Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cross Stitch Update

I thought my camera has eaten the dust but I found out that it was only the memory stick duo that was defective.  I was thinking of replacing it

Sony DSC-W230, 12.1 megapixels

with this

Sony DSC-WX70, 16.2 megapixels

or this

Samsung ST600, 14.2 megapixels

But now that my old camera is properly working, I don't know... I'm still enamored with these two and justifying that one of them will be my back-up just in case my old one will not function anymore.  Maybe I am just in love with the colors... We'll see....

Anyway, onto the proper post...

It's been awhile since I last touched my Tropical Fruits cross stitch.  Since I started working, I just did crochet and knitting.  Then two weeks ago, I did some cleaning and saw my neglected cross stitch, so I started doing it again.

This was my last update as of August 9, 2011
 And this is my progress as of last night:

I noticed the fabric got dirty due to dust.  Anyway, when I'm done with it, all it needs is some proper washing and I guess the fabric will go back to normal.

Thanks for dropping by.  Take care everyone!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Knitting Practice

There are so many things I wanted to write about yet so little time. . .

When I was learning in Dreams how to crochet, I have classmates who are into knitting and looking at what they're doing, I thought it was hard and said to myself that I will never study it.  Then one day I saw a finished piece of a knitted lace shawl done by one of the lovely ladies there and fell in love with it.  Sorry wasn't able to take a photo.  After seeing that shawl, I changed my mind and asked Ms. Lilli, the owner and teacher of Dreams, to teach me how to knit.  And here I wanted to show you my practice piece.  It's a dishcloth done in garter stitch.  I learned that garter stitch is all knit while stockinette is knit and purl.  

 Now I wanted to buy a complete set of knitting needles but I was torn between this:
Photo courtesy of:  Knit Picks

and this:
Photo courtesy of:  Knitting-Warehouse

I know that I wanted pointed needles and Harmony has sharp points while Boye has blunt based on my point of view.  I know that I also prefer wood because I don't like the slip of metal.  Maybe I'm just drawn to Boye because it's cheaper than Harmony, $45.49 against $84.99.  What do you think?

Here's the comparison of the tip of Boye to my bamboo knitting needles,

got this Boye straight needles from a starter kit like this (sorry too tired and lazy to take a photo of mine),
Photo courtesy of:  Weekend Kits

I've got some Harmony circular needles to show you for further comparison, but as I've mentioned, right now too tired and lazy to take photos.

Any inputs from you would be greatly appreciated :-)

This is all for now.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week everyone!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Forgotten Doily

In my previous post I mentioned about a doily that I completely forgotten about.  I've done it last year.  In the pattern page, it was noted as done June 9, 2011 with 1 & 3/4 balls more or less of DMC Perle Cotton 12 in shade of old rose.  Hook used was Susan Bates No. 10 (1.15mm).  Pattern was from a Japanese book called Crochet Lace 2009. 

Here it is being dried on my styrofoam blocking board (really love those pearly map pins!):

Already dried:
I noticed I didn't blocked it properly and my camera didn't capture the true shade:

This is all for now.  Hopefully I can post something again next week.

Thanks for reading and take care everyone.