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Saturday, September 17, 2016

What I've learnt after 3 months of Bullet Journaling

Hi pals. How have you guys been? Well, I've been busy with family, work and customed orders at Little Precious Stitch. I'll list on Ravelry and Etsy after I complete the orders. 


Front cover with my favourite font.

But anyway, today's topic is about bullet journaling or BuJo in short. I first discovered BuJo in early June this year, and I was extremely thrilled I've found a system suits me, after failing the ordinary planner system, which is too rigid for me.

And in August and early September, I had what Boho Berry mentioned in her vlog 'planning slump' as I was simply lazy to plan and busy with my work and family stuffs. 

Then earlier this week, it came to my mind that avoiding planning when one's busy would probably make the busyness more crazy. So, here I am BuJoing again with a brand new notebook (my third notebook actually) I bought a while ago.

It's a cheap dot gridded notebook I bought online. There is a ribbon bookmark, a back pocket and an elastic closure. I've never tried any branded ones but I think mine is of reasonable quality though the elastic closure is a little loose. I don't use fountain pen. However, I think there might be ghosting ghosting is you use a heavy inked pen. 

Evolution of my bullet journal:

  • more minimalist style compared to when I first started bullet journaling
  • use a vertical Dutch door system for monthly and weekly logs
  • use conventional monthly log date system, than a calendar look log
  • progress tracker for my goals
  • colouring and wash taping for weekly and monthly logs, respectively

With this new notebook, I incorporate Dutch door system. I was stoked when I discovered this system on Pinterest (can't remember the webpage). I think part of the reasons for my planning slump is my notes and dailies are scattered all over the notebook and I couldn't bear the messiness. This system would work perfectly for me as I can write notes after pages spared for the weekly and daily logs. 

I use the vertical Dutch door system for both my monthly and weekly logs. 

Monthly spread with calendar on the left

Monthly spread with goals on the right, and there's a fold for expense tracker

For the monthly spread, left page is for calendar and right page is for goals. In the middle, there is a sheet for habit tracker and expenses tracker on respective page.

Fold in the middle of the monthly spread, first for the habit tracker

Rolling week with goals, to-dos, and habit tracker on the left

Rolling week with dailies folded

This week, I use rolling week system introduced by Jessica from prettyprintsandpaper, as I started the weekly log halfway through the week. I really like the rolling week system for weeks when I don't have all dailies to fill in. Bew\tween, I also like to write Bible verses on my dailies, during my Bible reading (part of my morning routines).

Next week, I'll set up a full week with left page for my weekly log and right page for weekly goals. The daily logs are on the folded sheets. So basically my set up is like the horizontal Dutch door system but instead of cutting the pages I fold them, for more space to write. 

There're many collections like prayer list, master to-do lists are yet to be transferred and filled up. 

How's your BuJo going? What do you use your bullet journal for? How has BuJoing changed your life? What are your collections?

I'll be very happy to listen to your comments. Till then, bye and see you again!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lacy Leaf Baby Cardigan



The cardigan is in size to fit 24-inch chest.Honestly, I think the motif would be more prominent with a 
more rigorous blocking. 












So happy my colleague loves it and bought it instantaneously upon seeing it!








As you've noticed from my previous baby bonnet pattern, I LOVE LOVE LOVE lacy leaf motif and try to incorporate them whenever and wherever I can in my patterns. Here is the pattern of a feminine lacy baby cardigan/ sweater I made using blended cotton a while ago, before I gave birth to my now 10-month old daughter.


This sweet card is suitable as a layering clothing. It is knitted top down, and the sleeves are made by picking up stitches left on waste yarn during splitting for sleeves. The yoke is in stockinet stitch and the increase is raglan style, which means there's basically no room for confusion in increasing! To add feminine flair to this lovely piece, lacy leaf stitch is started after the underarm.

Materials needed: 

Yarn : see table for yardage 
Needles : 3mm 60cm-long circular needles, 3mm dpn

Notions : markers, darning needle, buttons.


