Showing posts with label Inspiration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Inspiration. Show all posts

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:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New favorite technique and other updates

Hello there, I'm still alive!

Talk about being unproductive. I haven't finished anything nor started anything either, to be exact. And oddly enough, I'm not beating myself up about it, as I normally would. I guess I really am resigned to the fact that my mind is just too busy with other things these days.


I think I've been taking a cue from Silvio these past couple of weeks

We're still adjusting to the new routine at home, what with the boys living with us now. Initially, tensions were high at home. It's not that we didn't want to have the boys, but we were mostly frustrated with the situation that led to this new set-up.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Get-togethers

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!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Currently obsessed with... Double Knitting!

I got a chance to enroll in another Craftsy class! :D

A fellow Raveler from my Project-A-Month group gave us the heads up about the promo and I managed to enroll in the Adventures in Double Knitting class.

Anyway, what's important is, it's an awesome class. I've fallen in love with the technique. At the beginning, I was a bit worried that the way the teacher was talking would make me feel bored. He kinda looks too serious for a class (and yes, he's a he! A guy knitter! Awesome). But as I got used to his style of teaching, I became so absorbed and found that I was picking up the technique quite easily enough! Also, I am now a fan of his work.

I love how double-knitting gives you a reversible fabric. I also love how easy it is to play with contrasting colors for a design! My mind is racing with ideas! I just need to calm down enough to start working on them one at a time.

Here are a couple of photos of my first DK swatch:

Front

Back


Because I was enjoying myself so much, this swatch ended up being about 10 inches long. Too bad I ran out of yarn (story of my life!!! !!), but this could have ended up being a cute reversible headband :)

Looking forward to more adventures in double-knitting.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Mondays make me crazy

...so I thought I'd come up with a list of things that make (or could potentially make) me happy :D

Counting my blessings helps remove negative thoughts from my constantly stressed out brain!

1. I got new needles and a couple of knitting books yesterday!

2. I'm halfway done with my second wavy hat. Can't wait to take better photos and finally write up that pattern.

3. I'm currently loving The Jennifer Lawrence and Jack Nicholson encounter:


How funny/awesome was that? :D

4. I'm looking forward to our broker getting us a good deal. NOW. lol

5. Marc's birthday is coming up and the thrill/stress of coming up with a nice present is on. XD We'll be celebrating his 20-something birthday with friends at the neighborhood cafe/bar.

Last Monday, I was crayyyyyzy. I felt so stressed and depressed. The next day though, I realized I had a lot to be thankful for and I just knew that moping and feeling negative was just a waste of time.

I'm thinking about making this a weekly thing, to see if it will really keep me positive haha. We sometimes take a lot of things for granted, don't we?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Still daydreaming

I wonder when I can actually get off my bum and act on the plans I so lovingly make in my head?

I definitely hope to be able to work from home one day. Or maybe have my own little business (with Marc!). It doesn't have to be big or snazzy, I just want to be able to do something that I want.

Trouble is, I'm not sure what I want exactly. Well, for now, at least.

I do have some ideas and plans, I think I just need more courage! But then again, I also think I just need that next step that I've been waiting for to finally happen (moving out and moving in!).

Since I can't really write about my long-term plans in detail just yet, I will regale you with my short-term, knitting goals :p

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year! 2013 is here!

Wow, I haven't posted in a while. Where do I begin?

I got so busy last month, what with work literally eating up my whole day. December is the month when I have the most files to process. It's my time to shine in the office, so to speak. haha. I'd get so tired at the end of the day, so that when I'd get home, all I'd do is just plop down on the sofa on front of the tv.

I did not knit AT ALL since the Lace Drawstring Bag. I did not sew anything either. I was so tired most of the time, that I opted to not give any handmade gifts this holiday season as I'd originally planned. I stressed myself out too much, I got sick towards the end of the year too -- down with the flu all between Christmas and New Year's Eve.

I can't say my holidays sucked though. It was jam-packed with family gatherings, meet-ups with friends, and even some alone time/me-time (no thanks to the sickness).

Here's the end of my 2012 in some (blurry) photos:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Giddy and daydreaming

I'm feeling pretty giddy at the moment, Laura Chau just added me back as a friend on Ravelry! Awesome! I know being "friends" on Ravelry isn't much; it doesn't mean I'll be rubbing elbows with my fave knitters/designers, but it's still pretty cool. Besides, I added her first!

It's safe to say she's my favorite knitter/designer. She makes things because she can. Most of her projects are practical wearables, but reading about how her progress with each project unfolds inspires me to knit more. And hey, she came out with a knitting book at the age of 24!

