Saturday, March 29, 2008

NewYork Trip Part II
Its beautiful Sunday! Very cold and windy. We woke up in the morning and had a nice breakfast in a corner diner. Food portion is big. I had a chicken wrap. After that, we made our way back to Times square, TKTS. They wanted to buy ticket to watch another show in the afternoon and Michelle and I decided to walk to 5th Avenue. Oh ya, I forgot to mention. The church of Scientology is just opposite the TKTS. We saw a protest right in front of the church the day before. Too bad, din't see Tom Cruise there.

I dint manage to finish the whole thing.

Chicago musical in Times Square

I wanted to get some MnMs for John. And there is this very big MnMs store in Times Square. There are various color of candy that you can mix and buy. Just choose the color you like, weight them and pay at the counter. Look at the candy dispenser. haha~ Soo crazy!

We passed by some popular buildings before reaching the 5th Ave. First one, is Radio City Music Hall. Michelle briefly told me about it and there was banner of Aretha Franklin's concert going to be held there. After another five min walks, I saw St. Patrick Cathedral. A beautiful beautiful catholic church. We did not go in the church but we planned to come back on Tuesday.

St.Patrick Cathedral

Rockefeller Center. Nice fountain and ice skating there.

Let the pictures do the speaking then. Cool buildings, cool branded shops... very beautiful beautiful 5th Ave. I love that area!!! We really walked alot that day. What a tiring day!

You watch Apprentice? Donald Trump?
you are fired!!! Thats the Trump Tower.

This is the cool Apple store. Many people were lining up
walking down to see the display room. I din't go in though.

Real big H&M store. I bought a top there.

On the 5th avenue.

Laura Mercier is connected with Mac. Real pretty interior design store.

Look out from MAC shop at busy pretty 5th Ave.

FAFI at MAC. I bought a eye shadow there.
Contrast Velvet. Ah, so sexy!

So we saw many people watching these 4 gals
posing shooting picture in front of a branded store. Who are they?
No idea. But someone shouted American next top models.
I just think they look like the 4 characters in Sex and the city. Agree?

Dinner, We had it at BSmith. Food was just so so. But you must try the Apple cinnamon infused martini. It is very very good! hmmmm... i want one now!

So so Pork Rib.

Heavenly apple infused martini. I want I want! I am a alcoholic.
seriously, it is good! very good!

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Finally, I have completed this lacey top and I name it, Lacey-T. This is a simple knitwear design of mine with a nice repetition of lace stitch pattern working on front and back piece separately. I managed to complete this top and wear it in my New York trip. Spending a week or so, I wrote the pattern out and now it is for sale.

For knitters who love lace knitting and would like to try something more challenging, this would be a good choice and I am sure you will have fun working on it. There are no shaping required but this knitwear is stretchable and it will attach and fit your body nicely. A slight wavy sleeves and straight line neckline is another simple and yet elegant combination I design for Lacey-T. You can wear a tank tube, spaghetti or long sleeves underneath getting the layering effect.

Needle: 3.25mm and 3.75mm circular needle

Finish Size: 27”, (32”, 36”, 41”)
Fit bust 32/34”, (36/38”, 40/42”, 44/46”)

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette Navy 100% Peruvian Highland Wool.
231yards/50grams. 3(4, 4, 5) balls

Notions: Stitch markers
Scrap yarn.
Tapestry needle.
Steam Iron

Gauge: 28st x 40row = 4” in ribbing using 3.25mm needle

Difficulty: Intermediate


Friday, March 21, 2008

NewYork Trip - Part I
Diana always visit to New York during spring break with Michelle, and some of her friends or colleagues. This year, there is a new member to join them, which is me! I was real excited about this trip. Been hearing soo much about New York and this was the first time that I can actually SEE it. I left to New York at 14th March and came back at 19th. Took quite some pictures in the trip and here I wanna share with you all. Some pictures are quite dimmed as they are taken with my cellphone camera.

There were 9 of us in the trip but 4 of them were staying in different hotel. Most of them are Diana's colleague, that means they are teachers in high school. Diana, Steve and Mindy are high school stage play teachers, and they always go for broadway musicals while they are in New York.

Our flight was delayed 30mins, but the flight was alright. They served us a light lunch on plane. After 3 and half hours, we landed safely and welcomed by a sweet Lincoln limousine. From Newark airport to NYC, it took about 40 minutes to reach our hotel. The first impression I had to NYC was... its busy and dirty. Weather is kinda messed up, raining.

The light lunch that I had in the flight!

I am wearing my own handknit sweater!!!

We headed to Times Square right after we dropped off our luggages. Subway is a block away from our hotel. We all purchase a 7-days unlimited subway ride with 25dollars, which I think its a reasonable price. Times Square is busy, exciting, crowded and happening. Many theaters around, shops... big billboards, big commercial tvs... AND... many yellow cabs! =) Below are few pictures that I snapped at that night, more to come in next posts!

Big M&M's commercial on big screen!!!

We walked around Times Square and then we had our dinner at a nearby italian restaurant. I forgot the name of it but I manage to take a picture of the dish I had. Pretty tasty I would say. And the bottle of wine that we had was great!

Veal with marsala wine and mushroom! I want more!

That was pretty much what we did for the first night we arrived New York.

2nd day, we went to Canal Street, which is where the Chinatown located. New York Chinatown is amazingly BIG. Its another busy place. Everyone walking in their speedy pace. I had fun watching them running their business. Selling clothings, handbags, perfumes, vegetables, seafood...

Real fresh vegetable and seafood

We went to Joe's Shanghai to have our lunch and its recommended by Ashley. They have popular dish which is the steamed dumpling. We ordered steamed dumplings, fried dumplings, lion head, some fried noodles and fried rice. Food is fantastic with amazingly good price. We all enjoyed the meal tremendously BUT one thing is really upsetting, which is the SERVICE. wow... they are rude! Rough!

After the lunch, we walked to the low east side of New York, visiting the Tenement Museum. Its a museum that tells story about how oversea immigrants lived in NYC hundreds year ago. Its interesting but it was pretty tiring while I stood and listened to the tour guide.

Before the museum visit, we actually went in the Essex street market. What a interesting small and nice market. We saw this nice small chocolate shop, Sue and Ronnie's Chocolate. They sell delicious chocolate. Yummy! We walked pass many blocks and we saw many cool shops along the walk. There is this one interesting candy store, calls Economy Candy store. You probably can FIND all the candy you like. Tons of them!!!

Real cool building behind the Essex Street Market!

Various of jelly beans and you see the multicolor of M&Ms?

For dinner, we had a piece of simple New York pizza. I had a piece of eggplant pizza, it taste alright. After this quick dinner, we all ready for our musical show. Michelle, Mindy and I watched Legally Blonde. It was a good show. Worth watching!!!