When will then be Now?

It’s only one more day until I embark on my fabulous trip to Italia! My packing is not nearly done but I got my passport and euros!  I’m very anxious about getting there and doing all the fabulous sightseeing but cannot help feeling nervous about being the "responsible adult".   I guess that should come with the territory of being one of several chaperones for the 30+ female teenagers going. I can just see me scolding one of them to "get off the back of that vespa, do you even Know him?"

Of course I am beyond excited about touring a country I’ve never been to.  I did a little research on yarn shops and have chosen only two to try to go see in Rome. Lana Della Vecchia has been mentioned on a few blogs and looks like a must see and perhaps purchase place. The other is Filati Filpucci a suggestion by Yuvee.  I figured I wasn’t going to make a huge list of shops because I really don’t know how much free time in Rome I will have.  I will just have to plan another trip to Italy… I’m thinking next time, Florence!

Cherry WIP

I’m almost done with the back of Cherry and want to maybe finish that before I go so I can work on the fronts and sleeves while I’m away.  I also am bringing a new project with me.  The Rutabaga bag from the spring 2007 Knitscene.  It’s time I took the great advice of the Worsted Witch’s blog and become a little more eco friendly.  (Also my dear friend Patricia said it’s time I stop using plastic bags!)

Rutabaga

I probably won’t be able to do much checking of emails while I’m away so keep on knitting and creating and I cannot wait to get back to see new updates and to tell you all of my Italian travels! 

For now when I should be packing I feel more like prepping the pallet for the goodies that are in store.

gelato

I hope everyone has a lovely end of June and one Happy 4th of July!!  Talk to you Soon!

Ciao!
M

Ciao Bella

Nothing like a FO  to bring you back to good spirits!

Ciao Bella

Pattern: Retro Redux Shrug from Lace Style
Yarn: Blue Sky Dyed Cotton, color 626 – two balls
Needles: Size 8, 9, 10 and 10.5!! I used all circulars

I spent the majority of last Sunday and Monday knitting it up and finally got it finished today.  The pattern was uber-simple as the main body really is just a large rectangle.  The different needles are used for the shaping which took a lot of thought out of it.  Thoughtless knits is what has been my Savior this week!

With my fantastic trip head of me things at the school office seem to be picking up rather than slowing down for the summer.  I won’t get into too much detail as not to bring this happy FO post to a Debbie Downer but sheesh I think I’m more stressed now that I was in the height of my admission season!

Bella

Anyway this shrug was such a great easy therapeutic knit for me.  I plan on sporting her to every church, museum and chapel we visit in Rome.  Perhaps I’ll even do a little pseudo modeling in front of the Spanish Steps… yes yes these thoughts are making me feel better!   The only teeny concern I have is how much the cotton will shed.  It’s already left a good amount of fluff on the dress I was wearing…

I’m back to working on Cherry which will be joining me on my planes, trains and boats in Italy.  I want to bring another project with me as well to keep things interesting but haven’t decided what.  Time to go Ravel in what to make…

Skyline Knitting

Before I had my wonderful conversation with Blue Sky I was out at Pier A park doing my part for World Wide Knit in Public Day! (I’m the one wearing the seafoam blue tank top and the crazy frizzy hair..)

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We had a wonderful turn out of knitters, crochers and spinners!! I also don’t think we could have asked for a more perfect day.  The sky was overcast and we were getting quite the breeze off the Hudson.  Let’s not even discuss the view.  I do not think I will ever get used to the beautiful New York skyline.  It could be morning, raining, late night or what have you and I will always stop to stare in awe.

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We had knitters come from Jersey City, Bayonne and northern Jersey and we even got other Hobokenites who were either just walking in the park or going for a jog to stop and inquire about how to join us.  We all decided that we couldn’t just do this one day of the year and thus have agreed to plan more fun outdoor knitting/crochet/spin events like this one.

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I had such a fun time! Thanks to Lisa and Denise who helped put this thing together. I cannot wait for next time 🙂

When Blue Sky talks, you listen

It’s a wonder why I make any decisions regarding my knitting. It always happens that I will become inspired at the last minute and thus impulsively purchase yarn and feverishly cast on.  It happened with Fifi and even my CPH.  Now it’s the shrug for Italy I am naming, Bella.  The pattern is the Retro Redux Shrug from Lace Style.  I had originally planned on making the Little Silk Shrug but I had trouble picking the yarn to use.  I’m most likely going to be wearing this in Italy where the weather will be warm and I just didn’t want wool in any shape or form be in the yarn.  I just needed a little push to make the decision.

All this and my  time was growing short (can it really be next week already!) All this anxiety and a seemingly quiet time in a yarn shop will cause one to think that the yarn itself is speaking to you.

Blue Sky Cotton

Yarn: "Pssst. Over here!"

Me: "uh, what the…"

Yarn: "Yeah you, girl with the blank look on her face. I’m talking to you."

I turn to see that a skein of Blue Sky Cotton is just glaring at me…

Me, thinking: Seriously, next time lay off the $1 drafts at karaoke night. Water down beer causes delusions and bad hangovers.

Yarn: "Oh hi, do you need your hearing checked or something?  Anyway let me get to the point, why oh why are you troubling yourself with that dinky Little Silk Shrug when you can do a bigger one, and in my humble cottontany opinion,  a nicer one with moi!"

Me: "Oh… well, I just thought that it would knit up quicker…"

Yarn: "Quicker smicker, look at yourself! You and I both know that you will not be able to put me down and this will be done by the weekend let alone when you need to leave for your precious little trip."

Me: "Well, yeah, uh I guess you’re right."
I so cannot believe I am having a conversation with yarn.

Yarn: "You realize I can read your thoughts and believe it sista… "

Me: "Oh really.. Wel… then, what am I thinking right now."
Hmm, this is random enough: double scoop vanilla ice cream cone.

