Sunday, December 31, 2006

My Last Post Of 2006

Last Meme in the Year of 2006's End Knit

1. What is your absolute favorite project you've ever knit (one that fulfilled both process and product)?
I think it might be lace shawl. I loved the process. Kiparoo Farm yarn is amazing.

2. Which of your handknits do you wear the most often?

Embossed Leaves Socks from Interweave Knits: Winter 2005 I really love Lorna's Lace Shepard yarn!!! So soft and stretchy!

3. Which of your handknits are you most proud of?
Traditional Hat, headband and mittens

4. What was your favorite gift to knit?
Mason Dixon discloths and premie hats!

5. Which of your handknits are gathering dust your closet?

Definitely bathrug from Mason Dixon book! It was fun knitting with but I realized that the rug is tooo colorful for our bathroom. I would probably give it away or put it in the basement bathroom.

6. Which of your handknits have you gotten rid of?
I have not get rid of anything this year.

7. If you've knit socks, what is your favorite pattern?
Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush

8. What would you like to make in 2007?

I want to learn how to knit toe-up socks and dye the yarn.

9. What have you learned about your craft in 2006?

Fair Isle knitting was the big thing for me this year - I stopped fearing it, and really enjoyed knitting it.

10. What events/sites have you particularly enjoyed in the blogosphere in 2006?

I really love Lolly's Project Spectrum. The celebration of color really had an positive impact on my knitting choices. I actually knitted 14 pairs of socks!! I also joined Red-Hot-Sizzling-Socks, The Amazing Lace Kal, Mason-Dixon Kal, Lollyknitting's Sockoberfest , and Stranded: The Colorwork Challenge. The KAL kept me going with the knitting and I sure had a lot of fun!!!

***drumroll, please!!*****

Knitting Resolutions for 2007
Finish five ?unfinished? projects (posted in 12/29/06)
Knit from my stash!!!
Make fair isle sweater that I ordered the yarns few weeks ago.
Destash yarn through Ebay and/or
Learn to knit toe-up sock

I hope you all have a very happy and safe New Year's.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Knitting List of Shame


This past week after cleaning up my craft room was a real wakeup call about just how out of control my yarns has gotten. I have too many yarns, needles and books all over in the house and there was nowhere I could stick all the yarn, no matter how hard I tried to hide it! My DH is pretty disgusting about the huge mess that is our living room, but I was really embarrassed to let other people see it . . . which led to a lot of serious thinking and planning that led to me to make serious list!!!

Here?s the Knitting List of Shame:

1. Everyday cardigan (green one) ?Button and neck bands needs to be made and ends sewn in. SO CLOSE!!!!!!

2. Everyday cardigan (purple one) ? knit one more sleeve, need to all sewn together, needs button/neck band finishing and end weaving. (I left the pieces in my office as I was supposed to work on it during my lunch break)

3. Marnie cardigan ? I started the back piece two years ago and never gotten around to finish the rest of the pieces. I think I'm going to rip it off to make it longer. I just realized that the back piece is too short.

4. Artist?s vest for my DH? front is almost done. This one has to wait while I get the right yarn. (I finally called the owner at Green Mountain Spinnery this morning?he was so friendly and helpful. He suggested me to send him the sample one and he will make sure that I will get the right yarn.)

5. Two second sock syndrome that need to be done, must make myself work on the second.

Although, I know I'm supposed to go back and finish one of these unfinished projects but I'm soooo hooked with Kolvsa sweater that I'm obsessed knitting all morning.

Sooooo, I'm in!!!!!

I have decided to join Stash 2007. Wendy and LB have come up with a fantastic idea, to knit from your stash in the coming year. This is exactly what I needed to keep me on track and use what I have before buying any more. THANK YOU GIRLS!!!!!! You are so brilliant!!!! Here are their rules, but Wendy has given us full reign to design them to suit our needs:

Knit From Your Stash 2007: Guidelines for L-B and Wendy

1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through September 30, 2007 -- a period of nine months.

2. We will not buy any yarn during that period, with the following exceptions:

2.a. Sock yarn does not count. What? You think we are made of stone?
(I'm going to stick with "DO NOT BUY sock yarn" because I have tooooooo many sock yarn!!!)

2.b. If someone asks for a specific knitted gift that we really and truly do not have the yarn for, we may buy yarn to knit that gift.

