Tour de Fleece Week 1!

Tour de Fleece Week 1!

Tour de Fleece has begun!

This is my first year, really because last year I did join the Ravelry group for Tour de Fleece but was not able to go beyond the first day. I didn’t know how to spin, which was a big problem haha.

This year, I’m spinning beautiful merino top from Paradise Fibers. I only had 4oz of it in my stash but I just ordered 12 more oz of it.

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I’m going to spin this and knit something for a friend. This friend is currently working on a crochet evening gown for me! I am super honored. I am so excited, you have no idea. :D

 

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Joy Luck Club.. Fifty Shades…

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I’m commuting to LA everyday for work these days. It’s about an hour on the Metrolink train, and since my work lets me come in whenever I want, I choose to take the earliest train possible and work 8 hours, and leave work by 3pm. I get on the M601 train to LA and M602 back to Irvine so HOLLA if you see a young knitter on the train, usually working on a sock since I’ve found that working with a pair of metal Addi circular needles in size 8 can seem a bit threatening in a very crowded train…. Size 1 or 2 magic loop on a sock is a much less imposing project..

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I love my job! There’s a guy (single, if you’re interested) who sits next me and 2 other married women, and according to him, our conversations sound like something straight out of Joy Luck Club. Isn’t that awesome? Perhaps we are all sharing too much…? :P

Anyhow! I’ve been working really hard since Day 1 of the new year, and am planning several designs. One big collection I’m working on right now is a collection based on Fifty Shades Trilogy.

They are badly written (even the names were pretty… bad) books, with lovable characters with so much potentials.. I love the characters in the books, and quite honestly, I was thinking about what they would be wearing the whole time, if the books were to be made into a movie.

I’m also planning some kidswear, some shawls… and of course more sweaters. I love knitting sweaters.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

KAL 2012: Andover

I love fall..

And I love knit fabrics that fall flat. So for Twist Collective’s Fall 2012 issue, I designed a cardigan/jacket that embodies my love for the tailored look, easy knitting, in broken rib.

Andover jacket by Jean Chung

As you can see here, I’m almost done with the body, and will be starting the sleeves soon. The broken rib pattern is very easy to remember, and the body knits up very quickly. The only thing you have to watch out once you start the decreases for the armholes and neckline, is really the stitch count. The default stitch pattern is given in the Note section of the pattern, but once you start the decreases, the default stitch guide won’t work.

The same advice applies to the sleeves too. For this tailored look, I chose to work the sleeves in the round and shape the sleeves with short-rows. While working on the short-row shaping, maintain the ribbing pattern. It’s really easy and once you figure it out, it’ll go very very fast.

Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset (96)

I’m working my Andover with Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset (96). This will be my very first Malabrigo sweater! I am so excited. Yes, this yarn has its flaws, with all the pilling and fragility. But really, I still love this yarn that much more because of its fragility. It’s like butter and smells great. Whenever I see this yarn in the LYSes, I just have to get at least one skein. I just can’t believe I haven’t had a chance to make an entire sweater out of my favorite yarn until now.

So, hopefully everyone’s doing okay with their KALs. Shoot me an email or PM on Ravelry if you have any question at all. :)

Custom Knits 2 KAL

Those of you who are following Wendy Bernard a.k.a. Knit and Tonic, the author of Custom Knits and Custom Knits 2, her Ravelry group is doing a KAL.

I own signed copies of both Custom Knits and Custom Knits 2. Because Custom Knits was the very first knitting book I have ever purchased in my life, somehow it makes both the book and the author very special in my life.

Anyways, I don’t normally do KALs (it’s too much commitment for me) but all I’m doing now is knitting for my designs, I need something more fun to do. Like top-down sweaters and such. So why not?

I haven’t decided which one to cast on but narrowed down to: Zigzag Pullover or Eyelet Cardigan.

I feel like I’ll have more use for Eyelet Cardigan this summer, but I just love knitting in the round and endless Stockinette stitch.

I’ll have to go see what kind of yarn I have in my stash and which project would better for the yarn.

Anyone joining us??

FO: Sweater #2 (ChicKnits Basic Pulli)

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Sweater #2,  Basic Pulli for Mom

Pattern: Chic Knits Basic Pulli (Rav)

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Aran (3 skeins) and Black (1 skein)

Needles: US 5 and US 2 for ribbing

So, this is Sweater #2 of my November challenge. Wee~! The third sweater, which I finished knitting before I cast on this Chic Knits Basic Pulli, but just started blocking it. It’s a men’s sweater and the thought of wet blocking it scared me…. AHHH~!

So, this is my second sweater. And I really enjoyed knitting it! I didn’t even do the sleeves at the same time, but still they came out perfectly, thanks to the stripes.

