Tuesday, April 28, 2009

So I've been slogging along with my knitting and not really sharing it with you all, because, let's face it, Tuscany is a whole lot cooler.

I haven't bought any new yarn this year and I've been devoted to working through my (modest) stash and finishing projects that I've had on the back burner for far too long. It's been a (somewhat) successful experiment.

Until now. This is Brights 1, from Rowan Studio 9. It's been hibernating for almost a year and when I picked it up, I had no idea where I left off. Not even what size I was making because nothing was adding up. I had even put it on a stitch holder because I obviously needed the needle for something else and I didn't know what size needle I was using!!

I ended up having to do a new gauge swatch and ripping it (this s the left front, the back is finished) to a point where I could recognize where I was in the pattern and count the stitches. It's been smooth (if not slow) sailing since then.

I also finished the Christie Bolero, but am a bit stuck, if anyone can offer me advice. The bolero meets (just barely) in front under the bust. When I hold it in place, it's really flattering and the fit that I desired, but when I added my button it pulled horribly. Does anyone have a tried and true method for sewing a button onto knitwear? One that is super sturdy? I'd appreciate the help!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hi, darlings! I'm back from Italy and not quite the 10lbs. heavier that I thought I was (despite my best efforts)!

This trip was, in every sense, about food. I packed some knitting, but didn't even touch it once. All I did was eat food, cook food and shop for food. It was the best vacation ever.

Click on the pics above for bigger versions. I'm working on adding descriptions and details.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Springtime has come to Sunnyside and I couldn't be happier! This is what I've been waiting for all winter long. Slowly, I've been watching little sprouts fight their way through the frozen earth and suddenly- daffodils! Tulips! Cherry blossoms!

I'm leaving you, dear readers, for 10 glorious days in Tuscany. Be well, without me. I've armed myself with a Berlitz phrase book, some travel essays and a book on Tuscan cuisine. Hopefully, I'll be a changed woman when I return.