4 out of 14 done!

Lingonberry Shawl

I can’t believe this is already the 4th FO in my UFO/WIP pile.

Pattern:  Lingonberry Shawl (Rav Link)
Yarn: Giovanna Imperia Yarns 5 strands “River” and 1 strand “Cocco” held together.
Needle: US Size 3

This was a sample knitting commissioned by Giovanna Imperia Yarns (website). Per request by the company, I chose few free patterns of shawlettes.

First two shawls were done within few weeks. This one however, took MONTHS.

From knitting the second shawl which uses the same line of yarn, but less strands held together and in a different color, I knew that I would have easier time if I held more strands together. The yarn on the cone as is is thinner than cobweb, and kind of “sticky” because of mohair mixed in it. The yarn is very inelastic due to linen and silk. Multiple strands and a little bit of twist gave a bit of elasticity and allowed me to use bigger needles.

Shawl on a white couch

Linen/mohair/wool/silk blend yarn made a very lightweight but summer appropriate shawl. I loved the texture of the fabric after blocking. It was crisp but not rough. It was hairy but not itchy. And the pink. It was divine.

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I don’t know if the yarn will be commercially available for knitters.. I’m not sure. I do know that the company goes to tradeshows like TNNA and Stitches. In fact, the first two shawls I made were for the Stitches West earlier this year (2011).

This one will also be at another trade show soon.

 

4th project done! I am now working on a summer tee that I designed, and Auburn Sweater. Updates soon!

Knitting Knitting

One of the things I looked forward to doing after the bar was…. OF COURSE, KNITTING!

I’ve been busy doing a lot of knitting. I completed a lot of small projects like a shawl, and other accessories for gifts.

personal pattern

personal pattern

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Wheat, 1.5 balls

Pattern: Personal design.

Needles: US 10

Please ignore the background, haha, it’s embarrassing. But this was a quick knit. I was inspired to knit it after seeing a similar one at MaxMara for a price I’d never pay for a simple shawl. It didn’t even feel like exceptionally good material, either! So, HAH! There! I made one for under $8 and in 2 days.

Phone Cover

Phone Cover

Yarn: Sugar n Cream in Pink

Needle: Crochet Hook E

Pattern: Personal pattern (all sc, a long rectangle, sewn one side)

Button: On sale from The Red Bee in Tustin, CA

This one was a gift for my sister’s new phone. She moved to San Diego last week, and right before she moved, she got a new phone that slides to the side for QWERTY keys. So I made this one in one evening, and she was soooo happy! It was an easy crochet project for me, since I just learned how to crochet few weeks ago. I love how it turned out too, the button was so perfect for the look.

And lastly…

Free pattern; also in Last Minute Knitted Gift

Free pattern; also in Last Minute Knitted Gift

Yarn: Paton Soy Wool Stripe (SWS) in two different colors. Can’t remember hehehe

Needle: US 8

Pattern: A free gift, but also found in Last-Minute Knitted Gift by Joelle Hoverson

Originally, the pattern calls for Noro Kureyon but 1) I don’t want to have something that feels like a heavy-duty cleaning sponge  on my neck, 2) I don’t want to pay almost $20 for something that feels like a heavy-duty cleaning sponge. This SWS is also not the softest yarn for a scarf, but at least it’s tolerable, and I got this on sale at The Red Bee, a lovely crafts store in Tustin, CA so I spent around $10 for the scarf.

Ok, so now, on to the WIPs. I’m currently knitting:

1) my dad’s Christmas present “Daddy’s Vest”: Cascade 220 (Vashion Island Heather;9465) 4 balls, US 7, personal pattern

2) my sister’s netbook sleeve: Berroco Comfort, in RED (very hot and fiery red), 2 balls, US 2, personal pattern

3) practice fingerless mitts: Paton Classic Wool Merino in Leaf Green. This yarn is special to me, kind of. It’s one of the yarns Marty has ever gotten for me, as a surprise for me after school one day. And~ it’s discontinued. Paton now has Classic Wool, without merino in it.

Dad’s vest is all my design. It’s just a classic pullover pattern with a cable design in the middle. I especially looove the yarn. Although I got it from a LYS that I would not personally go back due to some negative experiences there, I love the color. I was originally thinking to get simply solid black yarn, either Cascade 220 or other comparable sturdy, workhorse yarn. But while I was this particular LYS, I found this color and it was PERFECT. It looks so natural and almost homespun.

Other than knitting, I’m just desperately searching for jobs, like everyone else who are waiting for the bar results. I’m going to be seriously broke. Sigh.

Did everyone have a good 4th of July?

Fourth of July

Mine was ok. The day before, on Friday, my best friend Karen came down to visit and spent a night.

It’s always great just two of us. We cooked, talked (about everything: Michael Jackson, our friends, boys–kekekeke, my bar exam, my knitting, her work, her friends, church, parents…), took a walk around the lake… We ended up talking until 3:30am!

The next morning, we woke up around 8ish, cooked again, and prepared for our little picnic at Mile Square Park.

Korean style picnic!

