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A Stunning Lace Scarf & Breathtaking Paradise

I did it! I’ve finished the knitted lace scarf, Muir, and it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever knitted. This soft, light and airy scarf weighs a mere 54 grams (2 ounces) but it is still deliciously warm, thanks to the finest baby merino wool that the Malabrigo yarn is spun with.
Muir Scarf

The lace pattern proudly shows itself after blocking and the colour variegation of the yarn failed to detract from the simplicity and grace of the knitted leaves and the gentle waves surrounding them.
Muir Scarf

This scarf once again reminds me why I knit. I may question the time, effort and money I spend knitting but in the end, it always blows me away to see what I’ve created with my hands, a ball of string and a pair of pointy sticks. No store bought, mass produced item can replace the love that goes into a handmade object like this.
Muir Scarf

I hope my much deserved friend feels the good vibe when she wraps this scarf around her. I may have struggled initially with knitting this but I perservered for our friendship. The memories of our times spent together filled my thoughts with each stitch and it spurred me on.

For all the times you’ve pulled me together, Marina, and the times we laughed despite the enormous stress we were under, this scarf is for you.
Muir Scarf

Pattern: Muir
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace
Needles: 4mm
Mods: CO 61sts only. Pattern repeat worked only once in each row.

And to all the wonderful designers out there who create beautiful patterns like Rosemary Hill, thank you. You make me look good. 😛

To end, let me take you to paradise. I took photos of the Muir knitted scarf on our bushwalk yesterday. We walked through rough terrain, climbing down steep rocks and ended up here. Our own little private bit of paradise that simply took our breath away…
Kariong Brook Waterfall
Kariong Brook Waterfall

If you don’t see the video, CLICK HERE to watch in YouTube.

Hard work pays off, doesn’t it?

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Life’s Simple Pleasures

I bought a little toy from a soya bean drink stall in Singapore called Mr Bean. It’s such a cute little toy and I just couldn’t resist him.
Mr Bean

When I got home and was putting the toy together, I saw this paragraph at the back of the box:

“Have you felt the beauty of a smile, the warmth of a touch or the bliss of simply watching the world go by… Share a little time and imagination with us. Let’s indulge in Life’s Simple Pleasures.”

If you’ve been to Singapore before, you would know that life there is far from simple. It’s fast paced, busy, loud and did I say, busy? It’s hard to find people enjoying life’s simple pleasures. I thought about this carefully and have managed to capture five wonderful memories from my trip there.

1. Meeting my cousin’s 17 month old daughter for the first time. Her name is Sofea and she is soooo cute. She has the sweetest smile and her face just lights up when she giggles.
Sofea (Mosaic)

2. Meeting my friend’s daughter, Georgia, for the first time. Teresa was heavily pregnant and gave birth the day before we flew back. We didn’t get a chance to meet her baby son, Kieran, but Georgia sure was entertaining!
Teresa, Georgia & Me
She played doctor and nurse with Richard and it was such a crack up! Don’t be fooled by the photo. Georgia wasn’t the nurse. She kept bossing Richard around and Nurse Richard played along, following her every instruction very carefully. Haha… She is so imaginative and will make a very good big sister!
Georgia & Richard

3. Catching up with my mum and three brothers. My two teenage brothers grow so fast! I’ve only met them a few months ago when they visited me here and now Irfan is already taller than me! Here we are sharing a meal together at Pastamania the night before we flew home. Who would have thought that their pesto pasta would actually be the best tasting pesto I’ve ever had! Either I need to eat out more in Australia or Pastamania got a good thing worth coming back to!
Umi & 3 Brothers

4. Friends! It’s always too long between visits! I miss having Jeevan and my two girl friends, Radiana and Dianah, around. But they’re more like family to me so the years never seem to have passed by when we get together again.
Richard, Me, Jeevan & Salihin
Me, Dianah & Radiana

5. Finding unexpected surprises throughout the ever changing Singapore. I’ve only been away a bit more than two years and there are so many new buildings around. The train line has expanded too. There are so much construction around that it’ll be exciting coming back to see all the changes.

Here we are testing out Goretex jackets from the National Geographic shop where Salihin works at. The cold room is in the shop to test their jacket. Cold wind blasts you and the room is set at -7 degrees celcius! Such a cool experience, especially when it’s stinking hot and humid outdoors.
Testing Jackets from National Georgraphic Shop

And the new Marina Barrage with the water play area and the grass roof was an interesting visit. It was also a hydrologist’s dream (…ahem… Richard). He took pictures of everything! I was just happy to find a place where I don’t have to fight for standing space and the water play area really helped cooled me down. (It was just so hot and humid!)
Jump!

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What are your simple pleasures?

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Sydney Olympic Park

… Continued from Hexagons on the Move

RINGS was my clue to where we went last Saturday. If you guessed Sydney Olympic Park, well, you’re a freaking genius!

We went to the Bicentennial Park for a quick lunch, not really a picnic. We had places to go and things to do. So we quickly left and went to our first pit stop.

Salihan saying "Tada!"

Tada! It’s the award-winning Brickpit Ring Walk. It is the 2006 National Trust Heritage Awards Winner. I’ve not even heard of this place before but it was pretty cool. I think this homemade video best captures the size of the ring in the middle of this old brickpit. Don’t you just love the colours!