Yarn: "Stop wasting our precious time Ms.Double scoop vanilla ice cream cone eater. So are you gonna get me or what. Listen I’m 100% cotton here and I gotta a nice shine to me, I also happen to be a nice neutral color oh and there are 3 of me here – come on!  What is the big hold up!? You got the pattern. Just a little ball winding and you can be well on your way…"

Me, with ultimate shock on my face: "Yea. So, perhaps you gotta a point there."

Bella

What can I say, Blue Sky Cotton can be very persuasive (and Pushy!)

– "Hey I heard that!"

Blue Sky Cotton

New knits and Summer Reading

You can truly make a girl feel good about her knits! Thank you thank you thank you! I think we broke my comment meter 😉  I know I’ll be rocking Fifi a ton this fall and maybe cooler summer nights.  There really is nothing better than wraping yourself up in Calmer!

Now is the fun, "what shall I knit next" part.  I’m very picky about what I like to knit.  It must be something that I get excited about – there’s seriously nothing better than feeling so ensconsed in your knitting.  Others might find you crazy and a loof but you and I all know how good it is to be making something you love.

I also can only knit things that I can see myself wearing.  Often times that means some boring stocknette stitching but on other occations (hi Fifi!) it means a little bit more mindfulness.  I also like to try knit things that I may need in my wardrobe.   I found that I wore my CPH hoodie a ton and therefore realize that cardigans would do very well in the ‘wearing’ catergory. Here is the beginnings of Cherry by Anna Bell.

Cherry

I’m using Elann Sonata and so far it’s holding up well.  It’s a very inexpensive yarn and I was worried about the "pay for what you get" quality – but my blocked gauge swatch has a pretty sheen and drape to it so I think it’s going to work out. I got a good start on the back last night and already loving how it’s coming out.

I feel though I may have cast on Frenzy after this. On Saturday I picked up two new knitting books from B&N.  I had a gift card and well what’s we do when we get gift cards… buy knitting  books.

The first book that I was on the hunt for was Fitted Knits by Stephanie Japel…  there are just too many in that book that are screaming to be casted on.  My favs were her Simple Rectangle Tunic and the lacy tube top.

The other book was a last minute spotted out of the corner of my eye impulse purchase – Twinkle’s Big City Knits.  After doing much research on the internets it seems that a lot of people were taken in by this great book and let down by it’s pattern writting but happy with their FOs.   What a knitty emotional roller coaster! I guess my Rowan Vintage Knits experience has been about the same… I have yet ripped up Cherie but she’s soooo needs a full body tune up if I’m going to actually be able to wear her.

I loved 3 patterns out of the Twinkle book: Twiggy Tunic, Shopper Tunic and of course the Bestfriend Cardigan (the Balthazar Vest also got a double take too).  If anything I will probably start with the Twiggy Tunic.  The pattern says to use a DK weight held 4 strands together… but it also says that you can subsitute that with a yarn like Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, but single stranded.  Now I’m still pretty suspect that 4 DK strands would equal one Cotton Fleece strand (and mind you on size 15 needles!).  However, I’m willing to experiement – I just love the cables!!  I would like to use a silk/cotton blend and have been searching the internets for something – any suggestions?   I mean 14 balls of Twinkle Cruise seems a bit too much.

However, I may get a few balls to at least see what that yarn is all about.  In my preperation for Italy I realized that I need to bring a shrug with me in order to wear my pretty thinly strapped dresses around and not worry about when we enter churches or the Vatican.  I want to cover my shoulders in style so am contemplating a few shrug patterns.  Of course I do have my fiery bolero, but I want something more airy and lacy.  I’m eying right now the  Little Lace Shrug which I actually think the Twinkle Cruise might go very well with (perhaps only double stranded… ha).  I’m also going back to my collection of IKs which I’m sure will have a few options there. 

If you got a favorite lacy shrug, let me know 🙂

moulin rouge

Moulin Rouge

This top goes perfect with a nice glass of red sangria.  I’m not too good with the whole "FO evaluation" but I’ll give it a go! The pattern was very well written and the only modification I had was using a tigher gauge.  I had knitted up a swatch with 7s that was a tinge tighter than the required and as you all know over a few glasses of champagne I decided to give it a go because like Nonnahs said – "You can always try it on and adjust as you go!"  Which I did! At first I was worried because it did look smaller but when I tried it on it fit like a glove – the beauty of top down patterns!

Moulin Rouge

I’ve used calmer before in the "Nothing but a T-shirt" shirt I made.  It has such a great give and it’s oh so soft. I am definiteiloy planning on knitting more tops with that stuff… so soft.  And to think I finally have something to show for Project Spectum – welcome June the month of Reds!!

Fifi

And thank you for the well wishes regarding Italy!  I’m going from June 20th to July 4th.  Howevern, I am going as a chaperone so it’s really going to be more a "work" trip.  I will have to deal with 40 teenage girls probably staying up all night, then wandering around the Italian streets driving the locals crazy the next morning.  I’m also the youngest chaperone, so they all think that I will be the one with the amazing energy (ha!).   Although I cannot lie, since I’ve never been you so know that I’m going to be as starry eyed as the girls walking in to the Sistine Chapel.

Our itenerary is packed with walking tours and sightseeing  but we get a few beach days! (Capri!) You best believe I will be taking hundreds of pics while there.  I figure this trip will allow me to see all the important parts of Rome and south so that next time I go I can just enjoy the cities without having to feel I need to do the tourist thing.

Thank you always for poping by the blog! I does sometimes amaze me that I actually have readers! (yea!!) It really has proven to be such a wonderful way to connect to new people and the positive and creative vibes it creates is so phenominal!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekends!

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