Thursday, May 24, 2007

I Have Been "8 Things Meme" tagged

I've been tagged by Jan.In the beginng,I was confused and didn't know how to play. After reading Jan's blog,I got it now.
So,here are my eight things:
1.My son,4 years old,is taken care of by my MIL in daytime.He is too much spoiled by his grandparents,sometimes too much naughty yet cute.I always can't resist his soft and tender voice"mammy,mammy".

2.My daughter is 7 years old and now one grade in elementary school.Compared to her brother,She is a well-behaved little girl.I taught her knitting under her asking.She can do knit and purl now.We both can enjoy our nice and peaceful knitting time on the sofa if my son keeps away from us.

3.My hubby,He is a nice person always careful in everything . Without him,I might got many troubles in my life since I am a careless person.

4.My mother taught me crocheting when I was 8 years old or so.I liked to crochet dolls and dolls' accessories for myself and my younger sister then but a real garment.

5.Because my mom can't knit,she can't teach me.However I desired to learn knitting so.Several years ago,I happened to see a yarn store having knitting classes so I joined and learned from then.
6.I perfer varigated ,hand dyed yarn to solid yarn.
7.Lately,I bought an addi#5 circular for the blue cardigan.It is fairly good.I am thinking if I should replace all my Clover needles with addis.(That will cost me much money...of course)

8.I don't like papaya(but fairly like papaya milk),banana and so on.Sweet and juicy fruits are my favorites.I tried durian lately (I never want to try it before)and sort of like it.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Rosy Bolero

Yarn: Rosy Cotton 3 1/2 balls
Needles: Clover #3 crochet hook
Pattern:Japanese pattern (Joey's knit along)
Duration:4 days

This is my first time joining Joey's knit along.I like this bolero very much.It's very practical for me as I usually wear bolero in spring and summer.When getting the pattern,I can't wait to start it.
Thanks for Kally sharing the mirrored right front(since the pattern only shows the left front).I do save time to draw it by myself.However,the front pattern instruction isn't quite clear,which get me confused.Finally it was done by my intuition .

I don't crochet as chart B called for.I like bolero as a small, short and cute garment.My favorite length is around waist .Therefor I only crochet two round chain stitched and I don't like the sharp edging so don't decrease stitches ,either. You can see the upper pic, the edging is straight not sharp.

I like this rosy bolero very much. This is the first project gotten my full satisfaction.Since it turns out so well,I am crocheting the second one but making some little modificaions.After it is done,I will post some pics here .

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Dashing Gloves

Yarn:Brown Merino (100% wool) 1 1/2 ball
Needles:Clover #6 40cm+60cm circular
Pattern:Knitty:Spring 2007-Dashing
Duration:3 days

In Taiwan,I never saw this kind of mittens before.The first time when seeing it in Knitty,I was impressed by its cool and unique design.And also it is easier than those gloves which have to knit ten fingers .I decided to knit it for my best friend.She might love it,I guess.

But beyond my expectation,she thinks it looks weird and won't keep fingers warm.I feel a little sad.Dashing looks weird ?!?!It's cool instead,I think.Now that she doesn't like it,I decide to knit it for myself.

After reading the instructions,I can't figure out the thumb.Finally,I worte to the designer,Cheryl Niamath.She is so nice to tell me my problem and also guide me knitty Coffeeshop where I can post for help.If not her commends,I don't know what Coffeeshop is for.

Dashing is easy to knit but I made some modifications.I knit one cable repeat again after thumb hole.Though it really doesn't keep fingers warm,it does make wrist and palm warm and confortable and won't bother your fingers.I love it!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

A Pirate Hat

Yarn:Bambi merino 50g 225m(246yds)/ball one ball blue 1/2 ball yellow , knitting with two strands
Needles:Clover#6 16"(40cm )circular Clover#6 24"+16"(60cm+40cm)circular(top of the hat)
Pattern: We Call Them Priates~*A priate hat for wintertime*

I saw this pirate hat online a while ago,but I never try color knitting then.So just appreciated it then forgot.Not long ago, one of my colleagues chatted with me that her son loved pirate pattern very much.
I soon recalled this pirate hat.After I showed her this hat online,she loved it ,too,and asked if I could teach her.

Lately,I am knitting my father's color-knitting vest and going to finish it.So why not give this hat a try!
Pirate pattern in ancient Chinese culture symbolizes jinx.Though young generation take it as a cool totem,still many old and traditional Taiwanese people won't accept it nowadays,such as my parents in law or maybe my parents I guess. However I love this pirate. It looks so unique and special,doesn't it?I want to knit it for my 4- year-old son . If my MIL thinks that's a direful pattern for kid,then I will keep it for myself.

Luckily,my conservative hubby likes this hat,too,which makes me have confidence to finish it.
The last step is to knit lining and then sew it to the inside of the hat.Knitting lining is easy for me but sewing .I am always not good in sewing .Any way,I've tried my best to make it look good.