Sparkles United

Lucie Lie Exhibition in Tokyo
May 10, 2010, 1:09 am
Filed under: Diary, Knitting & Craft, Thought

It was a sunny day, such a perfect weather for a small neighborhood stroll.  I managed to bring all my winter boots to a shoe repair shop, did some other chores and felt pretty good about myself.  So, on did I ventured to an exhibition that I was dying to see.  I had written about this person some time ago (a year or two?) when I bought a book on her beautiful work, but anyway there is a show going on for a great Austrian/English potter, Lucie Lie.

The collection was far greater than I had expected.  Apart from the signature style of very simple and colorful yet serene vases and bowls, she invented and rediscovered so many different methods which resulted in diverse beautiful textures.  Still, all of them are so Lucie.  I love her pink the best of all, but other styles were equally intriguing. It was totally worth my $15 and I wouldn’t mind going back there again.

By the way, her surname “Lie” is her husband’s name.  Even though they were married for a very short while, she had kept it forever.  I think she probably loved the rhyme of Lucie and Lie, and preferred it for it sounds and looks more “artisan” than her original name.  Lovely.

The thing that surprised me the most about her work was the preciseness.  She kept record of every single trial and mixture of colors and materials.  Some of her works are very simplistic, look almost as if made by the industrial production, but the amount of work put into them are truly amazing.  Such attention to the tiniest details.  This is the key that made her work so appealing, current and relevant.

Value of things stopped coming from how much they cost or who are the owners.  Rather, how much attention and energy put into the creating process makes all the difference.

Check out her exhibition at New National Art Museum (Shin Kokuritsu Bijutsukan) in Roppongi, running through mid June.


April 30, 2010, 11:49 pm
Filed under: Diary, Knitting & Craft

This is my secret :) favorite  project.  Using 7 skeins of worsted weight yarn, we can do pretty amazing things!  Simple garter stitched will give you a squashy blanket.  Pattern is from here: PurlBee. Ravelry link here. I am copying my Ravelry friend Catrina and waldorfmama. I am into the third color.

April 18, 2010, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Diary, Knitting & Craft

I am so happy to see this photo!  Hope it is OK to show it just this once.
I made a sweater with organic cotton yarn for my newborn niece.  I knew the baby is still too small (or the sweater too large), but it looks like Alice just drunk a tonic and shrunk… lovely.

Crochet Revisited
April 17, 2010, 3:01 pm
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I remember, when I started out as a novice knitter, I started with simple crochet projects.  It’s simple in technique that was used, not so simple in terms of 4,000 beads I had to thread per project.  I made 3 purses like below, then somehow got tired of it, moved on to Irish crocheting, before landing on a deep knitting world.

So why am I revisiting crochet techniques?  I saw this book the other day at a store and I really wanted to make the scarf on the cover.

The book is 「かんたんかわいいかぎ針編みこもの」(Easy and cute crochet accessories by Nihon Vogue). I am not sure how it will turn out, but so far it is looking good.  The techniques used are very simple sc, chain, and dc, etc.

The color is actually very bad-tasted purple, red, and shocking pink.  It will look super cute when completed.

Shown here, a book with pink flamingos, is a penguin version of Alice in Wonderland/through the Looking-Glass.  I thought it is very adequate for the scarf that I am making.

Cardigans and more knitting
March 14, 2010, 6:42 pm
Filed under: Diary, Knitting & Craft

I finished a couple of things during the past week and started even more.

The finished photo of the vest I was making before.
Marigold in Green – Raveled Here

I only used 2 skeins of sport merino yarn, and the result is incredible!

Diminishing Rib Cardigan –  Raveled Here

Used 5.4 skeins of Madelinetosh Eyre (about 650 yards of worsted weight yarn) and followed the pattern for size XS as exactly as instructed (almost… I missed some parts, like somehow lost one stitch somewhere and had to add it back later).

It’s a beautiful yarn, and I am very glad about the color/yarn/pattern combination.

I made a mistake when doing the Bind Off – I somehow screwed up and did purl BO for the knit stitches, & vice versa. But I don’t hate the result so I decided to leave it there.

I am thinking about adding buttons for the front closure.


Lavender by Kim Hargreaves – Raveled Here

One of my most favorite patterns from the book Breeze.  I wonder why not many people have knit it.  We can hardly find any finished photo on Ravelry.  The yarn I chose (Rowan Felted Tweed in silver grey) which is slightly thinner than the gauge, so I am knitting size S instead of XS.  So far, I love the tweedy lace touch.

The bottom lace pattern was SOOOOOO HARD TO MEMORIZE!  I tried to draw a chart but failed.  I still don’t get it after knitting it for 11 repeats.


Abalone – Cardigan/Gillet – Raveled Here

It seems gillet (vest) is in fashion this spring season.

I saw many people’s FO (finished objects) and decided that it would look best if we choose the colors that matches with what you are going to wear underneath.  If you wear grey or white, whitish colors go well, if you wear black, black or dark grey would be nice.  I decided that I will wear either grey T-shirts or a white blouse, so I picked pale pale lilac.

It’s pretty easy to knit, except, you don’t understand what you are doing until you reach around the arms.
I still have to knit the arm and front edges.


Scroll Lace Scarf – Raveled Here

Another project is a small scarf for spring.  A fellow Raveler had done a marvelous job with one skein of silk sport yarn, which inspired me to use up this left-over yarn.  Hope I have enough yarn!  The lace pattern is very easy to remember and interesting construction.  Genius!


Citrus – Raveled Here

This is for my mom’s birthday –  I have a brooch from Etsy in matching color, and it looks so so lovely together.  I cannot wait to give it to her.  Just in case my mom may see it, I am not going to post a photo here.

Spring Garden – Ravelynpics
February 20, 2010, 12:33 pm
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The sleeveless spring sweater that I wrote about last week was completed 2 days ago.  It only took 5 days!  Sundara Yarn is truly fascinating to knit with – the color, the texture and everything!  Choosing the right yarn definitely affects your motivation.

There is this pretty cardigan from Anthropologie.  Calling it “pretty” is the understatement of the year.  It’s SOOOOOO CUTE.  I fell in love with it at the first sight, and was in euphoria until I found out that they don’t ship to Japan.  They ship to so many countries yet not to Japan!

So I thought about making something on my own.  And I happened to have a green sweater at hand.

OK, it’s so different from what I wanted to achieve… I may rip the embroidery off later on.  And, oh, the sweater now looks like this.

It fits perfectly and I can’t wait to wear it :)))))

Revelympics 2010
February 14, 2010, 11:31 am
Filed under: Diary, Knitting & Craft

Marigold0.3, originally uploaded by sparklink02.

Those of you who do not knit may not believe it, but there is an Olympics for knitters. Of course no one judges who wins, so it’s completely “achieve your own goal 自分との戦い” kind of thing.
This year, I joined Team Sundara, a group of knitters who knit with lovely Sundara Yarn. It’s my favorite yarn brand.
I am knitting this Ms. Marigold(your cursor over please)  in Sport Merino yarn. It’s already 30% done, so I think I am going to finish it within 3 weeks!