Tuesday, May 28, 2013

anna travels - iceland

I leave for Iceland tomorrow, and I am very excited! Among other things, Iceland has a rich knitting history and tradition. I hope to visit some yarn stores while I am there. The Fancy Tiger Crafts blog has a nice overview of yarn stores in Iceland.

I love Icelandic knitting designs. Here are some of my favorite examples:


Shoe inserts 
(pattern available in Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects)

Icelandic stars and roses

Hopefully I will come back from Iceland with some new knitting inspiration!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

nails etc. - spring colors

Last week I wrote about green being one of my favorite spring colors. But when it comes to my nails, I have been at a loss to find an on-trend color for the season. Most magazine articles I've read have said that nude nails are the way to go this spring. (Read more about that in Harper's Bazaar here and Vogue here.) I've tried pale nails, but since I don't have any sort of tan yet, I felt it left my hands looking flat.

Perhaps I'll try neutral polish again, once I have more of a tan, or in the fall. Recently though I'm sticking with brightly colored nails. My favorite shade of the moment is the orangey-red, My Paprika is Hotter than Yours by OPI.

Do you have a favorite spring nail polish color?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

spring, etc. - green!

On my way to work I get to walk through the Boston Public Garden. It was looking especially lush today, so I snapped this picture. I love how green the grass and trees are. Maybe I am prejudice, because green has always been one of my favorite colors, but I feel like green is a color trend for the season. I especially love it paired with black...

Here is one of my favorite new J. Crew patterns of the season: punk floral.

And for another burst of green + black, how about a Grasshopper Sundae? I'm in!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

crochet, etc. - crochet camera purse

How cute is this crochet camera purse available on Etsy?

It is by Meemanan. 

Want to make your own? Check out this pattern by Sky Magenta on Ravelry for a similar crochet camera purse. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

anna knits - chunky scarf update 3

So I know winter is officially over, but I wanted to share my finished chunky scarf:


Here's how I did it:

I used 1 and 1/2 skeins of Rowan Big Wool in black with size US15 needles. I cast on 22 and started a Knit 2 Purl 2 ribbing pattern, which I continued until the scarf was about six feet long. I then added five bunches (made up of three strands each of Rowan Big Wool) of fringe to either side of the scarf. 

See my progress here and here, and see the matching braided headband here.

I won't be wearing this piece everyday for a while, but I am heading to Iceland at the end of the month, so it may get some wear there!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

anna crochets - boston love blanket

I read about the Boston Love Blanket on the blog One Sheepish Girl, and knew I had to send in a square! The squares are going to be sewn together to create a blanket for relatives of one of the victims of the Boston bombing.

As some of you know, I've been working on my own flower blanket, so I decided to use some of the flowers I had already made for it in my 8x8 square.

There are so many beautiful flowers out in Boston this week. I snapped a pic of some tulips in the Public Garden that reminded me of my crochet squares:

Happy spring!
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