Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Year's Eve


Hopefully everyone is out celebrating or something! I'm spending today resting... Trying to get things together for the new year. Hopefully next year will be better. I want to be better. I want to try.

I achieved some of the goals that I've set for 2016:

  1. 12 pairs of socks for the year 
  2. Purlbee's Jasmine scarf
  3. Learned to do yarnovers properly
  4. Learned afterthought heels
  5. Learned Fish Lips Kiss heels
  6. Learned Kitchener stitch
  7. Learned crocheting
Goals for 2017:
  1. Be more active on Ravelry's forums
  2. Knit more shawls
  3. Knit a sweater 
  4. Knit Christmas Advent Mittens
  5. Knit 12 socks for the year
My main goal for the next year would definitely be sweater knitting. I'm excited about it. I can't wait! It would be great! Except I'm having some difficulty getting the gauge right because apparently I'm a very tight knitter, or I am measuring my swatches wrongly. 

Anyway, I'll be posting again soon! I aim to post yarn brand reviews next year too. 

Enjoy your new year! :)

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Boxing Day

Happy Boxing Day! 

What did you do for the holidays? It was the same as any other day for me. Except... my house was quieter than before. Mum baked cookies and christmas bread. My dad worked. My other sister was out celebrating with her boyfriend, and my youngest sister practiced for choir. And me... I wished that I was with my boyfriend too, except he was sick and he refused to be with me. 

I ripped my Future Blanket up on Christmas Eve. It was 94 inches on each side and nearly 3/4 done. It took 20 skeins, which I took months to knit. It only took 10 hours to destroy everything, and also, my arm hurt after that. I made the blanket using the PurlBee's Colorblock Bias Blanket Pattern. It feels very nice. I intend it to be on our (me and my boyfriend's) bed. Except... I guess life interfered. 

Have you knitted anything for anyone and then things didn't work out? 

Rainbow socks with contrast heels in grey. I'm really loving the colours. This is the twelfth pair for the year! I'm done! I reached my goal! I think I'll knit another twelve pairs next year. :) You know, on top of the sweaters and gloves and shawls that I am going to knit. I am making a list. 

Working on a new shawl for the new year. I'm using Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 ply for this, and I realised that is rather loosely plied, and sometimes it'll come apart between my needles. 

Right now, I'm dreaming of Starbucks hot chocolate. I've been drinking plenty of hot chocolate this December. Fortunately, it is rainy enough this month that I can enjoy a few hot drinks. It'll be 2017 soon, and everything will be better, right? 

Things will get better. 

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Pre-Christmas Mood

Things that happened:

  1. I made plenty of lists for 2017. There're 'things to knit' lists, 'things to read' lists, plenty of 'goals' lists.
  2. I switched my hobonichi weeks but not my hobonichi A5. 
  3. I am crazy about Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate. It feels like the thing to drink for Christmas.
  4. I hate Christmas. I hate it. Sometimes I feel like holidays are things they cram down our throats  and demand we enjoy it. I think holidays are fine if we get to spend them with people we love, but otherwise, they just feel incredibly lonely and depressing. 
  5. I am past my heel of my rainbow socks. My knitting has slowed down and that's okay. 
  6. I've been eyeing a few knitting books on Amazon: pattern books, knit life books, stitch library books. 

Monday, 19 December 2016

The Week before Christmas

Still working on this sock. I'm also thinking of starting a sweater, and I've decided on yarns for a new shawl. 

Went to the Botanical Gardens with my family last week. I brought the last shawl I knitted for my photoshoot. Here're some photos. 

I really really like this one. 

Anyway, not feeling too chatty, so that's all for this week. 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

EatSleepKnit Black Friday Purchase and Freebies

My black Friday yarn purchases finally arrived, after two weeks. Needless to say, I have been waiting anxiously and I brought out my scissors asap I saw the boxes. 

The Black Friday promotion from EatSleepKnit is a little different from other promotions. The lowest discount you can get is 10% and the highest- you can get your entire order for free! The discount is random and only shown after your checkout, which was why I put in three orders. I got 10%, 15% and 20% respectively. Not bad after all. 

I had waited for the Black Friday sale for the shop for a long while. It was a good way for me to get Madelinetosh, Lorna's Laces and Sweet Georgia yarns (I tried getting them from Loveknitting, but yarns from those brands don't ship from UK, and my parcels always got lost on route. Those that were dispatched from UK did not have this problem.) 