Lake @ Mile Square Park

It was absolutely beautiful: breezy, sunny, and warm. There were a lot of people, but it wasn’t crowded at all, since this park is just HUGE.  I had fun.. I ended up knitting a bit on my Diminishing Rib Cardigan a bit, while Karen napped. Would’ve been so great to go back there with Marty. =) And it was so great to take some time off from studying.

Current WIPs

Diminishing Rib Cardigan, Log Cabin Blanket a.k.a. July 09 Bar Blanket. Still haven’t finished Mangyle. Not gonna stress about it.

Diminishing Rib Cardigan: I’m almost done with the body, and will be moving onto sleeves very soon. So far, I like the color and texture of the fabric. I think this is going to be a very cute cardigan when it’s done. However, I don’t like how magazines like Interweave Knits or Vogue Knitting print the patterns. More paragraphs, please. I ended up writing the pattern on a separate notebook so I don’t make a mistake…

Moderne Log Cabin: I’m on #5 now. I’m kind of debating whether to buy some more yarns to finish this blanket, which would kind of defeat the very purpose of why I chose to do this blanket (stash buster!). But I love the texture, and how thick it feels. I already kind of use it when I take a short nap in the library.

Felicity: I’m also trying out Felicity hat on some scrap yarn I had; I’m gonna knit a practice piece for Marty’s approval, and then knit it in malabrigo worsted in dreamy Dark Earth color. =)  Very easy to follow the pattern, but I took the advice of many other knitters who already made one and cast on 90sts (instead of 70). I’m also working with US 6, throughout. I also added a 2×2 ribbing section on the edge, instead of purl & St st.

You gotta check out Brooklyn Tweed when you get a chance. I just found out about his blog today, but I’m familiar with many of his original patterns. Very Norah Gaughan-esque and very detailed and sensitive. I especially love his sense when it comes to selecting colors. It’s so classy!

Current Project….

<Knitting>

Mangyle is almost done, so I hope to be able to post some pictures by this weekend.

Currently, I’m working on Diminishing Rib Cardigan (Interweave Knits Spring 2009) and almost done with the body (working on the modified 3×1 ribbing as I’m typing this).

Next project must be some lace project, though. I need to whip up some quick pretty scarves for presents.

<Home>

I have not forgotten to take pictures of my new home. I cleaned up nicely, and I’ll take some photos of the apartment when I have some time.

<Bar prep>

As scary as it is, tomorrow is July 1. Which mean, I have exactly 27 days till the DAY. Wow.

It is a long process, much like a marathon.. I must keep reminding myself that the finish line is almost there. It has been a fun, crazy 3 years and 2 months. =)

June 9, 2009

<Bar>

Bar Trivia:  In Canada, the bar exam is an open-book exam.

But then, after you pass (who wouldn’t?) you have to spend 10 months “articling” (I’m thinking this is like clerking?)

I’d choose the 2-day open book exam ANY DAY.

I put the reservation at the Best Western near Ontario Convention Center. Supposedly, it’s one of the closest ones. Other ones were closer, but they were too expensive.

<BAR BRI>

I am so glad I’m taking BarBri. BarBri + ASP are so great. I’m going to be completely honest here. I hated Whittier when I started 1L. The campus was too small, it was my safety school, blah blah blah.

But now that I graduated, I love it. The Summer Intensive program is awesome. I feel less intimidated by the bar exam now that we’ve gone through 3 weeks of bar prep. Do I know all the laws? HELL NO. But I feel mentally and physically prepared for it. I just hope I keep up with this pace throughout July.

<Knitting>

A new LYS!! A new yarn shop opened last weekend: Knit Schtick.

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Knit SchTick

355 Bristol St.

Costa Mesa, CA

(Past Ayre Hotel, in the little strip mall with Mon Amie Bridal Shop. It’s one-way street there)

Website/Phone:

Knitschtick@aol.com; 714-557-4220.

WEBSITE: http://www.knitschtick.com

They set up the whole thing in 3 weeks (literally, signed the lease 3 weeks ago) and made it look as fantastic as it is now so I have high hopes for this shop.

Some yarns they carry:

Malabrigo Worsted (YAY! and good color selections. YAY YAY!), Cascade 220 Superwash (YAY YAY YAY!!! although I didn’t see the regular 220), other cotton yarns from Cascade (don’t know the name), Ella Rae Classic (Only $6.25/skein? I gotta try those next time), Debbie Bliss, Twinkle Soft Chunky (only saw one color though, which was a bright pink), and some beatufiul novelty yarns (with beads).

Price:

I thought the prices were very reasonable. Ella Rae was $6.25, Superwash 220 was $10.25/skein, and Malabrigo was $11. I got Malabrigo at Knitter’s Studio for $12 the day before.

Layout:

Two big tables with lot of comfy chairs (dining table style). Plus two sofa chairs near the entrance.

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I went last Sunday, which was their official Grand Opening. They did have a pre-sale on Saturday. Here are some photos on other people’s blogs: Knitwith HomespunDouble Treble.

I couldn’t go to their pre-sale because…..

