Posts Tagged ‘Cocoa’

Gray pullover continues to grow

April 12, 2010

So the body of the sweater is done. Still need to work on the sleeves and collar, but hey, at least this is significant progress.

Actually, most of the knitting was done yesterday. It was absolutely gorgeous outside yesterday but I sat home and knit instead. Actually, that’s not completely true because I did take a little walk outside, but yes, mostly I just sat home and knit.

So this afternoon, I figured, hey I should start take a picture of the sweater-in-progress before I start working on it again. So I laid the sweater on the ground turned around to grab my camera, then there she was. Cocoa has decided to invade my “photo-session”.

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I tried to get her to move. That totally did NOT work at all. I tried to take pictures of my sweater, instead, I end up taking tons of pictures of the cat while she was sitting on it. Whatever, I give up. I guess this is the “price” of being a cat owner. I get it now – people told me that if you have a cat, the cat will take over your life. Totally get it. I mean, after all, I only woke up because she said “hey you, it’s breakfast time”. Whatever.

So anyways, here’s sort of up-close shot of the stitch detail. Of course, with Cocoa’s little mitten paw.

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So anyways, it’s a bit cold(er than yesterday) today. Cocoa has been super clingy today, even more so than usual – she’s been sitting on my lap all day (well, other than while she was sitting on the sweater for the pictures). Isn’t that sad all I want to do, is just to crawl back to bed?

Anyways, back to the topic of sweater knitting, my main concern for the moment is yardage. I’m using LB Wool-Ease and I thought I had 5 skeins of this gray, but turns out I only have 4. Now I’m down to approximately a skein and half, and I don’t know if I have quite enough. I’m crossing my fingers I do. I suppose the worst case scenario would be having a 3/4 sleeves instead of full, long sleeve like I wanted to. And/or go out and buy an extra skein (which who knows when that’s going to happen) and use that for the collar and sleeve cuffs – not super concerned about dyelot for those. I should have double checked to make sure I indeed had 5 skeins. Yikes.

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September 18, 2009

Whether it’s because I’m lazy or because of my lack of motivation (I do vote for the latter), not much knitting lately. Though that’s not saying I haven’t worked on anything at all since the last post. So, anyhow, here is brief (according to my definition, not yours) recap of what went on since the last post, of course, not in any particular order.

Chris is an old fart. His birthday was September 9th – if you like to wish him a happy (belated) birthday, please feel free.

Cocoa found herself a new toy, playhouse, and cat bed. All in one.

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(in case if you couldn’t guess, that’s a grocery bag)


Tania and I actually met in person. She is absolutely adorable and awesome – all mixed in one! Don’t believe me? Here is an evidentiary proof.

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She happened to be in Madison for a wedding – and was nice enough to take some time to see us. Totally worth 2 hr drive :) And yes, I also got to meet Mr. Tania as well. I almost felt bad that maybe he was nearly bored to death – totally didn’t help that Chris isn’t much of a social butterfly either. Oh well. “Boys” will live.


Couponing has been kinda exciting. Well, at least it did last week. I spent about $40 at grocery store – mostly I bought cheese. I cannot recall exactly what I bought, but here is the brief list: 18 Kraft Parmasan shakers (yes, those powdery cheese in plastic shakers with green top), 9 or so of block cheese (actually they call them “chunks” but whatever), 9 boxes of pasta, a bag of flour tortilla, Klondike bar, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato sauce, a bag of shred cheese, rinse agent for dishwasher, among some other things I don’t care to remember. I still can’t believe I spent nearly $40 on “mostly” cheese. But the sad part is, we will eat the all.. and probably pretty soon.

I have been knitting (like I said), just not as much as I used to. I finished those bright yellow pair of Polly Jean, and started on a pair of Twist and Turn socks, which is meant to be yet another twin socks with Ariel. FYI, yarns used: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (in Sunshine, for Polly Jean), and Shibui Sock (in Sky, for Twist & Turn).

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I’m still learning something new about Cocoa, and/or cats in general. It is very hard to take a picture of my knitting without part(s) of Cocoa somewhere in the frame. However, it is as hard, if not even harder, to take a picture of Cocoa. She always seems to have a same pose/expression, either by annoyance or curiosity. That is, if I’m lucky to get any shots where she’s not super blurry. Half the time, all I get is a blur of a cat.

On the contrary to what I said above about the cat liking the grocery bag.. I still think her favorite nap spot is my lap. Especially when I’m trying to do something.

Maybe I should go back to school as a philosophy major, and write a thesis called “Philosophy according to Cocoa: What I learned from and about my cat and cats in general”. Actually I take it back – I should just write a book instead.

I have some design ideas. I have had few going on for a long long time. And I also realize, patterns don’t write themselves.

I believe (in my delusional mind) I am (or can try to be) a fairly capable designer. A pattern writer, I am not. In fact, writing of any sorts is not quite my forte. Guess I can’t write that philosophy book after all.

