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.