Thursday, February 28, 2013

Muji and Yarn

Hi Knitters,

Today I have a good news to tell you.  Muji is finally open in Bay Area.  Hurrah!!!!  

You know what, I've always been a fan of Muji since high school.  After the grand opening of Uniqlo, now Muji also want to share the U.S. market.  You are so welcome to do that.  

I bought a store draw and put in all my knitting needles and accessories in the upper drawer.  The bottom one is for current project.  And for the rest of my yarn, I certainly need to buy a few more drawers for storage.  Hopefully my room will soon become a Muji  themed room.  Hahahaha.

Well, just sharing my daily knitting life.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Patons Moorland Shetland D.K.

Hi Knitters,

Today I'm gonna blog about the Patons Mooreland Sheltland D.K. yarn.  If I am only allowed to use one word to describe this yarn, that would be WARM.

Well, you may say wool yarns are all warm.  It's true.  But this Shetland yarn impresses me as the hat that made of it is so warm that it shields blowing wind in cold weather.  I would say it is one of the best knitting yarn for  knit  for elderly and newly born children.  Knitting something for SAVE THE CHILDREN may be a good idea.

Made in Scotland, Mooreland is in fact a rough yarn in texture.  It's not silky nor smooth to touch with your bare hands.  And it made me sweat a lot... it's a WARM yarn.  Plus it's not as easy to knit with as some blended yarn.  It takes time to get used to it.  Still, the result is amazing.  Op. 9 is a good example.

Anyway, I still have a few balls of the Mooreland.  Thinking of knitting a scarf out of it.  Cable knitting perhaps.  


Monday, February 18, 2013

Op. 9 Hat Pattern

Hi Knitters,

I'm thrilled, and I hope you are thrilled to know that, the writing of Op. 9 Hat Pattern is finished and now available on Ravelry and Etsy. The following are the basic requirements and sizes.

Material: Patons Mooreland Shetland D.K. One Skein

Tools: US#6 double-pointed needles
            US#7 double-pointed needles

Size: Fits head of 52-55cm circumstances

Gauge: 22 Stitches X 24 Rows = 10cm X 10cm

The techniques required for Op. 9 are rather common for hat knitter except Knot Stitch:  Purl three stitches together, hold it; knit the same three stitches, hold it; purl the same 3 stitches, remove totally 3 stitches to the right needle.  Friendly reminder: Please don't forget to place the yarn in front while purling for the last time.

Everything else is very straightforward and stated clearly in the pattern. Op. 9 can be done with only one skein of Shetland D.K. yarn.  Yeah....I would say the finished item can fit the head of a teenage.  And the hat looks girly.  Boys, wait for me for another pattern!

The clothes used as the background is so lovely.  It costs only $1.50 plus tax and it works splendidly to make the hat stand out.  Ho Ho Ho. I also ironed the cloth before photographing.  How do you like the pics?

How about Op. 8 Scarflet Pattern?  Since the pics taken weren't not satisfying, I decided to redo the photography part.  Please bear with me for another day.  And for the Patons Moorland Shetland D.K. Yarn, I will blog for it in my next entry.

Thank you for all your support!

Happy Knitting!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sublime Extrafine Merino DK Yarn

Hi knitters,
Happy Lunar New Year!
Glad that I got some new Italian yarn with my red-pocket money. (hm..I shouldn't opened the envelop until the 15th of the calendar)  And this time I got something lustrous.

This yarn is made of 67% of extra fine merino wool and 33% of nylon.  At first I thought it contains some silk as it is quite silky to touch.  I was wrong.  (it does look silky, doesn't it?)

Anyway, I first bought two balls of Sublime merino dk.  The yarn is such an woolly appeal and I was so eager to make something great out of it.   Must not have a wooly  head while I am designing the pattern.  The color is also wonderful.  I believe the white string around the merino is the nylon part.  It's almost a sin to take your eyes away from it.  Innovative appearance.

I was about to make something for this Valentine's.  Well, it's probably good for next year. My fault: slow progress. 

I knitted with US#6 needles.  Well, so far so good.  Easy to handle, soft to touch.  So far no complaint about it except it's high cost.  Yet, I would say: it is worth the price.  Will blog about the scarflet soon.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Save the Earth with Brittany Needles

Hi Knitters,

Trying needles of different brands is our common hobby, I'm so sure of that.  In order to finished the top part of Op. 7  hat, I got some Brittany double-pointed needles from a local yarn store.
  Made out of birch wood, the selling point of Brittany is their ambition to save the earth.  Please take a look at their statement:

All wood used by Brittany comes from strictly regulated forests or small woodland owners in the United States ensuring proper environmental logging practices and selective cutting for maximum reforestation.

As a San Franciscan, I am more than happy to use some local products.  Brittany is made in California. 

The first thing I notice is the light weight of this set of needles-energy saving, nice. somehow expected that the needles would be more well polished.  And I would like to knit with sharper tips.  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed.  I hope that, in the future, that there are more advanced technology in supplies and tools making served exclusively and particularly for knitting.    

Anyhow, I am happy to know that that there are businessmen  concerned of the life of our earth.  It's never a sin to be eco-friendly.

Happy Knitting

P.S.  I just finished a hat for sale on Etsy with this set of needles.  Do feel free to check this out.  ^_________^