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I'm currently obsessed with the blog Hairdresser on Fire. I love her tutorials and her style. It's a fun and inspiring read. Now I'm currently obsessed with experimenting with braids in my hair.

I french-braided the two sides of my head, and then pinned the ends under each other. I wish I had actual hairpins; I only have bobbi pins, and they show too easily :p


When I told Marc about it last night, I'm pretty sure he got nervous for a moment there. He probably thinks I wanna turn into a haridresser/stylist. ...Why not? :D

I want to be lots of things. I remember wanting to be a chef, a filmmaker, a marine biologist, an interpreter, a seamstress, a make up artist, a travel show host. My pre-school yearbook even says I wanted to be a dentist. Talk about variety!

But where am I now? I work a regular 9-5 job where I sit at my desk and stare at my computer all day long. A couple of years ago, this felt like a nighmare. But now, I don't mind it at all! I realized that going to the office isn't the only thing in my life. I can still go out and do things. This job is just giving me the means to live.


THERE'S LIFE AFTER HOURS.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

More yarn from Nepal!

Yesterday when I came to work, I found a surprise on my desk:

Odd looking plastic bag...

...Full of yarn!!! Variegated in color, varied in thickness.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Weekend Goodies! Welcome to September!

Hey, it's September! Two-thirds of 2012 is gone, gone, gone! And the people of the Philippines are already beginning their countdown to Christmas and bringing out all their Christmas carols.
Yes, that's how it is here.

Yesterday, we were supposed to go to a friend's daughter's birthday party, but we weren't able to go because...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Getting into lace knitting

At the moment, I have an inexplicable desire obsession to do a lot of lace knitting and designing. Well, I guess it's not completely inexplicable... I'm sure every knitter loves lace patterns (?).

After completing my Gail Shawl last month, I haven't stopped thinking about learning how to design my own lace patterns. But where to begin? I might not be experienced enough for it!

I really really want to take the Lace Shawl Design class by Miriam Felton on Craftsy, but I can't afford it right now. I asked Marc if he could "give" it to me as a Christmas gift this December. *sigh* That's 4 months away still!

For more information about the Craftsy class, here's a nice interview of Miriam Felton by Mercedes Knits; you'll see why I can't wait to take it.

In the meantime, I've been looking all over the internet for some introduction into lace knitting and designing. I came across some posts by Eunny Jang (pre-Interweave Knits) talking about knitted lace/lace knitting.

It's so interesting to think about the different textures and dimensions that you can come up with, just by experimenting with different yo-dec placements!

Some inspiring designs (please click on the images to see the source):







This last one is amazing! I wanna deconstruct it so I can finally make that design idea I've been keeping in my brain these past few weeks. Must. Find. The Answer.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Do I want to make this?

Last year, I was actually able to knit a whole hoodie. I haven't blogged about it in detail yet, mostly because I didn't work on it on a regular basis, and I kind of forgot some of the details of that ordeal experience.

When some of my friends found out that I was making a hoodie (pattern here), they kinda laughed at me... I mean, who wears a knitted sweater in the Philippines? And who knits a sweater in the Philippines? Well, I just wanted to try it! And I learned a lot from this FO and I'd like to think this upped my skills even just a bit.

Also, this sweater was really meant for Marc and I'm glad he was able to use it, even just once (so far) hah! He lost his favorite hoodie during his band's trip to Indonesia last May, so on our trip to Baguio for my birthday, he was forced to bring the hoodie I made for him. It proved to be very useful and efficient, in fact. It was bulky and soft enough so that when we folded it over, we were able to use it as a pillow on the bus rides to and fro. And also, it kept him toasty warm while in the City of Pines. The hood was quite useful too, during the evening when there was a light mist/rain.


 It doesn't seem like it, but he found it comfortable!

I feel so relieved that all those hours I labored over making that hoodie have not gone to waste after all. Hmmm, maybe we should make another trip up north as an excuse to have him wear it again. Kidding. During our Baguio trip though, I noticed that the ribbed edging seemed to loose, so now I have it back in my house for some re-knitting.

When I finished weaving in the yarn ends of that hoodie, I told myself I wouldn't ever make another sweater/hoodie again. It was really difficult. Knitting with a thick pile of yarn on your lap in a tropical country isn't exactly the most fun thing in the world. But the sense of fulfilment (naks) I got from making that hoodie also gave me a sense of confidence in my developing skills, and now I think I wanna try another big garment to knit.

What's also encouraging me is the very low temps we get in the office. I have two officemates who love air conditioning, so I usually have to wrap myself in something warm. Plus, I'm in a knitting phase these days (sewing machine is just sitting covered up lately) and I also stumbled upon an awesome sweater pattern on Ravelry that comes for FREE!