Gauge: 27 stitches x 36 rows = 4 x 4 inches on 3mm needles

Abbreviations:
CO : cast on
k : knit
k2tog : knit 2 together 
kfbf : knit front and back and front (increase 3 stitches)
m1L : make one left
m1R : make one right 
p : purl
mb : make bobble 
pm : place marker
psso : pass slipped st over
R : row
WS : wrong side
RS : right side 
sm : slip marker
ssk : slip first st purlwise, slip second st knit wise, pass  
          both st back to left needle, knit both st together 
st : stitch
yo : yarn over


Make bobble:
Small bobble: (k1, yo, k1, yo, k1) in a single st, k5 together
Large bobble: (k1, yo, k1, yo, k1) in a single st, turn, p5, turn, k5, turn, p2tog, p1, p2tog, turn, slip one knitwise, k2tog, psso.
Sizes: To fit chest of 15, 17, 18 and 22 inches

Neck band:
CO 49 (55, 59, 73) st.
R1 (WS): *p1, k1* repeat **.
R2 (RS): increase 8 st evenly. Note: I used kfbf (57, 63, 67, 81 st).
R3 & R5: repeat R1
R4: increase 8 st evenly. Note: I used kfbf (65, 71, 75, 89 st)

Continue to yoke.
Yoke:
R1 (RS): k10 (k12, k12, k15), m1L, k1, pm, k1, m1R, k8( k10, k10, k12), m1L, k1, pm, k1, m1R, k19 (k19, k21, k27), m1L, k1, pm, k1, m1R, k8 (k10, k10, k12), m1L, k1, pm, k1, m1R, k11 (k12, k12, k15).

R2 (WS) and all WS: p

R3 and all RS: k to first st before marker, m1L, k1, sm, k1, m1R, k to first st before marker, m1L, k1, sm, k1, m1R, k to first st before marker, m1L, k1, sm, k1, m1R, k to first st before marker, m1L, k1, sm, k1, m1R, k till last st
Repeat R2 & R3 until there are 161 (183, 211, 257) st on the needles. Count the st at the WS.

Split for sleeves: k26 (k30, k36, k37), place 28 (30, 36, 56) st on waste yarn, back loop cast on 4 st, k57 (k63, k67, k71), place 28 (30, 36, 56) st on waste yarn, back loop cast on 4 st, k26 (k30, k36, k37).

Continue to body.


Body:
For all sizes:
Knit stockinette stitch for 3 rows, end with row on WS.

R1: k3, *k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3* until the last 10 st, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k4.
R2 & all WS: p
R3: k3, *k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k2* until the last 10 st, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k3.
R5: k3, *k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k1* until the last 10 st, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2.
R7: k1, k2tog, *k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, slip 1 purlwise, k2tog, psso* until the last 10 st, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k1.
R9: k3, *yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1* until the last 10 st, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k2.
R11: k3, *yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1* until the last 10 st, yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k2.
R13: k3, *yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1* until the last 10 st, yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k2.
R15: k3, *yo, k3, slip 1 purlwise, k2tog, psso, k3, yo, k1* until the last 10 st, yo, k3, slip first st purlwise, slip second st knit wise, pass both st back to left needle, knit both st together, k3, yo, k2.

R17 - R32: repeat R1 - R16.

(R33 - R46): (Only for 20- and 24-inch chest)
R33: k3, *k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3* until the last 10 st, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k4.
R35: k3, *k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k2* until the last 10 st, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k3.
R37: k3, *k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k1* until the last 10 st, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2.
R39: k1, k2tog, * k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, slip 1 purlwise, k2tog, psso* until the last 10 st, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k1.
R41: k3, *yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1* until the last 10 st, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k2. 
R43: k1, *yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1* until last 10 st, yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k4.
R45: k3, *k3, mb, k1, mb, k4* until last 10 st, k3, mb, k1, mb, k5.
R47: k3, * k4, mb, k5* until last 10 st, k4, mb,k6.

Continue with stockinette at for 3 rows, end with row on WS.
Continue hemming using mistake rib hem.
Sleeves:
Using double pointed needles, pick up 28 (30, 36, 56) st on waste yarn and 4 st casted on using back loop CO.
pm at the middle of armpit section.

17-inch chest:
K for 7 rows, sm, k1, k2tog, k till last 3 st, ssk, k1. (2 st decreased).
k for 7 rows.
Continue with R1-R16 for body.

19-inch chest:
K for 7 rows, sm, k1, k2tog, k till last 3 st, ssk, k1. (2 st decreased).
Decrease 1 more times.
k for 7 rows. 
Continue with R1-R16 for body.

