(Hopefully) A happy new year

I hope everybody had a happy holiday season. I have been working on my new years resolutions and I decided to try to knit 12 sweaters for 2012. Hopefully I’ll take pictures of the sweaters while they are WIPs and when they are finished. So, yeah. That’s my new years revolution. What’s your new years revolution?

Here’s to hoping for a better year for everybody. ❤

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Things that make me smile

I think I have found a new addiction and it’s not drugs. It’s a site called pinterest.com. I’ve been looking at it to cheer myself up. Recently my sister lost custody of her little boy and so my nephew moved to New York with his paternal family. I’m going to miss the little guy and I hope he’ll be happy. He gave me his rubber ducky that he got as a Halloween treat for me to remember him by. It’s now sitting on my computer table staring mournfully at me. *sigh* Sometimes life just breaks your heart and that was a matter that I had no say so in.

So I have been lurking on the site and I found some pictures that have managed to put a smile on my face. Here are a few:

How cute is this little guy?

This little boy is just so cute.

I love Pixar movies and Up was definitely on of my favorites from a wonderful studio. I have to say it and Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc are my top favorites. (And Toy Story.)

Isn’t this dress so adorable? It’s just timeless.

 


Oh my!

It looks like I have neglected my blog for a bit and I feel terrible about it all. Well, in the time I have been gone, not much has happened but I did get a new niece and I lost my wallet due to my sheer retardation.

My niece, Mia, came into the world a bit earlier than expected, but perfectly health. I offered some baby knits for her but my sister declined. We’re not on good terms due to a number of reasons. (Mostly her getting arrested and using my id for it.) I avoid my sister at all cost but I do spend time with my nephew every once in a while. I haven’t been able to see her (Mia) but I did take my nephew trick or treating. Somebody, strangely, gave him a rubber ducky. I think it was a used rubber ducky because there was water in it. He absolutely had to take it home so I put it in the dishwasher to be cleaned before he could play with it.

Next thing, I lost my wallet with most of my picture ID’s in it. Am I stressed out about it? Yes, but I filed a police report, and I’m working on replacing the cards in it. I also happened to make photocopies of all of my id stuff so I can drop that off at the police station. I also checked credit record and there isn’t anything fishy going on with it. Luckily, there was no money, credit cards, debit cards, or social security cards in it. It one of those times where my strange habits and quirks save me. To be honest, I have a strange habit of literally freezing my debit cards. It prevents unnecessary purchases and helps keep me on a lean and mean budget. Seriously, I could in theory stick it in the microwave or dig it out of its ice block but neither are good methods of getting it out.

The main thing keeping me from blogging other than my impossibly boring life is my gaming magazine/project. My mates and I started our own gaming magazine and each of us have been busily working on it. I originally thought that it would take about 6-9 months to get most of it together but we are hustling along. Alex got the site up and Jake has found sponsors. Now all I have to do is find more writers.

I also started checking out more schools in the UK like Salford where my mate, Alex, goes. I also started checking out schools in Germany as well. I even started trying to learn German but right now all I can say is, “I love you,” “You are a fish,” “Good morning flowers,” and “I love cake.” Not particularly useful phrases but I’ll get there.

Sadly, my knitting has taken a back seat to all of this, and as I was walking around my apartment, I discovered that I have a few WIP’s in progress. I found three on the needles and the math for the sweater that I was editing. I have been working on the sleeves for Aya since arms vary so much from person to person. So, I have subjected my friends to, possibly unwanted, measuring of their forearms. I should be glad that I have been taking measurements of my friends who don’t seem to mind my quirks than say, strangers. They might not take as kindly to a random person walking up to them and saying, “You have nice arms. Mind if I measure them for my sweater pattern?” I would probably locked up in a padded room where they won’t allow me to take my needles or in a hospital due to injuries.

I also got some roving for myself as birthday present but, sadly, I forgot to buy a spindle. So I have no spindle to try to learn how to spin my own yarn. I was laughing about how I could forget something like that. I’m sure I could make my own though or wait until Christmas to see if Santa will put one in my socking because I’m sure it would be rather difficult to wrap up. I suppose you could put it in a box… Sorry rambling.

All in all that is what has been going on. I’ll try to liven up my life.

 

 

 


Happy Wednesday!

It’s been a while since I posted anything new but I do have some good news. I got new knitting needles and that makes me happy. It seems that I have outgrown my Boye interchangeable set and it started falling apart on me. I can honestly say the Boye set was not one of my favorite brand of knitting needles. I find the cords rather stiff and the needles’ sizes were off. The only great thing about the Boye set is that the cords had a hole in it that you can use to tighten the needles and I used the hole to add a safety line. (It came in handy when the needles would come loose.)

But this is my new set and I love it!

I guess this post will be an informal review and in that case. Here goes.

First of all the case is wonderful. The picture doesn’t do justice to how pretty the case is. I tend not to like the default case of many needle sets but I like the Hiya Hiya’s case. It has this gorgeous floral Asian design and it comes in 4 different colors: blue, teal, purple, and red. There are two pouches on this case. One on the back where the cords are stored and one on the inside that I have been using to store my stitch markers and tapestry needles. I also love that the case has room for more needles in the future.

A good case is never going to make up for shoddy needles and I like Hiya Hiya’s needles. They come in both bamboo and steel. I like the fact that the needles range from US size 2 to US size 15. You’ll have to get two sets to get the whole range and they are divided like so: sizes 2-8 for the small set and 9-15 for the larger. The needles also come in different lengths as well. There is a set with needles that are 4 inch long or 5 inch long. (I think the bamboo set only comes in the 5″ length.)

