Tuesday, 31 October 2006

Love it, love it..

I received a huge package from my teaswap pal Kathy K when on my way to my appointment, I took it from postman and straight to my car. I was so excited, basically just tear off the whole box in the car.. She have send me two tin of Gypsy tea, a blueberry tea and a big tin of gummy bear candy which I have already dig into it and the blueberry tea..mm..yummy! oh.. she also send me 3 lovely skein of brown sheep pride bulky and some mohair yarns..and I already have a plan for the brown sheep yarn..hehe!

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Thursday, 19 October 2006

Jackie O cardigan

This cardigan have been sitting in my living room for over a week waiting for the button, at the end I just go with the cover button since I can't find any interesting button at any store. I knit this cardigan as I go along, it turn out quite O.K. except a few thing I wish I done it differently like wider the collar and the shoulder. It is a bit tight on the shoulder if I wear a thicker shirt under it, anyway is too late to alter it right now. I definitely will knit another one, but this time I gonna use wool instead of acrylic yarn, cos acrylic yarn tend to be a bit more stiff.

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Beside, I have start on Apocalypse Hoodies by Ysolda. I'm been trying to do the figure-8 cast on last nite but not sure I do it right or not?? still have a doubt on it..may be I should re-do it again..it doesn't look right to me..
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Thursday, 12 October 2006

Homemade yarn swift

I don't mind to manually unwind a hunk of yarn into ball, but the most annoying part is to untwist and untangle along the way. I usually put the yarn around a huge pillow and unwind it very slowly and my arm hurts after a few ball of yarn. After searching around, I can't find any local store selling either yarns swift or ball winder and if I purchase online the shipping cost are way too expensive. So, I came out with a very brief sketch and my husband help me on the detail measurement and the fixing part.. I hand over the drawing to one of my office worker and TA..DAh..he have cut out all the parts for me with the scraps material that leftover from other jobs..and guess what..it only cost me $1.50 for the screw.!! Now I could unwind the yarn without any pain but I think I would consider a ball winder since I can't work that out.

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the whole swift are made from 1" thick arcylic..and it could spin..
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spin fast..

Wednesday, 04 October 2006

In search of Jade Vine

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Last week me and my husband went to Penang ( an island at north of Malaysia) for a nice sunny beach vacation, and to celebrate my husband birthday. We take a very slow and relax drive to there, when we arrived, guess what, rain !! but we were o.k with it, we went straight out to the poolside after the rain stop, just to enjoy a bit of wind and the sound of wave (actually is a bit chill that day, we don't even dare to dive in the water). The rain grown into storm at night and continue for the whole weekend while we were there.
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On the second day, we decided to head up to the Penang Hill to search for the plants called Jade Vine ( actually this is my main reason to go to Penang). It is a type of creeper vine that produce beautiful blue flower, the flower look like a bunch of tiny horns hang down from the plants. My parent used to grown them in the garden, it look like rain drop of blue flower all over the garden when the flowers blooms, is really romantic.. then one day my parent remove the plants.. I never seen that plants again until many years ago, I saw it in Penang Hill. I remember there is one lady selling the plants, I didn't buy it then because I haven't got my own place that time.
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After an hour of search the way to the hill and 30 mins ride of cable car to the top of the hill, we finally arrived. Immediately, I went to search for the lady, but she wasn't there and sadly I heard from other vendors, she have passed away. Berfore we head back down the hill, we decided go to the cafe have a drink and admire the plants that grown there, but I 'm not ready to give up yet, so I went chatting up with the gardener there, and he agree to give me some cutting of the plants !!! it sitting on the container now, hopefully it will roots and grow..
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Full blooms of Jade Vine.

Tuesday, 03 October 2006

Secret Pal 10 questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I like Rowan and handspun yarn but recently, I'm madly in love with silk yarn.... I'm more enjoy knitting with DK or worsted weight. I don't really like fur or fancy yarns.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I store in a wooden box, and a knitpick filo pouch

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I start knitting when I was in high school, but I stop for almost ten year. Then I start again last year and I’m addicted to it this time, can’t stop even for a day!! I consider my skill between intermediate and advance.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I have a wishlist on my blog (check on the left side)

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
I love rose, cransberry, citrus, grapefruit and passion scent, not really into bath product.


6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
sometime,I like dark chocolate.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
Beside knitting I also do felting (roving wool /needle felt ), painting, and interior decorating. Would like to learn to spin, but just worry that I need more space for the stash.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
rock, alternative and classical, mp3 is ok.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
Love dark purple, green, blue, mostly cool palette. Like some of the bright color as well like red or yellow, but never really into pastel and light tone cos it doesn’t show well on my skin tone.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I been married for 4 year, don’t have time for pet and children yet.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I do wear scarves, hat and mittens when I visit my in law in England once a year.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Depands, any design that appear to me, except sock.

13. What are you knitting right now?
Rowan 37 butterfly vest, sahara by knit n tonic, and cropped cardigan.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yes

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circular, I like metal needle., I just brought a set of knitpick option needle and I love it.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Yes, just got it.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
A year, trying to forget it!!!

18. What is your favorite holiday?
umm .. I love christmas.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Ribbon, yarns and craft books..

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Check out my wishlist on the left column, pretty much is what I trying to get. I don't have any subscription, I do like Phildar pattern a lot unfortunetly is very hard to get the magazine and some of it doesn't come it English.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Like to learn how to spin.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
No, size between 37 to 38

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
May, 6th