Tempus fugit – time flies… Almost 3 months have gone by without a post. A lapse on my part that I hope to rectify…I wish! 😀
This year, World Wide Knit In Public day falls on the 18th June 2016 – which is the month of Ramadhan, so I doubt that I could participate as it’s usually a busy month for my family. Fortunately, I already had the pleasure to Knit in Public (KiP) in Kota Kinabalu with other crafters. Thanks to Ery, who mooted the idea among FB friends living in KK, the KiP Kota Kinabalu became a reality. Labour Day was chosen because it fell on Sunday and Monday was a substitute holiday. Although many had to back out in the last minute due to family commitments, 3 of us managed to meet up and knit for a few precious hours at Apple Donut, 1Borneo Hypermall.
I felt so lucky to meet and learn from these two talented young knitters. Ery is a teacher, the author of Variasi Asas Knitting, a professional knitter/crocheter and owner of Da’Knit, a yarn & crochet/knitting accessories store. Neza is an interior designer, a cat lover and knitting enthusiasts. Her personal knitting accessories collection is a dream!
For the KiP, Ery put forward a design to knit and we brought the materials (needles and yarn). At first, I thought that it would be better if participants were allowed to knit whatever they want at the KiP, but boy, I’m glad I was wrong. I really derived many benefits from the KiP with the design that Ery proposed. Among others, I learned to read knitting diagram (first time ever!), learned a few new tricks that I never heard of before (didn’t master them immediately on that day but practised at home through youtube), got the opportunity to lay my hands on many types of yarns which Ery brought along, was introduced to many fancy needles by Neza, saw the flicking method live (which I couldn’t do even until now), and saw how easy it was to use the circular needles (and got a few tips from Ery on how to use my Ayaz circular needles). The experience was really precious! Thanks a lot girls! 😀
This week, I’m joining Ginny at Small Things for the yarn along. So, what am I knitting now? I’m knitting a baby hat using a slightly modified version of the Red Heart Easy-Fit Ribbed Hat pattern. The original pattern uses regular straight needles while I’m knitting this using circular needles and less stitches.
I knit this baby hat in the car (while waiting for the kids at school), in the restaurant and at home. I’m so glad that after many, many times and hours spent unraveling my knits, I have finally understood how to use the circular needles. Honestly, I’m really slow at learning anything that requires motor skills, so if others can learn it in 3 hours, I may take twice or three times as long! More fun for me! 😀
‘The Road to Grace’ by Richard Paul Evans, which I’m currently reading, is actually the third installment of the best selling series, ‘The Walk’. It’s a heartwarming tale of the journey undertaken by a man who has lost his wife, his business and his property. Very easy reading and though I have not read the previous installments, I can still enjoy the story. It is written in such a way that at first I thought I was reading a true story.
By the way, I bought the Ayaz circular needles at Da’Knit and the cotton yarn at Shirley Craft Store, both wonderful stores are located at Central Plaza, Kepayan Ridge, Kota Kinabalu. So, if you’re in KK, do visit them and be mesmerized…:D
Have a wonderful day everyone!