Thursday, October 27, 2005


No not the wearable type.

One of my stitching friends sent some instructions on how to make a pumpkin pincushion and I did a little mistake (didn't put enough stuffing) and it became a flowerpinny.

Rose Flowerpinny
Red Flowerpinny

They need a bit of work like getting the binding thread more centered but overall I think they're ok. I will be putting up some for sale soon - would anyone be interested?

They're handy for keeping your pins safe when blocking. I'm working on a version with magnet at he bottom so you can pick up pins with it as well.

On the knitting front. I have finished one left front of the Plaza. One more front piece and then the button band and collar to go. Phew!! The seams are curling terribly but I don't want to block until I have finished the fronts so no photo yet.

I know LYN has tagged me for Flah my Stash but I'm going to pass at this time because
1. I am still in denial about half my stash
2. My in-laws will be around this weekend and I don't want them to get alarmed.

But I may do take some time to do it over the long holidays next week. Don't hold your breath though.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Missing Her

I haven't been in the mood to blog lately - partly because I haven't been doing that much knitting, partly I had my nose in some more books and mostly because the wife of our Prime Minister, Datin Seri Endon Haji Mahmood passed away last Thursday after a 4 year fight against cancer.

Many many years ago, when Pak Lah (as our Prime minister is fondly nicknamed) was just a Parliamentary Secretary, our families were friends. Nori (daughter) was just a baby and Kamal (son) was my age. We would meet up at least once every two months or so for dinner or tea. Most of the time it was for Sunday tea which lazily lingered into dinner and then on to the late night supper. We had at least 2 holidays trips together.

Auntie Endon had a sharp, no-nonsense tongue, but underneath all her withering comments was a sincere soul with no hidden agenda. I appreciated her straight talking more than all that crap written about her graciousness and charm. To me, her "jeling" (it's a kind of contemptious rolling of the eyes showing irateness and fondness at the same time, no straight English translation) was worth more than a million of those politicians' wives who cry convincingly and conveniently in front of press cameras.

When my dad had a stroke, she was one of the first to advocate a tough love approach, "Make him exercise," she said, "Don't make it easy for him. Or else he will rely on you forever". Yet she was also the first let the security in the Residence know that Mr Larry was to be transfered directly to her whenever he called. I can't tell how many phonecalls she took from a depressed old friend who was frustrated by his health. She couldn't visit much but she took my dad's calls.

Every year I came back from studies in NZ, she'd insist I visit at least once before I went back. She would trade hair raising tales with my Mum about our university exploits (I spent too much money on clothes and Kamal spent too much money being president of the college gourmet club).

I remember her telling me that Muslim women don't get an inheritance from their husband's estate but they get to keep everything they received during the marriage. I took a look around her elegantly furnished house, full of knick knacks from every part of the globe and said " You're doing well for yourself, Auntie!" and she laughed.

Last time I bumped into her some 4 plus years ago, she asked me how many kids I had. "None?" she said, when she heard my answer. "Hrumpph!"
"Kamal has three and another one on the way, you know! You better catch up, no need to wait."

When I said goodbye, I told she looked really wonderful and kissed her hands.
"You should come and visit, don't be a stranger. Make sure you have a baby next time."

I never got the chance to show her my boy.

Goodbye Auntie Endon, you look wonderful as ever. You never took the easy way out and you never gave up.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


I took a break from knitting and caught up with my reading these past few days. I finally manage to finish 2 books that I was reading at bedtime. I hate to have bedtime reading cos I always lose my place and most times, too tired to make sense of the page. It takes away the joy of the story but it's a habit I can't seem to break.

In those two days I actually missed my spinning. I've been googling hand spun novelty yarn and keep seeing all this cool textured lumpy bumpy yarn on Etsy . And I've been reading up on some cool techniques on plying to get little slubs or buttons. I've got to do some spinning tonight.

As for the KH kit, I'm not going to start it until December. Yes, it's an exercise in self contro. I want to finish my sister's Plaza Cardigan, Kerry Blue Baby Blanket and Madli's Roses first.

In the meantime, I'm searching around for what to do with my Handspun yarn. Any suggestions on what to do with 200 yds of super bulky yarn?

Monday, October 17, 2005

KH Angel Glimmer, I'm in Heaven

With almost lightning speed, the Kim Hargreaves kit arrived on my doorstep within 2 weeks.

Check out the goodies.

KH Glimmer

The kit was well-presented , with a lovely ribbon and a nice card.

And inside , the goods

KH Glimmer in Angel colourway

Pretty pretty shell buttons and Kim Hargreaves clothes tag.

I just hope I can do justice to such a pretty kit.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Isn't this so much better?

New and improved Madli's Shawl in Malabrigo's laceweight Damask Rose

Madli Roses

Think I'll christen this Madli's roses cos lookie here, see the cute little nupps - don't they look like rosebuds?


How do you like the new look?

I've been wanting to change since the blog birthday in September. I was pretty quiet about it cos I was swamped with work and didn't have time to do anything.

It's about time for a little housekeeping.

Lyn, Vannessa and I went for very long shopping, destressing outing on Tuesday. You can read about Lyn's stash enhancing on her blog. I scored some laceweight cotton and crochet silk yarn but I need to get them out of the car (where they are hiding from my spouse) and take a good picture.

Stay tuned!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Shimmer and Glimmer

I am upset with KnitPick's Shimmer yarn.

I made a start with Madli's Shawl from Interweaves Knits Summer 2004 with the Turquise Splendour and I am annoyed at how the light green blotches just appear out nowhere. I mean it would have been better if there was some graduation of colour.

Madli's shawl

And what I have knitted so far is floppy! I can see that the yarn would be good for a simple lace pattern to make a really nice scarf that you can wear right next to your neck but not a full scale stole.

BUT I can say that I have actually conquered the nupperaphobia

Madli's shawl nupps

Not the neatest but I think I can do much better with a "crispier" yarn. (is there such a word?). Pagoda here i come

Want to see what the fuss is all about? Here are some links to a spate of finished Madli's shawls.

Keeping me in Stitches
Plastic Soul

Anyway I had to put it aside and worked on my top down cardie - which will be unveiled on Monday hopefully..

My brother decided ( after much persuasion) to give me a treat, since he didn't get any Christmas and birthday presents for me for 2 years.

Guess what's visiting my mailbox in a couple of weeks.


I.... *hyperventilate* ..can.... *hyperventilate* ..hardly... *hyperventilate* ..wait...