Sunday, February 05, 2006

I think I need to starve myself

Tracy! Look what you have done to me...

10 skeins of RYC Cashsoft DK in Poison and Sweet to knit Eunny's Deep V Argyle Vest. I had very limited colour choices from the shop, but I think these look fine.
I can't bring myself to start knitting it. Honestly, the chart looks very intimidating to me, I'm scared! Oh well, I just signed up for the Olympics with this pattern, I'm sure everyone knows which Olympics I'm talking about. Looks like I'll be missing a couple of days' sleep.

1 skein in Sage to knit Odessa. I can't find the right beads though, and it's not helping that I'm clueless about beads. I went to a beads shop today, probably the only beads shop around here, and they don't stock size 6! Help!

2 skeins of Regia Mini pringles to knit the ever so famous Jaywalker that every(well, almost) bloggers seem to have knit. Well, I love them too!

3 skeins of Rowan Plaid in Bramble and 1 skein of Rowan Calmer in Tinkerbell from the sale bin, each at GBP 4.12.
No prize for guessing how much money I spent. I'm broke.
(Since this post was written, I've went there again and get another ball of Plaid, I can't just leave it alone, right?)

The store where I got this mini treasure from is a fabric store, with a nice(and hidden!) yarn department upstairs. They stocks Rowan and Jaeger, and the cheaper novelty kind like Sirdar, Wendy's, etc. Too bad they don't stock all the shades, only about 5 shades of the RYC Cashsoft DK that I bought. I had a chance to see(and fondle) in person Rowan's latest yarns. Nothing tempting though. I saw a new Jaeger yarn called Roma which looks very nice, but didn't get a chance to touch it. It looks very promising, I tell you. The customer service is nothing to speak of, you know, GD style.
But I think you know where my money will go for the rest of my 7 months here.

I went there again today(the rest of the post is written yesterday) and I saw some old ladies admiring novelty yarns. One of them was holding a ball of white fun fur, and said to her friend "Will you knit me a jumper out of this?". I hope she's joking.

On my way back from church(me and my housemate go to church every Sunday, have lunch and do a little shopping), I stop by at a charity shop, and found these...

3 packs of yarns at 99p each. Most is acrylic, but there are 3 100g skeins of "I Can't Believe It's Not Cotton" acrylic yarns that's really nice. One pack(the dark blue one) has got no fiber contents written, it's from "The Yorkshire Mohair Mill", but feels nothing like mohair.
I think it's funny how one skein of yarn from the yarn store could be more expensive than 3 packs of yarn from thrift store. I'm not ever going to compare acrylic to Rowan though.
But I love bargains, so I guess I'll be checking out those charity shops every week!

Yesterday was really tiring, I had to do homework the whole night! For more than 7 hours. Our teacher expect us to spend 6 hours a day doing homework! Hello?? Somebody needs to remind her that we only have 24 hours a day.
Well, anyway, I went to take a walk around the shopping area during my 3 hours break today, and came across a Chinese grocery store. Imagine my joy to find Maggi hot chilli sauce there! And they even have Indonesian instant noodle. I was so happy!

Oops, I almost forgot....I knitted this 2 days ago, finished in about 5 hours.

It's a Panta!! I'm late to the game and it seems like millions of it have been knitted by now. It's knitted in Silk Garden, which I just fell in love with. I love the colours! I wore it a whole day yesterday and have been planning to knit some more, my friends love it too ;) This one is the thinner version, since I wasn't sure I could wear the original size, but I've changed my mind now. to do my homework now, and all my lovely yarns will be screaming at me because I won't knit them!


Mimi said...

Nothing like yarns to brigthen up!
The pink and eggplant Cashsoft are a good choice for the Argyle Vest.
You've chosen a pretty yarn for your Panta, and you look great in the photo!

erin said...

Yuvee, I won't mind starving (a little) if I had yarn like this here. It would be good for me as all the Chinese New Year pineapple tarts have landed straight on my belly. I couldn't help laughing when I read about customer service GD style! Your cashsoft yarn is going to be good for argyle. I'm beginning to think argyle is very classy and so English. I'll be cheering you on when you start.
Your panta looks really good, hmm, I think my daughter should have one to keep her hair off her face. I'll go and see if the pattern is easy enough for her to knit on her own.

Glad you found the Chinese grocery store, it is essential to have sambal oelek to eat with egg or maggi mee when you miss local food. And look around a bit more, surely you will find a Chinese takeaway with reasonable prices. And study hard too :)

Toni said...

Pretty yarn! Try Fire Mountain Gems and Beads online. I get most of my supplies there.

happyspider said...

oh wow! im in love with your cashsoft... soooo pretty
the panta looks great, just be careful your friends dont steal it before you knit some for them :)

handknit168 said...

Oh, you bought so many yarns recently. I like to buy knitting books instead, but the books are always expensive.

joy said...

Broke, but happy happy happy! ;) That's such gorgeous yarn. Good for you for knitting the argyle vest for the Olympics!! I'll be cheering you on!

siluetkucing ( said...

Alo... I'm indonesian too, very new to knitting... but it's so great to find others Indonesian knitters! (dont know many fellow indonesian knitters here... yea maybe it's the hot weather's fault lol)
It's kinda hard to find yarn shops in Jakarta... you know one? I only know Blueberry in Kemang, Hobby Craft, and Crayon in Bandung. Any great yarn shop I miss?? And any advice on finding cheaper needles? You've been knitting longer than I do so maybe you know more. This newbie needs help :D

PS: my email's

Tracy said...

Now that's better, couldn't have you pining away for yarn ;)