Tuesday, December 16, 2008

its Snowing!

its snowing!!... how exciting!! (only because I don't have anywhere I have to be at a specific time... and such)... but YAY!!

You are all going to be soo proud of me... I was all set up and ready to sign up for the Socks that Rock club for next year... but I resisted... me resist yarn~ a whole Years worth of yarn... from a sock club~ I must be growing up~

Ok... so... I've been wanting to share... how deeply deeply I am in love with... this book~ The Best of Interweave Knits... I have made the... Lotus Blossom Tank and the Icarus Shawl... and most recently in process of making the Man's Brioche Vest for my dad... not only are the patterns within the pages awesome~ but the mini-lessons regarding the knitting Basics (casting-on/off, seaming, color work, lace work, etc,.) are sooo incredibly helpful! I know how to do a few cast-ons/offs and such~ but I'm not always so sure which method is the best for which projects... and this book explains it~ If your a knitter and you don't already own this book... I recommend it~

Today~ I sat in Barnes and Nobles...'studying' for my exams~ but I can only stare at my textbooks for so long... Today I was distracted by... Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah... I read it cover to cover... it was quite good.. and made me cry a few times~ so I picked up... her auto-biography...Falling Leaves... gonna make Mina read it first... because I don't have time... you know... with the studying and all~

Union Square Market on Saturday~ there was sooo many people there... all my pictures were of peoples backs... except when I got to the yarn stand... somehow the crowds cleared~ and I was able to get a crowdless photo... that is till the all swarmed in again~
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Man's Brioche Vest- for my dad's christmas gift~
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as usual... my socks take way longer to complete a pair than expected~ this is the 2nd sock... moving along very slowly~
Pomatomus on the NJ transit

Wisteria Scarf (aka Smooshy Scarf)
I started this last night on a whim~ hopefully it will get done in time for christmas~
Wisteria Scarf

Yarn buys:
Wollmeise: This update was fast and scary!! I thought I was going to end up with nothing... but... I got a few in the end... I'm soo in love with all the colors here~ (Am kalter Polar (left 2), Suzanne (middle 1), and Blue Suzanne (right 2)
Sundara Seasons Yarn Club~
This is her fingering Silky merino... from the Winter collection of her Seasons yarn club... no clue what to do with it~
The Life Aquatic- Sundara Fingering Silky Merino

Food... from last Thursday Nights Knitting meeting
Panera Chai Latte

for Geana...
p.s- I recommend purchasing a gift cert to Eat. Sleep. knit for me~ k?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


I think Noodles loves yarn more than I do~~~

Finally... some FO's~
Pattern: Lotus Blossom Tank by Sharon Shoji
Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too- Babyboo- Pink
used nearly 8 full skeins of yarn
Needles: Knit picks Harmony Options: size 6 and 7
Made for: my granny~
Size made: the 2nd size listed
- added 1 repeat of the Lace pattern
- added length to the stockinette portion of the bust and back
- when finishing... I picked up stitches around the entire neck (including the front) and knit 4 rows in garter stitch.
- The front was kinda floppy so while knitting the 4 garter stitch rows I k2tog every 11th stitch on the front aspect, and again p2tog every 11th stitch while binding off.
- also k2tog 6 stitches- 3 at each front corner
- BO on purl-wise

Pattern: Diamond Scarf by Wenlan Chia
Yarn: Twinkle- Soft Chunky- white
2 full skeins for the scarf... and 1/2 skein for fringe
Needles: Size 19- Boye
Made for: a cousin
I love this scarf... I'm currently seriously considering keeping it for myself. Its super soft and smooshy... and super super long (i love long scarves)... downside: its a bit on the heavy side. The yarn shed like nobody's business when I was working with it... I washed it in nearly Boiling water... and then soaked in... SOAK (aquae)... the shedding has improved... the Soaking process left it with a funny smell(like permed hair)~ I will be sending it off to be dry cleaned next

