Monday, April 28, 2008

Rain, Rain, GO AWAY!!!

Don't you sick of rain in last three days!!!? The weather affected me badly. It stopped right now but it will rain again later in the evening till tomorrow. I heard it may rain this weekend.... No, no, no!!! Pretty please because I want to stay dry and enjoy shopping at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend!!!! Yup, it is on Saturday and Sunday!!!

Last Friday, my Caffeine Swap Partner from New Jersey sent me the package. She spoiled me with a lot of goodies. Two different kind of chocolates, Bucks County Coffee Co. (Costa Rica Dulce de Sol) Mighty Leaf tea bags, a coffee cup and two gorgeous yarns.

The coffee and teas are soooo delicious.

My own GREEN Malabrigo yarns!!! My wish came true!!!! I'm in love with these yarns!!

Thanks, Hope!!!!

FO: Raindrops Lace Socks

I finished it last Saturday. I really love the color and textured ones. I found this really soothing to knit with.

Pattern: Raindrops Lace Socks
Source: Evelyn A. Clark leafet
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Solid
Needle: 12" circular needles- size tw0

WIP - Tangled Yoke Cardigan

I started it last winter but didn't pick it up till last Saturday. The gauge was way off and I ripped it off and started all over with different kind of needle. I swatched it and it look right to me. I knitted all day yesterday as the rain poured hard all day!!!!

Stay dry and Happy Knitting!!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Almost getting there.....

I really love weekends!!!! My DH went out riding Harley with his friends all day on Saturday. I made pretty good progress to finish some unfinished projects since I cleaned my craft room last weekend. I put each projects in large plastic bag.

What are these? 6 plastic bags in a big basket next to my bed.

Everyday Cardigan - two sleeves need to be completed.

Textured Cardigan - two sleeves need to be completed.

Bristow - almost done with back piece

Red Scraf - one more skein to be completed

Surprise gift - almost done with the back piece

Surprise gift - Half way to go to finish the back piece

I've decided to hold Ariann till I find the right mood to pick up the pieces.

Non-Knitting Project

I finally completed the Black Rabbit doll! It is sitting on little rocker in front of our big TV.

Last Saturday morning after completing the Black Rabbit doll, I was in mood for knitting sock. I looked up in small basket and found three socks that don't have second one. I picked out the green one as I thought it would be perfect way to finish for the Project Spectrum Elements.
Here it is so far.... pretty fast in one day!!! I'm determined to finish it this week.

Raindrop Lace Socks by Evelyn A. Clark

Yesterday afternoon, I finally completed the baguette (Three Sassy, Skinny, Tube Baguettes) that I've been neglected it from Summer 2006. I'm done now but have to felt it. Maybe tonight??

Last night while watching the movie "Sweet Nothing in My Ears", I finally finished the pieces of baby sweater. I need to block them first before seam them together. Hopefully this week!!

Did you watch "Sweet Nothing in My Ears" last night? I was so happy that the movie covered the details to educate people about videophone, doorbell lights, interpreters, pager, sign language and cochlear implant. I know there are a lot of people debating about cochlear implant. I'm not qualified to get it because I was born deaf. I didn't grow up using sign language but orally. I'm pretty good lipreading and can not hear anything except for hearing aid. I can hear the sound but not able to recognize the specific sounds or words. I learned sign language when I was in college. It's strange because for me, after dating two hard-of-hearing guys who speak very good and can hear the music or speak through phone, I found myself little isolated from them. Because of my deafness, I could not relate to them to understand music or interact with hearing people. They often mentioned me that they wish I could hear some music or speak very well. I met very first deaf guy who can not lipread and uses sign language all of his life - I knew I could NEVER go back. I found my true identity. I knew I had to spend the rest of my life with someone who could see how I lived my life - hand to hand. I have to have 100 percent access to communication with my soulmate. We both come from hearing families. I have deaf sister and my DH had deaf grandmother, two deaf aunts and several hard-of-hearing relatives.
Here are few links you may want to read more about the movie and cochlear implant.

The ASL-Cochlear Implant Community (very good information)
Your thoughts? Feel free to share with me!!
Happy Knitting!!!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Blame Game

Sigh!!! It's one month since I've posted my blog. I have four good reasons and I really want to blame someone or something. *finger point*

Reason One: Since my last post, I had a great Spring Break productive week at work but didn't get much done as I was hoping for. The weather was soooooo unbelievable beautiful and warm. The leaves and flowers sprung out wildly. I was soooooo sick with bad colds, cough and sneezing all weekend. Guess what I blame to? Seasonal allergy!!!

Good News: I went to see the doctor hoping to get better medicine. He suggested me to buy Zyrtec-D. It was amazing that I feeeeeeeeel much much improved!!! No more blame on the weather!!

Reason Two: I spent two weekends cleaning cleaning cleaning my craft room and found several unfinished projects. Guess who I blame to? Me me me me!!!! I'm ashamed to admit that I'm terribly procrastinating and could not stay and finish on projects.

Good news: I reorganized my projects. I finished three out of six non-knitting projects.
Summer ABC cross stitching
Rug hooking snowman on wool penny rug

Wall quilt

Reason Three: I have not touched my knitting projects for two weeks. I have no motivation nor toooo busy at work that doesn't leave me any energy to pick up my knitting needles. Guess what/who I blame to? Unreasonable deadlines were given by my boss and Ravelry. I'm so addicted to Ravelry.

Good news: I finished two big reports for my boss. There is nothing you can do with me about Ravelry. I love love love love Ravelry so much!!! I wish I have 8 arms to knit many projects.

Reason Four: Last Saturday, my poor hubby was sooooo sick with nasty 48 hour bugs!!! I was the best nurse to take care of him. Guess what....I got that nasty mean mean bug last Monday night!!! I was so miserable with all the puke! Guess who I blame to? My own darling hubby who blamed his co-worker!!!! Grrrr!!!

Good news: I feel much improved today and am able to update my blog!!! Yay!!!

Okay...enough of blame game!! My parents taught me not to point my finger to anyone. Well, I did it tonight which made me feeling a lot better!!!

Now... Knitting-related photos that I was too lazy busy to post few weeks ago.

I finished two pairs of socks ...yes, two pairs!!!

I made another Baby Kimono for my colleague who just had a new baby two weeks ago.

I finally seamed the little bear and stuffed it. (see the silly pillow my DH got it for Xmas from his co-worker).
I'm too lazy to go up to my craft room to find the patterns and get the names of yarn of these projects I knitted. I promise I will give you the details of these projects this week. I won't go away and think of new excuses.
Happy Knitting!!! Stay healthy!!!