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Hello Lucy (in the sky)

April 20, 2008

Finally, finished picture of Lucy in the Sky. Oh yes, I even sewn the buttons on!

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I used Cascade 220 Superwash, knitted in size 7 needles (yes, I knit pretty tight). Overall, I’m pretty happy with the result. As for the back of the neckband border, instead of knitting the border and sewing it on as the pattern stated, I just knitted it on. In fact, I wanted to continue on those fancy chain detail from ssk/k2tog so I bound the back of the body kinda half way one way, and the other half from other direction to create mirror image, then picked up the stitches from both direction and sew them up in the middle. Ok, so the sewing job is pretty wonky but I don’t mind it.

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And I even used smaller button as backing, hoping that helps the fabric pulling too much.

.. oh how much I dislike sewing the buttons on. But I think it turned out pretty well. I like the buttons I chose – nothing fancy but I tried to get something that could potentially just blend in. And I think that works quite well with the simplicity of the cardigan itself. I should just pat on my own shoulder for job done :P

Now I’m empty handed – no real projects in progress.

On totally unrelated news, there was earthquake in Illinois on Friday morning about at 5 AM. I, of course, slept through it. Supposedly there was one around 10 in the morning too, that one I didn’t feel either.

And yet again another unrelated topic – Chris and I have decided to take a wee trip to DC, to visit his sister. We’ll be going there in early May. No specific plans as of yet other than the fact that we are going and we’re totally unprepared. This was a sudden decision, I’m not sure if I’m at all ready for it, but the idea of going somewhere itself is very exciting! Woohoo!

Lucy is almost in the sky

April 15, 2008

I really don’t think I’ve done much lately. Knitting-wise, and everything else-wise too. Maybe it’s the weather. Super unpredictable, warm and breezy one day and freezing cold the next. Oh spring! You bi-polar bear!

My Lucy in the Sky cardigan is almost done. In fact, the actual knitting part is done. Currently it’s being blocked (if you’d call leaving the damp sweater on the floor to recover “blocking”) and waiting to have some buttons put on. I even bought the buttons already too.

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We’ll discuss the details later, when it’s actually done completely.

I finally finished up the Waving Lace socks too. Finally grafted the toe shut earlier today.

Now I’m out of things to do. Ahhhhhhh

On the side (strange and funny) note – I’ve decided to start running. By running, I mean, half way walking, half way jogging. Ok, more walking than running.

It’s kinda rather sad, really. I went out once in the early afternoon and once again early evening, both lasted about 15 minutes each. I know I only ran for this (–) much, but my legs are saying that I ran for this (———–) much. Yes, I’m so out of shape, it’s not even funny.

Granted, this was my first day trying to get off my lazy bum. I don’t really plan on running all that much this week. Just to get my body get used to doing it. I’m not even doing this for weight control or health issue. I really just want to get myself do something other than just sitting around – which is what I do all the time. Even if I stand outside for 10 minutes standing still, I’d consider that a success!

Yes, if you haven’t noticed, I’m not at all an active person.

And before I go, let me leave you with totally factoid about me: Do you know what I really hate about Cracker Jack? PEANUTS! Ok, I like caramel popcorns, I like peanuts (somewhat). I dislike caramel covered skinned peanuts in caramel popcorns!

This one may be a long one.

March 26, 2008

I may have been procrastinating but not terribly lost. I’ve been actually working on few things here and there, just not too much to talk about, hence the silence.

In reference to previous post, about my possible plot for world domination: sample socks are finished, and I’m finally getting myself around trying to write out the pattern and finalizing the chart so they seem somewhat coherent. The original goal was to have the pattern ready by end of March, but we’ll see. And look, sneak preview!

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The name is still undecided, but the better pictures and pattern (and the name of course) are coming soon-ish.

And now for my other in-progress projects.

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Waving Lace socks are still in progress. I only happen to have one set of needles in size 1.5 (2.5mm) and I had to “borrow” it for the yet-to-be-named sample socks. So sadly, it had to be in back burner until those were done. And now that I started it back up, I’m hoping to get it done by end of the month.

And I just cast on for Lucy in the Sky last night, and got few rows done before bed. I really meant to have it started earlier but.. well, here it goes now. I think if I hurry enough I should be able to wear it at least once or so before it gets too warm outside. My first attempt at swatching was in fact last week sometime – started with size 6 (4mm) as recommended. And it turned out painfully too tight. Yes, I knit tight. I was about half a stitch over for every inch! That’s quite a difference! So I had to make a quick run over to the yarn store and had to buy size 7 (4.5mm) needles. I’m still about a bit less half a stitch over every 2 inches, but that’s a lot more forgivable. At least I can “rely” on stitches being relaxed, plus, with my lack of boobs I think it will fit just fine. I think if I were to go up another needle size, say size 8 (5mm) I probably would’ve been right on gauge, but the fabric would’ve been too loose and would probably stretch more and probably will become less than desirable fitting – or at least that’s my excuse anyway.

