Birthday Presents

I have been remiss in not showing off the lovely birthday presents I’ve received, so here goes.

I got a gorgeous skein of dark colours from Filomena, which is and will be a one-of-a-kind-never-to-be-repeated-skein.

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Then I got these two balls of (local) cotton/wool blend from Fernanda as well as one of her famous bags.

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Thank you ladies for the lovely gifts, I just have to figure out what I’m going to be making with the yarn :)

 

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TEST KNIT – Krewe (Finished)

A couple of weeks ago I finished another test knit for Lee Meredith. This test started as the Beadish Cowl, but that was only a temporary name, it is now named Krewe.

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WWKIP Day to Pinhão

Here are the pictures of our trip last Saturday to Pinhão. We had a bit of luck weather wise, as we left Porto with it pouring down with rain, but by the time we got to Pinhão it cleared up, it did try to rain while we were having our picnic, but it cleared up shortly after that. The only thing that didn’t clear up was the wind, we had to seek refuge on the terrace of the cafe by the river.

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My Vertices Unite, I was working on section 3 (the black colour at the top)

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Several people were being taught by Joana how to knit during the train ride

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Now I usually take this train up to Marco de Canaveses when I go to my parents’ house, but I’d never gone further up the line, so from here on out it’s views I’d never seen before.

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At this point we’re really close to the river, so close in fact that should the river rise even 2-3m (which could happen during the winter months, due to heavy rainfalls) the train can’t run on the tracks, as they’d be under water for sure.

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A couple of the stops, I was too busy knitting to take photos at every stop :)

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And finally we arrived at our destination, we crossed the tracks and headed to the picnic area.

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Above, the direction from whence we came. Below, tracks heading to Pocinhas.

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The front of the station

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Some swallows decided that the underside of this balcony is a good place to create their nests, there were a whole bunch of them flying around going in and out of the nest.

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Our views from the picnic area

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Below, a winebar next to the picnic area where we ate our lunch

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And my finished Lumpy Space with the ends still to sew in, but which I ended up wrapping around my neck to protect from the wind and from the sun.

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And progress on my Vertices Unite

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While at the cafe, I heard two couples speaking Dutch, so I went over there to say hello and ended up having a really nice conversation with these couples that were from Den Haag and Assen. They’d arrived two weeks ago in Lisboa, rented a car and criss-crossing their way up North.

 

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2014 Westknits Summer Shawl KAL – Vertices Unite

So a while back when the KAL started Stephen from Westknits put up a giveaway on the Raverly KAL forum, where we had to reply to a couple of questions, I entered never expecting to win any of the wonderful prizes, but lo and behold, a couple of days later I got a message saying that I was a lucky winner, and I won my first choice of yarn.

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All yarns were handpicked by Stephen to come up with this colour combination for the Vertices Unite Shawl and were generously donated by Penelope Crafts in Amsterdam. Thank you Stephen and Malia for my gorgeous yarn.

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From top to bottom:
1. Malabrigo Sock in Natural

2. Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Edison Bulb

3. Madeline Tosh Merino Light in White Wash

4. Baa Ram Ewe Titus in Yorkstone

5. Baa Ram Ewe Titus in Coal

 

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And here they all are caked up and ready to be put to use. Pictures of the knitting to come soon (if I can put it down long enough to take some photos that is).

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2014 WWKIP Day – Pinhão

Today I’ll be joining my friends on a train ride to Pinhão to celebrate our WWKIP Day a bit later than usual. If you’re in the neighbourhood, why not join us, everyone is welcome.

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2014 Westknits Summer Shawl KAL – Lumpy Space

Photos I took over the weekend of my Lumpy Space, which I said I would do last, but because my yarn for Vertices Unite hadn’t arrived yet, I decided to start this one, a week later it’s finished (haven’t taken photos yet) and Vertices Unite has been started.

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This knitting was so much fun, I just couldn’t put it down long enough to take photos along the way, it was just this past weekend, when it was basically all done, that I picked up my camera and took these photos, more to come for sure.

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Oh, I used the left over yarn from Smooth Moove except for the green which I used up to the end, and because I thought it needed a pop of colour, I dug around in my left over bags and took out the left over chartreuse and linen from last year’s Wesknit KAL Colour Craving which I used for Section 2 and the bind off. All yarns are Yarn Adventures handdyed by my friend Filomena.  The bag in the 2nd photos was a gift from my sister and her husband which immediately was put into use.

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Portuguese Yarn Clube – 2nd Edition – 2nd Delivery

Paula from Dyed by Alfinete did it again, she produced a gorgeous skein of yarn that I instantly fell in love with.

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The quality of handdyed yarns and handspun yarns I’ve received from the Portuguese Yarn Club so far have been superb. If you haven’t been able to obtain any of this yarn yet, I suggest you try get a spot in the 3rd Edition which should be announced in the next months or so.

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I believe I see a hat in my future, not sure which one yet, but probably along the lines of the Rikke hat or something simple that won’t distract from the beauty of the yarn.

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Pretty Bells

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while listening to Laura Jansen’s Album Bells

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Feline Guard

Found this little guy (gal) on a walk around town enjoying the sun while “standing” guard.

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Graffitti

Just some graffitti I’ve photographed lately.

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