At The Same Time!!

No… Seriously. Have you ever done Drop Design’s patterns? I realised that they do this a lot, and almost every single time I would end up picking up stitches because of this silly pattern writing style.

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“AT THE SAME TIME”

After a long elaborated way to tell you what to do, they added “AT THE SAME TIME” in the end. Why?

I know… read the pattern carefully. Twice. But sometimes the excitement just get the better of me 😦

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ginger bread biscuit to impress in laws… who happened to be a chef and a master-homecook… wish me luck

Never mind… this is the time to be jolly. And I will have to finish this post soon because I am going to go on a road trip to Wales with hubby to visit the in laws 🙂 Might not be able to update in near future for a while, so… just in case I could’t be here tomorrow, I would love to wish everybody a very merry Christmas, and a wonderful happy New Year 🙂

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P.S talking about Mother’s day a couple of days ago, I just realised that my little sister is also a mum now 😮 Should have give her a quick “Happy Mother’s Day” shout out lol.

Hmm… I Wonder…

So, I started this new WIP. I found the pattern from Ravelry — of course. I have to remind you again how dangerous Ravelry is. Once you get in their site, you will get lost in thousands of awesome patterns, and you will stay there for the whole day… none of the household chores would be done. Yes… that place.

I found this pattern, and I love it. So I decide to make this for my niece (again). However, this time I do it for Mum’s request — as if I need an excuse to start a new project. Tee hee.

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I didn’t have red wool in my stash, but I did have a bright fuschia baby yarn there. As I have this awesome plan to destash, I decide to use this yarn instead. Mum agreed that it is acceptable for CNY celebration, so I go ahead with the plan.

Right, it is Robin Bonny Babe. But somehow it is not the same with the usual Bonny Babe yarn I used. In the label it is said that it is New Soft Blend, and it was much softer than the usual Bonny Babe I used. And, no, I am not paid to say this.

The pattern is made from top to bottom. I have done it before for my first ever baby cardigan, but somehow I still found it difficult to follow pattern. I think it depends on how the pattern was written, but I also believe that I am still a novice in reading patterns although I have been knitting for 10 something years.

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Anyway… Since I have made jackets and cardigans for my niece, it got me thinking… Does she need that many warm clothing? I mean, Indonesia is a tropical country, and it is warm almost all the time. But mum said that babies can’t produce heat like adults from their body, so they need warm clothes to keep their body temperature.

I don’t have babies, so I don’t know anything about how their bodies work. But my mum has four kids, so I take her words for it. But is it true, though? I mean, I don’t mind knitting more for my niece. I just wonder…

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Ooh… WIP!

I started to like this table cloth/ curtain project, although I am a bit confused with its name. Why is it named “Puritan crochet”? I mean, what does it have anything to do with it? Anyway… it doesn’t matter. I still like it.

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Well… I have to be honest, it was slightly confusing to start with because the chains kept twisting, and I am not good in keeping the tension. But after the second and the third squares things are getting a little bit more uniformed.

Now that I learned how to join squares as I go, I wonder why I didn’t learn how to do this much earlier. This reduced the extra work and the extra yarn, because I don’t have to sew it together. And best of all, it is just seamless, because the joint is not at bulky like when it is joined with needles and thread.

No.. I am serious. Look!

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I think it will look even more gorgeous once I have blocked the end product.

Anyway, my sister in law came with this new project for me. I have never done this before, and I think it is quite challenging. It is a repair work for her husband’s granny square blanket. I think I have seen some youtube video about how to repair granny square blanket. Let’s see if I could save this blanket 🙂

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We do have the wool for the yellow bits, but not yet for the green one. It might me a trip to wool shop to get the right colour. I know.. I know it might be much easier to make a new blanket, but I admire the sentimental value of this blanket. Apparently it was from my brother in law’s nana, as he is the Canary’s biggest fan.

Wish us luck 🙂

Meeting The Niece

I am here! And I finally met my newborn niece.

