Archive for January, 2007

Back to the knitting

Well, January is almost over and I have not really posted about knitting all month. This would only be worse if I hadn’t actually been knitting this whole month. Which I have. Been knitting that is. I have my first FO of the year completed and done but waiting for it’s intended recipient to come visit me and take some pictures. That’s right, I actually knit for someone other than myself. Shocking I know but true. For Christmas I decided to knit a sweater for my little non-knitting sister Bri. I did not finish in time and due to jet lag I really didn’t get much done until the second week of January. Here is a preview of the finished sweater.


Bet you can guess what it is…

Once I was finished with my gift knitting I decided before picking my next project, I should finish up a WIP I had on the needles. Namely, Glee. I started Glee last fall and got about half way, so I picked it up again and am now almost to the bottom ribbing.


Honestly, I am not sure how this is going to turn out. It is one of those sweaters that I won’t know if I like until I try it on. The best thing about this sweater is the yarn I am using is a really soft alpaca that I want to pet all day. It is also really really orange–yam to be exact. I am crossing my fingers for this one.

I don’t know what my next project is going to be but I am trying to make a decision now so I can get the yarn this week. Maybe the Equestrian Blazer? Exmoor Jacket? I don’t know. One project I know I want to do is Eunny’s Entrelac Socks from the new Spring Interweave. That woman is my hero. But that pattern is not out until the end of February. Seeing bloggers become amazing knit designers is really inspiring to me. I would love to try my hand at design this year. But I may not have any talent for it so you might not see it happen. Either way, I think it is kind of exciting to not know what is going to make up my 2007 project queue.

So there is the knitting update. Now I am off to finish Glee…

The following 10 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Your sister will love that CPH! I just know that the amazing knitter you are can churn out an amazing pattern. I’ll root you on!

Posted by: tiennie | 01/28/2007

You can always over dye the orange to tone it down. Susan and Karen are both good at dyeing.

Posted by: margene | 01/29/2007

lucky sister! and Glee is perfectly named for the color, which we certainly could use to brighten things up in the valley, n’est ce pas? Blue skies, Lark

Posted by: Lark | 01/29/2007

The hoodie looks so comfy just sitting there on the chair! I’m sure your sister will love it.

And I vote Equestrian Blazer, but only because it actually caused me to drool when I opened the last IK. 🙂

Posted by: Amy | 01/29/2007

WOW! you busted that CPH out like woah. that definitely makes me want to work on mine some more. great job! and you know, orange is under appreciated. work it.

Posted by: Rachel I. | 01/29/2007

Oh, can’t wait to see the CPH’s pictures. What a great gift!

Posted by: Areli | 01/29/2007

is that a hoodie? ;0)
i have been eyeing off eunny’s socks too. can’t wait!
and missy, i *expect you to have a go at designing, if you think you might like to give it a go, you definately should, i bet you would do great! just start with something small so you don’t get too overwhelmed. well, that’s just my advice :0) x

Posted by: vera | 01/30/2007

I love the cabled sweater. Good job. The color is so classic.

Posted by: Old Knitter | 01/30/2007

Beautiful sweater! I’m looking forward to seeing more details. You are one fast knitter, and a thoughtful sister, to boot.

Posted by: Jodi | 01/30/2007

How did I miss your Glee? I just cast on for it… I can’t wait to see how yours fits. It seems like such a wearable garment. Love the CPH too – show up some modeled pics! 🙂

Posted by: Lolly | 02/01/2007

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The top ten list about my trip has been so much fun to do. Hard too because there was plenty more I could have included. However, it is time for my trip recap to come to a close and the list must conclude. I know, sad. Unless of course you only come here for the knitting and in that case yea for you–knitting content to return after this post.

Before I unveil my number one pick lets recap the top ten list shall we?

Top ten best things about my way awesome Hong Kong/Thailand trip:

10. Really Big Buddhas

9. Eating Ice Cream/Gelato

8. Hong Kong Movie Theaters

7. Grand Palace, Bangkok

6. Victoria Harbor & The Star Ferry

5. Shopping

4. Jade Market

3. Thai Massage

2. Elephants

and now for the big reveal…

1. Family Time

I know what you are thinking…family time beat out elephants??!? I was surprised too. Actually, it is not that shocking to me and I hope you are not disappointed by my sentimental first place choice. I can’t help it though, family time was hands down the best part of this trip. Check us out…


Here we are proudly displaying the food we bought to feed to the elephants. THAT was a great day.


