Thursday, July 27, 2006

Hats Off

Last weekend I was in a little hat knitting frenzy. Look what I got from less than 2 days of knitting.

Pattern Source: Rowan It's A tape Thing
Yarn: 2 skeins of Rowan Cotton tape
Needle: 8mm Addi circular and 6mm crochet hook

Stripy Beret
Pattern Source: July Simply Knitting
Yarn: Rowan Handknit Cotton DK
Needle: 6mm straight bamboo

You might be able to tell that I'm feeling a little cutesy here ;)
If I'm counting, I think my most knitted item is hat. I've got at least 6 now, but I rarely wear them. My head will usually feel really damp with hats on, not to mention helmet hair.

Anyway, I've been practising some sewing with my school's old sewing machine lately! After a little cosmetic bag and a pencil case, both snapped by my friends before I have a chance taking picture of them, I made this little tote yesterday.

It turns out smaller than expected, but I'm still so proud of myself! It happens to be the perfect size for my so called "schooling". I'm warning of another possible addiction here, my fabric stash is growing at a very alarming rate, most of them are pretty cotton from Liberty Tana Lawn line. Guess what, I even bought some Simplicity pattern, 4170 and 4129. Am I being over ambitious here? I'm still pretty much an idiot about sewing, so I got these two books to help me out. Can you tell I can't wait to go home to my lovely sewing machine?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A little questionnaire

This is for SP contest entry, and my reason for doing this is simply because I love doing questionnaire! Of course...the prize won't hurt ;D
Here goes...

1. What is your favorite season?
I don't know what Autumn is like, so my answer for now is spring!

2. Where is or would be your favorite place in the world to take a vacation? favourite so far is Turkey....but Venice should be fantastic too, I just need to get there.

3. If you could have any job in the world and not worry about finances (everything would be taken care of), which means you'd be doing something you actually like, what would it be?
What else? I'd be making stuffs non-stop and actually be able to sell them ;) Perfect.

4. What is your favorite project to knit or crochet?
Shawl, maybe. I don't wear them but I love them.

5. What is your favorite food - whether it be a main dish, dessert, snack, whatever?
Crab with padang sauce (Indonesian food)...yummm...

6. What is your favorite way to relax and unwind?
Knit and read, knit and watch, knit and listen.

I got lots to blog about, hopefully tomorrow ;)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Much belated updates...

I can't believe that despite my slow knitting progress, I manage to have so many FOs that I haven't shown you.
First up, the long awaited modelled pic of Phildar no.33 blazer!

Phildar No.33 Blazer
Pattern source: Phildar 443
Yarn: Phildar Aviso 14 skeins
Needle: 5.00 mm 60 cm wooden circular
Comment: Maybe it's because of my stupidity making the sleeves bigger. Now it's TOO big, and not just the sleeves but the waist too. The whole fit is just so unflattering. And to make it even worse, the whols thing is soo...heavy. There's no way I can wear it for summer without getting drenched in sweat. Anyway, I'm not wearing it with that outfit, I just happned to be all dressed up when I remember that I should take a picture of it while my friend is around.
If I'm going to knit it again, I'll make sure to use lighter yarn and knit smaller size. This just prove one thing to me, using the recommended yarn doesn't always guarantee good result.

Up next, my first FO of July, in celebratition of Project Spectrum!

Pattern source: Rowan It's A Tape Thing
Yarn: Rowan cotton tape 4 skeins
Needle: 8.00 mm and 13.00 mm
Comments: Another quick and cute little knits! I love the yarn, and how quick it works up. The whole thing took me probably 4 days to finish. The neckline is a little too high for my liking, but I still think it's cute and perfect for summer anyway.
For your information it's done first week of July. Do you notice that it's the first time I actually finish something for Project Spectrum? Told ya July is a good month for me.
Anyway, please ignore my messy little room in the background. But if you squint your eyes you might notice the two packs of yarns lying on top of my hideous but practical yarn bag. My friend helped me to pick it up from Liberty sale, after many long awkward calls involving her trying to explain the shades to me. RYC Cashsoft Dk in Crush and RYC Soft Tweed in Twig. Quite a good bargain at £20 each pack ;)

Cherry is almost done.