It was a bizarre feeling walking on it. It was just the two of us in this big weird suspended ring. And to add to the strangeness, Richard actually got the camera off me! (I’m a little possessive of it.) And you can see why I don’t normally hand the camera over. He would want to take photos of me! I had to oblige those mesmerizing blue eyes though. I was having a wonderful day so smiling was pretty easy.

Salihan

In all fairness, he agreed to take a rare photo of us together. I LOVE this photo. Don’t we look good?! 😛 Gee, I’m such a lucky girl.

Together

We were off to the next pit stop in the “larger than I thought” Sydney Olympic Park. Drove to the next location, parked and walked for a while to get to the…  SHIPWRECK! Yip, real shipwrecks in the water with the fancy condos in one background and the Ikea mall in the other. Surreal!

Shipwreck Mosaic

Although we were already rather tired from walking in the warm weather, we had one last place to visit. Another short drive and we were at the Newington Armory. Did anyone know there was an armory in the Sydney Olympic Park? Anyone? Richard was keen to see the heritage buildings and at first I thought it was going to be pretty boring. But I was blown away by how well preserved everything was and the armory was bigger than I thought! We walked and walked and there seem to be no end. There were so many bunkers, train tracks, old buildings and old signs. Again, there was barely anyone around. It’s like we were stuck in some Dr Who episode where everyone disappeared!

Newington Armory

But that’s not all folks! We finally walked back to the entrance and saw people walking into this big old building. Thought we should check it out. You wouldn’t believe it. It was an art gallery! This place just keeps on giving. The ARTEXPRESS exhibition was on and it was awesome to be able to wander into an old army building and find artwork from young budding art students. A symphony of young and old I think.

Among the exhibition, I did find a couple of artworks that would interest the yarn and craft lovers.

"My Body of Work"
“My Body of Work” by Indigo Hanlee, Sydney Girls High School
(Hand embroidery on organza)

"Pig Passes to Paradise"
“Pig Passes to Paradise” by Danielle Klusek, Strathfield South High School
(Yarn wrapped around a pig)

I hope you have enjoyed my Saturday outing to the Sydney Olympic Park. 🙂 If you have a chance, please do visit it for yourself. I can’t wait to go back there again and see what else I will discover. Enjoy the rest of the week and I’ll see you again on Friday.

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Hexagons on the Move

We went on a small road trip last Saturday. I was going to spend about 3 hours in the car all up so I thought I shouldn’t miss the chance to do a bit of crocheting while being chauffeured for the day. I packed my backpack full of yarn – 700g of yarn to be exact. Seven beautiful bright colours adorn my hexagon crochet blanket. I’ve crocheted and joined 16 hexagons and packed them with me. All I needed was my hook and a small pair of scissors and I’m off!

Richard was looking at my bag when I got in the car. He had already packed a picnic for us and we were planning a walk too. He was rather surprised to see my bulging backpack! “What have you got in there?” he asked inquisitively. I grinned and told him to just drive. As soon we hit the freeway, I unzipped my bag and pulled out the ends of the yarn carefully. I began my first hexagon, proud at how organised I was.

Crocheting Hexagons in the Car

I even had a little “bin” next to me by the passenger door where I tucked the scrap bits of yarn and my pair of scissors.

Crocheting Hexagons in the Car

And between our seats, I placed the 16 joined hexagons so I can refer to them when I’m crocheting. I’ve decided on these 16 to be the foundation of my crochet blanket that I will just follow from now on.

Crocheting Hexagons in the Car

I’ve placed a safety pin in the centre of each of these “foundation” hexagons so that I will not be confused when I start joining other hexagons to them. Is there a smarter way to do this? I really don’t know much about crocheting. I don’t know the proper name of the so-called foundation hexagons that I’ve crocheted. Please enlighten me if you do!

I’ll talk more about where I actually went last Saturday later this week. All I can say now is that it involved RINGS. 😉

To be continued…

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22 Hours in Melbourne

Richard had to work in Melbourne on our anniversary so I decided to fly down with him and join him on his little trip. It was my first time there and I absolutely loved it! It was very different to any other Australian city I’ve been to. I suppose it’s due to the high number of international students around. It is very multicultural and it felt good to blend in.
Silhouette

Melbourne was vibrant and alive. It felt a lot safer than Sydney at night. We walked from Lygon Street to the Federation Square after dinner and there were so many people out and about on a Wednesday night! There were people sitting around chatting in the park and having coffees at cafes. The tram was busy too when we were heading back to the hotel after 10pm.
Bourke St
Flinders Street-Station
SBS TV Studio

And the best thing was that I was absolutely spoiled for choice when it came to food. There were two Muslim Singaporean/Malaysian restaurants opposite my hotel at Swanston! And the art! I was just visually overloaded with colours, sculptures and architecture. Richard said he has NEVER seen me so happy and energetic! I was bursting with excitement!
RMIT University
Library?

I traveled by myself when he had to go to work in the morning and it was so easy to find my way around. The Melbourne weather lived up to its reputation of having all four seasons in one day. Definitely have to dress in layers there. It didn’t bother me much cos I was just having too much fun!
Within Central Station Mall
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Melbourne has everything I want in a city. Good food, shopping, art, culture, sports, nature and a multicultural society. I can’t wait to go there again and visit the suburbs and see how people live there. We’ve been toying with the idea of moving there in a couple of years. So, Sydney or Melbourne?

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