Thursday, June 28, 2007


I am so excited!!! and what could possibly bring this excitement you might ask?? well... a YARN SHOP!!!

Today I decide to discover a new yarn shop, so after work I walked towards this mysterious address which I had only seen from a map on the yellow pages.. I knew I had to go south and then east (I was really hoping it was east.. because otherwise my sense of direction would have failed me.. but it was east), when I finally got there I saw some women knitting on the porch, and that was very sweet and as I entered the store I was greeted with a "You are a knitter" to which I answered YES!.

After such a greeting, they told me to go feel free to walk around (I guess if you are a knitter you are okie) and so I did.. and I began to see all the beautiful yarn and the needles, after a little while a woman came out of the back room and asked me if I needed any help, if I had any questions and how did I find the place.... we talked for a bit about needles and then she mentioned she was feeding the bunny.. and I said.. OH YOU HAVE ANGORA BUNNIES.. to which she enthusiastically answered "Would you like to see one?" my eyes lit up and I think I said yes.. I felt too excited.. can't really remember.

She came out with this adorable cute bunny in her arms.. and he was cute and friendly and soooo soft.. I just wanted to cuddle him forever!!!!... seriously I need one now.
In the end I got some needles, got to meet an adorable bunny, found a new yarn place and somewhere I can go and ask questions and go hang out. For all of that CHEERS!.

Oh.. I also finished my cloud bolero, but pictures of that shall come later, perhaps with some bunny pictures. ^_^

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Sweetly Kinky Market Bag (pattern)

This is my first pattern I'm sharing with the world! It knits up rather quickly. If you have any questions (and or notice errors in the pattern) feel free to send me a message!

Much love my pretties,

-Miss Carolyn (or Zsanica)


Eco fil, recycled earth-friendly yarn [75% cotton, 25% acrylic; 225g ball]; 1 ball
1 x 4mm straight needles
2 x 4mm circular needles
4 x stitch markers
2 meters of velvet ribbon
2 x 1 7/8" D-rings
2 x 1 7/8" D-ring clasps


19sts x 23 rows = 4" (gauge not that important, just stay within a decent range)

Picot Bind off:

BO 2 sts, *slip remaining st on right-hand needle onto left-hand needle, CO 2 sts, BO 4 sts; repeat from *


CO 55 stitches.

Knit in garter st for 18 rows (ending with a WS row)

Transfer to circular needle.

Knit the 55 live stitches.
Pick up and knit 1 st from first short side of rectangle, place marker. Pick up and knit 14 sts from same short side, place marker.

Using a 2nd circular needle, pick up and knit CO row (55 sts).
Pick up and knit 1 st from remaining side of rectangle, place marker. Pick up and knit 14 sts from remaining side, place marker (this marker will indicate beginning of round).

Row 1: Purl to one stitch before marker, k1, repeat 3 times more (to beginning of round)
Row 2: Knit.

Continue working in this pattern.

When work measures around 2" from each corner, you can transfer all the stitches to one circular needle and continue knitting in the round.

Continue pattern until bag measures 3" from corners.

Begin Lace Pattern:

Row 1: K1, *yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, repeat from * until 1 st before marker, knit 1, slip marker, repeat 3 times more.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: K2, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3, repeat from * until marker, slip marker, repeat 3 times more.
Row 4: Knit.

Continue until work measures 14.5-15" from corners.


Row 1: Purl to 1 st before marker, k1. Repeat 3 times more.
Row 2: Knit to marker, slip marker, k2tog, knit to 3 sts before marker, ssk, k1, slip marker. Repeat.
Row 3: Same as row 1
Row 4: K2tog, knit to 3 sts before marker, ssk, k1, slip marker, knit to marker, slip marker. Repeat once.
Row 5: Same as row 1
Row 6: Same as row 2
Row 7: Same as row 1
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: Same as row 1
Row 10: Same as row 2

Row 11:

BO (tightly) in Picot Bind off until 1 st before marker, BO st, drop marker, BO all side sts, drop marker. Repeat once.

**If picot is too frilly for you, just BO normally.**

Weave in ends. Block to measurements.

