Natural Born Knitter

I am Sarena. I live in Geneva. I like to knit.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

August update

Thought I'd better write something, it's been so long. As usual, I've been busy with Molly and life in general. Should be working my socks off to try to get my course finished but that's not been happening and I haven't been doing a lot of knitting either. In fact, I'm not sure what I actually do with all my time.

I do have a FO to show off, after months of cursing and listening to Molly cry every time I worked on it, I finally finished her Bergere de France cardigan. It has lots of mistake but I'm happy enough with it, especially since it still fits her despite it supposedly being for up to three months (she's now seven, would you believe?!). Of course, it's been way to hot here for her to wear it, it's been in the 30's lately, phew, too hot for me, I can tell you. Bring on the autumn I say.

I can't believe we're over half-way through August already and I haven't touched any Christmas knitting yet. I think I have it all planned but I think I'm going to keep it down this year. I did have a helping hand keeping the costs down though, I usually say I will only knit from my stash but that never happens as all the yarn I buy, I buy because I like it and I want to knit it for me! So, luckily a lady in Annemasse, just over the boarder in France, had lots of Garnstudio yarn for sale after she had gone out of business and she's moving and needed to get rid of it, 2CHF (£1.15) a ball, wow, that's cheap! I bought 25 balls for various Christmas projects. I would have bought more but only had 60CHF on me and didn't want to go overboard as my stash is big enough as it is at the moment and I really need to stop adding to it. I was very impressed with my self-control!

I am off to the UK tomorrow with Molly for a month and really looking forward to it, although I will miss Mr H. He will hopefully be coming over for the last week of my visit as it will be my birthday. Again, I will have to try to control my yarn urges as my mum keeps getting beautiful new stock in the shop and I always want it. Maybe I can get Mr H to bring an empty suitcase over for me...

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

The shop is open!

My mum's online store is now open, so go check it out!

I know I've not had much to say for myself lately but I've been kind of tied up with the bairn, which hasn't left me a whole lot of time for knitting, so I don't really have a lot to report on that fromt anyway.

I'm in the UK at the moment, staying with my mum but have to go back to Switzerland tomorrow, so sad but I think Molly will be pleased to see her daddy. Can you believe she's 6 months old this week? Where does all the time go?

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

The Inteknit Café Website

Hey, I know, it's been a while but between looking after Molly and trying to help my mum out with her website, there's not been much time for much else, plus we've been having some fantastic weather lately, so any free time I do have is largely spent outside.

If you have a chance, check out the new website for my mum's shop, it's close to completion now, I believe the shop will be available to use from 3rd July!

Monday, 4 May 2009

Where'd all my time go?

Wow, who'd have thought a baby would cut into my knitting time so much?! There are so many things I want to knit at the moment, mostly for Molly but I just don't have the time, or if I do have time, I don't feel like knitting. At the moment my time is taken up by Molly (obviously), my Montessori course, housework and working on the shop on my mum's website.

I did sit down last night and finally finish the first wool soaker I've been knitting for Molly. It turned out OK but looks huge. I haven't tried it on her yet. I need to put some decorative buttons on the waistband to cover up a dodgy seam but apart from that it's fine. Now I just have to treat it with lanolin to make it water repellent.

I'm still working on the Bergere de France cardigan for her too. It feels like I've been knitting that forever and I'm still only on the back. I seem to have to pull out every couple of rows that I knit too as I keep going wrong. I blame this on tiredness and that I'm not an expert at working from charts, in fact, this is only the second time I've ever worked from one. Plus, the pattern is labelled as 'expert' in the magazine, so that makes me feel a little better. There is a lot of cabelling to be done too.

Quite selfishly, there are also a ton of things that I want to knit for myself at the moment and my Ravelry queue just gets longer and longer.

I really need to try to get some work done for my mum's online store. She wants it live in two weeks, ohh err. There's still heaps to put in the shop, why does she have to stock so much yarn?! How terribly inconsiderate of her! It is looking good though. My friends have done a great job of constructing the site, especially as it ended being a much tougher job than they had orginally anticipated. Better crack on I guess, but not before I show you another picture of my gorgeous girl!

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Are you addicted to knitting?

You scored 65%. You are a recreational knitter. Although other people accuse you of addiction, you are not addicted. Nope. Knitting is just fun. You could quit any time. Really.

See, now, I disagree. Maybe not a complete addict but if it had asked Ravelry based questions ie, the amount of time I spend on there and what's in my queue, I think it would be higher...

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Baby hat

I knit a very cute baby hat for my friend's baby, Rosie. I hope it's going to fit, it's too big for Molly but my friend's baby's only about 3 weeks old, so hopefully it will be OK.

The pattern is Vine Lace Baby Hat from Knitting Daily. I knit it using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino on 3mm dpns. I might knit a bigger one for Molly.

I'm currently knitting a soaker for Molly now that I am using cloth nappies. We seem to be getting on OK with the nappies. So far I have been using terry nappies with Nature Babies wraps. I really like these wraps as all the poppers mean that you can really adjust the nappy to fit properly and so far we have had no leaks, so that is great. I really want to try knitted soakers as I think they might be better for Molly's skin than the PUL wraps. The soaker I'm knitting at the moment is the Wool Diaper Cover from Ottobre Design. I'm knitting it using Rowan Country and Twilley's Freedom Wool.

Friday, 27 March 2009