Archive for August 2008

Stariel was here!

August 26, 2008

I still can’t believe it! Ariel was here!

She made a pit stop at Champaign in the midst of her cross-country move, from Boston to Seattle. She arrived here late afternoon yesterday and left way too soon, in early afternoon.

It’s just so surreal to actually meet her for the first time. I mean, it didn’t feel strange at all – but then again, we’ve known each other for quite a while now :) And along with Ariel, I also got to meet her lovely mom and her two darling kitties, Pan and Java.

Last night, we took a little walk to downtown Champaign, and had some fabulous Thai food, while Chris was kittysitting the cats (though I think it was more like the cats were babysitting him). Then followed by wee bit of playing Rockband and (embrace yourself…) posting on Plurk, while sitting next to each other! How dorky are we?!

And today, we went for a little walk to main quad on campus, got some coffee, then a light lunch, before they had to leave.

But.. not before some mandatory pictures. But of course!

Here is a picture of us, and our twin socks. I know, we look pretty silly (at least I know I do).

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And here’s Pan. I made many attempts but this is the only one where he’s actually looking at the camera and is not blurry. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a picture of Java :(

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It’s so sad that she only stayed for one night, but I’m surely glad that she stopped by!

But I’m pretty sure this will not be the only time, just the first time I get to spend fabulous time with her. I just now have to make a plan to go visit her in Seattle once she all settles in, and hopefully soon :)

Liesl, among other things

August 19, 2008

First on the agenda: Liesl is finished. I actually finished knitting about 2 weeks ago, and finally got buttons on about a week ago. And I’m finally posting the pictures now! I know, I’m so up-to-date!!

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Yarn used is Debbie Bliss Cotton Silk Aran (the yarn is currently discontinued, the link is to its Ravelry page) – used 9 skeins. I used 7 mm needles (I suppose that’s equivalent to 10.75 in US size), and followed the instruction for 38 inch chest size. Because of my tight knitting, I figured, if I make one that should “technically” be larger than my size, it should accommodate accordingly – and it made sense with my swatch. In fact, according to my swatch, it should be even pretty small on me. However, I suppose gravity wins. After I attempted to “block” the finished garment, it really stretched, became way too long and bit too large. So I threw the idea of blocking it out the window. Instead, I just threw it in washer and machine dried it (not 100% but until it was pretty dry), and then it fit much better. So yeah, now I have to machine dry it for the most part, otherwise, it will be too big.

I really enjoyed the fact that it was a quick knit, but it was almost painful to weave in ends. To start with, the yarn had very short yardage, and to make it better (or worse), couple of these skeins had knots in the middle of skeins. Yeah, not so fun. But overall, yarn did create very “comfortable” fabric against the skin. That surely counts. And my huge huge huge thank you to Jen for the yarn. I’ll think about you every time I wear the cardi!

Oh and my works in progress: Told you I have joined multiple WIP trend ;)

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On the left, is my recycled sweater in the works… on size 3 needles. On the right, is twin sock with Ariel. As a matter of fact, in less than a week from today, she’ll be visiting me! Hooray!

Oh and I have decided, I want a dslr. Okay, so I’ve wanted a dslr for a long long time, but now I really want one (not that it changes the fact that I can’t quite afford one anytime soon). Though, for the purpose of “note to self”, the ones I’m considering are: Canon EOS 1000D (aka Digital Rebel XS), Canon EOS 400D (aka Digital Rebel XTi), and Nikon D60. Last night, I followed around my friend Dave while he was taking some pictures with his brand new Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi) and made me to realize I want one even more! Anyway, that’s enough daydreaming for now. I guess it’s time for real dreams. Like, goodnight.

So, goodnight.