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.



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….


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.


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. =)