Thursday, May 6, 2010

I am back!

You must be wondering why I have not blogged for so long. Well, to cut long story short, I was not feeling well for almost a month. I lost 80% hearing in my right ear somewhere in late January this year. You may think that loosing hearing on one side is not a big problem since I still have my left ear. It is not that simple because there was this very disturbing loud noise I hear on my right ear. So I actually can hardly hear. I couldn't eat or sleep and lost a lot of weight. Doctor couldn't explain the reason for the sudden loss of hearing. Life was totally upside down and I felt so helpless and lost. Didn't know how to live the rest of my life. I was hospitalised twice and I all I can do was to pray hard. One day, I heard my phone ringing so I automatically used my right ear to hear. I could hear my husband talking to me! My hearing is back, thank God!

I am back with my knitting again and have completed these projects:

My first project is Liesl.

This is Duet by Linda Wilgus from  Yarn and buttons are gifted by Nikki and Karin. Thank you ladies! :)

My own design that I call Sonata after the name of yarn which is Elann's Sonata Pink Pearly. At first I thought that lace weight yarn would be perfect for the flounces, but I  found out that dk weight work as well too.Love how it turned out!:)

This is an earlier project that I designed myself too. Saw this beautiful cable stitch pattern from a stitch library and simply fell in love with it.  The name is of course none other than Cables, Cables, Cables which explains it all!  Yarn used is Rowan 4 ply soft in Bright Rose and buttons are made from key rings. 
This is a pretty and cute hat for Candy's niece called Lacy Girly.  Modified to add bow instead of ribbon which I feel is more practical for a new born baby.

And, my latest design is Autumn Leaves knitted from my spindle spun and hand dyed yarn.  This is a simple and easy knit that will bring out the beauty of hand dyed yarns.  I love the wavy effect of the scarf.  If you like it, these are the instructions:

Yarn weight : Fingering
Yardage : 245 - 248 metres
Gauge :  7 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
Needle : 3.5 mm

Cast on 28 stitches.
Knit 3 rows.
Row 1 : Sl 1, knit 1,* k2tog, yo*; repeat * * 3 more times, knit 8, repeat * *  4 times, knit 2.
Row 2 : Sl 1, knit 1, purl to the last two stitches, knit 2.
Rows 3 to 12, repeat rows 1 and 2.
Row 13 : Knit 10, *yo, skp*, repeat * * 3 more times, knit 10.
Row 14 : Sl 1, knit 1, purl to the last two stitches, knit 2.
Rows 15 to 24, repeat rows 13 and 14.

Repeat Rows 1 to 24 till end of scarf but when you come to the last row of scarf, do not repeat last row of pattern.
Knit 3 rows and bind off.

Wet block and gift it to someone you love! :)