Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Very Mini Sweater

Thought to share this with you. So cute and fast project!!! I was so bored but want to knit something small and fast. I found the pattern from Weekend Knitting book. It was very easy and FAST project. I love it so much and plan to make more. I think it would be cool decoration on kitchen table.

I'm sick with bad colds, cough and sinus headaches since Monday night. I slept all day yesterday and didn't do anything. It is really hard to knit and blow my nose at same time!!! *sniffling* I'm staying home today as I want to get 100% better. I spent an hour reading all the blogs and don't feel like doing anything. Maybe that is good thing as I need REST REST and REST!

I can't wait to get the name of my Secret Pal 4.

SP4 Questionaire

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high- a nd/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? Yes, I prefer natural fibers and nicer yarn such as Noro, Lamb's Pride, Koigu, Colinette, Manos del Uruguay, Debbie Bliss, etc. I'm not too crazy about Red Heart or Lion Brand although I made few scarves.

2. Do you spin? Crochet? No, maybe someday I will learn how to spin and crochet.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.) I'm allergic to cigarette smoke (especially really not liking the way it smells, at all), pollen and ragweed.

4. How long have you been knitting? I knitted when I was little but stopped till last year, I became addicted to knitting after my friend showed me Sally Melville's books.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes, I do but I don't know how to post it in my blog. (Help!!)

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) French vanilla and lemon candles and any scents for bath products - especially any stress-free products!

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Not really but I do love licorice and jelly beans. I'm not crazy about chocolate.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Quilting, cross-stitching, sewing, painting and making primitive dolls

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I don't listen any music because I'm profoundly deaf.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Green is my FAVORITE color along with maroons or wine.... I like dark colors - brown, black and blue. I don't like any pastel colors.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I'm married to my wonderful DH for 15 years. No children or pets

12. What are your life dreams? To build beautiful log cabin in front of the lake in somewhere in the country and make living with crafts.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? I'm knitting accessories bag with Manos del Uruguay now. I really love that yarn so much. So soft and can be felting, too.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? 100 % arcylic yarns

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? Manos del Urguauy yarns!!!

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? felted bags and sweaters

17. What are you knitting right now? accessories bag (Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick)

18. What do you think about ponchos? I love ponchos!! I made one for myself and plan to make more

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? I prefer circular needles more than straight needles.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I like Addi Turbos circular needles (either aluminum or wooden ones)

21. Are you a sock knitter? I just learn how to knit my first sock few weeks ago and am not finished :(

22. How did you learn to knit? My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was little girl. Mostly I taught myself by reading a lot of knitting books and magazines.

23. How old is your oldest UFO? Around 7 months but I'm almost done with it. Next oldest UFO is 5 months!

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? Nemo (from the movie "Finding Nemo") He is my inspired one as I'm much related to Nemo. I'm hearing impaired and still fighting that I can do anything but hear.

25. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween and Christmas

26. Is there anything that you collect? I collect Santas and primitive dolls or things that add to house decoration. Yarns, of course!!

Monday, January 24, 2005

I'm so SHOCKED!!!


I broke the addi turbo circular needle yesterday morning. I was sooooo shocked and could not believe it!!! Darn!! I asked my DH to see if he could fix it or glue it back. He laughed and told me to get new one! Is there anything I can save my precious needle? Help!!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Picture of Audrey sweater

Close up - Garter Stitch Scarf I really love it so much as it matches with my sweater!

Fabulous Scarf

Garter Stitch scarf - Yarn: Karma Grignasco - I used two skeins.

*Gasp* Where is my face?

Full picture of sweater and scarf.... Sorry I had to cover my face as I looked soooooo pale from long day of work today.

Wooden Button

Close up button -(sorry, it's blurry!) I found four wooden buttons at the antique store last summer. I thought the buttons are perfect match for the sweater. The side of the button has same color as the yarn.

