Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

It's in here Atlanta!

My son (9) writes to Santa every year sending the list what he wants and in the end of the letter he always ask for snow. This is not easy for Santa because we live in the South.

But this year, finally Santa heard him!

Merry Christmas, you all!

Monday, December 20, 2010


Corrie from retromummy was one of the test knitters for Like Sleeves for babies, and her little baby Elodie was the model!

Here is the pattern sneak peak. Isn't she just gorgeous?

and here is her post about it and more pictures.

Corrie lives in Australia, has 4 kids including a twin and a newborn, operating a cute Japanese fabric shop (retromummy) and posting her blog with full of cooking, sewing, knitting ideas and cute stories about her beautiful family, almost daily bases (there are thousands of followers, off course). She is just amazing!

She was so nice to say yes when I asked her about test knitting, but I didn't realize how busy she was then. Once I realized what was going on with her daily life (I was quite a follower already by then!), I was ready to throw the towel into her ring anytime. But she never boo boo on me and finished such a lovely piece.

Thank you so much Corrie! Next time, I will just send you a finished piece to you so you can just try it on your precious ones.^^)/

Like Sleeves for babies

Finally available!

Like Sleeves for babies;

Size: baby 3, 6, 12, 18, 24 months, finished chest size 16.25 , 17.5, 18.25, 19.5, 20.25 inches (41.5, 44.5, 46.5, 49.5, 51.5 cm)

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Superwash Sport or Cascade 220 Superwash Sport.

Gauge: 24 st and 32 rows in 4 inches (10 cm)

The dark red one in the picture is size 3 months overlaying pink one (kids size 3-4). It is so tiny and cute! I used sport weight yarns for baby sizes and I love it!

Pattern PDF is available for sale from

or my site

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Really in last minutes

Sorry, it is not about knitting....

It is really in last minutes but I found this cross stitch pattern as an used book and couldn't resist....

 So cute!!
Things are crazy this week for me (and I bet for everyone) and only few days left before The Eve. Can I make it?? Can I make it??

The patterns are called Santa Rides and from The Prairie Schooler. This particular one above seems out of print but they have so many other wonderful Santa patterns available.

Those are what I got.

Alright, wish me luck!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

my model

When I take pictures for my knitting patterns, most of the time my daughter is the model. She's been doing this since I made her a Caiden's Skirt (7 months). She is 3 now and she enjoys modeling and has better understanding about it, but it is still a bit challenge for her to pose straight without moving during shooting. So during shooting, I ask her to pose also with some movements between without-any-funny-move-shoots to keep her entertained even though I know they can't be used for the pattern.

And actually those pictures I love the most.

These are from the shooting for Like Sleeves for kids.

Though sometimes she just feels like this, too......

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving,

My son and I had a little project today. Harvesting little odd balls of yarns from my stash box, he arranged them on a twig wreath. The color choice is a little Easterish rather than harvesting, but it's ok, I think it turned out pretty. I may add one or two crochet snowflakes later.  

You all have a nice holiday,

Saturday, October 30, 2010

New design: Like Sleeves for kids

Many people may not, but I actually LOVE drop shoulder construction for a knitted garment. Especially for kid size, it gives just right touch of sleeveness (???) to a plain body. With a little twist, you can make a "fake sleeve" without making a real sleeve to sew on. This is my new design, "Like Sleeves".  It is such a simple piece. A little gathering at the high waist and roomy bottom cover child's tummy well. Also I'm glad that finally I could use my favorite stitch, Kanoko, again in my design. The PDF file of this pattern is available for sale at my website and Hardcopies of the pattern is available at Sheepish, Atlanta.

Size: child 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, finished chest size 21.523.5, 25.25, 27 inches (54.6, 59.7, 64.1, 68.6 cm), 12, 14, 16, 18 inches (30.5, 35.6, 40.6, 45.7 cm) in length.Yarn: Cascade 220 Heather (color#9558, I love this color!)

Click below for PDF download from;
pdf download button

Or from my website;

For baby sizes are coming mid Dec. 


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

a little ring

I got a ring from my husband...... but not the ring.

He has a talent in tiny wire works.  He makes earrings as hobby and they are so beautiful and dainty. He works as an electrophysiologist during a day dealing with various kinds of wires and their tools. He can tweak tiny things even under the microscope!

So I had been asking him to make some tiny stitch markers so I can use for my lace knitting.

And finally I got it!
See how small it is! I love the way he adds the tiny ring coral on top of peridot.

And I asked for more (off course!). They are so cute.

Now I need to find a good project to go with these.......

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The boots and skirt

Finally I felt a little chill this morning. It was such a long summer in Atlanta.

Anyway, I think my boots and skirt are ready!

Link: Running-Stitch Skirt

Last year when I was preparing these photos for the submission, I got some weird leg inflammation which made me eventually  not be able to wear the boots at all the rest of winter. Instead of the boots, I was in the high pressure support hose which was the most comfortable thing to put on the legs but least great looking.....
So I was really looking forward to seeing the cool weather coming this year.

And for the skirt, I made a pink-purple one, too!

Friday, August 27, 2010


Things are changing a lot around me...

About knitting, one of my pattern is now on Interweave Knits fall 2010. (for Ravelry, click here) and I started my designing into a real business.

Almost the same time as my pattern were out, my family moved into a new house. Now I have my knitting space where nobody complains of my leaving my swift open, or their getting trapped in tangled mohair (see what I was working on at that time in here).

The house is 50 years old, but nice and spacey and it came with A DOG! The story is that he lived his past 8 years in the backyard of the house, and the former owner was moving to a small condo which has no yard and looking for a good option for him. Well, we met him and we fell in love with him, especially my daughter;

 And he loves her, too. We told her that we will keep him, respecting his current lifestyle and welcome him as our new family member. So his name is now Butterscotch Sakurai !

Anyway, now I'm in new place and getting a lot of inspirations from those my new surroundings. I hope soon that I can post some free patterns and a lot more here.

Hope you all well,
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