Saturday, January 28, 2006

Gong Xi Fa Cai! I'm 20 next week!

I have to apologize to everyone for not updating earlier. But you know...when we don't post for some time then you just get lazy to do it, I think Erin mentioned about it too.
So...yes, I do have internet connection in my room today, so I better post at least once a week(count it as my new year resolution!). I've been really busy for the past few days, doing homeworks and assignments.
One of the biggest one is making this...

A chair!!
Can you believe I'm actually making a chair? Well, it's not a real one, only quarter the size, but it's the right size for little kids. And it's recyled! And it's strong enough for you to sit on!
It's one of the assignment we had to do, and I had a lot of fun making it, despite all the knitting time lost. I was a bit lost at the starting of the course because we had to draw and paint. And I can honestly say that I'm not a very artsy person. But this? This I can do. Why? Cos I'm crafty! You hear me? I AM crafty.
Hehe...sorry about that, I was just struggling a bit on the art side, so it feels good when there's something I'm good at.

Now that you know what I've been doing...surely I can be excused for not having knitterly things to show, right? No? Well...if you insist...

Hayden Hat
Pattern : from PoorMissFinch.com
Yarn : 3 balls of Filatura di Crosa Zara
Needles : 5mm 16" circular
Modification : Cast on more stitches(yes, I do have big head)
I LOVE this hat.

The pattern works really well with the colours, don't you think? I've been getting lots of compliment when I tell people I knit it myself. And I guess you could consider it the first FO of 2006, though not quite. I did knit a sock on my flight here, but it's really just a plain sock. And I think I finished the Bulky Cabled Cardigan before new year(I know, I'll show it soon).
I had quite some leftover yarns from this hat, so I'm knitting another hat from it. It should've been finished days before, but like I said, I've been busy.

Anyway, I've been wanting to show you this

A pig tape measure! I saw it when I was in London, and I just HAD to have it.









I forgot to mention in my last post that...I am not staying in London! I'm staying in a seaside town called Brighton&Hove where I CAN'T find ANY LYS! Can you believe it? Not a single one. But I'd love to visit London when I have the time, maybe even over weekend. I just need to find someone who would let me sleep on their couch for a night. ;D

It's Chinese New Year tomorrow, but I won't have any kind of celebration here. There was a party at school just now, but I didn't go. So...last night I decided to spoil myself and bought some yarn online(from Jannette again). I paid by postal order today, and can you believe how much more I needed to pay? 5 pounds! It's crazy, I could've bought another ball of yarn with it. But it seems like I don't have any other option for the time being, until I get to go to London, of course.
My dad told my bro to send me a new year card and a red packet, and my mom told me that the postage cost more than 10 pounds! I was quite shocked, but then I understand why. My dad actually put money in the red packet. So that's the only safe way, I guess. He didn't really have to send me money, he just wants me to be able to feel the new year spirit in some way, and I appreciate it.
Well...since he made the effort, I think it's only fair that I play along and spend all the money, don't you think? ;D

Guess how I'll be spending my Chinese New Year? Going to the library with no new clothes to wear....hoping the Chinese restaurants won't be closed....and do lots of homework.
Pathetic. I'm feeling down already.
Oh well...have a Happy Chinese New Year everyone.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Kiong Hi Fat Choi!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Good day to you, you lovely knitters

Hiya guys, wanna guess where I am now?
I'm currently sitting in front of a Mac in my CIT class, and in case you don't know, it's Computer Informaion Technology. How cool does that sound? Well, not very cool perhaps ;D
So yeah, I've pretty much settle down here. Today is the first day I'm having class, and I'm already wondering whether I'm in the right direction, taking Art & Design. Perhaps the "good" courses like economy and finance would suit me better. At least my dad thinks so.
My parents are going back home today, thank God. Not that it's not nice having them around, but it could get pretty awkward when they start accompanying you to school. It's fine if I'm still in playground, or even primary school, but I AM in college now.
Anyway, I was going around London the other day on a double decker bus. It's pretty nice, except that it was freezing outside so I chose to stay nice and warm inside the bus. We passed a lot of big stores with even bigger SALE signs on them. Then I spot LIberty. With a sale sign too. I was literally leaping with excitement, I even hit the bus pole. Too bad I was with my parents, who clearly thought that I have enough yarn. Will we knitters ever have enough? Don't think so.
To those of you at London, will you please be very kind to tell me when Liberty is having sale?

I'm going to stay with my host family starting today. They have 2 very nice kids, who seems to be very close to each other, at least compared to me and my "little" bro. Everything is looking great so far, I'm just praying that I'll be able to get an internet connection at my room. I need to do a lot of catching up with posting comments and blogging, sorry guys ;)

I think I need to do some polishing with my manners. Knock my head everytime I forget to say "please" and "thank you very much", will ya? Oh, I mean, would you please?

Knitting contents soon, promise. This is a knitting blog after all, sorry that lately it's been "everything else that matters".

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Year Two Thousand Six

In another few hours, I'll be leaving home again and start a brand new adventure in the UK!! I'm feeling a tad nervous, but more excited than anything else. I'm really thankful for everyone's supports by leaving me comments ;).
Anyway, you might've guessed that I'm a last-minute packer. In fact, I just finished packing half an hour ago ;D Luckily my parents are going with me, so I can bring more stuff(read: yarn). My baggage includes one very big luggage, one medium sized luggage, and two cabin sized hand bag. And I only manage to take about half my stash. Never mind, the thought of those gorgeous English yarn makes it much bearable.
I'm also well prepared for the loooong flight. A very thick novel(The Time Traveller's Wife), a Sudoku book, my mini iPod, and finaly, a 5mm wooden needle(I won't risk losing my Addis), and 4 skeins of yarn.

I finished the Bulky Cabled Cardigan few days ago, literally. I weaved on all ends, and even got some pretty oyster buttons for it, it's even blocked! In case you didn't notice, this is the first time I actually get around putting buttons on my FO. The other time, I was usually too consumed with other WIPs that I just left the FOs button-less.
The cardigan is already packed, will show you some pictures when I get there ;)

I'll need to go to bed soon, as my dad is a firm believer of get-to-the-airport-2-hours-before-flight, so I'll have to wake up at 4(!) tomorrow.

One last thing, I just sold my beloved PDA phone yesterday and get myself a new walkman phone. I'm really sad because PDA is just so convenient for taking .pdf patterns around with me. Gonna miss it.

See ya guys, I'll report once I've settled down there.
Happy New Year everyone!