Friday, January 19, 2007

trashy week

Too many bad things happened to me this week. I hope this wave of unhappiness will pass quickly. Perhaps it's my stars and planetary alignment or just my lousy luck. But i definitely hope for some positive change of karma asap.

Meanwhile, i have been thinking of posting this for a long time. Last year, i bought this cute Japanese craft book for these reasons.

Look at the toys and those totally huggable beans! I would love to knit them soon:) That's all for now... Wish me luck :O

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Melbourne's Worst Blackout

A massive power blackout across Victoria today left 200,0000 homes without electricity and threw Melbourne's public transport system and road network into chaos.
As the state sweltered, power supplies were cut across Melbourne, Geelong and northern and eastern Victoria when bushfires near Benalla burnt a main power line between Victoria and NSW.
"It was a day of extreme electricity demand and the bushfires led to the tripping of the major transmission line between Victoria and NSW so that we weren't able to draw on that power as we normally do," Paul Price of the national electricity grid supervisor NEMMCO said.
"It wasn't that there wasn't enough capacity, there was an inability to transport it."
Mr Price said there was a all-time record set today for electricity demand and about 200,000 homes were affected by the blackout.
He said an assessment would be made for tomorrow depending on bushfire activity overnight.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Almost there

I am now knitting the back portion of this halter top. There are still 3 inches to go before it is finished. So tired of knitting this pattern. It sort of bores me whenever i knit it even though the pattern is so complicated. I hope it gets done quickly so that i can move on to other projects like these... The Twitterpated Purse

A simple garter sitich purse with no fuss. Considering my history of ' good fortune' ( no knitting hiccups) with knitting purses and bags. I should stick to accessories not garments.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

I want a Blythe doll now.

After looking at candlemomo's Blythe dolls for months, i am seduced by its wide-eyed and impossibly chic demeanor. What more can a girl ask more. It has stopped manufacturing ever since in the 70s, to get one on my hands is almost impossible, unless i hunt through ebay. This dollies are dangerously expensive as well.. brrrr.

Sunday, January 07, 2007


This deep-sea behemoth has always been a subject of fascination for me. Now, it's CONFIRMED that there are giant squids around. Yay !!

Giant Squid, Where Are You?If they're so big, why can't we find them?

By Daniel EngberPosted Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at 3:30 PM ET

On Friday, a group of Japanese scientists unveiled a video of a live giant squid—what they claim are "the first ever moving pictures of a giant squid." (You can watch the video here.) In a 2005 Explainer column, reproduced below, Daniel Engber wrote that giant squid are elusive because they live in a dark, deep-sea environment. "Cameras can see only what's within range of an artificial light, and light can scare off some dark-adapted critters," he wrote. (Also see Grady Hendrix's explanation for why we should .)
This week, a British journal published the first-ever pictures of a giant squid alive in its natural habitat. A pair of Japanese researchers set up an apparatus that photographed the creature as it wrapped its tentacles around some bait attached to a deep-sea camera. How did the giant squid remain elusive for so long?
The difficulty of underwater exploration. The giant squid may be no harder to find than any other animal that lives at the bottom of the ocean. Submersibles that travel thousands of feet underwater have provided scientists with only a limited view of deep-sea life. Cameras can see only what's within range of an artificial light, and light can scare off some dark-adapted critters. Plenty of deep-sea animals other than giant squid have shown up in fishing nets without having been captured on film in their natural environment.

The giant squid seems especially mysterious for a couple of reasons. First of all, its incredible size—giant squids can be 40 feet long or more—makes it hard to believe that it can't be seen alive. Second, dead giant squids surface with surprising regularity. In the last few years, there's been a dramatic increase in the number of giant squid carcasses that have been discovered. So, why is it so hard to find a living giant squid when the dead ones are a dime a dozen?
For one, we don't really know where and how giant squid live. Specimens have been found all over the world, but it's not clear if they have regular migration patterns. We know sperm whales eat giant squid—remains have been found in the whales' stomachs—so some researchers have tracked the predators to find the prey. The Japanese researchers looked for the giant squid where sperm whales were known to congregate. Their camera-on-a-rope technique wasn't particularly innovative. (More adventuresome researchers have attached cameras to the sperm whales, for example.) Giant squid experts think they just got lucky.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Brand New Start

While i was washing the dishes the other day, i saw a buzzing bee flying from flower to flower outside my window, wiggling itself against the soft petals, taking pleasure, time and attention to every flower. Slowly yet merticulously did whatever it needs to do : Collecting Nectar. For a moment, i actually enjoyed washing dishes. If the bee could enjoy its routine as mundane as that, I as a human being should start taking pride in whatever i do. In this new year, i have a long list of things to be done and list is growing. They are not resolutions to me but more of a " Reminder List". Hehe. Anyway, I did keep my 2004 n 2005 resolutions; which was : To be happy. "Simple and Easy", as what my Physics teacher in Secondary School would said. If i could be happy for the past 2 years, i can probably do this list...
  • To have more " me" time, time to reflect and time to think( But not be too preoccupied with my thoughts)
  • DetoX my life : Time to throw out stuff including yarn and books which i can't bear to part with , knowing that i come from a family of "keepers". There are truckloads of stuff and useless things lying around in Singapore.
  • Detox my diet- minimise my snack intake
  • Detox my purse- Throw out those unwanted receipts and movie stubs.
  • It's also high time to think about what i want in my life and seek for some stability: which means i need to get my driving license and a proper full time job this year.

That's All i am asking !!

Meanwhile: On the Knitting Front

This is the year to knit

-Grecian Jumper from Interweave Knits for myself

-Cable Scarf for cousin

-Gray Cardigan and " Willow" from Rowan before Winter

-More fancy socks

Perhaps get a part-time stint at the local yarn shop.

It has been 4 days into the new year and the holiday mood is not over yet in me... This Is a year of improvements and i can already feeling positive

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. Thank you for reading my blog and supporting my knitting obssession.