It's Neville Longbottom's sweater/hoodie during the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter 7 part 2!


Some awesome person actually studied the sweater and came up with the pattern! The sweater looks sooo good and it's exciting to think about all the challenging motifs. Can I really make this? And do I really want to make this? That's something I have to decide for myself once I get through all my live WIPs.

In other, semi-related news, look how handsome Matt Lewis (Neville) grew up to be! haha!

That's him during the HP7 premiere... With a gorgeous lady at his side too.

*Click on the photos to get to the source.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

More goodies

Fellow Raveler Bheng (bhebeng) is having a major destashing and is selling a huge amount of her stash at discounted prices! Yay! And I, being the good fellow-crafter that I am, am helping her unload haha!

I've already bought two things from her:

1. Her copy of Knitted Sock Sensations

The patterns here are all top-down, something I've never tried before.
I'm not sure if I'll like it better than toe-up sock-making, but I'm looking forward to trying it.


2. 5 skeins of Southmaid Cotton 8 in coral

It wasn't as soft/pliable as I expected, but I'm still looking forward to
using it for a cardigan or just a shawl.

I've also reserved ten balls of hariri yarns. TEN. And a set of 12 circular needles of different sizes and lengths. TWELVE. Who is stashing now, eh? With these, I'm planning to make as many socks as I can. :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Wala. Nada. Rien. Zilch

I haven't crafted ANYTHING at all since the series of sicknesses and ill feelings I had after my birthday.

I have all these plans and projects in my head, but everytime I get home after work, the only thing I really wanna do is sleep.

But here's a photo of a tiny thing I made last year, to keep things feeling productive and stuff:



And, unrelated, here's a cute gif that I always look at when I'm bored at werk:



I wanna be that white cat. Everyday.

During this unwanted crafting hiatus, I've managed to 1) bookmark the next few garments I want to make from my Japanese sewing pattern books, 2) bookmark cool patterns from my knitting patterns book and 3) gather more inspirational images from the internet.

In the past couple of weeks, I've become more interested in these two other craft-related sites: craftsy.com and kollabora.com. This is in the hopes that posting my shiz on all three sites (including Ravelry afkarz) will keep me inspired. The possible downside would be me getting sick of it all haha. Anyway, find me there under EdwinaAU for both craftsy and kollabora.

Also changed my Ravelry username back to edwinaau. Getting confuzzled with all these online presences. :p


*I don't own that gif. But that first photo's mine.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Birthday Escape 2012!

For my birthday this year, Marc and I made a quick escape to Baguio City. We planned an itinerary of doing as many touristy things as we could in the 36 hours we were there.

1. We went horseback riding in Wright Park



2. We ate at Ketchup Food Community


3. We visited the Botanical Gardens


4. We ate at the 50s diner


5. We visited the Easter Weaving Room


5. We explored Tam-Awan Village


6. We ate at Cafe by the Ruins


More photos in my G+ page.

All in all, it was a busy trip. We walked a LOT and we got to explore without having to ask for directions. Commuting around the city was quite easy; there were jeep routes for everywhere!

This was actually the first time that Marc and I travelled alone together, just the two of us, since we first got together! Man, I wonder why we've never done this before. It felt so good being in a place we weren't familiar with, exploring it together, discovering things together. Maybe our dream of living abroad together for a year or two isn't so far-fetched after all :)


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When we got back, I treated my family to a lot of pizza from Friuli and Marc got me a cake!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Basique Broderie

My friend Isa just came back from a two-week trip to Europe (mostly French-speaking areas) and she brought home a book for me!!! Basique Broderie!


This is pretty cool. I feel like such a friend of the cosmos! HAHA.

I was just trying to decide within myself a few days ago whether I wanted to try my hand at embroidery or not. I've been coming across quite a few instructional books on this lately and I've become sooo tempted to buy them all. I can't really afford to dive into just anything new these days so I was leaning more toward not trying it out til my personal pact [of not buying anything major that I can make or thrift myself] ends in December.

I feel so lucky that she chose to get this for me! I already have most of the materials needed at hand and now I have a book to guide me.

Thanks so much, Isa!

P.S. The whole book is in French so it's double the excitement! I need to keep honing my reading skills so this'll be perfect -- I'll practice reading "technical texts".

Monday, April 30, 2012

I get by with a little help...

So last Sunday I began tracing out my next project from one of the Japanese sewing pattern books. This next one's gonna be a nice, light blouse for casual wear. It's got more pattern pieces than that first dress I finished, and it has more elements to it that I've never tried before: some gathers, some buttons. We'll see how I do once it's done!