Kara, Bri, and I are all wearing the shirts we bought at the Weekend Market in Bangkok. Trust me, we were thrilled we found shirts that fit us so we all had to wear them the next day.


Bri and I love the self-portraits.


My Dad mocking how my sister’s and I “pose” for pictures. Yes Dad, we pose. And we immediately check the picture on the digital camera to see if we look cute. We are girls. And you love us.


Um, did I mention Bri and I really like self-portraits?


I got to cook Christmas brunch with my Dad. And yes, my apron is super cool.


Christmas brunch with our family and our BFF’s the Garns. We love them.


Families that ride Gondolas together, stay together.

The trip was full of laughing, eating, playing, shopping, and just hanging out together. Bri and I loved giving Haagen Dazs high fives and falling asleep on the couch, Kara and Dad got to practice their deflection skills and engage in a battle of wits, and Mom made everything beautiful and special with her decoration, thoughtful gift giving, and attentive mom skills. I just feel very blessed to like my family as well as love them and to have the life that we lead. It isn’t perfect but I sure wouldn’t change it.

This is the kind of trip I will remember for the great places I visited and the new things I experienced but when it comes down to it, this trip was made ten times better because I was with my family. It could only have been better if my brother and his family could have been there with us too. I don’t know how many more opportunities I will have to travel with my family like this so I will for sure cherish the memory of this one.

The following 11 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Yikes–gondolas are high! None for me, thanks. It looks like you really did have a blast. Haagen Dazs saved me in France, once, too. I think they should have a special flavor for all of the saving they do! 😉

Posted by: Stitch-n-Snitch | 01/22/2007

Sweetest. Post. Ever.
Looks like an excellent trip.

Posted by: knittingphilistine | 01/22/2007

What a great post. Family time should always be #1. You guys are fantastic together!

Posted by: tiennie | 01/22/2007

What a great post! I’ve travelled to some fun places for work & have always thought they would be better if family was around to experience them as well. Family does indeed make it all better. 🙂

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 01/22/2007

Awww! Lovely post! I had to laugh though – my dad gives me and my sisters the same schpiel about “posing” for the camera! 🙂

Posted by: Lolly | 01/23/2007

What a great trip! I would have picked family time over all that too!

Posted by: Erin | 01/23/2007

Well, when you have a family as cool as yours how COULDN’T you pick family time?!?! Christmas and family nothing could be better in my book. I’m so glad that it was #1 for you.

Posted by: Posted by: Cassi | 01/23/2007

Family time is the best 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful vacation with us!

Posted by: Sarah | 01/23/2007

ooh–I’m *misting* up! Very sweet, and very fortunate, to have such a loving, lovely family. Thanks for sharing them.

Posted by: Alarming Female | 01/24/2007

Welcome back, I love your pictures, you’re so lucky you all got to spend this time together 🙂

Posted by: Steph | 01/25/2007

i have loved seeing all the photos of your trip and getting a sneak peak into your family. i am thrilled that your number one was ‘family’. to me, family is the most precious thing in the world.
glad you had a wonderful trip that you will remember for the rest of your life. x

Posted by: vera | 01/27/2007

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For those who are just reading now, I am counting down my top favorite things about my holiday trip to Hong Kong and Thailand. Because itemized lists are just plain fun…

4. Jade Market

Now I told you #5 was shopping and you may think that the Jade Market would roll under that heading but this place was so much fun that it gets its own slot on the countdown. Kara called it her crack house and I tend to feel the same way. Imagine stall after stall of all kinds of jewelry: necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, etc. many made of jade, something for every taste and style. Or I should say, many somethings for every style. I sure found plenty. The downside is–like I mentioned before, the bargaining. You have to bargain for EVERYTHING. It is expected. Kara was really good at it. In fact she stayed at a booth after I left and got the same necklace I did for 40 Hong Kong dollars cheaper. That really ticked me off. But hey, all the prices are so reasonable that I can’t feel too much pain over it. In fact, I figured that they can’t make that much money anyway so what if I pay 2 or 3 US dollars more for something? Arguing over a dollar seems silly to me when I spend that much on a pack of gum.

Anyway, the Jade Market…go there if you possibly can.


