Friday, May 28, 2010

I've Been RAKed

And not a little bit, no A LOT! Ravelry's Yayayarn sent me a huge parcel, stuffed with the most delicious yarns! I felt awestruck and was jumping up and down the house when I saw all the yummy fibers she sent over. Lot of pictures coming up! Please click them for a better look.

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Ten balls of Artesano Inca Cloud 100% Alpaca :)

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Eight skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton in color 634 Periwinkle. Very soft and yummy!

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Eight balls of Hjertegarn Merino Silk, 60% Merino, 20% Silk, 20% Bamboo in color 8377. It's very nice, soft and shiny! I love it!

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Four balls of Hjertegarn Merino Silk, 60% Merino, 20% Silk, 20% Bamboo in color 8629. I love this color too and the purple shades go very well together so I might end up doing some colorwork to combine them.

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Two balls of Rowan Classic Yarns Cashmere Tweed in Pewter. This is so oncredibly soft and nice. I love all the little flecks of color in there.

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Four skeins of Koigu Premium Merino in color 2300. Very pretty and one of my favorite colors.

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One skein of The Natural Dye Studio Sockyarn in a wonderful color named "Mirage". Absolutely gorgeous.

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And last but not least, three skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Wisteria. This is so me! The pink, the purple, the blue! Awesome!

Thank you so much, Yayayarn! For letting me meet all these new yarns. I've never worked with any of them before so I can't wait to cast on. With all the sock yarn, I'm sure I will get back into my sock knitting mojo, I haven't knit socks in a while, but I'm sure I will cast on for a pair soon.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Doily That Would Make My Grandma Proud

This weekend I started working on a doily, the pattern can be found here: Ruby's Pineapple Medley. I'm using a 1.50 mm crochet hook and mercinized, white cotton that I got at the supermarket.

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I love making doilies, there is something very satisfying about crocheting them, though I haven't made that many, I simply don't know what to do with them! They just don't fit in our interior so we don't use them in the house. What I love about them is that they remind me of my grandmother. She crocheted a lot of doilies when I was a kid. I never had the patience to learn how to crochet back then. Instead, I messed up her cotton by making a huge "spiderweb" in the livingroom. It's ironic now that I think of it because I was scared to death of spiders in those days and secretly, I still am! My dad recently told me he had played pretty much the same way with his grandma's cotton when he was young. But he pretended that the threads were electricity wires.

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My grandmother even made full sized (dinner)tablecloths, something I still don't have the patience for! What I do hope to make in time are crocheted lace bowls, like these: Lace Bowl and Filigree Bowl. Unlike the doilies these would go very well in our house!