Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Cross-stitching Progress

Hi everyone!

I didn't do much last week because it was an eventful week personally. I met up with an old friend and sent my youngest sister off to her first overseas trip. Other than that, I have been trying to finish this cross-stitch by end of this summer. However, I used the wrong color thread yesterday, so that puts me off, and I cleared my desk of it. Maybe I'll pick it up again in a week or two. I know better than to work frustrated, especially when I still have at least a week's work to go!!


Thanks for dropping by..

Love, Jennifer

Sunday, 22 May 2016

The Satisfaction of Finishing

Hi! 

I am posting a day late because I needed a rest yesterday. But here it is, a new blog post! My posts have been knitting heavy recently. I hope that it is okay with non-knitter readers because my blog is predominantly a craft blog, and I guess, as my interests are currently focused on fibre art, my blog posts are about that too. I hope that is ok. :) 


So, I spent the week trying to clear off my desk of WIPs. Having a great deal of progress makes me feel a little cluttered after a while, especially my desk. It definitely worked! I finished three projects, and am 70% done with the fourth. Of course, I also cast on for a new shawl, because what better ways to celebrate than to start a new project? 

Free Lina Pattern by Johanna of Joko Knits
As I mentioned in my previous post, I finally finished this hat! It is knitted with Knitpicks Swish Worsted on 4mm needles. I made pom pom with my new pom pom makers, and I have more than enough to make another one! I may shorten the hat and lengthen the first ribs at the start, so that it is more snug. The cables are easy to knit, although they kind of make it easy to slide off my head, because they are tight. I am not sure if that make sense, but it does. When I wear it, I have to fold the hat to make it fit better. I do love the color though. Swish Brights are really amazing. 

Shifting Rib Socks by KnitPicks
I finally finished this socks. They have been washed and blocked. I cannot describe how happy I am to get these off my needles. They have been in progress for more than a month, and I have knitted and reknitted so many times that I am more than a little sick of it! But I am glad they are completed. You can see that I have just a little bit of sock yarn left. I was rather worried that I may run out before I finished. Now that is a big headache! Thankfully, I am not plague with that problem... this time.

Cactus Pattern here
Do you have green fingers? I don't, not really. I like having some green in my house and room, but with plants, there often comes bugs and ants and all kinds of stuff that I don't really like. Here is a solution: how about a crochet plant? I found the pattern on Revelry while I was looking through the crochet patterns, and I immediately started on one! Knitted with 4Seasons Marvel Acrylic Yarn, these sturdy houseplants are beautiful enough to decorate your desk (or in this case, shelf). There is no pattern for the pot, so I made one myself. 

It has been a satisfying week. Needless to say, I am happy that I have tackled several tasks, and I am definitely looking forward to next week!

Hope you're having a nice weekend. Thanks for dropping by,

Love,
Jennifer

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Start of Summer

Hi everyone! 

How are you? I hope everyone is doing well! It has been a few weeks since I blogged, but that was due to exams and such. Now that we've got that over and done with, let's move on to more interesting things, yeah? 


I am officially on my summer holiday now. For the next three to four months, I am going to be churning out as many projects as I could! I always get enthusiastic and ambitious at the start of summer. Summer seems to mark a different phrase in life: no school, no structure, and freedom! 

I thought I could share a couple of on-going projects with you. You may have seen some before, on Instagram. My desk is currently covered by work-in-progress (WIPs), and my mac, because watching shows and knitting is a good mix. :) I just completed re-watching Fringe, my favourite series, and am halfway through Sherlock. I love detective shows. 


I'm still working on this pair of socks for my mum. I have knitted a pair technically, but the first one doesn't fit, so I knitted the second one on bigger needles and increased the stitches. Unfortunately, I am now left with a few grams of yarn for the third one, and whatever is on the first sock. I am worried that I wouldn't have enough yarn! Oh! I have cast this sock on so many times that I am a little sick of this pattern. Unfortunately, I am a monogamous sock knitter, so I can't bear the cast on another sock when I haven't finished this one. Hopefully, it'll be done by next week! 


Take a close up look at the wavy rib! Isn't is great! It is knitted using cables and a very simple pattern. This is from Knitpicks Socktacular. I used Hawthorne Speckled. I'm not a big fan of speckled yarn, I have decided. It is just... odd. Well, I only have two more skeins of this yarn. 


I'm also trying to knit this hat. The pattern is a simple cable one. It is called Lina by Jojoknits. I got my Knitpicks yarn two weeks ago, and in it, a couple of Swish worsted. It is a really soft wool. My tolerance for soft yarn is low. For example, I don't understand why anyone can tolerate Knitpicks Palette. Swish Worsted, however, is a soft yarn that I wouldn't mind wearing, or touching. I have been knitting this hat for the past few days and however much I frogged, (and I did frogged a lot) it still appears really soft. I can see this yarn as a staple in my stash. :) The next yarn I'd really like to try is Knitpicks comfy. There is no lack of cotton yarn in sunny Singapore. 


As you can see, I've finished the hat. It stayed like this for less than fifteen minutes, before I frogged it again. It was a little tight and doesn't fit that well. Plus, I wanted the neon orange portion to be larger. 


Do you remember seeing this Jasmine scarf? I started it ages ago with yarn I got from my trip to the USA last year. It is still two thirds done. I aim to finish this by the end of this summer! I want to start clearing projects so that they don't take up too much space! I destashed a lot a while ago, but it started accumulating in recent weeks! 


I also went through a watercolour palette obsession last week. I thought having a really cute portable palette was really the thing. I don't even water-colour much, really. I have a lot of palettes at home, but I hardly use them. Perhaps if they're really portable, I might use them on the go? But I managed to restrain myself. I told myself that I should really use what I have now before I invest in another palette. At this point in time, I can't really tell the difference between really good watercolours or not. Although, I have to say... I am in love with this Winsor and Newton Cotman Travel Palette. The paint is better than what the others I have used before. 

Here, I am playing with using only one paint and deriving a range of colours by varying the amount of paint and water. I find it a good practice learning to control the amount of water as well as getting familiar with the paint. 

I am also trying to do more writing this summer, and trying out bullet journaling, crocheting... I signed up for SkillShare yesterday and decided I could learn something new every week! There are just so many things I could do now, and learn! I really like learning new things! 

Anyway, I have also got some announcements. As you can see, I have made some minute changes to my blog. I have decided to incorporate my shop blog and my craft blog together. I realised I cannot tackle blogging twice a week! I was also in a dilemma about the things I would be posting anyway, because if I keep my shop blog focused on paper crafts and card making, it means I wouldn't be able to post those cards here and share them with you, if I don't want to repeat my post materials. I thought it wouldn't seem fair too, since it was crafting as well. By putting both blog content together, it seems neater. 

Have you drop by my shop? I've got a discount going on for the month to celebrate the end of my exams! 


I've also got many other projects coming up. Hopefully you'll enjoy them as much as I do! 

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That's all I have today! Thanks for reading till the end. It was a long post and I hope I aren't rambling at all. 

Have a great weekend, guys. 

Cheers, 
Jennifer