Saturday, December 01, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Here's the lowdown:
- I made it through my exams. Instead of a pair of socks as expected, I have two leg portions. Heh.
- I ended a three-year relationship. It was definitely a big step but nevertheless, the right decision. I couldn't see the point of moving on. What else can you do when the man you thought you knew for three years turns around and ignores you when you need him the most without giving any reason?!
- I am single after over three years! DUDE...I've forgotten what that was like!
- My little brother turned 21.
- I've to get used to everything I own being covered in bales of cat hair *gasp*
- I am STILL working on my wonderful sweater.
Next, I received the final package of SP 11.Wooooot! And my SP really outdid herself. Look at all the yarny goodness. I was speechless!
Two balls of bamboo-wool in a gorgeous blue-gree-purple mix (extreme lower left).
One gaily coloured Sockotta - it's cotton and the colour just cheers me right up! And I really needed that!
One beautiful purple-pink mix of Tofutsies, get this, it contains chitin along with soysilk. Now that's really funky.
Two skeins of purple-blue-green-white Cascade fixation. I love this yarn!
A cute notions case containing a chibi (yay!) and a very cute tape measure. Thank you very much Laura!
Now interrupting all regular scheduled programming for some big news: my little bro bought a car. Like OMG. This is a BIG BIG deal to me because those who know my family and our situation would understand what a big deal it is. Here's a peak of the new mama sita:Isn't she a beaut?
I thank God for the favour he has bestowed upon my family. We've been through terrible ordeals but He has held us together making sure we wouldn't crack. So those of you going through hard times out there, remember it all happens for the best and I myself certainly believe that with all of my heart.
Therefore you see, it has been a bittersweet month with both good things and bad happening, but eventually I've come to see the good and the reasons for the bad and I am grateful. I also want to thank Mira for helping me in ways I cannot even begin to express. Thanks babe and I miss ya too!
Oh btw, am sorry I haven't been reading many blogs lately because my internet server *insert a lot of colourful language* has BLOCKED FLICKR. How damnedly insane is that? So you see, I haven't been able to access most blogs.
Well, that is all for now. Excuse the digusting cell phone pics. Next on my wish list, a kick-ass digital camera. Heh.
I hope all of you are keeping well and had a fabulous Thanksgiving too.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
I. must. knit.
And so the Bayerische Sock was born. Perhaps I shall have pair of socks to mark each time of year the exams roll in. Perhaps not. But I certainly am enjoying this pattern to bits.
But right now, a sock doesn't seem to cut it anymore. Must. cast. on. multiple. projects.
Something more substantial?
I cannot decide. Perhaps you'd help me =)
Oh yes I finally manage to take a picture of my very long-awaited SP 11 package.
A skein of Euroflax, a pair of 4mm addi turbo needles, rosebud salve (I love this), sachet of wool wash, keychain and a tin of mints. Thank you SP. I also want to make an apology to my SP for the misunderstanding on Ravelry. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings.
I think that's about all for now. I must return to knit-cough-study.
Friday, October 26, 2007
My very first affair with tweed.
I think Sally read my mind because the little flecks of colour caught my eye just the day before while admiring someone knitting with some gorgeous tweed.
Lo and behold, I have my very own tweed.
Thank you Sally! I think a scarf is in order with this yarn but I am hunting for the perfect pattern for it. I've been knitting and scrapping so many swatches in search for perfection.
Then I was pleasantly surprised with a gift that made it all the way from Singapore. Thank you Regg, it was so thoughtful of you. The cotton yarn is just so soft.
There was more....two hairbands and a cute set of buttons, all being put to good use =)
Then this arrived in the mail. My very first pair of Addis with a gorgeous load of yarn. Thanks Annie.
I've already experimented with Magic Loop using the needles. Loving it so far. The yarn is wonderful too.
And last but not certainly not the least, the wonderful package from my buddy Mira. Gorgeous cotton yarn, stitch-holders, aromatherapy oil and a face mask.
