Sunday, October 30, 2005

Needle organiser

there's always discussions on how to organise needles, especially circular ones. how to keep them according to sizes, and never have to worry about the cords tangling. i know how frustrating it is to undo all the needles.

my way of organising also helps to keep the cord hanging straight, such that they "lose their mind" and listen to all your biddings. no more bathing them in hot and cold water.

this idea is somehow imitated, but my version needs only scotch tapes, papers and a clothes hanger. you can use cardboards if you have 13364354 needles.

as you can see, there's actually 4 slots for 4 different sizes, make more slots if you have many sizes.

you can even keep this in the wardrobe, that way you can hide from the world of the 14686350 needles which you have.

my needles have been hanging in this way the day i took them out of their packaging. so far i have only happy knitting experiences with them.

Friday, October 21, 2005

The GIT (Un)official To Knit List

in case you are baffled by what's GIT, take a look at this blog's name. :)

In order to make my stash diminish soon, i need to have a list. and for every 3 FOs, i shall reward myself with a little yarn spree. shall muster all my discipline to the end.

1. Rebecca 29 pattern #38 - Katia Capri

2. Rebecca Eyelet Wrap - Rowan Cashsoft ( i might need to get one more ball)

3. Joy from Rowan VIntage Style - Rowan Cotton Glace

4. Saffy from Rowan Denim People - Knitpicks Shine

5. Thyme from Rowan Summer Tweed - Summer Tweed

6. Madli Shawl from IK - Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud Jaggerspun Zephyr

Edited to add:
7. VK Lacy Caridgan - Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud


A) either Filatura di Crosa Zara or Schoeller Stahl Merino Stretch
for a cable sweater, this is going to be a pretty expensive. i have check out the prices for both yarns, it seems like Zara is much more expensive due to yardage. moreover Merino Stretch is the recommended yarn for this pattern. the store owner would have to place a special order for it. and this could cost a whole lot extra.

B) Rowan Felted Tweed and matching KSH for Elfin sweater. Both yarns need to be purchase online. another big budget project.

now the question lies in which plunge should i take. decisions...decisions...decisions...

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

When i'm not knitting

You would most probably find me mapling with SuzieSushi, my Fire Mage in the game. she's now at level 38 and i hope to achieve 40 by end of this week. if you are on maplesea, find me on Aquila server.

back on Hopeful's wool cotton color selection, I do go with Hiss, if it's available at the LYS, else i will settle with the Cleckheaton Machine washable wool. I might also frog the not-so-mysterious project, so i can use the yarn for the Rebecca Eyelet wrap, inspired by Vanessa.

besides Hopeful and the wrap cardigan, I'm also sitting here, in awed of THIS. I have yarn for it but was quite hesitant to start. perhaps i'm suffering from a knitter's block.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

random updates

Martha is taking a break before heading to the sleevie island. while i continue to make myself understand the instructions for my not-so-mysterious project.

and i'm on a yarn hunt for my secret sweater. i'm looking at 16 ~ 18 sts per 4 inches. wool blend would be nice. any reccommendations?

and i leave you with knitty's three new surprises.

Thursday, October 13, 2005


- of camera
- of yarns
- of inspirations

and most importantly
- of $$$

no photos as my camera is now in the midst of Shanghai. hope my folks take care of it. else they will get a brand new one as replacement. *tsk tsk*

why is it everytime i look at my stash, i don't seem to find something suitable for a pattern. even i spent time swatching, the Little Voice just keep nagging that its never gonna make it for the correct gauge. isn't this frustrating? i think this happens to lots of knitters out there.

everytime we will stash up if there's a sale or a bulk purchase (think yarncoop). hoping that this will save us some buckaroos. infact we are spending even more, spending on yarns which we don't know what it is for. even if we did plan ahead, are we going to stick to it? hardly, but personally i did for a few projects. however i really feel unhappy with some of my stash. would most probably destash soon. and i will stick to buying yarns for a single project at anytime.

on a happy note, i have finally keep to "one project at a time". no more multiple projects on my interchangeble needles. or perhaps i don't need this set any longer. might sell it for yarns? beats me.

another happier note, i did a check on my completed projects since last year when i learnt to knit. and i have been sticking to most of what i intend to knit.

1. Wavy scarf -
2. Cable poncho - VK Holiday '04
3. Mariah -
4. Clapotis -
5. Cozy -
6. Silky - Sirdar leaflet
7. Honeymoon cami -
8. Flower Basket Shawl - IK Winter 04
9. Orangina - Glampyre
10. Tivoli - Grumperina
11. Kiri -
12. Audrey - Rowan 35
13. Lucky clover wrap - SnBN
14. Spring Fling -
15. Silk Corset -
16. Butterfly - Rowan 37
17. Birch - Rowan 34

Upcoming projects crossing my fingers and toes that they will be kept.
1. Martha - Rowan 37, on the needles now
2. Sirdar sweaater, got to finish it before Xmas
3. Light blue cardi from Rebecca 29
4. Phildar cami
5. Hopeful, going to get Rowan Wool Cotton for this pattern. Tell me which is nice, ok?

