Friday, May 20, 2005

Frog Pond Visitation -- Update

With much determination, I brought the simple garter stitch scarf with me & checked in with the LYS again. Fortunately, my friend/LYS manager was in today (& recovering well from a minor surgery) & she helped me fix the "craziness" & complete it again. What a relief!

However, now that it's OFFICIALLY a FO, it might turn out to be a "Thank You" gift to a woman @ my workplace. When I sprained my ankle & in slippers, she was sweet enough to buy a pair of ankle socks for me to wear & keep my feet warm. And all of you know that thoughtfulness is hard to come by nowadays...:) And since next Tuesday will be my last day @ work, I decided to offer it to her and/or make a darker colored one (Unfortunately, I can't find a pic of it to show all of you.) & let her choose her gift...

Ahh, what a nice way to end the week...;)

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Frog Pond Visitation

By now, you would think that I ought to know myself, right? Being the perfectionist that I am, I ought to know that I wouldn't be happy with the loose cast on & tight bind off.

Who was I trying to kid? After carrying the Karabella Barbados simple garter stitch scarf with me to the LYS for assistance, but since my friend/LYS manager wasn't in, I didn't receive much assistance. And mind you, I asked the LYSO, but she just replied "Oh, it's common. There's no need to worry about it."

Of course, without much further ado, I finally decided to visit the frog pond. However, as you can tell from the previous blog posting, the texture/beading of the yarn is making it difficult to do so.

And so here I am taking a break from it. I'm pretty close to throwing out the ENTIRE scarf, but of course, with it costing $48+, I can't just throw out good money that way. Instead, I'm about to pull my hair out...ARGH!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Karabella's Barbados Yarn

Karabella's Barbados Yarn

And here is a pic of the yarn that I used for the simple garter stitch scarf...

Sample Pic of FO

Karabella's Gossamer Shawl w/ Ruffles' Pattern Pic

In case I don't get the chance to take a good pic of my knitted FO, here is a sample pic...;) And it's the same color too.

FOs' Announcement!

Sorry, but I got lazy again...I haven't been keeping up with my posts...:(

Lately, it seems like a lot has been going on -- Fortunately, nothing too bad though...;)

As most of you, granted, life can throw in a few curve balls, but it doesn't stop us from knitting, right? Heh heh.

Within the month, I completed two Karabella's Gossamer Shawl with Ruffles in the colors, grey with gold & silver (for myself) and pink with pink (for my sister) & a simple garter stitch scarf using Karabella's Barbados yarn (

Originally, as I knitted the grey with gold & silver colored shawl, our mom didn't want one, but after seeing that both of her daughters liked it & were going to have one for themselves, she decided to ask for one as well -- black in black though.

Asides from knitting another one for our mom, I plan on knitting another one for myself in the color, claret with fiesta red, so I have both light & dark colored shawl.

Slowly, but surely, the shawl is becoming a hit because my mom's co-worker asked me to knit one for her as well. (She chose the color, pink with pink, as well.)

Although the shawls were successful FOs, but unfortunately, I can't say the same for the simple garter stitch scarf.

Granted, I knitted it using simple garter stitches, but since it was my 1st time knitting with textured/beaded novelty (?) yarn, I was unsure about the knitting/yarn holding tension.

As a result, the scarf's end result is with a loose cast on & tight bind off. And instead of froggin' it (again), I wanted to see whether there were any possible solutions to salvage it.

Of course, I E-mailed the Knitlist, but I only received 1 response. Asides from trying it out, I will have to consult with my LYS as well.

In the next post, I'll try to post pics of the FOs...;) (It's WAY PAST my bedtime...)

Monday, April 18, 2005

Practice Makes Perfect...;)

Quickie FO...=P

Of course, after a handful attempts, I guess practice makes perfect -- FO!

Finally -- Mine, Mine, Mine, & Mine...

4 Skeins of 100% Cashmere Yarn

As soon as I saw the above pictured skeins, I knew I needed to buy it. And since it was thick yarn, it would serve as a quick project and FO...:) However, due its small yardage amount, it was going to be a costly one as well.

Of course, with the intention of purchasing it, I already knew of the pattern -- 1 X 1 ribbing. Nice and simple, no?

Bad news? Supposedly, I tend to knit scarves wider than the average width and wear them around in the "once loop around" method, I needed to buy an extra skein.

And remember I mentioned that thick yarn = quick knit? WRONG! Since this yarn was thicker than the previous yarns that I used, it was harder for me to hide the joins -- simple knotting method. After I completed the ENTIRE scarf a few times, I realized that the joins were too obvious, so I frogged and reknitted it.

Hmm, like some of the fellow Knitlisters' mentalities, I guess I got my money's worth out of the yarn, huh?

