Sunday, December 31, 2006

Sock-knitting day~
Its the LAST annual sale day of my LYS today. 8am - 4pm. I automatically woke up at 8.25am this morning and found myself hard to fall asleep anymore eventhough I slept at 2am. hehe. I know something is calling me from far away ( my favourite LYS ). So... I woke up my hubby after 15mins failed trying to fall asleep and amazingly he woke up and patiently drove me there. I am blessed with this loving hubby (most of the time). But mind you, he can be very hot-tempered sometimes. But... He does spoil me a lot. So John waited me in the car and I happily hopped in the shop. You know what, there were MORE than 100 women were hunting their yarn in the shop. Everyone had this big smile on their face, walking around with a big plastic bag. I really understand there is really nothing happier than buying GREAT DISCOUNTED yarn for a knitter. I wanted to get some cotton yarn THATS IT. I told myself. And I am such a good girl today. Because I left the shop with 6 JAEGER siena cotton yarn and a set of 2.25mm DPN ( to make more nice socks ). I believed I took more than half an hour to choose the only cotton yarn. And amazingly AGAIN, John dint complain. =) It just made me jealous seeing those women buying bags and bags of yarn. I told myself again, I will spoil myself like this at next year annual sales. By that time, I should have a job and a car. Yeah, bags n bags of yarn!!!
So, I worked on my red monkey the whole last night and I completed it this morning (just one, not a pair). What a nice and sweet sock I have made myself. And there is no HOLE on it! Wooo Hoooo! A big credit and thank for the designer Cookies. Terima Kasih -- thank you in malay. REd... wear it during chinese new year.

I tried so hard to pick a pattern to knit John a pair of socks. I knitted him a black-grey stripe socks last year and he loves it alot. I showed him few lace pattern WHICH i think its not too feminine or girlish. But he said:" Knit me the simple pattern socks! I dont want those!" I really dont want to knit something like ribbed socks so I knit him a simple checked pattern socks with the grey sockyarn I bought few days ago, using 2.25mm DPN. Show you the progress of it here. I've been non-stop knitting on socks these 2 days. I enjoy it!

what do you think about this checked pattern? John likes it.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Its really been a while......
I wanna make this a long blog because its really been a while that I dint write much about my knitting, my life. Well, I have been in the state for a almost a month. And I would like to share my thought, my feeling here with everyone who reads my blog. I believe most of the readers are knitters or my close friends. My dearest friends do miss me alot from home Malaysia and they do wonder how I am doing here. I am doing great. Just had a wonderful Christmas with Johns family, well also my family now! Thats really some sweet quality family time spent. Remember the purple wool sweater I knitted for my MIL? She finally had it at this Christmas and she wore it on Christmas day. You cant believe how pretty it fits on her. I should have taken some pictures. So much compliments about that sweater and I want to knit more for my family. =)
I have completed the simple pullover and it is now in my wardrobe. The weather is just not COLD enough to wear that yet ( excuse, excuse!!! ) haha! I have decided to keep it for myself. And now, what is in my current knitting list? Ok, before I list that out, I wanna tell you all that I have knitted another pair of Socks! ta da !!! I used the green wool yarn from my SP9 ---> Laughing poodle. I picked a free pattern from internet and you know what... I am getting more n more interested in knitting socks!!! At least, I can tell you, there are at least another 3 pair of socks that I am going to knit! Yeahhhhh ! Thats how the greenie sock looks on my feet!!! Thanks Laughing poodle, you are the reason WHY I gave socks knitting another try! And I know I fall in love with it already!

So... I am knitting a lacey blouse. Its a pattern from knitting mag Rebbecca No.31. Its called Lacey Wrap Jacket. I modified it abit. I have the front piece altered to a deep-V instead of 2-half piece. I am using Cotton Patine yarn 100% cotton, using circular needle 3.75mm. I have completed the back piece and had started the front piece yesterday. I wanna finish it in 2 weeks time. Haha... I can definitely complete it in a week but at the same time, I am busy with other project too! Well, you will know what I am talking about after you read the whole blog. Come and have a look at my Lacey cotton blouse. Do you like it?

I found out another LYS near my house and paid it a visit last week. To improve my socks knitting skill, I bought a set of clover 2.75mm DPN and 2 balls of chilli RED cotton yarn. This time, I pick a socks pattern from called monkey socks. This designer makes many many sweet socks and I have so much fun knitting it. I dont do good at the heel pick- up part, I wanna improve in this! Arrrrgggg... I always end up have some holes at the heels. Arrrrrgggg! You can see the lace pattern right? I want to wear this at the first day of Chinese new year! Woo hooo!!!

