Thursday, 30 October 2008
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
線材很早已前就收到了但是因為我第一次打lace yarn完全不曉得會這麼細收到的時候真是傻眼呢.當然有嘗試馬上要來打但馬上就發現沒辦法.所以只好趕快來買yarn swift& ball winder.有了捲線器真是好多了.但因為買的時候買家說有點重所以我想說那寄到安迪公司去好了他可以開車幫我載回來結果遇到他瘋狂出差週～～硬是等到上個禮拜五才收到=.=!!!
My yarn is from Lane Borgosesia, I eventually bought it from Pavi yarn.They are quite good and fast. My first choice wasn't this shp. Unfortunately the shop I had bought didn't have the color in stock although THEY SHOW IT ON THEIR WEBIST. I was quite frustrated to have such an unpleasant experience I don't think I will buy anything from them now. They didn't get the money from my card but they just wasted me my time.=.=" And even I was told they don't have that color in stock I still could see this on their webist. I don't think it's good although I know maintain a webite isn't an easy job.
I was quite amazied how thin lace yarn us. Of course I at once tried to cast on BUT I didn't want toruin it for I didn't have a ball winder. Such a thin yarn will denefitely caused a very big trouble. I thought of the importance to have a yarn swift and ball winder. I bought it in the end. I knew if I don't have them I couldn't do anything about the yarn. I thought it might be eaiser to ship to Andy's office and then he could bring it back to me. Such a wonderful plan, wasn't it? anothe BUT. He was so busy to out of his office for the whole week~~~~~~~~~ so I didn't get them til last Friday.
We were both ecxited of them. Andy helped me set them up and even helped me wind the ball. He seemed enjoy it. And he said I was soo brilliant not to promise you to be your yarn swift. It took such a long time to wind the skein(100g) I don't think I wanted to torture himn like this.
I just finished my swatch!! It didn't look the same as Regina's=.= What happened??!! I quite like to knit by Western pics. the good thing is they will note what those symbles means rather than Japanese way. YOU HAVE TO CHECK WHAT THEY MEAN WHEN KNIT JAPANESE PATTERN!!! and the good thing is the project should look very similar when you finish it. I reckon it looked quite the same. So maybe just the differnece from size. mine and Regina's ( I will take a good look afterwards)
昨天repeat時不小心漏針害我完全不知到要拆到那邊去才可以看的懂一整個想哭～～lace yarn 打起來怎麼這麼累阿＝．＝（這下又想買個打毛線專用檯燈因為英國的房子都超暗的這種時候超級想念台灣的家的客廳都是大展的日光燈好幾盞～這樣打起來一定很明亮）
I started on Monday night but I redid quite a few times. I think I need some time to get used to yarn lace. I accidentally sliiped a stitch and then I didn't know how far I needed to go to pick it up=.= so upset!!! Now my new toy target is a knitting lamp for light in British house is not so brlight. I don't know how Regina can made 2 swatches and after than some swatch with beads. I thnk I will stick to this one and just knit by no4 needle for I have no power to make another watch now. ^_^
Thursday, 2 October 2008
The reason I know Wan-Chen is just because we both are knit-loves. Through TKA, I knew she is like me living in London. I didn't know many people in this city because I didn't move here very long. I realized if I never try to know people, people will never know me. So I wrote her an email and invited her to go to Loop. I wasn't so familiar with the traffic in London so I was a bit late when I arrived Angel tube station. When we stepped into Loop, the staff wasn't too happy and said we're nearly close!@@
We both like yarn shop a lot. Although we only had 10 min, we still tried our best to touch yarns, feel it, and left sadly. This is the first time I met her. Before that, I already saw lots of her knitting stuff through her blog. I adnired the color she chose for her projects. Because she was going to have an interview, so we did some window shopping around angel before we parted.
再來就夏天了，光頭妹也怠惰的沒打毛線，我只好一個人默默的打我的毛線，不過我還是有空就會上一下他的甄製瞧瞧是否他又有什麼驚人之作！前一陣子光頭妹又自己回來TKA,所以我也很興奮的快點約他見面，我們在victoria見面時還相約好互相都穿著剛剛打好的毛衣,他穿著他最近打好的poncho,還秀給我看什麼是fisherman's rib. 這一天見面,我們還分享了很多編織的心情,我真的很開心可以認識光頭妹,因為我的同事雖然對於我打毛線這件事情，大多數都是從很驚訝到很羨慕，但因為興趣不同，很難跟他們分享我的心情，還好這一切，光頭妹都懂.那天他還跟我說他們結婚紀念日那天騎車到brighton,她老公還特地準備了一個腳踏車專用的tomtom但還是不小心的騎上了高速公路把他嚇得半死！他跟我分享他是怎麼嘗試著從他家Hackey一路騎到 SOUTH KENSINNTON但還是沒有成功，第一次騎到Holborn就放棄了～我跟他分享我第一次被呼嘯而過的車子整個困在圓環中間很想哭的心情.那一天是我這半年來第一次參加毛線聚會最開心的一天.那天之後，我好期待下一次我們的見面，不過我擔心他又忙下一次見面又不知道要等到什麼時候所以我就寫信給他，謝謝他昨天陪我打毛線跟打屁,他隔了兩個禮拜才回我信,但在信上盡是道歉說不好意思這麼晚回,但他很興奮的說他終於成功的從他家騎到公司了！還說他很開心他會試著天天這麼做.22/9我回信給他說你真是勇敢ㄟ～一直到今天,我還在等他的信,想說都說好要打毛線了,這小女生不知道又在忙什麼,過兩天來打電話給他好了...