And Here's Its Debut -- Speckled Rib Stitches' Cashmere Scarf

Speckled Rib Stitches' Cashmere Scarf

Hello again everyone! And sorry for not posting for so long...No, life didn't get in the way, but rather, it's just due to laziness. Bad case too...Heh heh. At least, I'm honest, right?

As follow up, I completed my friend's cashmere scarf using the "speckled rib" stitches (located in Reader's Digest's "The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches" book).

The reason that I chose the above mentioned stitches was that I saw it on as an off white colored scarf.

However, when it came time for me to use the same stitches using charcoal heather grey yarn, I didn't like it as much.

Fortunately, after washing it, the color lightened up a little bit. And not to mention, the cashmere bloomed in to a beautiful, soft, warm scarf...:)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

"Rip It, Rip It"...

After being good for 2 weeks of not going to the LYS, I ended up going today...And boy, did I make up for the 2 weeks!

Originally, with the thought that I was no longer able to purchase Karabella's Souffle yarn in off white & mint green, I was pleasantly surprised. Apparently, the store manager (first name basis) thought that I requested for the yarn to be placed aside for me, therefore, I was able to pick up an additional ball of yarn in each color.

In addition, as I looked further at their cashmere/cashmere blends, one of their colors screamed out at me! Immediately, I picked it up & walked around the store with it. "Should I or should I not?" was running through my mind...Finally, I gave in...And I bought 2 skeins of it too! (I'll be sure to take a pic of it to show everyone.)

Oops, I went off topic...

While I was at the LYS, I wanted to show off the cashmere scarf...After all, I bought the yarn from there as well. And fortunately, I showed it to her because it made me realize that I wouldn't have enough yarn for the intended length @ the width that I made it.

After exploring a few options (and trying to avoid "frogging" it) , I realized that there was no other option than to "frog" & restart...And here I am with 20 stitches less, but at least, it means that I will finish it faster...:)

All in all, I'll share pics within the next post.

Thanks for listening to my babbling...=D

Sunday, January 09, 2005

2 Yrs. Old Intended Project...;)

1st cashmere scarf

As the title, "2 Yrs. Old Intended Project", I purchased 2 rolls of 100% cashmere with the intention to knit a scarf for one of my male friends (because he mentioned that he was allergic to wool), but of course, it was just sitting around...

Actually, I started on it about 1 - 2 months ago, but since the cashmere yarn didn't seem to stay together too well (threadlike), I had somewhat of a harder time knitting with it. As a result, I ended up frogging whatever I originally had on the needles.

In addition, since it was cashmere yarn, I wanted to make sure that it wasn't a typical pattern. And 2 years later, here I am...

And of course, I forgot the name of the pattern, but it's the following:

Multiples of 5 + 2
Row 1: P2, *K3, P2, & repeat from * till the end.
Row 2: K2, *P1, K1, P1, K2, & repeat from * till the end.

I just started on it about 6.5 hours ago, so hopefully, if all goes well, then it will be completed by the end of this week.

Once completed, I'll be sure to "show it" to everyone (again) & move on to the next anticipated pattern/project.

Next...Or...Er...Future Project

Karabella's Souffle Yarn in the colors, off white (cream) and mint green

Of course, with a "FO", I must find another project to keep my hands/fingers busy...;) Therefore, I decided to experiment with Karabella's Souffle (90% extra fine merino wool & 10% silk) yarn.

Unfortunately, after 3 attempts, I ended up frogging all of it.

Originally, I bought them with the idea of creating an evenly striped scarf, but due to its unique texture, I wasn't too pleased with the outcome...=/

And feeling helpless, I reached out to the "Knitlist"...And I got some reassurances, so I might reattempt it in the near future.

"How come not now?" Because I started on another one...LOL. (Please refer to the next post for more information...;)

Happy New Year...And FO!


FYI, I finally finished the purple shaded scarf =D! And as per my previous post, it is being shown with the (somewhat) matching fleece gloves. (Unfortunately, the camera didn't capture the lavendar gloves' color too well.)

Originally, I intended it to be longer, but after reading posts from the "Knitlist" group about scarves' growth (length increase & width decrease) over time, so I decided to end it shorter.

What do you think?

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Uh Oh...Another WIP...

Ashley's Scarf...=D

As I continually knit the purple shaded scarf, I couldn't stop thinking about how the pattern would look on a solid color yarn. As a result, guess what I did...? Yes, I started another scarf...= LOL.

However, it's not for myself, but rather, it's for my goddaughter, Ashley. [She's already using the feather & fan blanket that I made her...;)] Since there were additional leftover yarn, I decided to use it up to make matching accessories.

As for the black acrylic scarf, unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see my grandfather because my uncle & his family came to visit from CA, so I ended up playing chaperone today. As a result, it cut in to my knitting time...:( And mind you, it was REALLY cold today in NYC...BRR.