giving in to temptation

i just couldn't resist....

oh what a beautfiul morning...

...oh what a wonderful day

the birds are chirping. the sun is out. the flowers are blooming....and i have this:

my current, favorite project - a hoodie for my friend's 18 month old son in minneapolis. it's really fun to work on, since it's a small project it's going pretty fast. because of the varigation, it really helps make knitting up in the old stockinette stitch less boring. i am using rowan's 'all seasons cotton', in the keen colorway. i love the color, as it reminds me of my childhood summer days up at the lakehouse with my grandparents. and since my grandmother is one of the people who taught me to knit...AND her favorite ice cream is the orange sherbet/vanilla mix....i should be knitting this up for her!

oh, and as you may have noticed, i finally ordered a "men who knit" mug!!


you don't have to be a star, baby...to be on my show

last week we had a men's night at my LYS, where yourLA came to do a segment on the shop, and the men's knitting group. it was a great time, and i finally got to meet some of my blogland friends in real life. the host of the segment interviewed a bunch of us, i have a feeling that my bit will be cut since i kept forgetting the rules of being in front of a camera....NEVER look into the camera, unless of course that's the intended style of the bit. BUT, being as i am used to talking in group settings, i kept looking at the others sitting around the table as i was being interviewed. number one rule in the business world, is to make eye contact with the group as you are adressing questions and comments. well, this isn't the case when there is a camera amongst the crowd. makes for bad TV.

anyway, take a look at jason's blog for more photos of the night. oh, and if you are in LA, tune into the local NBC station this week to catch the segment!!

**photos courtesy of jasonknits


i'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?

oh guess what, someone in my office was selling some raffle tickets all last month for a local high school, they are trying to raise money to send some of the students down to brazil to study the river and it's effects on the ecosystem.....so i bought 5...at a buck a piece. it was for a good cause. but get this...first prize was a 42" LCD HDTV, and second prize....? a nail treatment at some nail salon. HA! what a huge difference. anyway, i have been working on a bunch of stuff for the president of our company....a submission we were asked to exhibit for this weekend's conference he was attending, and some presentation he's giving at another conference wednesday. anyway, he comes up to me this morning and says CONGRATULATIONS. and i am like, heuh? what's he talking about. he said "i guess you haven't heard", and i am thinking what...did his presentation get cancelled so i don't have to stay all night to get the damned thing done? i said, "uhm...no." he shakes my hand, and he said "YOU WON". i am like what?!? he said, "the raffle. you won". still confused, i'm thinking oh great...just what i need...corn chip nail tips!! he said, you won....the TV!!!. i was like, na-uh. hahhahahaha. seriously, no one has contacted me about it yet. so i have my doubts. but SUPPOSEDLY i won!!! and i have been researching these things for the last couple of weeks since i got my tax refund! this thing is gonna look sweet in my knitting, err...living room!!


switchin' 2 swatchin'

so to clear my mind from any frustration caused by my own miscalculations (since i am such a horrible asian - what a disgrace, i can't do math) i am putting the vest aside and setting my sights on some new deliciousness:

i'm working on two new projects. a little dress for my niece to wear to a wedding coming up in a few months, and a hoodie a freind of mine in minneapolis has just commissioned me to do for her little son. all this goodness is really fun to work with, the colors are totally summer....reminding me of all the sherbet and ice cream jell-o my grandmother used to make us up at the lakehouse.

i'll be blocking these suckers up tomorrow to figure out the REAL gauge and i am going to be sure to make extensive notes even on small projects such as these, just to avoid any more frustration. seriously though, i am beginning to think that perhaps there was (dare i say) an error in the pattern that i was trying to follow? no, i am sure it was probably just me....sigh


that d*mned vest

do you remember that "problem" i was having with my gauge calculations? well, here is the solution that i came up with. i think it's a nice detail that brings out the dark bits in the varigation of the yarn.

well, i must have been totally sloshed when i was workin' on this project...i totally forgot to adjust for the difference in guage when it came to the neck hole. i followed the shaping of a pattern from "knitting with balls", but i guess it totally slipped my mind (or i was totally drunk) that i was using a different yarn (and different pattern at that) than what's in the book. so, by the time i added the ribbing around the neck hole, and bound off...the opening was sooooo small. i thought perhaps i just bound off too tightly. so i took it apart, and redid the 2k,2p ribbing around the neck and painstakingly did a knit two, purl two bind off. which, as expected, produced a much looser edge, but not enough to allow a head through.

so, once again i have pulled out the ribbing at the neckhole, and i am in the process of un-seaming the shoulders....i am going to tink the left and right front panel down to where the neckhole begins, and reknit using a much more agressive decrease sequence. other than THAT....i am totally loving this vest, the colorway and the pattern is great, i just can't wait to wear it!!


