Monday, May 29, 2006

A-List updated

I think I even updated my Knitting Inventory. Take a look on my sidebar.

Well, here's some kntting related books to look forward to, and might most probably make good Christmas presents for knitters.

The title sounds familiar right? I just hope this might be better than One Skein

After getting on and over, Nicky's back with Beyond the edge. The review sounds promising.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to receive my Amazon order.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Weekend Update #?

This weekend had been full of CSI Season 1 and with that, loads of knitting done. I finished the back and both sleeves of Blazer 33, but forgotten about 1952 as she was hidden beneath Lady E. I was stuck with the instructions for the front pieces of Blazer 33 so I went back to Lady Eleanor. And now I have 5 more balls to work on, tenth ball would be used for the edgings.

I'm having a love-hate relationship with Aviso. It's very soft and nice to work with, however it splits like crazy when I'm not looking. In my opiniont it has pretty good stitch definition.

And I got a little package from Ms SP 8. Here's a picture to show what she sent me. The package reached me few days ago, but I don't have the time to post about it. Thanks a lot Ms SP. And this reminded me to send out my box to my spoilee.

There's plenty of CSI dvds to catch up.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Types of Knitters II

(You can find Part I here)

Maybe knitting habit has something to do with your zodiac sign. I was born in August and that makes me a Leo. No doubt the big hearted gal that I am, I could be quite sly. =p Anyway, that's during the PMS days. I'm not a meticulous person, I can even make mistakes while following the pattern instructions, strictly. Thus I'm a regular at the frog pond, and the incidences are too frequent to be reported.

I know not why, but knitters who kept on swatching and measuring their swatch really freak me out big time. Those are the knitters who worship Perfectionism. They need to have the exact yarn which the pattern called for, no subsitutes can come close. Or maybe they are just not that adventurous. But of course, only the original yarn can bring out the feel and look of the pictures in the book itself.

Even with the original yarn, the gauge could be a little different. so the Perfectionist knitter will keep trying with different sizes till gauge is attained. The logic is that you will be getting a much smaller or bigger finished object once the gauge is slightly off. My point is, even the person who knitted the very first piece of that pattern miight always have slight changes in gauge. So I guess its a give and take issue. And also whether you are able to live with the mistakes. I think it reflects every much on a person's character and what's their perception on the same issues.

On my part, I tend to do the short-cut way. If I am able to get the original yarn, God bless~~ Else I will look around for other people who may have subsitute with another yarn or a different needle size. And this is really faster; learning from other knitters' lessons. I really hate to knock myself against the wall resulting in bruises and blood before getting things correct. It also depends how precious the project is to me. If its gonna be huge (like FFL), I will definitely swatch, but if I'm able to find similar yarn (like 1952) I'll just go ahead and cast on, measuring as I go along. Call me the bummer knitter if you want, but I just find that knitting should be relaxing and fuss-free. Getting paranoid about how the end product wil be, is absolutely uncalled for.

So just sit back relax, and enjoy the process one stitch at a time.

Monday, May 22, 2006

From the office

Just pop in to say a few words at the office.

- FFL progressing very slowly, 4th row, 3rd repeat of Chart 2.

- Lady Eleanor on the 4th ball of Silk Garden

- 1952 is almost an FO. She just need a warm bath.

- The first ball of Aviso for Blazer 33, from Phildar #443, is coming to an end soon.

- surfing ebay for an affordable ball winder as the LYS is not bringing in any for quite sometime.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Goodies stashies

I'm too tired to type out the post, so I'll leave the pictures to explain myself.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Chasing the Postman/Parcels

I think I had shared my story with the knitters in my group. Since I hasn't been updating with pictures, this tale came in a good time.

I was napping in a warm afternoon. The heat was too much and I was already half awakeen by it. Vaguely, I heard noise coming from the door and asked my brother to answer it. Unfortunately he was on his PS2, and refuse to move. Then he reminded me that it might be the postman. Who would be knocking on the door on a Saturday afternoon? My family members have their own set of keys. Before I manage to be fully awaken by these thoughts, I was already out of bed pulling my hair back with the hairband, straightening my clothes. From my kitchen window, I spied the Postman hoping onto his scooter.

And with lightning speed, I dashed to the lift with the delivery notice, pressing the buttons insanely. Hoping that with the press of a button I will appear instantly infront of the Postman. Perhaps you have no idea that I'm staying on the tenth storey. Going by the stairs might not be a good idea as I may tripped and roll down to the ground floor.

