The City of Crochet

Crocheting...an escape from everyday life in Europe as I face the perils of yarn shopping in a foreign country and dealing with all of the crazy looks I get for crocheting & knitting on the public transportation system.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Remember when....

I said that this year was turning bad? Here is it the end of Janaury and I am back in Zurich for the whole week. I drove down yesterday and will be here until Friday. Oh joy of joys =) I brought some crochet and knitting with me, but odds are not high that I will have time to get anything done - I am going to be swamped I fear!

I have a ton of photos to share, but unfortunately no time to download right now. I did finish my Booga Bag finally....Well the bag is finished. I still need to do the handles. I am not so happy with the bag - it really curls badly. I can hope that felting will solve that problem; but for some reason I think it will make it worse and just felt the curl in on itself =(

I also finished some other small little projects and made some decent headway on others. I am liking this little bit at a time approach although I do keep starting new projects all the time and not finishing very much. Stash busting is coming along though. I am working on a baby hat for a friend with some stash yarn.

Okay, work is calling. Will update everyone soon with pictures and more.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Crafting progresses and the first FOs for 2008

Its Sunday and my liver has declared war on me for subjecting it to 2 days of going out for dinner and drinks with friends. We had the most fun time, and even the bf had a fun time with a bunch of "English speakers".

I have found some crafting time in all of this, and would like to show you the recent status of the Booga Bag:

Booga 1c

It is really coming along nicely! I love the colors together and can not wait to finish it and get it felted. I am making the stripes smaller as I go up so we will see how that one turns out. Only 18 more rounds to go and then the handle!

AS for the mystery project, it has shaped up nicely from a bunch of strips of garter stitch into these:

Deserts 1 Jelly Sandwich Tartlett

Play Yarn Food...of Yarn Play Food as my niece refers to them. I had the Jiffy Knits books home with me in December and she looked through it and in all seriousness said to me "Aunt Kim, maybe one day you'll be good enough to make me play yarn food." Little did she know that she was getting cupcakes from me for Christmas, but now she will have a bigger desert selection and of course a Strawberry Jelly Sandwich! =)

For those not able to find the book, Jean Greenhowe does have some free patterns available for play food found HERE

Do I count these as one finished project or as 4 since they are all different patterns? Hmmmm.....

I hope that everyone has had a great weekend and I will leave you with a picture of a little flower pin a wonderful friend sent me from Argentina. I had e-mailed a blog thank you post but it appears to have gotten lost when I look back, so here is another thank you to the wonderfully kind and generous Vik!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

A quick teaser....

HI everyone!

2008 looks to be even busier for me than 2007 and I'm not sure how this has happened!

I have to run out to go to work and if today is ANYTHING like yesterday, I'll not be getting home until after 10 again tonight.

Here is a little bit of what I've been working on.....


A mystery set of projects done in Garter-Strips for my neice. A Rainbow blanket for a co-worker. A mini-snowman for my nephew. And a doily.

There are about 10 other projects I am also working on.....nothing is getting finished (none of those above are done) but a large number are getting close and then I'll be on my way for 2008 with a nice start on my resolutions!

When I was about 7 or 8 I reiceved a Swiss Army knife. I thought I was THE coolest girl in town. All the little gadgets and gizmos I could use while out exploring and adventuring with the boys. While in Switzerland I saw the newest version of the Swiss Army knife and had to laugh at what technology has done to society....

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

...the First Post of 2008!

A little bit late, but none the less here it is! The first of the 2008 posts!

I am in Zurich again this week – a nice start to the New Year…hopefully this will not be the trend for the year!

To start with, some numbers.....

1 Cascade 220 Wool 6492
2 Patons Classic Wool Merino 5456
3 Noro Kureyon 4552
4 Caron Simply Soft 4147
5 Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride... 3618
6 Malabrigo Yarn Merino Wo... 3615
7 Lily Sugar'n Cream Solid 3536
8 Koigu Painter's Palette ... 3259
9 Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solid 3033
10 Noro Silk Garden 2974

Ever realize that you have missed something somewhere? I look at the top 10 yarns (based on # of projects listed beside each yarn) and I realize that I have only ever used 3 of the 10 (#3, #4 & #7)….that would be considered failing back in school. Of the 7 that I have not used, I currently have 3 of them in my stash (#2, #9 and #10) So I can at least get up to 60% which would be a D-. The remaining four all need to be on-line ordered, so it might take some doing to get them into my little hands, perhaps an order for my trip home during the summer?

So resolution #1……to make a project with all 10 of the 2007 year end top Yarns based on Projects.

Resolution #2…..to finish 52 projects….one for every week…..I know better than to say I will finish 1 project each week =)

Resolution #3…..to use for at least 26 of the projects in #2 yarn that already exists in my stash…should be an easy enough feat considering the size of my stash

Resolution #4….to not buy any more yarn patterns unless the pattern is to be used as part of a stash buster

Resolution #5…….to make at least 2 projects from both the 2008 Knitting Pattern a Day calendar and the 2008 Crochet Pattern a Day calendar

Resolution #6…..to finish all of my currently existing WIPs
Now on to the non-yarn related Resolutions…..

Resolution #7….to lose at least an additional 15 pounds from my current weight

Resoltution #8….to travel to at least 2 of the places on my list of Places to See Before I Die list; http://landofkimberly.blogspot.com/2005/04/places-to-visit-before-i-die.html

Resolution #9…to travel at least once a month for something non-work related (even if its just a day trip to another city in Belgium)

Resolution #10….to make a decision one way or the other on moving back to the US

Well, I have a lot to do here in Zurich the next few days so I had best get busy!

I hope that all is well with everyone!