But I ran out of yarn for the button bands and neckband!! Duh. I guess I'll just seam it up while waiting for my extra yarn to get here. Anyway, the yarn Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK cotton, the same yarn that Anna used. Duh, I just realised that there's an errata for it. ;(

Anyway, thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes ;) I didn't have a good birthday, but the best part is that I get an online reunion with my best friends, so at least I'm happy for that. I was going to write a whole post about being 19 and getting all sentimental and all that. Then I realise that there's nothing really special after all, so I'm going to spare you that.
Now I just can't wait to go home! I can't believe I've got less than 3 weeks ;D A trip to Penang and Singapore is on the schedule too, so let me know if you want me to "da bao" anything for you!

Oh, before I forgot, the yarn I'm using for my Pomatomus socks is Trekking XXL.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Another post from class

Yay! I finally get to post! My internet connection at home still seems to be working only for a few minutes a day, lucky I got a tv now. And Mimi is right too, no internet means more knitting!
Anyway, first I want to show you the fabulous gifts that my SP sent me. Thanks so much SP!!

She(I'm assuming here) sent me some Noro Kureyon to knit the Booga bag, it's going to be my first felting project! Yay!
There are also lots of handmade stitch markers and jewelleries, made from semi precious stones and other fun stuffs. Thanks again SP, I can't wait to start knitting the bag so that I can felt it when I go home.

I went to Liberty a few weeks ago expecting great sale, but most of the yarns on sale were big yarns from Rowan. I did manage to get these though.

9 balls of Rowan Cotton Tape, the pattern leaflet and 2 piece of gorgeous fabrics. The purple cotton tape has been turned into an FO ever since this picture was taken, just in time to celebrate the Project Spectrum. I haven't got a chance to wear it though, modelled pic coming real soon. As for the fabrics.....I'm desperate to turn them into summer dress, which won't be anytime soon judging my sewing skill. But ever since I got them I've been practising sewing by making small stuffs, will show you soon too. I'm hoping to get a dress pattern and attempt to sew them when I go home to my sewing machine.

Here's one of my WIP, the Knitty's Pomatommus sock, which is supposed to be for last month's Project Spectrum.

I'm doing the foot of the first sock now, working a few rows a day in bus and class.

I'm going home in less than a month!! Yay! Happy as I am, this also means that I must knit faster if I want to finish my mom's Cherry, my aunt's shawl, my friend's super late birthday scarf and maybe a shawl for my teacher. Well, so I guess it's kind of a good thing the internet broke down.

Another essay to write tonight, this time about xenotransplant (did I manage to tempt you to google it?). My friend is coming over for weekend so I expect little knitting done.
Oh, and just because I'm so thick-skinned, it's my birthday next Tuesday ;D

Monday, July 10, 2006

I know I haven't been gone that long, but it feels like eternity.
Blogging doesn't get worse than this. I have so many things to show you, and all of the sudden my internet connection just won't work. Arggghh!!
So now I(and you) have to endure blogging strictly at school only.
I promise a proper post soon. Watch out for new FOs, new WIPs, new yarns, and SP gifts!

Dear Anky,
Yeah, I did the increase the way Kessa did it.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

all the small things

There are times when we all crave knitting the small things...things that only take a small amount of time and yarn. Who doesn't love instant gratification anyway?
My knitting lately has been all about those small stuffs. Let's see what I have on my needles now...
-Knitty Shedir
-Knitty Pomatomus
-Fat Bottom bag from Happy Hooker
-Glampyre's Minisweater

Yarn : Rowan Calmer, 2 skeins red and 1 skeins purple
Needle : Suzanne ebony needle 5.0 mm
Modification : smaller gauge, stripes
This is a stashbusting project, knitted for my necessity of having a small cardigan in my summer wardrobe. I love how it comes out, and the yarn is a real pleasure to work with.
-Colinette Point 5 scarf

I knitted this months ago, but blogger acted up when I wanted to blog about it, and it was long forgotton, until now.
-Glampyre's OSW. I knitted this about a month ago, but again, haven't blog about it. I've been wearing it a couple of times, but no picture so far.

July is here!!! I'm so happy since it means the period of being broke in June is over ;) I'm going to London today to rummage through all the sales! Yeah, including the yarn sales too ;p And of course, July is also the month of my birthday. Since I'm nowhere near happy of being almost a year older, I can't stop thinking what to gift myself.
Have a great weekend everyone! Happy July!