5. Thai Massage

One thing everyone should know about Thailand is that it is heaven on earth for those who enjoy a good massage. I am serious about this. For around 7 to 9 American dollars you can get an hour, yes, an HOUR long foot massage. No need to hunt for a place or make a reservation, Thai massage parlors are everywhere. On every commercial street. I saw many right next to each other. Most are open until late at night and so you really can go anytime. And we did. Three times.


The Thai style of massage is not for the faint of heart or the sensitive of foot. It hurts. It feels good too but you should know it can hurt. After the foot massage is over you also get a neck and back message which is amazing. It was pure bliss.

2. Elephants

Dude. We rode elephants.


Here is my Mom and sister Bri in their perfectly perfect elephant riding picture taken by my Dad.


Kara and I in our not-so-perfect riding picture taken by our chain smoking elephant guide.

We fed the elephants.


Bri and I laughing at our wimpy attempts to feed the elephants.


I successfully although at a safe distance fed an elephant.

We chilled with the elephants.

“Hey elephant, what’s up? Mind if I sit on your knee?”

“Um, maybe someone should take the picture now so I can get away from the elephants who are obviously trained to suffocate uncomfortable tourists.”

We watched elephants do cool stuff.


like curtsy.


and paint pictures.

We visited baby elephants.


I am cute.

We even saw elephant gargoyles.


We are cute too.

Fun right? In case you didn’t notice, we really liked the elephants. In fact, they made our trip to Thailand. Well, the massage did too. Yea for elephants! Yea for really cheap but way better than any massage I have had in the US Thai massage! Yea for Thailand!

Now, there is really only one thing that trumps the elephants in the countdown, the number one coolest thing about my trip…and for that you will have to wait until the weekend. Can you stand it?

The following 10 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

So cool! Those elephants are awesome. Erin! Riding and ELEPHANT! Whodduh thunk it? I remember when you didn’ quite like horses. How we change. RADICAL (as kekoa said while looking at the elephants. ) Kekoa is jealous too!

Posted by: Posted by: Cassi | 01/18/2007

What an amazing trip…you lucky girl! Thanks for sharing…I’m enjoying the pictures and stories!

Posted by: Stephanie | 01/18/2007

I love the elephants, especially the fuzzy little baby!

Posted by: canknitian | 01/18/2007

cool pictures…looks like you had loads of fun. I went to thailand & Hk couple years ago and I absolutely love it. The food & shopping is just marvelous.

Posted by: vanessa | 01/19/2007

NO, I can’t stand it but the elephants do much up for waiting. What wonderful animals they are. How fun for you to be so close, to touch, feed and ride on them. Elephants are such grand animals.

Posted by: margene | 01/19/2007

Your list is great so far – now you’ve got me all excited to see what #1 is!

Posted by: tiennie | 01/19/2007

I’m loving your list–sounds like such a great trip!

Posted by: Meredith | 01/19/2007

I love the photo of you sitting on the elephant’s knee. They are amazing animals.

Posted by: Teyani | 01/20/2007

Can’t even stand it 🙂 Did someone lead you on the elephant ride? I know you said you had a guide but do they really just follow right after each other? Cutie elephants.

Posted by: Sarah | 01/21/2007

WOW! Amazing.

I kept replaying those “elephants stomp on their circus owners” videos in my head, but clearly you survived. Quite nicely.

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pics.

Posted by: Alarming Female | 01/21/2007

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The top cool things about my trip countdown continues…

7. Grand Palace, Bangkok

We visited the Grand Palace in Bangkok on New Years Day. I had no idea what to expect and was thrilled to step into a complex of beautiful and opulent buildings, statues, and temples. There was so much to see and explore and I had a lot of fun doing just that. Here are some pictures that show a sampling of this vast Royal place.


Cool right?

6. Victoria Harbor & the Star Ferry

There is just something about the ocean. Lakes. Rivers. Water masses make everything a little more romantic and beautiful. While in Hong Kong I fell in love with the Victoria Harbor. A harbor between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, you can take a cheap and quick ferry ride across it to travel back and forth. I loved the ferry boat, the Star Ferry. You get to sit and enjoy the movement of the boat and look out to the stunning Hong Kong skyline.


5. Shopping

Yes, shopping is number 5. I can’t help it, I love to shop and as I am sure you can imagine, Hong Kong is the place for shopping. Of course, there are a couple drawbacks–apparently in Hong Kong I am anywhere from a XL to XXXL size. Not so good for the ego. Ah, Hong Kong sizes.

