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Monday, July 16, 2007

Today I am 32 years old. How do I celebrate my birthday? In airports, plane... in few hours I'll be headed to Romania.
I finished my Latoya tank from berroco.



It is very stretchy. I am still not happy with the straps but I was pressed by time so I didn't make any changes. After this project, I realized that I have to improve my finishing techniques.

My next project (in September) will be Norah Gaughan's capecho. I am also dreaming of designing something by myself. A tank or maybe a short sleeve sweater. Something simple but chic.

Latoya tank vs. Norah’s capecho

Sunday, July 08, 2007



Three days ago I started to knit Latoya from berroco.com (free and gorgeous pattern). On 16th July it will be my birthday and I was planning to wear Latoya tank on that special day (which I may celebrate it in the air as I’m planning to visit my parents in Romania and reach there by plane). I substituted the yarn with YarnArt merino stretch (50% merinowool, 40% acrylic, 10% elastane)

But, yesterday I found in the mailbox the winter issue of VogueKnitting magazine. My friend from Holland, Nadina, sent it to me as an early present for my birthday (thanks Nadina). She knew I was so excited to knit Norah’s capecho.

Now I am still undecided: to finish Latoya tank and then to start Norah’s capecho or to have two WIPs same time (which means I won't wear the tank on my birthday).

FREE cable knit stitch pattern

Thursday, July 05, 2007


Multiple of 18 sts + 2 extra border sts (the 2 border sts are not mentioned in the pattern)
In the above picture, the pattern is repeated twice horizontally.

Row 1 (RS): p1; k8; p1; k8

Row 2 and every alt rows: purl the purls and knit the knits

Row 3: p1; k4; c4b; p1; c4f; k4

Row 5: p1; k2; c4b; k2; p1; k2; c4f; k2

Row 7: p1; c4b; c4b; p1; c4f; c4f

Row 9: p1; k2; c4b; k2; p1; k2; c4f; k2

Row 11: p1; c4b; c4bp; p1; c4fp; c4f

Row 13: p1; k2; c4bp; p5; c4fp; k2

Row 15: p1; c4bp; p9; c4fp

Row 17: p1; k2; p13; k2

Row 19: p1; c4f; p9; c4b

Row 21: p1; k2; c4f; p5; c4b; k2

Row 23: p1; c4f; c4f; p1; c4b; c4b

Row 25: p1; k2; c4f; k2; p1; k2; c4b; k2

Row 27: p1; c4f; c4f; p1; c4b; c4b

Row 29: p1; k2; c4f; k2; p1; k2; c4b; k2

Row 31: p1; k4; c4f; p1; c4b; k4


Repeat these 32 rows


Stitch glossary:

C4b = slip 2 sts on cn and hold in back, k2, then k2 from cn

C4f = slip 2 sts on cn and hold in front, k2, then k2 from cn

C4bp = slip 2 sts on cn and hold in back, k2, then p2 from cn

C4fp = slip 2 sts on cn and hold in front, p2, then k2 from cn

Coachella in Istanbul

Tuesday, July 03, 2007




I finished Coachella in 2 days. Personally, I feel the drape hangs too low in the middle that's why I'm wearing it over a white tank. But I like it a lot, it's simple yet elegant.