Deepest Olive

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Knitting Inventory update

This post will be updated as and i stash or de-stash.
UPDATED: 29 Sept 2006, ALL items in BOLD are for sale and swap


10 x Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4ply
Shade: Enchant
Gauge: 28sts

5 x Knitpicks Wool of Andes 110yds
Shade: Coal
Gauge: 4.5 ~ 5 st

4 x Knitpicks Merino Style 123yds
Shade: Fog
Gauge: 5.5 st

12 x Phildar Aviso
Shade: Ficelle
Gauge: 16st

6 x Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool
Shade: Chocolate
Gauge: 22st

6 x Rowanspun Aran
Shade: Heath
Gauge: Aran weight

7 x Jaeger Luxury Tweed
Shade: Pebble
Gauge: 22st

5 x Rowan 4 ply cotton
Shade: Bleached
Gauge: 28st

10 x Australian Superwash wool from Taipei
Shade: brown
Gauge: DK

4 x Bendigo Rustic 12 ply
Shade: Agate
Gauge: 18st
(Please note that all Bendigo yarns are of 200gram balls.)

1 x Bendigo Alpaca 8 ply
Shade: Prism
Gauge: 20st

2 x Bendigo 4 ply cotton
Shade: New Blue
Gauge: 28st

2 x Bendigo 4 ply cotton
Shade: Lime
Gauge: 28st

1 x Bendigo Colonial
Shade: White
Gauge: DK

12oz Jaggerspun Zephyr
Shade: Aegean Blue
Gauge: Lace wt

8 x Jaeger Siena 140m/153yds
Shade: 423 Petunia
Lot: 1414240
Gauge: 28st/38rows

2 x Regia Sock yarn
Shade: ?
Gauge: ?

2 x Lorna Laces Shepherd Socks
Shade: Purple Iris

1 x Trekking XXL
Shade: 100

7 x (no brand)
Shade: 4 in red wine and 3 in varigated of blues and greens
Gauge: same as KSH

5 x Jaeger Trinty
Shade: Hibiscus
Gauge: DK weight

2 x Bendigo 4 ply cotton
Shade: Lotus
Gauge: 28st

8 x Rowan 4 ply Soft
Shade: Buzz
Gauge: 28 sts /10 cm

6 x Kanebo fingering weight wool
Shade: dark dusty rose
Gauge: 33sts/10cm

8 2 x Rowan 4 ply Cotton 170m/186yds
Shade: Trutti Frutti
Gauge: 28st/38rows

4 3 x Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud
Shade: Iris x 2, Midnight x 3
Gauge: Lace weight

2 x Knitpicks Sock Garden 220yds
Shade: Hydrangea
Gauge: 7-8st

1 x Bendigo 8 ply cotton
Shade: Lilac
Gauge: DK

2 x Knitpicks Simple Stripes 231yds
Shade: Snapdragon
Gauge: 7-8st

10 x Rowan Cotton Glace 115m/125yds
Shade: 810 Splendor
Lot: 20E4
Gauge: 23st/32rows

3 x Rowan Kidsilk Haze
Shade: Majestic

1 x RYC Cashsoft 4 ply 197yds
Shade: Baby Blue
Gauge: 28st/36rows

4 x Debbie Bliss Cathay 100m/109yds
Shade: 01 Black
Gauge: 22st/30rows

10 x Noro Silk Garden
Shade: #88
Gauge: 18st

4 x Sirdar Pure Cotton 4 ply
Shade: Pink
Gauge: 28st/38rows

1 x Boye Needlemaster
1 x Denise Interchangebles
and 15 sets of assorted circular needles
2 x Clover dpns size US1

1 x Clover pink chibi
1 x retractable measuring tape
80 x beaded-head pins (for blocking)
5 x stitch holders
26 x beaded stitch and row markers

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Rowan International

Here I am sitting on the fence whether to subscribe to Rowan mag. With Laura's reminder, I went in search and found this discussion.

So i guess i will only subscribe if Rowan does not fail to churn out good patterns for the next magazines. The fee does covers everything even the free yarn kit, consider the fact Kidsilk Haze in not available in Singapore. One more pro is that, i can extend the discount on books to my fellow local knitters.

Above all, I still feel the pinch to spent 30Pounds (about SGD100). Shoot me!

In view of my new found assignment, which requires me to burn 8-9 hours, i'm really behind my knitting schedule. *pouts*

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

VK Holiday 2005

I'm in love with these two.

You can preview the mag HERE

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