Friday, October 26, 2007

FIRE Sewing Project and Socks Done!

Sorry youguys for late posting! You know Californa having a fires problem... Our area Canyon Country have been a big fire attack, no power, no phone and no internet for three days. Last sunday, it was started and became large fire afternoon..You can see the pic on top. I leave in below from the mountin side where the fire start. Around 20 houses from inside country side is burn. Still sky is all over the smoke and school closed for three days..I really feel bad because my friend house totlly attack by the fire...everything is gone. Really sad to see him.

You can see the fire at frount of the the house. I was really scary because fire is growing big every hour with windstorm. It was really hard to fireman to stop the fire over 4000 acrc. Fire is set down in out area, but still San Diego area is burning. SD is the most area fired 1500 house burnd and destroyed. I hope fire is stop soon and we really need help does there house destroyed and lost everything.

Back to my knitting and sewing project:

I was cleaning my bookcase last week..I found this: "Toys to Sew" by Claire Garland. I rememerber I brought this book last year for my niece's toy. So i decied to make for my brother..He like to collect japanese doll so.

Looking at the book, I found this cute bear doll called "Bear in Waistcoats". Let me interoduce "Jesse" and "Toby" the Bear. So cute dont youguys think..I been sewing does guys by hand not using sewing machine. I really like does guys came out!

So here is how I made it:

I cut out pattern from the book (I photo copyed pattern from the book and trace on red paper. Then hold the cut out with felt cut togther. Also cut out mouth part and waistcoat.

Next, hand sewed month part then hand stitched nose sand mouth. On book say I have to stuffed up and finshed whole part first then sew the mouth, nose and mouth. But this not make sense.. Because the boby part will be hard to sew and needle will be broken.

After sewing the face, hand sew around the body so stuffing will not show into the hole.

Leave about 2 in between leg and body part for stuff for stuffing.

Then stuff the bear carefully goes inside of ears, arms and legs. Then sew up the opening part tightly.

Done...You can see Toby is naked. He need a cloth to cover up! So you could use pattern from the book or creat your self cut out outfit your bear. I made a waistcoat like a pic from the book then put the button on. So cute! There is my babys!

Toby is helping me pick out some yarn Iam going to use for fingerless glove.

And Jesse helping me knitting a socks! Look at does face! Mmmm Cute!

And also finally long time due finshing my one side of "River Rapid" Socks.
Socks came out beautifully and i have to finsh another side of socks soon!

Pic came out really dark I have to take a another pic, after other side is finshed. CHECK OUT BIGGER PIC!

Iam using LORNA'S LACE Shepherd Sport color #18 Watercolor I brought from ebay seller "Yarnbow" two skein for $6.99! What a great deal!

Another side view of River Ripid Socks.Color came out great!

Song of the Week:

Song Your Hearing

Song: "Had Not A Body"

Artist: The Cotton Jones Basket Ride

Genre: Folk, POP, Blue

From: San Diego, CA

Web Site:


Friday, October 19, 2007

NEW Interweave Knits Holiday CAME OUT!

I guess everybody knitting a holiday gift right now...I know...I don't belive we have only two month left from Christmas. I am really bad didn't start any holiday project for my family. Been searching and looking at the pattern online, finally find the great pattern for my holiday gift.
I whet to book store tuesday, I find new Interweave KNIT "Holiday Gifts" issue! You can see the green color cover of the page. I like everything in the Holiday Gift issue and all the patterns are great! Every patterns are great, not a single pattern are horrible(I mean ugly) Truthfuly, I what to knit everything in this new issue really bad!
*If your subscribers to Interweave Knits won't automatically receive this special issue So remember to buy at bookstore or yarn shop!

Ok What's in the NEW Interweave Knit NEW "Holiday Gift" issue:

"Needle-Felted Messnger Bag" by Leigh Radford
Great pattern for new into needle felting(Only the pattern in the frount of the bag)

"Sweetheart Socks" by Chrissy Gardiner
Really heartwarming sock pattern for your sweetie, mom and your lover!

