Completed: Another Owls Sweater

This sweater was one of the victims of this year’s incidents. First, this wool started as an Aiken, but after knitting most of the sweater I discovered that I didn’t have enough wool (ugh), so I unravelled it and started this owls. What can go wrong with an owls sweater? Soon I also discovered I was going to have the same problem here, but Ingrid came to my rescue and sent me a skein. I checked our ravelry messages and it all started in January. I worked on the sweater and a bit after working on those owls the project stalled. It was the time I couldn’t eat and my eczema was at its worst.

This is the first picture I have from when I was working on the sweater, and it’s from the beginning of March. Gerry was 5 months here and he made knitting in the evenings difficult because this usually happened.

I did the same mods than on my first owls (shaping on the sides instead of the back as the pattern instructs you to do) but I made it a tad longer, since with the other one I have problems covering my lower back while sitting.

This Artesano Aran is my new favorite yarn. It’s very soft and squishy, and things knit fast with it. It has 50% of alpaca, so beware those who are allergic to it. This is going to keep me warm this winter!

Excuse the mess on the table, but I’m working on three sewing projects and I’m taking advantage of having my own sewing space. This would have been impossible last year in our little living room. I love our new apartment. Gerry was a bit moody here and tried to bite me several times. I think he hates my lipstick.

Published also in my Ravelry page.

Crochet rugs

I know I’m late but anyway I want to wish you a very happy and crafty 2014. Usually I don’t like Christmas so much and this year was even worse because I had to work during the period that other enjoy. I still hear people complaining how hard is to come back from vacation. I only know I didn’t have it. But let’s stop mopping. As I usually work from home, I could go anyway to my mother’s place for some days and we event went out a little on New Year’s eve. Not in a really crazy way, we just went for a drink to a bar and talked about… knitting! Yes, we even had two men with us and they were also very interested in it. I even carried with me some circular needles because they didn’t know about them (they are not very popular in Spain) and they touched them and tried to knit some stitches. It felt unusual to me to be with old friends from university and talk about knitting, since it was not part of my life at that moment. But it was very pleasant.

At some point Koen mentioned the crochet rugs I used to make when we lived in Brussels and I realized that I haven’t talked about them on the blog, since that was long before the blog existed. I don’t crochet these days unless I have to but it’s how I started crafting anyway.

It all started when Johanna from our Stitch ‘n Bitch Brussels showed me some beautiful rugs on internet. But the prices ranged from more than €100 to almost €300, and I couldn’t pay that amount at that moment. I had the materials and I had the knowledge, so I started crocheting. I came out with a pattern and Johanna with a different one, but the results were similar. I have made a couple of rugs for ourselves and some more to gift my mother and sister.

This last picture is from our living room of the apartment in Brussels.

Nowadays we have the small rug on the living room and the big one in our bedroom. You’ve probably seen them in some of my project pictures.

My project in Ravelry.