The other drawback, at least in my estimation, is bargaining. I can’t stand bargaining. Or should I say, I am really bad at bargaining. It makes me uncomfortable to have to put on a uninterested face and talk someone down from a randomly chosen price they set for me. I prefer items for sale to be offered at a set and reasonable price. Is that too much to ask?

Okay, so issues aside, shopping was FUN. There are outdoor markets everywhere selling everything you can possibly imagine. The shopping malls are nothing like most malls you see in the US–they are full of designer stores. Not the kind of malls I can afford to shop in but it is fun to walk around and look. The coolest store I went to was Shanghai Tang, a high-end store selling stunning Chinese style clothes and products. Everything about this place is cool. I bought a great red silk top there that I love. The other cool shopping place we went to was Pauline’s. Actually, I don’t think it is called Pauline’s but Pauline works there and is the sole reason for the many dollars (Hong Kong dollars that is) I spent there.

Here we all are with our favorite sales lady:


We all bought way more Chinese style jackets and shirts than we could ever need but we had so much fun doing it who really cares about practicality? Pauline thought we were a bit crazy but I think she liked us. Or at the very least she liked our business. I can’t wait to go back and buy more…urm…visit.

#’s 4-2 on Thursday…

The following 7 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

I hate bargaining too! I have friends who just live for it, though. I’d almost rather not buy something than have to bargain for it.

Posted by: Cheryl | 01/17/2007

I would wear only Chinese clothes if I could shop in that store!! Hong Kong is full of eye candy!!

Posted by: margene | 01/17/2007

Nice chicken!

Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 01/17/2007

That rooster soldier is just about my favorite thing that I have ever seen, ever. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by: KatherineOfItAll | 01/17/2007

Oh my gosh!! We really did go to the same places in HK. I loved Shangai Tang…I bought the Knit Girl sweater and the red cashmere hoodie with jade buttons.

I loved the shopping and now I really look at ‘made in China’ labels sooo differently now. I hated the bargining but by the end of the week I was getting good. I bought a Thomas the Tank Engine watch for my nephew…from $4 to $2. When I told my nephew that I got it in China he said “Aunt Mary, I want to go to Hong Kong with you.” Wanted to melt…he is 4.

Posted by: Mary | 01/17/2007

I love the way you are posting your trip! You guys look like you had a fab time.

Posted by: tiennie | 01/17/2007

When I was in the Middle East, I had to bargain too… not a big fan of it. I prefer the set price too.
Love your pictures!

Posted by: Lolly | 01/18/2007

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First off, may I just say thank you to everyone who commented on my finished Venezia. Every comment made me so happy and feel so great that I was filled with all kinds of blog love since I posted. So thank you.

I am finally getting back into the groove of things since I have been back about two weeks now. My trip was so amazing that it is really hard for me to give a quick and dirty report on it. So I decided instead to do a list. A top ten list if you will. With pictures. This is the first of probably 4 installments about my trip. So I hope you enjoy it even though there is no knitting content. If not, well then I may have another FO for you by the end of next week so you can stay tuned for that…fun huh?

Okay, on to the list…

10 really cool reasons my Hong Kong/Thailand trip rocked:

10. Really Big Buddhas:

You might think I am joking. I am not. First, there was Tian Tan in Hong Kong:


The cool features of this temple/attraction are the long stairs going up to the Buddha and the gondola ride to get to the “village.” I say “village” because it is totally commercialized and manufactured to look like an authentic old Chinese village but despite its tourist trappings it is still fun. The Buddha itself is quite a thing to see. It is the world’s largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha. For real.

But just when you think you have seen all the big Buddhas you are going to see…then comes Thailand with the largest reclining Buddha I have ever seen.


Crazy right? We visited this Buddha on New Years day which was probably a bad idea due to the crowds but I am glad we waited in line. I mean look at it? Just gorgeous.

Honestly, I had no idea I would enjoy visiting really large statues of Buddha so much. Know what might be a fun vacation…a tour of all the big Buddhas in the world. I will be you would see some amazing places. Just a thought.

9. Eating Ice Cream/Gelato:

Most of you don’t know my family. For those who do you know one thing…we love the ice cream. We mostly managed to control ourselves while we were in Hong Kong but for our last 5 days in Thailand, all bets were off. It was impossible to resist really. I don’t know what it is about Asia but there were Haagen Dazs stores EVERYWHERE. That is where it started, divine Haagen Dazs. Where there was not a Haagen Daz store, there was a gelato cart. And then, on a particularly draining day we literally stumbled across…a Baskin Robbins cafe. That is right, a CAFE. Who even knew that existed. They had menus and a waitress who came to your table and everything.