First, let's talk about freebies, shall we?

Freebies! There are alot of freebies! Badges, and stickers... Candies... Pens (One of them is dry so I had to throw it away)... A notebook... Measuring tape... Notions kit... and my 10k club yarn. 

All the badges are super cute, and I love my notions kit. I've filled it with my stitch markers, according to size. 

I'm pretty happy with the yarn I got. It is Blue Moon Faber Arts Marine Silk Worsted in the colorway The Final Frontier. I've not had this brand before, neither have I ever knitted with silk (this one is 51% silk, 27% merino, 20% sea cell Rayon), so this will be a fun one to try. I think I'll knit it into a hat or something. There s a bit of halo to it that I'm not very sure about.. It feels rather nice though. With 222m, I'm thinking of making it into cowl... But I'm not too sure about short cowls. 

I put in a huge order of sock yarns. I prefer sock yarns because I like knitting socks. Plus if I knit shawls, fingering weight yarns means that I can use them in the tropical climate of Singapore, as opposed to bulky cowls and chunky scarves. 

The above photo are yarns from Madelinetosh in the colorway (from top): Rose, Silver Leaf, Candlewick and Sugar Plum. Rose is a light sweet pink while Sugar Plum is a lilac. Candlewick is a darker yellow than I expected; perhaps I should have gotten Sunshine or something like that. Silver Leaf is a pale silver with an odd green tinge. I wanted more monochrome colours in my yarn palette, such as brown, beiges, whites, greys and black, so I'm slowly building that up. 

Sweet Georgia yarns are definitely a delight. The above are (from top): Apricot, Dreamboat and West Wind. Apricot is a very nice pastel coral, Dreamboat a nice pastel lilac and West Wind a good mixture of blues and some greens. 

I really like the colours from Sweet Georgia. They have a huge variety, plus I'm not much for variegated yarns, so these are really appealing to me. 

Next: Malabrigo sock yarns. I've knitted with alot of Malabrigo before. They are very nice to feel and affordable too. Here I have( from top): Pearl and Water Green. The Pearl is supposed to be grey but it has an odd brown tinge to it. Kinda reminds me of pecan pie, I have no idea why. Water Green is a very nice light green. I also threw in a few more skeins of white in my orders, I think I have nearly 8 or so skeins now because I wanted to make Mirkfallon

Last, I have Lorna Laces. The top one is Solemate in the color Navy Pier, and the bottom one is Shepherd Sock in Tidepool. I wanted to try out the outlast material in Solemate to see if it really does maintain body temperature. I'm equally fascinated to knit with Tidepool- beach colours are really my kind of thing. It'll probably be the next pair of socks I knit. 

About the order: I am quite satisfied with the order. My yarns were all packaged nicely, and I really enjoyed the freebies. I'm a little disappointed with the greys I have, and the yellow, but that's fine. I also didn't realised that I have so much green in my order. I guess my subconscious wanted me to knit some greens (I really don't like green much). I'll probably try to throw in some worsted weight yarns next time and more light colours- blue preferably.

I'm still working on my 12th sock of the year, and watching too much shows, gorging on chips and hot chocolate. Hopefully I get to finish that pair when for my next post! :)

Monday, 12 December 2016

A Week's Worth of Hats and Socks

I've been busy knitting this week! In the last three days, I was really knitting all day, and watching shows all day. It is really nice to be relaxing and knitting, drinking hot tea in the cold weather. 

Pattern: PurlBee's Travelling Cable Hat
I made this hat with Malabrigo Rios. The colorway is Purple Mystery, but it looks more like a dark dark blue, with flecks of black. It is really pretty. I am knitting with Rios for the first time, and I love it. I'll definitely be using and buying more of Rios in the future. I also bought Malabrigo Worsted, but I don't really like it but it's not as tightly plied. It was also why I didn't really like Knitpicks Preciosa. However, I've noticed that Malabrigo Rios has less colours than Worsted. 

Pattern: Simple Boyfriend's Hat
This is a very quick knit, and it's rather small. I only used about 55g of Knitpicks Swish Worsted in Cobblestone. I used 4mm knitting needles. 

Pattern: Hermione's Everyday's Socks

Using 2.25mm metal dpns, and Knitpicks Felici Beyond the Wall. I used some Knitpicks Stroll Fingering in Ash to make the heel. It took rather long to knit it but it was still easy because it's merely knit and purls, no cabling at all

Pattern: Coopknits Budleigh 
This pattern is very interesting. It has two kinds of cabling plus it is a mirror image of each other as well. I'm not too sure about how it'll look on the feet though. 