And… now for the yarny news.

First, I would like to thank Ariel for all these insane amount of sock yarn!

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With those, now we will (eventually) have 8 pairs of twin socks. Insane! I know, we really have to get them cranking now.

And last week, I received lovely hand dyed yarn from Sanguine Gryphon. I got these with an intention of making a sweater for Chris’s mom for this upcoming Christmas.

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Ok, I think that pretty much sums up everything that happened throughout March. There isn’t much plan for this weekend other than trying to work on Lucy cardi, and maybe finishing up the socks. It will be kinda lonely this week – Chris will be in Memphis this weekend, leaving at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning. I’ll have to survive without him and my laptop for few days. I’d say, well, I’ll miss the laptop but I have couple other computers to go to, I just have to “relocate” myself over to the computer room… but I don’t think I can find a temporary substitute for Chris. Now, who else am I going to have to annoy and bug?

… bah.

What possibly could be my secret plan to take over the world

March 5, 2008

I thought I’d mention that I’m currently working on a secret plan to take over the world to design a pair of socks. I’m hoping all is coherent and up and ready to go before the end of the month.

Ariel and I are about to cast on for the sample/test knit pair. Exciting! And it will be pink!

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And on the non-world-invasion-related news, hat for Andrea is done and it’s already sent out to her on Monday. I really hope she got it by now, because I think it would be FIERCE if she could wear it during the finale of Project Runway! Yes, I said “fierce”. Hardy har har har.

I procrastinated (as usual) and didn’t get a chance to take a good picture of the hat, but I managed to sneak in a quick shot before I was running out the door.

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I still think my styrofoam head guy needs a name….

You make my day!

February 18, 2008

So, Ariel said I made her day!

I’ve never been tagged by stuff like this :) perhaps because I’m don’t post often, and more than that, I’m a lurker and not a commenter. But hey, there’s first for everything, right?

So, here goes my list of (knit)bloggers who make my day:

  • Ariel, of course. Because she inspired me to start knit socks (at first), and she makes me want to knit more and more and more. And she let’s me test knit her fancy patterns. And because she’s just all around amazing person. Because she remembers high school days like I do (we’re about same age and graduated high school about at the same time). So I never actually “met” her in person, but she’s definitely a “friend” and not just an online aquaintance.
  • Jenna is a talented knitter and an amazing jewelry designer. I came across her work through flickr (or is that she found me first, but doesn’t matter), and I fell in love with her amazing work! Her taste level is amazing and it shows in everything she makes, from sweaters she knits to all the amazing jewelry she makes!
  • Jen is always a delight to talk to. And I admire her stash. And she always tempts me with gorgeous yarn on sale. And she’s just a well-around super fabulous person.
  • Kelly and I have been online friends for a long time now. And now we share the common obsession over knitting. And she’s an amazing photographer, have I mention that yet?
  • And the ladies over at House of Wool Repute. They are all amazing. And they need to blog more!
  • Hi Amanda! I want your sock yarns!
  • Ysolda is simply amazing. I love her all around craftiness.
  • Anne Marie is super awesome. That’s all there is to be said.
  • Pam always have pretty yarn pictures. I want her stash. She knits up gorgeous stuff. I want to knit like her.
  • Theresa is yet another long time online friend of mine since the days of personal blog…. years ago. And we kinda lost being in touch for few years, then one day when we found each other again, who knew, we’re both knitters! Now, that’s pretty awesome or what.

Ok, that lists ten (though I cheated crammed everyone at House of Wool Repute into one). Hi Tania, Bean, Theresa, Maryann, M12, and everyone else!

As for another amusement, did you know that they make Chocolate Skittles?

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I didn’t know either, until I went grocery shopping yesterday. I saw it at checkout lane, and I had to buy it to satisfy my curiosity (I’m such a sucker for new candies and mints). Verdict? It’s a-okay. Not great, but not terrible either.

As for what does not make my day:

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Andrea’s hat is almost done. It’s simple stockinette, striped earflap hat. It’s basically all done… except pom poms. I love pom poms. I hate making them. Now all there is, is to make couple of pompoms and add it onto the hat. I really shouldn’t be procrastinating but.. I am being Patty Procrastinator. I can’t help it.

And… (Black)hearted socks are done. I just haven’t gotten a chance to take a picture of it yet. I haven’t really seen the sunlight lately – it’s either because in the morning, I have to get ready for work half asleep, or when I get off work, it’s no longer light out. That, and on my days off (namely yesterday), it’s been pretty dark and gloomy all day, there wasn’t enough light inside the apartment! Shame! But anyway, it’s done nonetheless. Hooray!

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