Wednesday, March 25, 2015

sailor top

Spring is here, and I've been thinking of summer already.
Last weekend I decided to sew this short sleeved top, using a lightweight striped cotton I've had on my stash forever.

The pattern is the Sailor Top, by Fancy Tiger Crafts, which I can easily see becoming one of my favourites this summer.
I followed the pattern for the XS size without any changes, but the next time I sew this I'll have to change the back neckline because it ended up a bit large and gaping (see last photo). Other than that I'm really pleased with how it turned out .. so much that I'm already choosing the fabric for my next one :)

Monday, March 23, 2015


My Larch cardigan is finished ! I had a few minor problems with this pattern, but the end result is actually quite nice and wearable. It was my first time knitting with Malabrigo Arroyo, and so far I'm very happy with this yarn - makes really soft garments and the colours are stunning. It did grow a couple of inches lengthwise after blocking, but I suspected it would so I knit the body and sleeves a bit shorter than usual.

Pattern: Larch Cardigan, by Amy Christoffers
Yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo, in Reflecting Pool (about 3.8 skeins)
Ravelry project page here

Changes: knit seamless set-in sleeves from the top down as detailed here

Sunday, March 01, 2015

mystery shawls

For the past 6 weeks all I've been knitting were these two shawls, so it feels really great to have them done. Having decided to take part in Ysolda's Follow your arrow mystery KAL for the  second time, I also made up my mind to knit two of them, preferably using opposite clues.
Both of them were knit using smaller gauges than what the pattern asked for so in the end they turned out smaller than most, but just the perfect size for me to wear.

Pattern: Follow your arrow 2, by Ysolda Teague
Yarns: Holst Garn Noble in Flint (grey shawl) and Fyberspates Lace in Tracle Toffee (caramel shawl)

The grey shawl is a BBABB and the caramel is an AABAB. 
Ravelry project pages here and here.

(the more accurate colour for this one is shown in the last photo)

Sunday, February 08, 2015

♥ casa das penhas douradas ♥

These last weeks it's been all about snow. Three weeks ago we spent the weekend at one of our favourite hotels in Portugal - Casa das Penhas Douradas - and last week we went on our annual ski trip to the Alps, where we enjoyed the biggest snowfall in recent years.

But more about this lovely hotel which is located near the top of our highest Portuguese mountain, Serra da Estrela. We'd been here for the first time a couple of years ago, and came back not only for the scenery, the very comfortable facilities, but also for the delicious food (which was not as spectacularly amazing as two years ago, but still very good, especially the desserts). We were also very lucky because it snowed. Quite a lot, in fact, which is not so common in Portugal, but made for a great weekend (I think the photos probably speak for themselves :-)

I still didn't manage to visit the Burel Factory this time, so I guess I'll just have to come back for a third visit next year ...