Best Friend Jacket

Finished "Best Friend Jacket"

The Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville
Yarn: Rowan: Magpie Tweed 100% Pure Wool (Dark Teal)

I wore it today and LOVE it sooooo much. It's very COLD outside today and it's so perfect for me to wear it at work! My friends thought the color is so right for me.

Update "To Do List"!!

Here is my list that need to be completed before I start making new projects!! Hurry, Susan, Hurry!!!!

Best-Friend Jacket (Book 1: The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville) - DONE!!!!
Audrey (Rowan #36) - 95% complete.... need to seam the neckline to sweater
Classic Male Cardigan (Book 1: The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville) for my DH - 60% complete
Coast-to-Coast sweater (Spinnerin 1963) - 90% complete
Robin (Colinette - Tagliatelli merino tape) - 80% complete
Marnie (Hot Knits by Melissa Leapman) - 20% complete

For Audrey sweater, I'm sooooo nervous to sew the neckline to sweater. No confidence to do myself as no one is around to give me the guide. If I could not do it right, I will definitely go to LYS and ask for HELP!!!

Photos will be posted shortly!!!

Monday, January 17, 2005

Another One!

Got this off one of deaf blogger's site ... Thought this would be fun!

I hurt: my ankle as I banged it on the corner of the wall while carrying laundry basket. GRRR!!
I love: LIFE itself ... There are SO many things in LIFE worth loving.
I hate: hyporites!!
I fear: of President Bush's decisions on war!!
I hope: to learn how to knit intarsia and fair-isle this year.
I hide: my clutter craft room that I am so ashamed to show anyone.
I drive: pretty good!
I miss: being a kid ... Those carefree days .. No job, no stress, etc
I need: vacation!
I think: this cold weather and gloomy day really suck!
I know: that spring will come SOON
Last cigarette: uhhhh ..... Long long long time ago!
Last hug: my dearest Craig!!
Last kiss: again, my dearest Craig, a few minutes ago!
Last good cry: hmmm ... I can't remember! But I tend to cry on any Hallmark's commerials!
Last library book checked out: one of Sandra Brown's book....Can't remember the name of the book.
Last book: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Last movie seen: DVD of Notting Hill
Last beverage drank: Ginger Ale
Last food consumed: White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie from Nature's Promise
Last phone call: or should I say last IM!? im chatting with my friend on IM right now
Last TV show watched: Golden Globe Award
Last time showered: this morning
Last shoes worn: my Nike sneakers
Last CD played: hmmm ..... ????? I don't listen any music
Last item bought: socks from Bloomingdale's
Last lipstick used: Neoporin lip treatment
Last fragrance worn: No. 19 Chanel
Last time dancing: long long long time ago....maybe 15 years ago on my wedding. No kidding!
Last webpage visited: One of knitting blogs what else!?!?
Current thing I should be doing: hmmm .... Knitting few unfinished sweaters!!
Current refreshment: the one thing that's alllllways by my side ... WATER!

Drats!!! I want to take some picture of "FINALLY" finished Best Friend's sweater! The camera battery is dead and need to be recharged!!! The sweater is so basic that I should have finished last year. I don't know why I was putting off as I was not in mood knitting garter stitch. I like the color of the yarn but not too crazy about the design. I adjusted to make it more even instead of following Sally Melville's design.

Now, I'm going to go back to finish few more WIPs before I start knitting new project. I'm in mood to make another Klaralund sweater for myself. I'm determined to finish the Audrey sweater although I know it doesn't fit me well. I have not decided if I should give it away or keep it till I lose some weights. I love the design and color so much!!

I better get busy making gifts for our next Crazy Crowd crafts. I will be flying up to Rochester next month to meet three of my best friends for a long weekend. It will be our 9th year gathering. Part of this traditions, we exchange the ornaments, pins and gifts that we made. I have not started making anything yet. I plan to work on ornaments and pins this Thursday as it will be my day off. I have not decided on what I plan to make the gift for each of my friends. I will keep you informed of my plan.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

My Turn

I saw this on few sites and decided I would play along.....