I think I’m addicted to facebook games. Actually, Restaurant City in particular. I’ve been obsessing over it for few days now because it takes forever to level up. To be honest, I haven’t been really “playing” it, rather, have it open and let it run while I do everything else, or nothing. Since my laptop is almost ancient and doesn’t really like to run any flash-based stuff for more than 5 minutes at a time, I just let it run on the desktop, as long as Chris is not on it.

I don’t think either of my “children” can survive without me. Both Chris and Cocoa is helpless when it comes to feeding themselves. They both look at me with sad puppy eyes. Please note that neither of them are dogs. Can someone please remind them?

Speaking of which, I think it’s time to feed the non-human child of mine.

Guess who’s back

July 10, 2009

.. guess who’s back on knitting train? ME!

It’s true. I just picked up my needles again this week (or something). I will say, it’s a bit difficult thing to get back to the mode, but once I did, it wasn’t so horrible. :)

The tanktop that I’ve been working on (what seems to be) forever is on right track. I’m almost done.. minus the button bands.

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Yes, I even finished sewing down the hem.. that was quite a bit of work (especially with a kitty cat who loves strings). For now, I do have to abandon the project temporarily (once again) until I find the buttons. I think it’s probably easier to find the buttons first then try to make button holes accordingly than the other way around. At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

And I have started on a pair of Polly Jean. One may ask, why are you knitting your own pattern again? I’d say, to fulfill my vanity of course. Eh, so maybe I’m a bit conceited. Who cares.

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And I fear that I’m now turning into a crazy cat lady. I can’t help it. Lately about the only pictures I’ve ever taken are of Cocoa. I’m totally smitten by her. Can’t help it. But look, how could you not love her?

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.. speaking of meow meow, do cats usually pick their “favorite” humans? The reason why I ask, is because Cocoa acts differently toward me than to Chris. Even though she enjoys playing with him (and string) and don’t mind getting pet from him, she wouldn’t go plop down on his lap like she would do to me, or giving “bath”. (So yes, apparently, according to the cat, I’m stinky?)

Now for non-kitty (or my vanity) related news, I would like to congratulate Shannon Okey and her friend Arabella Proffer for opening their brand new studio. Their launch party is tomorrow. Please check out Shannon’s website for more information. Congrats again!

.. and I still like my lap kitty :P

My new buddy

June 7, 2009

Where did the whole month of May go?

Not whole lot happened, but I did keep myself busy, in one way or another. I did knit a bit. A little bit. Not something I can share with the world (yet). Oh yeah, it’s all about knitting in secrets. The only non-secret knitting is that tank top I’ve been working on forever, rather, I haven’t worked on. It’s almost done. In fact, it’s been “almost done” for a bit over a month now. Geesh.

Oh and a big news (at least to me) – we have a new member to our household. Cocoa the cat has joined the family! Yes, I was cat sitting her – which meant to be for only 2 weeks but ended up being for 3 weeks. Then she went home (for 5 days)… then she packed up and decided to move in with us!

Everyone, this is Cocoa.

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This is probably the best depiction of Cocoa in her “daily” life. She likes, no loves to play with string. She’s also very quiet – rarely meows, though she does squeak. Even her purring is so quiet that you can’t hear it unless she’s cuddling right next to you. Even though she enjoys her “alone time” during the day, she plays an excellent role of a lap kitty at night.

Anyways, she’s my new buddy. Silly little mitten kitten.

It’s Kitty Cat Day!

April 19, 2009

Today is Kitty Cat Day! Chris’s sister’s cat will be staying with us for next couple of weeks, and she should be here any moment now, so this will be short and sweet.

First affair, I did manage to finish those two remain pairs of socks before end of March. Go me!

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On the left, is Twisted Flower by Cookie A: Dream In Color Smooshy in Wisterious, size 1.5 (2.5mm) needles. And of course, one of the twin socks with Ariel. On the right is heavily modified version of Gentleman’s Fancy Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. Again, with size 1.5 (2.5 mm) needles, in Universal Yarns Pace Step in some random bluey color. The most obvious modification being is different gauge than the pattern calls for (to accommodate the needle size), and I also carried the stitch motif down to the heel flap instead of stockinette as the pattern calls for. These socks were for Ana.

Next in agenda: a tank top. I named it “Not Picovoli”. Why? Because I intended to make Picovoli when I originally received the yarn from Ariel. Then after a bit of thinking, I decided I’m going to go for a different route. Here’s a sneak peak of the details.

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Yes, I did hemmed details for the armhole and neckline. Yes, it was a lot of grafting than I can handle.

Anyway, it’s coming along, like it or not. I have more progress pictures on flickr and on Ravelry if anyone’s interested – it shouldn’t be too difficult to find me on either sites, really. More details on the project and my thoughts or whatever shall be discussed in later post(s). For now, I’m going back to anxiously waiting for our furry house guest to arrive. It’s all good.

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