We ordered sundaes and banana splits and stuff. It was awesome.


8. Hong Kong Movie Theaters

I know, I know. You are not supposed to go to movies when visiting exotic locales on the other side of the world. I mean, going to a movie is the same experience wherever you go. Right? Oh no, this is very very wrong. Hong Kong movie theaters were like nothing I have experienced before. First, the chairs are wide, reclined and leather. Then there is the leg room, tons of it. The popcorn…three different flavors, caramel, salty, and sweet. And then there is the crowd. Remember the last time you went to the movies and no one talked or a cell phone didn’t ring and no one kicked the back of your chair? Yeah, I don’t either. Well, my fellow movie goers in Hong Kong were silent. It was a beautiful thing.

So there are the first three. Wednesday…#’s 7 – 5.

The following 9 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Wow, I can only DREAM of going to a movie where people are silent! Once we were at a movie and a cell phone right behind us started ringing and the guy actually answered it! “Hey dude….yeah, I’m in a movie…it’s pretty sweet, you should have come….” I could have killed someone.

I’m excited to see more of your trip! Sounds like it was so much fun!

Posted by: Kim | 01/16/2007

YUM!!! I am an ice cream-a-holic. Dacquiri Ice or Mint Chip all the way, baby. 🙂

Posted by: Stitch-n-Snitch | 01/16/2007

What a clever way to report on your trip!

I can totally see the Buddha appeal.

Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 01/16/2007

what incredible statues. Thanks for sharing the photos – it’s great

Posted by: Teyani | 01/16/2007

Beautiful pictures, Erin! And for a minute I thought you’d dyed your hair blonde, but that must be another sister, eh?

Oh, I know you don’t think you know who this is, but really you do! I’ll give you a hint ~ I love the scent of lavender mixed with a little clary sage and lemongrass. It smells so gentle.

tee hee!

(I’m just trying to stay under the radar)

Posted by: Alarming Female | 01/16/2007

Wow! It looks like you guys had an awesome time. And as I told Kara, I am so jealous. And your parents look awesome!!

Posted by: Cassi | 01/16/2007

SOO jealous of your trip. I was just looking at your sister’s pictures too. You guys are too cute. Plus, everytime I see your Venezia in a picture I get lustfull. I want to knit that so bad. I’m gonna have to start buying that yarn in batches so I can afford it! Maybe by June I’ll have enough time to actually knit it 🙂

Posted by: Sarah | 01/17/2007

Those are amazing buddhas. Someday I want to make this trip too!

Posted by: tiennie | 01/17/2007

The huge Buddhas are so amazing! I have seen a TV special about the large Buddhas, and both of these were on there.

That BR cafe sounds so delish! 🙂

Posted by: Lolly | 01/18/2007

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What better way to launch the Venezia Pullover into society than high tea at the famous Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong.

(and yes, I know–the head turned to the side is my go-to model shot–I can’t help myself)

I got home from my trip tonight (which was so amazing although that seems like an insufficient word to describe it) and since this post was long overdue, here I am staying up past my bed time to bring it to you. That’s just the kind of girl I am.

medium_venezia_side.jpg It has been quite a journey since I had the bulk of the sweater finished in November. A crazy December and a trip half-way around the world stalled the completion of Venezia but in a way I am glad I didn’t finish before my trip because now I get to have this great memory of high tea at this unforgettable hotel tied with such an unique knit.

The night before I was up late finishing and blocking so I could wear the sweater to the Peninsula. It just seemed like the perfect place to show off all my hard work. Not that anyone other than my party knew I made it but I knew and that is enough for me.

medium_venezia_finished.jpg This pattern is truly amazing. It was clear to follow and while following the chart and managing the color changes can be difficult–I really do believe it is a sweater knitters should not be afraid of tackling…if you want to. Really the difficulty lies in patience and commitment. If you are the type that gets distracted or bored easily than maybe this is not the sweater for you. It is not boring to knit, only it is fair isle on size 2 needles with 10 colors and if you are not relentless and a tad obsessive then it might get taxing.