Pattern: A Christmas Dishcloth Story by Kristen Patay
Yarn: Be Sweet- Bamboo- 661
Needles: Knit Picks harmony Options- Size 4
Made for... grandma's Nurse (part of her christmas gift)
it was a very easy... super fast knit... I followed the written instructions... which were very clear~ perfect!
my 1st wash cloth~

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


a filler meme, found on Cybèle's blog:

1. What is your occupation right now? Professional Student

2. What color are your socks right now? Grey (argyle)

3. What are you listening to right now? the playlist on my blog~ (Wizards of Winter to be exact)

4. What was the last thing that you ate? a Cranberry-apple smoked turkey sandwich @ Barnes & Nobles

5. Can you drive a stick shift? Sorta~ I dunno if I remember how! but I did learn at some point~

6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Chang Young oppa~ (apparently he has texting issues!)

7. How old are you today? 27

8. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? on TV? soccer...gymnastics?

9. What is your favorite drink? Root beer~

10. Have you ever dyed your hair? Yes~ I think its almost become a necessity~ otherwise people might think I'm middle-aged!

11. Favorite food? good food~ I'm especially partial to 'comfort foods' mashed potatoes anyone?

12. What is the last movie you watched? A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving... in the Theater I watched Twilight (unfortunately...it SUCKED!)

13. Favorite day of the year? Mid-summers eve~

14. How do you vent anger? venting~ and then taking a nap~

15. What was your favorite toy as a child? I don't remember... I remember having these blue cars that you sat in... Pre-power-wheels, you powered them with your own feet~ channelling the flintstones now~

16. What is your favorite season? Fall.

17. Cherries or Blueberries? Blueberries...I don't eat fake cherries- ever (marachino cherries... GROSS!)

18. Living arrangements? At home~

19. When was the last time you cried? I'm a movie/tv/book/sympathy Crier~

20. What is on the floor of your closet? Laundry basket... and a duffel bag full of stuff from when we moved~ (yet to be unpacked)

21. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? Cheese.

22. Favorite dog breed? Llhasa Apso

23. Favorite day of the week? Wednesdays

24. How many states have you lived in? 1~

25. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds~

26. What is your favorite flower? Daffodils~

Monday, December 1, 2008

post turkey recovery~

Thanksgiving this year... was a bit more stressful than years past... because of the whole cooking factor... but I think it turned out ok... nobody got sick (I don't think)... and for the most part the stuff tasted ok~ (I over brined the turkey legs~)Here is a picture of most of the spread (we added a few things to the table after the photo) but you get the gist of it...
I totally did not work on Desserts at all... leave it to my family to bring more than enough (we have like 3 pies in the fridge still)... but here was the cutest addition...
the Turkey Cake brought by my aunt... its Carvel...with the yummy crunchies in the middle- yay!
In preparation for the massive amounts of cooking leading up to Thanksgiving... my mother thought it would be fun to have guests over the Sunday before... and here is a photo of that dinner
All this cooking hasn't left much time for knitting- Yesterday was the 1st line I knit in about a week! (beginning to worry about Christmas Gifts)... but that doesn't mean there wasn't time to shop...
Wollmeise (again- yes I have been getting lucky these past 2 updates)
Wolllmeise: 11/14 update

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

its cold~

Thanksgiving is around the corner... and normally this would mean going to the Wine Library to pick out wine~ and looking forward to eating~ but this year... my mother insists we cook Thanksgiving at home... Instead of having it catered like we normally do~ Seeing as how my older sister...offered to help me cook... but then bailed to say she was going to eat at her mother-in-laws house... and my younger sister doesn't cook~ and my mom will be working full time leading up to Thanksgiving Day... that leaves me~ perhaps I should give my doctor buddies a heads up~ (just in case the dinner ends up not sitting well?)
On the knitting front... I haven't done much~ been busy studying for finals... and such~ Tho I have completed my 1st 2 real de-stashes this past week~ (meaning I sold off 2 skeins of yarn from my stash~)... I was feeling quite brave~

