Virtually relocated

I’ve joined Brenda and Sally at Artemis Adornments. Why? Because I love knitting, I’m an anglophile and Artemis is the name I’ve given ‘my’ cafe cat in Arinaga. So I just had to…

Artemis, my cafe cat in Arinaga

At the moment I’m writing up a pattern for my Shades of Purple Shawl – check it out!

Las Palmas Knits

I got to meet the group of knitters Las Palmas Knits.

Friday afternoon I met with the knitters at Palacio de las Lanas in Las Palmas. Lots and lots and lots of lovely colour coordinated yarn.

Palacio de las Lanas

Patricia, Birgit, Ana, Violeta, Pilar, Caesu with baby Sienna and I went shopping at the Palacio de las Lanas and then we went with Deborah from the shop to a bar where we had hot chocolate and churros. Knit Picks and Addi Clicks were compared, knitting projects worked on and a lot of talking went on…

Las Palmas Knits

Birgit treated us to a wonderful sushi dinner at Sushi Masa. Really good sushi, with Kirin and green tea. Really good company and lovely hosts.

I had such a wonderful evening – thank you so much all you lovely Las Palmas Knitters!!! Hugs to Pilar for introducing me and for arranging everything and to Birgit for the lovely dinner and the ride home.

Nerdy Knitter Relocated

I love snow and a proper winter. Even so I’ve up and moved myself, my laptop and my knittting to a warmer place on this planet. Just for a few weeks.

I work in the mornings, go out for a walk and a visit to a cafe for lunch, take a nap (Siesta – this is Spain after all!) and work a bit in the late afternoon.

Being a freelancer is quite nice these days.

Location: Playa de Arinaga, Ag├╝imes, Gran Canaria, Spain
Home away from home: Nautilus Apartments

It’s simple and clean with only the basics for a home. The owner is very friendly, speaks only a little English. He has two large dogs and he likes people who likes the dogs!

Monday I met with the lovely Pilar to talk about knitting and plan a visit to the best wool shop in Las Palmas on Friday! Plus I’ll meet a few other Canarian knitters…

Life is good.

GarteRing Poncho

After I finished this poncho I haven’t been cold!

This poncho is an easy knit but not a quick knit as it is quite large. It is knit from the top down, on circular needles. The neck is a loose funnel neck with decorative purl stitch rings that also cover the shoulders. A couple of purl stitch rings at the bottom completes the poncho.

The pattern is for sale on Ravelry.

Keep warm

Not pretty – especially not when someone’s wearing the outfit – but warm.

Use soft wool
Cast on 20 stitches on double pointed needles
Knit 20 rows of garter stitch
Continue in garter stitch while increasing 4 on every 4th round until you have a total of 60 stitces
Continue with 10 rows of garter stitch without increases
Bind off as tight as you can

And… make another one

Buy a bicycle helmet if you haven’t got one – they’re absolutely fabulous if you crash

Keep warm while riding!

Download free pattern.

The beauty of Ravelry

is that it makes us all fell so darn accomplished!

I am addicted to logging into Ravelry and viewing the photos of my own beautiful projects. I savour the ‘favoured’ hearts and the comments. I love to join groups and to add more friends.

I browse the new patterns, I browse friend’s activities, dropping my little hearts everywhere. I find gems all over the place.

There is so much positiveness and I can’t have enought of that.

That is the beauty of Ravelry!

I’ve got blisters on me fingers!

Might have something to with me not doing anything but simple, repetitive tasks all weekend. One large project is finished, or rather, stage one of this last project is finished. The hood is grand, and I’m going to wear it tomorrow and then decide whether to sleeve or not to sleeve…

Knitted hooded vest in garter stitch, by Lisa Risager

I have also cast on for two new smallish projects, one of which will actually end up as a published pattern someday. Yes, we do need another coffee cozy and yes, I have promised to make a pattern, so watch this space!

Knitted and felted coffee cozy for Bodum Bistro coffee pot, made by Lisa Risager