Anyway, back to tracing out my new pattern pieces: I had some help from some friends last Sunday!

Liger tried helping me by pointing out which lines I should trace...

As you can see, she's nonchalantly showing me how stupid I 
was for not seeing the correct lines.

In truth, she really just helped me by forcing me to stop stressing over 
these lines for a bit and take a breather :3

Oh, and I tried out that simple trick of taping two pens/pencils together for tracing out the pattern while adding a tiny seam allowance (guide) at the same time:

Pretty nifty eh? Works well enough... If you like having tiny seam allowances. 
I foresee future problems with this one.

Katty and Arianne also came by that afternoon and made us different variations of a choco-vanilla milkshake.



Just right for the weather then -- It was scorching! 36 degrees was it? Man. Those milkshakes hit the spot. No photos of the actual milkshakes though, was too busy cooling off with them to even think about bringing out my iPod.
Thankful for friends!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Highlights of the last week of April 2012.

This last week of April has been really fun. Full of goodies and good times.

1. The first "goodie" of the week was from our crazy cats. Last Sunday, mom and I were hanging out in the backyard. She was reading and doing her crossword and sudoku puzzles, I was making a new pouch for my iPod. Then Liger came up to us with a mouse in her mouth.

Now, we're used to being "offered" mice by our sweet little kitties; I think it's their way of showing off to us. How sweet.  But we were used to the offerings being dead mice. Dead, not squirming. Easy to dispose of. But yes, she was proudly showing us the squeaking mouse in her mouth. Needless to say, it freaked us out. We couldn't move from our seats and we watched her play with it on the floor near our chairs.

Boxer came along and started playing with it as well. OK. Fine, let the kitties have their fun (but we were really feeling sorry for the poor mouse, too scared to do anything). Back to work.

But what I didn't notice was that Boxer was playing with the mouse under the rattan-woven chair I was sitting on and he accidentally let it escape and hide INSIDE my chair. He kind of stood up and put his paws on my lap, looking for the mouse. I didn't know the mouse was hiding, I thought it was still in Boxer's mouth, so I literally jumped out of my chair and freaked out. Ma freaked out too and stood up and threw my chair out on the stones. Talk about being swept up by the moment.

Anyway, long story short, the mouse got to escape alive and after we all sat back down, I realized I'd hit my knees somewhere somehow, creating an angry bruise on my left knee and a cut on my right.

What just happened?

Here's a little video of Boxer and Liger playing on mom's bed.

2. Marc and I fetched Auntie Nanny from her doctor's appointment last Sunday and before leaving the mall, he asked if I wanted anything for a snack later. We both spotted the Dunkin' Donuts stall across from us and decided to get some bavarian-filled munchkins. I thought he was just gonna get us half a dozen or so, even thinking one dozen was too much. But I should've known Marc was gonna get carried away... It's food! What can you do? haha!

He got us 35 pcs. O_O

3. This isn't actually a "goodie", but I'm happy to say I finally learned how to pin up my short hair with just a few hairpins! Without hairspray, thank goodness!

Messily organized.

Mom was talking to me while I was trying to take a photo of it.
She obviously doesn't like candid shots haha.

4. Marc and I took Nona out with us to watch The Avengers! The movie was AWESOME. We wanna watch it again. We had dinner at McDonald's because Marc wanted to try out his crazy idea of an epic-mealtime-like meal. Let the video explain it all:

Here 'tis!

And the last bite. These two crazies:

Before...
...this meal...
...and after.

I tried the new McDonald's "Big N' Tasty". It was big, it was tasty...


But it still can't top the BK Streaky Bacon burger in my book!

5. April birthdays! Marc and I got Nona a graphic novel for her 14th birthday. We also got a couple of gifts for her sister, Bopie's 7th birthday:

These gifts wrapped in cute paper contain books!

I chose to give Bopie "Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder, my favorite book when I was 7. I still love it until now. I'm hoping she will love it too :D

It was Tito Benjie's birthday yesterday! And to celebrate, we had kinilaw (a kind of Filipino ceviche) with gata, pancit bam-i (a mix of bihon and canton), a roast chicken and mango-bagoong salad.

YUM

6. As promised, a recap of the three Japanese sewing pattern books I bought in the past two weeks:

They all go for Php 85 each! About $2 apiece!



7. And the last goodie for the week was a small ball of pretty yarn that Mansy brought home for me from her trip to the Himalayas!

It's sooo pretty and the texture is so interesting.

There's not a lot of it, so I've decided to knit with it instead of crochet. Also, I might just knit it to become the flap of a knit purse I can come up with in the next few weeks. Keep you posted when the project's done!