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100% Me

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And so another week goes by. I was busy watching some Downton Abbey's episode, I'm in love with that series, (I am watching the second series at the moment, I bought all the DVD's to the 3° season recently and can't wait to put my hands on the 4 and 5 seasons too).

On monday as many of other knitters I've received the second clue of Ysolda's Follow Your Arrow 2 kal, and started knitting the 2B. I am really pleased about the result so far and I am convinced that Ysolda is a genius.

as I am a bit slow in working on it, I am proud I was able to finish it in time and ready for the next one, since the number of stitches are gradually growing, I dunno if the next week I will be able to finish it within the next weekend.

On Tuesday I was gifted by friend of mine of a big bag of yarn! Her mother give up knitting (I can't imagine I could ever stop to knit) and I was happy to help her to destash. I gave an half of my bargain to my mom that has already started a pullover for my son. I will take some pictures very soon.

and there are some vintage skeins too!!

At least, it was since last year I would working to my website, get a better logo that represents me, a better look etc. The latest I put down wasn't 100% me as I would like to. So on Wednesday I worked hard till 1.00 am to get this:

It was nice, but after a toughtful day, I ended with the consideration that it was too much! So I redesigned it by hand, trying to clean out some lines and give it a better Meme look. and tadah! this is it! It represent me better and I love it!

On my next week I want to put my efforts in trying to find a new blog reader. I am using Bloglovin' at the time, but lately I am not happy with it, and I am testing some as Feedly...but uhm... I dunno if I like it yet.

what's your favorite one? Would you like to share your experience with it? I will be pleased to get your responce!

That's all folks! Have a nice week!

xoxo, Giusy

PS: Vuoi leggere questo post in Italiano? Segui il blog in versione Ita!

 

Pairing, sorting, inventorying (part one)

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I wish you've got a Merry Christmas with your dear Family or Friends, my one was one of the most special in years.

I haven't got the same pressure of years ahead and I enjoyed every moment from the beginning of December, singing Xmas song with my son, lighting scented candles, decorating the home and enjoying the Christmas lunch at my parents house in peace and love, doing some lazy knit finishing to a cardigan I can't wait to wear 'cause is so special to me.

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The day after Christmas is in general the one dedicated to reorder the house and take life the easiest way possible, the Christmas spirit is still around and here in Italy we pack it off only after January 6th.
So today i came up with the idea of make an inventory of all the knitting needle I own.
It is an embarrassing number of needle (I count more than 60 pair), and now i know how many 3.5mm pair, in which  material and how long they are.

So today i sort them for brand and kind, put them into fabric needle case, some are made by me, some are bought from indie designer, register them in a file and I put all my needle cases and sets in a storage box. I made a list also for crochet hooks. And don't forget to list the needles that are occupied in projects bag at the moment so you know where to look for the needle you need at the first time without needs to diving into your needle stash to find them out.  
I love my Mac but, I am a forty-one girl that still love paper and pens so my records are filed into my purple A5 Filofax that's the same one where I take knitting notes for my designs.

To give you some numbers:

- i own needles from six different brand;
- i own them in each format available: long, dpn, circular,  interchangeable
- i own needles made from 4 different materials
- i own a knitting belt handcrafted in Shetland
- i own needles from 2mm to 10mm with some repeated numbers.

Since i have a lot of ongoing project it's good to have a needle stash, but if you are at the begins please let me advise you on buying consciously. As a starter kit is good to have a knitting set. If you can, try the needle before buying the whole set, maybe you can arrange to try them for swatching at a LYS, or borrow them from your knitting friends, so you can see if you like them before buying the whole thing. When I restart knitting I buy some set that today I don't use and like very much, I was drawn from compulsive buying, just because they was the best on the market at the moment, but today... I can say they was not.  
As what I teach at Fattoperfetto, the best advise for knowing your tools is try before buy them, for example now I know i prefer 5" long sharp point metal needle,  for my knitting, except for sleeves and sock, and I like two or maximum three brand.

I also reserved a box for knitting tools as needle stoppers, scissors, gauge and needle size guide, darning needles, markers, blocking wire and blocking pins, etc.

This is just the pairing, sorting, inventorying part one, next days will be the time of skeins and wool stash... Giant!

What's your best advise for storing knitting needles?
Do you know how many needles you own? How do you sort them?


Christmas Time

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Hello!

oh oh, Santa is coming! I am very pleased when Christmas time definitely come to knocks to my door each year, and I feel like I am not so ready enough, I am always late with everything: the Xmas tree isn't yet done, I haven't planned the Xmas dinner, I don't know what to gift to my dearest, Oh... but I think that it is because I would love to prolong the magic of this period, and I would this magical days will never end.
 


I love the Xmas song echoing in the house and to sing and dance with my little one while we do decorations.

I am going to take a break from "All the time Connectivity" here are some picture I took on those calm and selfcare time.

Have a Lovely Xmas.

Xoxo, Giusy


Autumn or Fall - this is my favorite season

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If you follow me for a long time, you may already know that this is my favorite season. It wasn't so when I was young, in my early age I couldn't wait for summer and the end of school, to meet friends and go to the sea, but growing up and getting age, Autumn or Fall, call it as you like it, is became my favorite season. Maybe because in this period I start to think about knitting everyday, designing more complex garments and because October is also the month of my Son's birthday, we turned Five and no need to say that I am so so in love with this little boy.

Something new happens this month in my life and I am really happy and proud of what I am doing, a step at a time, and I have to Thank You all the wonderful people that are at my side and believe in me and to those who are supporting and are giving me the opportunity of being myself to share the love and my experience about knitting to a larger audience online and inlive locally.

I am going to teach my first ecourse on Fattoperfetto.com about Knitting Swatches, Tension and even more. This new website was creates with a concept of an online communitity - and craft ecourses offered by experienced teachers - in mind, something that in Italy isn't still live and loud. I know it will take some time before the website starts to become popular, but I am happy to be the first teacher to open the dances.

So this past weeks I edited the class material, designed a new pattern as an exclusive for my ecouse students, and can't wait to start on November 10.

I also finished to knit my new knitwear design. It's a shawl, so I am going to start editing the pattern, this time it will be available in English and also in Italian. I asked my fellow follower for Ravelry  ID on the Facebook page if they want to be count into my possible testers list for the pattern when it will be ready, if you feel you want to be listed in too, send me yours on Facebook or Ravelry I may choose 8 testers very soon from the list.

That's all for now folks!

Have a wonderful Autumn Fall start!

Xoxo, Giusy