Category Archive: Knitting

Speed Knitting – Knitlynpics

When my blog posts become scarce, it means that I am patterning and knitting like mad. Eventually you will see loads of new stuff here, there and everywhere! so all will come to a good outcome :D (the photo below is skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas I worked on The Knitter Issue 39 – Red Willow)

Having London Olympics few months to come, I just wondered how fast I knit so I made a video about it. I must admit, for the purpose of quick video I measured over 30 sec and not 1 min. What is amazing to know is that the world fastest knitters such as Hazel Tindall and Miriam Tegels knitted 262 and 243 sts per 3 min respectively. How amazing is that!?

So just for fun, this is what I did. The video contains a friendly and non-threatening music during the interval of 30 sec so if you don’t like any music in the video, please turn off the speaker before you watch it.

Happy knitting everyone!

What Do You Do with Your Yarn Stash & UFOs (unfinished objects)…

My new place still needs to be tidied up. Not everything has found their “home” yet. The move has yet again made me realise how many unused yarn I have. The thing is, I know exactly when and why I bought them. It’s just at the time I didn’t take “time” into account.

Kumo is bored of my yarn... This is just after our move when I was sorting out my yarn stash... Kumo first came to play (help) me but got bored in the end as I had so many.

Kumo is bored of my yarn... This is just after our move when I was sorting out my yarn stash... Kumo first came to play (help) me but got bored in the end as I had so many.

I also found my old UFOs. My fair isle vest – Moor by Kim Hargreaves from A Yorkshire Fable – amazing book (P.S I love all her designs. P.P.S I can’t believe it’s nearly done but not finished) from when Wesley and I started going out…

Moor by Kim Hargreaves. I love this vest and I can knit so many of this with different colours.

Moor by Kim Hargreaves. I love this vest and I can knit so many of this with different colours.

Another one is my fair isle tam which I was really into over 5 years ago after reading this book

My un-finished fair isle tams...

My un-finished fair isle tams...

What to do, what to do…Basically I should just use them up before I buy anymore. What do you do with your yarn stash and UFOs?

Vintage Knitting Ideas

Wesley and I are currently selling our place and hunting for a new house in London. It’s been quite difficult for us last week because we thought everything would go smoothly but one person within the same chain decided to pull out and everything fell apart. Although it was disappointing, this means I have more time to brew ideas for my new dream (ish) home. One thing I have to do is to organise my knitting office and I have been drooling over some vintage home decor goods for storing my knitting needles and notions as well as hunting for new vintage knitting items to add to my collection:

STORING NEEDLES

I used to collect giant pickled gherkin bottles to put my needles. They are good but not very stable. So I found these:

Workman's Industrial Tool Box

Workman's Industrial Tool Box by Hindsvik. You could put your needles at the bottom and notions on the top section of the tool box. It would be a lovely display too.

A nice idea to put your straight needles?

Another item from Hindsvik. A nice idea to put your straight needles?

Super cute vintage animal wall hanvers. Ideal to hang your circular needles.

Super cute vintage animal wall hanvers. Ideal to hang your circular needles.

NOTIONS

I love this. I could put my darning needles, thread, stitch markers, fair isle bobbins in these little sections.

By susantique. I love this. I could put my darning needles, thread, stitch markers, fair isle bobbins in these little sections.

Loving this fishing basket. It would so allow me to knit outdoor.

Loving this fishing basket. It would so allow me to knit outdoor. I don't have to worry about my ball of wool rolling out of my bag.

For stitch markers, cable needles and buttons...

Spice storage set from harmoniepark. For stitch markers, cable needles and buttons...

KNITTING FINDS

1950 Original Vogue Knitting Magazine

So super stylish!

I am always interested in any vintage knitting agadget. This one I have never seen.

I am always interested in any vintage knitting agadget. This one I have never seen.

Shetland hap yarn from iggyzee. I was just reading about hap shawl and I came across this!

Shetland hap yarn from iggyzee. I was just reading about hap shawl and I came across this!

Bakelite yarn holder by katrinaswoolworld. This would prevent me from forever chasing the ball of yarn or yarn attack by Kumo.

Last but not least... a bakelite yarn holder by katrinaswoolworld. This would prevent me from forever chasing the ball of yarn or yarn attack by Kumo.

