Chicago Trip

My husband and I went to Chicago from Monday to Wednesday, and one day in Indiana. The only tourist destination that we went to is Shedd Aquarium, and the most part of the trip is for shopping. I got a wallet from Banana Republic, sweater, jacket, and hoodie from H&M, and a lot of craft stuff. Here's what the craft related things that I bought.

There's three Japanese craft books, Fall 2004 IK, 4 skeins of Jamieson sock yarn, rubber alphabet stamps from Paper Source, and templates for making envelopes. The Japanese books I got from Mitsuwa and the yarn from Stitches and Scones. Lots of lovely things... I'm just so happy. I'll give you a sneak peek of some of the things that interest me.

This is from the knitting book. Lots of pattern that's wearable, maybe. And here's from the other books.

The ISBN numbers are 4-408-62742-9, 4-8347-5303-8, and 4-277-43064-3.



Happy holidays to everyone, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and everything!


Knitting Basket

I just finished making a knitting needle cover today. It really makes me happy ... sob ... it's made from fabric remnants from my Ikea pillowcase and fat quarters from JoAnn. And my monogram on the front. No closing yet because I can't think of any, so I just fold it and put it inside the basket.
There it is with five skeins of colorful Lamb's Pride to make Jess Hutch's stuffies, one skein of Caron, my notions box, and the half finished bolero jacket peeking out. I buy that green caron yarn at Walmart yesterday because the color seems Christmas-y. It will be returned as soon as possible because the sight of it just knida offends me. I think I am part yarn snob now.

There's also that small yellow thing where I poke my scissors and crochet hook. It's called knit cushion, some kind of pin cuhion for knitting. I just found out that there's such a thing! I see it in some knitting magazine, Knit Simple or Simple Knits, I don't really remember. Well, the pattern is for sale here. But I don't think I want to spend $6 for that pattern. So I googled it and found a free one! Here's the free pattern. There's supposed to be four circles, I'm still making the fourth one in bright green.

Isn't it the inside lovely? And it's pretty neat too considering I just began using sewing machine in November.

The outside of the cover with my monogram and the half finished bolero jacket. My LYS kept running out of the yarn! I still need to buy four more skeins. What a bother! It's a good thing I don't really care about dye lots. I was planning on wearing it this holiday. My husband and I want to go to Chicago. It would be nice to wear it on top of some beaded tops. I just have to wait until next year to finish it.



After filling out the questionnaire the other day (btw that's for Secret Pal 7, more on this later), I dare myself to take a peek at my oldest UFO. It was supposed to be Fiery Bolero from IK Summer '05. I made it from Jaeger Trinity with 2 strands held together. Because this is my first sweater, I didn't bother to make a gauge swatch. Boy, I learn that the hard way. I've frogged it three times and it still didn't fit right so I just dumped it in the corner of the closet.
Finally, I took it out two days ago and frogged it once again. I happen to have Alterknits with me (just borrowed it from the library last week), and there's this one project that uses Jaeger Trinity! Is that an omen or what? It's a tanktop with a sewn lace up panel on the backside, the Modern Bustier. Even though I don't really know what I'm gonna wear it with, I just thought, what the heck, I have the yarn anyway. So I cast on on Wednesday morning. Knit endlessly this two days, and tonight I'm starting on the straps.

I still have to buy the silk fabric and eyelets to totally finish it.

Now an exciting news: I'm joining Sercet Pal 7! I'm so excited about it. What kind of match would I get? Will we have the same interests? This is my first Secret Pal so I don't really know what to expect. I'm just very very excited. I can't wait until January.



Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
If I have no budget whatsoever, yes, I am a yarn snob. But because that's not true, then I just use basic yarns like Cascade 220 or Lamb's Pride. I've been meaning to buy some expensive yarns like Rowan or Debbie Bliss but never have the heart to do it.

Do you spin? Crochet?
I crochet a little bit before I learned knitting. Now, I prefer knitting only.

Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Dust is my biggest enemy.

How long have you been knitting?
I first learned knitting in college from my mom in Indonesia. So that's about 4 or 5 years ago. I never did any serious project. What knit wear can you use in a tropical country? After I move to the US last year, I started again and have never stopped, unless for the occasional boredom.

Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes I do, but it's on my husband's name because I'm too lazy to make my own Amazon account. It's here.