Summer comes and Wan chan might be oppucied by something else. I still continued my knitting. But I still went to her blog to see if she restarted her knitting again every now and then. It was very exciting when she back to TKA,I couldn't wait to email her to check what she was knitting and when we could meet! We met at London Victoria and we both wore what we just knitted. I also gave her the pattern I just knitted.She showed me how to do the fishermnan's rib she just learned. I did enjoy the day a lot. and I felt so lucky to know her in this city. I don't have too many friends, especially someone with the same hobby as me. Most of my colleagues were surprised when they know I knit. Except that, nothing much. It is totally different experience when I chat knitting with Wanchen or Regina or Celia, it feels like they do care about what you wanna say except just trying to listen.
Besides knitting she talked a lot about cycling. She also mentioned she and her husband cycled to Briton from London for 5 hours. He prepared a tomtom for the bikes but it directed them to the motor way which freaked her out! And how terrified when she tried to cycle from Hackey to south kensignton.She tried several times and failed. but she still loved to try it. I thought she was such a brave girl because I live in zone 5. the traffic is much much better than central london. But I had a horrible experience when I cycled just around where I live. I stocked in the middle of a round-about and I decided never ever do that again. That was the most wonderful meetup I had for that last 6 months. I was so looking forward to the day we meet again. I gave her some knitting information through email and thanked her to have given me such a wonderful time.She didn't manage to reply my mail after 2 weeks. She apologised for being so late to reply my mail. and say we defnetely will meet again soon. She also mentioned she finally successfully cycled from her place to south kensignton. She was happy about that and she was gonna try to do it everyday. I was very surprised she did it. I was waiting for her mail until today. and was thinking i might call her to book time to meet.
我下班通常都是拿london lite不拿the london paper的,我通常下班坐火車回家就是拿london lite,五分鐘翻完剛好換車,剛好開始打毛線.我今天不知道為什麼,突然拿起被丟在一邊座位的the london paper.我突然看到光頭妹的照片.我想...難怪他這麼忙.不會是因為有表演吧...我有點興奮的要讀起文章.我突然發現標題好像不是我期待的..我驚訝...我不知道該說什麼..我想..我是不是弄錯了..但那名字..那照片..就是連我認識的光頭妹....這種事情不應該發生在一個超級小心的腳踏車騎士...尤其是一個連公車停在站牌都會乖乖的等公車開走才繼續騎腳踏車的人.這～是怎麼一回事...原來這就是我等不到他回信的原因...
I normally take london lite rather than the london paper. I normally took london lite, flipped through just before I changed my train, started knitting on my journey home. I didn't know why I tool the london paper set aside me today. I saw a picture looks like Wan chen. I thought- No wonder she had been so busy, she must have a performance or something. I was a bit excited to read something about her. BUT THE TITLE SEEMED NOT WHAT I HAD EXPECTED. I was ASTONISHED.. I didn't know what I should say, what I felt. It must be a big joke. There must be something wrong about it. But the photo, the name, is exactly the lovely adorable Wanchen I knew. I couldn't believe how come it will happen to a super cautious cyclist. Especially she was a girl who would wait behind the bus whenever buses stops at bus stop. What was going on??? It is actually the reason why I haen't got her reply......
CYCLIST DIES IN ROAD ACCIDENT
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
因為上次cable bag是用big wool打的,所以我自己覺得我不是很喜歡100% wool的質感,所以我這次對於como超有興趣的！我自己突發奇想的說我是不是可以縮小針號,並且換成como,（一球快五英鎊的como我都決心要砸下去了ㄟ！）...但小姐說,你先回家拿big wool適打要是gauge會對～你再回來買como...........好吧...又是個無所獲的一日.....
Thursday, 25 September 2008
週末我把我的裁縫機搬出來玩耍～這是我去年收到的聖誕禮物只是因為我從沒操作過,所以每次只要拿出來就要拿著手冊一個一個步驟的從穿針到捲bobbin然後常常bobbin還很不給面子的會卡住@@所以每次只要想到要用裁縫機我就是一個頭兩個大.但這個週末我實在是覺得我應該把我的fake-a-gamo完成,這麼漂亮的包包一直被我冷落的放在旁邊真的是對他很不公平！ 所以我就拿出我的裁縫機～嘿嘿～一次搞定ㄟ～～不過我還是有耍小白吃～正反縫錯,所以拆線又花了好一陣子@@ I finally took out my sewing machine which was my Last Xmas present from Andy. I never used one before I got it. So I was very UNFAMILIAR withi it. Everttime I use it, I need to do it step by step according to the manual. Yes! From putting on the thread, wind the bobbing, etc. And I had so much trouble with the bobbing=.= So I wasn't keen to use sewing machine. Honestly I've finished this bag for quite a while. But I hadn't manage to do my lining. Last weekend I just thought this is such a lovely bag, if I don't do it NOW. It might end up being put on the corner FOREVER!!! so I made up my mind to just do it!!!Lucily! I didn't suffer a lot to finish the lining, except I sewed it in side out the first time.