20-inch chest
K for 7 rows, sm, k1, k2tog, k till last 3 st, ssk, k1. (2 st decreased). Decrease 3 more times. 
k 4 rows.
Continue with R1-R16 for body.

24-inch chest:
K for 7 rows, sm, k1, k2tog, k till last 3 st, ssk, k1. (2 st decreased). Decrease 4 more times. 
Continue with R1-R16 for body.

Mistake rib hem:
R1 (RS): k
R2 (WS): *p1, k1*, repeat **, end with p1 on the last st.
Repeat R1 and Rs for 5 more times.

Bind off using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s long tail bind off (to match my long tail CO), you can use any bind off method you like instead.
Download pdf file on Ravelry.

Tell me what you think of this pattern! I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Basic Crocheting and Knitting Course Launched!

A number of friends asked me to start teaching and after much preparation, my first basic crocheting and knitting course is launched!

Venue: Sungai Petani/ Bukit Mertajam
Time: October 2016
Seats available: 5 persons 



Content of course:
1. Know your yarn and notions needed
2. Casting on
3. Knit, purl, different types of increase & decrease
4. Binding off

Concise course with clear instructions to enable a TOTAL BEGINNER to knit this adorable baby bonnet.
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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Baby cardi to knit

I love love love the design I just purchased! You can tell from my previous design, Mori Hikari baby bonnet, that leaf motifs are my FAVES!

http://tincanknits.com/pattern-HUK-lush.html

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Baby Cardi Design in Process



In designing mood again! 😁✌️
Knitted using yummy 100% cotton yarn, this top down raglan style baby cardi incorporates mini cable.

Hope to finish this baby ASAP! Striving hard to 'squeeze' some time everyday for knitting. 😄

Monday, September 28, 2015

Mori Hikari Baby Bonnet



I am very happy to publish my first ever knitting pattern -  Mori Hikari Baby Bonnet, while waiting for my baby girl to arrive any time from now on! The balloon is my model as I don't have any baby to model the bonnet. Haha! 


Update: Baby G is big enough to rock the bonnet! Although it's a little loose. 😁







I'm so happy when I found out that I'm expecting a baby girl. That means .... many lace knitting awaiting me! 

Of all the lace stitches, my soft spot is the leaf stitches. While designing this bonnet for the baby, I found a lovely Bush stitch, which also resembles candlelight; thanks to freeknitstiches.com. Thus, I name the bonnet Mori Hikari, which means 'forest' and ‘light’ respectively in Japanese.

You can download the pattern from Ravelry too.

Size:
Newborn - 6 months, 6 months - 12 months, 12 months - 24 months.

Construction:
The bonnet is knitted flat and seamed one inch before the crown shaping. You can seam up to until the beginning of crown shaping if you prefer a looser fit.
Then. i-cord is knitted for about 30cm long and attached i-cord is made starting from the right edge of the wrong side of the bonnet.

Material:
Newborn - 6 months: 30 g (80 metres) premium acrylic yarn
6 months - 12 months: 40 g (110 metres)
12 months - 24 months: 50 g (130 metres)
Japanese Size 5/ 3.66mm straight or circular needles (or any size to obtain gauge)
Darning needle

Gauge
Stokinette and lace pattern: 24 stitches x 28 rows = 4 x 4 inches

Abbreviations
k: knit
p: purl
ssk: slip slip knit. Slip first stitch knitwise, slip second stitch purlwise, insert the left needle into the fronts of these two stitches and knit them together. One stitch is decreased. This decrease slants to the left.
k2tog: knit two together. One stitch is decreased. This decrease slants to the right.
k3tog: knit three together
yo: yarn over (Note: All yarn overs are purled at the WS.)
RS: right side
WS: wrong side

Pattern:

Cast On:
Note: I used long tail cast on, you can use any cast on method you like.
Newborn - 6 months: 65 stitches
6 months - 12 months: 77 stitches
12 months - 24 months: 89 stitches

Brim (All sizes)
Row 1 (WS): p
Row 2 (and all RS): k
Row 3 (turning row): k
Row 4 - Row 7: stockinette stitch (k the RS and p the WS)

Lace pattern (All sizes) 

(Note: You can place marker between each repeat to avoid confusion. The lace stitch is a  multiple of 12’ + 1, stitches should only be counted at row 7, 8, 15 and 16.)

