Mystery KAL aka “PLEASE MAKE SURE I FINISH MY HUSBAND’S SWEATER KAL”

I just wanted to see who would be interested in doing something like this.

So here’s my story: when we first adopted Bagel from Taiwan, he was just about 1 year old, and was making a lot of trouble at home with his chewing behavior. He chewed through Marty’s Havaianas, his own collar which was handmade jewelry from his foster mom, a PS3 controller, etc. One day I went to check on him because he was being really quiet, and I knew that he was up to no good! 

He was in his crate; but I also found Marty’s favorite sweater inside the crate. At first I thought, aw how cute, he wanted to smell his daddy~! Then when I lifted it up to fold it up, I saw a huge hole.

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The left shoulder was completely eaten. 100% wool fiber, inside Bagel’s stomach. 

 

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And apparently a part of the zipper too.

 

I can’t tell what brand it is, because the tag was irritating and Marty had cut it out before. But I can tell that it’s a decent quality wool yarn. Other tags like washing instructions are all written in English only, and the hand of the fabric is soft. Not soft like Merino, but definitely not harsh. 

 

 

 

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And guess what this knitter had said, to the disappointed then-boyfriend?

“OH DON’T WORRY; I WILL MAKE YOU ONE JUST LIKE IT!”

Fast forward almost 5 years. We had gotten married, and I finally found the yarn that looked similar to the original yarn. 

Still haven’t started it.

August 20 is our official 4th wedding anniversary. And I decided to finally sit down and write up the pattern. Sure, I could have made this a secret project, but I needed something to keep me on track, so I don’t finish it on our 10th anniversary or anything! (And trust me, I do have few 5+ year-old project somewhere in the house).

 

So I wrote the pattern and cast on but thought that I would make the pattern as a free pattern only until the day after our wedding anniversary, August 21, and share the pattern with people who are interested in men’s sweater pattern. This pattern involves a little bit of steeking and installing a zipper. I’m also thinking about attaching elbow patches, and give an option for a vest for those of you who would rather not knit the sleeves. (WHO DOES?). If steeking scares you, even with my instruction, I think I might include another option for the neckline.

 

ANOTHER OPTION: If you actually have another pattern design in mind for your significant other, male or female, you can still join our KAL! I will still send you the finalized pattern through Ravelry if you post it on your blog or Instagram and tag me (@candyandbagel on Instagram)

 

What’s in it for you? Again, the pattern, or rather a draft of the pattern, will be available for free only until August 21, 2014. After that date, it will be temporarily unavailable, and then will be for sale. And for people who complete the sweater with me by August 31, 2014, I will send you a copy of a complete, tech-edited, finalized pattern (value of $7).

And I will randomly pick 3 of you, and send each of you a small gift from my Candy & Bagel shop. This could be handdyed roving, handspun yarn, handmade items, or cute notions!

 

 IF you’re interested, either… 1) comment below this post; or 2) PM me on Ravelry (ID: JeanChungDesigns); or 3) Tweet me at candybagel or 4) email me at jean (at) jdknitter (dot) com by May 30, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

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The yarn I chose was Colourmart DK weight cashmere/silk/viscose/merino blend yarn in MF Tweed colorway. Colourmart is great but I remember shipping was very slow via Royal Mail. I think for the finalized version of the pattern, I will have to test with more US-market friendly yarn. 

Again:

IF you’re interested, either… 1) comment below this post; or 2) PM me on Ravelry (ID: JeanChungDesigns); or 3) Tweet me at candybagel or 4) email me at jean (at) jdknitter (dot) com by May 30, 2014.

Good night!

#knitting #accountabilityKAL

Handspun FO

Few months ago at Torrance Fiber Festival, I purchased this beautiful targheetop from Abstract Fiber, in “Tulip” colorway. It actually reminds me of a parrot than tulips!

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The colors were so bright and beautiful, but they were such primary colors that it kind of scared me. The last thing I wanted was a self-striping yarn. So, I decided to make this into a 4-ply yarn, while making sure I blend the colors as much as possible. First 2 bobbins were straight from the top, I just divided it into thin strips and drafted a little bit before spinning in 14:1 ratio.