Congrats to Jasmine and Jin Young Oppa~ (they got married last weekend)...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

HURRAY for Malabrigo LOVE~

So after a month of being sick... and trying to figure out what to do about my Grandmother (she fell the other week...and hasn't gotten up since...*worry*)... and a 3rd visit to a doctor (not really my doctor just a buddy who is a doctor)... who prescribed me hardcore meds for my cough~ I came home to find this on my doorstep...
Malabrigo Swap #4
It was my package from Laurie aka TruMom of the Malabrigo Swap Group on Ravelry I can't even begin to describe how I love it so~~~ I think it is the most thoughtful and generous swap package I've ever received~
Malabrigo Swap #4
so here are the details...
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1st thing I opened was the cute little project bag (which... I love...especially since its my 1st one~)... I've always just used ziplock baggies... but now I have this really cute bag to put my WIP's in (i'm seriously excited about this... you have no IDEA!)... but to add to the awesomeness that is the bag... it was stuffed with goodies!!... from left to right... it had... a little package of stitch markers from Spindle Cat Studio made of Copper and Czech Glass (the colors are called Grape Trio~)... then there was a package of Upcycled Cork Stitch stoppers from auroramae on Etsy! OMG! so perfect!! I'm forever dropping stitches off my needles when I throw my projects in my zip lock bag~ and I love the fact that they are recycled cork stoppers from wine bottles~ A package of Mulling Spices from Williams-sonoma... which I popped open and am beyond tempted to brew up...but I'm going to try to wait... I've been volunteered to cook Thanksgiving Dinner...I want to save them for then!... I love mulled anything... yumm~ I think I will mull wine! Then there was a package of super cute elephant candles and incense~ I don't know how she knew but my family has a slight candle obsession~ it has something to do with the fact that everyone is my family is very sensitive to odors... and we live with a dog~ its perfect!...
This came next...
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a knit bag for Wine! which held something... dare I say it... better than WINE? MALABRIGO SOCK YARN!!! the color is Impressionist Sky.... its sooo prefect... and sofe... and lovely~ I just finished my 1st sock using Malabrigo Sock yarn the other day (which I will post up a bit further down)... but the stuff... is delightful!! and the color... oh my... I could go on forever!~...
Then... next came... the MALABRIGO.... (ooooooohh~~)...
Malabrigo Swap #4
4 skeins of worsted in Azul Bolita.... totally enough to make the Briar Rose or the Juliet... which patterns she also sent me... already cozy in their plastic protectors (you have no idea how beat up my patterns get!)!!! I loveeee these patterns~~ I've been waiting to buy them off my queue~ till I had a moment of sanity~ when I can actually sit down and knit for myself *cough**cough* It will happen!! one day *sigh*
Malabrigo Swap #4
I'm totally in love with my Package... the Wine theme was sooo perfect... I loooove wine... and... love Mal~~ yay this totally made my week! Thank you sooo much Laurie! You ROCK!

Nearly FO:...
finished a sock... using malabrigo Sock yarn... Indiecita... which is.... its lovely lovely yarn~ and the Pattern is... Cookie A.'s Pomatomus... the Foot part looks obnoxiously long however... it fits my size 6 foot~ (and its not too big!)

On Halloween Day... Wollmeise had an update... which was super-intense... it was all over in like less than 20 mins (its hard to pick yarn, put it in cart, and check out in 20 mins!)... in which I scored! WOOHOO! it was crazy because the server kept crashing and such~ and I was sure I got nothing~ but in the end I did get a few that I wanted... I've already 'de-stashed' 3 skeins~ I'm debating a 4th~ but still it was a very exciting yarn buy~
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left to right...(all wollmeise)
80/20 Twin- Tiefer See
80/20 Twin- Versuchskaninchen 1 (destashed)
100% Versuchskaninchen 1
100% Poison No. 5
100% Baba Yaga (destashed)
2 skeins of Lace (Garn)- in the Baba Yaga Colorway (destashed 1)