A new dress made for SF trip

Last month, my husband and I put the doggies in boarding, and took a weekend trip to San Francisco for a friend’s wedding. We both grew up in the Bay Area (Cupertino!) so going back to norcal is always a treat for us.



I bought this fabric from Fabric.com about 2 years ago. I’m not sure, but I wanted to turn it into a dress ever since I bought the fabric. But procrastination got the best of me–I even finished tracing and adjusting the pattern in the previous week before actually sitting down to sew.





I love the brightness of yellow, and big bold print.





FREE pattern for a limited time only! Marty’s Unfortunate Sweater!

As I mentioned few weeks ago, I wrote up the pattern for Marty’s Unfortunate Sweater.

I decided to make the pattern in his size for free until our anniversary, August 21, 2014. After that, it’ll go up to a regular price of 7.00 but with all the other sizes in a finalized pattern. Again, post your progress with the tag, #UnfortunateSweater to win a FREE copy of the finalized pattern!

The sweater is very versatile, and is perfect for “business casual” look over the holidays. Once I give my husband this gift on our anniversary, I promise more photos of the handknit version!

In the meantime, be sure to check out this limited-time-only free pattern here!



Pattern Release: Hearts & Flowers Shawl ~ First Love Collection ~

Hearts & Flowers..

Pattern Page on Ravelry

Last year, I planned a collection of knitwear garments with a theme revolving around The Fifty Shades of Grey. I read the trilogy with curiosity and I had mixed feelings about it. I didn’t do any research before reading, but I instantly felt like it was written like a fan fiction. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time reading fan fiction online based on the K-pop stars. So I was familiar with the type of writing. It didn’t matter what the language it was written in. Fan fiction in general are written more based on nostalgia and admiration for the characters so they just lack structure and other literary charms. But! I have to say, I loved the characters. A

nd the characters were the inspiration for this piece.



The two main characters were both fragile and flawed, but together they became better people. In one scene, Anastasia and Christian are arguing about the kind of relationship they need and despite Christian’s hesitance, Anastasia declares that she needs everything that a normal relationship offers–all the “hearts and flowers.”

I thought this was an important turning point for them, especially Anastasia, since before then, her character was immature, naive, and had very little experience in romantic relationships. To declare what she needs and wants from Christian showed her growth as a person.

Her multi-dimensional character really inspired this shawl, that can be worn in multiple ways, with multiple effects.




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Name: Hearts & Flowers Shawl
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in “Elderberry” 5 skeins
Needle: US 8 (5.0 mm)
Pattern: Hearts and Flowers Shawl by Jean Chung



Pattern Release and Giveaway! “Movie Night Blanket”

Holla Knits At Home Collection: “Movie Night Blanket” July 2014 and PATTERN GIVEAWAY

Movie Night Blanket

A year ago, I met Allyson at TNNA in Columbus, OH, and that’s when I learned about her online magazine, Holla Knits.

As a designer in the younger end of the age spectrum in the knitting world, I am always intrigued by design forums that allow me to work with my own aesthetics. Then finally, I designed something for Holla Knits this summer.

The newest issue of Holla Knits is the “At Home” collection, and features so many cool ideas for both summertime knitting and home decor. My design is called “Movie Night Blanket” and is a 100% merino blanket.

In our home in sunny Southern California, I have so many blankets, in so many different sizes. And I keep buying or making more. I think many people are mistaken about California weather. Yes it is quite warm 90% of the time here. But since we have the desert weather, this means the difference between lowest and the highest temperature in one day varies a lot. This morning, it was 65 degrees outside; and by 11am, it’s almost 90 degrees. When I go out tonight, I would probably wear shorts and a sleeveless tee, but I better bring a handknit medium weight shawl or a sweatshirt. If you’re anywhere near the ocean or the lake, you definitely need thicker clothing. Last year, my husband and I went to watch a concert at Hollywood Bowl. We got there around 6pm, wearing our usual summer gear. My husband looked at me crazy when I got the Snuggie our of my trunk. Just an hour later, he thanks me and we cuddled under the Snuggie under the stars.

That’s why I always have blankets around: In the car, on the couch, out in the patio. And I always wanted to knit one, well because, I’m a knitter and I love handknit things. But blankets can be quite a daunting project, especially if you’re like me and carry knitting projects everywhere.

And this also brought up an interesting subject. The urban legend that says if you knit for your significant others before you get a ring on your hand, the curse will break up the relationship. So naturally, I found a loop hole and I thought of a knitting project that you can share with your significant others.

This blanket can be used with your significant other when buttoned-up or zipped-up, and then separated into two smaller blankets/shawls so you can give away the half of the blanket. Here is how this design defies the urban legend. This blanket is actually ONE project, and the blanket is knitted in one piece. Then the blanket is steeked (AKA CUT IN HALF!) into two smaller pieces. This is a great way to practice steeking.



Even has a little pocket for your remote!


And here is a photo of the blanket unbuttoned, and turned into a lap blanket:


Movie Night Blanket

Yarn: Knits in Class Merino in “Surf” (Note: This yarn comes in REALLY generous skeins. Here’s Candy next to the yarn cake made from ONE skein, so you can have an idea).


pattern Giveaway!

To celebrate my new pattern release, I will give away a free copy of Movie Night Blanket in the newest edition of Holla Knits.

To win, answer the following questions in the comment:

1) What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

2) Where was your best vacation/stay-cation?

Don’t forget to link to your email address or your blog so that I can contact you if you win!

The giveaway will be closed at 11:00 PM PST on 7/11/2014. The pattern giveaway contest has closed.

The blog tour at holla knits

Follow Holla Knits Blog and make sure you hear about other great designers in this Home collection!

July 7: Launch

July 8: The Sweatshop of Love

July 9: Jean Chung

July 10: Emily Ringleman

July 11: Klever Knits


July 14: Canary Knits

July 15: Louet Blog

July 16: Laura McDougal

July 17: Knits in Class


Candy and Bagel doing better!

Back in March, Candy and Bagel had a big fight and Candy got hurt badly. This was her 4th time getting hurt by Bagel’s sudden lashing out, and we just didn’t know what else to do.

Bagel is a very calm, submissive dog. He never barks, never pulls on our walks, he gets walked 3 times a day, given plenty of training and games, along with treats. He never jumps on our bed or mess with our stuff. The only things that we have to be careful about is leaving out trash (he loves going through the trash).

But Bagel is very protective of his food. Never from us, we can do whatever we want with his bowl or him when he’s eating and he stays calm. But when another dog approaches him too eagerly, or comes to sniff his food, he snaps. It’s never a long fight; always very brief, and he snaps.

We tried 2 different trainers and both basically said the same thing. It’s his personality, and he is otherwise a very well trained dog. We can try to desensitize him but trying to make him socialize with strange-dogs is like putting an extremely shy kid on a stage in front of a large crowd and tell him to sing.

The good thing is that Candy is never afraid of him. She was a bit scared of him after her first fight with him, but she is a very dominant Chihuahua. She got over it after a few days and she’s ok with him. We’re very thankful that 99% of the time, They are good together.

These were taken throughout 2 days. I would like to think that my hand crochet rug is bringing them closer.