Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Still catching up...

In my last post I mentioned about some great gifts I received and should've blog about weeks ago.Mimi sent me some amazing stuffs from her US trip!

Inside the pretty box there are 2 hanks of yummy Lorna's Laces Sheperd Sock in "Watercolor" that I've been wanting to try for ages, a skein of Bernat Cotton Tots that I used for the Flower Washcloth(see previous post), a pretty accessories box that's already overstuffed by now, a cute sheep tape measure that I've been wanting too, 2 delicious smelling soap, skin and bath products from L'occitane(my fav!) and some paper set. Amazing, no? I can't thank you enough, Mimi! My mom was so impressed that I've actually got a friend who'd send me something like this ;)

And that's not all, I've got my final package from my no-longer-a-secret-pal Amy! Check out these yummy yarns she sent me! 1 skein of Trekking XXL, 2 hanks of LL Sheperd Socks(yumyum!!), 1 hank of KP Memory and 2 skeins of KP Palette.

There's also a measuring tape pen that I like a lot, it's already in my pencilcase now. Thanks for being a great pal, Amy! I love the gifts you got me!

I'm feeling really lucky to be in this community, just look at these great friends that I find here!

Anyway, I've got some more small FOs to show you too!

Fat Bottom Bag
Pattern Source: Stitch N Bitch Happy Hooker
Yarn: Sirdar yarn I got from charity shop
Hook: 5.5 mm
Comments: I love this bag! It was easy and made good use of cheap acrylic yarn. The different flower pins give different feeling to it, don't you think? It's already claimed by my Mom anyway, but I might make one for myself ;)

Unnamed Scarf
Pattern source: Out of nowhere, but I think there's something similar in SnB book
Yarn: 4 skeins of Leisure yarn, it's 50% Australian wool and 50% acrylic
Needle: 4.00 mm bamboo circular
Comments: I cast-on for this scarf on my flight here. It's a nice mindless knit, using cabling without cable needle technique. I love how the yarn looks kinda tweedy when knitted up, however it's not the softest yarn ever, I hope a little bath would change that.
Anyway, the first picture of the scarf is taken on my room window, nice view huh?

Friday, September 15, 2006

Let's catch up...

Here comes the long long belated updates ;)
Upcoming first, the FOs!

Pattern Source : Anna Bell
Yarn : Jo Sharp Dessert Cotton DK 7 skeins "Freesia"
Needle : 4.00 mm Addi
Comments : After almost a month I finally sew up the buttons for Cherry. My mom complained that the arm parts are too tight, but other than that, I think she likes it. In my family, we don't say "thank you" much, but I like to think that our appreciation towards each other are understood without the need of words. Anyway, she was a quick knit, though the pattern was a little confusing at the beginning. The yarn was really nice too, and also great value from WEBS sale.

Pattern Source : knitty.com
Yarn : Debbie Bliss Maya 1 hank
Needle : 4.00 mm Addi
Comments : Don't worry, she's not alone, I just haven't got anybody who could take the pic of both my hands. The DB Maya has been sitting in my closet here at home for 8 months, so it feels good to finally use it. It was quite a quick knit, but took me a week because I knitted it during my trip to Penang and Singapore.

Spiral Madness
Pattern Source : Nona
Yarn : Rowan Kid Classic 2 skeins
Needle : 5.00 mm
Comments : This is a very belated birthday gift that I finally gave to my friend back in August. In case you're wondering, her birthday was back in March.

Flower Washcloth
Pattern Source : Weekend Knitting
Yarn : Bernat Cotton Tots
Needle : 4.00 mm
Comments : My very first washcloth ever! Can anyone tell me what it's for? Am I supposed to use it to dry my face or wet it with soap?

Now for the WIPs

I knitted this Booga Bag before I came back with the Noro Kureyon that my SP gifted me and planned to felt it after I got home. Well, at least I tried to felt it. After about 3 hours on strong cycle with 3 pairs of jeans and changing the water every half an hour because it keeps turrning blue, it's still not felted enough. I think I can blame my stupid washing machine for not having a hot wash cycle for that.

This is supposed to be a vest of some kind, but I'm not sure yet. The yarn is K1C2 Second Time Cotton, the plan is to combine it with K1C2 Truffle for accent.

Another Fetching, this time with much longer arm. Unlike the one above, this is one isn't getting any partner. Instead I'm going to knit a Panta to go with it as birthday present for my friend. She asked for a pair of gloves and a hat, but I said "No way " straight away. So she bargained and she got one long armwarmer and a hat. The thing is, I don't think I have enough yarn left for a hat, so a headband it is.

Meet Patsy, she is from Rowan 36(If I remember correctly). I just happened to have the exact yarn, which is Rowanspun 4 ply in the exact pink colour, though not exact amount. No big deal though, I think I can manage with a shorter sleeve. She is growing ever so slowly on my 3.25mm needles.

Now for the dye job. I managed to get my cousin to buy me some Koolaid before she came back from the USA, yay! I asked for some white Patons classic wool too, but instead she got me some novelty yarn from dollar bin.....you know how I feel about them, right? Anyway, these are just a few experiments.

Too bad I haven't got complete Koolaid colours, so no blues and purples for me. I didn't follow any tutorial exactly, just read lots of them and gather the information. Oh, for your information, I used microwave and plastic containers. Now I can't wait to knit them up, but I haven't got my ballwinders!

This post was written weeks ago, but I couldn't post it because the terrible internet connection back at home. Yeah....I'm back at the UK now! I'll elaborate on my next post, and I have to show off some amazing gifts I got too! My whole body is aching me....gotta go to sleep, cya!