2.c. If we are knitting something and run out of yarn, we may purchase enough to complete the project. (fair enough!)

2.d. We each get one "Get Out of Jail Free" card -- we are each allowed to fall off the wagon one time. (Definitely will go Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and buy more yarn.)

3. We are allowed to receive gifts of yarn. (DH, Mom and Kimbo...Hint..hint..hint!!!)

4. Spinning fiber of any sort is exempt. (do not apply to me)

I will be back to discuss my reflections of 2006 and Knitting Resolution soon.

Happy Knitting!!!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Curly Sue is here!!!

From straight hair .....

to Curly Sue!

Yup...I finally got my hair perm today after waiting two long years!!! I like my hair curly more than straight hair. I can control my curly hair than straight hair!! My hair is real stink right now from the "chemical" shampoo. It will take a few days to get the "smelly" out. I'm happy cuz nooooo more straight oily uncontrollable hair!!

Oh oh can I forget this.... My mom asked me if I ever finished the vest for my DH. I realized that I have not shared this with you. Remember I mentioned that I was out of the yarn and ordered it more through online. I waited for a week to get the yarn. I didn't pay attention the yarn. I started knitting few rows and realized that something is really wrong here.!!!

Sorry, it's blurry but you could see the top row are very thin than last part of the row. I looked at the yarn and compared it with the other yarn.

Geez....the new yarn has more twist than other. Grrrr!!! I knitted few more rows to see if it can be overlooked but I realized it looks so different. I asked my friend, Jerri Lyn to see if she notices anything. She immediately noticed it and said it is wrong yarn....slight different color. Grrrr...again!!! Sadly, the vest is not ready for my DH to wear it! I have to call the owner to see if the yarn can be exchanged to right one. I promise I will finish it (*somehow*).

I'm soooo lazy today and didn't do much around the house I should but knitting all afternoon. I'm working on Kolsva Cowl sweater. I brought the Kocharon yarns last year and have not decided what to make till I saw Lolly's sweater. Exactly same color I have in the stash. I really like the design so much. I don't know if it would look good on me. If not, I have someone in my mind who may like it. I finished the back piece and am working on front piece.

Tomorrow, I will talk more about my "Knitting List of Shame" and knitting resolution.

Happy Knitting!!!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Green and Warm Christmas

No Snow!!! Wish we had a White Christmas!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful, peaceful holiday. :) Ours was very low key, but we wish we could be with our families for the holiday. We had a nice ham dinner and opened our gifts on Christmas Eve. My DH is so thrilled that he received few Harley Davidson gift certificates and was so surprised that he got a Harley lamp from my dad. Isn?t he spoiler?? He wants to convert his office into Harley Davidson theme. Scary, isn't it?

I got a real cool needle from my sister, Kimbo!

It's Knit Lite. I can knit anywhere ...even in the dark!!!

What we did last week that keep us real busy.... My DH decided to do the major yard renovation by our house. Also, he built a new mini-garage under the deck where he wants to put his new trailer under there. (it's still not finished!)Cold and rainy weather slow him down for a week. I spent hours helping him digging, carrying bags of stones, wrapping gifts, cleaning rooms, doing laundry, and knitting.

FOUR FOs to show you!!! I lovelovelove them so much!!!

I finished Twisty Turns Wrap last month. I forgot to take the picture of it. I will ask my DH to take a pix of me wearing it this week.

Corazon mittens - for my third . I finished them last Saturday.

I used Debbie Bliss Merino dark yarns.

Last night, I decided to knit Garterlac Dishcloth. It was very fast project. It took me few hours to finish it.

This evening before dinner, I knitted another dishcloth. Sure, Angel of Welcome was a very quick project.

On the Needles.......

Eunny desgined Anemoi mittens that I really love. Really challenge project cuz I used size 0 needles for the cuff. Now I'm using 12" circular needle - size 2. Ouch, my right hand is real sore!!! I use Heilo yarns for the mittens.

I'm so glad that I don't have to go to work this week because school is closed for the winter break. I plan to reorganize my craft room - clean up the mess, sort some stuff out to sell through ebay, and organize craft related in right place.

Tomorrow I will get my hair perm!!! I gave up as I'm so tired of fixing my hair up for last two years. My hair is real thin, STRAIGHT and very OILY!!! So frustrating!!! I want to have my hair natural curl like my sister, Kimbo!!! I hope my hair will look more natural and soft curls. I'm nervous!!! Wish me good luck!!

