Saturday, November 22, 2008

Moonlight sonata shawl

This is my current knitting; the shawl for my niece. I found the pattern at and even though it´s not a difficult pattern to knit I refer to it as "the shawl of many mistakes".
Knitting shawls are so amazing...there´s a lot of knitting and the "WOW" doesn´t occur until after blocking

Friday, November 14, 2008

Feather and fan shawl

The feather and fan shawl has been ready for a while but since it was a birthday present for my mum it´s been a secret for this blog.

It´s two balls; 200 grams of Isager alpacka and I had some problems blocking it or at least figuring out how to block it due to size. The solution was to use the sides of my mattress and 366 needles

Of course the cat helped me!


I use this placemat every 4:th of July and also last week due to election. Done years ago during my quilt haze.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Life in uniform

I´ve adapted to life in uniform, no I did not join the army! I drive a taxi!
The clothing rules are really quite simple.
Where are clothes with company logo that should be visible. The logo clothes are a winter jacket, summer jacket, shirts ( both long and short sleeves an in both cotton and cotton/polyester ), pullover and sleeveless pullover. There´s also a tie for men and a scarf for women. The scarf is nicely made out of silk! The shirts are white and the other clothes are navy.
All this comes in mens sizes, I got an special jacket since the sleeves of the mens jacket where; well a bit too long. I also bought a sleeveless pullover and two short sleeved shirts that I´m resewing into female size. one is ready and one more to go. This is not the most inspiring sewing...
If I wear the sleeveless pullover ( wool/acrylic ) I can wear any blouse as long as it´s white, so I bought five white blouses at Good will...Since I can´t wear them without the sleeveless pullover I only iron the sleeves and the collar. ( my mother think this is horrible....)
With this I can wear uniform style skirts or pants of choise. I bought two skirts at Good will.
I can wear simple style shoes as long as they are black. I bought 3 pairs at of course Good will. In summer I can wear black sandals as long as they have a slingback and I have to wear neutral stocking.
My niece and nephew thought the clothes where "cute"
Navy is not a big thing in fashion this season and finding pants is difficult so yesterday I bought 3 meters of a 80/20 cotton/polyester and I´m thinking of making it quick and simple and use the oneseam pattern for the first pair and then do something more tailored.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Acrylic heaven

I did a search for yarnshopping in Istanbul before leaving and came to Polly at "All tangeled up" I got an adress from her an we went looking...and we looked...and we looked and then we gave up and then there it was. On a inner courtyard where a lot of yarn stores and other textile merchants. I found two wool yarns but nothing that I liked.

Fur yarn was very popular as was a kind of balls in a thin string, when knitting with it it looked like a net with this balls in squares, of course this was 100% acrylic and of course I missed taking photos!

Here are some other shots too. Spice bazaar, carpet of the blue mosque ( I will never complain about vacuuming again!) and spices