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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Crochet Raspberry Stitch Stripes Long Sleeves Sweater

I'm getting married next year!! Wheeee - - - !

My spouse and I have decided to go to Korea for honeymoon. We've already booked the tour and everything. What left now is just the garments.

I'm so excited actually, wanting to know how it feels to be at a place with 0-8 degree Celsius.

I wanted to try to knit a sweater instead of regular crochet but I failed. It's difficult. I am still very new to knitting and I think I need to race with time. So, I cannot afford to waste too much time learning how to knit a sweater. It'll be too difficult and time consuming for a newbie to do all by herself without a guru.

Many people think it is impossible to learn a skill without finding a teacher. Guess what? This is a false concept that people use to disguise their unwillingness to learn with determination. Youtube is one of the best teachers in the world. I really appreciate these youtubers who are willing to spend their time making money and teach the world for free.

I'm grateful to acquire the crochet skill from Youtube.

Crochet Raspberry Stitch Stripes Long Sleeves Sweater 

These taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC FH5

Taken with Sony Xperia ZL camera 

I used 7 ply Milk Cotton yarn from Tang Sheng (with black label)
4.5mm crochet hook for single crochet stripes and 3.5mm crochet hook for the raspberry stripes.
5.5mm crochet hook for bottom ribbing. 
I think I used around 3 skeins of white and 3 skeins of blue yarn (each skein is 100g) 

Throughout the process of crocheting this sweater, I had to rip off a few parts many times before I got them right. Each time I unravel the yarn, I told myself it's okay, I'm doing this for a better and more fitting garment, it is going to be worth it. Gah! Finally - I pushed through and managed to get a sweater that I'm pretty happy with. 

If only I was fairer, I think I'll look more Korean-ish with the hairstyle and specs. Haha. 

I took around 3 weeks to get this sweater done. Done in a hurry, not in the leisure mode. I spent a few hours each day, repairing and repairing until I am satisfied. 

Before I end this post, I'd like to thank Interunet from Youtube for teaching me how to crochet this garment. Her video tutorial is by far the best on Youtube. This is the #3 garment that I did following her tutorial. 
Friday, July 08, 2016

Weave bin


I only managed to paint a few tubes with yellow and grey using the Buncho water colours. It takes too much time and effort to paint them using the brush. As I'm not doing these in big quantity so that's my only method - colouring the tube one by one.

So I managed to save them up for the best weaving craft I want to make - the basket which supposedly meant to be a bin. =/ Then I decided may not. 

I missed him while I was weaving... Weaved for almost a few hours after he left me. Done in a day. 

The edging is not really how it is supposed to be as I improvised a little. I think it is too troublesome to tuck it in so I just simply tuck it anywhere I think will hold the piece properly. Not too bad I guess. This edging uses a lot of tubes though. 
Friday, June 24, 2016

Women's Square Motif Lace Blouse (tutorial by Interunet)

It's been AGES since I last blogged something. I have been busy with many things.. Working, on diet, preparing for my wedding and of course, crocheting. So, here's the project which I have spent months on. Finally done. Haha..

This colour is closer to its original colour. 

The colour is a little off here. It's not supposed to be this bright.
My camera's setting is set wrongly. Showing this picture so that you can see how it looks like when lay flat on the ground.

It's my blog, so I'm going to post all my pictures HUGE.

A close-up one.

I used Golden Sun cotton yarn with 2/0 Tulip crochet hook to make this blouse. I'm supposed to use 2/0 but I accidentally mix up some motifs with 1/0. Haha.. Luckily, it didn't turn out too weird as I only did the mistake on a few rows of motifs (yes, few rows and then only I realize.. zzz).

The original neckline I envisioned is not like this. It's more of an off shoulder kind. However, since this is made for my grandma, I cannot expect her to be wearing such sexy outfit. So I made the neckline part more narrow so that it looks more decent for an old lady to wear.

I cannot really remember how many skeins of yarn I have used. Maybe around 5-6 skeins. 

I used the tutorial from Interunet: 

May God bless this talented and selfless lady for sharing all her great tutorials on Youtube. I managed to crochet 2 pieces of garments using her tutorials.

Though I did face some problems at the beginning but soon, I figured out how to fix it. Ah - took me some time to see the pattern properly (haha! I am just an amateur crocheter). I think I took about.. almost 4-5 months doing this piece of blouse. Yes, that long! It's been on and off work because of other commitments I have in life.

So, after trying this blouse for photographs, I'll give it to my grandma this weekend. I hope that she'll like it. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Recycled 'Crystal' Plastic Bottle - Yarn Tutorial

Recycled 'Crystal' Plastic Bottle - Yarn Tutorial

  • 3/0 crochet hook (2.2mm) 
  • Minlon acrylic knitting yarn 
  • yarn needle 

1) Cut the bottom of the mineral bottle to approximately 5.5cm diameter. 

