The top came out great. It fits nicely (even though knits can sometimes look huge!) and I love the neckline with the ruffle, which gives just a little (ahum) boost to my bust.
Pattern: Yoke top
Yarn: Drops Alpaca, both single and double thread.
Needles: 4 and 5 mm, knit in the round.
Size: I knit size L, and probably would have gotten away with a size M. I also realize I don't like knitting this much stockinette, but the promise of the yoke kept me going :) I did not use as much yarn as indicated, so I will use the leftovers for some nice cuddly toys!
The shawl took a bit more tweeking. I realized I had to double it over to actually block it properly, and luckily I had the right side up. Because I saw this:
To make myself feel better, I put Kenny to work today. First he kneeded the dough for a walnut cake, which was (actually still is) delicious:
I got Kenny last week, as even though I am totally smitten by the KitchenAid, the price tag threw me off a bit. And this one was affordable, so I just snapped him off the shelf and took him home, where he is now a fixed member of our household staff. I'm now saving up money for the attachments, especially the pasta ones and the mini mill, for the Kenwood Little Chef. If you have any and aren't using them (just in case), please consider me as a worthy cause for donation. I have noticed that the attachments are a lot cheaper in the UK, so I will probably cave in on our holiday in a few weeks and return back home with a few extra bits in my suitcase.
On another note: stash enhancement
How I do it, I don't know... But every time someone donates yarn to our SnB group, I end up taking loads of it home. Is it that I can't resist the yarn or can the yarn not resist me? Apart from the odd ball that will disappear straight into my stash box and will be used for whenever I want to hook up a crazy bag again, here's my loot:this but then bigger. Still thinking though. Might also turn them into some celestines ;)
this, but might totally change my mind when glossing through my own knitting magazines.
Aafke knit a great top out of this in blue, so I asked her for some advice on how to knit with it. For some reason, I fell in love with this pattern (yes... more stockinette... sigh...) and I have the audacity to think I can knit it in a size Medium (haha...).
Marieke's NiddyNoddy to skein it up a bit for dyeing, after I had been to her house to fondle some yarn. She sells this you see:
That nearly was my update for today! To finish off some baby sockies I knit for my niece last week, and which are already becoming too small. I'm now knitting her some new ones in a size bigger. Babies do grow so fast!!!