Happy week ahead :D!

Being Motivated

Me? Running? Oh yes it is true. Some of you already know that I am the last person to do any exercise. But things are different now. Thanks to Mary, who totally convinced me to run, I decided to run 5k for a charity.
I will be running for WWF (the panda charity). I want to raise money for those who work so hard to help and save animals and environment. I want to live on a planet which is beautiful and full of biodiversity. So 5km is a start. I will update on the progress in later post.

Photo taken by Mary: Claire and Me. So happy to meet her for the first time!


Last week, Mary and I visited a book launch for Easy Kids Knits by talented Claire Montgomery at Loop London. A really lovely book full of nice patterns. There are lots of patterns for up to 10 year-old which are often difficult to find. I already have an eye for one of the cable jumper for my niece. I got my book signed (yay!). She has a lovely hand-writing :D

If you are ever in London, Ottolenghi restaurant is a must go place to eat. If I can, I will buy 20 of these tart and eat in one go. I just love this so much.

We then went to Ottolenghi for a “light” (yeah right) meal. The above tart is my favourite (I would say all-time) dessert. It’s a passion fruit merange tart. While we were having the dinner, we got a phone call from Loop saying that both of us won a price!!!!! How lucky are we?
On the way back in the underground we couldn’t stop but smile :D

I should have taken this shawl the other way round. I designed it so that it looks like rain drops (i.e. line in the middle and rain droplets, then smaller droplets (not knitted yet).

Oh, yes and I have been knitting quite a bit. The above is a shawl which I recently started. Once I block it, you should be able to see the pattern well. Until then it is a little squashed. Long way to go though!

Phew, I am ready for my coffee…
Have a good week and see you on Friday :D

Days

We are half way through 2009. Can you believe it? Last year I made a promise to myself that I will make a clothes for myself. Since I have been totally inspired by Ruth from Two Hippos and Jo from Today We Are for their dress making skills, I have finally copied the pattern on to a paper. This is a BIG step for me :D In July I am hoping to finish it.
The other thing which will be finished by July is my new crochet tote. The above photo is a sneak preview of the bag. It is not quite finished yet. This pattern will have lots of photos (as per usual) and a video tutorial. I really enjoy making the patterns and video tutorials but it’s always weird listing to your own recorded voice!
Just wanna show you this tin… (I LOVE this one). I collect vintage tins. They are going to be my new charity projects for this winter in addition to my Charity Purse Making Kits. The details will be given later on this summer.
Also, there is a new bakery in Greenwich called Rhodes. If you are ever around, do visit. Highly recommended. They are the UK’s first company to sell coffee in a 100% biodegradable cup and a lid.
Good new is that Mittens now have a pendant attachment on his collar. I believe it has his home address in it (when I tried to check it, he didn’t like it and pulled his neck away). I am so relived that he has a home. He still visits us but at least I know he has a home :D

Macaroon Knitted Purse Kit – Raspberry Sundae and Pistachio

I have been working really hard on these during April… and they are ready! :D
I thought it would be a great opportunity to introduce a knitted purse kit / pattern as there aren’t many available in the market at the moment.
… may be no one has tried?
… may be it looks difficult to make?
… who knows!
They are super duper unique and special. I think anyone who try this kit would totally enjoy it!
The kit can be purchased from my shop and you can read more information about it.

WHY SO SPECIAL?:
  • It requires combination of both and knitting and sewing skills. It would keep you totally occupied. It is just so fun to make.
  • You will be knitting with wonderful rustic British Shetland tweed yarn.
  • The purses are simply so cute!

ABOUT THIS GORGEOUS TWEED YARN:

  • I am a huge fan of tweed yarns.
  • They are visually satisfying to knit with lots of specs of colours within one colorway.
  • Tweed yarns have a wonderful texture when knitted.
  • OK, they are not the softest yarn available but they make great purses and other accessories because of its texture.

IDEAL FOR:

  • those who like varieties and challenges (and I know you all are! :D )
  • those who loves to knit and sew

There are also two video tutorials (here and here) to follow to help you making the purse :D
Hope you like these purses :D
Phew, I am off to enjoy my Bank Holiday weekend! Have a wonderful weekend to you.