After sewing the lining, it was much easier to sew the handles. The most difficult part was out of my expection-- how to sew the lining perfectly inside the bag. I have to admit that Ididn't do it well. But at least I can start using it NOW!!! I hope I can make it better next time. The first bag I made was a cable bag. Maybe because of the pattern was full of cable. It was quite solid to sew the lining . Unfortunately Fake-a-gamo isn't bag with lovely pattern which has some holes. That is why I didn't know how to sewing the lining in a better way.
I couldn't wait to have carried my fake-a-gamon to work today even I nealy missed my train this morning.( I rushed to change my bag just before I left) I was so happy about it! Except the lining.
Saturday, 20 September 2008
yarn:Jaeger Natural Fleece 5skein
This is a shawl I have been attracted for a long time. I didn't realize it would be finished so quickly! only 2 weeks!! Godness! Although it's a very simple design but it does has its own charaster. The only flaw is when I hold a handbag I don't know whether to carry it inside the shawl or outside.:) Which really inspires me to finish my fake-a-gamo( I actually took out my sewing machine and complete th elining last night.)
這個毛線是jeager的natural fleece,已經停產了,但我因為喜歡他的顏色所以買來打打看,這個毛線最大的缺點是,有時會很粗有時會很細,我在打的時候很擔心打完整件衣服看起來會 有些地方的毛線很粗有些地方太細,但打完卻很意外的沒有這個問題,不過我想有機會在打粗毛線我應該不會再買這一款毛線,給其他粗毛線一個機會. 上次打粗毛線是rowan的big wool,兩個都是粗毛線（但natural fleece更粗一些）都是100% wool,但觸感JAEGER的好很多～可惜粗細不一=.=
The yarn I used this time is natural fleece from JAEGER. It is already discountinued. I like the color that was why I gave it a try. The biggest shortcoming is the yab has very uneven thickness. I was so worried the shawl would look not right when finished. Thank God it doesn't happen! I don't think I will buy the same yarn to knit next time. The last timne I use bulky yarn is big wool from ROWAN. they're both 100% lambwool but I prefer the texture of JAEGER.
the button is from ul ebay:belloandbellissimo. They are as lovely as what the picture looked like. And they were delivered very fast!! well packed. I recommand this seller if your'e in the uk.( I wanna thank Regina and Celia to have picked such wonderufl buttons for me. They go so well with this shawl!!)I found the position of the last button will make the shawl doesn't look quite right if you knit it according to the pattern. So I moved it a bit further to make it a smooth line among the three buttoons. And I also think it makes the collars looks much better. I really like the little altering for myself!
帽子的地方是用半針縫合,我看了圖之後覺得跟flat seam很像一邊又心急的想要趕快完成,就自己開心怎樣縫合就下手了！有時候覺得編織本來就是要隨心所欲完全照原圖縫反而綁手綁腳,最後是用三針縫合的方式bind off. （引き抜き）這些專有名詞真的常搞的我頭昏腦脹的～～有時候會覺得乾脆直接打英文織圖算了,但看著日本的圖就又一直留口水...=.="
the hood was beamed by 半針縫合. I wasn't sure how to do it, but I reclon it looked like flat seam meanwhile, I was so desperate to finish it.( I was so close!!!) so I just did it on my own way. I think knitting shouldn't be a pressure to do whatever the pattern told us.( of course some main principle we still need to obey!) the most important thing is I ENJOY it! and if I did, why kept worried about which way is the correct way. I feel frustrarted when I encountered these terminology but I also learned and felt so happy when I realize what they are.
11/9 Finished the half part of the shawl.
14/9 Finished shawl..Will work on hood now.
19/9 put on buttons and make my first-ever button holes
20/9 use 半目とじ to seam two sides of the hoods, I reckin that’s flat seam. and then (引き抜き)3 needle bind-off to finish the hood.
20/9 I changed the position of the last button to make it look more smoothly.
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
I registered to join MS4 last week. I was thinking to make it for my mom to surprise her. I spent quite a long while to find the right yarn and beads. I wasn't easy for me for I was first time to knit by lace yarn. Most of the members knit by knitpicks, unfortunately I can't buy knitpack in the UK. so finally I found Lane Borgosesia on internet and Regina said she's heard people recommand this yarn, which was a big relieve for me. I never realize it is a big task to find a right color for my mom. Thanks for Regina she gave me lots of opinions on the yarn and beads. I am those kinf of person to have problem to make a decision unless I see the stuff in front of me. I did enjoy the whole process of looking for materials.
