and only God knows how much I'd love to -- and these are the surprising results. I am so pleased!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Northeast

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

The Inland North
The Midland
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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04 November 2006

...slow progress

I've satarted rep 4 of chart1 and intend to finish it during the weekend. After that, I'll put Icarus in its cage for a while (yes, another project awaiting).

Today, I've bought some yarn to knit a cardigan for Sofía, who is 7 years old, very tall and thin. I expect to be able to finish this work for Christmas as this will be her present, together with some toy or book if nothing more original comes to my mind in the meantime. We celebrate Epyphany here, so I may have all the Christmas holidays to finish the cardi.

The yarn is Comfort from Lanas Stop. The pattern... I haven't decided yet. I'll have a look at some magazines for inspiration

02 November 2006

Icarus KAL

tatted edging Well, I finally started knitting Icarus on Monday and, at the moment, I am on the 2nd rep of chart 1, which I plan to finish tomorrow. As the rows quickly get considerably long, plans are to finish rep 3 this week.

I have signed up for the Icarus KAL and posted a picture of my Icarus' still-short wings. This is my first shawl and the first time I feel knitting is something more social --should I say 'global'?-- than private and I love it.

In the meantime, two other projects will have to wait unfinished. One is a tatted edging for a small tablecloth (see pic above); the other, a table runner in 'punto Assisi' (a combination of cross and back stitches), whose materials and pattern I bought from Mani di fata

I have also decided to keep track of my Icarus progress on a sheet done for this purpose where I mark the reps I have finished. If anyone is interested, you can download the pdf file here.