P.S. I will be reviewing a gorgeous vintage knitting book sometime next week. I know you will fall in love with it ♥

Easter Fun

Hope you are all having / had a great Easter weekend! Wesley and I had a really good one :D
My best friend Maria and her fiancee Jan came over on Saturday. She baked yummy scones and brownies which we ate. We walked to the O2 (formerly known as the Millennium Dome) to see the Star Wars exhibition…. We saw Chewbacca taken away….
Last year, I found an odd parsley plant growing in the bush on the way to the O2 (photo below is taken then). We were wondering if it is still there….
… and there is!!!!! ;D I was so happy to say hello to this odd parsley. He has grown bigger!
The thing was that my digital camera ran out of battery because I kept taking silly photos of parsley and other things… and I could not take a photo of my favourite Ewoks!
Craft wise, it has been very active. I have been making more cosmetic purses with tweed and felted fabrics with crochet flowers on them. It is very satisfying (and at the same time scary) to knit something yourself and felt it!! But I am very please with the outcome.
Also the cosmetic purse kit has been selected for the Gift Guide for new mothers on Etsy (thank you!)
Happy Easter everyone!

Getting Better

Thank you for your such a kind word from the last post. It really made me feel so supported and I am finally recovering. I feel alive again! Honestly I was so ill that I thought I would never get better. The last time I was seriously ill was in 2006 according to my med record. I guess I did well for 2 years without flu.
It has been nearly a week since I went outside. W took me to the ecology park behind our flat for a fresh air and feed the bird as usual. Today there was a new face… Mr Squirrel. He was brave and was standing right next to me when I was feeding the bird (obviously used to humans).
Cute… I thought. Then I remembered reading our community newsletter about “squirrel attack” in the park.
Not cute anymore….
So I threw a piece of bread away so that he would go and fetch it (so that I can run away!).
…Then this big black bird ate it!!!
The angry squirrel climbed onto the tree where the bird was…
… and nearly got him!
What a drama! All I could think was how to remove angry squirrel on my head should he attack me. It was good that the attention was re-directed to this bird.
Anyway, I have been behind my craft schedule. I must first finish off my customers’ orders. Thank you for being so patient with me. I will do a good job! ;)
I also wanted to show you my newest creations. It is on my Etsy shop at the moment.
It is knitted with British Shetland yarn. It is wonderfully textured, solid and so cute! I am planning to produce a pattern for this purse. Hopefully it will be done soon.

Great Knitting Links!

IT and knitting seem to go quite well. Starting from Ravelry, there are many many great knitting sites out there.
Here are 5 my very favourite knitting links. They are really useful and hope you like them!

1. Tatao – Both Japanese and English. Comprehensive information about knitting in general. There are lots of projects you can knit, tutorials, international needle conversions, software. A MUST CHECK.

2. The Brioche Stitch – There is no other site for brioche stitches as detailed as this one. I love this site. I have learnt so much about different brioche stitches and techniques. You will love it too.

3. TECHknitting – A blog about all the knitting techniques. I don’t know how she does the illustrations but they are really good. Very useful.

4. Purlbee – From Purlsoho. There are lots and lots of beautiful and fun projects (both knitting and sewing) you can do. I LOVE this tulip socks!!!! Gosh, I wish I were living in either the US or Canada. I could knit all day with Koigu yarns!

5. Knittinghelp.com – Many great knitting tips and help videos. They are also on twitter. I am following them now.

Organic Cable Slit Glove & Cupsleeve and a FREE GIVEAWAY (ENDED)

In the morning, I finished off my new glove…
…and a matching cup sleeve.
I used organic yarns. Really pleased with the way the cable motif floats along the hand…
.. and I would like to hold a free giveaway competition!

If I were to pattern this glove and cupsleeve, would you like it to be a
(a) kit
(b) pdf pattern only
(c) both

Please leave your answer in the comment of this post by Sunday 22nd Feb. I will select one person randomly and will announce in later blog. The winning person will receive…
… a multi-purse! Please make sure there is a link to your blog or something so that I can contact you should you win!!! How exciting!
In the afternoon Wesley and I walked to Greenwich Market and tested my newly made cup sleeve. The coffee somehow tasted better! 
Hope you all had a great weekend!