Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WIP: Gemini top

Currently knitting the Gemini pullover. It's a free pattern by Jane Richmond for Knitty last year.

I love how it's a top down knit, with simple lace details at the yoke. But starting with the lace and ending with endless stockinette is a little tedious.

My progress so far


I'm further down the middle of the body now, just about to increase for the waist. And I can't wait to finish this and try it on! :) If I make it in time, I'll wear this for New Year's Eve.

Thanks to the KALs that my friend Maia got me on, I feel like I've gotten out of my knitting rut! Inspiration is back, and I feel like trying out new stitches and putting together a few simple designs.

In other news, I went to Dreams last weekend and managed to not buy any yarn! :) Yay me! I did buy some knick knacks though...



The loot:
- Addi Lace Circular needles: I love these! I knit so much faster with them than with my other needles.
- Actual stitch markers: this is my first time to ever use actual stitch markers. Thus far, I'd been using scrap yarn and safety pins.
- Swift: Err, I don't know how to use this yet, but it came with the--
-Ball winder!: I finally got my own ball winder and I'm excited. I haven't used it yet 'cause I haven't had the time to, but I have lots of yarn that need winding.

So much change has been happening this year and I don't think I was able to blog about a lot of things. But I don't feel any regret for not writing more. I can probably just catch up here and there as I manage. :)

Monday, November 25, 2013

FO: Lattice Top

My friend Maia proposed a KAL for us last October and she chose this pattern from The Purl Bee: Cap Sleeve Lattice top.

The deadline was supposed to be last 31st of October, but I didn't get to finish it on time, due to both expected and unforeseen circumstances. So thankful that my KAL partner is so patient with me and let me finish a LOT later than we decided.

And here is my Lattice Top, finally, 23 days late. hahaha.




So proud of it! I didn't think it would be possible to knit a nice, airy top suitable to our climate, yet here we are!

Some deviations from the pattern:
- Used thinner yarn than called for, to produce a lighter, airy fabric.
- Knit in the round instead of knitting the front and back flat and separately. For the shoulder seams, I ended the rounds at the Wrong Side and used the kitchener stitch to sew them together.
- Cast on less stitches than called for, to make up for the different gauge.

Now, it's my turn to choose the next top for another KAL :D

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The reason for the radio silence

I haven't been knitting and blogging lately because...



Marc and I got married! :D :D :D

Not to say that I will stop knitting and blogging after this big step. It's just that we've been busy planning and moving and reordering our lives. Once we've settled down, my needles will be back in business.

A few photos from the civil ceremony:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hello there

A photo of me, taken last night, to prove that I am still alive!
With longer hair!

So I haven't been updating this space here. Bad me. But all I've been doing in the past few posts is make excuses, so I'll just stop doing that. Let's just pretend there wasn't an almost-two-month-long pause.

What's happened between then and now?

On the knitting front, zilch. I have completed a total of ZERO projects, but I do have two WIPs on the needles. Updates on those projects in the coming days.

I bailed on two knit meet ups with Catyanna and Imana because of health reasons. The first one was due to my being ill, and the second one was cancelled because I had to take my brother to the hospital that day (dengue segued into measles! Jeez what luck, poor guy).

My fishnet cardi is languishing in my project bag, still just a yoke with no form. I've just begun another knitted top, the Cap Sleeve Lattice Top by The Purl Bee. This one is for a KAL with Ravelry friend Maia. :) With only 13 days left in October, I wonder if either of us can finish on time! haha

I guess one of the main reasons why I haven't been knitting much is because of my as yet unofficial "promotion". Yay! Promotion! It's not that they've made me manager of anything, but basically I have more tasks now to handle (and a bit of a raise, hurrah). It's not yet official, so no one really knows about it here in the office except for our HR consultant and my boss.

Marc and I have been busy bees lately, planning a lot things. I don't wanna say anything definite here just yet, but hopefully in a few weeks' time, I can finally take a breather and document it better right here.

I'm still struggling with making the most of my waking hours, but honestly, 8-9 hours of sleep at night can ironically make me so lethargic and without energy to do anything but commute to and fro the office. SAD. Other people have trouble sleeping, but here I am sleeping most of the time yet not having any zest for life lol. Di bale, November will mean a new life for me. :D

Anyway, here I'll wrap this already-long post with some a lot of photos from the past few weeks (I bought a new phone so I've been taking photos with it more than my digicam :p):

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hello, I've been away too long -- An update!