Grooming Products
Shampoo: Biolage (Matrix)
Moisturizer: Clinque
Cologne: Coco and No. 19 Chanel, Lauren (Ralph Lauren)
Razor: Venus
Toothpaste: Cologate

Cell phone: None cuz I'm deaf BUT I own Blackberry pager
Computer: Toshiba laptop
Television: *blushing* 50" Toshiba (family room), 27" Magnavox (bedroom), 25" Zenith (craft room), 25" GE (exercise room) and 13" Symphonic (kitchen)
Stereo: Yamaha (DH listens to it - not me at all!)

Sheets: Egyptian Cotton/410 thread count cotton
Coffeemaker: Starbuck Barigtra Aroma
Car: Honda CRV
Stationary: Warren Kimble cards/notepads

Bottled water: Deer Park (to go) and Pur
Coffee: Green Mountains flavored coffee
Vodka: *BARF*!
Beer: Sam Adams, Moslon Ice, Amstel Light

Jean: Talbots
T-shirts: free t-shirts from work
Briefcase or tote: Jordana Paige tote bag
Sneakers: Nike
Watch: various - especially all different watch bands (I have 10 watches so far...don't mind buying more!)

Favorite Places
Home (with my DH), Cloverhill Yarn Shop, Woolwinders, Barnes & Nobles

Necessary Extravagance
Yarn, of course!!!

On knitting news, I'm working on "Best Friend's Jacket".... last sleeve to go and I hope I will have seaming party tonight! Last night, I finished another flower washcloth. I need to make few more for birthday gifts. Pictures tomorrow!

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Finished three washcloths!!!

First SOCK!!

Here it is.... sock in progress. My secret pal 2 - Jackie ( got me two beautiful KPPPM yarns and the pattern of Janis's Koigu Sock. I started real SLOW!!!! Using double pointed needles are very awkward for me to use it but I finally get used to it.


Can you please tell me how can I download several pictures in one post? I have tried several ways but no luck.


I got approved to be a ROAKer last Thursday!! It made my day so wonderful as I was so stressed out from all day training at work. I have been visiting and inspired by everyone's yarn work and their blogs.

I also signed up for Secret Pals 4.... please check out
The deadline to enter contest is January 20th.

Now, I'm having trouble downloading the pictures again!!!! Arrrggghhhh!!!! I'm really bad mood because Green Bay Packers played very poor today!!!

Monday, January 03, 2005

My FIRST picture !!!!!

Craig, my precious DH

Wow.... it took me forever to figure it out to download!! Thanks to Craig to fix my laptop!! Now, I'm going to gather and take some pictures of my WIPs. Will post the pictures this week.

My New Year Resolutions

Last few days, I have been thinking about new resolutions for my personal/knitting goals.

What do I want to learn and do in 2005?
  • how to knit intarsia and fair-isle
  • make more socks
  • finish all 2004 WIPs
  • put new wooden floors in library, dining room and kitchen
  • exercise three times a week
  • take good care of front yard!
  • knit something to give someone for birthdays and Christmas instead of buying something

And what patterns do I want to tackle in 2005?

  • Charlotte's Web shawl
  • Baltic sweater (Fishermen's Sweaters by Alice Starmore)
  • Klaralund sweater
  • Smooch (Rowan All Seasons Cotton Collection)

(am tempted to say more but I have to be more realistic this time!!)

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy 2005!!!

Hi... Can't believe the year of 2004 went very fast! Hope 2005 bring us a lot of happiness and good health.

