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something to treat myself

April 11, 2009 6 Comments

What do you love to treat yourself ?

Here is my list:

1) some chocolates (I am a chocolate lover! Especially dark chocolates)

2) Some cookies, hm, I love “Felix and Norton COOKIES” , extremely mouthwatering.

3) NEW yarn, no need to emphasis, I never get bored to go to yarn store and shop for new yarns and patterns.

4) Some fresh sashimi and sushi. I remembered when my husband wasn’t around, and my parents were out of town, I cooked something for Erika, and then brought her food to a Japanese restaurant, She ate hers, and I ate my yummy sushi, just PERFECT HAHAHA!
I bought myself some new yarn today in Romni, and also grabbed two books as well.

I’ve got the Norah Gaughan volume 4, because I love the Flower child on the cover page, it’s so pretty. Romni doesn’t have the Berroco Pima, so, I took the Rowan Calmer instead. WOW, this is my first time to try Calmer, it’s really soft, light and elastic to knit, I love it! 🙂

I hope I can finish this top by the end of April.

I didn’t start any project for Erika after the “Fiona”, I thought about the BSJ, or the February jacket, but finally I decided to treat myself something: knit something for myself. 🙂


starting a new project again…

November 24, 2008

After knitting the scarf for my husband, I suddenly found that Erika doesn’t have any scarf!! 

Oh my GOd, I shouldn’t left her out. 

SO, I am going to knit her a little scarf. Since she is tiny, she doesn’t need a long scarf, nor anything too fancy.

I used the stitch pattern from “A treasury of knitting patterns” by Barbara Walker.

THe SLipped Diagonal Rib pattern, it looks simple, but quite stylish if you compare with the usual 1×1, or 2×2 ribs patterns. 

I casted on 20 stitches only, and repeat the pattern over and over.

I will try few more repeats tonight and see how it goes.

Slipped Diagonal Rib Pattern:

Row 1 (WS) – K1 , *K3, p1; rep from *, end K1.

Row 2 – K1, *Sl 1 wyib, p3; rep from *, end k1.

Row 3 – K1, *k3, sl1 wyif; rep from *, end K1.

Row 4 – K1, *Drop sl-st to front of work, p2, pick up dropped st and knit it, p1; rep from * , end K1.

Row 5 – K2, *p1, k3; rep from *.

Row 6 – K1, *p2, sl 1 wyib, p1; rep from * , end k1.

Row 7 – K2, *sl 1 wyif, k3; rep from *.

Row 8 – K1, p2, *drop sl-st to front of work, p2, pick up dropped st and knit it, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, end drop sl-st to front of work , p1, pick up dropped st and purl it, k1.

(quite familiar to the ballband washcloth pattern though.)

look at this!!!

November 4, 2008 1 Comment

While I came out from the bathroom this morning, the door bell rang…. I was so surprised ( so did Erika!)

It was a package from Delena (from Knitter’s treasure swap)!!


It’s a very yummy package !!



handmade mug warmer! 🙂



She did great job on handmade stuffs and also gave me lots of chocolate treats (Godiva!!) and hot chocolate mix. 🙂


Fan crochet bookmark handmade by Delana

Fan crochet bookmark handmade by Delana




The yarn is very yummy and colorful with Misti alpaca and Claudia handpainted yarn! 


Misti alpaca fingering and Claudia handpainted sport weight yarn

Misti alpaca fingering and Claudia handpainted sport weight yarn



There are also some knitting and sewing notions that I always lack of (even though I have , I don’t know where i put them… it’s every where in my house I guess.. haha)


pin cushion and other knitting/sewing notions

pin cushion and other knitting/sewing notions



One knitting book called “Knit so fine”… and a magazine from Europe! 🙂


Verena magazine and KNIT SO FINE book

Verena magazine and KNIT SO FINE book



Can you believe this?

it’s soooo yummy!!
and she is so generous!!: )

Thanks Delana  , I am totally spoiled! 😀

Lunch bag (pattern from Japanese book)

September 12, 2008 3 Comments

This is a lunch bag that I made this noon.

I like the fabric for this bag, because of it’s country style.

This bag is quite sturdy because the fabric for the lining is quite sturdy with fusible attached to it.

I love this bag’s design because it has a little cover inside the bag, which is for covering your lunch box and fruits. 

The ribbon was added by me, I want the bag to be more secure. 🙂


Swaps + knitting = busy + happiness

August 20, 2008 4 Comments

Dear me, I am so busy recently that I really don’t have the time to update my blog.

But, today, I wanted to write something.

A special thanks to Amy, my SP12 secret pal.

She sent me a 2nd package, but somehow, we didn’t know why, and very disappointed that it was lost or something.. I hope one day I will see that package in my mailbox. 🙂

She was so kind to send me another 3rd package with many goodies inside.

Here is the picture, I especially love the mitten book. And just resist myself to start a project with Claudia Painted sock yarn. IT’s gorgeous! 

I also love the yarn, it’s my first time to touch the EL silk yarn. Thanks Amy. 

And really thanks for sending ERika a new cloth, she is so lucky! 😀 hahahaha 

Besides the wedding decoration thing, I also knitted (and finished) a little baby shrug for Erika.

Since her dress (for wedding ceremony) is sleeveless, so, I guess she might be a bit cold in A/C area. The shrug was done, but , not very satisfied, it’s a bit too big for her.

Anyway, my hubby said that it looks good on her. 🙂

No picture yet , as I wanted to add something to it.

I also joined a hand purse swap in Ravelry. 

I already started to knit that cable bag , and it’s half done already 🙂

it’s fast to knit a bag if using bigger needles (this is using size 6.5mm) . 

My pal loves purple, it’s almost my fav color. 

The yarn that I am using is Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran, plum color.