Gudrun Johnston's Flukra

Girlie and I were super lucky to meet Gudrun for our first (hopefully not the last) time last year. She brought along some of her really amazing lace work/shawls and I vowed to knit the Flukra soon.

Here I am. After months of neglecting my blog (it’s o easy to just post via Instagram!)…I picked up some Madelinetosh lace from Imagiknit. The first part was really simple and fast. Unfortunately, it’s taken me many tries to get to row 19 of Chart A. After taking apart what seemed to be a million times, this is where I finally feel comfortable taking a picture!

Just in case anyone is wondering where I bought Gudrun’s patterns:

http://www.theshetlandtrader.com/blog/?page_id=1232

Happy knitting!

Fair Isle knitting and friendship...

My sweet friend, E and I…we met through knitting. I was a newbie at work. She, a veteran Montessori Kindergarten teacher (not age-wise, mind you). I walked past her one lunch hour, knitting next door…I gasped! We made friends…that, was 6 years ago.

We’ve knitted through many lunch hours…gone through many projects, finished or frogged. Through many changes and happy events. Now, we are both addicted to Fair Isle projects. Great hearts and minds think alike, I’d say.

Here’s to many more years to come, E. I am truly grateful for your friendship.

Farmers’ market finds…

September 12, 2013

Farmers' market finds...

I’m really very lucky…

Every Wednesday, there’s a lovely farmers’ market about a 10 minute walk from my work place. Mind you, I do not tread all that way every week…not for the walking! I LOVE walking and live to walk…in fact, I try my best to take a walk during my lunch break every work day…

Oh, how I get distracted easily! Where was I? Yes, the reason why I do not visit the farmers’ market is…well…I know I’d be tempted to buy the yumminess…when perhaps we really do not need it…hahahaaaa…

Must learn to exercise better self control :)

On being a rebel…

September 10, 2013

On being a rebel...

I’ve always been told (as a child) that I need to emulate my older sis or cousin…THAT. I believe is the reason why I’ve gone through many phases of being a rebel of some sort…

Funny thing is, when it comes to knitting and sewing methods I’m super type A. This weekend, I finally for the first time ever…cut into the actual tissue pattern! Yes…I usually trace the pattern onto pieces of taped tracing paper…so very time consuming! We’ll see…I’m ready to make this dress (which is a pattern that has 2 VERY puffy short sleeves that I will NEVER wear this lifetime). My plan is to make it without sleeves…

Wish me luck!

New Repetto ballet flats?

September 9, 2013

New Repetto ballet flats?

Red patent leather Repetto ballet flats? YES!

Thanks to my li’l sis…she bought them and had them soled…then asked me if I would be willing to take them?! YES!

I’m so grateful for a new pair of pretty shoes! Here I am…in my jeans…had a white linen sleeveless tunic (that I made) on and my fave vintage coral necklace (from a second hand store – which has closed down years ago) and the rudraksha from same sis…

Glorious sunny warm day in my happy outfit…armed to tackle anything that crossed my path!

Veggie meals…

September 5, 2013

Veggie meals...

We’ve fallen off the veggie wagon a bit while traveling…nothing to be done :)

This was our dinner last night…potato salad with parsley and onions, sauteed dino kale with loads of garlic and tomato and avocado salad.

My girlie is so happy about this veggie combo dinner…I love how she wants to stick to our veggie Mondays-Thursdays…well..should I mention that hubby feels the same :)

The only time we fall off the wagon is if there’s any leftovers that we do not want to waste…

Celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary...

Thanks to my sis and bro-in-law who planned a overnight playdate with our girlie…

We had a nice date night…we both dressed up (for once)…dinner at a quiet, nice restaurant…no need to worry about getting her to bed on time…

Purging…

July 17, 2013

Purging...

Our little family had a serious purge…clothes, toys, books, stuff…

Well…the great thing is, once we’ve purged…yes, serious as in 12 brown bags worth of everything…then 2 large suitcases (filled mind you)…and more…our life seems lighter…

We still have so much to look through…but it sure feels great!

Now…we have a new sofa bed and these 2 old buddies (mine and my younger sis’) got a good bath…now drying on top of our dryer, but they are ready for the new sofa!

Life is good…

Our new project!

July 1, 2013

Our new project!

Thanks to everyone who has been encouraging me to start designing my own patterns…turns out while I was sketching them, my sweet pea was really taking it in!

She decided to make one pattern up on the fly yesterday in the morning and said, “Ok, Mama…please add this to yours…for my vest, ok?”

Here it is…I’m really loving the back of this…

I’ve made up many patterns before…but single colour items…this is my very first! I can’t wait to share…

Veggie Mapo tofu & kiriboshi

We love Mapo tofu…all of us…so the challenge is to find the way to serve it on Veggie nights…

In my mind’s eye…corn and diced carrots should give the right texture…not crunchy…it’s the chew factor :) It was great…my T-Rex was very happy to keep to our veggie week promise…

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