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Questions & Answers (by United Knitdom)

Posted in Knitting, Sewing, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 1, 2012 by annatestadoro

My good friend and fellow blogger Georgina Chahed (United Knitdom) has included me in a Q&A exercise, and here are my answers to her questions:

  1. How old were you when you first started knitting/crocheting? 
    I first knitted and crochet when I was about 7 or 8 and I remember my second project was a pair of socks, thanks to my aunt Iris.
  2. What is the best thing you’ve ever made?
    I don’t think I can name just one thing…the thing I’ve loved most are the waistcoat for Luke, a dress for my niece Clara and the flouncy dress I made late last year for friends in Australia.
  3. Choose: Cats or dogs?
    Neither I’m afraid…not a big pet person…if I really could choose it would be a monkey.
  4. What’s your dream holiday destination and why?
    Australia and Italy: Australia because of the sunshine, the sea and the general relaxed attitudes of the country and Italy because of the sunshine, the food, the language and the culture.
  5. What’s your #1 tip for beginner bloggers?
    Read and comment on blogs you like, you make blogging friends that way, and post regularly (doesn’t have to be every day if you’re not up to it in the beginning)!
  6. In life, who is your biggest inspiration?
    My mother, she raised me and my brother (twins) by herself, whilst holding down several jobs at times and I thank her for it every day!
  7. Are you going to any music festivals this year, if so which ones?
    No, none.
  8. What inspires you most when knitting or crocheting?
    Thinking about the person I’m knitting for and how good they’ll look in the item.
  9. Choose: City or country?
    A little bit of both!
  10. Choose: Shoes or handbags?
    I would have said shoes…but now with a little one, shoes have to be practical!
  11. What’s your favourite dessert?
    I don’t just have one, but up there are: ice cream, banoffee pie and anything with chocolate!
  12. What’s your best tried and tested recipe?
    Chicken with a creamy leek sauce and roasted potatoes.

Next the challenge calls for me to ask 12 questions of another set of 12 bloggers. Here are my 12.

I  have to dream up 12 questions to ask a further 12 other bloggers. The bloggers I’ve chosen are:

  1. Kara from knitting lemonade
  2. Melissa from Knitting Sandwich
  3. Claire from Knitting Sandwich
  4. Kate from Confessions of a Graveyard Gypsy
  5. Roberta from Rowantree Design
  6. Jo from sewmuchchoice 
  7. Shannon from A Life Flexible
  8. Anna from Peacerebel
  9. Michele from Posh Knits
  10. Ann-Marie from youngblondesandblackrappas
  11. Ros from Snoopydogknits
  12. Cathy from tinniegirl

My questions are:

  1. How to you pick your crafting projects?
  2. What’s your favourite craft?
  3. Choose: Spring or summer?
  4. How did you decide what your blog should focused on?
  5. What is your greatest craft accomplishment?
  6. How do you treat yourself?
  7. What are your hopes for life?
  8. What are your dreams?
  9. Is there anything you would change in your life?
  10. What makes you happy?
  11. What’s your favourite food?
  12. Any crafting tips for anyone starting out?

Something Updated

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , on January 24, 2012 by annatestadoro

Today, I’m able to finally give you an update on my Etsy shop. I’ve still got a little bit of work to do with the header, don’t you think?

And now here are the items I’ve listed, all of them made to order. What do you think? Am I pricing things right? I’m never sure, it’s the one thing that I’m always confused about.

Finally, here’s the link to my shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnaTestadoro

The Difference Between Continental and British Knitting?

Posted in Knitting with tags , , , , on January 11, 2010 by annatestadoro

I’ve always wondered about the differences between continental / German knitting (left-handed) and English knitting (right-handed). I was taught continental / German knitting (being German that obviously makes a lot of sense). It was only when I came to England in 1996 I noticed that there are other ways of knitting, including what seemed to me a rather more complicated way of knitting, which involved rather a lot of moving around.

Naively, I always believed that my way of knitting (German / continental) was quicker and much more time efficient. So, imagine my surprise when I found out that apparently it is, Wikipedia states: “Continental knitting is preferred by professional hand knitters, as it is the more efficient method, requiring the shortest number of specific hand-motions per stitch.” Over on Ackwood’s YouTube channel is a great video demonstrating the continental technique:  

English knitting on the other hand, according to Wikipedia is sometimes referred to as picking as “the yarn is held in the left hand and the motion of bringing the yarn forward with a needle held in the other hand” seems like picking it through. And over on LindsayLew’s YouTube channel a good example of British knitting:

I can’t say that I’ve ever tried using anything else than my German knitting technique, especially as it is so easy to learn. Just check out how easy it is in on TECHknitting. Now it would be interesting to hear what your thoughts are about the different kinds of knitting. Which one do you favour?

Rainbow Booties

Posted in Knitting with tags , , , , on January 10, 2010 by annatestadoro

I’ve said to myself that I’m going to try and post more regularly. This might even involve writing about knitting in general, or sewing for that matter. I’ve been thinking about a couple of different things that I want to write about, particularly the difference between continental and British knitting. So look out for my post on that. In the meantime, here are some booties that I finished quite a while ago.

I made them so long ago I can’t even really remember anymore who they were for, but I am quite pleased with the colour combination and it works so well. For a little boy or girl.

It’s also great how the ribbed part shows the green in the knit stitch really nicely.

And remember I’ve written up the pattern, which you can find here. If you try them out I would love to see some pictures.

A Gorgeous Hat for a Gorgeous Girl

Posted in Knitting with tags , , , , , on December 16, 2009 by annatestadoro

I’m so pleased that I can share a picture of my friends little girl (Nina) wearing one of the hats I’ve made. I wrote about it here: https://annagueldenhaupt.wordpress.com/2009/05/25/bonnie-bonnet/. And now look at this gorgeous little girl:

When I was making the hat I was really worried that it would be too small, but she’s nearly ten months old (I think I remember that right) and it still fits perfectly.

And that’s a good thing too, especially for this time of year, when it’s getting bitterly cold.

Fingerless Gloves in White

Posted in Knitting with tags , , , on December 2, 2009 by annatestadoro

I’ve been meaning to put these fingerless gloves on here for about a year. I made them for a colleagues mother last year, can you believe it? Last year? He did tell me that his mother had put them on the other day, as it’s getting colder. Yes, it definitely is. Even I, who am always really warm, am now getting cold. Especially when I’m outside. Anyway, here they are. I used a pattern from Garnstudio and it was such a pleasure to knit, really easy and quick.

I remember when I started making them I took them apart a few times as I thought they weren’t going to be big enough. That probably has something to do with the fact that my colleague didn’t tell me that they were for his mother and not for him. Oh well, I got there in the end.

FO: Fingerless Gloves in White
Yarn: Karisma Superwash, White
Needles: Double pointed needles, size 3
Pattern: Drops Number 98-8
Description: Easy to knit pattern that could be finished in half a day.

Another Kind of Blanket

Posted in Knitting with tags , , , , on November 22, 2009 by annatestadoro

I completed this blanket a few weeks ago for my bosses nephew. I actually really like the material, it’s Silke Alpaca from Scandinavian Knitting Design, and while it was quite thick , it was incredibly soft.

Compared to my other baby blankets that I make this was easier and quicker to knit, as it was knitted in four separate parts. Also, the fact that it was so soft made it a real pleasure to work with. The colours were well chosen, especially as it was for a little boy.

I’ve got quite a few more things to add on here, but keep forgetting to do so during the week. At the same time I also have a whole lot more things to finish, especially some more blankets. So, look out for them here.