Baby bolero joys!

Bolero joy!

One Skein Baby Bolero
Pattern | Taken and adapted from One Skein’s Baby Bolero
Yarn | Sirdar Demin Sport Aran No 615
Needles | 5mm straight & 6mm circulars

The edges

Had half a ball of yarn left from cowl I did earlier, and decided that it was time to destash and put that One Skein book to good use. It took a while to piece everything together – first time seaming stuff and am pretty glad that it turned out to be quite decent. I think the edging even though doing it was a bytch. I lost count; in the end, because it was a ribbed pattern, I couldn’t be half-arsed about it so I just did the best I could with it. Note to self: never drink while you’re knitting.

Baby goodness!

The only changes I made were to the sleeves. They are way shorter than called for simply because I was afraid I would ran out of yarn halfway through the project. In the end, I ended up with some leftovers anyway. Heh. Probably use them for provisional cast-on projects next time. Quite an interesting cast-on, really.

Anyway, onto my Tangy Kiri Shawl (will post an update on this soon) and Les Bleus (I keep frogging it so much so that I think I’ll never finish one side!) plus need to block this bolero…or should I just pack it up the way it is?

Hm.

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This is why…

…I am crazy about yarns.

yarn

The two skeins of lace weight yarn I ordered from Handpaintedyarn.com arrived today after a week’s worth of waiting. Pretty fast, I must say. It came bare as it could be, perhaps fresh from spinning and dyeing – I could still smell the vinegar. No labels, no frills, no fuss. Just skeins the way they ought to be.

yarn_balls

Now winding them into balls wasn’t an easy task. We are talking about 900 yards (nearly 830 metres) of yarn here. Thankgoodness for swivel chairs and toilet rolls. ^.~ About three hours went to winding these little babies into balls and plenty of exercise for my wrists!

burgundy_ball citrus_ball

The final result? Two great looking balls that will be turned into lacey shawls…as gifts.

😉

ps: That thing I was supposed to start on for myself? It’ll be on hold until I finish these shawls and Les Bleus.

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What a (quiet) holiday! – Part II

sock

Remember the stuff I bought yesterday? Well, I left out the yarn I bought as well. I intend to make some socks out of them for Nil and in addition, put the damn books to good use instead of letting them rot away on some shelf somewhere in my room.

Right now I’m a little wary of the damn project because I keep encountering all sorts of so-called problems. =.= There is the gauge (yarn is 28 per 10cm while the pattern is 24 per 10cm), then there is the whole thing about yarn feeling a little too thin for 4-ply and of course there is the size of a not-around pair of feet to measure. Blah.

Looks like I might have to frog this and start again tomorrow. Thankgoodness for the holidays.

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Finally, a little something for myself! YES YES YES! I’m not going to say what it is or will be!

:nyeh:

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What a (quiet) holiday! – Part I

the-splurge

I really love shopping when it’s quiet. No one to bump into, no screaming/running children to avoid, no one to fight with (for clothes/shoes/books/etc)…parking is a whole lot easier too. Plus factor? It reminded me a lot of my shopping sprees in Sydney when people were laidback and crowds were few and far in between.

As sort of a belated birthday present, I decided to go nuts on some knitting books that I’ve been eyeing. Initially I had thought of dropping by Kino at KLCC to get them but the journey was just too far. Besides, I wanted to see how Borders would measure up to Kino in terms of the kind of stuff they had and the pricing too.

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Tan ribbed cowl & knitting woes!

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Tan Ribbed Cowl
Pattern | Adapted from Cream Ribbed Cowl in Knitting in No Time
Yarn | Plasard Louinie (Tan) & Sirdar Demin Sport Aran No 615
Needles | 5mm 40cm & 4mm 75cm circulars

Tell you something. Knitting is NOT easy.

I never had so much trouble with a pattern before! *frowns* It’s annoying how I have to convert this adults-only cowl into a cowl that will fit a 1 metre tall little girl. The first time I cast on, I ended up making it too small so I had to rip the damn thing apart but because it’s mohair mix, I had no choice but to snip some bit off. After that, I made it a bit tad bigger. Then it hits me.