FCS2 swag

it finally arrived!!! a great package from my FCS2 pal, polly from across the pond!!

first and foremost, my absolute favorite, fruit pastilles!!! the minute i opened the package, i devoured a tube of them. i cannot resist these things, they are THE best. then my favorite of all chocolates....cote d'or!! seriously, ever since i have been to belgium, i cannot accept any other grocery store brand. in fact, gaetan brings back literally 50 bars every time he goes over there. that and leonidas. yes, they are available here, but hello....it's just not the same. but i digress....there's more to the swag!!

a package of douwe egberts coffee (the brand of my senseo pods), a pair of knitting needles that her mom "made" that have a great sparkly top, some of annie's (i am not sure who annie is) homespun sock yarn - i guess now i have no excuse not to start on my first pair of socks - in a great lime-y green with a hint of yellow poking through the background, 2 hanks of a great rowanspun tweed in rich cranberry color with speckles of purple and red running through, and 2 skeins of rowan's "felted tweed" in a great pine green with flecks of silver, steel blue and rust. absolutely gorgeous, i am going to have to look for more of this stuff, so i can make a nice sweater out of it.

what boggles me, is how polly knew that i have been eyeing the tweeds at my LYS lately but haven't been able to decide on what to get and what to make with it? sometimes it just takes that little push from someone to help get you off the edge. thanks again polly!!!


SP10 questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
i like wool, wool blends, cotton, mostly any type of natural fibres. i don't care for angora or mohair, too itchy and alpaca usually has too many loose fibres. i also don't care for novelty yarns.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
right now i have the clover needle case. i like it because it's not fussy, although...it's PLASTIC. but so far that is the nicest thing i could find (from a product design standpoint)

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
i started knitting about 6 years ago, my room mate at the time was an avid knitter, and she was always making some very cool things. so one trip back home to visit my family, i asked my mother and grandmother to show me how to knit. when i returned home i was excited to sit and knit with my room mate. we discovered though that when i came to problems and/or questions, she was not able to help me because she didn't know how i was knitting. so, she basically she taught me her way of knitting (continental). i would say that i am probably an advanced-intermediate knitter now, i have done a lot of scarves, blankets and a few sweaters, but i am currently doing my first lace item....still not advanced enough to even THINK about intarsia!!

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
yes, i do.

5. What's your favorite scent?
i am pretty particular about scents. for example, i love almond scent. but depending on the quality of the product, it sometimes can smell more nutty other times more like cherries. i think in general, i like things that smell "clean" and i don't mean necessarily like soap, but not heavy and perfume-y, or too complex. i also like citrus scents. my favorite candles are still the lemon and grapefruit kitchen candles from williams-sonoma. they're so fresh smelling. i guess there are some floral scents that i like too. it all depends what is producing the scent...i usually stay away from the fake, chemical smelling stuff...like the glade plug ins and things like that. i tend to like things that smell more natural.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
yes, i love chocolate mainly. chocolate covered nuts, any kind. especially dark chocolate. probably my favorite candy though would have to be a toss up between salt water taffy (all flavors) and black licorice (such as licorice all-sorts). ooo or those peach penguins.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
nothing crafty at the moment other than knitting. no spinning going on here.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
don't really have favorites. i am the type that i like things depdending on my mood at the moment. this applies to color too. but, some colors i really don't like are the flourescents that were really popular during the 80's. teal and burgundy combinations, peach and mint, hahaha....i guess all the bad stuff from the 80's. that's not to say i wouldn't go for something burgundy or mint or teal, there are a lot of good colors out there but it really depends on the intensity, richness, the undertones that make up the color. check out my response response to a similar question for the favorite color swap questionnaire. a lot of the still carries over in terms of what's appealing to me color wise right now.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
single with a partner and a cat!

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
scarves...sometimes. not that often living in l.a.!! no hats, or mittens or ponchos.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
hmm. again, depends on my mood, what pattern i may happen across, who needs a gift....lol

13. What are you knitting right now?
a dress for my 1.5yo niece, a vest, a sweater, and a baby blanket. yes, i have knitter's a.d.d.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
depends on the item. i am not one who is fond of things that don't have a specific purpose.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
both straights and circs. definitely material of choice is bamboo.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
yes, a winder but no swift. unless you consider my knees as a version of a swift. ha~!

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
gads....2yrs. and i didn't even include that in question 13.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
no favorite.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
hahaha, again, check out my response to FCS2, question 3.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
no knitting magazines, but i've been meaning to send in my subscription to Craft:

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
not at the moment

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
not yet. i have been playing with the idea of trying socks, but the bug hasn't hit me yet.

23. When is your birthday?
nov 14



i mentioned before that i was up at stitches west - i picked up a bag of this great noro silk garden (along with a bunch of other things that i am sure will eventually end up in their own post)...

when i saw this colorway, i fell in love and i knew i had to have it even though i had no idea what i was going to make with it. while i was still up in the bay area i was dying to knit with it, and what started as a swatch slowly turned into the beginnings of yet another vest. i kept going back and forth with the idea of making a sweater, or a cardigan. but in the end with how the color shift naturally occurs, i think i will be the most happy with a vest. i'm loving the way it's knitting up:

speaking of vests, i blocked the pieces of the other vest i was working on the other night, and i pulled them off the board today to start assembling. that's in the works now, and as soon as i sew all the seams together i will start on the neck and armhole banding.

that's it for now, i will try to remember to take progess shots along the way, but i always get too wrapped up in the project to stop and document the process. i used to be really good at that when i was in studio for school, it really makes looking back at what went into the finished piece really fun and interesting.