What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Lavender, herbs and spices. But no cinnamon! That's the one smell that I can't stand.

Do you have a sweet tooth?
Only milk chocolate for me. But I can live without any chocolate. My preferred sweets are Pepperidge Farm cookies, Jello, Haagen Dazs, and Japanese cookies.

What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I just bought a sewing machine this Thanksgiving. So far I have made something that I want to put on Month of Softies. My 'someday' project is a quilt. I also do some scrapbooking and card making. But it's put on hold because I feel like if I'm gonna fill up the whole album then I must do it in one go. I can't stop in the middle of the album and pick up my knitting. I also love to cook but I hate the prep.

What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I'm not sure what kind it is. Currently: Diana Krall, Seal, Michael Buble, George Benson, Greenday, Nine Inch Nails, and The Killers. Yes, I'm MP3 compatible.

What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
My wardrome is separated in three parts (this is just for tops): blacks, whites, and creams, blues and greens, and reds, pinks, and purples. And somewhere in between maybe there's one or two orange. I guess I like all kinds of colors depending on my mood. But no fluorescent colors. Right now I want to make a pink sweater. I don't know why but pink just seems so yummy. For my home, I like accent colors like red, black, and brown.

What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I've been married a little over a year now. Baby plan should start soon, maybe. No pets for me.

What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
To have a beautiful home that I decorate and renovate myself. Well, my husband too. This is the five year plan. After that, no thoughts yet.

What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
No favorite yarns since I only use Cascade or Lamb's Pride. I'd like to try Debbie Bliss Cashmerino And Rowal Wool Cotton, though. I've also tried some KnitPicks yarn and the recycled silk yarn. I don't think I want to use them again.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Acrylics, polyester, fibers that shed a lot, and itchy fibers.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Jess Hutch's creatures and all other knitted toys. And a pink sweater!!

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Something that requires minimum finishing, like knitting in the round. And is there any magical way so that I don't have to weave in those loose ends? Also small projects so I can feel the instant gratification.

17. What are you knitting right now?
Bolero jacket from Debbie Bliss Simply Soft and finishing my husband's sweater from Simple Knits with a Twist. If it's possible, I always try to make only one project at a time.

18. What do you think about ponchos?
It's definitely a no no. But there's one circular poncho in Handknit Holidays that looks so gorgeous. I like it more as a skirt though.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Circular only.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Anything will do. But Addi Turbos are the best. Right now I'm mostly using Clover interchangeable needles. It's an old set that I got from my mom. I don't know if they still make it or not.

21. Are you a sock knitter?
No, but I want to make one someday.

22. How did you learn to knit?
My mom taught me in college because I asked her to. She's been knitting as long as I can remember and finally I'm interested in knitting after crocheting since junior high. I always tought that knitting is way more complicated than crochet. Maybe in some ways it is, but it gives more beautiful result too!

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
6 months probably. I've frogged it three times and I still don't like it. It's sitting there in the corner of the closet. I really don't like talking about that. It's making me feel guilty.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Nothing special, but I have a lot of stuffed animals. Tiger, whale, penguin, Pink Panther, chicken, Sullivan from Monster's Inc., teddy bear, classic Pooh and Piglet, and bunny. Most of them are put in the highest shelf in the closet except for the bunny, penguin, whale, and monster.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
The one that enables my husband to stay at home.

26. Is there anything that you collect?
Pretty stationary and cute Japanese stuff. I also like to print out free knitting patterns of the things that I want to make someday. It's neatly organized in a binder. So on some days I just flip around through it and daydream.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Nothing, I buy them only if I'm interested in making some patterns.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
It's on my wish list



The workshop is not free, I did not read everything on the website. But it's still ok. I love Lily's Rooster!
I walked around in Short North afterwards. Stopped at On Paper and bought some blank cards and gift tags for Christmas gift wrapping.
My UFO (hubby's sweater) is almost done. All the knitting part is over. I just need to sew up up everything, weave all the loose ends, and probably make the neck shorter. So maybe another 2 weeks? It will still make it for my Christmas deadline.


Saturday Morning

Woke up at 8 this morning. Have to go to the car dealer with husband. Then help a friend to move. Then, hopefully at 5, I will be a the Plush Rush yay! I'm really excited about their free workshop. Now, I just have to see where the place is on Google.


shoe addict

Can you tell a person's character by their shoes?