Thank you ladies, you made the day extra-special. And of course I want to thank each and everyone of you who remembered and were kind enough to wish me. Y'all turned a frown upside down.
Also, thank you for the kind comments on the demise of my hamsters. It was good to share.
Further grim news, exams are upon me. Hence the scarce blogging. What's even worse, I can't seem sit still enough to knit anything - I should be talking about studying but y'all know what it's like. But let's just not ruin it shall we?
Friday, October 19, 2007
Here's to wonderful pets who make life much more special.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
No I am not loco.
I took a Quiz which I thought was like any other. But then - some stuff rang very very true! I iz confounded.
by St. Augustine
You're a sinner, you're a saint, you do not feel ashamed. Well, you might feel a little ashamed of your past, but it did such a good job of teaching you what not to do.
Now you've become a devout Christian and have spent more time ruminating on the world to come rather than worldly pleasures. Your realizations and ability to change will bring reverence upon you despite your hedonistic transgressions. Florida will honor you most in the end.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
Do take the quiz and tellz me if you iz confounded too.
ps. Who/what is Florida (not the place I assume)?
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Do you own a boat? I certainly don't, I haven't seen a bed of water in three years - if you don't count the reservoir that recycles mucky water that is nearby.
Well anyways, if you do own a boat, did you know that you can actually insure it? From small dinghy boats to cruisers to luxury yachts marine insurance is apparently quite common. I seriously didn't know that. You can get a quote online for your boat's insurance costs. You can even insure a canoe too! Splendid isn't it? More reason to pick up fun hobbies.
Fresh air, salty breezes, vast expanses of blue and pure bliss, yep all that comes with a boat. So if any of you lucky peeps out there have a boat, why don’t you get it insured? From the looks of it, the process seems easy and painless! Oh and invite me for a day of fun in the sun please.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I've frogged it and am redoing without shoulder shaping, which you can see in the pic...looking horrendous. UGH.
On a happier note, I just received my birthday pressie - a day early (good timing!). All the way from home. I miss my family.
However, I do have a question. Would y'all prefer organic crops that haven't been sprayed with pesticides or any other chemicals to genetically enhanced, highly nutritious, high-yielding crops? Would you mind picking up organic veggies that have teensy holes...cos...well...no pesticides so it's really party time for that dang catterpillar.
I'm not too sure what I'd pick. No chemicals sure does appeal, but to me, so do the genetically enhanced ones.
Oh yeh, they have a couple of scary ass chickens, whose dung is used as fertiliser (!!!) in organic farming. I've never seen chickens so HUGE. Damn it's like seeing Chicken Little on steroids. Here's one that was camera shy:
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
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Thursday, September 13, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Therefore after giving him addresses, emails, websites, telephone numbers, fax numbers, brand names, content instructions, yardage instructions, weight instructions and even shop timings, I thought my work was done and I had educated two of the macho (cough!) lot to understand our kind.
But instead I got frantic phone calls from a yarn store saying "They only have 4 fla-ee!!! What IS that? Er.. what's merino again?"
For those keeping check: fla-ee= ply
The prices he told me where off the top and well, I meekly told him "Sorry for the trouble bro. You gotta get OUT of there." And he did and I...well....moped for a few hours and promptly forgot about the whole incident.
Well when we finally did meet him, he handed me gigantic bag containing these:
I think what I said was: "OMG OMG OMG YARDIBESDOODINDIHOLWORL" - roughly translated: "you're the best dude in the whole world" in a very very high-pitched squeal.
5...yes five balls of 8ply Classic wool in Cranberry...OMG! I'd never thought I'd ever get to knit with Bendigo yarn bebeh!
Turns out he did learn a thing or two about yarn and actually ordered these online for me =) OMG!! Yeh, okay, I did educate them about Bendigo wool and complained about four hundred and seventeen times that I had no credit card hehehe so perhaps that was the big big hint.