I got the smaller set with the 4 inch needles because I tend not to use needles larger than the US size 8 and I have tiny childlike hands. The needles aren’t as sharp as my Knitpicks nor does it have the mirror like sheenbut I can live with that. (My fingers are thanking me because I use my forefinger to push down on the needles.) I did read somewhere that Hiya Hiya was going to be coming out with a set with sharper needles sometime this year. I’m sure Ravelry will be blowing up with post when it does.

The join and cords are also something that bothers me on some needle sets and I have to admit Hiya Hiya has a nice smooth join with flexible cords. There cords are no where near as flexible as Kollage’s but you can easily magic loop. (I don’t think I have seen a set of needles with cords as flexible as the licorice-like cords Kollage boast.) The cords have a “cap” that you screw to the needles. There are no special “key” that are needed but I like to use gardening gloves just to make sure it doesn’t come loose.

I guess later on down the road I will write a post where it compares all of the main brands of interchangeable needle sets with it’s pros and cons but again I’ll leave that for another day.

All in all I am happy with this set. The price was reasonable as well. I ordered mine from Eat Sleep Knit and I happened to have a coupon code. (Whee savings!) It also came with a scratch lotto like card but I didn’t win anything.

Also another thing that makes my Wednesday happy is the official Minecraft 1.8 update. I’ve been playing around with the map trying to find the “ruins” that are supposed to be on the map. I think there are supposed to be 3 per map.

There is also a creative mode where you have an infinite amount of blocks and supplies. Needless to say, this is a fun Wednesday.


Happy Blog day!

I don’t really have any news really. My dad hasn’t given me my passport and the University of Bolton hasn’t emailed me back. So I guess I’ll have to play the waiting game until then. I’ve also been trying to save up as well and look at other universities while I’m at it. I’m also trying to learn German. My German friend has been working on removing my American accent and teaching me the Saxon accent.

On another note, it’s my blog’s first birthday. I started this blog as a way for me to keep in contact with some of my friends that live far away and I never thought I would make new ones. So I want to thank you for reading and commenting on my pages and to thank you also for some of the advice you have given me.


Update #1

It seems that I have forgotten to blog regularly and I do apologize for that. I’ve been caught up with my freelance writing job and getting it off the ground. It’s a new online gaming magazine, and even though I don’t get paid, yet, I have hopes for the future. It’s something that I love. In between that, I have still been looking into school aboard much to my mother’s dismay and chagrin. I’ve still have been slowly gathering up paperwork and preparing to talk to the US, UK, Hong Kong, and Vietnamese consult about my “citizenship” status. I’ve talked to my dad some more about it he’s been supportive of me wanting to move aboard and in fact has been considering it himself. (He’s been thinking about Germany or France for the past couple of years.) I’ll probably blog some more Monday or Tuesday after I have my bi-weekly chat with my dad.

I know this isn’t much of an update, and honestly, I feel like I’m just reiterating facts, so I’ll include a picture of a WIP that I have on the needles.

I’ve written the pattern up for it and I’m working on the sample right now. (It comes in seven sizes!) I’m also finishing up the rewrite of Aya and I’ve been making it clearer as well as taking some better photos of it. (I’ve also included a diagram and links to some useful tutorials just in case.)

Edit: I did contact a few universities in the UK and I’m waiting on a reply from them.


Good news and bad news

So, after the disastrous week I had, I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is that I will have to move soon and unless I find somebody to take over my lease (soon) or I have to pay a huge fee to break the lease. The thing is that I don’t feel safe and another is that the law enforcement officers want me to catch physically catch the guy in order for them to really press charges and getting a good look at him won’t count. (I don’t think this would be a good time to practice my football/rugby tackles although the last time I did scare him off with a knife.) I filed a miscellaneous report but that’s all I can do. The resulting effect is that I feel so let down because crimes of a sexual nature don’t just stop. They tend to escalate and I doubt I would be able to contain my anger if I did catch the guy.

I do, however; got some good news. Well, partial good news. My dad claims to have found my passport! (Yays, if I can actually get my hands on it! He also claims to have found his.) The thing is that I have to get it renewed since it expired. There have, also, been some changes about my “citizen” status since then as well, and I’ll have to talk to HK and UK immigration about it. (The only other person in my family that was born in Hong Kong was born to a Chinese father and holds Chinese citizenship.)

It seems so strange that all my life I had no clue what my nationality was. What was my flag and banner? What was my national anthem?

The flag when I was born.

Now.

I knew my ethnicity because that is pretty easy. I could just look in the mirror for that, but nationality was harder since I was born overseas to Vietnamese refugee parents. I always felt so lost because even though I was raised in America, I didn’t feel like an American. I was constantly reminded of that everyday because of the jeers I got from people. “Go back to your country,” they would say. It always broke my heart and because of my rootless existence, I felt like I had no place to call home. (I attended seven schools by the time I graduated.) No place to hang my hat or rest my head.

Despite all the years I have lived in the US, I still feel like a stranger stranded on distance shores. Yes, I speak English like a native with no accent, but even still I feel disadvantaged. It’s like I’m listening to a different tongue somedays. When I visiting my parents, I speak Vietnamese or French, but those languages also felt foreign to me. When I speak in either language, it’s always hesitantly , like my tongue is stuck in a barb.

My relatives like to tease me about it. I’m neither American nor Vietnamese to them, and as a result, I’m not very close to them.

My mother wants me to apply for US but my dad wants me to talk to the HK and UK consults first. So, I’m gathering up paperwork for it. My dad is a little more supportive of me going to school overseas since he’s seen how hard it has been for some of my friends to get jobs after they have graduated.