Saturday, September 24, 2005

Updated SP6 questionnaire

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? I'm really yarn snob. 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, I got low spindle and fiber and haven't learn how to spin yet. I learned how to crochet when I was little.

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 almost 2 years ago, 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... you can find it in "About Me"

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 maroon 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 16 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? Merino, cashmere cotton, alpaca yarns

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

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? sweater, top and socks

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

17. What are you knitting right now? socks

18. What do you think about ponchos? I love ponchos but not Martha Stewart's poncho. I'm picky on the designs. 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? Yes, I'm addicted!!!

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? For my poor DH's cardigan - almost 2 years old!!

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 pins. Yarns, of course!!

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? Creative Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knitter's Magazine and Vogue Knitting

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on? Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles: a Manual of Elegant Knitting Techniques and Patterns by Cat Bordhi, and Naturally Noro book

Friday, September 23, 2005

Today is....

my father's birthday!!!!! He is 75 years old and looks so FABULOUS!!!!!!

Happy Birthday to you!!!
Happy Birthday to you!!!
Happy Birthday dear Dadddddddy!!!
Happy Birthday to yooooooooooooooooooou!!!

You are the BESTEST!!!!! I love you very much!
I wish I could go home and celebrate your special day!! You are in my thoughts!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Long Time No Blog Post!!!

Just a short note.....

Sorry, I don't mean to worry you, but I'm fine. I'm so swamped at work for last two weeks with the fiscal year budget report and staff evaluations. Things are really CRAZY at work lately. Hopefully I will get my life back this weekend by catching up all the emails, reading blogs and knitting.

So sad, not too much knitting over the week and weekend but I got one sock almost done!! I gave up knitting "Paw Up" mitten as I have trouble understanding the instruction. I hope I will find someone who can help me with it. Maybe Jerri Lyn can help me!!! Yo! Jerri Lyn, are you free this Sunday??

Oh oh... two GREAT news!!!

* I got in Secret Pal 6!!!!! I signed up and realized that I missed the deadline. They put me on the waiting list and finally told me that I'm IN!!! Yay!!!! Good way to meet new people and enjoy the surprise goodies!!! I love to spoil people.

* Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's newest book "Yarn Harlot" arrived! That book is so hilarious!!! I love her so much as I'm not alone!!! I know she would be my BEST friend!!! The book is a MUST!!! It will make you laugh!

I better go now as I need to get some sleep. Tomorrow will be the longest day at work!!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Weekend Knitting and Painting

(Carl- my boss, Craig, my DH and Paul, my BEST friend)

We went to see the Washigton Nationals (vs. Florida Marlins) game last Thursday. The weather was so PERFECT. The Nationals team played poor. So embarassing for the team but I really had a great time with three crazy guys!!!! I'm so glad that Paul came. He normally decline the offers to go to the games. I tend call Paul as my "brother". We know each other since 1988 and work in same departments for more than 16 years. Paul is adminstrative assistant to Dean of Student Affairs which is my boss, Carl. So what did I do while the crazy guys watching the games. I knitted and drank beer!!!
I decided to try to make the "Pop Up Paws" gloves. The instruction is very clear and it's really challenge for me as it is my first time knitting fingerless glove. The thumb looks huge but it fits me perfect! I'm so curious when I'm done with the first glove.

The instruction book I brought from the LYS few months ago. If you or your friend want the copy: you can contact Skacel Collection - Phone number is (425) 291-9600 or e-mail

I had so much fun yesterday with my friend, Sue. She is one of the member of "Crazy Crowd Craft" group. We meet once a month making something but we didn't meet since last May. We were supposed to make this project last June but Sue's hubby was in bad car accident. Thanks God, he is alright. We were not able to meet last three months due to time conflict. We finally met yesterday and finished the board. I really love the primitive designs. The pattern was found in the "Create & Decorate" magazine. I was eyeballing for this project for one year and finally made it. We spent all night painting the wood. This morning, I finalized the last touch of the work. I hung it up in the kitchen along with other Nations theme in the room.

Pattern: One Nation Evermore
Magazine: Create & Decorate, August 2004
Materials: arylic paints and pine board

Happy knitting! I'm going to back to work on the glove now. My DH is out with my boss watching Redskins game. No fair!!! But I'd rather staying home and knitting instead stuck in the heavy traffic before and after the game!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

And the Secret Pal is......

.... I have been spoiling Jesse this summer. It was so much fun lurking at his blog and I found him very talented fair isle knitter and REAL cool guy!!!! I love the way he writes his blog. I read 100 things about him and found that there are few things we are so much common. No wonder, I love that man!!!!

I still don't know who is my Secret Pal but she (or he) keeps in touch with me through emails and agreed that she will send me the last package later this month which is perfectly fine with me.

I'm exicted that I will be teaching Beginner Knitting class at Gallaudet University. Few people have expressed that they want to learn how to knit, some needs to polish up their skills and some want to learn how to read the pattern. I'm thrilled as it was my dream to teach people how to knit. I may teach quilting class later this year along with other instructor. I will let you know as soon as the details will come.

My boss and I recieved the free tickets to Nationals game for tomorrow night. I'm so exicted that I will use my "knitting" time tomorrow night while watching baseball game. Maybe knitting another sock? Hmmm...maybe shawl? Hmmmm.... I have not decided which one???????

Happy HUMP day!!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Is that man crazy or what?????

Labor weekend was supposed to be relaxing weekend for me but I spent all day on Sunday worried!!! Wonder why the folding chair along with my knitting project on the STREET? Can you imagine me sitting there and knit all afternoon? Yes, you bet!!! I should be CRAZY!! Do you want to know why?

What was the MAN doing up on the roof? Santa Claus? Nah.. Santa is supposed to wear red short!!! Wonder if he wants to show his little butt to the world?

Well, it was my crazy DH working on the roof!! It was so scary watching him walking on the roof. I could not stay inside wondering if he fell and screamed for help. Worse of all, I can not HEAR him at all. I was gone insane and decided to sit on the street so I can see him working on the roof and knitted! In my wild imagination, if he fell.....I could SCREAM my heart out asking for help and someone will call 911. I'm so sure that the neighbors thought we are NUTS!! I bet my mother would flip out seeing this. *Sorry, Mom!... he is perfectly safe and yes, he is CRAZY stubborn man**

Geez... look like he mediated!!! Craig obviously enjoyed sitting on the roof. He told me that he wish I could climb up and join him. He said the view from the roof to the city was so beautiful. Good thing that the weather was perfect. Of course, I would never dream that I would climb up to the roof and join with him. I bet the neighbors would call the police and send us to the psychiatric hospital for intensive evaluation.

Thanks to my DH!! I finished the Soleil top! Big Whew!!!! I have to say that I'm pleased with the result. Only I wish is that I finish it last May so I can wear it during hot days! Summer is over now!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Shocking News!!!

Definitely for me.... maybe not to you...

Before lunch, I recieved an email from the Office of Public Relations that the Chairman of the Board of Trustees wants all of Gallaudet employees and students to show up at the auditorium at 2 p.m. which was very unususal. Of course, we all were puzzled and figured out what was up with this.

It turned out that our Gallaudet President, Dr. I. King Jordan has decided to retire effective December 31, 2006. (Gallaudet News) I was so shocked and didn't expect to hear this news. I will definitely miss him! He used to be my professor in Psychology class. He became President of Gallaudet University in 1988 after the Deaf President Now (DPN). You can read more details - DPN

It's 8:10 p.m. and I'm not over with my numb feelings!