Archive for June, 2017

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 🙂