Okay - now that it's out of my system. I'm fairly calm. I know it ain't such a big deal because most of you do have Bendigo wools stashed somewhere but it's a biggie for me!
O'rite then. I'm off to talk to ma new wooly 200gm pets.
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Sunday, September 02, 2007
What with all the assignments and essays and reports and assignments and essays and reports - I could go on and on.
But then my ---- gifted me this:
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Though this organization is based in the United States, I noticed, it has a very large following / fan base all around the world. Their advertisers are mainly from the United States and sometimes the companies target the population of U.S. bloggers. International Posties (that’s the cool name for us bloggers outside of the U.S.) are usually not entitled to these Opportunites (Opps).
Ever since I joined, I’ve had the most fantastic time looking out for Opps and posting about them in here. And sometimes I see awesome Opps for U.S. bloggers and I think…. “sigh….” Heh.
No more sighing for me bebeh! PayPerPost has now introduced Worldwide Wednesdays that run on Wednesdays at noon EDT to Thursday noon EDT and are available ESPECIALLY for us International Posties!!! How awesome is that?!!
YEP it’s true, between the times mentioned above, special Opps under Worldwide Wednesdays are expressly available to bloggers outside of the U.S.!! That’s me ME!!! Wooooot!
Oh trust me; you’d want to get your hands on these Worldwide Wednesday Opps: two US$50 Opps and one US$150 Opp!!! Bring it ON!
Thank you PayPerPost for thinking of us international posties and making this possible for us! Worldwide Wednesdays are simply awesome and I can’t tell you how excited I am waiting for the Wednesdays to roll in =)
Who’d have known Wednesdays could be such fun eh? Got to freshen up and get ready to grab those awesome Opps hot off the oven!
Thanks PayPerPost for being so considerate because Worldwide Wednesdays just made my day!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
What does this all mean for us bloggers you might ask? Well honestly, this does what every blogger strives to do best: blog interesting posts and increase traffic to our sites! The extra exposure to a wider audience never hurt anyone.
Monday, August 20, 2007
This is the collective loot.
Sigh...thank God for wonderful friends!
But one has become this:
Notice the rope cables? Thats from Knitty's Mariah. The rest is my own pattern. I HOPE IT'LL TURN OUT NICE.
Sorry...just had to break the jinx that I might have brought upon it by blogging about it so early.
One of the balls is currently doing this:
'Kay the ball ain't doing that. I am.
Last but not the least, the gorgeous Peony which has become this:
Back of a cropped jacket using a lace chart from Kitman and the rest of it is my own pattern.
*dances around the room twice on one leg* - jinx-breaking ritual from the tribes of Knittingville.
OMG I love this yarn. Soft. Shiny. Soft. Shiny. Yeh, I could go on. It's frickin' wonderful to knit with. Who wudda thunk acrylic cud be so love-ley eh?
That's all for now. Back to pretending to study =D
Oooo lookie, Sally and Annie nominated me for it:
Sally who is a knitting speedster I tell you! This Rockin' Girl (Mom) ought to be given a speeding ticket! Her FOs are super fab! And Annie - *drool* check out her FOs, worthy of all Rockin'-gness bestowed upon her.
As a Rockin' Chica now, I get to nominate five more Rockers. Since most of you already rock...here are my nominations:
Ennairda Knits - Lovely blog with all her yarn eye candy and cool FOs. She has the cutest hamsters.
All Tangled Up - I'm sure all of you know this wonderful blog. I don't think I have to say more!
Knitty Kitty Kat Chat - a soon to be mum and she's got her own etsy shop and podcast!
Frog in Knots - Another Rain who's lots of fun and has lovely FOs.