By the time I reached ground floor, I spotted his scooter and made a 50 metres dash. Thank goodness he was at the lift lobby of the opposite block. Passed him the notification slip and he handled over my package.

And I hugged the package as I strolled back home.

Talking about packages, it had been like Christmas-came-early during last week. 5 packages reach me and I'm going to collect another 2 after work today. With the increase in packages, I think I got to go on a diet again. duh~~

Meanwhile, I think I need to replace my pair of Papillo Gizeh with something from the Birkenstock range. Maybe a pair of gold/brown Madrid would be nice for everyday wear.

Decisions ....di zzi sions~~

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Ninja knits

stolen from inex.

Ninja animation

Too cute~~~

Ninja animation

Itchy Fingers, My

My fingers got itchy and cast on for a new project. Well, at least I'm knitting from the stash. Anyway, I had the yarns just for this project and got it at the cheapest with the help of Maryann. Thank you again!

Needless to say this is what was gathered on the floor (where I'm knitting). Imagine having this x10 after completing the whole project.

If you still have no clue what I'm working on: It's Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style. This is one book which I have knitted most from or wanted to knit from. You can judge by the 12 inch ruler which I had placed, Lady E is going to be bulky for me to carry around soon. So I wil alternate it with FFL. Speaking of which I had not touch on this weekend. Current dimension is 20" by 8.5", and I've only used 1 ball. I like using Silk Garden, it works up fast and soft. Just that I had the tendencies to pick out all the twigs and tweeds, and this slows down my knitting.

I need to get 1952 back on track. Happy knitting!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Secret Pal 9

Here's another list for my previous SP5. just in case.

The list was for SP8, I have reviews and change a few things. - 3rd Oct 2006

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Natural fine fibers does the treat. I think a peek at my stash will give you a better story
Keep acrylic to the minimum.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
here’s how I organize.

3. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I’ve been knitting since Fall 2004 and have knitted quite a bit, from simple stockinette stitches to cables to laces.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I love fruity and floral scents. Nothing foody please.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Dark chocolates are the best! Else M&Ms will do.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I do love to try spinning. I’m into a bit of crochet but never seem to finish that crochet scarf.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Anything that falls along the line of Diana Krall.
I play MP3s on my computer

9. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
I can’t wear dark blues, at least I can’t see myself knitting will that color.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I’m staying with my folks. No pets.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
These are too warm to be fashionable in Singapore

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
No favorite items but I have a list of To Knit.

13. What are you knitting right now?
More sweaters are on the way after finishing Salina.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
I love to keep and admire them.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circulars! I have Inox greys, Clover Aluminium and Addi Turbos. I’ve said it all.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I have both.

17. How did you learn to knit?
Self taught with online videos.

18. How old is your oldest UFO?
It would be Martha, I may be celebrating her 2nd birthday very soon..

19. What is your favorite holiday?
Yarn store hopping, yarn shopping.

20. Is there anything that you collect?

21. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I have been coveting for the latest RYC's fall pattern collection and Louisa Harding's latest collection,RYC Classic Woman, cashmere and silk yarns. I had my Interweave Knits subscription renewed.

22. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I want to do continental style knitting. Fair Isle as well.

23. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I have knitted socks. I’m UK 6 and US 37.

24. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
August 11th.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Frost Flowers & Leaves Update #2

This is the third weekend I spent with FFL. From the previous 248 stitches, I now have 552 stitches on the 60cm needle. All in all i have done a total of 20040 stitches and this is just the tip of the iceburg. I even timed myself for every repeat which was about 5 minutes, with 4 repeats, per round will need 20 minutes. I gonna do some maths here

Let's say its gonna take about 25 minutes for 550 stitches.

110 sts = 5 mins
And if i were to do 6 more repeats of CHart 2:
Total no of sts left , 134768 - 20040 = 114728 (!?!?!?)

I need another 5215 mins = 86 hours = approximately 4 days of continous knitting. But i don't have that luxury of knitting 24/7. If each weekend i can only spare 16 hours of knitting, I will need another 6 weekends to finish knitting and probably another weekend to block it.

Here's proof of 15% done.
Chart 1 + 1 repeat of Chart 2 = 82 rows
and why the bad picture? cuz my hands can't keep still after hours of knitting. I need a good massage~

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