Friday, August 24, 2007

Ravelry

After much umming and ahhing over whether or not to join Ravelry (I succumbed to Facebook with much hesitation and good reason too!), I finally got my invite. I'm just Lien! See you all there...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

In the news!



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Current love: lace knitting!!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

On the block

A few things which are blocking!! Firstly, the "Feminine Puff Sleeved Cardigan" by Stefanie Japel in her book Fitted Knits.



I'm quite pleased with it as it turned out quite neat (as in, no bad lumpy sewing). This was quite an easy to knit top as it was knit from the top down. I should have made it a bit longer but I'll do that next time as I wouldn't mind making it in a different colour.

And another thing which I whipped up pretty quickly, is "Branching Out" from Knitty. I made the lace scarf for my older sister whose birthday is coming up. Both items are blocking at the moment.





However, a wet and windy Sunday means that these will take a bit longer to dry.

I still have quite a few unfinished projects but I don't really feel like picking them up again. We're moving house next week and I have to organise for a removalist, start packing, etc. I think this would be a good time for me to go through my WIPs and rip, rip, rip!!

On to another thing, we went to visit my grandmother today. She had been in hospital for about 3 weeks because of an infection in her foot. We went to the hospital but was told that she had been discharged yesterday. So much for communication between our families!! Anyway, my grandmother has dementia and has trouble remembering things. When we went to my aunt's house (whom she lives with), out of me and my sisters, she remembers me!! It's really sad to see someone you know slowly losing their memory and I'm just glad that for the time being, she is living with my aunt who takes care of her.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

A few off the needles

Lien, my namesake asked to see the completed Candle Flame Shawl. Here is a picture of it (modelled by my sister Lucille):





I completed this a while ago and as you can see in the last picture, I've still got to weave in the ends. I'm going to pack this up and send it to a friend of mine who is currently living in England. Seeing as it's going into Winter over there, she'll probably have more use for it than me.

Another finished object to show off is the scarf I made for Raymond. This was also finished around the same time but seeing as he's been soooooo busy at work, I got Lucille to model it as well:



The third FO I have to show is this ear flap hat. The pattern is in the Paton's Jet and Inca pattern book (same book as the ill-fated cardigan):



Wow, three finished objects in the one post!!

On to another thing, as some of you may be aware, there was (I think its now over) this rather nasty to-ing and fro-ing about intellectual property, and the copying of styles on the knitternet (regular knit bloggers and readers know all the ins and outs of what is going on). I have to say that I followed it all for a while with the sick fascination, similar to that of watching a car crash. But till now have not commented nor blogged about it in case I get flamed (although, how I'm not sure). But mostly because I thought it was all a bit childish and don't they say that imitation is the best form of flattery? However, I think I've changed my mind about that (umm... what's new?). I actually think its creepy and has anyone watched Single White Female? (Incidently, I loved this movie.) I acknowledge that I, myself decide on my next project based on what someone else has already made, I try to at least acknowledge who I got the idea from (thanks Pamela for the Candle Flame Shawl) and I'm sure with Ravelry, there is going to be more of the same but please, at least rotate who you are stalking taking inspiration from!! So that's my two cents worth.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Lunchtime Knitting

A friend of mine invited me to go running with her during our lunch break. There are two reasons why I hesitate to take up her offer. The main one being I loathe to have to get changed, get all sweaty and then return to work as there is only around 2 showers for the whole building at my work. (Although my friend did offer to let me use the showers at her work - but she works for a competing firm, and that somehow seems unfaithful.) The other reason is that I have taken to knitting during my lunch. I previously used to browse the shops but seeing as I work in the boring part of town, I've already visited each shop several times over.

So it has been my quest to find a nice coffee shop to sit and knit. You would think that there would be a lot to choose from, but I'm looking for one which is quiet - rather difficult during rush hour lunch, and that has a little private spot for me to sit and be left alone. The closest I have found is Espresso on Sussex Lane. It's a cute little cafe wedged between all these terraces right smack bang in the middle of the CBD. Their set up isn't ideal because it doesn't feel private. But it's close enough to walk to so that I can still get a bit of knitting in.


My standard drink of choice, Skim Milk Latte. I used to think that life was too short for skim milk, but Weight Watchers has brain washed me.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Feminine Puff Sleeved Cardigan

I have finished a couple of things recently on the knitting front. Most notably, the candle-flame shawl. I won't bother posting a picture of it as it looks like the original WIP picture but larger. I also made a shawl pin for it using some beads and a kilt pin. Sydney is seriously lacking places which sell shawl pins!! I also finished Raymond's scarf - which by the way, is still in my possession. After exclaiming how desperately he needed a scarf for winter, when I finished it, he keeps forgetting to take it with him!

I also finished a cardigan from a Patons pattern book. But I'm too miserable about it to post its picture. Whilst my knitting skills are not too bad, my sewing skills are atrocious and now the poor thing looks like a lumpy piece of carpet. When I'm feeling more up to it, I will either rip it out or try to block the hell out of it to try to hide the flaws.

Sally whose birthday we recently celebrated, kindly lent me "Fitted Knits" by Stefanie Japel. I LOVE this book!! Most of the patterns are knit in the round (no sewing!!) and look like something I would actually wear. So in order to recover from my disappointment with the Patons cardigan, I cast on for the Feminine Puff Sleeved Cardigan.



I'm using Pacifica from Bendigo Woollen Mills which I picked up last time Ray and I went to Melbourne. I think this is discontinued.

SP 10 goodies

I received my SP 10 package in the mail a few days ago and only had time to post about it now. My SP 10 Pal is Kathy from Canada.

My favourite? The handmade fingerless gloves. I've made these for other people but never got around to making a pair for myself!! Thanks Kathy!!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Finally, we're moving!!

Remember when I talked about house-hunting every frickin' Saturday? Well, it's finally over. Lucille and her boyfriend bought a townhouse!! No need to mention how excited I am as I can finally move back into our previous living arrangements (Lucille and I rented an apartment together for about 2 years). Only difference is that, I no longer have to contend with nasty real estate agents and just pay rent to Lucille!! Yay - I'd take Lucille on any day (I AM older!!) than dealing with an RE.

Here are a few piccies.



Stairs to the bedroom upstairs and weird mezzanine level.




The kitchen - don't mind the mess, we were trying to clean it before we move in.




French doors out to the so-called court yard.




Lounge room, taken from the mezzanine




View from the lounge - Lucille was trying to do a silly dance!


Look who else recently moved into a new place!!

Sally talks about homeownership and why young people are so obsessed. My obsession comes from the fact that I HATE REAL ESTATE AGENTS. They are in the same categories of used car salespeople. One of my insecurities in life is not having a place to live. I can deal with most situations but when a real estate agent calls me or I receive a letter in the mail threatening my safety of "home", I am completely in a mess. Lucille, as the youngest in the family has always relied on me (or more like fob off onto me) to deal with most things such as makng sure the electricity is connected, making doctor's appointments, etc etc. But my lack of being able to deal with RE's has once prompted her to say to me "Look, I'll deal with it"!! That tells you something.