Sunny days

April 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - Books | 1 Comment
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The weather has been very joyful lately. The temperature suddenly jumped from around 0 degree to 20 degree. It has been sunny almost everyday in the last two weeks. I am glad that I have made little K a sun hat before the winter was expelled by the warm sunshine.

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One head and eight arms

March 26, 2011 at 10:38 am | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - How-to's, Craft - Inspirations, Craft - Websites, Misc. | Leave a comment

There’s a Chinese idiom that says “three heads and six arms (三头六臂)”, usually used to describe unordinary people who are so good at multi-tasking. Three heads might be arbitrary, but extra hands are definitely useful. Imagine a pair of arms cuddling the baby, another pair cooking dinner and the other doing laundry. The more arms, the better!

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Schön bist du da

March 6, 2011 at 11:57 am | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - Inspirations, Craft - Misc | 2 Comments


I’m kind of behind the majority. Most of my girlfriends have been moms for 3+ years now. Therefore, it was nice to have a friend being pregnant around the same time even though she is no longer living in the same city. We exchanged emails to discuss our pregnancy issues. Actually, it was not that different from before as we chatted via internet even when she was sitting in the office next to mine. Both of us were lazy! :-D I always wanted to make something special for YJ or her baby, namely OOAK, not from any existing patterns. It took me so long that I almost couldn’t finish it before the baby arrives. Fortunately, her little boy isn’t as hurried as little K did. My gift package made it to its destination one week before the baby’s born, unlike my previous birth gifts that are more than 1 year late! :P

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Commissioned work

February 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts | 1 Comment

When Mr Y was preparing the apartment for little K’s arrival from the hospital, he moved my sewing machine to the cellar. 10 weeks later, he brought it back as he need me to make something to protect his new toy. It could be much easier if he hasn’t research on commercial Kindle cases/covers. He started like “I just want something really simple….” However, there is a long list of hidden requirements attached to the word “simple”. He has rejected all the handmade Kindles cases tutorials/patterns that I could find from the internet, so I have to whip up my own.  He even found one nice tutorial himself but then told me that case is too lousy. Clearly, the leather cover from Amazon was his standard. I “simple-ly” told him not even to think about it.

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Back to Crochet

February 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - How-to's | Leave a comment
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Although little K hasn’t show any interests to grab anything, I always feel very insecure to have her in the same room with those long sharp knitting needles, so I put my needles away after I finished the vest. It is much more comfortable to work with the large plastic crochet hooks with little K in my arms. (Maybe now I have good excuses to get a whole set of those interchangeable circulars.)    Continue Reading Back to Crochet…

Stay Positive

January 14, 2011 at 12:18 am | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - How-to's, Life, Misc. | 4 Comments
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Being an extremely negative person who used to see only the bad aspects of everything, I felt a little ashamed of this title. On the other hand, this is meant to encourage myself to stay positive, especially when it comes to being a new parent.

Speaking of parenting, there are all kinds of discussions/news recently related to this controversial excerpt from Amy Chua’s new book. As a “victim” of really Chinese parenting, I wouldn’t do what Amy Chua did to my little K. Every child is an individual. There’s no one single method that works for everyone. What worked for my big sister gave me such a negative viewpoint of the world.

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New life

December 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, All My WIP, Craft - How-to's | 7 Comments

Although my life has been changing for months, the change is more significant lately and I enjoy it more than ever.  :)

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Knit on

October 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - How-to's, Craft - Websites | 6 Comments

Not everything is predictable. No matter what people have told you, a lot of things may be much harder than expected. It could be frustrated when things do not turn out the way it should be.  Continue Reading Knit on…

A little knitting

October 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - How-to's, Craft - Websites | 2 Comments

I always tell people that I am not a knitting person and I always prefer hooks to needles, but I cannot deny that it is hard to resist the cute little knitting patterns, especially those are freely available via Ravelry, which not only allows you to find the patterns but also supplies a large picture collection of finished projects. This sweet baby hat is on the top of my latest favorite list.   Continue Reading A little knitting…

Pinky, half a year long

October 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - Books | 1 Comment

One of the many reasons I haven’t blogged for so long is that I’ve been working on this crochet project. I started it back in early April right after our trip to Japan. It is not the largest piece I’ve finished, but it definitely broke my record of one single project: it took half a year! It should not have taken so long. Considering how little craft-related things I brought back from Japan, my crafting mojo was probably long gone even before the trip. It wasn’t so easy to get it back when there’s no strong motivation at all. There are so many other things. I couldn’t help thinking that maybe crafts are no longer my thing any more. In any case, there won’t be projects that last forever. It is either continued or dropped. I am glad that I didn’t give up this project because the result looks exactly how I expected. The blanket makes me smile whenever I look at it. :))

The pattern is called “Soft Stroller Blanket” and published on the winter issue of Crochet Today! in 2008.

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