Anyways, I put my order on line last Friday and couln't wait for Monday's coming.
Monday, nothing came.
Tuesday, finally my beads came. The color is very rich and just like what I think. Where's my yarn??! I tried to call the shop, the lady who answered the phone said she was too busy to deal with it. Maybe I couldn't try to call tomorrow.
Wed, I got the call from the shop, unfortunately they don't have the yarn.???!!! Why...I was very upset because if they could note out of stock on internet, at least I can try other colors. Now I've
got my beads, I don't think I can change the color of the yarn now.
wait wait wait.....It is suppoed to be the longest wait in my life.....:S
Monday, 15 September 2008
Sunday, 14 September 2008
第一次用jeager的natural fleece,但很不滿意有時粗有時細,而且很明顯的有時候很粗有時候很細,光頭妹說也許是故意的,所以我想我只好接受,在ravelry很努力的找其他人對這款毛線的comments,但也沒什麼人提到,還有人給他五顆星評價,我自己只給一顆星,不過打了2/3之後效果還頂滿意的,所以還是別計較了～這款pattern只是很簡單的一行下針一行上針,再 一行下針然後2p2k,低調的很好看,就有一點點格子的紋路感,可能因為毛線很粗,所以居然這次只花一個禮拜就完成2/3,好驚人喔！！
Friday, 5 September 2008
一對cane handle 3.5英鎊,其實比起john lewis已經便宜許多
Finally I made up my mind to order bag handles on pelennapatchworks. It is the cheapest I could find so far. One pair is GBP 3.5. The delievery is 1.5 within UK. If the oder is over15 will be free. I spent lots of time looking for straight handles. Most of them are in U shape or round or any knid of shapes except straight. It was very exciting when I finally found this at pelenapatchworks. They also sould lots of lovely fabric. I was quite tempting to order some from them.
I made my order yesterday around noon and got it today! So fast and nice package!
I hope I can finish my fake-a-gamo this weekend!!
Thursday, 4 September 2008
終於完成我的第一件小外套,完成後才發現其實比我想像的小件很多,原本我預期會是一件不是那麼包的衣服,但打完才發現除了袖子的地方特寬有符合我想要的小外套之外,領子的地方其實頂包的..(Oh my God..) 而且果然如我預知的,袖口的地方太寬＠＠
Finally finished my first-ever cardigan. It was much smaller than I thought it would be. I expected it will be a cardigan rather a shrug. Except the sleeves are quite wide, the collar is quite fit. and as I had worried, the cuffs were way too wide.
其實當初打完袖口時我就有先試套在手上,還 特別量了一下自己其他的外套的袖口寬度,但考量到冬天穿了毛衣後應該會需要大一點點,而且既然是日本的織圖,依照日本女生的尺寸,對我來說應該是不會有太 大的疑慮,不過結果還是大太多,畢竟成品是一件很包的小外套,不像我原本想像的是一件寬寬的外套所以,袖口可能要拆掉重打（嗚嗚～～）
I did try to put it on when I finished cuffs. In order not to make a mistake, I even tried to measure some of my other coats. I thought if I wear something inside in the winter, I probably need a wider cuff. Besides this pattern is from Japan, according to Japanese girl's size, it shouldn't be a problem for me. In the end, it was still too big for me. I was quite frustrated because I spent much time to knit this one, I really don't want to end up unravelry it or disappointed about what I had done.
I am quite happy to finally finish my first cardigan. At this it is quite like a clothe, but there's still something needs improved. I think dark yarn might be better for this pattern. I tried to wear in black dress inside today. It turned out much much better than what it looked like when the first day I completed it.
p.s.：袖口是用袖子去收從93針(42cm)收到54針(21cm) 我的手腕大概14.5cm也沒有特別小（基本上我只有身高小,骨頭算很大的）所以我也不知道原圖的照片是怎麼可以稱住袖口變成漂亮的收口=.=. ..我後來直接縫起來,但這樣袖口跟袖子的接縫會一點有點不順...
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
所以就認真的打起我的包包.目前包包已經打完剩下縫內裡跟把手（但通常這種時候最懶～不知道這樣拖下去又要多久＠＠） but anyway,天氣又變冷了,所以就趕緊回來打我的小外套！
This is the first time I use crochet. At first I didn't know how to do crochet, let alone the pattern. Thank Regina and sheephouse to help me understand the pattern. I worked very hard to watch on itune and clover to learn how to do crochet. maybe the experience of provisional cast-on, It didn't take me long time to pick itup this time. I made my first ssk and 3 chaing stitches on the train yesterday. Although I was on the train I still couldn't help take out my mobile to take the picture.
The cuff is knitted by 1k1p. It wasn't a very difficult one but I didn't know why I had several holes on my cuff.=.= Now I am working on my 2nd cuff. After trying to knit it tighter, this situation seems gone. I think I will unravel the first cuff. One is because I don't like those holes, the other is I think the first cuff is a bit too loose. It is 24cm, I reckon 22cm might be a better width for me.
