Friday, February 08, 2008

Happy Chinese New Year

Isn't it strange that celebrations this time of the year are of a certain vibrant colors?

Christmas - red and green
Chinese New Year - red and gold
Valentines - red

Remember the dahlias I planted last October? They have bloomed in time for the all the celebrations.

Happy Chinese New Year everyone. May this year bring us all luck and happiness!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Australia Day and Caps/Hats

Time of late has been a frenzy of activities looking for a job, attending interviews and adjusting to waking up early in the morning again for work. Today marks Australia day as well as the 1st week of work. I thought I’d compile all the hat/cap knitting I've been up from last year to date to commemorate.

Le Slouch

Pattern :- Le Slouch, KnitandTonic
Yarn :- Lincraft, Big Wool
Needle :- 5.5mm Circular Needles
Loved it. Exactly how it said it’d be. It’ll be great for the next winter. Knitted from Lincraft – Big Wool, a thick thin chunky wool that was exactly what I was looking for with Le Slouch in mind.

That Cloche Thing

Pattern :- Cloche from Craftster
Yarn :- Jaeger Luxury Tweed and another nameless similar one from my stash.
Needle :- 6.5mm Circular Needles

I started on this lovely cloche in Craftster early 07. I was eyeing in for quite a long while. Ransacked my stash and come up with a bit of Jaeger Luxury Tweed in Cream and another similar mossy green yarn.

A satellite TV knit that took me 3 weeks after completion to find the time and energy to felt it. Felting wasn’t as difficult as my first experiment. I got worried when I first soaked it. It went from a shapeless bowl shape to a big flat pancake. I was apprehensive that it won’t shrink back, thankfully after 15 mins, it shrunk well. In fact, it shrunk too well. I would have liked it to be longer. Added a ribbon and flower for that lovely vintage look.

Rowan Rope Yarn Beret

Pattern :- Beret, Rowan It’s a Rope Thing
Yarn :- Rowan Cotton Tape in Taupe
Needle :- 6.5mm Circular Needles

Following the instructions, it turned out too small. I don’t think my head is big, I always had trouble finding caps that fit me because they are too big so it shouldn’t be me. I ripped it and added an extra panel to make it bigger. Other than that, it’s a nice easy knit. Love the effect!

Now if you will excuse me, it's time to celebrate Australia Day. Cheers!