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Knitted Haruni Shawl

This knit pattern, Haruni shawl (designed by Emily Ross) is by far my favorite one, which I would make again. This particular piece was made with two and half skeins of Deborah Norville by Premier Yarns Serenity Sock Yarn in the color Soft White and using U.S. size 6 (4 mm) needles. 

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The user uploaded the video on August 31, 2017. She is in north Texas in the Dallas area. Towards the end of the video, a guy says that the event was media-induced, although I haven’t checked myself, I don’t doubt. I was listening to a podcast, and the speaker also lives in Texas; he said what really happened is that there was a two-day delivery delay to the gas stations. Either the media misrepresented the information, or the info was correctly presented, yet people panicked their way to getting gas, thus causing an actual local shortage. 

I find this concerning, because, based on this observation, it would be most likely pandemonium if and when a greater crisis occurs. What’s the expression? “When shit hits the fan”?

Knit Lace Shawl

My first knit lace shawl made with Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight yarn in Purple and with U.S. size 8/5.00 mm needles. The pattern, Fine Lace Sampler, is created by Kristin Omdahl.




Knitting with double-pointed needles (DPNs) has been a mild intimidation to me in the past. When I saw pictures of items being knitted with DPNs, thoughts of “I don’t think I’ll ever do that” have come up. Those thoughts are based partly on seeing the messy appearance of three to five needles protruding from the item. The other basis is not understanding the purpose and scope of DPNs and not being familiar with using them. I haven’t had to use them until up to the point when I needed to decrease the crown of an adult beanie hat.

Other than decreasing the crown of a hat, I learned that it’s mainly small items–specifically with a small circumference–that are made using DPNs. Items such as gloves, toys and socks.

I’m currently working on a baby beanie hat. It was awkward starting out with the casting on of stitches and knitting the first few rounds (making sure the foundation chain doesn’t get twisted). The ease of handling and working the item and needles became easier as I progressed through more rounds. Plus I’m using aluminum needles, which are a little heavier than acrylic or wood.

Overall, it hasn’t been much trouble. Being the third day of using DPNs, I’m pretty comfortable in using them.

Knit Shawl (WIP)

Update 6/5: Less than 25% to finish. Need to get more yarn.

Third Car

By the end of the evening, I was driving a white 2016 Toyota Corolla S Plus. Although it’s my third car, it’s only the second one that I have a loan on. My second car–a blue 2004 Toyota Corolla S–was purchased new from a local Toyota dealership. Technically, it’s 14 years old, which is also the amount of time I’ve driven it. So it has served me well. The AC is still functioning 🙂

I was occupied during the morning and afternoon with closing on the auto loan, transferring the title and tag and updating my auto insurance. I bought the car from a friend. It was a first-time experience in a private sale for the both of us. The entire process went smoothly; I attribute that partly to knowing who I’m doing business with and not with a complete stranger. She sold it to me at a good price. I didn’t confirm it with her, but I think the price was based on her remaining loan balance. Plus I did research and found that the sale price wasn’t  overvalued.

I’m very happy with it. It has tinted windows, which I was excited for, because the old car didn’t have that. The newest features and functions to me are the digital displays, back-up camera, touch screen multimedia console, and other functions on the steering wheel.

Here’s to another 14 years 🙂

Mostly for the fact that I’ve ventured back into knitting since December 2016, I am particularly impressed with this shawl that I finished knitting a couple of days ago.
The pattern is called Sweet Shawl. The item is described by allfreeknitting.com; a link to the pattern website is provided within the post. The website is primarily in French, however there is some English translation, including the knit pattern instructions.

My finished shawl turned out smaller than the one displayed on the pattern website, because I different-sized knitting needles (used size 8 instead of 10.5). Yet it turned out that I’m able to wear the shawl comfortably while fitting nicely.

I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! in colors Amethyst, Rosy, and Ivory. It’s a lovely colorway 🙂 Knitting needles used are US size 8 5 mm.



Crocheting has been given a rest for about a month, maybe two months, now. I still continue to knit; knitting washcloths, which are intended to be given as gifts.

My focus has also shifted to working again on origami and kirigami, making a few different models, such as elephants, stars, flowers, and butterflies. I felt particularly proud when I created my own model of a star, which I’d like to produce a tutorial demonstrating the creation 🙂

I’ve begun practicing yoga, which was something I’ve always wanted to do for many years, yet I didn’t have the drive to start. All of a sudden one day, I felt the spark to begin. I’m not doing any kind of rigorous circuits, which I feel isn’t necessary for me. My goal is to practice the moves not only for physical fitness. In a later post, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the western practice of yoga.

Update 6/9: I’m considering unraveling this piece to use in a knitting project.

I started this piece about a week ago. I’ll update the details on what yarn I used later. Check out my first completed virus shawl at the previous post below or here 🙂

Crocheted Virus Shawl

This shawl turned out beautifully! It was started and finished during the last week of December 2016 (I have other finished items from 2016 that I still need to post). It was my first experience in working with a piece that produces a lace-type pattern.

I used Lion Brand Yarns Baby Soft in two colors of Lavender and Lemonade, one skein of each color, and crochet hook size G. For this particular piece, I made 12 or 13 rows. 

There are a number of tutorials that demonstrate the construction of this shawl. I used the following tutorial: