Thursday, 20 August 2009


It's starting to get cooler here in London, although I've heard that is going to get warmer later on in the week.
As mentioned in my last blog post, here is the project that I'm currently working on.

The pattern was in Lets Knit magazine last year and I fell in love with this cropped jacket pattern, Mimi, from Begere de France. I meant to knit last winter so I can wear it in the summer but now I should hopefully be finised by next spring. I bought the yarn from Disswool where I found out that the Esterellle in Calpico has been discontinued so the lady helped me find altertive colour which I prefered more than the one in the original pattern.
I've only manged to knit part of the left front, I'm not too sure how to cast on extra stitches for the sleeve (the cardigan is knitted in one piece). Any tips will be wellcome. Hee Hee Hee. Yep, I'm kind of stuck. I also want to learn how sew up the side of the cropped jacket using the mattress stitch. Still so much to learn.

Monday, 17 August 2009

and the Winner is.....

On Friday I put the names of fellow bloggers into envelope and my colleague picked out Maria. Congratulations. I will e-mail you my e-mail address and we can arrange to get the book sent out to you. Here are the photos that I promised in my last blog post.

It is such a lovely book that I want to make everything and it is clear that Claire put a lot of time and effort in writing such lovely and practical children's knitting clothes patterns.

I also managed to take some photos of the prize that Kyoko and I won at the book launch:

The Debbie Bliss Eco Fair Trade Collection pattern book and 10 yarns in cream and here is the pattern that I have chosen.

I'm working on a knitting project at the moment and I will show you my WIP in my next blog post. So this will have to wait.

Hope you all have a lovely week and those of you in London, enjoy the good weather while it last.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Book Signing and Giveaway!!

Despite the torrential rain last night, Kyoko and I went to Claire Montgomerie book signing of her new book 'Easy Kids Knits' at Loop. When we arrive, we found the shop full of happy knitters each holding a book. I bought two signed copy, one for myself, and I would like to give the other signed book to a lucky (more about being lucky later) blogger. So to enter the giveaway just leave a message on this blog post and I will draw a name in on Friday 14 August 2009.

Thank Kyoko for the photo: Me with Claire (me with flat and frizzy hair after the getting drench despite having an umbrella)

It is such lovely book, just like the author Claire who spent hours knitting for the book for the past year. The knitting pattern age group goes from 3 to 10 so I have got some time to knit something for my daughter aged 5, as you probably know by now that I take months/even years to do anything. When we brought the book we both got a raffle ticket for the prize draw and then went to have dinner at Ottolenghi and planned to go back to Loop to look at some yarns afterwards.

Photo taken by Kyoko

The food was great and dessert was very yummy . We both had the Passion fruit Meringue Tart which is highly recommended! When we were finishing our dessert, we got a phone call from Sarah saying that we have both won the raffle prize! We were both shocked and very happy of course. There were only two prizes and imaging Kyoko and I both winning?! So we were both giggling like school girls and left Ottolenghi to collect our prize of 10 balls of Debbie Bliss Eco range and her Eco Knitting pattern book. How lucky. Thanks Sarah and Claire!!

I will post some photos of the signed book and all other stuff tonight, so keep posted.