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FO: Diminishing Rib Cardigan

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2 out of 14 down!

So, this sweater has a story:

Summer of 2009, I had just graduated from law school and was studying for the California bar exam. I took advice from many people and made sure I had certain part of my day dedicated to my hobby.

I worked on this sweater and finished for the first time on July 20, 2009. Bar exam was July 27~29 or something.

This is a top-down sweater, so I did the sleeves the last; I worked on the sleeves at-the-same-time 1~2 weeks before the exam. And.... I guess I was really stressed out and it messed up my tension.

When it was "finished" and I tried it on in the library restroom, the sleeves looked stiff and tight... Kind of reminded me of the Middle Ages armor.


I frogged the sleeves back to where I picked up.. put it aside until after the bar exam; and after the exam, I wanted to move onto a different project.

2 years have passed.

I found this hibernating project in a plastic bag when I moved into my husband's house. I put it in the closet so I can work on it soon. That was summer LAST year.

Finally, I picked this up again because of this little challenge I'm doing. Those of you who's not following my blog: I had 14 hibernating UFOs, I promised that I'll finish 2 projects before casting on 1 new project.

Yarn:  Berroco Comfort Worsted (Spruce; 4 balls)

Needles:   US #8 (5.0mm)

Pattern:   Diminishing Rib Cardigan from Interweave Knits Spring 2009.

In the past 7 days, I finished one adult men's sweater, and this cardigan. Which means I get to cast on for a NEW project. I think it'll be Juneberry Triangle. Or something quicker.

Anyways, this time  the sleeves fit perfectly, and I love how relatively light this sweater is.

When I knitted this, I was vegan and did not use any animal fiber. This is a top quality acrylic yarn, as far as acrylic yarn is concerned. The only cons would be the splittiness of the yarn.

I wish I could make this again with a silk-blend or at least bamboo blend, something I can block into shape better and something that is more drapey.

Napoleon Popsicle Cap

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DOWNLOAD HERE ---> Napoleon Popsicle Cap

Yarn: Loops & Threads "Neopolitan Ombre" 1 skein

Needles: US #3 DPNs, and US #8, either DPNs or Circulars

Size: Premies to Newborn

Gauge: 4.5sts/1 inch on the bigger needle, circulars


I made this hat for Stitches from the Heart. I just joined last month and been making a lot of stuff since all I do these days is study for the silly exam called California Bar Exam. =D =D =D I was so depressed yesterday after going over Business Association, and in an attempt to cheer me up, my boyfriend drove me over to Michaels..

I haven't been to Michaels in a LONG time, since the bar prep started; I was happy to find Loops and Threads yarns there. I knew that Michaels had a makeover in their yarn department; this was my first visit since they had the makeover.  I felt around some Vanna's Choice and Lion Brands Baby Soft, but I liked the feel of Loops & Threads. Soft, not metallic or shiny or slippery. I used to like shiny yarns like Caron's Simply Soft, but can't stand them now. They look too fake and acrylic. Now, I have nothing against acrylic, and I love them as mucha as I love other natural fibers, but I think all my time and effort should result in something that looks classy and natural.

With that being said, here's the pattern. I knit it without one but wrote down some notes afterwards. Most knitters would not even need this pattern, but I hope that even the knitter with the most elementary skill would be able to make this and donate. So here you go.


I'm sure as the winter season approaches (or is August too early for non-knitters?), interest in knitting seems to increase in the general public. Well, that's perfect because that means more people can supply handknit baby blankets and hats and clothes to many babies in need in the harsher weather.

You've got to agree. If I had any other hobbies or other charity obligations, I wouldn't have been able to do much during my bar prep. I made this hat while studying for Civil Procedure and California Distinction!



June 9, 2009

Jean Chung4 Comments

<Bar> Bar Trivia:  In Canada, the bar exam is an open-book exam.

But then, after you pass (who wouldn't?) you have to spend 10 months "articling" (I'm thinking this is like clerking?)

I'd choose the 2-day open book exam ANY DAY.

I put the reservation at the Best Western near Ontario Convention Center. Supposedly, it's one of the closest ones. Other ones were closer, but they were too expensive.


I am so glad I'm taking BarBri. BarBri + ASP are so great. I'm going to be completely honest here. I hated Whittier when I started 1L. The campus was too small, it was my safety school, blah blah blah.

But now that I graduated, I love it. The Summer Intensive program is awesome. I feel less intimidated by the bar exam now that we've gone through 3 weeks of bar prep. Do I know all the laws? HELL NO. But I feel mentally and physically prepared for it. I just hope I keep up with this pace throughout July.


