Thursday, July 17, 2008


I have a lot (LOT) of new yarns and I have to admit the latest acquisitions in S.E.X.

Here are some of them in no particular order.

Kidsilk Night - Macbeth

Kidsilk Night by Rowan in Macbeth

Mountain Colors Bearfoot - Ruby Red

Mountain Colors - Ruby Red

Drops Vivaldi - Greyish Purple

Drops - Vivaldi

Claudia Handpainted - Jungle

Claudia Handpainted - Jungle

Peace Fleece - Violet Vyechyeerom

Peace Fleece - Violet Vyehchyeerom

GGH Serail

GGH - Serail

Manos del Uruguay

Manos del Uruguay

Pierrot's Calm Cotton

Pierrot - Calm Cotton

Actually hmm, there is an order. I'm trying to pretend my stash isn't as purple as it seems.

More about Wips next time

Mang's Anouk

Anouk for Mang

Mang's Anouk

I started this because it's such a cute dress. Also, my mum has a habit of telling me how cute my cat would look in these little frocks. It was also time I tried some good cotton and this Anouk's made from Rowan's All-Seasons Cotton. I love it and I foresee many future projects with the same yarn until I get tired of its colors.

Unfortunately I have absolutely no experience with babies, and when it came to sizing, I had no idea whether my cat is the same size as a 3mth old or a 6mth old. Obviously she has a much thicker neck than a three month old. But I only learnt that after I finished the piece. -_-'

Here's what it looks like from the back:

Mang's Anouk

Pattern: Anouk by Kate Gilbert.
Needles: Clover 4mm circs
Yarn: Rowan's All Seasons Cotton

I still like the pattern a lot and will attempt to let my cat wear it. Maybe I'll use a ribbon instead of a button so that the neckline could be adjusted for the photoshoot. :D

No pockets on this Anouk because my cat doesn't need one. hehe ;)

Frock Camisole

Frock Camisole

Frock Camisole

Yarn: Harmony from Bendigo Woolen Mills
Needles: Addi Turbos 4.5mm

I thought it would look more like a frock than this. But I guess the yarn also plays a part in the eventual turnout of the project. Harmony is a great yarn to work with but it's a little stretchy. I love the almost heather look of the yarn. (I think I am having a penchant for heather-y colorways these days.)

Frock Camisole

Also, the straps look thinner than they are in the photo, and I thought they might be set wider. But oh well. I think this is a great top for those fat days. :) BTW, I don't know why but AS likes to take pictures using the zoom - So the second picture is a bit blurry. -_-

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Ok so there's been some talk about how we store our yarn.

I used to just put them in ziplocks and then rebag them in opaque bags. It sort of gives the illusion that I don't have that much yarn after all. But yesterday I saw on Ravelry that I have 99 Yarns stashed. This could include single balls or single skeins of sock yarns. But whatever it is, it also means that I have 99 projects waiting for me to do.

The thing is, the 99 doesn't include some yarns which are hiding in nooks and crannies of my home.


I have new shelves.

They aren't really NEW new, but they just moved in about 2 weeks ago. My friend who's left the country gave the shelves to me. These shelves have a history, they've travelled from Paris I think, to somewhere, and then to Sarajevo, then back to Paris, and then to Singapore. Now it's going to retire here in sunny sunny Singapore.

And here's one of the shelves. (Click on the photo to get to my flickr page for more details)


This is one of the narrower ones. There are five shelves in total and two are broad, about a meter wide. And the other three are about 60cm wide each I think. The shelves are also 2.2meters tall with a depth of about 30cm. So, it's really not a lot of yarn right? :P (Yes, this doesn't include the yarns hiding in nooks and crannies as mentioned above)

Well I have two of these narrower shelves in the room, and I think when I get more yarn it will spill over to the second shelf. Which is just as fine I guess. But I might use the second shelf for finished projects and my beading stuff, I'm not sure yet.

The other shelves outside are serving their primary purpose which is to house my neverending collection of books. One of them attempts to look like my school's library.

So come yarns come, there's a lot of room for you here at chez Ayu's~~ :D

Monday, July 07, 2008

Knit them together

Supervisor: Everyone needs ample time to knit all the chapters together.

Ayu: Knit?

Supervisor: Yes. That's a problem many PhD candidates make. They don't knit their chapters together as one big piece.

Ayu: Knit.

Supervisor: (did not hear Ayu) Well according to this work plan you have, I don't see why there should be any problems. You will have enough time to edit everything and put everything together. When do you think you want to finish it?

Ayu: In another year?

Supervisor: That's fine. If you're done with everything by April even, you'll have enough time to see that everything is knitted together seamlessly.

Of course it was figurative, but for a moment, Ayu thought 'I can knit my thesis?! w00t!'

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Swiftly Swift

Check this out! A new toy!

Swiftly Swift