Wednesday, 28 June 2006
Finally, finally I took a look at my camera's handbook, and found out how to take really close close-ups! (I love it. This is what I've been looking for so long. And all the time I thought my camera sucked at taking close-ups, but it doesn't!) I'm back in love with my camera, just like I was almost a year ago when I bought it. Oh, and my blog had its first birthday yesterday! Congratulations, blog! My knitting life surely has changed since I have you. I've met lots of nice people, and I have made friends with some of them. And I know, I'm not good at keeping up communication, I'm a lazy e-mailer. My friend Karin from the olden, analog days, can confirm that (Hi Karin! How ya doin? I know I owe you one... I meant to call you ever since your last email, and I will! Eventually) So, if you're waiting for an email-response from me, I haven't forgotten you. I might be thinking of you right now! And I will email you. Eventually. (I'll try and make it sooner rather than later)
Over the past year, my knitting has... grown. I had no idea how many beautiful blogs are out there, how many beautiful things to knit, how many nice yarns and knitting accessories, and that I'm not a freak when I'm willing to pay an expensive price to get beautiful yarn/wonderful needles/a gorgeous pattern/or any of these that need to be shipped here from overseas.
Like the Interweave Knits subscription... it's a fine magazine, once it gets here. (That's another story... the first issue of the subscription takes a trazillion years to get to the subscriber. I don't know if this applies only for the international subscribers, or for anybody. All other issues don't take that long any more though.) In one of their back issues, I think it's the Summer 2004, I found the Victoria Tank and decided to make it with some Rowan 4ply cotton because I couldn't find out if the original yarn from the pattern still existed. (Schoeller Esslinger Fortissima Cotton) Yes, I did ask the yarn company, but they didn't help me much. They sent me a list of shops in my area which sell their yarns, but I didn't particularly feel like going to all of them until I found that yarn. And no, the internets didn't help me much either. (And I didn't feel like ordering German yarn from a shop in the Mid-West of the US to have it shipped back to Germany, when the company that makes the yarn is about 25km/15 miles from my home town) I think it must be either sold out or discontinued or something. Anyways, the Rowan has the same length (I think), and the same gauge, or close enough. I even calculated the yardage! Can you believe that? About a year ago, I wouldn't even have known about this. Anyways, I bought 5 balls of the Rowan in blue, just in case I'd change my mind and would want to start Glampyre's Orangina, which I might make anyway. But then I'd have to find a black yarn...
Anyways, here's a picture of the Victoria Tank:
Yes, it is lace, but it's really easy! Plus, it's basically the same stitches over and over and over again, so you get used to it pretty quickly. I've just started the second ball, and I started the whole thing Sunday a week ago. Surprisingly, it knits up quite fast, but it's the only project I've been working on since I started it. But I have to get to a few other projects really soon... I want to finish some of the squares I made for Grace, and I want to make more squares. Plus, there are a few babies due in a few months, and I want to make something for them as well. Just some booties, and maybe a hat or two.
I'll leave you with two close-ups (it's close-up day today) of some Gracie-squares.
This is some wool yarn (I forgot which one, and I'm too lazy to check) in basket weave stitch,
and this is a cotton yarn (Catania by Schachenmayr, I think) in tulip lace stitch.