2) If you are using bottom bottle that looks like in the picture below, you should be able to get 20 holes.

3) In the first hole: Tie a knot to your string and slip stitch in the first hole (see picture 1). Chain 1 (see picture 2). 2 single crochets in the same hole (see picture 3).  

4) In the second hole: 3 double crochets. 

5) In the third hole: 3 double crochets. 

6) In the 4th hole: 2 single crochets 

7) In the 5th  hole: 2 single crochets 

8) In the 6th hole: 2 single crochets 

9) In the 7th hole: 3 double crochets 

10) In the 8th hole: 3 double crochets 

11) In the 9th hole: 2 single crochets 

12) In the 10th hole: 2single crochets 

13) In the 11th hole: 2 single crochets 

14) In the 12th hole: 3 double crochets 

15) In the 13th hole: 3 double crochets 

16) In the 14th hole: 2 single crochets 

17) In the 15th hole: 2 single crochets 

18) In the 16th hole: 2 single crochets 

19) In the 17th hole: 3 double crochets

20) In the 18th hole: 3 double crochets 

21) In the 19th hole: 2 single crochets

22) In the 20th hole: 2 single crochets 

* You  might find this confusing but once you get one done, you will know the pattern by heart. You do not have to refer to the steps above anymore. 

23) Slip stitch to the first chain made in the first hole. (see picture 10) 

24) Chain 1. Single crochet in every stitch until you reach the first double crochet stitch (see picture 12). 

25) Double crochet 2 times in the space between the two double crochets (see picture 14) 

26) Continue to single crochet in every stitch until you reach to the next 2 double crochets stitches. Repeat step 25. It's to make the edges. 

27) Repeat the single crochet and double crochet in the spaces steps until the entire round is completed. Slip stitch to the first chain made in step 24. 

28) You should have a granny square now with sharp edges (see picture 26). 

29) Weave in the extra yarn into the granny square. (see picture 27). 

30) You should now have a clean granny square (see picture 28).

31) Repeat the steps above to make the sufficient number of granny squares needed for your project.

31) Arrange the squares according to the pattern that you like. 

The above layout is to make the pencil box as shown below: 

There are different layouts: 

Another type of layout:

The crystal diamond bag layout: 

32) Start joining the squares starting from the middle square.  

33) Make sure the pattern of the water bottle bottoms are facing each other inwardly (see pictures 29 - 30) to make sure you get the correct pattern. 

34) Slip stitch in between the space of the two double crochets at the edge (see picture 31). 

35) Chain 1 (see picture 32).

36) Slip stitch the stitches combining two squares together until you reach the double crochets' space (see picture 34). 

37) When you reach the 2 double crochets space, slip stitch into the space. Chain 1. Join another square by joining the edge via the double crochet space. Basically the joining process is quite similar to joining traditional granny squares. 

38) You should get something like this. You will have to cut the yarn and continue a new yarn with the same joining process when you joined the last square. 

39) From the double crochet space, slip stitch and make 3 chains as seen in the picture below. 

40) Make double crochets across the entire round. In each double crochet space, make 1 double crochet. 

41) After you have completed the double crochet round, then make 3-4 rounds of single crochet round. Slip stitch to the third stitch of your starting 3 chains. Then chain 1, start to single crochet across. 

42) Weave in the remaining yarns. 

43) Sew on the zippers. 

44) Done.

I hope you enjoy making this crystal plastic bottle - yarn products. 

Monday, February 01, 2016

Gifts Code: What If My Child Doesn’t Seem Gifted


Being parents, it is normal to be always worried whether your children are able to compete with other children so that they will be outstanding among the crowd. To be different from the ordinary, one will need to have talents which other people do not have. Unfortunately, not every child is lucky enough to born gifted.

Do not worry if you think your child is not really gifted in any aspect. This can be nurtured. All you need is some knowledge on how to make that happen through dedicated hardwork and patience. Get the book called “What If My Child Doesn’t Seem Gifted” written by Mil Aivlis. It has all the info you need regarding this matter.

Whether you are a new parent or a parent of a few children, this book is surely going to come handy for you. After all, every parent wants the best out of their children. Nobody wants to be left out as this society is all about competitions to determine who excels better and manage to secure a better life in the future.

This book is sold very well because of its reliable and truthful content. It teaches parents how to encourage children to reach their full potential without them realizing. Most parents do not understand that every child has his/her own talent. The problem is, what is it?