For the other 2 bobbins, I carded the different colors.

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They looked so pretty in the box, and I really really enjoyed spinning it this way. I’m really going to try to pick more crazy color tops from now on. It’s really fun watching all the different colors getting wound onto the bobbins.

The end product is this:

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With 4-ply, the colors were blended in really well, creating yarn with more consistent colors. It’s sportweight, perfect for an accessory item. I can’t wait for it to become something.

Tour de Fleece Week 1 recap

 

 

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Handdyed some 80% merino 20% tussah silk rovings yesterday and played with label ideas this morning. I’m planning to dye some (and spin some of them) for friends.

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So how’s everyone doing with their Tour de Fleece? I’m really making a huge progress. I finished my Louet Corriedale, all on the borrowed Traddy (aka Ashford Traditional) and then on my 3rd bobbin of Ashland Bay Gray merino.

I realized I didn’t post pictures of the borrowed Traddy. So here they are.

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It was kind of rusty from non-use, but I got rid of the rust (so they don’t get on my yarn!) and oiled, oiled, and oiled. Do you see the OLD Ashford logo? And the conrod is LEATHER. This thing is so pretty. And unlike my initial judgment, this is SINGLE drive, making it really easy for me to get used to since my Kiwi is a single-drive wheel too.

I’m hoping to do some plying next week!

 

YarnChefSpin merino bamboo

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I have better photos, I promise-!

But remeber what I was spinning few days ago? This is 2-ply light fingering weight yarn now. 50% merino and 50% bamboo. Looks very pretty and I’m really happy how it all came out.

Spinning definitely has its learning curve. I am becoming more and more comfortable with my Kiwi wheel and I have been thinking about buying a more expensive wheel but decided over last weekend to just stay with my wheel for a while.  I love the simplicity of this wheel. It’s all wood, looks very lovely, spins almost anything, and c’mon, how can you part with that little sweet kiwi bird on the treadle. :-D

It’s melting outside

It’s officially summer alright.

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DH and I are visiting friends in Pasadena today and Google Weather has a heat wave warning this weekend.

At least it’s not this bad in Irvine. …

And we were able to cool off a bit at this awesome coffee shop in Pasadena. .

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Zona Coffee

So not to waste any time in the car, this is what I’m doing.

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The yarn is this workhorse yarn from south korea. I met the manufacturer at TNNA and got few samples. It’s low twist and contains 5% acrylic so not the type of yarn I usually work with but this would make great baby gifts-! (95% wool). And of course, HiyaHiya interchangeable needles.  They are my newest love.

DOMA and Prop 8 are out!

Back when one of my LYS was still in business, I was looking at some yarns and overheard a couple of elderly women talking about same sex marriage.

“I mean, marriage should be between a MAN and a WOMAN”

“where do they get this idea that marriage is a right? where does that say in our constitution?”

This was my 2nd year in law school, and I had every fiber in my body telling me to give them a US Government and Con Law class right there and there. You know, how both US constitution and the interpretation by the US Supreme Court are the law of the land, and the 3 branches of government, and Loving vs. Virginia (a case involving Equal Protection Clause under the Constitution, declaring laws that prohibit interracial marriage as unconstitutional)? I still, somewhat cowardly, somewhat wisely, walked away. I didn’t want to make a scene at my LYS. (although to this day, I  keep thinking that I should have)

I hope those ladies get to read the US Supreme Court opinion today, where SCOTUS once again affirms that right to marry is an individual right and same sex couples cannot be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation. 

What we have today is based on logic and legal principles. When you look at these and facts and precedents set by the court, there’s just NO OTHER conclusion possible. 

Please don’t bring in religion into a legal discussion we’re having in a country where the Constitution does NOT allow the government from having any affiliation to a religious institution. 

And “LOGIC” is not the same as “Familiarity”. Just because the society you’re FAMILIAR with had segregation between Whites and Non-whites or Heterosexual couples and Same Sex Couples, doesn’t mean that what you know islogical. Logic is justice reached by analysis of legal/mathematical principles and facts. 

Thanks.