My hubby get me a gift card from my favourite LYS as christmas gift. And you know what, this shop is actually having annual sales 2 days ago till end of this month. So, I RUSHED there the first day and picked up some yarns out there. Haha... the yarn still can be very expensive. I save up some bullet for this Saturday. I will go back tomorrow and get more more more YARNS! There will be 30% discount for all yarn. How many can I have? I gotta show my hubby my puppy eyes so he will spoil me with more yarn!!! Thats why, I really need to start looking for a job so I can spoil myself by getting any yarn I want!!! After picked up some yarn, its the time you get busy with picking up the pattern! That can be very frustrating too!

The green lace weight yarn is what I bought from Ebay. They are real fine yarn and I think I will knit a shawl with it. And the grey sockyarn will become a pair of comfortable socks for my hubby. I will pick up a simple pattern for him. The pink wool n alpaca yarn, I want to knit myself a sweater!!! I have chosen a pattern from the and I dont think I got enough yarn though. Will get 2 more balls tomorrow. Now you know why I am so busy, happy with my knitting life now. Just too much to have fun with!!! And my SP9 spoiler Laughing poodle spoiled me with more stuffs!!! She got me another skein of pretty skein of sockyarn! Look at what she got me! And dont be jealous! haha... I just love it love it! come on, everyone needs some spoiling!

I have finally sent out the sweet package to my sp9 today. Bet shes been waiting long! haha, soo sorry Mary. The package will be there some times next week. Hope you will like them ok? Lets have a great new year, Happy new year to everyone!!!

For me, I have so many things to take care of since I am a new alien in this country. Tooo many things to deal with. I am happy that I have a understanding n patient ( most of the time) hubby to do all these with me. I need a driving license, I need a social security number, I need to find out my pharmacy stuff, I need to find out ...... TONS OF THINGS!!! sigh...Chin up and MOVE ON !!! God bless me !!! And... cant wait to plan for the trip back home to see my love ones there.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Almost Ready!
I have completed one sleeves and impatiently I sewed it up. haha~ It is a bulky sweater and I know I will look BIG in it (well, I am already BIG! haha!) I wanna complete this simple sweater and make no excuse to stop half way eventhough its not a fashionable garment! I started another sleeves this morning. I expect to have everything done in 3 days time! Most probably I will run out of yarn for the turtle neck part. Have to make my hubby take me to Jo-Ann and get one more skein. I promise that I will wear it at least FIVE times IF I really dont like it when its done!! So, its almost ready to be in my closet for this winter! First sweater ever for myself! My hubby even suggested to give it away as christmas gift IF i really dont like it! But I know i will still keep it in my closet!

And...Finally I have chosen some yarn for my secret pal! I really think she will like it! =) Everything is on the living room carpet ready to be packed to send off! I just wish to add some more small things! I wont load up any picture here because my secret pal knows about this blog. So, I will only post up the picture of the package when my dear Mary receive the package! woo hoo~

At the same time, my spoiler of SP9 did send me a small package. It was here before I arrived US. I opened it up once I arrived home. My dear laughing poodle spoiled me with 2 balls of wool yarn which come in my favourite colours GREEN n PURPLE!!! She suggests to knit some socks or felt a bag with the yarn. I think I will go for the socks knitting! Its on my to-do list now. Besides the yarn, she got me a set of sweet cards + envelope as well. There is a alphabet "K" on the cover of the each different designed cards. "K" ---- > KitMan~ =) Thats my name! Thanks so much dear Laughing Poodle! And and and, I have some kisses milk chocolate. Its not in the picture because I ate them all already! She got me a roll of sweet ribbon as well! Take a look at the cute poodle picture on the package. I really thats cute!!! Excitingly to tell you all, there is still another package on the way from my spoiler!!! So... more to share with you all ! =)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Casting on again! More to come !
With the long time separation, I am with my hubby again finally! Few days time to settling down, and adapt to the cold weather. I started knitting again 2 days ago. I really think I need a new nice warm sweater for coming Christmas! I wanna knit a simple turtle neck sweater but I chose a bright purple colour for this project. I got the yarn from Joo-Ann. Its wool + acrylic + mohair yarn. I have completed the front side today and cant wait to start the back. I went to a better yarn shop as well, bought some nice cotton yarn. And also the Rebecca Spring 2006 magazine. Its a great magazine with so many good projects within. I have actually chosen a project to knit with the blue cotton yarn that I just bought. I think I will cast on this weekend.