She is now 3 weeks old already and was probably one of the cutest things I have seen in my entire life. I cannot remember the last time I saw my parents were so ready to burst with happiness. This time, my parents’s house is just a happy house.

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I brought the hats I made for her last month, and unfortunately for now they’re still a bit too big for her tiny head. The shoes I made much earlier were also too big for now, because she has a pair of tiny feet — complete with little toes (those are so cute by the way). I say tiny, but most people I talked to told me that she is actually a good size for a newborn baby, a good and healthy size. Proud Auntie moment now…

img_1707-1 My dad in particular loves the ducky hat, and found that bright yellow works well with this girl’s cheeky personality. However, when I saw her, she was asleep most of the time — is that what baby does?

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The baby cardigan, by the way fits really well. I worried that it would be too small, because it was so small when I finished the piece, but nope… She wore it the first time she went out with us for a nice dinner at a restaurant. And I can proudly tell you that she did behave really really well when we took her out…

Ah… what a great feeling…

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PS. Sorry that I need to censor her face, it’s just me being an over protective Aunt 😦

I Am Officially An Auntie :D

Well… I was an auntie before this, because my DH has a nephew, but you know what I mean…

My sister just gave birth to a beautiful little daughter — the first in my family. Both the mother and the baby are healthy, and in an excellent condition. My parents are over the moon for their first grandchild.

I am so overjoyed, but at the same time feel a bit sad that I am not the only one who are not there with my sister to give support. Seems like I am the only one missing the celebration in Indonesia 😦 Not happy about it 😦

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Anyway…

So, I decided to just celebrate it myself here with my husband, by baking a cake 🙂 Obviously we don’t need any reason to bake a cake, but it feels slightly more special when you attach story behind a bake…

And here you go…

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Whoopsie… Forgot to take photo before sliced it :p

 

Cocopandan Cake with Gula Melaka topping.

Yes it sounds foreign, I know. But I feel like I want to make this one because it reminds me so much of home. Cocopandan is basically coconut and pandan (fragrant leaves, very popular in Indonesian desserts and beverages), and gula melaka or gula merah is how we call palm sugar in that part of the world.

It tastes wonderful. A wonderful cake for a wonderful day 🙂

WIP: Baby Blue!

One thing that is still keeping me excited is that the fact that I am going to be an aunt soon. My sister’s pregnancy is already seven month old — I know that lots of people count the weeks, but somehow I can’t remember how many weeks she’s now. Anyway..

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baby jacket pattern is so small. When I casted on, i thought… “that’s all?”

It makes me want to knit more stuff for my soon to be born niece.

I found a really pretty newborn jacket pattern free from Rowan website. The pattern is called “Elly“. However, since I realised I would be back in Indonesia about a month or two after the baby is born, I think making a newborn jacket wouldn’t be wise. So, I made the bigger size so the baby would still be able to wear it.

My… babies are small, aren’t they? It’s so quick to make…

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And suddenly it’s binding off time…

Can’t wait to finish the project…

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I Am Back!

Not many people knows that I was away for a couple of weeks — as I haven’t told anybody. My husband thought it wouldn’t be wise to advertise our holiday to general public — at the same time telling them that we’re not going to be at home for a while. Safety first, the self proclaimed captain paranoid always told me. I wonder if I could convince him to install some security system in our house…?

Anyway… My sister got engaged and married — I think it is cultural thing where the engagement ceremony is just a part of traditional thingy. Naturally, I want to be at home to celebrate it with my family. We’re lucky that the even coincide with my husband’s holiday from work, so we could visit Indonesia together. It’s been awhile since he had visited Indonesia.

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For the wedding gift, I cross stitched a wedding sampler for my sister few weeks ago. I decided to frame it in Indonesia because it was cheaper to professionally do, and much easier to transport. And since my mum chose the frame, it looked so much better than I had expected.

But hey, I am home now. I am really tired, but I somehow I just wanted to make sure this entry is posted today. I miss this blog when I was away 🙂

Will be back soon.

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