Some people believe that August is a "ghost month" and is an inauspicious month... But that has nothing to do with my non-journaling here. haha

It's so ironic that the less things I do, the more time I have to write here. And when I get swamped with tons of activities and things to think about, I don't have time to document them.

So let's reach a happy compromise here, why don't we? I still have tons on my things-to-do and things-to-think-about lists, but I will squeeze a little time to cram some photos here for documentation.

We all get a mandatory week off in August here in our company, and mine happened in the second week of August. That week was all about cats, kids and eating (not the cats and kids!):

(lots of photos ahead :p)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

WIP: Fishnet cardi

Finally, some photos of my WIP:


That's all I have right now, but at least there's progress, even after 3 froggings. I'm no longer thinking about a separate collar + button band, so I didn't use a provisional cast on for this time around. I used the Chinese Waitress Cast-on! Remember this?

I think it's the perfect cast-on for this, since I wanted a somewhat stable cast on that would also show me that actual length of the piece as I go along. It was easier to measure the gauge this way too.


The yoke is looking promising, but I still have some teeny-tiny doubts about the proportions.




I don't have a name for this pattern yet, but for now, I'm calling it the Fishnet Cardi. The yarn is thick, so it doesn't look like much when the work is relaxed.

Here's a photo of how it should look when worn:

Thanks to Kai for the helping hands!


Messing around with my knitting...


These two had to hang out upstairs in our room last night because the older one is grounded: no TV and no computer access until the weekend!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Stayed in last weekend (mostly)

Last Saturday, mom and I played Scrabble with my eldest nephew. We had asked him to take a break from being constantly on the computer or watching TV, and we really wanted him to try other things to amuse himself.


He's not really into reading books and all, and English isn't his first language. But he did really well during the game. We really encouraged him to think of words on his own, and he actually reached a good enough score!

I missed playing Scrabble. It's such a classic, and I think almost everyone at home enjoys it. I can never beat my mom at this game, though. She's awesome at it!

Also, how could I ever win so easily when... hey, check out my tiles during the second round:


Erm. HAHA. I opted to lose a turn just so I could swap some of those vowels for new tiles.

I think this is something we could do with the kids more often. :)

Marc shared an article with me about Boggle the other day. Apparently, they're gonna stop making the original version of the game, and how sad is that? I admit, our own Boggle set has gone missing in between moving houses so I haven't really played it in years. But Marc and I are on the lookout for one so we could maybe start our own collection of boardgames :)

This blog hasn't seen any progress with my current knitting WIP, but I really am working on my cardigan. It's just that I'm still struggling with the gauge (it's lace) and the number of stitches to cast on and distribute for the raglan. Ugh. I'm getting there though! :D

Friday, August 2, 2013

Happy weekend!

See how I've been so chipper these days? I know it's cliché to say this, but yes, you can choose to be happy. And these days, I always remember to be happy. :-)

I've nothing much to say today, but I just wanna show how excited I am that it's Friday and the last day of work for the week! Woot!

But it looks like some people started their weekend early...



Photo taken last night at my friend Rey's flat. My TC friends finally got together last night, after a few months of not seeing each other. It was so nice to just catch up and enjoy each others' presence.

Two of my friends are planning to go abroad in the near future. Here's to hoping their visas get approved!

Also, I have a somewhat fortunate dilemma right now. I can't say what it is exactly just yet, but hopefully I'll have good news in the next few weeks. And just to clarify, it's something career-related, so don't get any ideas about things like babies or something. LOL.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

This weather...


...just makes me wanna sleep all day on the sofa.

I just had some green tea to wake me up. Been battling these heavy eyelids all morning. Luckily, it takes only a little caffeine to keep my mind awake.


Happy humpday! I hope everyone's having an OK week so far! To be honest though, I think we're all looking forward to the weekend. :-)

Happy FO's: a crescent shawl and a kid's hat

The shawl I was working on was finished last July 8, but I wasn't able to block it and take photos til a week after. I also wasn't able to post it here and on Ravelry 'til today.