medium_venezia_seemed_sleeve.2.jpg One of the things I LOVE about this design is how the pattern on the sleeve matches up with the body of the sweater. A perfect detail to a impeccably designed sweater. Although, the sleeves are the only thing about the sweater that I am not perfectly happy with. I think my row gauge ended up being off a bit and so the armholes are a little bigger than I normally like. But I think the sweater still works well regardless. Just as a heads up, if you attempt the sweater, remember to pay attention to row gauge as well as stitch. Also, check your gauge as you are knitting, I was on gauge when I swatched but it changed a little as I got into the knitting.

medium_venezia_finished_back.2.jpg All in all, I love the sweater. Starting it was spontaneous and impulsive, knitting was fun and intense, and now that I am done I am left feeling a little sad and lost. What will be my next big project? What will I take on next? I am kind of excited to find out…and a little scared.

Project stats:

Pattern: Venezia Pullover by Eunny Jang

Source: Interweave Knits, Winter 2006

Yarn: Jamieson’s and Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Spindrift (see this post for colors)

Needles: 32 inch addi turbo circs–size 2, 1, 0

Mods: none

Notes: I started knitting the first sleeve using double pointed needles in the round but switched to using 2 circs for the second sleeve. For fair isle, I found knitting with 2 circs to be MUCH easier, more slick, and better for tension purposes.

The following 74 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

*sigh* WOW!!!!!

As soon as I finish making some socks for someone, I;m going to start back on mine again. Yours is absolutely beautiful. It takes my breath away.

Posted by: bunchkin | 01/03/2007

You know, you’re my new idol!! Everything you knit is absolutely amazing; the designs you start with, the colors you choose for them and then the knitting result is always looking perfect! On top of that you seem to knit three times as much as me. How do you do it??

I just have to say congratulations, once more, to a beautiful pullover!

Posted by: VivaPia | 01/03/2007

It’s absolutely beautiful, and you look lovely in it! Well done!

Posted by: terhi | 01/03/2007

that sweater is STUNNING! Well done!

Posted by: michaele | 01/03/2007

Oh, wow!!! And what a way to unveil a new sweater. It’s gorgeous — congratulations!

Posted by: Kathy | 01/03/2007

OMG – that is absolutely stunning! and what’s more it looks sensational on you! Well done!!

Posted by: jacqueline | 01/03/2007

OMG – you are one fab knitter. The sweater looks so PERFECT. What an amazing job.

Posted by: lisa | 01/03/2007

That is absolutely beautiful on you!

Posted by: Emily | 01/03/2007

What an accomplishment! It’s beautiful – and it fits great. Congratulations! I totally know what you mean about needing a new project and feeling kind of lost knit-wise. I was in the same boat a couple weeks ago. I hope you find something new soon.

Again, just a gorgeous knit. Wear it well.

Posted by: Cara | 01/03/2007

OMG, it’s fabulous! Bella!

Posted by: susan | 01/03/2007

Congratulations! The sweater looks incredible!

(And I’m sure tea at the Peninsula was fabulous as well – tea at the Peninsula here in Chicago is one of my favorite things!)

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 01/03/2007

Absolutely gorgeous! You are totally rockin’ that sweater!

Posted by: Lauren | 01/03/2007

Woo-hoo! You look fab-u-lous. I’m totally envious of your sweater-knitting self. 😉

Posted by: Stitch-n-Snitch | 01/03/2007

Wow! Very impressive, it looks beautiful on you!!

Posted by: ms.dok | 01/03/2007

Erin, you continue to amaze me. Wow, Hong Kong! And, such a beautiful sweater, and to think you crated that with your own fingers. Erin, that sweater is breathtaking. You did such a wonderful job on it. I know you must be so proud of yourself.


Posted by: Necia | 01/03/2007

That is *such* a beautiful sweater.

Posted by: Anne | 01/03/2007

it looks amazing. congratulations on tackling such a complicated knit. your work continues to be inspiring.

Posted by: Sara | 01/03/2007

Wow, that is gorgeous! I’ve been following the KAL on Craftster, but have yet to dive in to this sweater myself.

Relating to your previous post, I can also commiserate on losing pictures from a memory card – I lost about 200 pics from a trip to Ireland a few years ago. However, I just heard about a program that might help recover them – http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec. Haven’t tried it yet, but maybe it can help you!

Posted by: Posted by: Deirdre | 01/03/2007

Absoloutely wonderful! I’m looking forward to seeing it in person when you’re back.

Posted by: Cheryl | 01/03/2007

Whoa mama. That’s a beautiful sweater. You did an amazing job! Love the colors, especially the red trim.