"Socks For VERONLK" by Mona Schmidt
Easy arrowhead lace stitch and simple gater cuff!

"Little GEM Mitts" by Donna Kay
A tiny stranded color work motif show rich shetlnad color aginst a cool gray background!

"Annetrelac Sock" by Sandy Beadle
Lovey and simple annetrelac sock with hand-dye socks yarn!

"Big And Little Ski Sweaters" by Donna Druchunas and Debbie O'Neill
Big O traditional sweater for cold winter day and ski ride.

"Twisted Stitch Gauntlets"

by Deborah Newton Great complex motifs glove patter for madams!

"Koolhaas Hat" by Great guy designer Jared Food

Brooklynteed at

Great geometic pattern inspired by the architecture.

"Elliott the Dragon" by Jil Eaton

Cute and charming hand puppet great gift for kids!

"Classic Teddy Bear" by Mary Ann Gebhardt

Old Fashioned vintage bear for little baby!

"The Cansy Stripes Kerchief" by Ket Coyle

With furry angora yarn with simple strip design for over the soulders!

"December Lights Tam" by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Scottish Fair Isle color work with eight different color!

"Garter Mug Cozies" by Catht Carron
You can but cheap mug at the store and knit some cozies round them! What a great gift! GREAT idea!

"Dragon-Skin Warp" by Angela Hahn
Great lace warp from Angela Awesome baby warp for baby girl!

"Fireside Stocking" by Kate Gilbert

Color work Holiday stocking with snowflake

Go over to bookstore buy some Interwave Knit "Hoilday Gifts" Issue and knit some great hoilday gifts!

Injoy..And Knit Hard!

This preview brought you by cool awesome Charles(HAHAHA That's me!)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Irish Hiking Scarf and Me!

Hey everybody! I finally manage to finsh Irish Hiking Scarf for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Iam looking fine in this scarf..and make me cute!

Pattern : "Irish Hiking Scarf" by Hello Yarn

Yarn : Bernet "Cashmere" New yarn in Fall

Yardage : Four skein total 421yd using "Petal" Pink color

Total spent : $30 (It's Cashmer yarns)

Needle : Denise Needle Size 8(5mm)

Project Duration : 09/19/2007 - 10/13/2007

: For October "Breast Cancer Awareness" Canter

It came out really nice! Been sick for three week..
This scarf took me almost month to finsh knitting a scarf.

My fall lonely looks!

Cool shot!

Iam is so cute, Don't youguys think so?

Yarn Porn this Week:

Last week, I got my Opal yarn for really cheap price! I was looking to bid on socks yarn on ebay...One of seller listed $7.50 for now price and free shipping! So I got a two skein right alway! What a GREAT deal!

Opal 4 ply "Dream Catcher" Color #2136

Opal 4 ply "Handpainted" #21

New Pattern for This Week:

Dave from "Criminy Jickets" published free sock pattern!
Everybody know who is Mama-E is. She is great hand dyed yarn dyer. For her boy's socks yarn line, Dave creat a great Ridges and Ribs Socks pattern, supporting with her boy socks yarn. Buy some her boy socks yarn, knit some great Dave's Ridges and Ribs Socks!

Song of the week:

Song : "New Obsession" Free download mp3

Artist : Nyles Lannon

Album : Pressure, 2007

From : San Francisco, CA

Style : Folk, Indle Rock

Have a great week everybody!
Knit hard~~~~

Saturday, October 06, 2007

BACK to the knitting world!

I know.. Iam really a bad bloger! Since, last two weeks no blog anything. I told youguys about last post...I was sick for cold and little better last post. And after week, continually sick again for two weeks. I got a ear infection both my ears and throat. Almost three stay in bed, sleeping and NO knitting. Iam great to be b back and happpy to posting blog.

