Monday, October 30, 2006

For Santaram

Hi Santaram,

I think I can help you with a bit of what you were asking for... however, I'd need you to give me your email address, so I can explain it to you. Just leave your email in the comments, and I'll get back to you.


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Fair Trade

Today, I've been working for the company at a trade fair, and although it wasn't as busy as it could have been (I was quite bored a few times), I'm still pretty stuffed tonight (my feet are killing me! K gave me a really good foot massage though, he totally made my day).

When I responded to comments in the last post, I unintentionally left one out. I meant to answer Beta on one of my Oktoberfest posts. First of all, thank you for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed my posts; and I don't think that keeping a Lebkuchenherz (gingerbread heart) for a couple of years is gross (unless you still plan on eating it). I think that a lot of people are doing this, because after a while (or already from the start?), the Lebkuchenherz goes hard like a brick. I actually never thought about eating a Lebkuchenherz, only a Lebkuchen (which is a type of Christmas cookie).
And it's definitely nice that I made you smile, nice to hear that!

Saturday, October 21, 2006


Guys, where did the time go? It seems to be flying lately, and there's so much I want / have to do!

I took a little break of K's sweater and started my Wavy scarf, so I can wear it once the weather turns nasty. The yarn turned out to be quite good, definitely not too flat.

wavy2, originally uploaded by d.knit.

Too bad the light wasn't good. I like the picture though.

wavy1, originally uploaded by d.knit.

Wavy, in its full beauty. It was actually too dark to take pictures, but I wanted to photograph the progress anyway. The scarf's growing, but I'm not sure if I want to make it wider than it is. It's now about 10 cm (4 in), unstretched though; but the more I knit, the less likely I'm going to frog it and cast on with more stitches. Maybe I can make it wider when I block it.

And before I finish up today, thanks again for all the comments on my Victoria Tank! Yes, I did make it myself. No, I don't mind some midriff-baring, as long as it doesn't show too much (the show-off-my-belly days are over); plus, once the straps are longer, the whole tank will reach further down. The pattern was in the Interweave Knits Summer 2004 issue, and I didn't use the recommended yarn. I bought some Rowan 4ply cotton instead, 5 balls to be exact, but only used 4 for the second-smallest size and two gigantic gauge swatches. I have seen a picture of Glampyre's Orangina, and I think that the stitches are the same, too. I think I got the idea for the Rowan yarn from that pattern.
I liked knitting the tank; it's knit in the round, so no seaming - a yay for that! The pattern may look complicated at first sight, but as it's repeated over and over again, it gets easy after a while.

And this is for Heather: I haven't forgotten the translation for the baby booties, so please be (even more) patient with me! If you need the pattern urgently, contact me, and I can email you the pattern in German.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The famous

Last weekend, I went to visit my parents and my sister and her family. We had great weather, and the usual family tiffs. Then, on Monday, my sister packed my nephew in her car, and we drove back to Munich. She stayed till Tuesday night; we did some shopping in the city (no yarn shopping though! My sister is not a knitter... when she talks about knitting something, she says "we can knit this or that", referring to me knitting and her receiving what I knit. I keep telling her that I could show her how to knit, but she doesn't really want to. Oh well.), and do you know who we ran into? In a posh baby shop? (Not that the lady looked any pregnant, she was far from that.) Lucy Liu. And my sis and I were too surprised to take photos. Dammit! (K just said, if we had listened to him, we would now own a hell lot of money - by selling the pictures) It was weird, because we didn't expect to see her, or anyone like her, on our shopping spree. But then again, I wouldn't have wanted to come up to her and ask her for a picture, because she was there in private, with her boyfriend, enjoying the sunny afternoon.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Victoria Tank... or not so

I thought, before I wash and block the Victoria Tank, I should try it on, just to see where it's too tight or too loose, or whatever, so I can adjust it (where possible) when blocking. Oh well...

Victoria tank_1, originally uploaded by d.knit.

This is the first shot of the Victoria Tank, with me inside. I like the length, and I like the width. So far, so good. What I don't like is that I have to keep my arms up, just like in the picture above: The straps are a bit too short, maybe just a centimeter or two (0.4-0.8 in). Dammit! That means I have to undo the already woven-in ends, the seaming for the picot edges, the picot edges altogether, and the crocheted strap helpers. Great. I guess this garment will go in the bin until early spring, and then I'll do the changes.

Victoria tank_2, originally uploaded by d.knit.

Here's another shot, with better light. You can't see much of the armholes, but they do pinch quite a bit, I can tell you!

Mmmmh... mud pie!

Today is Tag der deutschen Einheit (German Day of Unity), which is a national holiday, celebrating the reunification of Germany. As there was no work today, I had time to finish weaving in all the ends of the Victoria Tank, yay! And there were a hell lot of ends, I can tell ya... I'm so glad it's (almost) all done. Now, off to washing and blocking and pinning and stretching - but maybe I should try it on first. Hmm, sounds like a plan! And when I'm done I can knit K's stripey sweater (thanks for the nice comments, y'all!) and finally the pink sweater for me!
I'll leave you with something nice and delish' into this week.

You Are Mud Pie

You're the perfect combo of flavor and depth
Those who like you give into their impulses