Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

I want a knitted leotard like Rihanna’s

June 3, 2010

Okay, it’s strange, but it’s definitely awesome!

Rihanna wore this onstage in Athens, according to ninemsn. Gotta love interesting knits popping up all over the place. Remember Cate Blanchett’s crocheted dress?

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The prettiest beret in the world

May 11, 2009

Although you’ve already seen it in the photos from yesterday, I wanted to gush about my new red beret :)

red lace

The pattern is the Ishbel Beret by Ysolda Teague, and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed knitting something more. The yarn I used—a cashmere, merino and microfibre blend—was so lovely to knit with too, it just made the whole experience perfect! At one point I had to frog because of a mistake I made in the lace, but I was having a such a good time I didn’t mind at all. In fact, I was even looking forward to knitting it all again, because, well, I’d get to knit it all again.

happy

Can’t say I’ve ever felt that before.

In any case, I now have the most beautiful red beret, the subject of many envious groans. Which means it fits in well with the rest of my wardrobe, the philosophy of which is ‘if it doesn’t make other people jealous, it’s not worth wearing’.

sooooo pretty

Ravellers can find more details here.

Now I’m off to Stitch n Bitch, where I’ll hopefully have a chance to boast a bit more!

Alpacas!

May 10, 2009

alpacas

Today we went to the alpaca expo at the showgrounds. So many alpacas!

such big eyes

It was really more of a breeder’s show-and-tell than a fibre extravaganza, but I was so caught up with meeting all of the alpacas that I didn’t really mind. The whole building was full of small pens which were full of hay and alpacas. So many different colours!

We chatted to several farmers and learnt lots of things about fleece quality and breeding. They talked a lot about which male you should ‘put over a female’ (erm…) and one was very excited that I knew enough statistics to understand her herd averages (who ever thought standard deviation would have such a useful application?).

We interrupted several lunchbreaks

a snack

suri alpacas

and I got to cuddle the sweetest, softest baby alpaca!

cuddles

I was just so amazed by these wonderful animals—they have such personality, and they’re all so different. And such big, liquid eyes! Everywhere I turned, alpacas were sizing me up, giving me that calculated gaze.

staring

There was yarn for sale, and fibre, and knitted hats, jumpers, and scarves. So soft and squishy! I managed to control my impulses, and only bought two small skeins—the first undyed yarn I have ever bought. But with so many natural fleece colours, why would you want to dye this?

alpaca yarn

The larger one still smells delightfully of alpacas, which makes me smile every time I pick it up.

baby alpaca