Knit Along on Google+

I am so happy to tell you that I just join a group on G+ called, "Knit Along on Google+".

The name already tells the story, rite?! ahahaha 

1. Monthly projects for anyone to knit along. 

2. Year Long Afghan project, the patterns from: 
Knitting Primer | 100 Easy-to-Knit Stitches plus Instructions for Sampler Afghans | Volume 34

I Pick up the Year Long Afghan project, and the first one I knit is: Square Sampler No 23.

This sampler is easy to knit but the pattern instruction has some missing but not too hard to find out! :)

WOW, the Blocking is the challenge for me actually. As I do not have experience on it & no appropriated tools.... anyway, learn from mistake! XD but next thing to buy is PINS as so quick to run out of pins! 

Keep on knitting! 

love love, k


my first shawl is completed!

wow, last Aug in 2012, I bought 4 balls of golden mustard cotton yarn, Mondial Cable 5 Filo Di Scozia, to knit my first shawl, Ginkgo Shoulderette Shawl by Maggie Magali.(free download from Ravelry.com):P

Aug-Sep 2012

At the beginning, I thought 2/3 is Stocking sts & 1/3 is the lace  should be okay to finish it by 2 weeks.... (Obviously I was wrong). Cos the first part is boring just keep knitting bigger & bigger... so I stopped it somewhere in Sept. 

Dec 2012 - Jan 2013

I thought, "Hey I have to complete it and I cannot leave it halfway (not really 50% work done)". So I picked up again although a bit long boring journey. Knit, knit, knit... 

The Pattern instruction wrote abt the calculation & the chart was a bit confused me.... so at the FIRST round, I knit 8x15 per side Plus 2 sts at the beginning. HUH! The wrong thing began. I was happy to start my Lace part... I think it was around 2 to 3 rows of Lace (I was watching TV).. oh no... sthg wrong and the counting was not right.... then I frogged as Chinese New Year & holiday was coming....

Mar 2013

I know & I want to KO it ASAP. So one nite, I undo the lace and some part of the stocking sts. I also read again the instruction. THEN, I FINALLY finally understood how the calculation works!!!! 

The calculation should be (also my shawl used) 2 Garter sts + ((9x15)+2) + 1 Centre st + ((9x15)+2) +  2 Garter sts = 279 sts 

Remark: [the instruction said if you want to increase the size before the lace part you need an odd multiple of 15 stitches + 2]

When I got this calculation clear,... continue to knit knit knit my Stocking sts... When I started my lace was not smooth, the counting had some problem, my yarn was a mess & knots.... I spent my nearly 12 hours on Sun to keep knitting & solve the yarn mess!!!! Anyway,... I spent 2 more nights to finish it! YAY!!!!! 

Then I bought a set of Baby mat as this is my first time to do Blocking. So followed the instruction, I soak the FO into some cold water for 30 mins, then dry it and laid out on top of the mat. Tried to stretch it out evenly. wow! Looking good! 

So after one day drying! Viola! DONE!!!! 

So happy that I can finish it on time for my own birthday! 

love love, k


Knitting Journey

My knitting journey started from highschool.... my 1st teacher must be my mum, then my home economic teacher (although she questioned my work if it was knitted by my mom instead of me, that made me so sad), my homestay mother & her daughter(She is genius in knitting & esp. sewing); later on knitting experts on Youtube, Ravelry, and some knitting books! 

So you can see now I mainly learn knitting online! 

During my holiday in Feb, I took some Free online knitting course!!! 
Q: Where?
A: Craftsy.com

This is very interesting online course! 
Easy to use, they also provide some instruction for you to download, you can make notes, ask question and even encourage you to post your work after you learn.

Right now I am enjoying their FREE ones! hehe 

Latest eMagazine I bought: Vogue Knitting 

The magazine has so many knitted fashion to follow! But most of them are big projects for me,... I need to think clear before take action otherwise I will produce a lot of "FROGGED" Objects in my room! LOL

Hope you will join me to take some courses or having fun to watch on youtube. Here is one of the Knitting Experts on Youtube that I like: Very Pink Knits! Her teaching & demonstration are very very clear!!!! You will LOVE her! :)

love love, k


Feb 2013 - Holiday Month

This year the Chinese New Year was on Feb 10, 2013. 
My holiday started from Feb 9-24,2013,...hehehe 

First stop: I went to Kuala Lumpur with my Dad, my sister & my bf. Mainly EAT EAT EAT! LOL
We did walk up to the Batu Caves.... WOW many steps & for me was very difficult to walk down..... T_T

Second stop: I went to Sanur, Bali, Indonesia with my bf alone, stayed at a villa (private pool) yeah!.. [a bit sad that 2 days out of 5 days were raining non-stop in the day time] 
So, we mainly, sleep, eat, drink, sun tan & a bit of swimming! hehe 

Breakfast: Butler will come in to cook & serve for us! 
Everyday around 6pm, the hotel will send us glass of drinks & satay!  Yeah! 
You may see from my picture here (the right bottom corner, the BeanaLisa!) hahahah I have to stop & take picture! So cute! :P
They have good price for seafoods & drink! The seafood platter here is around HKD450+16% tax (incl 2 soup/ salad + 2 desserts) 
Yummy yummy! 

love love, k