Last weekend, my blockmates and I went on a trip to Bolinao, the Westernmost point of Luzon (correct me if I'm wrong please!).
The trip going there was a long one, since we weren't able to catch the direct bus that went straight from Manila to Bolinao. We had to take 3 buses in total: Manila-Sta.Cruz, Sta.Cruz-Alaminos, Alaminos-Bolinao. It was a long, long trip, it took us about 7 hours to get to our destination, but it didn't matter so much, since we were traveling in a group.
We arrived in Bolinao at around 7am, so we walked around the town to look for a place to eat at. Saturday was their town fiesta, so the main road looked pretty busy. Most of the carinderias were still closed, but luckily, we found a 24-hour place to eat at.
When I first started learning how to knit 5 years ago, I only had one pair of straight 3.25mm aluminum needles, and a couple of balls of acrylic yarn (in red, brown, blue and rust/orange).
After completing my first ever FO (which was an arm warmer for my sister who had just broken her arm back then. It was easy, just garter stitch to create a 10x15-inch rectangle), I felt so excited about knitting that I bought almost every ball of cheap acrylic that I'd stumble upon in NBS. They were cheap and came in a wide variety of colors, and acrylic was really the only kind of yarn I was every exposed to.
I obviously didn't know any better. A few more months after first learning how to knit, I got bored with back-and-forth garter stitch and wanted to try knitting a hat. I remember asking my cousin's daughter if she knew where I could buy circular needles locally, and she directed me to Craft World in Megamall (which has now closed since then).
I bought a pair of 3.5mm addi circular needles (the turbo edition, not the lace ones) and got started on knitting my first ever in-the-round project:
That's my sister modeling it for me
A fair-isle hat! How ambitious, right?? It was my own pattern, too! Ah, beginner's luck.
We had a long break from work a couple of weeks ago due to Holy Week in the Philippines. I didn't make any plans to go out of town, but I made sure I wasn't going to be too idle!
I mostly knit swatches and drafted patterns and watched some movies with Marc, and in between all of that, I was able to meet up with a lot of friends :)
But I still feel like I'm on an extended vacation of sorts, even last week when work resumed.
First, there was my friend's birthday where we all ended up spending the night at their house. And then a couple of my friends came over to visit me at the house and spent an afternoon watching the first season of Girls. On the first day back at work last week, a few more friends came over in the evening to hang out and catch up.
We also went to a gig with a reeeally good line up. And most of our friends were there too!
I had an easy time coming to work today, thanks to Marc. It was just as well, since I'm having some *ehem* tummy problems this morning (TMI? lol).
This blog has been sadly neglected for the past two weeks, mostly because I really have nothing concrete to show. I've been busy swatching and frogging and trying to settle on a couple of new designs. I'm trying to be more professional about streamlining my patterns so I won't feel too embarrassed about sharing them on Ravelry and Craftsy. If I'm confident enough, maybe I can even offer some of the more complicated ones for sale? We'll see.
So, what knitting have I been doing lately?
I frogged my seafoam stitch shawl attempt, and swatched a new lace-y pattern. Oh, the number of times I swatched and re-swatched and re-plotted the stitches in my charts...