“Will it fit?”

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Current projects

I know I should NOT cast on any more projects but just knitting rib all the time for my Magenta jacket is well…driving me nuts. Hence I succumbed totally to temptation and decided to cast on two projects.

green-cable-scarf

Autumn Green Cable Scarf
Yarn | Wina No 95
Needles | 5mm straight bamboo

Progress with this is going ultra slow (what you see in the pic is what I’ve done so far) because I’m not in a rush to finish this and well, I’m sort of using this project as the “do only when you’re more of doing rib/whatever”.

Cream ribbed cowl

Tan Ribbed Cowl
Yarn | Plasard Louinie (Tan) & Sirdar Demin Sport Aran No 615
Needles | 5mm 40cm & 4mm 75cm circulars

This is going to be a gift for Nil’s niece who’s three years old. I know what you see there is for an adult but I’m resizing it to fit a little girl. Was thinking that the mohair-mix would be a nice touch and it feels oh-so-soft to the touch as well. Because this yarn mix is slightly thinner than what was called for in the pattern, I had to make some adjustments. Thankgoodness the pattern is awfully simple (K2, P2 with some decreases along the way)!!!!

😆

Will post more at the end of this week when things at work have died down a little. I promise!

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A quiet day…

The roses

Apart from the surprise flowers this morning, MY day has been awfully quiet. I spent it working on Candy Green (my fingerless gloves) and musing on how remarkable the day has been so far.

Remember the hunt for that elusive job in either UK/NZ/France? After numerous rejections, there is hope left. It is nothing big or sure for that matter but like Dad, Nil (he sent me flowers for the first time in eons and he called too!!!!! *beams*) and I all agree, it is still a start. Better than nothing, if you know what I mean. Hopefully I’ll hear more good news over the next few days.

Candy green

Candy Green Fingerless Gloves
Pattern | Open-finger Mittens
Yarn | Online Linie Cora No 20
Needles | 2.75mm DPN

My knitting project(s) have taken on a new turn with colleagues commissioning me to work on their own versions of Candy Green (yes, I found myself taking on orders! Unbelievable!). I’m definitely happy for the practice and of course, the excuse to do more knitting and some yarn shopping on the side.

Another shot of Candy green!

So yes, I had a quiet, simple yet meaningful birthday in every sense of the word(s).

😎

ps: No, I didn’t get a manicure – my nails are naturally like that.

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What a weekend!

I cannot believe this. I spent the whole weekend doing nothing but watching Ally McBeal, laundry and knitting. Of course there were the dogs and other housechores…but it wasn’t exactly productive in the real sense of the word.

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Yes, I told myself that I was suppose to finish off some legislation work at home but I got sidetracked instead. It didn’t help that Internet was super erratic, and I didn’t want to risk getting kicked out of the system and screwing things up royally on Monday. So it looks like OT time this coming week. I don’t know whether to cry or laugh.

candy-green-gloves

Saturday morning started all wrong actually. I seriously DO NOT fancy going to bed at 1am only to wake three hours later with food poisoning. It was hardly fun and it cost me a knitting meetup with some ladies – I was supposed to get some yarn but gah. Horrible, horrible. Consolation came in the form of knitting with my new set of needles (from ebay). I had to sand them down with fine grade sandpaper because they were all…sticky. Without the sanding, the stitches were very difficult to move around which is BAD on double-point needles.

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I started on Candy Green and finished one side of the set today. Luckily it’s a five-needle set because…urm…I broke one of the needles. [insert sheepish look here] Not my fault, really. They were as thin as satay sticks and I was struggling with the thumb gusset. Verdict? I liked how this turned out (so does Mum – she wants to take it to Turkey in two weeks!) and I’m pretty exited about my next project.

royal-purple-yarn

Sunday was a good day…I splurge (well, not really) on my first outfit project – four balls of this royal purple magenta yarn – for a bolero-like jacket that looks simple yet stylish. Don’t really have a picture of what the finished product would look like but I hope that it’ll be ready by the time I make my trip to Paris. Couldn’t care less if it’s not warm enough. It’s exciting!!!!

:peace:

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