Things are picking up on the knitting end of things. The blue bear is 70% done, and is just lacking the legs and embroidery. And I've finally settled on a shawl shape that I like and have started knitting despite not having a definite pattern for the edging yet.
Should I go for an open, airy edge? Or a dense, texture-y one? Still have to decide on that... Especially since I am going totally against my initial idea of knitting lace on every row and have chosen to just have a mainly stockinette-based shallow shawl. More on this sometime this week, I want to take some better photos of my progress first before posting more about my shawl project.
I've been so lazy about making an effort to bring out my camera to take nice progress photos. I blame it on having a handy, albeit low-end smartphone with a camera. It's so much easier to just take photos with my phone than having to bring out my digicam (talk about first world problems. Somebody slap me!).
Here are some dark and blurry photos from the past week:
Have I ever mentioned that the boys had asked me to teach them how to knit??
A couple of weeks ago, they were watching me knit after dinner. Now, these two boys are very curious and also get easily bored. They don't have any actual toys to play with, so they asked me to teach them. At first I thought I had misheard the question and asked them back, "This? You want to learn how to knit? You sure??". They both said yes, so I brought out a couple of pairs of 5.00mm needles and some of my acrylic yarn.
They have got the garter stitch down pat, especially the older one. The younger one still needs some guidance and he tends to ask me every row whether he made a mistake or not. So cute.
They both wanted to make headbands for their mom and the older one was able to finish his easily. He then moved on to another project, which was a case for their mom's celphone. And he finished it in one morning! All I did to help was to cast off and sew up the sides for him; he already knows how to do the knitted cast on all by himself. :)
Happy with his new cellphone case!
Still working on his mom's headband!
Don't you just love it? My mom is sooo happy that the kids are becoming a bit obsessed with knitting (like their favorite aunt lol); there is less fighting over who gets to play games on the computer, who gets to sit in the hammock, who gets to watch which tv show, etc. They spend whole hours just sitting and focusing on their knitting. HAHA. Of course, we only let them knit for about one hour or an hour and a half, so they don't strain their eyes.
Last Sunday was spent knitting in bed...
While Uncle Marc and Auntie Selena played some songs for fun...
And then at night, Marc, my sister and I went to watch the Deftones (!) live in Manila. Of course, despite being in VIP, my little phone could only handle a few blurry photos... of the stage lights! So no photos of the band and the cover acts and the mosh pit in front of us:
We were one of the early birds
Front act 1
(no stage photo during front act 2)
And so they begin...
Lovely stage lights, eh? HAHA
I never really was a fan of their music before watching them live, and I was really just lucky enough to have been given a ticket (the perks of having a sister whose boyfriend worked as one of the organizers). But now I must say that I have a newfound respect for them. They were awesome. Placado ang lahat! I might even give their songs more of a listen one of these days. It's no wonder they have such an established fan base.
Also, the music took me back to my highschool days, back when my friend Arianne and I would tag along with her older brother's metal band and watch the heavier prods of that time. Uhm, those were the days. Now you can find me in bed by 9.30pm on weeknights. harhar