But without further ado, here it is:

(excuse the blurry photos. I took these on the day I first got my fever and joint pains)

It's pretty long and it nearly took up my whole bed, so it was a bit difficult to pin it down :)
I had to wait for a hot day before I could wash and block it because I wanted to be able to use my bed at night.


The yarn blocked really well, considering it's 100% acrylic! The lace part relaxed a little when I removed the pins, but it still looks good overall.


I haven't tried using it though, but I wore it for a few minutes, trying to decide whether to have some modeled pics. It was warm.

Yay, an FO!

My eldest nephew asked me to teach him how to make a hat. We went through making a gauge swatch first and measuring the stitches per two inches, and then we measured his head. He was very impatient about it though, taking after his aunt ;-). But gauge swatch we did, and we came up with 90 sts for cast on.

He ran out of the light blue variegated yarn, but he was able to improvise by using white yarn for the upper half of the hat, with a light blue strip nearing the top. Such a creative boy! And very resourceful too! Like his aunt. HAHA.

He did everything on DPNs and finished in about 3 days off and on!

Happy kid!

He's so proud of it and kept wearing it yesterday, despite the heat.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Off to the beach we went! Again!

Although last week may not have turned out the way we were expecting it to, a trip to the beach last weekend was just the thing for my cousin's visit to be as fun as we could make it for him.

He and his wife are expecting a child in a couple of months, so he decided to take one last vacation to the Philippines before they give birth (they live in SF, USA). At first, it seemed that his visit had wrong timing, given the fact that my older brother was undergoing observation for a possible diagnosis of TB :(. Add to the fact that I suddenly contracted chikungunya, it felt like he wouldn't have enjoyed much. But enjoy he did, thanks to my sister, her bf, and Marc.

From start to finish, there was an endless flow of San Miguel pale pilsen, which is a must for whenever this particular cousin visits. lol. Good thing my sister and I have awesome partners who can hold their own when hanging out with our cousin! Before Marc took me to the hospital, I did, in fact, join them for a couple of rounds at our neighborhood watering hole (Our cousin was visiting! It's only once in a blue moon haha). Other than that, I was alcohol-free til our beach trip. 

Weeks before his arrival, my sister and I had already planned a beach trip for his last weekend here. I was very lucky to have gotten over my sickness right on the day of the trip itself! I mean, I was still having a lot of joint pain the day before we left; the endorphins from the trip excitement must have cured me 100%.

It was a fun, albeit short trip, that we took. Here are some photos from the trip:

My cousin and my sister.
We took an early bus to Zambales.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Got sick + new addition to the cat family

Hello,

I got sick last week with chikungunya fever. It's one of the relatively worse sicknesses that a crafter can contract because, aside from the fever and the rashes, symptoms also include pain in the joints!

It all started last Saturday, July 20, and it kept me "down" 'til Thursday last week. I could hardly move without needing some time or assistance. I even had to miss work for four whole days. It was nice spending time resting at home and such, but spending time at home without being able to knit or crochet was torture. I tried doing some embroidery, since that doesn't require much movement of the wrists or finger joints, but the headaches and back pain kept me from finishing the simplest stitches.

I could bear the fever and the rashes, but the joint pain? Ugh.
(photos of my rashes below. Yuck haha)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Feeling fancy

The other day, our office had a little "lunch out" for dinner. We call it a lunch out because our company operates during French working hours, meaning our dinner is their lunch. :)



We ate at Galileo! The food was really good, and the staff were very accommodating. I think it was a bit pricey though, but since we were a large-ish group, I don't think our company had to spend too much.





Sorry for the bad photos, but I took them anyway, because it was a fun, laid back activity for us. We don't get to bond as a team on regular days.

Also, I'm posting these as a way to make me feel the TGIF spirit! I cannot wait til this workday ends and I can go home to my nephews and niece (who is coming over to visit, yay). And tomorrow, we get to see our cousin visiting from the States. :)


Imaginary wine. Happy weekend! :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Starting a lace cardigan...

Well, whaddaya know, I think I'm actually getting somewhere with that lacy cardigan I want to make:


I'm basing the stitch pattern on the half herringbone fagot lace stitch. The modification may have an actual name, but I can't find it.