I also bought a lot of knitting needles from Loveknitting as well, using the 25% off, and an extra 2.25 mm set of knitting needles. I've got plenty of 2.5mm needles but only 1 set of 2.25mm. 

Speaking of yarn purchase, my orders from Eat.Sleep.Knit has arrived. They're my first purchases  from the online store and I get to try out more yarn brands so I am rather excited. I'll be doing an extra post for it. 

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Climb towards Christmas

December is an important is an important month for crafters. For those rare breeds who prepare in advance, they spend months working on Christmas gifts. For the rest of us (and me), this is the mad scramble of sewing, knitting, crocheting and crafting. 

I've made a list, but there isn't anything fanciful on it. I don't really engage in any exchange of presents, although I am known for randomly giving away the things I made just because. So far, I have given away 6 pairs of socks this year, and some amigurumis too. 

For Christmas, I thought I would try to finish two pairs of socks, both presents. I am also working on some pillows, and some Christmas amigurumis or pouches for the rest. Plus, I also found this very nice Christmas tree socks that I'd like to make for myself before the year is done. That would be a really nice round up to the end of the year, plus, bringing the pairs of socks that I made in 2016 to a nice number: 12. 

Here's a look at the pillows that I made. I cut out two pieces of cloth measuring 15x9 inches and filled it with bursting with stuffing. It is meant to use as a back pillow, because my friend has a bad back and sitting in a chair for hours hurt his back. So these two are quite hard. 

I initially wanted to knit a cover for the pillows but I thought it would be a shame to cover up the fabulous fabric. What do you think? 

Don't you love the fabric? I got them from Taipei. It means these are good mementos of the trip too. I love it when I get to make things out of materials I got from a trip. 

FYI, the second one is mine because.... I simply love the first one I made. :) 

*Is the photo blurry? It looks blurry. 

I finished the first of both socks. Casting on the second ones tonight. I'll see if I can finish both by next week. That'll be really good. I've never knitted this much this quickly before. 

The blue/grey sock is so long that luckily I knitted the heel with a contrast yarn because I was left with only a bit of the yarn by the time I finished with the toe. Usually I have enough yarn from a 100g to work on a pair of mittens. But my friend wanted long sock and he has huge feet. :) At least he's a guy and doesn't really go for complicated patterns so it was a fast and easy knit. 

That's all I have for the week. I had to go out yesterday to buy more stuffing because I've used up about 800g of stuffing for my pillow. Fortunately there was a sale at Spotlight. (Of course, when I came home that night I found a $5 voucher in my mailbox...) 

Happy crafting. Hope you are making good progresses in your own projects. 


Thursday, 1 December 2016

December Cold

Hi everyone! 

It's the month of Christmas- December. Are you working on your Christmas knitting? 

It is mainly cold, or as cold as it can be raining in a tropical country. I am wearing a sweater with a hoodie over my head as I knit. I am drinking warm soups and hot teas and chocolate. There's a scented candle burning in my room. 

This month, I decided to go crazy and knit two different pairs of socks at a time. I think the cold got to me. Or maybe it's Christmas.

First pair of sock is this: Budleigh pattern from my Coopknits sock pattern book. Budleigh is a sock pattern with two different pattern. Sounds like fun? 

Yarn: Knitpicks Felici Sprinkles 

I usually do a fish lip kiss heel because I hate to pick up stitches. My picked-up stitches are often too loose and I hate that in the heels of my socks. But I decided to give it a second try this time. Because the heel has slipped stitches, it made it easy for me to pick up stitches for my gusset. However, there are still a few stitches that are not snug enough for my liking. Still, there is something to be said for a heel that matches the pattern.

Second pair of sock: It'll be an easy pattern. Hermione everyday socks, I think. I really like this color combination: Knitpicks Felici Beyond the Wall. 

I've also decided to start on a new shawl. I'm using Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 Ply instead of fingering weight yarn because I've got 3 balls of yarn lying around, and have put in another order of two more so that I can complete my shawl. I have no idea why I like buying red yarns. I have plenty of red and blue colours in my stash. 

I just organised my stash and recorded everything I have so that I can make a decent stab at it. I have too many single ball of yarns lying around that I probably won't use. This is also partly to make room for yarns that I have bought on Black Friday. 

What have you been working on?