Compassion Knits - love your Yugioh pattern over n over! Here's to many new patterns from you =D
Keep Rockin' Gals!!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
According to weather conditions, cotton is the best to knit and I love it. I also do love Misti Alpaca, its the softest yarn I've ever used. I like merino wool too and I've never tried silk but would love to. Not a fan of acrylic (except for Japanese Peony) or eyelash yarn. Oh, I'm allergic to mohair.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
Needles are currently in a jazzed up Pringles tin. Hooks are in a in a see through plastic pouch.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I've seriously been knitting for about one and a half years but I learnt more than ten years ago from my parents.
I think I would probably call myself an intermediate knitter.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yep, check the side bar.
5. What's your favorite scent?
Don't call me an oldie but I love Rose.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Dark chocolate and After Eights can rock my world bay-bay!
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
Other than knitting, I crochet and err... nothing really. I don't spin.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like alternative rock, eg. Lifehouse
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
My favourite colour is purple but I like wearing black and white. I like deep blues, maroon, dark green.
I hate yellow and beige....BLEARRGHHH, but other than that I would like to say I'm tolerant.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I have a room-mate and four hamsters =D
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Yep I do wear ponchos.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I like knitting tops, nice and flattering ones. Stuff that I can actually wear out.
13. What are you knitting right now?
A cropped jacket and a hoodie.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
I like to be the one doing the knitting but other stuff is cool.
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I prefer circulars definitely and aluminium too.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Er that would be just around one and half years old.
18. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas...and does my birthday count =D ???
19. Is there anything that you collect?
Yarn, patterns, needles and pattern books hehehee.
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I would love to own some Addi turbos. Yarn, I would love to try out bamboo and silk...they sound so dreamy to wear.
Patterns, I've been trying to get the Li'l Red Riding Hoodie by Jennifer Stafford; Babette blanket in Interweave Crochet.
I have no magazine subscriptions unfortunately.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yep I do knit socks once in a while. I'm a size 8
23. When is your birthday?
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
THEREFORE Rain's Knit-Bits began and boy was I glad I started off. With just a blog, a whole new world opened up. I made tons of wonderful friends like you guys and got a chance to showcase my knitting. How awesome is that?
Well now there seems to be much more tweaks jazzing around the internet. And it doesn't take a genius to figure out that cool things are happening bay-bay! The most coolest thing that has got my attention right now is Pay Per Post or more simply known as PPP. It's a site that lets you do what you love (blog) and then get paid for your efforts too!
I was introduced to this wonderful site by Kitman and on signing up I realised what a lucrative idea this was. Advertisers post up opporunities for us Posties to blog about and on approval, you get paid! Sounds simple? Well, it IS. Not only that, you also get to interact with other Posties who are in the community and learn a thing or two about it all.
Why don't you see for yourself what you could get out of signing up with this amazing site that not only motivates your blogging but also rewards you for it?! Start planning what you can do with what you earn! Yarn...look out...here I come!
Hope you to see y'all at PPP!
Isn't she the cutest little thing?
Her name's Kitty (yeah...corny...I know) and she only answers to that. Apparently she's a fiesty thing too. She LOVES mucking around in yarn and will probably be a hazard to my poor knitting.
Her best friend is Dad and enjoys climbing up curtains and sitting on top of the curtain rods. I've got a few videos of her but for the life of me, dunno how to upload them. Anyone?
How do you keep a kitty out of your knitting ladies?
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
I've actually had to leave home a full HALF HOUR before class so I'd reach on time. Erm. Frickety frick frick!
Okay I'm just being nasty. I love the new campus. It's big, it's pleasant and actually feels like a university. Heh.
Anyhoo. Let me tell you about Singapore. Mira and I took a very short vacation off to Singapore for funsies. It was awesome. Who'd have thought that a country could be SO accessible?
After a very very s.l.o.w. train ride of 6 hours, we arrived in Singapore. A cab ride and a lot of oooing aaaahing about the different cellphone service providers that kept buzzing our phones with roaming services later, we arrived at our stay. A family friend of Mira's.