Posted by: Lesley | 01/03/2007

Holy CRAP, that’s a perfect sweater! I adore it! Now, if they only made the pattern in fat-pregnant-lady sizes, I’d bet SET.
You’re my hero.

Posted by: Allison | 01/03/2007

The sweater looks amazing! Simply beautiful color choices.

Posted by: Jennifer | 01/03/2007

Yea for you!! It turned out absoulutely beautiful! Doesn’t Eunny write a great pattern?

Posted by: Kaitie Tee | 01/03/2007

It’s just perfect!

Posted by: Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 01/03/2007

It is perfect. So divine.

Posted by: Annika | 01/03/2007

Happy New Year. Wow, you’ve done it again. Yet another beautiful knit. Well done you.

Posted by: Posted by: Bev | 01/03/2007

Absolutely gorgeous! wow, it is stunning!

Posted by: Isela | 01/03/2007

It’s absolutely stunning!! You did a marvelous job Erin.

Posted by: vanessa | 01/03/2007

It’s beautiful! Congratulations!

Posted by: Meredith | 01/03/2007

wow, your sweater turned out soo beautiful! I love the colors you picked.

Posted by: Steph | 01/03/2007

Stunning! And indeed, what a debut for such a lovely sweater!

Posted by: Kristi aka Fiber Fool | 01/03/2007

Congratulations! It looks very chic!

Posted by: laptitelili | 01/03/2007

A knit to LIVE for! What a great place to show off a spectacular accomplishment. The sweater looks fabulous on you. You are one of the most talented knitters around!

Posted by: margene | 01/03/2007

WOW. I am totally impressed. It looks way professional. bravo!

Posted by: amanda | 01/03/2007

Absolutely stunning. It looks wonderful.

Posted by: Kendra | 01/03/2007

It’s stunning! Simply beautiful on you – amazing job! Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see what you tackle next.

Posted by: tiennie | 01/03/2007

Oooh, looks fantastic! I do say, I like it even better than the magazine version! Happy New Year! Hope you had a great trip!

Posted by: Kim | 01/03/2007

Gorgeous! You are a knitting goddess.

Happy New Year.

Posted by: Coralie | 01/03/2007

That is just amazingly beautiful. Great job and what a place to have its debut!

Posted by: Wanda | 01/03/2007

Wow, it’s gorgeous! I’m working on my own right now and it’s such a fun knit.

I read that you lost most of your pictures, and I totally sympathize. My mom and I lost about a third of our pictures from our trip to Paris a few summers ago, and it was pretty depressing. We didn’t figure it out until after she’d gone home, so we never had the chance to make up for it. Oh well, it’s an excuse to go back!

Posted by: Liz | 01/03/2007

That looks absolutely fantastic. A gorgeous, flattering sweater from an incredible pattern–the ideal combination! I’m stash-knitting for 2007, but my fall-off-the-wagon allowance is going to be the yarn for this sweater, probably to knit over the summer. Your post has made me want to do it much sooner than that.
Again, beautiful–and good notes, too!

Posted by: Posted by: Molly | 01/03/2007

Oh my, it’s beautiful! 🙂 REALLY beautiful.

You did a great job, and of course, I am super jealous because I want to knit that one right now, but I can’t. Anyway..

What a great way to show it off to the world – it is perfect for tea. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you make next.

Posted by: natalie | 01/03/2007

::swoon:: this is the first Venezia I’ve seen finished, and wow it looks so wonderful! Congrats on getting it done so quickly! Glad you made it home from Hong Kong safely.

Posted by: stefanie | 01/03/2007

applause, applause – WOW and double wow.
You did great.
It’s lovely, spectacular – and you wear it with such panache.
congrats on the beauty of it all (and on yourself 😉

Posted by: Teyani | 01/03/2007


Posted by: Posted by: Katherine | 01/03/2007

You did so many amazing knits this year ~but what a fantastic way to fininsh up the year.

Posted by: Posted by: annzy | 01/03/2007

Seriously amazing! It looks stunning on you 😉

Posted by: Lolly | 01/04/2007

I’m SPEECHLESS! Gorgeous.

Posted by: KatherineOfItAll | 01/04/2007

Wow! Incredible! I can’t believe how quickly you knit this up.

Posted by: Areli | 01/04/2007

I think you may have outdone yourself and you look absolutely fetching!