We got back from Florida last Thursday night. I HATE US Airways!!! I would never never never go there again... (how dangerous for me to say this!) We were supposed to fly at 7:30 p.m. from Reagan National Airport on Dec. 23rd but the plane was delayed for hours and hours!! The captain and his flight attendants were stuck in Philalephia due to bad snowstorm. We waited and waited and waited. The Poor DH... he was so restless and I was not complaining at all because I knitted all night. I made the flower washcloth (Weekend Knitting by Melaine Falick that I got from my Secret Pal 2 - Jackie) The captain and his flight attendants finally arrived little bit before 1 a.m. and finally allowed us to get in the plane at 1 a.m. I was so exhausted and fell asleep right away. I woke up an hour later and discovered that the plane didn't move at all. I was so FURIOUS!!!! You know how frustrating I was especially I can not hear or understand the announcement. I called the flight attendant to tell me what was the reason for holding up. She told me that the captain needs to get clearance and air approval from FAA. What a bogus!!! The plane finally took off little after 2 a.m. and landed on Orlando at 4:15 a.m. Poor my brother-in-law, mother-in-law and nephew waited up in the airport since 7 p.m. We had to wait for our luggages to arrive for another 20 minutes. Took us one hour and half to get my brother-in-law's house. We finally arrived there at 6:15 a.m. I was not in my best mood but went to bed real FAST!!!!!!! I didn't want to look around the new house as my mind was in BED!!!!

I woke up at 11 a.m. and drank great coffee. I finally looked around the house. The house is soooooo adorable perfect for my brother-in-law and his wife. Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and high ceilings rooms. They have indoor pool - of course the heated one for the winter!!!! They put up 12 feet Christmas tree. It was so BEAUTIFUL!!!! I felt sooooo Christmas spirits there, especially with the whole family there!!!

It was very interesting week for me to spend with my DH's family. We finally meet our newest half brother, Sean who is 5 years old. My father-in-law and Sean live in Portland, Oregon. We have not seen our dad for 8 years. Christmas Eve was the exciting part of our family traditional. Each of us took our turns to open the gifts where everyone of us watching. I'm sooooo exicted to get digital camera from my sweet sweet sweet DH!!!! At first I thought that I didn't get the camera when my DH told me that he didn't have time going shopping to get me the presents. I was somewhat disappointed but I was so shocked when I opened the box. The whole family laughed so hard as they knew my DH's plan for me. Of course, I took a lot of pictures.

The weather down there was not so GREAT but the temperature went up to 75 degrees on that day we left back to DC! The whole family went to Kennedy Space Center and MGM. We also went to Sea World and shopping. I didn't knit much that week but started making the sock. It was so difficult for me to knit with the double point needles but eventually I finally get used to it.
I didn't finish it.

Last Thursday, we missed our flight. Poor DH, he was so UPSET as it was his first time. I was not upset as it was not my first time.... I think it was my fourth times!!! We told my brother-in-law that we would like to be at the airport an hour and half earlier. We left the house at 10 a.m. and assumed that we get there at the airport by 11:30 for us to take 1:05 p.m. flight. It took us THREE hours to get to the airport. The traffic was unbelievable CRAZY!!!!! Just learned that 80,000 people went to Dinsey on the day... no wonder the traffics were so bad. Of course, we arrived at the airport at 1:10 p.m. We had to pay extra for next flight. We waited till 4:55 p.m. Good thing that the plane left on time!!! We arrived back in DC at 7 p.m. It was good to be home but we missed our family so much!!!

Yesterday was nice day for me as I went out with my dear friend, Jerri Lyn to Sushi Sono restaurant for lunch. She is the one who get me hooked in knitting.

We didn't make any plans for our new year eve. We stayed home and watched the movies all night. Of course, I knitted all night and finished another flower washcloth. The green yarn was given to me by my Secret Pal 2. I love the yarn so much. I'm going to knit more of that for my family and friends. I thought it would be perfect little gift!

Now, my DH promised me that he would look up my laptop trying to download the pictures tomorrow. Cross my fingers for me to post up some pixs in my own blog. My mother promised to send me some pictures of the Klaralund sweater that I made for my sister. My mom told me that she wish she had taken a photo to capture the look on my sister's face when she opened the package. Worth a million!!! Arrgghhh... I wish I was there to see her face. My sister told me that the sweater fits her so perfect!!!!!!!! I'm going to make one for myself in near future.