Well, I've been trying to stay out of the computer, knitting/crochet, crafts, and cooking for 2 weeks now... LOL and let me tell you, it is NOT working! eeeekkk!!! Well, i can stay out of doing household chores, but not with knitting. I will totally screw my life! well, hopefully not! hehehe.. The reason is, i'm trying to study for an exam, which I am hoping to schedule soon. But, it is not working. I started reading, and right now, if you will quiz me, i probably would not remember anything. My husband told me not to worry, and that it will come back to me when I'm taking the test. But my test anxiety level right now is bigger than me, so I don't know. But please, pray for me that I will make it and just do it and get it done and over with so I can concentrate on knitting and crocheting! yipppeee... happy days!
So I finally finished my Clementin Shawlette, which I love so dearly. The yarn is so soft and the color is yummy! I think i can use this with a black dress? what do you think? The only part, i really didn't like is the connection of the 2 pieces at the back. Ok, i would like to apologize for the photos, my hubby took the pictures and he just won't follow my instructions... yeah MEN! LOL, but hope it's ok. I actually asked him if it's sitting equally on my shoulders and he said yes! but look at the photo! LOL but he said, he can only take max of 5, and the others are just a mess like the 3rd photo. Again, MEN! tsktsk..
Oohhh... if you haven't met my baby yet, here he is, the stinky-maximus himself --- MAX. Isn't he adorable? He usually jumps in front of me every time I try to do a closeup photo of him.I love close-up photos of pets. I don't know why... ;) But anyways, he just would not stay still! But for once, he let me do it, and it's paww-fect!
Ok.... before you react strangely to that, let me tell you a story. My Friend, Sharon, has been doing some awesome tutorial on crochet on her blog. I've always wanted to learn how to crochet, but when I tried it once, i always have tight stitches and was having a really hard time doing this. Last week, my co-worker and friend, gave me bunch of books from her collection. They are crochet/knitting books. She is awesome! =) So when I started browsing, i saw some cool crochet patterns that I want to make. Obviously, I cannot make it unless I know the basics. I found this site and started to look for some of my hooks. I found this headband and decided to make it. It has the basic single, half-double, and double stitches. The good thing I noticed with crochet is that it works faster than my knitting. Or maybe it is the size of the hook that I'm using. ;) The not so good part is that it hurts my hand! urgh! So yeah, I am a new hooker!
Here's my finished product:
I will try to find some nice, easy crochet patterns again. I think I will make some more. But i still love knitting and knitting will always be my first love in crafts... hehehe... So yeah as for my knitting, I'm going really really slow.. but it is going... I will post the finished product soon (I have 5inches more to go), but here's a closeup of the stitches on my knitting project:
A few days ago, I started a group at Facebook for my high school batchmates... sigh. I miss the good old days where all we think about is what to do on weekends, where to go and what's our excuse to our parents so we can all hangout. The days where you have most of our firsts... first bf, first crush, first kiss... first time to try new things out. The days when we are still young and free. This is the time where we meet our best friends. Those were the days.... twelve years ago. LOL
Today, I was browsing through my yearbook and started reminiscing. Now, we were all thousand of miles away from each other.
From my last post last month, I started making some baby booties. They are very addicting. It is a small project, so I always carry it in my purse. I made a pair while watching the Superbowl last Sunday. The others are made during lunch breaks at work. heheheh... Today, I decided that it is time to put some buttons and they turned out great! I'm happy. Expect more baby booties in the future. ;)
Last January, I purchased the Needful Cara Mia yarn from Elann. This is my first time buying yarns from Elann and did not realized that there's a lot of knitters who are actually wanting for 10am PST to buy their yarns. For those who are not familiar with Elann, every week (mostly on Tuesdays) this yarn store offers new yarns. I usually miss out on their yarn sales although they always have good prices for yarns. So when I saw this Cara Mia, I fell in love with it. It looks so soft and I think it will just be perfect for the Collar Vest Shawl pattern that I want. So I waited for 10am PST and was supposed to get the Chocolate Brown color. As soon as I was about to check it out, to my dismay, it was all gone! That quick my dear friends... LOL It's not even 1010am and the color that I want is gone. So I went back again, and I chose a green color and as soon as I click my cart, it's gone too! I was about to give up when I saw the grey color yarn still available. So I tried and viola! I finally bought it! It seems like an auction at Ebay. hehehe.. But I am happy with my purchase. And did I tell you the shipping was great too? I received it the same week, I think. I cannot remember now.
After I received the yarn, I started to make the vest. Oh to those who don't know me that much, I hate checking my gauge. This is one reason why I refuse to knit hats and garments. I remember I made 3 hats when I was just starting, and all of those turned out to be big! But since I really love this vest, I decided to check my gauge! woohoo for me! =) And I am glad I did.
There's a lot of ribbing in this pattern! And since I have to cast on a lot of stitches, I checked my count for about 5times! LOL just being my OC self. The pattern is so easy to follow. I didn't really do this project all the time since I can't carry it out with me coz it's heavy. ;) I usually knit this when I'm watching sports on TV with my hubby. Little did I know that i'm almost finished. It has been sitting on my closet for a week now and this morning, I decided to finally finish it up.
The only part missing is a button/pin to hold them together. My friend, Sharon, mentioned about the sweater pins and so I looked it up online. As I was searching, I found some shawl pins, which would be appropriate I think... but they are expensive! The one that I like costs $25! urgh! It will be more expensive than my yarn! LOL So I think, I will try to find a cheaper version of this somewhere so that I can finally use this vest soon. I love it! It is soft and really warm, just perfect for this freezing temp here at Florida.
It's a little over a week since my last blog. Well, there is a reason behind it. I haven't been able to knit last week since I got sick. I was literally in bed for 3 days because I'm not feeling really good. I did not have any appetite nor any strength to do anything, even to watch TV. sigh... It's not a good start. tsktsk... I guess it is a result of the change of weather and stress. Okay, I admit, I have been letting small things affect me lately... mostly work-related! sigh! But I know it is not totally worth it. So now, I will try to defend myself from all this craziness around me. How will I do it? I don't know yet... haha! I guess I have to knit more ;).
So anyways, today, January 27th, I heard a good news from one of my sisters... =) I have to leave it that way until she gives me a go signal to spread the good news. But all I can say is, I'm happy! =)
My husband and I went to watch Slumdog Millionaire in theater today. My brother refused to tag along since he said it is not his kind of movie. We were supposed to watch the Underworld but we missed the time and I refused to go to the later show. But we enjoyed the movie. It is very inspiring. It makes me want to take my board exam. Don't ask me how... hahahaha! I'm crazy as it is.
That's it for now. Hopefully I will have some updates next week. =)