Knitting Fla

Hello - This is Flavio. I love knitting! I would love to try sharing bits of my life and my thoughts. Lots of love! :)

martes, enero 30, 2007

Hats, hats, hats...

Dear friends,

How are you? Here the weather is sooo cold, at least for what I have been used to in the last years... I have seen snow falling for the first time in many many years... and wow, it's chilly! Also, my computer died, but I have able to save, at least, my knitting photos... argh. Well, I have been knitting a lot lately, because I had no computer... and I have been doing four hats. My brother, as I mentioned on list, wanted me to knit the Jayne Cobb hat. I found a lovely pattern on the Internet, and the friends from the Knitting Novices list also helped a lot with their advices. My first version is a bit too loose: one thread for rather big needles. Then, I discovered (thank you Fellow Novices!) that I could have double yarn from the same skein! Thus I was able to do a double-strand version, which is much stabler and stronger. Also slightly bigger, which helps (my brother has a rather big head).

My parents also asked for hats. This is the first time I knit something for my parents or brother. I did a dark, plain stockinette hat, with a 2x2 ribbing edge for dad, hope he likes it. For my mother, a rather colourful one (I had the remaining yarn from the baby sweater I did before Christmas...). I am afraid it is going to be slightly too short... Well... Let me know if you like them :) I am rather proud about the second version of the Jayne Cobb hat. Looks perfect, at least in my humble opinion!

Flavio :)

martes, enero 16, 2007

Glittery Orange Scarf and mini-hat!

Dear friends,

Here I am again! I have managed to knit some more... I had promised a dear friend at the school to knit a scarf in orange tones for her... here it is! I was too lazy to find a pattern, and I was a bit disappointed with a very slow zig-zag pattern which I had given up because it was too slow to knit... Now, for this scarf I just cast on an X number of stitches, with a border of 4 stitches in garter stitch and the rest in stockinette stitch. So easy! But... I had chosen a very strange yarn: sort of irregular, with lots of glittery threads going in and out... a bit difficult to work with. Well, I have been able to, eventually :) I also thought I'd made a little hat, but maybe it'll be too small for the head... I am always miscalculating the size of hats... I hate that :(

Anyway, the result is so niceee! I hope Armelle will like it :)

Do you like the colours? Unfortunately the camara has not been able to catch the colours are they are... it's much nicer "live" :)

Lots of love,

domingo, enero 07, 2007

Fruity Jacket for Rubén

Dear friends,

I was able to make a scarf since I moved to Switzerland... the school consumes most of my time and I find myself knitting late in the evening or simply on weekends. When I get back home I am just so tired that I only have time to eat and have a shower... (and check my email, of course). I feel so guilty about not having sent anything since October... it's awful! I hope to be more regular from now on. I'll simply be much slower... Oh, I also did a little hat when I was home for the Christmas holidays, but I am not sure I have made a decent photo to it...

The good news are: making simple hats is now like making a cup of coffee! I have mastered that! Now, I am not sure I'll ever be able to master circular needles...

I have been in Germany for shopping (it's cheaper than here) and I found some LOVELY yarn: with this multivariegated yarn I have made this lovely Baby Jacket I found on the Internet. I needed less than one ball (each ball was 100g I think). Wow! Well, the problem came when, for the sleeves, you had to pick stitches from the holders with a circular needle and do the sleeves with that. Now... I wasn't able to make a complete row with circular needles. Everything was so strange and difficult to me... I can't seem to be able to manage the "rope"... and how stitches go through the "rope"... argh.

So, after two hours I found the solution: cast off. This provoked the jacket to have "semi-sleeves", if you know what I mean. So... a sort of waistcoat for spring, maybe. The mother loved it and it'll be great for the spring when the baby is a bit bigger. And I loved the pattern. The decoration near the collar was sooo slow to work (lots of yo)...

The yarn is soft and lovely. I am happy it worked :) I flew to Spain with the jacket in my bag and it proved to be a lovely present. Soon, pics of Rubén with the jacket on!

Love and hugs, Flavio

Happy new year, fellow knitters!

Hello dear friends!

I am sorry that I haven't posted for so long. School is so time consuming... I have been knitting meanwhile! I will post something soon... The problem is, I have lost track of a few pictures of thinkg I have knitted (a scarf, for istance). But I have done a loooovely baby jacket for Rubén. Will send photos as well!

I am finding very nice yarn here in Switzerland. Wow :)

Oh, by the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR!