Christmas Projects – II

On 2008 I have design a desk calendar with some personified me & J icons. This was a gift to J on Christmas!

January to April

 

May to August

 

September to December

Every icon of each month is personalized, like for example, the color difference between me and J on the Summer: I always get darker with the sun, but J always stay white. Hope you like it!

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Christmas Projects – I

This year I have started to do some illustrations. My first illustration was on Valentines Day – my gift to J. I have drew us together and have printed in photograph paper. It came out beautifully!

Would you be my Valentine – February 2010

When my parents were celebrating their wedding anniversary I have done a similar drawn but with the two of them when they were young. They loved it! And they loved it so much that they asked me to do a similar illustration to their friends so they can give it on Christmas. Adding this to my other Christmas projects, I am guessing I will have so much work to do on the following weeks!

Inspirational colors

I love to surf on the web, searching for inspiration and maybe new projects to make.

I love the colors on Baby Panzner Blanket – Greenway (Ravelry) by Donna Yacino.

Baby Panzner Blanket – Greenway (Ravelry) by Donna Yacino

Having in mind my last post, I am super interested on buying some Capra Cashmere yarn, with 85% Merino Wool and 15% Cashmere. Have you seen the range of colors? Wonderful! Unfortunately this store is in the US, I have to find some European shop that sells this.

Capra Cahsmere yarn, on Knit Picks

Book Reviews

Since I can now say that I have quite an acceptable library, I have decided to start a new category on this blog: Books Reviews (that you can easily access on the Categories menu on the left, selecting “Books”.

Today’s book is “The Knitter’s Book of Yarn”, by Clara Parkes.

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn“, by Clara Parkes

First of all I want to say that I knit since I can remember, but I always found it difficult to find good yarns on my country (quality/price). Thus, four years ago (when I start working) I started buying yarn in other countries. But lately I realized that I needed to learn more about my material. I wanted to know the characteristics, the small nuances from type to type that make all the difference in a finished project, what type of yarns suit best my projects. This brought me to a quest: find a book that could teach me more about my yarn. After an exhaustive search, I came upon “The Knitter’s Book of Yarn”. It seemed interesting, therefore, I order it. I am glad that I have done so.

I haven’t read it all, but I have read the first chapters that talk about the basic types of yarn (protein, cellulose, cellulosic, synthetic fibers), explaining the general characteristics, how is it made, and what to expect when knitting with them. These chapters fascinated me because I am currently with different projects at hand and each with a different type of yarn. While reading it I could feel the yarn, look at the details referred on the book and compare the materials. It was so fun! From these first chapters I can say that I took a valuable lesson: now I am sensitized to look to the yarn labels and best select my yarn. This lesson is also applicable to my clothes, since by looking at the label, I will know, for instance, if the yarn is suitable for my sensible skin, if it stretches, if it is itchy or too heavy for that design.

Now I am reading the chapters that describe how the yarn is made in general. Parkes gives an insight on farm yarns, fiber festivals, how the color is added to the yarn and much more. The latest chapters on the book explain how the different types of yarn can be putted together, adding some patterns (that seem very simple, but I have not yet tried any) for testing!

I think one should look at this book as a reference, not as an exhaustive yarn characteristics’ description manual. “The Knitter’s Book of Yarn” fulfills my expectations, therefore, I recommend it!

Knitter’s Book of Yarn