Better go and finish the mitten. Happy Knitting!!!!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Will Santa Come?

Nah..nah.... I'm sooooooo GOOD girl! (I think!!) I want to assist Santa tonight so my name is.....

Your Elf Name Is...
Sassy Helper
Whaaaat???? Me Sassy? No Waaaaay!!!!
We wish you a very happy holidays!! Enjoy your time with your family and friends!!!
Will be back soon with some evidences why I'm so BUSY at home lately.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Happy Birthday to....

my DH, CRAIG!!! The one I truly husband, my best friend, my companion, and my true lover in the world!

Today is his birthday!! He turns 43 years old and looks so FABULOUS!!!!!

We are going up to PA. for the weekend for his birthday. Be back tomorrow night.

I'm working on Corazon. Will post it when I get back! Knitting fair isle is really addicted!!

Thursday, December 07, 2006


What a (almost) week for me! I got back to work after two and half weeks off last Monday. My schedule were booked with meetings, meetings and meetings that I didn't have time to finish all the emails. 1,118 emails!!! I wish I'm kidding but am still trying to finish them up by tomorrow afternoon.

Last Sunday was a real productive day for me! I put the tree up and decorated Xmas stuff around the house. Now, I feel soooooooooo CHRISTMAS-Y!!!!!

I'm true loyal Santa Collector!

Looooook!!!!!! All Santa oranments around the tree along with Santa dolls on the table and floor!

Every year I asked my DH to pick one of his favorite ornament. For last three years, he picked Naked Santa.

Now, he is really obsessed with his new toy since July. He picked two "winner" ornaments this year!!!

Of course, Harley SANTAS!!!!!

The skeins arrived in the mail yesterday!! I'm hoping to finish the vest for my DH this weekend.

Happy Birthday to my dear *knitting* BEST friend, Jerri Lyn!!!!

TGIF for tomorrow!!!!

Happy Knitting!!!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Almost FO!

Here it is..... Fair Isle Traditional Hat!!!

I spent all day on Friday knitting it. The chart is much easier to read than the headband's chart.

Last night after Xmas shopping, I finally finished the hat. All pinned up for now. This needs to be blocked today. I will hem it up and put the tassel on it. I'm not really "hat" person but this one that I would like to wear.

Close-up of Upside Down Hat - real neat!!

I'm so proud that I finished it. I had a dream this morning that I'm knitting fair isle sweater! Oh boy, that's really wishful thought!! I promise*promise*promise myself to finish few unfinished projects!!! Twisty-Turn Wrap (need to seam them together), Everyday Cardigan (need to seam the pieces together and then add buttonband) and vest for my DH (am waiting for skeins to arrive).

I will definitely make another one and plan to knit the fair isle mittens....maybe Fair Isle sweater in 2007!!!

Hope your weekend is good as mine. I'm not really looking forward to go back to work tomorrow. I feel much better and more energy than last week after battling with colds and coughs.

I'm better go and get all Xmas decorations/tree out and decorate them today.

Have a GREAT day and Happy Knitting!!!

Friday, December 01, 2006

I'm a Proud Joiner a perfect KAL for this month. I'm soooo "fair isle" mood this week.

What are your projects for this knitalong?

I have decided that I'm going to knit a traditional hat from Bea Ellis Knitwear today.

For next project, I promise to finish the vest I'm waiting for more skeins that I ordered last week for my DH's birthday. I would go to next project - Fair Isle mittens after finishing the vest.

Is this your first colorwork project? If it isn't, what was your first, and has it survived the test of time?

No, I knitted the headband last Tuesday. I felt it was my best accomplishment of my work. It was challenge working with two yarns but it was so much fun to work with. It required me a lot of patience to throw and pick the yarns.

I'm still out sick all week. I was supposed to go back to work last Wednesday but the cough was soooo bad that I could not sleep and ended up seeing the doctor. It's confirmed that I have severe upper respirary infections and am treated the wonderful medicines that help me to breath and less cough.

I'm so ready to knit the hat!! Stay warm especially the midwest people. My parents are stuck in the house watching the blizzard storm today. It's unbelievable warm but raining here.

Happy December and Happy Knitting!!! 24 more days till Xmas!!!