收編是用兩針併一針加三鎖針.因為我剛開始打鉤針,還不太會控制拉線的力道,所以一下子因為拉太緊，線過不了洞,一下子又因為放太多，左手食指已經抓不住線了．．．OH MY GOD!!昨天在收編的時候打到我都流眼淚（我太專注在盯作品了）這樣真傷眼睛～～＠＠ 不知道何時我才能好好的控制我的線,根據我打棒針的經驗,大概需要兩三個作品來磨練@@
the edging is knitted by ssk, 3 chian stitch. This is the first time I do crochet, so I have no diea what is the best way to pull the yarn. My tears were coming out after I concentrated on the project too much. It wasn't good for my eyes. I think I need more practice to control my yarn.
1p1k isn't hard jsut takes time. I really don't like doing boring 1k1p.
I start knitting the colar on 21/8. Perhaps I was much tired than I thought. The right thing I should have done is take a rest and start the next day. So I struggled in the left length between the two sides. First was I the slightly curly edge made me confused where should I put my needle in. then was the balance of the left edge of both side of the main body. I thought I waste about 1 hr to figure out I was right at the first time!!!! I reckon I accidentally pulled it to cause the mistake.
Monday, 18 August 2008
Finally I've got my yarn. I ordered it from blacksheep.
There are loads of yarns on sale. This is the first time I purchased jaeger's yarn. I was a bit worried the color will be different from what I saw from the monitor. Fortunately they look prettier than on the screen.
雖然Nature fleece是100%羊毛 ,但觸感很好並不會刺刺的！
Nature fleece is 100% wool but it is very softer then I expected. I plan to knit a shrugshrug. I hope it will be so nice as Celia's.
My previous plan is - if the yarn is not so soft, even I knit a shawl to knit a shawl. it won't bother me too much!
I first finished the right part of the handle.
This is one side of the bag.I don't know why blogger just show this in this angle. and I don't know how to turn it back@@. but you can still see the bag perfectly..Such a lovely bag...
I finally finished my fake-a-gamo, I've learned a lot of new techniques through the process. Sometimes I felt upset but I was extremely happy and satisfied with it. I've learned how to do reverse stitch and also dling double wrap.
I went to Hounslow downtown to get lining for my fake-a-gamon; unfortunately they don't have much fabric. The salesman said it's shame less and less shop selling fabrics now. There are many people asking for black fabric, but they don't sell it.( o.s.: Since so many people asked, why didn't you sell??!!)
I've hought of buying leopard pattern as the lining but I still decided to use black. Because I haven't read how to make the yo smaller before I started so I had no choice but use black to cover the whole now.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Just as I thought, it will never be easy to knit this lovely bag; but when all the struggles came out, it still made me quite frustrated. It probably because I was so desperated to complete it, so I didn't even read through the whole pattern, just concentrated to knit it. I didn't realize I need to do some decrease on the 2nd pattern 2 to fit .so when I finished the 2nd pattern2, oh dear, the only thing I need to do it unknit it. ( This is the first time, and I learned a very good lesson- never start a project before I read it through the whole pattern.
It's interesting to cast off stitched in the middle of the row. It was also my first time ever to do this. It took me some time to realize it and after that, I felt so tired. so I carried my new yarn to start the 2nd part of the bag(the back side) I didn'[t know I was too nervous or I enjoyed the meetup too much. I spent the whole night but I didn't find I reverse the whole bag( Maybe I missed 1 row. Heavern knows!!) The oddest thing is I didn't find out even the next day on the train. Until that night, I just didn't understand why it didn't look right. so I took out the picture and check and then .....errr.....What an idiot I was...
I accidentally left my back side in the office. So I took out the front side and finished the right handle part. It is a little achievement when I finished the cast-off. Although I was exhausted then. I think my lovely fake-a-gamo will be done very soon.
Friday, 8 August 2008
It was my first time to join knitting meetup in IKNIT in waterloo. I've thought of going to this place for a long time but I didn't know why I never made up my mind to do so. It starts at 6 every Wed and Thu either in IKNIT or a pub close to IKNIT. (If you're interested in this, please click iknit. I arrived at 10 to 6, there were already some knitters chatting, knitting and chill out. The atmosphere was nice and people were very friendly. I am first time to join them but they were interested in what I was knitting and said fake-a-gamo looks like a very lovely bag.
這裡的雜誌跟WHSmith最大的不同就是 沒有塑膠套封起來 所以可以翻了喜歡再買
It is a very relax place, you can go, join as long as you bring your yarn and needle. If you don't have one, you can also buy some at iknit. I like this lovely shop. you can order some drinks if you want. the best part of here is you can flip through all the magazine, not like WHSmith, the only thing you can see is the COVER.
This is my first time to join the meetup. I am sorry I didn't catch most of the British jokes. but I like the meetup so I will go still.