I was initially going to use the half herringbone fagot stitch, but found it too bulky for the yarn I was using:




Since I'm using really thick yarn (on size 10 1/2 needles!), I wanted the stitches to be as airy as possible.

To compare the original stitch pattern (lower) and the pattern I modified (upper):


The modified version is more open :) Hard to define the gauge though, so luckily, I'm knitting this top-down, and can adjust as I go along.

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In unrelated news, it has been called to my attention just an hour ago that the actor who played Randall Floyd (Dazed and Confused) is not, in fact, the guy who played T.S. Quint (Mallrats)! They're twins! Jason and Jeremy London!

Whot! I did not know this!
(click to see source)

They may not be as well-loved now as they were in the 90s, but I still think they are good actors. Also, their movies, those I mentioned above, are some of my favorites to watch.

I don't know why this is a big deal for me haha. Anyway, I just wanted to share it. Marc told me about it this morning and I almost went crazy in my quiet office cubicle.

It's Thursday! Somehow, today feels more like a humpday than Wednesday did. It's like the weekend is so near, yet so far.

What's up for this weekend? On Saturday morning, Marc and I both have to wake up really early. He has an extremely early TOEIC exam in Makati, while my sister and I have to pick our cousin up from the airport at 6am. He's visiting the Philippines for a week, so hopefully, there's gonna be a beach trip sometime in the next coupla weeks. :)

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Our most demanding, alpha-cat has gone crazy for my nephews. She loves staying wherever they are, and follows them from room to room. She also loves grooming them too! Crazy, right??

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tryna be more appreciative

Hello

I feel like I've been getting way ahead of myself again lately. Luckily, I somehow manage to remind myself once in a while that there is no need to rush.


I was on leave from work yesterday, and since Marc had work, I didn't have anything major planned. I walked a lot around the village, running my errands, and took my youngest nephew with me for the last one. It was nice to watch him play in the village playground while I was busy waiting for my CTC inside the barangay hall.

Marc and I set a date last night to watch Pacific Rim, so we met at the mall which was practically halfway between us. The movie was so awesome, all the cheesy lines didn't suck so bad haha. Also, my knuckles were aching by the end of the movie, from clutching Marc's jacket so hard. So intense!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Random things

Because I am now a lazy blog poster... Photos!

"We just love our Denise Interchangeable needles..."
This cat loves staying with me when I knit on my bed.



Who's the star of this photo? The cat, the kids, or the dollar bedsheet? lol
These naughty boys look so angelic when it's bedtime. Hmmp! 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

FO: A slouchy Undulate and a regular but awesome hat

I finished the slouchy Undulate for Imeng! :)


And of course, I don't know how to style a hat even if I like making them! I'm sure Imeng would make this work better :)
I'll be sending this to her this coming weekend, along with the needles for her knitting explorations.


Also, I made another hat for Marc. And this one seems to be the best-fitting, best-suited to him yet!

Wish I took photos in the sunshine though!

It's just a simple gray hat made of wool. It was a quick knit -- I cast on for it last Sunday morning and finished it by 11pm that night. He loves it! Yay!

The other hats I had made him were a bit on the short or small side. But now it seems I've perfected the knit hat for Marc :)


Wala lang, just wanted to add this funny photo here of Silvio. This is exactly how I felt Monday morning.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Moi!

 I tagged Catyanna for the Liebster Award last week, and though the rules say we shouldn't do any tagbacks, she tagged me back (I tagged Bheng back too! lol. So she's not the only one).

I liked the questions she posted for those she tagged, so I'm gonna answer them here. Also, this kind of question-answer thingy reminds me so much of my old blogs and the old Multiply days. Nostalgia!

Here goes:

1. Any amazing discoveries lately?
- I just discovered shadow knitting a couple of weeks ago. Check it out! :)

2. Day of the week you generally look forward to?
- Fridays!

3. Love having a routine or hate it?
- I love having a routine, but I don't go crazy when I deviate from it every now and then.

4. What did you want to be when you were younger?
- I wanted to be a marine biologist, a teacher, and according to my kindergarten yearbook, a dentist! (this last one I totally do not remember saying!).

5. One thing that's piqued your interest lately?
- Listening to audiobooks :)

6. Your best subject back in school?
- English. And also Filipino, at one point. In fact, I got selected as one of our section's representatives for a Filipino Quiz Bee back in first year highschool. LOL.

