Friday, September 23, 2005

Fether & Fan Shrug Completed

Here is my finished Feather & Fan Shrug---

I love it! I love the combination of color and different texture---
I tried to bring the concentration of dark color right in the middle of the back:

I am very happy with the way they came out! I may try to make another one --- one more casual.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Stitch Marker

Here are my favorites stitch markers. When I was knitting socks, I always got confused as to where the start was, so I decided to get them. They are just so beautiful!! I almost wanted to use them just to show them off...too bad, I have no projects knitting in circle, but I will soon start working on Union Square Market Pullover, and it will be in circle! Can't wait!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Sockapal-2-za Socks Arrived

Today, I have received a beatiful pair of socks from my sock pal. Ohhhh, it's just gorgeous, made with my favorite cashcotton, and fit perfect! I love the colorway and the design!!!

This is one of the few occasions when I receive some precious handmade work, and I realized how appreciative it is to have someone who knits for me. I will cherish this socks forever.

She also sent me my favorite sheep-measuring-tape from Lantern Moon. I wanted this so bad!! I used to have simple retractable one like this, but my son played with that and broke down...

Thank you so much, my sock pal. This was truly a wonderful expreience.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

My Mom's New Book

My mom's works were published in the new knitting book "Teamigasuteki - Hamanaka handmade wears collection".
It is in Japanese, but you can browse my mom's work at my mom's HP. Pls take a look...

Thursday, September 08, 2005

New Title

This morning, my hubby came up to me and said,

"You have a yarn life."

I like that a lot! and I decided to change the title of my blog from Knitter's Indulgence in Yarns to Yarn Life.

I thought it's very simple and convincing...

Monday, September 05, 2005

Fool-Proof Feather & Fan Shrug in Progress

Since I finished my sockapal2za socks, I started to work on my shrug today. Here is the snapshot of how it looks as is now:

I am still not sure if the contrast between two grays (koigu dark gray and jaggerspun light gray) is too much... Sometimes I feel like that contrast almost make it even more beautiful, but sometimes I feel like it's just too much and I should find a lighter koigu which matches this jaggerspun better.
What do you think??t

Sunday, September 04, 2005

My Sockapal-2-za Socks Finally Finished~

I finally finished my Sockpal2za socks today! Horray~

Lornas Laces Shepher d Sport (100% Superwash Wool) Pewter (MC) and Sand Ridge (CC) one skein each

My original

*Sock pattern is fromWendy's Toe-up Socks

Design Reference:
"Pansies in the Snow" glove s pa ttern from Spin-Off Winter 1996
Traditional Fair Isle Knitting by Sheila McGregor

Here is the snapshot o f how it looks on my feet---

My feet are a lot smaller than my sockapals', so it doesn't fit at all, but still looks fine to me.

To tell you the truth, this is my first pair of socks that I ever made! I am very gl ad i t came out nice and hopefully my sockpal will like them as w ell.<

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Yarns for Fool-Proof Feather & Fan Shrug

I have decided to work on this "Fool-Proof Feather & Fan Shrug" which has been displayed at Downtown Yarns in NYC for long time. I have seen it for the first time sometimes last spring (if I remember correctly), I fell in love with it and I kept asking which yarns the designer used fo r this shrug, and I never started to work on it.
My husband gave me a wonderful gift on our anniversary --- a ticket for Carnegie Hall Opening Night! What is exiting about it is that they (St. Peters burg Phil) are playing Rachmaninoff Concerto No.3 ~~~ Oh, I love it! I LOVE Rachmaninoff!! It's so emotional and beautiful!
So, I decided to make something nice for the opening night --- I won't wear formal dre ss, so I thought it may be a good idea to make a bit fancy shrug for the special night...

And these are the yarns that I picked up at Downtown Yarns the other day. Hope it will come out nice!

Friday, September 02, 2005

Sockapal-2-za sock --- First sock done!!

Here is my first sockapal-2-za sock --- It may be slightly short, but I a m not sure if I have enough yarn (main color - pewter) for longer socks, so I am going to start working on the second sock and see how much yarn I will have left over. I wanted to incorporate this clover pattern somehow an d I am very happy that I was successful in putting them together!<

Thursday, September 01, 2005

My Yarn Stash for Coming Fall

Here is the photo of my yarn stash for coming fall --- The brown tweed b alls are Rowan's Felted Tweed in Cocoa and I am going to make ELFIN (cardigan). My friend set up a petite elfin kal with four friend knitters, and I am going to join them.
The purple and beige balls are for Union Square Market Pullover. I would like to jo in the kal as well, but i guess i am not able to start this for a while. so, i just have to wait...
The golden tweedy ball in front is for a jacket from Loop-d-Loop. This is exactly the same yarn as the one she used in the book, so hopefully it is going t o come out nicely. This, however, is going to be stashed for a while...
There are a couple m ore yarns, and i may make a pair of gloves, but this is again still only a plan.

Now, my priority is to finish up my sockapal-2-za socks and start working on a shrug, for which i already got yarns the other d ay. I will post the photo of these yarns soon!!!F