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
打第二個patter2在第一排25針之後cast off 3st.接下來再把後續的st打完
才知道cast off後只能先打一個半邊 沒辦法一起打
所以第15排最後原本是double wrap但不需要double wrap
現在要開始研究什麼是reverse stitch還有學到應該把pattern整個讀懂再開打,我常常做料理也是這樣,所以到一半就會遇到很多trouble. 我決定要改掉這個壞習慣！！
I spent most of my free time to work on fake-a-gamo
Because now is in the critical handle position, I encountered a very big challenge which I haven't met before.
I have to cast off 3 st. after 25st. and then continue the pattern. This is my first time to cast on in th emiddle of the project. So I knitted accordingly. after that I continued to knit hte 2nd row when I knit until where I just casted off. I didn't know where should I knit. If I countinue to knit over, the 2 parts between the handles will be knitted together, which isn't the result I want. So what the hell should I knit? I think I probably can knit the 3rd row and continue til the pattern2 finished. but I wasn't so sure. I decided to go to Kingston for help.
It was a rainy day. The weather wasn't so nice as my mood. I was frustrated about my bag. and I really wanted to know the answer. I couldn't sleep well because I was keeping thinking of a question which I didn't have answer. Thank God I met a very helpful lady who told me I should just forget the left side( Since I am working on the right side) continue my work at the right side and finish it and then it will be done. I was very happy I went and get the answer I wanted.
I came home to continue my knitting. Undoubtedly, I encountered more problems in the back. Thank God I remember what the lady told me. The picture will tell you the answer when you puzzle. SHE IS RIGHT. I made some mistake by knitting according to the pattern. so I look at the picture and hope it can tell me the direction. I revised it myself and it did look like what it should be.
The 15th row should be k5(double wrap), p19, k9(without double wrap-'cause you want to keep this for the edge of the handle)
Now I have to learn how to do reverse st. and knit the back now!
I found I have a very bad habit: I start knitting without reading the whole pattern. I am like this when I cook! This is not very good. That's why I stuck in the middle now and that's why I am used to in a caos when I cook. I promise I will discard this habit!
Friday, 1 August 2008
I went to slone square yesterday again. I was thinking to get more cathay.
Unfortunately they've been off shelved and there is only autumn-winter yarn now.
The lady said I may try Osford circus but I don't wanna go there....
Such a dissapointed afternoon.
Thursday, 31 July 2008
I received a website from a member of london knitting meetup group
It's a campagne by knitting a hat to rescue kids
I think it's difficult for people who live in Taiwan to imagine how cold it is in winter in the UK.
Even me as an adult can't tolerate most of the time.
Plus electric bill and gas bill outrageously rise recently. I have no idea how we can survive through this winter!
I think it is a very nice thing to take part in. I will start knitting this from tonight!
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
British Summer turns to very warm these days, so I stop temporarily knitting my cardigan and start my fake-a-gamo. This bag is knitted by Debbie Bliss cathey which I bought in Peter Jones at 50% off!! This is the first time I knit by cotton. Cotton isn't like wool so elastic but Cathay is a very nice yarn to knit. I do like it a lot. Shame British weather won't allow me to knit many cotton clothes to wear here.
This bag is designed by some obssessed knitters( I really admire them to make such a nice job!! I wish someday I can be part of them!) If you're into this bag, please go to knitlit.
這個pattern有個很神奇的地方就是要用double wrap跟drop 11 stitches然後knit together!!
I learned something new this time. Which is double wrap and drop. I didn't firgure out this amazing part at the first time. The more frustration I get, the desirably I want to figure it out. It turned out I kept thinking of it the whole day yesterday. It made me so upset cause even I tried to looked at it thousand times I still didn't get it. ( I claimed it was all because of the hot weather!) Thank God I finally worked it out before 5! So I tried it on the train back home( I couldn't wait to take out my yarn to try but I couldn't!!)Anyway, it's always nice to work it out!
29/7 完成度 25%
29/7 complete fake-a-gamo 25%
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
昨天翻到黑色的debbie bliss cathay的線 有七捲
I popped into Peter Jones in Sloane square on Monday and accidentally found there's a big sale on yarns. I don't know is it because of summer, most of the yarn are cotton. It is a bit disappointed because I hope I can get cheap cashmerino aran or baby cashmerino.( Maybe it will never happen for those are popular and very good quality yarn from Debbie Bliss!)
I found 7 skeins of black Cathay in the end. It was 1 skein less to satify the yarn for fake-a gamon!! so I tried so hard to turn over the whole basket to find it. Thank God I found it in the end! It only costs me GBP 10.8 for 8 skeins!! What a bargain!!!
Thursday, 17 July 2008
I already finished a sleeve and the main part.
今天同事讚美說很美麗 圖形很立體 連他都有一點點心動想要動手了
After neglecting gauge I did pay attention to my tension this time. I don't know was it because of the yarn over or I wasn't very good at control my tention. The tention was getting looser and looser. It was not a very good thing!! I have to decrease by myself in the end. I was quite worried about it. I even had a nightmail of failing the decrease!! I am so worried I need to unravel and redo again now!
