Did You Know?

I have been reading “The Knitting Answer Book” by Margaret Radcliffe, which Jolene gave me a while ago, and have found it to be an absolute gem.

For example, did you know that:

“Multi-ply yarns wear better than singles. Pattern stitches and cables are most visible when done in yarns that are round in cross-section. If you cut through a single-ply yarn, you’ll see that a cross section of this yarn is round. Do the same with 2-ply yarn and you’ll see that it’s flat, because the two piles just sit next to each other. If you look at cross sections of multi-ply yarns, you’ll see that the more piles, the rounder the yarn is.”

Who would have thought?

The Knitting Answer Book

This book is filled with snippets of information which are not easily available on the web. Personally, I have not searched the web for yarn structure. I don’t think I ever would have! But after learning it, I realise now that this knowledge is useful when I’m selecting the right yarn for my knitting project.

The most common thing I’ve googled for is specific techniques I need for my current projects. “The Knitting Answer Book” covers that too, with clear diagrams and concise descriptions. Like many others who have raved on about this book, I have included it in my knitting bag. “The Knitting Answer Book” is an indispensable knitter’s tool.

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Retro Knits

I went to a car boot sale last weekend. I love going to them cos you just never know what you’ll find there. I stumbled upon these old knitting books under a pile of books that were sitting on a milk crate. I bought them for a $1 each without even flicking through them first. I thought since they were so cheap, I could use them to get ideas.
Retro Knitting Books

Little did I know how much pleasure I was going to get out of them. I flicked through them on the way to a friend’s place and we had the best laugh in ages! There were some real beauties in them and it felt like we were in a Mastercard ad – $5 for retro books, the laughs you get from the photos, PRICELESS!

These are my favourites from each book. All I can say is that “What were they thinking!?”

Warning: These photos may cause uncontrollable fits of laughter!
'Software' Jumper Button-up Vest
Funny Girl Expression Bobble Jumper
Colour-blocked Sweater

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Comfort Asian Food

We bought a new cookbook from Borders recently- ‘The Cooking of Malaysia & Singapore’ by Ghillie Basan. There are 80 yummy recipes in the book and all the ingredients are in English or have some form of English translation. It makes it a whole lot easier shopping for ingredients in Australia. I cooked two of the recipes this rainy, grey morning and they turned out mouth-wateringly good!
New Cookbook

Bubur is rice porridge which originated from China but has become very popular in Southeast Asia. This has only 5 ingredients – fresh ginger, cinnamon stick, star anise, salt and rice.
Bubur (Rice Porridge)

As an accompaniment to the bubur, I stir-fried bok choy with shrimp paste. This is now my top favourite vegetable recipe that I can quickly cook for myself!
Stir-fried Bok Choy with Shrimp Paste

And for protein, I lightly fried some smoked roundscad (which is from the Philippines) and cooked several hard boiled eggs, just because Richard loves them. I had salted egg with mine.
Smoked Roundscad

Are you drooling yet?

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Flashback to My Childhood

A colleague of mine, Sarah, was giving away books which her family had outgrown and she gave me her entire collection of Mr Men. Yes, the complete set of 43 books with a special Mr. Christmas edition! I just love reading them all over again. It’s handy to have too since I have a 6 year old nephew, Jackson, who might enjoy a read when he is over here.
Mr Men Library

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All You Have is All You Need

“What is Simple Abundance? Giving thanks, finding comfort, restoring passions … everyday… Rediscovering what matters to you and cherishing it… All you have is all you need.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach

I was deeply inspired a few years ago by a book I read called “Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach. The book has 366 short essays, one for each day of the year. It is an excellent book to start reading in the new year.

It has taught me a few simple, but crucial, life principles – gratitude, simplicity, order, harmony, beauty and joy. Thus, I have named this blog “A Simple Abundant Life” and try to lead my life authentically, counting my blessings every single day.

You might have also noticed that I normally blog about the positive things in my life. I do not find that negative thoughts need to be shared so publicly. There is enough of that in the news and in your own lives. I hope that you will continue reading my blog and even pick up the book and read it. You really have nothing to lose, do you?

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