7. Your someday-I-shall project, craft or otherwise?
- One day, I hope to knit a very airy, lacy, epic, white shawl. :) Much like this one:

But with a lighter-weight, fuzzy yarn. Like mohair, maybe.

8. A hobby you thought you'd really get into but didn't?
- When I was a kid, I used to be into a lot of crafts like origami, bracelet braiding, quilling, clay-sculpting, card-making, etc. I thought I'd be doing that all my life, but now I just mostly knit.
I thought I'd get into water-color painting, but never took it seriously. I feel like I really don't have the knack for it. My mom bequeathed to me all her old water-color materials, as well as her old books, so there may be a possibility for it in the future?

9. If you were to be given a block of time to make something, would you choose to make something intricate to wear on a special occasion or something that you're likely to use on a regular basis?
- I'd probably choose to make something intricate to wear on a special occasion. And I'd probably use that thing on a regular basis too, I most likely wouldn't mind that.

10. If you could get a specific yarn/thread as a prize, what would you like it to be?
- I'd like to receive a few skeins of sock-weight wool. :)

11. If you could recommend a book, a TV show, or a film to me, what would it be?
- I know you haven't gone past the first book, but I recommend you continue the A Song of Ice and Fire series :)

C'est tout! I haven't much to say today, except that I am currently trying to decide on what kind of a cardigan I would like to knit for myself. I have new yarn! 3 new skeins of milk cotton, one of which was given to me by Catyanna (thanks again!).

I definitely want to design my own cardigan, since I have a limited amount of yarn. But I'm open to suggestions for inspiration or construction ideas. So far, I know I want a seamless project. :)

Monday, June 24, 2013

What's on my needles

Starting a new project from someone else's lovely pattern is really a breath of fresh air. There is no self-inflicted stress to turn me into an ogre. haha

Why do I even stress myself out trying to realize my own design ideas anyway? Well, the thing is, I don't really have any other outlet to "express my creativity", except for with my knitting. And always, at the beginning of each new project, I definitely start out happy and excited. But if there is any tiny detail that makes me rethink and decide to adjust anything, I tend to get all OC about it and more often than not, stress out.

But that's how I am and I'm content with being this way. I know I can't get things right all the time, and designing is a process, so all the mistakes or misjudgments I make are always something to learn from. Also, I think I half like getting stressed sometimes. lol

But for now, I felt like I needed to knit something not by me.

On my needles right now is the Yaprakli Baktus. And it's a nice and easy knit that is teaching me a lot of things. This is my first time constructing a shawl this way and each step is new and exciting. Again, thanks to Cory for the recommendation!


Of course, before blocking, lace usually looks like a mushed up piece of fabric. And that's another exciting thing about this... Imagine seeing this after blocking! :)

So far, I've done 14 repeats of the leaf-like shapes. And I have 29 more to go. Sounds like a lot? It goes by fast, trust me.


Finally, this yarn is getting used up!

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Also on my needles is a slightly more slouchy version of my Undulate pattern.

There's a swap-a-stash thing going on between me and Imeng (though it's also open to those who are interested in our Rav group), and what it involves is her sending over some yarn for me to knit her an FO to send back (with extra yarn for me to use as I wish! Awesome!!!). We've also agreed that I would send her some small-gauge knitting needles since she is also learning how to knit, in return for her making me an FO too (as of our last exchange, she's thinking of crocheting me a purse. Exciting!).


She sent me yarn that has a similar color to the one I used for my sample in the pattern. The yarn she sent is a bit too thin too get gauge though, so I'm knitting this project with the yarn held double-- It's now given me almost the exact same gauge as my actual pattern, so this means I didn't need to alter the pattern too much.

To make sure it's slouchier than the original, I redesigned a few rows to make sure I increased the stitches by 20% after knitting up the ribbing. :)


Let's hope it turns out well!

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I can't remember if I mentioned this before (too lazy to check me archives haha), but my nephew knit a hat for the blue bear I made for him!


Look at that! I hadn't taught him yet how to knit in the round, so he somehow managed to tweak the little back-and-forth knitting he made into a cute little beanie, with holes for the bear's ears!


I am one proud auntie! :)