I went to Knitter’s Studio (www.knitculture.com) instead.  It’s a small cute LYS on 3rd street near Beverly Center and The Grove mall.  I’ve been to those malls so many times, and ate at Joan’s on 3rd NUMEROUS time, and still never bothered to look outside the window. I would’ve found this wonderful yarn shop months ago!

They had a book signing event with Wendy Bernard, the author of Custom Knits.

I must add some pictures later.

When I walked in, it was kind of quiet, opposite of what I was expecting (a bunch of women knitting, with their copies of the book tucked under their underarm, while standing in line to get their books signed) and everyone was *gasps* knitting! So it took me a couple of second to realize that the woman right in front of me was Wendy and it caught me off guard when she exclaimed, “you got my book there!”

Embarrassingly, my.. what it seems to be an early signs of menopause kicked in and I started getting hot flashes. Or, it could be just that I was embarrassed. I’ve never felt so awkward! A part of me was very very excited in that dorky way that I got to meet the author of my very first knitting book in real life. The other part of me was scornful, “hey, stop acting like a little teenager who just ran into her favorite boy band. PLEASE.” Wendy even commented on how cute that I’m blushing.

My boyfriend quietly retreated towards the back of the shop and pretended like he was looking at yarns.. or his iPhone?

Anyways~ after that it went well. Wendy and I talked a little bit about Ravelry, about sizing (I’m still a novice when it comes to sizing. I usually pick Small and pray while I knit “please let it fit me, please”), and about… the bar exam. Her sister-in-law went to law school at Berkeley and failed it a couple times. Eeeek.

Then I got to walk around a bit and looked at the awesome selection of yarns. They had: Malabrigo worsted, Noro Kureyon, Noro Silk Garden, Rowan, Manos del Uruguay, Louisa Harding.

I got Malabrigo Worsted in Dark Earth (140), and Louisa Harding Merletto in Mink (2). I took pictures, so I’ll upload them in a bit.

Again, a little bit on the pricier side, compared to Knit SchTick or The Sheared Sheep, but I loved the atmosphere. The lady who was working there helped me wind the Malabrigo into a ball. I’ve never used a ball winder before so I kind of panicked but it was ok. =)

Anyways, lot of knitting stuff this weekend. I love Knit SchTick. Love it MORE because it’s like 2 minutes away from my other favorite yarn shop The Sheared Sheep, and 5 minutes away from my apartment.

<Moving>

Thanks to my beautiful sister, the apartment looks almost clean and normal. My room is still a bit of mess, simply because I cannot find time and energy. I’ll do it this weekend whenever I have time. hehe.

Moving revealed some ugly truths I need to deal with:

1) I have  A LOT OF CLOTHES.

2) I need to get rid of most of them and update wardrobe. More lawyer-like, mature clothes.

3) I have lots and lots of yarn. and TOO many needles.

4) I have too many unfinished projects.

5) I have a serious case of a pack rat. Need to get rid of stuff. I have a binder-paper note from my bestfriend from high school, and a reader from college. OMG, that wasn’t even my MAJOR, and I kept it (Art Studio 4D: Survey of Asian Art)

Ok, pictures to come….

MATERIALS

Rosie's yarn cellar (MC) Manos

16 hrs till end of law school

Employment law final tomorrow, from 9am~12pm brings me to the end of law school. It is truly an end of an era.

Meanwhile, I cannot concentrate on studying at alllllll. I keep daydreaming about things to do after my very last final in law school. It also does not help that I had almost one week to study for just THIS exam, and that’s more than enough to cram. I am so sick of looking at my outline.

If any professors are reading this….PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, make your past exams available. Some exams on file are from like 80s! C’mon, I know a lot has changed since the 80s, and we need new materials to study with. AND, PLEEEEEASE include SOME type of answer key: grading rubric, sample answer, or students’ best answer. How else am I going to know I got all the issues?

Well since my professor did not have any exams available at the library, I tried to do ones available at other law schools. I liked this one, so if you’re preparing for employment law final, check this out: Golden Gate U Law School, Prof. Cooper’s practice exams.

It has all of the aforementioned requirements for being a GOOD sample exam. It has the questions, and several students’ sample answers that is graded (you can see the professor’s handwritten notes on the margins). Love it.

As far as knitting goes, I am ALMOST done with B.O.B. (free pattern on Ravelry) I’m working on the sleeves at once, using magic loop, so it’s taking a while… but I am almost there, 15 out of 17 inches. Then I just have to attach and knit the yoke, which should be quick enough. And then, I’ll finish up Ilene Bag (available on the designer’s blog), before the graduation/vegas trip. I’m planning on taking Delphine, and Child’s Rainbow Scarf, and 2nd Sexy Vesty.

I know~ I have so many WIPs… I dont know how I came to have so many. But. Once I’m done with this final, I’m gonna knit knit knit, and have an awesome sweater jacket for the trip to vegas (shh, I dont care if it’s 100 degrees there right now!), a Earth-Day gift to my boyfriend, and then work on Delphine during the graduation ceremony. =) See? Jean’s got a plan!

Alright. Back to studying employment law. Hope it won’t be that hard. *prays~*