Friday, 21 October 2011

Alpine Shawl

I've been wanting to make a shawl for some time now, and finally I found the right pattern and the right yarn, so here I am.

I love knitted shalws, they all look gorgeous, but since I'm just mastering stockinette stitch, I've decided to make a crocheted one.
I've chosen Alpine Shawl by Cristina Mershon and I'm making it with this yarn: Grignascoknits Loden in the color 607 a very dark green.

Some progress pics:

50 gr.

100 gr.

150 gr.

Almost time for the 200 gr. pic...

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Forest Goddess Happy Dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today I'm really happy, I've finally finished my first Mirabilia!!!
Thanks to the IHSW I picked her up friday evening and I didn't left her until she was finished!
So here she is....

Forest Goddes by Mirabilia
32 ct Lugana By Silkweaver in Dusk
DMC floss and Mill Hill Beads as listed
02/2009 - 10/2011

Of course it doesn't take more than 3 years (OMG!!!) (I got wrong, I started her on February 2009, not 2008, so it makes more then 2 years - OMG as well!!!) to finish her, but before her I had just stitched very simple things like LHN, so it wasn't easy to learn how to tackle with all those colours! Also it's my first beaded project and I've learned that beading while stitching isn't really wise, that's why JGF didn't saw a bead yet.

Anyway, I loved to stitch her, she was the first I fell for when I first discovered Mirabilia, and still now is one of my favourites.

I really like the beads around her head:

I think it took me so long to get her finished because of her skin: at the beginning I was making it over 2, then I saw a Mirabilia with the skin made over 1, I decided that it was just gorgeous and I had to make my FG over 1 too!
So I frogged what I've already stitched and restarted it over 1..... it was a nightmare!
So I frogged again and re-restarted over 2....
Then I think I got mad, fallen in love with over 1 now, frogged, re-re-restarted...
In the end I had to confront the truth... I would never finish her, stitching over 1 was really upsetting me, I didn't like the way it was turning out, I got immediately tired when stitching it, so I took my final decision, and finally she had all of her skin done over 2!

Here's a close up of her face, I think she's nice, even if it's not over 1

Hope you like her, and expect another Mirabilia Happy Dance by the end of the year...

Thursday, 13 October 2011

A month later... I have autumn

Finally autumn is coming my way! It's still really hot in here these days, but just while the sun is out, while the evenings are turning quite freezy.

The other day me and my boyfriend made a little stroll in the woods near his house searching for sweet chestnuts. This year the weather hasn't been perfect for them but we manage to find some.

I really enjoied spending an hour in the nature, with just the sounds of the wind through the leaves and the water flowing by. This is what I call a simple peasure that makes my day!

Sorry for the blurry picture but clearly photography is not for me!!!

P.S.: I've just signed for IHSW for the first time, I really need to dedicate a little time to stitching, all my wips have been neglected so much in the last couple of months!
I think I'll try to finish Forest Goddess which looks like that right now...

I've made my final decison about her skin, and I'll make over 2 beacuse the fabric is 32 ct and I really can't stand making it over 1. Plus I've made the skin of JGF over 2 on 28 ct fabric and I think it looks just nice, so over 2 will be!