A new LYS!! A new yarn shop opened last weekend: Knit Schtick.


Knit SchTick

355 Bristol St.

Costa Mesa, CA

(Past Ayre Hotel, in the little strip mall with Mon Amie Bridal Shop. It's one-way street there)

Website/Phone:; 714-557-4220.


They set up the whole thing in 3 weeks (literally, signed the lease 3 weeks ago) and made it look as fantastic as it is now so I have high hopes for this shop.

Some yarns they carry:

Malabrigo Worsted (YAY! and good color selections. YAY YAY!), Cascade 220 Superwash (YAY YAY YAY!!! although I didn't see the regular 220), other cotton yarns from Cascade (don't know the name), Ella Rae Classic (Only $6.25/skein? I gotta try those next time), Debbie Bliss, Twinkle Soft Chunky (only saw one color though, which was a bright pink), and some beatufiul novelty yarns (with beads).


I thought the prices were very reasonable. Ella Rae was $6.25, Superwash 220 was $10.25/skein, and Malabrigo was $11. I got Malabrigo at Knitter's Studio for $12 the day before.


Two big tables with lot of comfy chairs (dining table style). Plus two sofa chairs near the entrance.


I went last Sunday, which was their official Grand Opening. They did have a pre-sale on Saturday. Here are some photos on other people's blogs: Knitwith HomespunDouble Treble.

I couldn't go to their pre-sale because.....

I went to Knitter's Studio ( instead.  It's a small cute LYS on 3rd street near Beverly Center and The Grove mall.  I've been to those malls so many times, and ate at Joan's on 3rd NUMEROUS time, and still never bothered to look outside the window. I would've found this wonderful yarn shop months ago!

They had a book signing event with Wendy Bernard, the author of Custom Knits.

I must add some pictures later.

When I walked in, it was kind of quiet, opposite of what I was expecting (a bunch of women knitting, with their copies of the book tucked under their underarm, while standing in line to get their books signed) and everyone was *gasps* knitting! So it took me a couple of second to realize that the woman right in front of me was Wendy and it caught me off guard when she exclaimed, "you got my book there!"

Embarrassingly, my.. what it seems to be an early signs of menopause kicked in and I started getting hot flashes. Or, it could be just that I was embarrassed. I've never felt so awkward! A part of me was very very excited in that dorky way that I got to meet the author of my very first knitting book in real life. The other part of me was scornful, "hey, stop acting like a little teenager who just ran into her favorite boy band. PLEASE." Wendy even commented on how cute that I'm blushing.

My boyfriend quietly retreated towards the back of the shop and pretended like he was looking at yarns.. or his iPhone?

Anyways~ after that it went well. Wendy and I talked a little bit about Ravelry, about sizing (I'm still a novice when it comes to sizing. I usually pick Small and pray while I knit "please let it fit me, please"), and about... the bar exam. Her sister-in-law went to law school at Berkeley and failed it a couple times. Eeeek.

Then I got to walk around a bit and looked at the awesome selection of yarns. They had: Malabrigo worsted, Noro Kureyon, Noro Silk Garden, Rowan, Manos del Uruguay, Louisa Harding.

I got Malabrigo Worsted in Dark Earth (140), and Louisa Harding Merletto in Mink (2). I took pictures, so I'll upload them in a bit.

Again, a little bit on the pricier side, compared to Knit SchTick or The Sheared Sheep, but I loved the atmosphere. The lady who was working there helped me wind the Malabrigo into a ball. I've never used a ball winder before so I kind of panicked but it was ok. =)

Anyways, lot of knitting stuff this weekend. I love Knit SchTick. Love it MORE because it's like 2 minutes away from my other favorite yarn shop The Sheared Sheep, and 5 minutes away from my apartment.


Thanks to my beautiful sister, the apartment looks almost clean and normal. My room is still a bit of mess, simply because I cannot find time and energy. I'll do it this weekend whenever I have time. hehe.

Moving revealed some ugly truths I need to deal with:

1) I have  A LOT OF CLOTHES.

2) I need to get rid of most of them and update wardrobe. More lawyer-like, mature clothes.

3) I have lots and lots of yarn. and TOO many needles.

4) I have too many unfinished projects.

5) I have a serious case of a pack rat. Need to get rid of stuff. I have a binder-paper note from my bestfriend from high school, and a reader from college. OMG, that wasn't even my MAJOR, and I kept it (Art Studio 4D: Survey of Asian Art)

Ok, pictures to come....


Rosie's yarn cellar (MC) Manos