Row 1 (RS): p2, *p1, ssk,k3, k2tog, p2, k1, p1*, repeat *, end with p3.
Row 2 (WS): k3, *k1, p1, k2, p5, k1*, repeat *, end with k2.
Row 3: p2, *p1, ssk, k1, k2tog, p2, k1, p1*, repeat *, end with p3.
Row 4: k3, *k1, p1, k2, p3, k1*, repeat *, end with k2.
Row 5: p2, *p1, yo, k3tog, yo, p1, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1*, repeat *, end with p3.
Row 6: k3, *p5, k1, p3, k1*, repeat *, end with k2.
Row 7: p2, *p2, k1, p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2*, repeat *, end with k2.
Row 8: k3, *p7, k2, p1, k2*, repeat *, end with k2.
Row 9: p2, *p2, k1, p2, ssk, k3, k2tog*, repeat *, end with p3.
Row 10: k3, *p5, k2, p1, k2*, repeat *, end with k2.
Row 11: p2, *p2, k1, p2, ssk, k1, k2tog*, repeat *, end with p3.
Row 12: k3, **p3, k2, p1, k2*, repeat *, end with k2.
Row 13: p2, *p1, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, p1, yo, k3tog, yo*, repeat *, end with p3.
Row 14: k3, *p3, k1, p5, k1*, repeat *, end with k2.
Row 15: p2, *p1, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2, k1, p1*, repeat *, end with p3.
Row 16: k3, *k1, p1, k2, p7, k1*, repeat *, end with k2.

Repeat lace pattern
Newborn - 6 months: until 4.5 inches from turning row
6 months - 12 months: until 5 inches from turning row
12 months - 24 months: until 5.5 inches from turning row

Crown Shaping (All sizes)

Row 1 (RS): k
Row 2 (and all WS): p
Row 3: k2, *k2tog, k10*, repeat *, end with k3.
Row 5: k2, *k2tog, k9*, repeat *, end with k3.
Row 7: k2, *k2tog, k8*, repeat *, end with k3.
Row 9: k2, *k2tog, k7*, repeat *, end with k3.
Row 11: k2, *k2tog, k6*, repeat *, end with k3.
Row 13: k2, *k2tog, k5*, repeat *, end with k3.
Row 15: k2, *k2tog, k4*, repeat *, end with k3.
Row 17: k2, *k2tog, k3*, repeat *, end with k3.

Finishing

Break yarn, leave about the length of 1.5 times the last row of crown shaping edge and thread alternate stitches of the last row of crown shaping (that means you need to thread yarn two times for all the stitches). Seam the crown seam to about 1 inch below the beginning of crown shaping. Fold the brim at turning row to WS of the bonnet and sew the cast on row to the inside of the brim. In the picture below, the horizontal line is the seaming.





i-cord
  1. Knit a three-stitch i-cord of about 30cm long (you can adjust the length to your preference). 
  2. Flip the bonnet to the WS. 
  3. Attach the i-cord by picking up first stitch of the right edge of the brim, slide the needle to the other end, knit the first 2 stitches, k2tog (the third stitch and the picked up stitch). 
  4. Repeat step 3 (Note: Pick up every stitch of the edge.).
  5. When the attached i-cord is done on the edge, continue making i-cord for about 30cm.
Weave in all ends. I wet blocked the bonnet and achieved the shape I desired. Yippee!

Adorn it on your charming baby!

If you found any mistake or if you have any question about this pattern, please don't hesitate to ask. Because you are helping me improve! 
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Test knitting #2

I'm very lucky to have done the test knitting for Angela. The pathway scarf is classic and timeless. Love the asymmetrical and cable! The pattern is very well written. I just had to read the pattern occasionally to make sure that I make cables in the right row. I knitted it by holding two strands of DK wool-blend yarn together and knit with a 5mm circular needle. I think I tend to knit loose most of the time.

Actually, I've finished knitting this scarf in early February. Yes, almost three months ago! But I've been unlucky to have a lovely sunny day to block it. Today, it's sunny, and I can't stand looking at the unblocked piece anymore. So, I soaked it in some warm water and body shampoo, rinsed it and blocked it. It looks so much nicer now. I shall keep it for the coming winter!