Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Slub yarn, Lace etc.

The yarn's from AmiAmi, it's called AHS Slub Kasuri (the one on the left in the picture of my post from June 16th), it's a lace weight, it's variegated and this is how it knits up:

My swatch for future reference. Scanned with our new scanner that makes whiny noises but scans beautifully and way faster than our old one.

It's funny how, when you meet the perfect one, knitting lace with variegated, slightly slubbed yarn is suddenly the right thing to do.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Musically tagged, 2nd ed.

Total Volume of Music on My Computer:
40.5 Megabytes = 12 songs and 4 parts of songs
I have no mp3 player either, what can I say, I like CDs and my stereo.

What is the last music you acquired?
Funnily enough it was an mp3 - "Amerika" from Rammstein

Song Playing Right Now:
None. My background music today is the TV.
The last song I heard was "Living on a dream" by Right Said Fred while driving.

Five Songs I Listen to A Lot: (i.e. LIKE to listen to a lot)
1. "Hunter"/Dido
2. "Mona"/Mike Batt (guess why?)
3. "Out of Reach"/Gabrielle
4. "I know what love is"/Right Said Fred
5. "Supergirl"/Reamonn

Passing on to 5 4 people:
That's difficult, since this has been around a if you're named and have already done it or don't want to take or leave it.
Lee Ann

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Japanese delights

I don't like Sushi. I don't even want to think remotely of eating raw fish. What I do like, however, seems to be another Japanese specialty: Yarn!

Go here to find beautiful and inexpensive fibres made in Japan for AmiAmi and shipped from Canada for 8 bucks a pop!

The sample cards are free and beautifully made, I am sure no matter what your taste there is something you won't be able to resist.

AHS Slub Kasuri (100% wool) - feels very soft and silky.

Kasuri "fine"

I have two skeins of the AHS Slub Kasuri for 12.30CAD/100g in colourway 34 and 36. I swatched. Ripped it out. Swatched again. Ripped again. All in all four times. The yarn looks a little tiny bit worse for the wear but you wouldn't think that a lace weight handles this kind of rough behaviour without breaking. Well, this one does. And it is really soft. And I love knitting with it. Did I mention I love the colours?

There is also one skein of the Kasuri "fine" colour No. 31 - 100g equals 430m for 7.30CAD and, guess what, I am going to knit socks with it.

Here are two more yarns from their winter collection: The silk wool (soft, shiny, wonderful for 12.70CAD/100g) and Kasuri "medium" which is a worsted 100% wool yarn (7.30CAD/100g).

Two examples from their summer collection, since that is what's interesting right now, isn't it?

The Silk linen for 16.20CAD/100g and the Cotton silk for 17.00CAD/100g.

AmiAmi - you should go!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Pathetic summer knitting

Last night it "cooled" down to about 26° C before I went to bed. That's pathetic in itself.

We had a little "Knit in Public"-meeting at the airconditioned Gare Centrale yesterday, once I'd cooled down from just standing and waiting for the bus and using the metro to get there it was quite enjoyable.

Anything too fuzzy or wooly is out of the question, so what did I do? Start another sock, of course. But it is way to hot to knit in our apartment - I might consider looking "washing machine" instead of "TV" because it is cooler in the basement - and lots more dusty and uncomfortable, I might add. Not to forget the fact that the program tends to get boring after a while.

As of now I expect it will look like that for a loooong while...

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Humpty Dumpty fell off the....wagon!

What do I want to say with that? I don't know, really. It's not as if I quit knitting and hence could call me Humpty Dumpty. I had thought of this title for another long abandoned post and I liked it so I kept it. Recycling is economical, no?

I do know, however, that the humid heat is doing me no good. Can't wait till it is supposed to cool down again starting next Wednesday. And knitting in this weather is no fun. Yarn in sweaty hands...ick, do I have to say more?

Also had a very "I-don't-ever-want-to-do-this-again" medical exam today. This statement proves that I am a wimp, 'cause the logical part of my brain tells me that other things, giving birth for example, are way worse.

To top it off: no knitting news. I wonder when everyone will get bored and stop reading my so called "knitting" blog altogether...

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Studio - again

Just to show that I have made some progress in my "studio":

It's not finished and it is still a mess. I keep changing my mind about the stuff in the shelves and keep rearranging. I don't have a desk yet.

I bet now you go: AGAIN? Doesn't she have anything else to show us? Nope, I don't. I have been knitting on something and I have promised myself I wouldn't start the "I-knit-but-I-can't-show-you-thing" and here I go anyways. You'll get to see it some day, just not now.

Have you checked out knitcast yet? I bet I am running behind the crowd as always, but I think it's brilliant and I would love to hear a new interview every day.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005


Ok, ok, I admit it, I am an IKEA junkie. But look, how can you not like it when they sell things like this:

One or two more of these nifty cubbyhole dividers and it looks like I have my own little yarn shop - of sock yarn, of course.

As you can see things progress in my "studio" (just sounds soo much better than office, and I do creative work in there, so...) and a few more trips to IKEA should solve almost any problem.

Happy birthday, Véronik!

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." (Anaïs Nin)

Thank you for letting me have a beautiful new world!