First, the goods. By special request: how to knit bobbles.
Filmed from the rooftop of the hostel in Mendoza, Argentina:
Bobble Instructions: Large (5-st) bobble
pso = pass stitch over
Row 1: Into same st: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1. Remove st from needle (4 sts increased). Turn.
Row 2: P across 5 sts in bobble. Turn.
Row 3: K across 5 bobble sts. Turn.
Row 4: P across 5 sts in bobble. Turn.
Row 5: Sl1, k2tog twice, pso, pso. K across row. Turn. Bobble is finished.
Row 6: Purl across row once more.
And now, some photos from Argentina, and some thoughts on living here.
A cool knit hat that a girl was wearing in the phone store.
Making felt (“fieltro”) with a new knitting friend. We were making a purse (below)…
I love the garbage-removal service at the apartments here – you hang your bag of trash on this tree branch at 3:00pm (15:00, that is), and a gentleman comes by to pick it up.
And, I have a local yarn store WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE of my apartments. The sights there made me so happy!
My home rocks.
There are a lot of “street dogs” here, that sort of belong to everyone and no one. Here, I caught one guy outside a pet store, where they keep bags of dog food outside with no lids. Poor guy!
Also, I’m learning how to make mate delicious. A bitter drink if not prepared properly, it can be delicious and satisfying if made just right.
The secret is adding small amounts of hotter and hotter water as the kettle heats up, and letting the yerba soak up the water slowly. And NEVER let the water boil.
My roommate pronounced this “un buen mate” – high praise!!
Here’s a preview of my latest design with local wool – it’s a neck muff knit sideways with the thick-and-thin yarn from last week’s post, shaped to make it huge in front, and kitchenered with a contrasting yarn.
I’m also designing a quick pair of bulky two-at-a-time-ready mittens, which is a class that’s been requested for quite a while. Here’s a sneak peek – you can see how exciting these mittens are!
And lastly, here are me and my roommate working in the living room on a lazy Sunday (“un domingo tranquilo”)…
The TV is on, as is requisite in any Latin-American household (here was Harry Potter in Spanish).
Remember I told you mate is a drink for sharing among friends? Here we have 2 separate mates because he is sick…
Some thoughts and observations on living in Argentina so far: It’s awesome, but pretty different.
You have to wait longer in stores, because they have an incredibly inefficient system of buying stuff: enter, take a number, wait in line, order your (empanadas, meat, vegetables, etc), possibly wait for them to heat up whatever it was that you ordered, wait in another line to pay, pay the cashier, and then get your stuff.
On the other hand, I waited 15 minutes last night for the pizzeria to hand-make my empanada order right then – and 5 incredibly delicious and couldn’t-be-fresher empanadas set me back $3.75.
However, a lot of stuff here is more expensive than in the States, because you can’t get it at a big-box store. I needed a desk, so Emiliano and I decided to buy a new living-room/dining-room table and that he would give me the one that was previously in the living room.
The cheapest dining-room table you can buy costs about $200, and is made of solid wood, by an actual person, who probably lives in the same town that you bought the table in.
Other differences? Well, they think it’s cold here, even though it’s about 40 degrees and sunny. For Aspen, it’s simply balmy! I actually got PICKED UP BY THE POLICE yesterday for walking down the sidewalk barefoot (hey, my shoes hurt) – I guess they wanted to make sure I wasn’t crazy.
I was detained in the police station for about 30 minutes while they verified my identity. Sheesh!
Everyone loves fútbol, which means there’s always something on TV that everyone likes. Which is good, because TV is a constant here (maybe it is in the States, too – I don’t know – back home, we don’t have one).
Watching the important games gives me something current to chat about with the people who live here. “Did you see the game yesterday?! I know, those fans were insane…”
What else – everyone kisses on the cheek to say hello – they NEVER shake hands.
It’s really “yanqui” (“yankee,” that is) – marks you right away as a foreigner. I’ve learned now when meeting people for the first time to just lean in for a kiss!
If you come into a house with four people, you walk up to each person and give them a kiss on the cheek. Each time you see them. It’s pretty rad!
Basically, Argentina rocks. I can’t wait to share my new patterns with you! The scarf will be first, and hopefully give you some inspiration for what to do with that thick-and-thin handspun that you just had to buy but have no idea what to do with.
It will also be a great project to do with a new-ish intermediate knitter, since it incorporates a few select intermediate techniques, but is a very quick knit.
Thanks for reading this long post, and for all your lovely comments last week. Till next week – hasta luego!