Monday, July 31, 2006


Yesterday I went to Shenzhen and was back with a new pattern book and some 800g cotton yarn in white and green.

Then a green crocheted cardigan is now on the way!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Ripping out!

Oops! I rip it out again!

This is a 49% wool worsted weight yarn. I've got 16 balls and the first 4 balls have been ripped out for 4 times!

Still, I won't give them up ... they can still be crocheted, and projects are ready in my mind. How about a pineapple shawl? I've made one already in light purple - but not as presentable as I have expected.

Life is much easier if everything can be ripped out like those unsatisfying projects!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


I am currently working on a "cocoon coat" (as I named it) based on the shrug pattern with Bergere worsted weight yarn, variegated grey. Since I've got only 11 balls i.e. 1144 yards I gotta have the edge of the coat with different yarn - charcoal bulky alpaca I bought in Beijing is in my mind pending to be matched with the work and see if they get along well with each other.

It is now with 12"radius but yet time to leave the arm openings - the first custom-made garment for my!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

How to....

There are lots of questions to ask when knitting, for I am a novice.

Most of them are of shaping and stitch patterns - I visit a chinese site everyday and it seems there are many, many experienced knitters (as well as crocheters) who can make what are in their mind. When will I be able to do that?

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Knitting and geometry

I found myself impossible to knit conventional garment - I don't have the patience.

Thanks to Mary Thomas's Knitting Book, I am inspired to start knitting with fewer stitches - even 8! It is exciting to see the work grow ... isn't it wonderful?

It sounds awful to use dpns with such a few number of stitches and that's what I could stand for I also crochet. Similarly I can't start off the project with long foundation chains! That's why I stick to crocheting round or triangular things...

Well apart from the twisted float shrug I am now thinking about trying out vests and skirts with those polygons. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

On my wish list

This is called 'pearl sleeveless dress' I found on an issue of Shanghai Clothing.

Yes it is crocheted. What a big challenge!

I am attending my cousin's wedding in December this year. Hopefully I will be wearing at least an item on my wishlist!

I joined a KAL!

The twisted float shrug-along!

VK is generally not widely known to Asians (Chinese and Hongkongers, at least) but thank god I've spotted the gorgeous picture of the shrung... and it immediately jumps the queue of my waiting list!

Before the back issue arrives I am looking around and see where I could get some hints to start off the project. How to do the twisted float? How to make a nice flat circle? How to match the colors so it won't be turned into something like a rug? How to open the armholes to fit my shoulders? What kind of sleeves I'd like it to be attached? Am I going to modify the trim with something a little bit lacy?