Friday, June 23, 2006

a different kind of stitch

i am feeling lately knitting needles much more on the stash bag.. maybe since it now summer and people love to get out and feel fresh air and warming their body under the sun.

the trend in needle craft starting moving to other kinds like cross stitch and patchwork (quilt) or a bit of sewing..;)

as for me, when i was in school (elementry and high school), we still have craft teacher (do they still have now?) . the craft class was separate between girls and boys. boys having typing class (using old manual type machine.. a good work-out for our fingers, compare typing on our light keyboard now). the girls, we had cooking, sewing, cross stitching, embroidery ( a bit of hardanger style too).

sewing class was not too bad, it's fun too, when we practiced the skirt pattern (A line model), my mom forget to bought the fabrics, then she offered the fabric stash she had. at a glance, it looks big enaugh for my body size.

guess what, when i copy the pattern to the fabric, i found that it was not enaugh!! the pattern consist of 4 parts, 2 parts of fronts and 2 parts of backs. my fabric only can fit fo 3 parts plus the waist band.. he.. he.. at other time, we made a shirt too, and i brought enaugh fabrics this time..;p i still passed the class though, coz i was made good calculation on my own pattern size, the cutting and sewing technique were ok though..;-) thanks to my mom, she gave me extra sewing class at home...;)

few weeks ago i received my books from (after 3 weeks journey from US to Indonesia, those were shawl and scarves - the best of knitter's magazine, the amazing lace, folk shawl, heirloom's knitting) . knitted lace is on hot spot now.. too bad i was a little bit late with the KAL amazing lace.. Good luck to you who joined! :)

i asked my sis to bough me mason-dixon books too!! and i got hooked with the colorful cabin log and blanket. good job ann and kay! :-)
some pictures will upload soon and share with you ;)

as now i am on knitting world, when making cardigan or sweater, it will be nice to have a fitting model... a good one i spotted in lincraft store while i was in perth few years ago, the fitting model can be adjust from small to extra large body size. if price was not a concern, i already bought that one!! he.. he... that stuff is very having a robot in our craft room!! ;)

but our body sometimes have an extra here and there , however if we want to have a fitting model that close enaugh with our body shape, maybe we can make this, make a clone of ourself,
to you who already kids, this is another nice activity playing with duct tapes!!

i put this activity in my list, summer now is too hot he.. he.. and better i get back to my squares and kiri's shawl!!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

the color of life

been in very lazy period to update my blog.. i have some pictures now!! all this time I was diligently crochet the squares following the colors theme from Project Spectrum.
few months ago, i think started in march, i bought all colors range, each 1 skeins (except indigo, white, blacks, beiges and grey) to crochet squares from Patricia Hewitt's patterns.

Since all the skeins come up with color number instead of name, i named it by myself ( i got to dig the left over from each skeins and checked for the labels).

Now.. here it is my squares from March Project Spectrum, which was RED and PINK.. so I have pale pink, pink, hot pink, magenta, chili red, red wine and red...he.. he..

And these are from April - ORANGE and YELLOW:

And these the latest months, May - GREEN... watch out for the spotlight colors ... those greens almost blinded my eyes while i crocheted it.. ;p

totally i think i had crocheted like 70's of them, since i had grey and indigo blue before this project spectrum began, my estimatition i need to make like 30 more squares...

last week when I went to LYS (not really Local.. since it located in south part of jakarta and my house in north part.. he.. he..)i have eyes with this yarn... it's japanese yarn, mercerized cotton with sparkle thread plying together. Using yarn harlot terms, this yarn talked to me.. turn me to a shawl.. and deep in my mind, i already plan to make a kiri (from Tangle Up), i bought 1 package (10 skeins, each skeins has 56 metres.. short i know, that's why I bought 10!!) .

i like knitting this kiri.. simple chart and easy to memorize after the 2nd repeat for chart 2..i already on my 6th skein now and perhaps i will do like 14-15 repeats of chart 2 to get bigger size.. this what kiri wrong side look like when i am knitting it:

if other color may added in this project spectrum , it would be black.

I would like to thanks for all my friends that had checked me out regarding the earthquake happened last week in central java. thank you cynthia that already emailed me, once she heard about it... sorry for the late reply cyns. i am fine but people who living in south of central java had got this terrible disaster. more than 4000 people died. Thanks God that support and help both in material and medical already started, from some countries too, like Malaysia, Singapore, US, China, Japan and United Nations. Thank you to you all. God is not in good mood lately.