Posted by: Stefanie | 01/04/2007

What a beautiful sweater! And a debut at the Peninsula in Hong Kong, I am truly jealous. A perfect place for the perfect sweater and I do agree, you look quite fetching. Congratulations!

Posted by: KT | 01/04/2007

what can i say. it is absolutely gorgeous. i seriously want to knit one just like yours right now. pity i can’t knit with 2 or more colours, but that wouldn’t be a problem, would it ;0)!!! must.learn.now.

Posted by: vera | 01/05/2007

BTW, you’d better be wearing that Tuesday night when we’re photographed for Stitch n Bitch Nation!

Posted by: Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 01/05/2007

Bravo. Hats off.

Posted by: David | 01/05/2007

I admired this in the magazine photos, but I think your high tea shot is far more elegant. What an awesome job! Birdsong, sent by Margene and sure glad of it.

Posted by: Birdsong | 01/05/2007

hot damn, you rocked this pullover. nicely done!

i do have a question, is it an itchy sweater? i saw the jamieson stuff at shop a while ago and i remember that it felt really rough to the touch and i couldn’t imagine it feeling softer when it was knit up. how do you like it?

thanks! and good job!

Posted by: Rachel I. | 01/05/2007

I don’t know why I haven’t seen your blog before! I was doing a search on the Venezia sweater…I just started it.

I was in Hong Kong over Thanksgiving! A knitting friend of mine moved there back in May. I have tons of pictures on a blog here… www.yamproject.blogspot.com

I loved HK. Did you find all the yarn stores? I did some major damage. 🙂

Posted by: Mary | 01/05/2007

your sweater is absolutely gorgeous! I am so in love with this pattern! I love how yours turned out.

Posted by: Lauri | 01/05/2007

Erin you look stunning! absolutely stunning! Great job, the colors that you picked out work so well together. You have a million watt smile on!

Posted by: Amanda Cathleen | 01/05/2007

Really, really beautiful. I can’t believe you finished that so quickly.

Posted by: *karen | 01/06/2007

Oh my word it is gorgeous! And so flattering on you. Congrats!

Posted by: amanda | 01/07/2007

HOLY COW! Who are you? This is amazing…I can’t believe what it became….and stick with the “go-to model shot”. It’s a keeper.

Posted by: Posted by: Zada | 01/07/2007

HOLY COW! Who are you? This is amazing…I can’t believe what it became….and stick with the “go-to model shot”. It’s a keeper.

Posted by: Posted by: Zada | 01/07/2007

WOWSA! Erin… you are SO talented, I mean I always knew you were talented but WOW! It is so beautiful. And to think some thought you’d give up after dish rags…*sigh*

Posted by: Posted by: Red | 01/08/2007

Unbelievable. That might be the most gorgeous sweater EVER!! You are absolutely making me want to go against my new year’s resolution and buy yarn right now to knit that. Sadly I have so so many other things going on right now that I would never get that finished, but WOW. I’m definitely knitting that. Someday.

Posted by: Sarah | 01/08/2007

My jaw dropped when I saw these pics! It looks so great!! I love the colors you chose….I like your color scheme better than the one in the magazine. You should be very proud of yourself, that is one amazing sweater!

Posted by: Brooke | 01/08/2007

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I love the colors you chose–the deep red edging is spectacular. You’ve given me the inspiration to attempt this myself someday!

Posted by: Ashley | 01/10/2007

Absolutely gorgeous and I love the color combos you chose – great job!!!

Posted by: Vicki | 01/10/2007

Wow! The colors and the fit are perfect! Perfect work! 🙂

Posted by: Julie | 01/10/2007

oh, good god! *has heartattack*

Stunning, gorgeous, unbelievably specatular. I’m speechless…

Posted by: Sandra | 01/10/2007

Erin, this is just the most gorgeous piece of handknitting I have seen in forever. You are amazing. I just can’t imagine the powers of concentrating & attention to detail. I wish I were you!

Posted by: Gwen | 01/11/2007

WOW! De-lurking to tell you what a fabulous job you did.


Posted by: Erin | 01/11/2007

Oooh, it’s been ages since I had tea there. You’ve made me so nostalgic. Love love love your fantastic rendition of this pattern.

Posted by: Juls | 01/12/2007

I hope I commented before…but…everytime I look at this I am blown away. I am so impressed!!! 🙂

big hug

Posted by: canknitian | 01/13/2007

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