Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Basket-weave back completed

I completed the back of the basket-weave vest last night. The vest was started last Wednesday, so hopefully if all goes well, it should take me another week to complete the whole project! Right after I started the armhole section, I was beginning to get a bit lost on the basketweave pattern. It just didn't look right. So I decided to stop following the pattern to a T, and instead fudged it to force it into a basket-weave pattern. It's not too noticable unless you stare at it closely and intently. Not too bad because I didn't exactly stray from the pattern, but my math might be a bit different.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I won an award!

I was really surprised to see that Suzanne of
Yarnhog had nominated for the I Love Your Blog Award!

Whenever, I receive a comment I always get so excited to read them. It really makes my day to know that there are people out there reading my blog posts and sharing their tips/advice with me. Thanks so much for being awesome readers!

The rules for award acceptance are as follows:

1. The winner can put the logo on their website/blog.
2. Add a link to the person who gave you this award.
3. Nominate at least 5 other websites/blogs.
4. Provide links of the nominated websites/blogs.
5. Leave a message at each website owner that you've nominated.

So in no particular order, here are my nominations...

asMom at
Amateur Craft Mom - She always makes her FOs look wonderful on her. I love checking out her blog because she tends to make sweaters/tops that I am also considering at the same time! Also, she knows how to crochet too!

Sue at
Good Yarns - Besides posting pictures of her knit and crochet projects, she also has lovely anecdotes about exploring interesting places around the Bay Area. It appears recently that she is also getting into sewing and quilting. I must say that I am extremely envious of her wonderful bag-making skills.

Sway Knits
- I'm afraid I don't know her real name, but she also has an amazing blog filled with gorgeous cardigans, shawls, and berets. It's becoming quite apparent that I adore fellow bloggers who are also sweater knitters.

- Unfortunately, I never caught her name either. She is a mother who truly amazes me with her home decorating skills, recipes, knits, and sewing skills. Check out her post where she transforms a leather jacket into a beautiful handbag that seriously rivals the $200+ bags at Nordstroms!

Eilene of
Ei Knit - I was blog-hopping one day when I inadvertently stumbled upon her blog. She has a wonderful backlog of gorgeous sweaters and cardigans. I adore how her every FO looks amazingly finished, and to top it off, she looks like she could be a professional model too.

n other news, I've been working on the basket-weave vest. I am up to the armhole section and hopefully will finish the back with another 5 inches or so to go.

This weekend didn't go very well because I found out that the apartment mate I was trying to contact for the past 2 weeks had evidently given notice to the manager that she was moving out. She only comes home once a month to pay the rent, and the rest of the time she is at her boyfriend's place. I can't believe she couldn't spare 2 minutes to respond to my multiple phone calls/emails to let me know. It really angered and saddened me to know that these 2 people could be so selfish and so ready to screw an innocent person over. And the other roommate is moving out too so I'm suddenly stuck with the rent for the entire apartment. When I had moved in 4 months ago, they had confidently assured me that they were going to be there for another year or so, but I guess they just intended to screw me over. They're both pretty messy people so I'm praying that the other roommate will come back to clear out her stuff by the end of the month. I've heard horror stories from a friend whose roommate suddenly moved out and never returned to claim any of her furniture, clothes, or belongings. Sadly, my friend had to clean out all her stuff right before finals week.

Sigh. So I am really grateful for my knitting and crocheting. It helps keep me from panicking about finding a new roommate, or possibly having to move again. :-(