Sparkles United

Both hands so full
January 25, 2010, 9:53 pm
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I don’t know what came over me, but I casted on 4 new projects in one day.  I don’t know anyone has ever done that.

For one thing, I finished two sweater projects.  For another, I grew so impatient about my ability (or lack of it) to consume the stash of yarns in my apartment.  I needed some drastic measure.

Here are what I started and finished this past weekend.


Pattern: Improvised based on Kolenya

Yarn: My handspun with Pigeonproof Fiber BFL, Bulky (110 yards for 100g)

Needles: 4.0mm circular needles

I casted on 30 stitches and knitted straight (12 rows of k1p1 rib, then knit 7 rows) until I increased for thumb (5 stitches in total in 6 rows).  I set aside these 5 stitches plus 4 stitches, CO3 stitches to fill the gap, then knitted on.  Decreased down to 24 stitches before the ribbing.  Pretty simple, right?  The yarn is bulky.

It only took me a few hours to knit the pair.  It’s warm, and looks tweedy.  I love them!

Orchids & Fairy Lights

I have been eyeing this design for a while, and I wanted to use my favorite stash yarn as well.  Please click and take a look at the photo on the designer’s blog.  Stephanie is such a talented designer, and she seems to be a musician as well.

This is the yarn I am using.  So beautiful!  It’s perfect because I only have one skein.

Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted in Norway Spruce

Image courtesy of Backwards Loop (online yarn shop). I did not buy this one from this shop, but I bought a lot of other type from this shop, so please forgive me.

Forest and Frill

Unfortunately I could not find the blog post of this pattern.  This is by the same designer, Stephanie.  I wanted to knit this forever, but the yarn was deep in my stash and I was just very lazy to dig and get it out.  This is the photo, by Stephanie.  Hope it is OK to post here. I will create full link back to her blog and Ravelry page.

Forest & Frill cardigan photo by Stephanie, tiny owl knits

I am so looking forward to finish this… if I don’t succeed, I am sure I will give it another try with other yarn!

Tiny owl knits and her other blog are truly worth visiting.  I love all her photos and her stuffs!  Everything is so lovely and makes me sigh.


This is my third new project.  Citron shawl is a free pattern available at Knitty. If you have not heard of Knitty, it’s a free web-based quarterly magazine, features free new designs and articles about knitting and yarn.  There are so many great patterns, all for free!

I happened to have just one hank of the exact lace yarn the pattern suggests.  I don’t know why I chose this color, but I have it anyway, and it’s actually pretty in person.  I don’t know how long it will take, but well, you will never finish anything without starting it.  So.

Image from, again, Backwards Loop. Malabrigo Lace

Shifting Sand Scarf

I just wanted to knit something with this pretty yarn.  I had other pattern in mind when I bought it, but so many people are knitting the pattern with the exact same yarn and color, so I wanted to do differently.  I am still not sure I this was the right choice of pattern.  Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica in Wildflowers.   The pattern can be found here.

Today I was giving a knitting lesson to one of my colleagues ^-^ over lunch, and realized that knitting is a superb way of expanding our three-dimensional perception.  You knit circles, squares, pull here and sew there, and create completely different 3D shapes in various creative ways.  Knitting gives you more freedom than sewing in this perspective.


Green and Grey
January 23, 2010, 9:49 pm
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It’s been a while since I wrote about knitting, but I do, of course, constantly knit.  I just finished two of my problematic projects and I just had to tell the world about them.


Design by Lisa Richardson

Pattern available free on Rowan website

Ravelry Link

Yarn: Misti Alpaca Chunky Solid in Silver Melange 5.5 skeins

Needles: 6.5mm and 8mm circular needles

The moment I saw the design, I really had to make it.  Ordered the yarn, and instantly started.  There are not much changes, but I knitted it in the round up to the armholes with smaller needles (6.5mm) instead of 8mm.  I switched to 8mm when I knitted the turtle neck.  I shortened the neck somewhat, for it was getting way too long.  I think it is still too long, because the yarn is much softer and more drapery than the original yarn.

I kind of like how it turned out, but it sheds alpaca fiber like crazy.  I am blocking in warm water now.

Diagonal Stitch Coat
Pattern designed by Wenlan Chia of Twinkle knit

Available in Vogue Knitting Fall 2007

Ravelry Link

Yarn: Twinkle Soft Chunky in Clover, approx 4 skeins (or more?)

Needles: 10mm circular needles throughout

I am so happy to get this off my needles! Finally!  Like I said a while ago on this blog, I cultivated this yarn from other cardigan I made, so I had to make something better than what it used to be.  Think I succeeded!   I am not sure if I am going to wear it outside, but at least it’s very warm and comfy, perfect for the coldest winter.

Mods:  The pattern is for a coat, but I made a jacket because I only had 5 skeins, for which I am glad.  It would have been pretty heavy if I used 7 skeins.  I also changed the neckline into shawl collar.  Happy!

FO: Kolenya Gloves
December 19, 2009, 10:43 pm
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Pattern: Kolenya Ravelry Link Here

Yarn: Noro Kureyon (worsted weight) 0.85 skein

Needle: 3.25mm (US 3) round needles

Recent FO, my very first gloves/hand warmer project.  I actually knitted 3 hands.  I knitted 2 right hands, then frogged it, and reknit it into left hand.  It fitted perfectly, and I wore it once.  A few days later, my mom came over to my place, and the moment she saw it, she put them into her pockets.  Oh, well.  And surprisingly it fitted to her rather large hands. I cut out orange parts of the yarn, for the orange was not very pretty.
Mods:  I did not increase after the ribbing.  The rest I recalculated to fit.  For details, please see my Ravelry project page. I think for a regular asian person, there is no need to increase after the ribbing.  Many people mentioned that their hands were swimming in the gloves when they followed the instruction.

最近出来上がったもののひとつ、Kolenyaのハンドウォーマーです。Noro Kureyon1玉以下でちょうど出来上がり、しかも数日でできるので、おすすめです。実は右手を2回編んじゃって、しかも最初に編んだほうはダボダボだったので、それを解いて左を編み直しました。一度会社にして行きました。数日後母親が遊びに来て見せたら、即座に母親行きに。。。しかも私の手にピッタリのはずが、サイズが違うはずの母の手にもぴったり。さすが毛糸。



December 19, 2009, 8:49 pm
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キットの写真: 毛糸、6mmの輪針、スティッチマーカー、太い毛糸針です。パターンはPDFを別送で。



帽子のスターターキット Starter Kit for Knitting
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Tokyo Stitch & Bitch November 5th
November 5, 2009, 2:02 pm
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I just made my debut at the knitting group meetup in Tokyo! I not only found a place where I can talk about knitting, but also made really exciting new friends – 16 of them in one evening. If you are in the area and have a slightest interest in knitting, this is the place to go! I wonder why I didn’t before tonight. The main language is English but people speak Japanese, so basically anyone can join. Today we had 2 guys who never had tried any knitting before, but they received a very kind and caring first knitting lecture :)
I had so much fun! I feel like I can actually rebuild my life from here… I am that uplifted tonight.

November 1, 2009, 2:02 pm
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This is the current work-in-progress. I am ordering some yarn for a big project, but it’s taking so long to get here. During the while, I am trying really hard to finish this sweater. The york part is really so long, and I felt quite uneasy after reaching the under-arm part for both the front and a sleeve. Especially the sleeve became unusually long. Hope the instruction is correct and everything will be fine in the end.


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