Next challenge will be the cuff which will be needed changing neeldes to make it a natural wave and use crochet to finish. I haven't done any crochet so far.. ( It probably will be a very big task for me)
I am thinking to knit a cleaning brush after this cardigan.
I hope I can finish it very soon!
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Finally I finished the project..It has been postponed for nearly 3 months. I feel so guilty about it. But it's not because I was lazy, Just because I wasn't satisfied after I finished it. I don't know is it because of the lenght isn't long enough, somehow, the ridge wasn't long enough to make it look smoothly lying on my shoulder!!
Besides, it is also a project with some many details. I have troubles of doin pompom.
First I thought I need cupboard to make it. But where can I get cupboard? Eventually I used Special K's box to make 2circles. But after that, I found so many different ways to make Pompom just use hands.( So frustrated..) When I made the first pompom, I didn't like it. That is also why I had no courage to make anothe r pompom to complete this project.
Anyways I finished it yesterday. I don't think it's right to set aide just because I failed some parts of this. I also hope the ridge will be longer because of gravity once I start wearing it.
This is my next target...I've successfully bidded some debbie bliss alpaca silk DK for this. So excited! get 10 balls for 23.5pounds(including freight!!) I will try to do this.before Fake-A-Gamon.
後來還是上youtube看了provisional cast on才看懂
（這還是晃了很多地方終於發現別針起針就是provisional cast on才救了我一命）
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Although it's already end of April. The weather in London isn't spring-like at all. We had a April snow which hasn't come for nearly a decade. There is continous April rain recently. Because I am still not used to the cold weather here. so I decide to knit myself a shoulder warmer.
這個作品讓我挫折很久..第一次打起打兩百多針的作品,驚覺stitch marker的重要性!!所以決定要來買stitch marker,找到clover的新段數記環可以像小鎖頭一樣,就不會掉!!超興奮!!
I already finished 2/3. This is the first time I stitch on over 200 stitches. I didn't realise how important stitch markers are until this project!! I struggles so much on stitch on.( Because I don't want to make a mistake from the very first beginning. so most of the time I was counting the 244 stitches and forget where I was.!!!)So I decide to buy some stitch markers. I found a new stitch markers from Clover which are like little locks which won't be loose so easily. so I am very excited about them! Besides, I learned how to decrease evenly. It is just a sentence on the pattern, but it is a big challenge for me!! I know the basic principle, but I didn't know how to make it. so I searched on line, refer my knitting books, ask Red, finally, I found the way... It has been 2 weeks, and I was short of yarn last weekend. It is not cheap to buy yarns in the UK, therefore ebay is always my first choice.
中間有打到stocking stitch,stocking 就是ㄧ排下針ㄧ排上針,有什麼難的..哀..但因為起針是雙排數..但我還是很單純的從下針開始打..所以..作品就會很獨一無二(因為打錯...><)不過我到蠻喜歡這意外的錯誤喔..剛好變成一個小圓邊...我想再下來很快了...希望很快就可以跟大家分享作品!!!
I made a mistake during this project. Talking about stocking stitches. Easy, 1 row of Knit, 1 row of Purl. But I was puzzled because I have to knit from the wrong side. I tried to figure out what it tried to say on the pattern, it didn't emphasize it means prul first and then knit. so I decided to knit first and then purl. Of curse I was wrong... that's why the project will be just one of the kind because of this mistake. I found I quite like this mistake cause it is just a little edge in the middle of my shoulder warmer.
I reckon it will be finished very soon. Hope I can share with you guys when finish!!
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
I am knitting a shoulder warmer now. and the challenge is how to decrease evenly. Thank God I found this website to help. coz I don't know how to do it.
there are 244st. and 3st left at right and left sides. so there are 238st left to decrease 28st evenly. which means I have to decrease every 8.5 sts.=.=
Here are two possible ways to decrease stitches evenly across the row.
( knit 6, k2 tog) 28 times, end knit20 .
Notice that this method reduces sort of evenly, but the first decrease and last decreases may be different distances from the edge. Sometimes, depending on the number of stitches in the row, this "unbalanced" decrease happens to work out the same as the next increase. For many items, this a perfectly good method to calculate decreases.
Balanced space at edge.
Knit 3 , ( k2 tog, knit 7) 10times, ( k2 tog, knit6 ) 7times, ( k2 tog, knit 7) 10times, k2 tog, knit 3.
Notice this method is as symmetric as possible around the center stitch. It is a pain in the neck to calculate, but it prevents your sweater hem from shifting strangely to one side. Some people don't ever bother to do make sure their increases are balanced and work unbalanced increases even when it matters.
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
It is surprising fast after started yesterday. after 14 rows of stocking stitches it will be 6 times repeat the pattern I've finished 2.5 times.( Just used my yarn up!!! I can't wait to go home now again!!) I hope I can finish it before next week. then I can show it to my mom in law and she can help me how to do lining and handles with both 2 bags.
