Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Lady Eleanor : A Knotty Finish

I haven't got the time to model it before the sun set. so here's a picture of it on my favorite chair. The chair is really old, at least as old as yours truely. So pleae forget about the rust and old paint.
Pattern: Lady Eleanor from ScarfSTYLE
Yarn: 10 balls of Noro Silk Garden in #88
Needle: 4.5mm circulars
Size: NA
Time to finish: since May 7th till June 24th

It has been months since I last posted an official FO report. Blame the procastinator in me, I have a few others on hand which have yet to be photographed. Anyway, Lady E has been sailing smoothly with me. It was a good chance to pick up entre-lac, something that had me curiously sought after. Yarn-wise, I had a good time picking at the tweeds and what's-not from the single ply, machine spun of 45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair and 10% Lamb's Wool.

I thought I would be knitting this for a longer time, but when i reached the 6th ball, things started up pick up. The real adrenlina rush was when I start to cut the trimmings. I was so close yet so far. Thank goodness, the weather had been dry and hot and she was able to dry in one day after her bath. And then she stands taller than me.

And then came the time to do the knotted fringes. It took like 3-4 hours just to plan and get the knots done. And then it was the last knot, took a deep breathe and it was over.

Not really over, it's just the start of a new relationship with the Lady Eleanor.

Worth Coveting

After reading so much reviews about the Vesper Sock Yarns from www.knitterlythings.com, I just got to give it a try. I finally had the chance when someone posted on knitty board that Julia is having some on her etsy store. I was crossing my fingers that there would be at least 1 hank left. Lucky me, I had 2 choices of colorway. And here's what I got: Its call Sweetwater, very summery colour. Now I need a good sock pattern.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

To the end, almost

Yes, the end is near for Lady E. I'm on the last ball of Silk Garden. The bunch of yarns were cut in 40" each for the trimmings. As I get nearer to the end, the stronger is the adrenlina. I'm so looking forward to have her finished. Meanwhile she is massive even at 400g.

Here's the prize for Belinda for winning in my contest. Took the pics before I gifted her yesterday. Two hanks of yarns, wonderfully dyed by Kessa, The Singing Yarn. She does custom dyeing too. So check out with her.

Meanwhile I had another stashing yesterday after meeting with the knit group. This cutey balls of yarn, each 25g 73metres, are really hard to resist. I got 2 boxes of them, they should be enough to make a short sleeved top. Next are the yarns from Filatura di Crosa, the cream latte is Millefili Fine 100% mercenrized cotton. The 3 balls of magenta are Zarina, doesn't merino wool sound yummy? Anyway, both additions are spoken for. Guess I need to start destashing or have a yarn diet.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Knitting in Public

With the regards to the WWKIP Day last saturday, I want to put a in few words about my KIP. WARNING: This is going to be super wordy.

I KIP a lot, almost daily. I will feel kind of lost, staring into blank space, trying to avoid eye contact and pretending to fall asleep. All of that when I don't have a project in hand. So having my knitting during my commuting has really became a part of me.

Even when I was a beginner then, I wasn't shy to KIP too. I was always amazed by the new techniques I learnt that I want to do in public, showing it off silently. Exclaiming in every stitches that Hey, see I can do knit and purl stitches without wrapping the needle the wrong way.

I will received curious stares and overheard murmurings. I used to knit too, but gave up since I have no time for it OR It's such a waste of time, I rather buy from the shelves OR Who would wanna wear sweaters or scarves in this weather?!?! Many atimes, I wanted to voice out to these non- and ex-knitters, but I was way too cool with my knitting than to have such words disrupt my knitting peace.

Above all, I still received compliments from onlookers. Some of them do not know the time and effort put into it but after I told them how much time I spent, they were always in oohs and ahhs. So I guess it always nice to meet a fellow knitter who knows how to appreciate.

Since I stay on one end of the island, I tend to get a seat easily on the commute aka MRT(This is one of the most travelled public transportation in Singapore). Then one day, a lady got in 5 stations after me, which the cabin was crowded by then . Maybe it was a knitter's radar to detect another knitter's presence, I felt that she's a knitter too. She doesn't look too much like one, with a power suit and carrying a laptop case. A few stops later many passenger got off and she managed to grab a seat diagonally opposite me. I thought my senses were wrong so I carried on knitting for a while. I was engrossed in my knitting that it was only when I heard the broadcast that I realised I need to get off on the next stop. I glanced up and saw the power suit lady was knitting a dark blue scarf. woohooooo....was my radar accurate? u bet!

A littel bit about my WIPs, Something Brown is on hold till I'm done with Lady E. Lady E is growing at a amazing speed since I brought her around with me. 3 more balls before I give her a good soak. I will have more time with FFL when I get more stuffs off the needles. I so wanted to finish Lady E. I am so closeeeeeeee......

PS. This post was inspired after listening to the first 13 minutes of this podcast

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Blogspotlight Show #1 Local Knitters' Blogs

There's some pretty new knit blogs springing on this tiny island of Singapore.

Firstly, there's Dor at My Hobby My Thoughts. Take a peek at her latest FO for her niece Ethel.

Here's another from Reina at Knit Journey. She must be one who carries her knitting with to and fro work. Hope she has better luck on her Japanese top.

Hope to see more blogs from local knitters.

Sunday, June 11, 2006


I tend to multi-task a lot. A good example will be knitting, chatting over MSN with other knitters and also my latest addictions on podcast, especially those with knitting content. If you have any podcast that you subscribe to, do intro them to me. I'm thirsty for more podcast. <3

I had been organising quite a number of sprees recently. and here's one of the loot. The stuffs were packed in the smallest box, once I unpack, they started to overflow.

So, what had my needles been busy with? During the past week, I cast on for Something Red in a brown yarn. I wasn't able to continue since I left it behind in office. The weekend was spent alternating between Lady E and FFL. Lady E is still quite enjoyable so she has really grow quite a bit, half grown to be exact. FFL is getting tedious even on 3rd repeat. But I MUST persevere! 7 more rows to complete 3rd repeat.

Saturday was the WorldWide Knit in Public Day. Since our group did not register for this event, I was out for some yarn store crawling. I got yarns for 3 projects. I did a reservation for 10 balls of organic cotton which should be due soon.

And after which I met up with Kessa at the nearby fastfood outlet for a "lonely" KIP. Poor gal was sneezing throughout cuz her nose was kind of sensitive with the Rowanspun 4 ply which she had with her. Moreover, it was a rainy day. I guess she needs a mask if she were to continue else she better knit with some other fibres.

Off for somemore podcast.

Monday, June 05, 2006

When I go blopping

That's what Kessa calls it when u go blog-hop.

Take a look at Jenn's collection of Blues

Another Diamond Fantasy Shawl by Jessica

Knitting Iris is getting her dream room.

Seems like Orangina is starting up at quite a few blogs, including this and here.

I quite like her style of bookscraping.

I would love to make one of this.

The Amazing Lace has commenced.

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