Discovering a child’s talent is an acquired skill which not every parent knows how to. Hence, this book has the input to guide you on developing your child’s interest and talent. Know that talents do exist in them. Parents’ job is to make these talents visible and not hidden and forsaken.

Each chapter in this book provides advice to help adults to encourage and motivate the younger generations to learn about their gifts and how to nurture them. Once a child has discovered what he/she is good at, then what left is just practice to make it perfect.

This encouraging and motivational book is totally recommended. It has gained many positive reviews from other parents. Even if you are not a parent yourself, you can actually make this a great gift for your friend who recently just got a baby. They will surely be thankful to receive this wonderful gift. Being a parent is learning through the process. Hence with this book, it gives them insight on how to prevent time wastage and misconception that their children are born untalented.

You will also get a free talent quiz. This helps to check what kind of talent your child embraces. It is all free and available for you.

Do not wait anymore. Check out their website here for more info:



Salzburg – the fourth largest Austrian city on the German border, with views of the Eastern Alps is a place that many people love to visit. It is famous for its beautiful sunrise and sunset. Of course, avid pianists from all around the world will be delighted to be able to visit the birthplace of the prominent 18th century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

This city has a few historical sites which you surely do not want to miss out. Among the top chosen destinations are Mirabell Palace (opulent 17th century palace & gardens), Pastersfriedhof (historic Christian graveyard & catacombs), St. Peter’s Abbey (monastery), Hohensalzburg Castle (11th century fortress on a city hilltop) and many more. These places retain the beauty of the olden days so that today people could still be able to value their beauty.

Basically, this is a place not only for historical tourists because it has other attractions too. It is a dream destination for many tourists as there is no shortage of things to do. Other than sightseeing, you can also dine in the oldest restaurant in Europe while listening to the music of Mozart. It will be a great treat for your beloved girlfriend or wife to have a delicious three course candlelit dinner in such atmosphere.

Not only that, you can also take this opportunity to visit the salt mines in Salzburg. You will be amazed with knowledge that you can learn through this journey. This is totally a great place to go to if you are bringing a family with kids around. Other than having a break, they can learn something along the travel. Isn’t that great?

These attractions surely sound interesting. If you have decided to a visit to Salzburg, you will want to make sure the accommodation is great to provide you a comfortable journey. It will be a waste of time if you plan to look for hotel one by one in the Internet, comparing prices and facilities. These can be avoided if you seek for service. This is their website:

They provide accommodation booking service with a focus on companies, events and groups. They have local agents in Salzburg who will help you to find the best rates and availability in a hotel that best suits your needs. The great thing about their service is that with their buying power, they can definitely find you exclusive deals at NO extra charge.

Kidding? No. They are serious. They do not charge you fees for that. So, stay relax for your trip. Let them take the stress out of planning an event in Salzburg. If you need more info, you can contact them directly from their website.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Upcoming Event: Mozart Children’s Orchestra


The 2003 formed Mozart Children’s Orchestra is a well recommended performance for music lovers. Although it is formed by a group of children under age of 12, they do perform decently. They have undergone training and practices to make their performance outstanding.

These children learn to play musical instruments together with great harmony. Also, they are exposed to the great value of appreciating belonging to a talent group. Each and every one of them has their own talent. Having them all united to perform music is simply one of the best things you can enjoy in life.

They are being known as the Mozart Children’s Orchestra. Throughout the year, they will be going to different places to perform. However, they have special performances meant for Mozart Week. It is a moment of fun and music for all involved.

Every year, the soloist changes. This year, this role is played by Caitlan Rinaldy, a 12 years old beautiful and talented girl. She comes from Stiftung Mozarteum, Salzburg. The performance will be conducted by Christoph Koncz and Marc Minkowski whereas the presenter is Jürgen Flimm.

If you are visiting Salzburg during the Mozart’s birthday week, be sure not to miss this great opportunity to watch the orchestra. It is undoubtedly going to be a meaningful activity to do with your family if you have young children. Hopefully by bringing them along, these young children’s performance will be able to inspire your children. Perhaps they will begin to develop interest and passion in music soon. After all, it is always great to have an extra talent.

The details for the orchestra are as listed below:
Date: 31 January 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: Großer Saal Mozarteum

They will be playing a few famous music pieces composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. You are likely familiar with this musician, who has left many great masterpieces for the later generation to enjoy. Among the music pieces which will be performed are:
  • Symphony in D major KV95
  • “Lieder ohne Worte” (songs without words)
  • Concerto in C major for piano and orchestra KV 415
  • Symphony in D Major KV 97

If you need to reserve your tickets, you can contact or fax +43-662-87 44 54

The ticket prices are surely reasonable and affordable. They are being sold at the price of EUR 55, - / 45, - / 35, - / 25, -

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Grey Sling Bag

I just made a sling bag - after taking one month plus. It's because I've been really very busy with school/working life. I'm really happy with this design which I created from my imagination.