When you are in the middle of the pattern, you might find it seems something wrong. it's not so balanced. but keep knitting you'll find it will back to normal. This is what I found.
After a weekend. I nearly finished it. I started by a very short needle.(23cm) That's why I needed to sqeeze 79 stitches into them. so I found it's quite small. the width is about 34cm, the length is not long enough to fit in A4 size paper. so I decide to knit 1 more time of the pattern to make it bigger. I think it looks perfect size for me now. I realize how important to do gauge first now.
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
Finished but finally have time to take photo for the lovely scarf.這次用的毛線（超柔細 好摸又好打）拿到時真的是尖叫喔！
The very first thing to do after work is FINISH MY SCARF!!!
I didn't know what happened but I just couldn't finish it though. so I stopped knitting and think. It wouldn't be right if I continue it. so I looked back the pattern and realize I didn't need to knit the 16th row just make 4 gartner stitches to finish it. and that's it!!! Oh dear!! It took me ages to realize and it was the first time ever I undo so many times in the same section when knitting this scarf!!!
Finally finished!!! Will shape it today or this weekend! YA!!!
Material: Debbie bliss baby cashmerino, Liliac 3.5 balls
線材:debbie bliss baby camhmerino, liliac 3顆半
I thought It would only take me about 10days but it turned out to be a whole month!!
The reason is I chose a very thin yarn so I looked for trouble my self. It supposed to be 20~25 rounds but mine is 41 rounds. and I don't know why I couldn't finish it even I am so close tonigt!! It is just 4 rows of knitting..why?why?why? what happened? and what the hell is wrong???
but I am too tired to think.. The only thing I can do now is sleep and continue tomorrow...
I will invest CLOVER once I found what sized I use a lot.
I didn't wait till the audition finished last night but I still get the 34cm needles and 80cm circular needles.can't wait to get them now!!!
I was caught by a meeting before leaving the company and got lost in Euston metro station. Plus Northern line is just like a forrest so I was late for 5 min when I arrived Angel station.
Although just a short meetup I had a great time!
This is not waste because I have to buy it for my dream bag...(Isn't it a perfect excuse?)
My poor yarn is squeezing on the short needles now...
I haven't had a chance to try CLOVER!! But compare to pony, bamboo needles are much much better for me.
This is a simple version of my dream bag. I need to make the lining and sew the handle to finish it. So excited!!! This is a very easy bag to be knitted. I was chatting with a friend on MSN and knitting it and then..finished!!!
It made me realize how chunky it would be with 2 strands of DK yarn. and I also make 43 rows although I would like to make 51row but I didn't have enough yarn for cast off. but I think 51 row is a bit long.
It should be a very good bag for tesco or lunch shopping bag!
P.S. the yarn was left-over from my first scarf! How amazing it's just about right!
And I found when I cast on the yarn between two needles will getting longer and longer??!! I've tried to not pull so tight but it turned out to be quite loose at the first stitch. so I tried to purl it tighter it is difficult to make stitch in the second row! I do wish I know the secret of cast-on!!
I undo 3 times when cast on 79 stitches for my dream bag today. The fist time is the yarn between two needles is too long. so I think maybe I could just made 50 stitches and use the yarn to make the remaining 29 stitches. but it was too tight..... The second time is I missed 1 stitch!!!!! I have thought of increasing stitch rather than undo but I don't want to ruin my bag at very first beginning
I never realized how much knitting will change my life. But I do learn a lot after starting knitting. Take Yo for example. At first, I didn't know which way to yarn over, should I do it clock-wise or counter-clockwise? And the point is the yarn will change it position depends on the stich you've knitted.
I struggled a lot and learned by trial and error. It also remides me the very first beginning I didn't even know how to knit 1k1p, so I accidentally made YO then. and also I tried to turn over and of course it would not be right!
When knitting, you have to stop and check. if you just keep knitting you'll never know when you made a mistake. Suppose you found one, and then it's time to consider to keep knitting or redo!!My mom-in-law often just skips it and continue, but I can't. I will definetely undo it . so it's not easy to run for perfection!
This article just some thoughts. I am glad I have a wonderful husband. Most of the time he would like me to share with him. Unfortunately he can't understand what is knit, what is Purl. But even though. he's a perfect listener although most of the time he isn't sure what I am talking about. I am glad to know myself more through knitting. I think I am that kind of girl who will keep trying til I make it in everything.
We have strange weather recently in the UK. Sometimes warm, sometimes cold to death! Sometimes rainy sometimes sunny. Andy said it's very good for plants. Does it mean Spring is coming?
If it's cold, I can stay home knitting. but if it's a sunny day, it's shame I can't sit by the sofa to knit..... errr... I am so addicted to knitting.....
這是我的第一組鉤針,買家還是英國ebay的bamboo-knitting and crochet centre,希望我也會跟棒針一樣玩得很愉快！
I learned another way to join is try to finish your yarn at the WS side.and then make a knot( right cross left, left cross right) which is not to bad.
I can't say which is my favorite. Maybe you have to adjust depends on your project.