Mittens Finished

As part of her graduation gift, my sister is off to Malaysia, Hong Kong and China next week. As you may know, China is almost freezing at the moment and my lil sister asked me if I could knit her some mittens.

So, we trekked off to the woolstore and she picked out a little skein of Panda Woolbale. She did initially fall in love with the beautiful Zara stuff, but she figured that the Panda was much cheaper and would do the same job- afterall, she will be in the snow and likely to get dirty, so she didnt want the hassle of "keeping the wool clean".

After a few false starts and trouble with getting gauge, my sister's mittens are complete:

Project Details:

Pattern: Lionbrand Mittens
Yarn: Panda Woolbale 100% Wool 8 ply
Needles: 4.0mm and 5.0mm
Comments: The pattern was easy enough to follow, but my sister's hands are in between sizes so I had to rework it so the mittens were snug. The wool itself wasn't the nicest to work with - it was rough but I suppose you get what you pay right ? :)

Fruitful day today!

Hurrah! Cherry is almost complete - she is just out blocking and will be seamed up shortly. I also need to get some buttons for her, but I think she looks lovely :) It may actually be my first wearable sweater/cardi !!!

I have also finished mittens for my sister who is off to China for a few weeks.. so I'll post piccies up too :)

But in exciting news, it's my birthday in two weeks and my dad is getting me a couple of knitting books . Am not too sure which ones I want, but on my list are Sarah Dallas' Vintage Knits book, Nicky Epstein's two edge books, and maybe the Vogue knitting compendium... My sister is also taking me too the woolstore and I can select what I want to a certain level *OOOH*.. And my dear boyfriend and I are going away for the weekend, but as part of it, he's promised to take me knitting shopping so i'm gleefully exciting at the prospects of new wool and new books!!

Bad decisions

So I have been knitting Amelia Raitte's "Cherry" Cardigan. For some reason, I decided that it would be too long, but rather than frog back a few rows, i decided i would just shorten the arm holes instead to "even" it out.

Bad decision. The arm holes are now too small for my arms. Granted, my arms can fit , but there is virtually no circulation.

For awhile I tried to tell myself "you don't need circulation".. but sense finally came to me. I am now going to have to fix this.


Craft swaps

As a craftster, I participated in my first ever craft swap - theme: Japanese Round 2 :) And boy did I get spoilt!! Look at the amazing goodies that my swap partner crafted/got me!

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The whole package

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The very very cute crafted felt cakes and desserts - MMMM

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Stickers and stationery - yes, im still a kid at heart and love this stuff!

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My most favouritest gummies in the world!

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Crafted kanzashi (Dont know if i spelt that right) flower pins...!
Woot did I get spoilt!!

Amelia Raitte's Jess

More and more i fall in love with "Jess" and less and less do I want to do anything else...

Note to self: Finish projects before starting new ones!

And it continues

I'm not the most diligent knitter. Actually, i haven't really been diligent with much in my life. I have learnt many instruments, and lost interest after a short while. I have lots of hobbies, but the projects themselves lose my interest. At the moment, I am staring in my little stash, and noticed a total of 6 unfinished projects. *sigh*.

But anyways, I came across a new pattern I want to knit. It's
Amelia Raitte's Cherry Cardigan which I have paid and downloaded the pattern for and can be accessed on the link above :

[ Amelia Raitte's Cherry Cardigan which I'm knitting!]

I've also got my yummy yarn picked out - Jo Sharp Summer Soho Cotton Dk in Currant - a delicious eggplant type colour, and am ready to start swatching.

[My yummy yarn]

It's actually the first time I've ever bought yarn that is the exact yarn called for. Hopefully this will make a difference in me actually finishing and wearing it ;)

We'll see how it goes!