Whoops…

That is not the word you want to hear coming from your own mouth (especially) when you were in the middle of the WIP… It usually means that you either have to frog everything and start over, or you have to think how to wing it…

Now, before I admit what the potential disaster is, I would like to explain what’s going on about this crochet WIP.

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In the pattern, the individual triangles should have 9.5 cm length in every side, and 8 cm tall from the tip to the base. I know how important it is to make a swatch, especially when the pattern relies on the number of triangles you made — instead of the length of the piece as you knit it. So, I did measure the triangle, twice, and I even adjusted the size of the hook to achieve the correct size.

You know you’re going to hear a but, don’t you? Yes… BUT, I think the pattern did not take the shrinkage of the length caused by the joining of the triangles as you go.

You see? When you were joining the triangles as you go, by making a slip stitch into the chain space of the main piece, you inadvertently pinched a very small bit of the edge. I don’t know if this happens to other crocheter, but when I do this, it will take some milimetre worth of the edge… times twenty triangles.

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That’s the problem. In the end, after they’re joined in the round, I realised that the shrinkage on each triangle is then accumulated into a good inch and a half in circumference. I tried it on and it is still loose in my waist and chest so it might fit. I also count on the size after blocking, but I shouldn’t be too confidence that it will be anywhere closer to the size suggested in the pattern.

Yeah… a big whoopsie there 😦 But I think I am going to go through with the WIP, and see…

x ❤ x

Pierrot Gosyo Pattern

I have seen their patterns a lot in Ravelry. I really want to do them as they really look cute. But every time I see their patterns, I backed down again. They are confusing for me.

The patterns are usually made of pictures with very little instruction. You will have to decipher what the notation means, and you might have a different interpretation from your other fellows doing the same thing (at least, at that time I thought so). There are so little information — or I just didn’t see it…

k1p1 rib… not to difficult to understand so far…

But the pull is too big, and I thought I might want to give it a try. So, I started with this simple stockinette project. If I have known how the basic pattern works, I suspect I would be able to make it with the more complicated project.

Wish me luck 🙂

x ❤ x

 

P.S By the way, have any of you work with Japanese knitting patterns? How’s it?

Which One is Better?

It is always great when you have an FO, especially during weekends. It does make you feel like you have achieved something while doing nothing.

Previous FOs waiting for buttons

Unfortunately the buttons I have been waiting for haven’t arrived yet. So now I end up with three very cute lacy baby cardigans, without buttons 😦 Oh well… not much I can do about it. I’ve been thinking of doing something else after this, at least until the buttons have arrived.

Talking about FOs… I do really like the white cardigan. I think I like it more than the yellow one. What do you think? Which one is better?

WIP Progress…

Since I haven’t yet learned how to make an interesting title for my blog post, I am afraid you will have to put up with the generic one — like this one. Yes, of course there’s nothing wrong with a generic title like this, but I kind of think that if the title says everything, it feels like spoiling the whole blog post.

Oh well…

Like I said, the title is pretty much self-explanatory.

I have to say that I like this pattern very much, but if I am not careful I would end up with hundreds of these, and then going to have a big problem finding anyone who would need the jackets. I think this is going to be the last one for a while, at least until mum or my sisters ask me to make more of these.

As the others before, it progressed really quickly. Just like what I suspected before, once I am used to the heart lace pattern, it gets much quicker. I could even do this while watching Miss Marple — and pretended that I am knitting with her while trying to solve a murder mystery.

I am going to have another FO really really soon. I really hope that the button will have arrived by then 😦

x ❤ x

Busy Week…

I am expecting a very busy week this week…

First of all, Christmas is coming. I have been trying several recipes for cakes and biscuits that I could make as gifts for friends, and my husband’s colleagues.

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But my busy-ness is mostly caused by the visa application. It is getting closer and closer to the date. I have to start preparing the documents, printing the important form, and get everything done before booking an appointment in London — hopefully in the end of this month, or the beginning of next month at the latest.

I still managed to spare my time to get my stitching going though. I just didn’t have time to post it every day.

I have to say that these WIPs are actually what keeps me cool. It is definitely therapeutic. And — looking at the photo– it is also satisfying to see the progress. I am just not sure what I can do with these projects.

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Some people frame them and hang them in the house, but my house is not big enough for all these decorations. I am not a big fan of cushions either. Maybe I have to learn how to sew to convert these projects to something cute and useful like a purse for example…

Come to think about it… Maybe 2017 is the time for me to start learning how to sew…

x ❤ x

This Little Piggy Has Something On The Side

I am not known for being patient. So when I am doing big projects I like to have some small projects on the side. Something to give a sense of achievement, I should say. 

  
My WIP, for example is going very slowly and I just could not wait to see some FO (finished object).

So there goes the Amigurumis…

   
   
Notice anything wrong with them?

Yea, some of them don’t have eyes. I have ordered some from eBay and hopefully will be here soon. I think they would be a nice gift for Christmas. Don’t you think?

This Little Piggy Starts A Project 

I haven’t done so many crafty stuff lately. I was a bit busy being an incidental tour guide for my aunt and uncle, as they visited Norwich last week. I am glad to announce that mg secret project for my sister’s wedding is finished, and now I am doing a new–not secret– cross stitch job.

  
I have to apologise in advance. I bought this cross stitch kit months ago. At that time, I was a total noob and I thought it’s better to start cheap by buying kits from Chinese seller from eBay. 

It WAS cheap.

What I did not realise is that the seller copied someone else’s design and did not credit the original designer. I did not know this until much later when I saw the exactly same design, but much more expensive, done by one of the members of a group on facebook.

So yes, I apologise.

Thing is, I could not have known, that was my first time buying a kit. How do I know where and how to cross check the originality of the design?

But I have bought this, and binning this kit is just not logical — so I am going to go on with this project. The only thing I could do in the future is not to buy from that seller again, and check and cross check for future purchase. 

Oh well.