It has fixed number of stitches for each side (left and right) and 4 slip stitches each round. I crocheted around but end with slip stitch when I reach an edge. I really like how it turned out - having solid edges due to the help of the slip stitch nature. 

Initially it didn't seem to look very obvious like a bag but as I crochet further up, then the bag's "look" appeared.

The design is made with single crochet front loop for the front and back big rectangle sides but for the left and right sides, I used normal single crochet with double loops.

Basically you can feel texture when you touch the bag.. not that ordinary like single crochet. It looks more "gentle" looking to me too. All the way single crochet is a little "rough" looking.

The holder is made with 7 - 8 single crochets. I think this thickness is just nice.

Put a pom-pom for the zip holder.

I'll say I feel hard to give this away - but well.. I hope the buyer will like it as much as I do. 
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Top Ranked Interior Design Programs in the US


Interior design is as the name itself suggest, is the art or process of designing the interior, often including the exterior of a room or building. Therefore, if you are interested in this field, your dream is most likely to be an interior designer. Your job later on will be coordinating and managing such projects, giving home owners their dream houses to live in.

This profession involves conceptual development and communication with the stakeholders of the project. All these do not come naturally on their own to you. You will need to attend classes related to interior design to have the essential interior design knowledge. For example, you will be learning the way of manipulation of spatial volume as well as surface treatment.

You will meet different customers who have different anticipations and doubts. Some may not know exactly how they want to decorate their houses. Then, that is when they need professional’s service and advice. Being a successful interior designer, you must be able to rationalize and provide different alternatives for them. Of course, you must be decisive too, by giving them the best option you think is appropriate. This is because some clients are indecisive.

All these require experience and can only be accumulated though time. It cannot be rushed. Also, as the world is getting more and more advanced day by day, fashion changes rapidly too. One of the prerequisite of being an interior designer is to be able to distinguish the modern style in contrast with the traditional. One must be updated with the trend so not to be left behind.

Some customers love vintage feel and will go for the wooden style. Often, people nowadays prefer to have modern design for their houses. Hence, it is important that interior designers should be aware of the newest house design to give a good impression to their customers.

If you are interested in pursuing your dream to be a remarkable and prominent interior designer, then you can begin with choosing the right degree in Interior Design. There are a few programs being offered in the US. However, which one is the best?

Here’s a page  which summarizes all the top ranked Interior Design programs at US News. You can also find the best fine arts colleges for 2016 there.

This page is great because it compiles all the comprehensive list of accredited colleges and universities for Interior Design program. There is no need for you to look up high and low. Everything is neatly organized and listed for you. All you need to do is read through and choose the best.



Plushies giving is not only limited for children but you can also give it to adults. Most people will be delighted to receive plushies for its adorableness. However, to increase the excitement, you can actually make special soft toy that is related to culture. For example, make a Greek sea god, Poseidon into a soft toy. Isn’t that unique and different from the ordinary?

The Chibitized! is new in the industry of soft toy making. They have come up with a creative concept of making unusual characters. The word “chibitized” actually comes from a common Japanese term “chibi” which can be translated to “tiny” and usually adorable.

In the shopping mall, you can probably find many different kinds of famous movie characters such as Hello Kitty, Minion, Snoopy and many others. However, these are very common. They may look adorable but not special enough if you were to compare to Chibitized!

So, if you want to present something really extraordinary for your loved one, I think you should consider to get them this gift. They plan to release a line of plushies based on the most famous gods of 6 different cultures around the world: Greek, Nordic, Mexica/Aztec, Egyptian, Chinese/Japanese and Inca. Each and every character is adorable to the maximum.

As they are still new, they are planning to launch the line with the first 3 GODSTERSs with the given target. The lineup is Quetzalcoatl (Aztec), Loki (Norse) and Aphrodite (Greek).  As for now, you can choose either one of these three characters. They need support to be able to widen the choices of characters. This can only be done by your help. Spread this great gift to your friends and family.

The only obstacle they are facing is lack of orders. As this concept is new, different and challenging, they are targeting people who love culture characters. Only through advertising and letting more people know about this, then they are able to provide better service for you.

These culture gods are legend and classic. They will always remain special and mythical no matter what generation. It can actually be a nice heirloom gift to be passed on from generation to generation.

They have found quality manufacturer to produce these pushies. Hence, you do not have to worry that just because they are not produced in bulk, then these pushies quality are of secondary. This is untrue. They strive to provide the best quality soft toys for your loved ones.

For more details, you can check out