I saw "down and tartx" blog about the this post, "blogging without obligation". In lieu of any actual knitting content, and in an effort to avoid anyone having to ask, "No post?" "No Knitting?" For this reason, to several things that have caught my attention recently, the first being Blogging Without Obligation.
For me be still, it's so hard to new post every week because of school and work...even no time to knit!. I saw like 1000th or so post on someone's blog I feel so bad about my readers notting new on my blog. I decided it is time to rethink what makes a good blog and the expectations that have come to be part of it.

Feel free to grab the logo from her blog! Thoughts and words mentionedher blog about this concept into the public domain. Take the idea and run with it. or walk away. It is all good!

- Because you shouldn't have to look at your blog like it is a treadmill.

- Because its okay to just say what you have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.

-Because its okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing.

- Because sometimes less is more.
- Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of your blog.
- Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link and comment numbers on your tombstone.

- Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express yourself and connect with others. You should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. Just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be "bloggable".
- Because if you blog without obligation you will naturally keep your blog around longer, because it won't be a chore. Plus, just think you will be doing your part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time. . .

Ok Back to knitting. Really sorry about notting knitting done since last weeks...because of my sickness. But still my Irish Hiking Scarf for breasts Caner coming along great. I have a one more skein to go(Total $30 scarf! Yak!) Pattern is easy but this scarf taking me such long time finsh with it. I will promise youguys finsh knitting a scarf this weeken and post pic next week!

All the cable make me so crazy! Almost done!

Talking about my new project: Let me introduce raglan pattern from

"Loop-d-Loop" by Teva Durham

" Irregular Rib Raglan with Toggle"

Interesating vertial rib patterns (2 x 2 , 4 x 4) Seems fun knit with. I choose this pattern for my sweater because knit in the around so i dont have saw in the piece. They use Rowan "Kid Classic" dark blue color for the raglan but iam going to use Knitpick's "Wool of the Andes" Chocolate color. Mine will be brown not in blue.

Last week, I got mine toggle from Greenberg & Hammer, Inc. (Only this place selles this...Can't find any where) I did serch many place and many hour try to find this dame toggle. But now, Iam really happy to find mine toggle for my raglan, even I can't find anywhere in CA even other state.

And Fall Yarn Shopping...I didn't show this last time, I bought a alot of yarn sell at Stitch Cafe. Iam really sad about why spent almost $150..Yek! I hate doing this to my credit card and i will be freak out end of the month my card statement.

2 skeins of Rowan "Tapestry" #173 Antique

4 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold "Silky Wool" #044 Golden

12 skeins of Queensland Collection "Kathmandu Aran" #116 Ivy change to SILKROAD ARAN TWEED

4 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold "Cotton Frappe" #12 Field

2 skeins of Elizabeth Austen "Antuco" #4

I saw lot of new Free socks pattern from the blogger since last month. I will list all new socks pattern to share with youguys.

New Magknit's October pattern
"Rainbow Socks" by Susanne Kitzmann
Great socks with use of short row technique.

"Naive Socks" by SpillyJane at

Great guys socks pattern!

"Wollmeise Socks" from Sheri’s blog at The Loop Ewe by Monica Jines

"Twisted Tweed Socks" by schrodinger knits

I saw this sock at jason's blog, I really like this pattern!

"Firestarter Socks" by Yarnissia

And Firestarter Sock-A-Long

Music of the Week:


I got a email from Letterbox Record yesterday this! Youguys remember last post music of week?

Song: "Suddenly Everything Happens"
Artist: California Snow Story
'Close To The Ocean'
Style: Slowcore, Folk, Pop
From: Scottish-based band

A SPECIAL OFFER for Charle's Lifestyle and Knitting MY READER !
If you'd like to purchase California Snow Story - Close To The Ocean email Letterbox Records ( quoting 'Charle's Lifestyle and Knitting' and the album is yours for HALF PRICE!

Go and buy great music!


Knit Hard~~