Tuesday, October 30, 2007

5.6

There was just a 5.6 magnitude earthquake 30 minutes ago ... the epicenter was just 11 miles from where I live! When I was standing in the open area outside the apartment, I was wondering if it was my legs shaking ... or if the earth was still shaking ... most probably, it was both!

Now the quake was over (for the moment), I am returning to the neckline of the Ink Flared Sweater.

Maybe it was just coincidence ... during the past few nights, the bats in the areas were unusually noisy. When I told Husband about this, he said maybe there would be a big quake coming.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Knitting on a tight budget

How tight? I have 24 more rows on the last raglan sleeve cap to go, and I have this much yarn left:If it were not for the very thin portions (I found another long portion in another skein), I should have a little bit more ample yarns to go on.

Thanks for your inputs last time, the problem has been resolved. Now just stay tuned to see if I can escape the fate of having to hunt down another skein of Cash Iroha in Colour 93!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I need a quick fix!

After making 4 lace projects in a row, and not having made a sweater this summer, I felt that I need to make something basic and quick for the coming cold season ... kind of a quick fix for sweater knitting. I have a bag of Noro Cash Iroha in my stash; for what I completely forgot. And there is this basic raglan sweater using this yarn. Swell!

I fully expected this to be an uneventful project. But as if the Knitting Fairy is sympathetic of my lack of blog fodder ... ha! It is quick alright.See it? When knitting that part, I didn't think too much of it because Cash Iroha is a thick-and-thin yarn, so I expected such thing to happen. But it turned out while the yarn is indeed thick and thin in various parts, that extended length of extremely thin portion is, obviously, unusual. ::frowning::

So, I need your input. If you were as dumb as me and finished knitting one whole body piece, would you frog it to get rid of the very thin portion? Well, it is indeed not-for-the-faint-of-heart thin.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It's Stole Time!

It certainly feels like I've been slacking in both knitting and blogging in October. After one week, I am getting back into the rhythm of my living here and I am happy about that. In case you wonder what needs adjusting ... not having driven and cooked for one week, sitting behind the wheel did make me feel weird for a few seconds; the meals I made last week tasted definitely different ... though Husband was caring enough not to point that out! hahaha ...

I've picked up the needles regularly in the last few days, working diligently on Muir, hoping to have an FO and to boost my knitting mojo. *DRUM ROLL* I am happy to announce that Muir is finished and I finally have some solid knitting content for the blog! Woo Hoo!

This stole can't come in a better time. It is the time of the year when temperatures in the mornings and evenings can be really chilly and I have been using the Forest Path Stole. I love my stole to be big and light but warm. That's Muir. I do feel happy to have more choices in what I can wear, don't you? Muir is big. It is the size of the FPS before blocking. I am not sure if I am going to block it though. First it's already big enough for me; second, I love the little hilly texture:In its unblocked state, the stole also looks more raw and ruffled ... which I like. Anyway, I think if I want it to be flat, I can always block it later.




Details:
Pattern: Muir designed by Romi from Knitty Fall2007
For me, it is combination of a number of factors contributing to the appeal of Muir. The photography in Knitty just brought out the beauty of the stole. And it is a big stole pattern. And I had the exact same yarn in the exact same colourway right here with me. And it's mohair!
Half way into the knitting when the pattern became really clear, I felt like seeing autumn leaves floating on running water ... isn't that beautiful?

Yarn: Tsuki (40% silk, 60% superkid mohair) by Artfibers Col: #4 Olive 2 balls + extra for the last 6 rows and bind off
I absolutely LOVE this yarn. Honestly, it even feels more smooth and softer than Rowan KSH. Though the choice of colours is much smaller than KSH, they are all gorgeous nontheless. I will certainly use this again. But one thing I would do differently is to use a cotton yarn for the provisional cast on, as the cotton would not add so much to the fuzziness of the yarn.

Needles: Denise US7

Measurements: 23" x 62" before blocking

Cast On: 09-19-2007
Cast Off: 10-22-2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

Knitting limbo

desiknitter asked me for photos of Hong Kong ... mmm ... actually, I didn't take too many since I didn't go out much. She's been to Hong Kong and it seems that she absolutely loves the city. That is great ... I always think that as long as there are people who love a place, it always has a future. I love the city ... but it is just so completely different from where I am currently living, I did need some mental adjusting when I first landed. I seldom see buildings higher than 2 stories now, so it was understandable that this would be quite a sight:I took this on our way back from Stanley Beach to downtown area. The bus was going down the mountains and all you could see were buildings, buildings and more buildings ... and yes, they are built along the mountain slopes.

What makes Hong Kong such an interesting city is that if you look hard enough, you can also find peace and quiet:Very great contrast, isn't it?

Back to knitting ... and that would be summarized in one word: LIMBO. During last week, I was able to crochet 7 motifs and knit 2 pattern repeats on Muir. But I haven't done much since I was back. I felt like I was sleepwalking these few days ... maybe it was the jet lag ... 15 hours' difference! Fortunately, that's going to change ... after seeing what beautiful things you guys out there have been making seems to have brought back my enthusiasm. :D

So, I am now going to knit ... have a nice weekend.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Stash from the Past

One August Saturday afternoon, I received a call from my father, who was about to have a surgery. It was not a life-threatening problem, and for someone in his 70's, he did a pretty great job in recovering. However, it did make me realize I need to push "spending as much time with my parents as I can" to a higher priority. This is not easy if you are living thousands of miles away from them. The most I can manage is one week a year.

So, my major activity during last week's visit was hanging out with my parents and having simple homemade meals. The visit was short ... but I'm sure my parents were happy to return to their daily routine (they go for morning hiking before 4 a.m. every day!) and look forward to next year's visit! :D

But I did have one big surprise discovery ... my past stash! Basically, I have very little memory of my knitting during my university days ... that would be like more than 15 years ago. My mother surprised me by saying that she kept my yarns from those days! Wow!13 balls of Patons Superwash Wool plus 4 balls of used ones. I was so happy because without spending a dime I could bring yarns (do they count as vintage yarns? LOL!) home!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

I'm taking a break

... for one week. I'm taking the crochet project and Muir with me. Got to go ... still haven't packed yet!

See you next week. :D

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Baffled!

That was how I felt when I looked at these two:Everything is basically the same ... just that I switched from the blue thread to white one. They are even of the same brand! The seven blue motifs are more or less to the right gauge ... but this white one is just mind-boggling! But I think right now, I'll just make another white one to see how it would come out.

Besides, since there is a long way to go in this motif making process, I think it would be worth the while to turn the written instructions into chart. I never learn to read crochet charts, let alone charting one myself. Maybe it is just my good luck. This one time I wanted to chart the one I need, it turned out to be not an easy one! Well, at least I know the crochet stitch symbols now ... not total loss of time.

Yesterday, I went to Kinokuniya Bookstore (which I am really grateful to have one in my area!) and picked up a copy of Quilts Japan and haven't stopped mentally bowing to those Japanese quilters! Just look at this "Spirits of the Jungle" quilt and the coffee-themed accessory set:

You can click on the images to see the larger versions. But this blue quilt is one that I don't mind having!