Tuesday, January 31, 2006

sneak peak from my 2005 trip - part 1

here are the sneak peaks like i promised... :)
first is needles :
* this one is from puppyyarn (yes, the original puppy yarns store!!)

from okadaya :

i had tried the bamboo noodles and it's slided smoothly on mohair yarn. very light too!! :)

and this is from Golden Dragon Singapore - the brand is Panda. It came up with 1 set contained 4 mm, 4.5mm, 5 mm and 5.5 mm. it's very light. i think it's made from China. price .. about Sin$ 2-3.

these are the "hardware" from Golden Dragon, Singapore.

From left to right :

1. Panda Crochet Set (4 mm, 4.5 mm, 5 mm and 5.5 mm)

2. Clovers Crochets (7/0 - 8/0 2 sets - 1 for me, 1 for my bro)

3. Oreo Crochets (2 mm)

4. Measurements Sheets from Clover. If you are familiar with the japanese book, they use this when make project using irish crochet or freeform crochet.

5. Tunisian Crochet Needle from Clover (3 mm, 3.5 mm, 4.5 mm, 6 mm and 6.5 mm)

and yarns from japan....:

1. cortuna

2. mario
3. mohair

I have some more yarns to show off, but seems have problem with time to do all my knitting and blogging (i want to do both), i took an opporturnity at this office to show this first part first while my boss on meeting .. he.. he..he...

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Me and my scarf - Asakusa Temple

Here, another picture of me and my scarf in Asakusa Temple, Tokyo, Japan. I visited this place with my friend and he took a pict for me. This scarf was done after 2 days work, worked with 120 wood dpn needles and the yarn was a gift from my sis while she flew to germany. the huge skein was weight about 100 grams and i was working ribbing 2x2. the final result reached about 150 cms, so I can wrapped around my neck with very short on both ends. it's very nice, warming my tropical body (specially my neck) and covered a bit of my nose and lips... ;-)

the temple was very crowded, we walked from the gateway to the main hall, with hundreds maybe thousands of other people. my friend, jonokun, told me that we should throw coin 5 yen before we prayed, i need to check with him once again, what it's 5 yen means.

I had took pict of my stash very nice-unforgettable -enrichment experience, but dont have chance to modified (reduced the file size). But I will upload and make other people's drolling..;)

Monday, January 16, 2006

I am Back... :)

It's nice to get back home!!! :-) and happy belated New Years to Everyone!!! I miss you all and missing my blog, missed my needles and yarns, and books.

I finally succeed add some stash from my trip, both in Singapore and Japan. I visited Puppy Yarn and Okadaya. Thanks to Pinku's blog, i was planned to visit most of the yarn stores in Tokyo and around, but with the schedule I can only manage 2 from her list. Those 2 places are heaven for craft lovers, specially okadaya, their Shinjuku's store is 6 storeys building plus 2 storey's on the opposite front. I can spend hours and hours just in that one store alone!! :p

But when I was in Fukiage, Saitama-prefecture, my friend who live there brought me to the Craft Store there too. I am not remember the store name (will have to dig out all the reciept if I can find it.. :p) and those places are heaven too!!

And while I was in Singapore, I found this quiz on old Cosmopolitan Magazine

Other than to be a doctor, my other dream when I was little was to create something, I tried cooking, sewing, cross-stitched, embroiderry, and now, after i knew about knitting and crochet, it's like a dream come true (at least now I have more excuses for the increasing yarn stash I have..;p)

Btw, Congratulation for my Chinese Malay Friend, Cynthia, she finally launched her own blog!! :)

I would post more picture soon.. to give you all nice peek from my yarn store hunting.
After this trip, got to do big saving before next one..:-)