Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Summer Snowdrop Tunic


It's been awhile since I put up a post, so here's my new FOs.  Miss me?  I surely do miss you!

I have two FOs but will post the second one hopefully later the week.  First is a test knit I made and requested to make the size 10.  This pattern came with two options, either you can make a dress or tunic.  I chose to make the Tunic as I don't have enough yarn for the dress. :)

The pattern has some problems with the way it was written, good thing Alla, the designer always welcomes all the comments on her pattern, and she listens to them.  Alla is very kind and patient in answering all my queries, Thank you Alla.:x












Pattern Source: Summer Snowdrop Tunic - by Alla Saenko
Materials used: KnitPicks Gloss Fingering [photo
Needle size: 3.50mm
Project started: 15.08.2013
Project finished: 10.09.2013
Item size: 10yrs old


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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I M A G I N E . W H E N another finished item.


Before I show you the latest knit done, I just wanted to let you know that I bag the runner-up for F5 Ladies Doubles, badminton Tournament held at BSR for 4 days.  Next Friday we have team entry for the same flight, but I'm not sure if I can be able to make it.   I also had 2 other entries, Mixed Doubles, and all I can say is that I had so much fun playing with my friends, competing with them or against them.. Such an adrenalin rush.  Okay enough babbling.... on to my show off portion :)

Delivered the shawl I knit for a friend.  She asked me to knit this one using a two-colored style shawl, instead of copying exactly the what the designer has done.  I got my inspiration from one of the knitters who used two colored yarn, and got lucky to see it on Ravelry.  This is another envy moment, wishing that this shawl is mine to keep. /:)

This pattern is a mindless knitting, but you have to make sure you that you have something to guide you like paper and pencil/pen to note which row you've stopped or which row you've worked on, this way you can be able to know if you're doing it correctly.  This is just a series of short rows and in garter stitch..

I never expected that this would turn out beautifully.  I was kinda hesitant when a friend choose these colors to combine for this shawl.  I even had second thoughts if I should start with the violet yarn or the blue one.

This is the first time I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Socks Stripes, and the yarn is amazing... love how it feels on my fingers, sliding stitch by stitch.  And as always I can depend on Cascade yarn, it's very squish and oh so soft.. didn't I mentioned before?  :x



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Pattern Source: Imagine When - by J O J I
Materials used: Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids & Quatro Colors [photo] - Cerulean shade
                          Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Stripe [photo]- Farwell shade
Hook size: 4.00mm
Project started: 30.07.2013
Project finished: 11.08.2013
Item size: Adult

*I haven't bought the flexible blocking wires... hopefully this end of the month..*

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Hitchhiking...


Some days are good, some days are not and some days are just so and so... But today is just awesome.  I just finished doing the Hitchhiker, using again Cascade yarn - this time the handpainted version.  The yarn is not as squishy as the plain colored ones - remember how I praise the green yarn from the Green Holden Shawlette -, but still love the softness and the color, so vivid!

Knitting hitchhiker is a no-brainer pattern, just got confuse as to why the pattern didn't just states that the first two is a bind-off, only the first stitch would have to be purled.

After that, knitting it is a breeze.  I didn't even noticed that I already reached the 41st peak and would have to do the next 7 rows without the increase and on the 8th row, should be doing the bind off.

Again the yarn didn't fail me, Cascade has such a very adequate yardage, I still have 0.04 grams left.



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Pattern Source: Hitchhiker - by Martina Bhem
Materials used: Cascade Heritage Handpainted Sock Yarn [photo]
Hook size: 4.00mm
Project started: 22.07.2013
Project finished: 29.07.2013
Item size: Adult

*I'm thinking of buying the flexible blocking wires this month so when I make some circular shawls it would be easy to block them, or some shawls that just don't have a points in them.*

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Something new

I bet you already had enough of me showing you the Holden Shawlette right? Well, I'm not, I love the Holden, but for now I will be showing you the new yarns I ordered for another shawls I'll be making and i.e. Hitchiker and Imagine When.

These are the yarns I got from Loopy Ewe, and I'm excited to start working with it.




Another yarn didn't get into the collage, it's a mellow yellow tone... again from Cascade.



Bought also some new knitting needles.. Hiya Hiya and Chiaogoo.<



So far I love the Hiya Hiya, so pointy and would be great for lace knitting, and look I even got a free needle inventory card. :)


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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

To Knit Ishbel? or to Knit Socks? - that is the question

I can't seem to be satisfied with doing nothing during those in between projects and yarn order to arrive.

