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! :)


Ladka said...

I love your duet - the buttons are such a great idea! The cables pattern is also admirable.
Wish you good health, especially good hearing without interfering noises. God bless you!

Barb said...

I LOVE your design "Sonata"! It's really pretty. Let me know if you decide to publish it anywhere. (Ravelry ID momoffive2009)

knitterPat said...

Thank yo Ladka and Barb for your nice comments! :)
Barb, I am trying to add Sonata as a pattern for sale on Ravelry. Will let you know once it is done! :D

Ulla said...

Ireally love the pink cardigan with cables.So so lovely and so perfect for you.And the light pink many lovely knittings you have done.Wellcome back.
Ulla in Sweden

knitterPat said...

Thank you Ulla. It's good to be back!:)

fleegle said...

Your neck warmer is lovely...and I adore your hot pink cable sweater. Gorgeous!
Glad your hearing is improving!

knitterPat said...

Thanks Fleegle :) I just have to learn to live with it!

fleegle said...

Thanks! Still love your neckwarmer and that gorgeous pink sweater!

Amy said...

You make so many beautiful things! I love your hand-dyed yarn and beautifully knitted sweaters. I'm also curious about the key ring buttons. Can you tell me more about how you did them? Thank you!