Friday, April 28, 2006

Knitting and shopping!

We have had some very nice days traveling to Stockholm and Helsinki. Most of the time we where taking it easy - doing a little sightseeing and shopping. We did not joining the party-people on the boat, when falling asleep at ten in the evening - that is what tired parents do when they take a brake. At least that is what we do. He did some reading ( he started and finished "The Da Vinci Code" of 600 pages...) and I did some knitting. I brought 3 skeins of Calmer and started knitting "Bliss" from mag #39. Three skeins was rather optimistic, 'cause I did not even finish one skein.

And then it was the shopping....I do not know how much money I spent, and I most certainly do not want to know.... In Helsinki I did not see any knitting-shops, but we found a very large book-store. They had a lot of titles but I just bought "Scarf Style" and the Crochet magazine.
In Stockholm I went to two shops. The first stop was Wincent who sell Rowan yarn. I sort of had some ideas on what to buy, but I had some difficulties deciding. The yarn I finely bought was 7 skeins Cashcotton 4 ply and 9 skeins of the new Natural Silk Aran. Then I went to Nysta and bought 4 skeins Debbie Bliss Pure silk in purple and 1 skein Colinette Giotto in a very bright pink.
I also did some shopping for my kids, our home and for skin-care. The mug and cups are from the Finnish Marimekko design. It will be great for hot summer days. I also bought a green t-shirt from marines. For the kids we bought several things with Mummin (not pictured here). We are also considering going back to Finland this summer with the kids to visit the Mumminworld.
There are a lot of Clinique here....that is because I tend to have an allergic reaction to a lot of other products. So now my skin will look just wonderful and will not get burned in the summer because I have the sun-care products in the yellow bag. Time will show how much sun we will get.....

Monday, April 24, 2006

Knittacia Returns!

I am sorry that I have not updated my blog this last month. It is because I have had a lot on my mind and not felt like writing. My health is still giving me a hard time, but now at least I have received some test results. There is still some more testing going on, but it looks like I have the celiac disease. That means I have to give up eating everything with gluten. And that is a lot harder then I thought, 'cause there is a lot of things that contains gluten that I would not suspect. I bought myself two books about cooking without gluten. So far I have only tried baking one bread. That was not a success, but I will probably figure it out after some practicing.

okay - back to knitting. During the last month I have done some knitting and some shopping. With some Svale from Dale that I had in my stash I crocheted this summer-top. The pattern is from Knit.1, but I did some changes. I like it a lot, but I had some difficulties figuring out the pattern.
When my top was finished I found a 1 year old project in my stash. It is a jacket in Summer Tweed. It is boring and I don't like the smell of the yarn but I think the jacket will look good when finished.
New books and magazines: Knitter's, Simply Knitting, Vogue Knitting, Knitsimple, Knit.1, Spin-Off and two spinning-books.
A few days ago I could no longer stop myself, so I just had to buy some yarn. The new Bamboo from Idena was very tempting. It is 70% bamboo and 30% cotton and is knit up on 5 mm needles. I bought 4 skeins in different colors so that I could knit a slipover for my son.
And this is a very fast project. And I have made the pattern myself. I think it will look great on him.And there was some more yarn coming to me. My better half went to London for a few days, so I made a shopping list and he went to Liberty.
Some more magazines and some Rowan yarn.

And there will be more yarn added to my stash soon, 'cause tomorrow I am flying to Stockholm.
I will give an update on Friday.