I succumbed.

And succumbed oh-so-badly.

Among the purchases I made are two books on knitting sweaters Aran-style (no matter how hard I try, I can’t stop thinking about Nil when I see them), four hanks/skeins of laceweight yarn from a Knitpicks spree and three hanks of yarn (for socks and something else) from Maryann.

This does not include the chocolatey stuff I won from serendipity. Thank you thank you, my dear!

There goes my Chinese New Year angpau.

O’well…looks like I’ll have to start from square one again.

Record: 1 month and 3 weeks.

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Books galore!

Courtesy of Edward Champion.

Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a 10 foot pole, put a cross (+) in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk (*) the ones you’ve never heard of.

1. (+) The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. (+) Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. (+) To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. (+) The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. (+) The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. (+) The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. (+) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. (+) Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. (+) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. (*) A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. (+) Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. (+) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. (*) Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. (+) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. (+) Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. (+) The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. (+) Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. (*) The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. (+) The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. (*) The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. (*) The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. (*) The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. (+) Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. (+) The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. (+) Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. (+) The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. (*) She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. (*) The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. (*) Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. (+) Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. (+) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. (*) The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. (*) Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. (*) One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. (*) The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch–22 (Joseph Heller)
69. (+) Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. (+) The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint–Exupery) (This is the French copy!)
71. (+) Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. (*) The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. (*) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. (*) The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. (*) Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. (*) Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. (*) Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. (+) Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. (*) The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. (*) Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of a Lion (Ondaatje)
92. (+) Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. (*) The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. (*) A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

I really ought to get back to my reading. T.T

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Sox rule!

Soft sox!

*cough*

Well, I was pretty tired of doing plain stockinette stitches for Baby Apple – I had to rip out half a sleeve because I missed out some increases.

So I took out Les Blues, ripped it and reknitted it with a different gauge only to transfer it onto a thin long circular needle. First time! Hopefully it’ll be first time lucky too!

I just had to. The bamboo DPNs of 2.75mm remind me so much of satay sticks. Strangely enough, I’m beginning to warm out to the feel of wool in my hands…

Oh the softness!

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(Sweet) Raspberry Kisses

Blooming patterns...

Raspberry Kisses
Pattern | Kiri Shawl by All Tangled Up
Yarn | Handpaintedyarn.com Merino Lace in Burgundy (about 400-600 yards)
Needles | 4mm circular & 7mm circular (cast off)

Shawls are addictive…up to a certain point! In the beginning it was tough getting through the pattern. I kept mixing rows up and dropping stitches. But after a while, things went on pretty smoothly, and I chugged ahead, doing a couple of rows every night and completing 11 repeats of those “leaves”. It was as if I was on a lace spell and chanting the mantra “Lace lace lace!”

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Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Pussy willows and CNY deco sans le porc!

No…it is NOT “Happy New Year”!!!!!!! “Happy Chinese New Year” isn’t exactly right but better. Chinese people love wishes that bubble over with loads of sweet words like “wealth, happiness, prosperity” and so forth. So say it right.

Chinese New Year preparations aside, I am oh-so-not-looking forward to the whole interogation session. Mum’s side of the family is horrible compared to Dad’s side (who are always on vacation during CNY). Seriously. I know they are being kaypoh plus concerned (this is me being optimistic) but every year, it’s the same usual drill.

So…where is your boyfriend? Got one or not? If got, bring back la. If don’t have, when you wanna get boyfriend? So old ALREADDYYYYYYYYYY! (insert the insulted but pretend-to-be-happy look here)

(After a few seconds… )

So when are you getting married? You, young women should get married la. All this work and education for what? Women should get married!

(After a few more seconds… )

So…when are you getting married? Aiyo, don’t make me wait till I wanna go to the grave already la.

(After another few more seconds… )

So…when is the wedding?

It’ll be worse this year since my younger cousin got married last year. Heh. Trying to figure out some excuses here. Bleh.

Now, lets not even get to the comments about weight, children and all. Heh.

Oh…if you’re new to this, get used to it. It’s part and puzzle of the season. So yeah…Gong Xi Gong Xi.

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