So I decided to cast on the Ishbel using Malabrigo Sock Yarn, but while I am already knitting several rows already, I suddenly have second thoughts whether to continue or to create my own sock pattern using the said yarn.

The sock design I'm thinking is lacey, similar to the lace on Ishbel... hmmmm

See my shawl pin from Lantern Moon sneaking behind?  I haven't used it yet, this came with my recent yarn order from Paradise fibers.   This shawl pin is made from Water Buffalo's horn.


Can't decide, what should I knit?

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Green Holden Shawlette - 3 times a charm

I have to keep a deadline so that I can plan my day ahead, being a stay-at-home doesn't mean I have all the time in my hands, quite contrary my dear.  I have to prepare the kids for school, their packed lunch - snack, kids breakfast, hubby's needs before going for work, then there's the never-ending house chores - laundry, cleaning, doing the dishes, folding clothes, ironing.. and there's Mr. Siopao, my ever demanding cat! - you get the picture?

As it comes to no surprise whenever I finish a project either for myself or for others, and see the outcome with such awe, there is no feeling like it!  And when I get all kinds of appreciation from family, friends, and stranger, it just makes me say it's worth it.

So here I'll be showcasing my latest FO.  This is my 3rd Holden Shawlette, a request.. this time, I wish that this is mine... *sigh* Of course obviously, I like the pattern so much, very easy to memorize the chart, and the yarn! oh the yarn, it's very soft, stitch definition is great! and the yardage.. so very generous... I might say that I got my money's worth on this one :)

The only modification I did on this one, is that I didn't stop on row 38 as written on the pattern, instead I finished the whole chart, and hence resulted to a much larger shawl forgot to count the total number of stitches, the number of stitches increase is not much, but it's okay enough for the owner, since she is concern that it might not cover her arms enough...

So without further ado, here is my Green Holden, and oh, did I mention that this comes with shawl pins?  She asked me to get some shawl pins and here I'm showing it to you :)  I hope you'll find this as inspiring as it is to me.


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Green Holden Shawlette


Pattern Source: Holden Shawlette 3 - byMindy Wilkes
Materials used: Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn [photo]
Hook size: 4.00mm
Project started: 07.07.2013
Project finished: 11.07.2013
Item size: Adult

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Friday, July 05, 2013

Busy, busy me....

As some of you might have known already, I just put up a Facebook page for all my handmade goodies of made to order hand knitted/crocheted scarves, hats, shawlette and shrugs.

I've already accepted several orders I'm working on right now.

I just finished the three knitted orders from my very first customer. Yay for me!!!

So I guess those are the things I'll show you today.


First is the Tomboy Hat, made from Cascade Worsted Yarn. My first time to use this yarn, and I love it!
Such a joy working with this yarn. I'm thinking of getting some for my kids cardigan, hopefully soon.


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Vissia's Tomboy Cap

Pattern Source: Vissia's Tomboy Cap - by American Thread Company
Materials used: Cascade Yarn Cascade 220 [photo]-
Hook size:5.00mm
Project started: 06.06.2013
Project finished: 07.06.2013
Item size: Adult


Next order is a Holden Shawlette, I so like how the yarn has turn out, I was scared at first as to how this would look, but upon knitting the first few rows, and the color changing starts to show, I got excited. I would definetly buy another Wisdom and next time with in bright colors :)


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Pattern Source: Holden Shawlette 2 - by Mindy Wilkes
Materials used: Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock [photo]
Needle size: 4.00mm
Project started: 07.06.2013
Project finished: 15.06.2013
Item size: Adult


The third one is stole called Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf from the bookg Knitting Lace of Estonia, knitted with Jaggerspun Zephyr.
I am so impressed with this yarn, very soft yet sturdy!

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Pattern Source: Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf 2 - by Nancy Bush
Materials used: JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 [photo]-
Needle size: 3.00mm
Project started: 19.06.2013
Project finished: 04.07.2013
Item size: Adult


And in between doing the Shawlette and the Scarf, I managed to made a knitted hat for a friend as going away present.

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Pattern Source: Tito Alfredo's Dustland Hat - by Stephen West
Materials used: HWS Markoma Pittsburgh [photo]-
Needle size: 4.00mm & 4.50mm
Project started: 17.06.2013
Project finished: 18.06.2013
Item size: Adult

Next order is still the ever famous Holden, and I can't wait to start, it will be my first time to use the Cascade Heritage Sock yarn Solid, in shade of Christmas Green.
I will post it once done.

Happy Knitting guys!!!

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