Using left over yarn, whip stitch D-ring clasps to sides. Weave in ends.


Loop D-rings onto ribbon doubled on itself. Pin at desired length.

Make seem along width at desired length, trim off any extra ribbon.
Press seem flat.
Pin ribbon together, sew up each side at 1/8" to form single strap.
Sew a parallel line as close to D ring as possible. That will help to keep it from slipping around.

Attach strap. Enjoy!

NB - Feel free to enjoy the pattern, basically, this is the section of, hey, this design is by Miss Carolyn (aka Zsanica), please don't claim it as your own, or use for profit, etc., etc..

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Busy hands make for.. something... must be trouble.

New hair, new job, new knitting designs, new apartment soon... and what is missing? Confirmation from the school! I really need to find out if I'm accepted, because, if I'm not, I don't know what to do. Plan C needs forming, because I really want to move back to Ottawa no matter what. I miss it so..

I had my hair coloured today, it's a bit darker than before, I really like it. There's even a hint of red underneath. It will be nicer once it's rewashed, I hate gel so much.. It's wrong! I brought my knitting with me, or, one of my projects: the Sweetly Kinky Market bag. Apparently the other girls there were very intrigued by my knitting skills. This bag is of my own design, naming help by Miss Ifi. Not that many people check here, but, I'm planning to post the pattern once it's finished.

Why my own pattern? Because I could not find a market bag design that matched my personality, and desperately wanted something perfect and eye catching for weekend shopping. Trust me when I say, you may be surprised by it's finished form. I am sure that the name must hint slightly at this.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Lace me up, because I like it.

Finally, after months of knitting, I have finally knit something in my favourite colour! That's right, black.
I give you:

Lace-up Fingerless Gloves (I don't know why my fingers are burnt out in the photo, I didn't use a flash.. apparently I'm just too pale.)

Pattern: from the book, Naughty Needles

Yarn: Bamboo, bamboo!
Needles: 2.5 mm
Started / Finished: May 15th 2007 / May 20th 2007

During my stay in Ottawa, mentioned in my previous post. We, Miss Ifi, Carrie and I, visited a yarn store, where I found this AMAZING yarn. Fell in love with it, and made these gloves to wear out to Zaphod's. And wear them I did! Even though they were kind of toasty. The bamboo has such a lovely softness. Once I move back there, I will buy more to make a matching garter belt, sexy, yet good for fall nights.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Of course this is knit.. *coughs*

It looks knit, right?

I hope my blog doesn't hate me for crocheting... *hides the picture from the Mesdemoiselles' blog eyes*

That being said, this is my precious learning to crochet project. Naturally knitting is my love, but I can proudly say I approve of crochet. It's different, rather fun, quick, strange. But, I have a SCARF, and scarves are one item that I never make for myself, at least October now has something to look forward to, since I won't be able to really wear this until then.

Boteh Scarf!
Pattern: Boteh Scarf from Spring 2007 Interweave Crochet
Yarn: 1.5 balls of Patons Classic Wool Merino in Leaf Green
Hook: 4.5mm

Started / Finished: May something 2007 / May 14th 2007

I was in Ottawa with Miss Ifi for a few weeks, it was great! Minus her landlady who I find rather scary... But on a walking trip through the Glebe, I met her friend Amelia who knows me as "the other Miss of the Knitting Mesdemoiselles"! How neat is that? Soon, Miss Ifi and I will take over the world! Maybe then I can knit my cozy for the moon.. Which everyone giggles at, but really, how cute would the moon look in a cozy?

*shifty eyes*

Right, so while there, I managed to hang out with a lot of old friends, and met some new people. This picture is of myself attempting to climb a cave wall, but failing miserably... At least I have shiny hair. That's what counts right? Shiny hair? I thought so. Apparently, once I've moved back, I get to go rock climbing more frequently! Exciting. I think this means I need a new hair colour though, for moving I mean...

As for knitting, I made a very sexy pair of fingerless gloves, which lace up. Unfortunately, they're not at my house at the moment, so a post about these will take a little longer. I also made a wicked purse for Miss Ifi, who should really post a picture of it! >_>