November soooo didn’t go as I planned it. 1) National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s convention in LA, and 2) San Jose trip, and 3) Sample Knitting. I wasn’t going to attend the convention but the opportunity presented itself and I took it. I attended as a volunteer and that was the only way I could afford to go; which meant that I didn’t have much time to myself for that week. But I don’t regret it at all of course. I met some amazing people and really enjoyed the seminars/CLEs. And next year, NAPABA’s going to Atlanta! I’m so there.

San Jose trip was planned, but I didn’t expect it to be so…. energy consuming. Lovely road trip, Bagel loved his new bed in the backseat, everything went smoothly. I expected a small dinner with few people turned out to be 12-course banquet at a restaurant. We didn’t even get to say hi to our friends. I barely… BARELY, made it out to Purlescence Yarns.

3 skeins of Cascade Sierra, 4 balls of di.Ve Automne, and 2 balls of 100% cashmere yarn. All came out to be $20. MUHAHA.

Purlescence is famous for their annual Black Friday Pajama Jammie Jam, which starts at 6AM on Friday. People show up in their PJs, coffee and breakfast/snack provided by the store. Of course, I had to miss it because we started driving up on Friday morning, but even on Saturday, the 75% off table was full of gorgeous yarns.

Oh, Black Friday. Evil evil evil for people with specific shopping addiction….

Other than that, I’m busy as usual, with work (yah, real work), and sample knitting (3~4 projects going on right now…). Cannot believe Christmas is just 2 weeks away!

Torrance Fiber Festival & an Update

Nov 7!
My 26th BIRTHDAY!
In fact, I’ve been celebrating my birthday all week. My hubby was so sweet to get me an early bday present this year. And made this week so full of surprises!

1. KINDLE!

A KINDLE!!!!!!

I’ve been saving up for this slowly but hubby beat me to it. It’s all so lovely.

I uploaded all my ebooks there and started reading! It’s actually taking away my knitting time! =D

It’s Free Wifi + 3G one so I can get online anytime! I’m in love with this. OMG.

 

2. Sumi Jo’s Concert

so sure, this wasn’t a surprise. When I saw the poster for Sumi Jo’s concert few days ago, I shrieked and told hubby that I MUST GO! I grew up listening to Sumi Jo, my parents always took my sister and me to her concert every time she was in Korea. I had to share this with my hubby! I booked the cheapest tickets and got the seats behind the orchestra (chorale terrace?). I loved watching the orchestra up so close, it brought back wonderful memories of my days in the youth orchestra. And, Sumi Jo was, as I always remember, the pure perfection.

Here’s the surprise part: Hubby actually enjoyed it! He’s never really been to that many classical concerts but he kept asking questions and read the program from cover to cover. And yesterday he started listening to the classical music radio station!

I was sooo glad he enjoyed it as much as I did. =)

 

3.  Surprise Party

I’ve never had a surprise party for myself! Thank you hubby for organizing this, AND friends who came to celebrate at Plush Karaoke! LOVED it! The songs, the Apple Beer (more like Appletini Juice), and the cake! YUMMO.

 

4. The Fiber Festival

 

Yes, it’s all a part of my birthday. This year’s Torrance Fiber Festival decided to fall on my Birthday. Yay!

 

Like last year, there were soooo many booths with gorgeous yarns and rovings and stitch markers, and other accessories. I stopped at this indie dyer’s booth called RedFish Dye Works. They literally had silk yarns dyed in all the colors of the spectrum. I couldn’t leave the place without buying anything. So, I got 2 hanks of 100% silk yarn in 20/2 lace weight:

Purple one is colorway P3d; charcoal BGb14d ($14.50 per 50g; 450yd)

 

Then a bit later, I stumbled upon a booth that was going out of business. They even had their fixtures on sale. I scored 4 cakes of yarn in lace weight (I’m addicted to making shawls!) in earth color.

$3.50 per cake! $14 total.

 

 

As for the Holiday Challenge…. I’m like 2 days behind now. No biggie, but still have to make some changes to my initial plan…

New Schedule:

EZ’s seamless hybrid sweater

11/7~10 Body

11/11~12 Sleeves

11/13 Saddle

11/14 Finish. Swatch for Mom’s sweater

ChicKnits Basic Pulli

11/15~16 Body

11/17 Sleeves

11/18 Finish; Swatch for Sister’s sweater vest

Laretto Vest

11/19~21 Body

11/22 Finish; Swatch for Chanel’s sweater

11/23~25 Chanellette (During road trip to San Jose)

11/26~12/1 Neighborly

12/1 Swatch for Marty’s Men’s Cable Cardigan; Start Button Tunic

12/2~12/4 Button Tunic

12/5~12/8 Marty’s cardigan body

12/8~10 Sleeves

12/12 Finish

12/12~13 Fingerless mitts

12/14~15 Fingerless mitts

12/16~18 Destroyed Cowl

12/19~12/23 Shawl

So far, I’m on schedule! =D At this rate, I should be done with this sweater on time or a day early.