Next morning, armed with full backpacks and two maps, we were set to explore the country! It was neat fun going around and seeing the place. Everything clean and ordered as a pin.
We also had the fortune of meeting the lovely ladies from Knits from the Heart and My Free Time and we had such a wonderful time! Thanks Regg for the amazing surprise! We then made our way to the ultimate hang-out spot, Spotlight the yarn store, that was the highlight of our trip!
This must be what Heaven must be like =D
So basically, when we were not in this lovely place...we were cruising the city on the very efficient train system. We certainly did manage to get around most places and had a smashing time. I would love to go back and....er....camp out at Spotlight? Yeah pretty much.
We both made some wonderful purchases....whoop dee doo....totally worth the quid.
Here are some pictures that we managed to take:
An old post office converted to the rather grand Hotel. It sure is a beauty.
A Chinese temple that was simply magnificent.
Unfortunately we did not have a very good camera with us so our cell phones had to suffice and this is the best we got out of it. I've got a few more but I can't seem to upload it. But all in all, it was a great trip!
That's all for now. Happy knitting everyone!!
Friday, July 13, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Okay, it isn't blocked but you get the idea. Normally, it's supposed to be pinned at the neck but that just makes me look like a stuffed monkey.
So hence, the bottom pin. BUT you see the rolling in at the top opening? I do not like that. Do I leave it be...or frog it and knit this:
The pretty Minisweater by Glampyre.
Please tell me what y'all think? The life of my capelet depends on it.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
It's been a while since I've been around to blogging so peg me down for a bucket of guilt will ya. But I do have a good excuse...EXAMS!
The pics I believe, will speak for themselves.
**** In short, New campus = Brand spankin' new****
Now which one is everyone's favourite campus??? Lemme hear y'all louder......!
Yeah bay-bay....New campus hands down! The only catch, it'll probably take eleventy-one minutes to get from one class to the next....sigh....
Not to forget the half an hour's walk from home to uni and back. No more waking up 10 minutes before lecture and still making it on time....*sniff*....
Oh well...you win some, you lose some.
Till later chicas...Ciao.
Friday, June 08, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
The time that comes just twice a year,
To fill strong minds with feelings of fear,
Whispers of doom
And tall tales of lore
Prey on their thoughts and hearts, oh dear.
Look oh look, its the Omen of gloom
With nary a smile nor hope that blooms.
What oh what do these people see?
It's Exams dear lass,
Yes, that time of year!
- by Yours truly (Picture source: Animation USA: Casper and the Ghostly Trio)
Just to put a mad spin on exam stress! So y'all know why there hasn't been much activity around this blog.
The timing's awful with me bitten by a random flu bug who thought it would just be SUCH FUN to see me squirm and suffer during this rather haunting exam time.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Here is a list of my Summer Knitting Goals:
- Undo and redo OSW
- Complete another pair of footies
- Knit a tank for myself
- Design something and knit it!
- Knit a Swallowtail shawl
I know that it's a rather short list, but reasonable I think. I'm not a very fast knitter so I think these would be doable and help me keep my rule of one project at a time. Of course, it's subjected to amendment at any given time :D
Now for some fun. CONTEST TIME
ALSO, do mention that you saw this contest from my blog, as every referral will get you an extra entry!! How's that for coolness?!
Contest runs till the end of May.
GOOD LUCK everyone!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
From bottom left, clockwise:
Knitpicks Gossamer in Rose Garden, Claudia's Handpainted in Deep Blue and Knitpicks Gossamer in Sweet Pea
I just have four rows of ribbing to go to complete this. I must confess, it looks rather drab and shapeless in the picture. But it's really not that bad, heh. Modeled pics after completion of course =D
That's all the knitting that has been done all this while. Bad init? But then again, uni is keeping me awfully busy.
...and my improvised "Tuna Quiche"
A special thanks to Mira for helping me get all the stuff and hide it in time hee hee.
Anyhoo, that's all for now. Happy Knitting everyone!