Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Signs in Florida (continued)

So... no barking, just knitting.

Christmas gifts

Our girls came home for holidays (this year - to Florida). I always make something they would like for their annual visit. This year they liked a lot of stuff. I took pictures of them wearing their presents. The woolly wintery things look a little bit stupid on the pictures with palm trees and hammock on the back ground. See for yourself:

Pattern: Kendall Snood by Marie Wallin
Yarn: Lion Brand Fishermen's wool
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Pattern: Treccia by MichelleWang
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Alpaca
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Pattern: Longing by Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze Trio
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Pattern: Wave by Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze Trio
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Signs in Florida

I've been always fascinated by the signs that people put on streets and roads in order to explain to the random strangers how they expect them to behave in their town. Being an almost professional stranger I have a whole collection of the signs from different countries. Here are some new ones from Florida.

This sign got me baffled. I've never seen anything like it. Does it mean the maximum swinging speed of a seesaw?

And yes, they do have championships in underwater hockey!!!! Can somebody tell my the rules of this game?

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Here we go...

Here is the first sweater I finished in Florida. It is Mila from Smoulder by Kim Hargreaves. The yarn – Baby Cashmerino by Debbie Bliss (10 balls). I bought this yarn years ago for a totally different project, started it and then changed my mind.

I figured that a roomy sweater made from rather thin yarn can be worn even in Florida (can it? Please, please tell me, it can!) and I was determined to use up all this yarn. So – I thought – a dolman sleeve piece would be the best solution. And I was right (surprise, surprise!) – I had about a yard of the yarn left.  The pattern is really good. I followed it to the letter. The only thing that I don’t like – the sleeves. They are too large for my taste. If I had to make this sweater again (which seems unlikely), I would have added at least 2 or even more decreases on each sleeve for better fit.

Overall I am pleased with the result. The yarn is soft and I love its color. Plus, the sweater is not too worm and looks good with anything (pants, skirt, and even shorts). In my experience yarn by Debbie Bliss doesn’t wear well. We’ll see.

 The photo session wasn’t very successful. I wanted to have a shot while moving (something like in Rebecca knitting magazine) and I got one where I look like a scared raccoon or a bad imitation of the famous painting Scream by Edward Munch.  Anyway, not flattering.