Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What summer calls for

Hi all,
How is the weather treating you this time of the year? It is getting warmer and more humid day by day in Korea. Well, still not too bad though. Sunny, flowery, breezy, and dry enough to enjoy outdoor. I am so~ loving it! Unfortunately, the rainy season is coming and it is my least favorite. Honestly I am pretty terrified with summer in Korea. (Isn't it funny that I worry about next summer during the winter season? I guess I could've enjoyed winter more if I didn't worry about coming season too much.) 
Now it is the last minute I can enjoy knitting before summer officially shows up and stops me from what I like most in the world. It means I better hurry up. So I decided to join KAL/ CALs to keep myself being extra busy with stitching. It is always helpful to have knitting friends to inspire and encourage myself. This time I joined some podcast KAL/CAL groups to maximize my stitching process. Watching and listening to podcasts are fun yet stitching together is double exciting! I've just started but I can say I am already pretty thrilled by this passionate waves of knitters. I didn't expect many people are knitting in this warm weather. I see huge numbers of fellow knitters joining those events and enjoying somewhat competitive ambience. This is super fun!

So far I finished two of my projects. Since I practice lace summer only (barely 2-3 months of the year) my lacework skill isn't great yet. But, as long as I don't gift them I don't worry so much about randomly broken holes and missing textures.. :)

I like this shawl because it is extra airy. Even though mainly made of wool it is still very breathable and light. Since it is pretty easy to squeeze in my tote I can bring it anywhere I go and put on anytime I feel uncomfortably chilly with the blow of an air conditioner.

The next shawl is made of Italian Linen. As usual linen never brings me down. The shawl does not stick to my skin and feels always dry and fresh. Just perfect for humid summer in Korea. I am glad I bought this yarn while I was travelling in Italy. I just wish yarn is not too heavy and bulky to carry. Sometimes I feel sorry to my hubby that I purchase too many things while we are travelling. We usually travel about a month so already many bags to handle. Adding more packages wouldn't be welcomed by those who doesn't shop at all. :) But, I have to say yarn collected from all over the world made my knitting way more vibrant and unique. It also reminds me of great memories of the trip whenever I play with it. How can I stop bringing yarns from abroad? (Don't tell my sweet hubby.)

What's on your needles and hooks? Anyone joining KAL/CALs? If you have something fun let me know. I'd like to join, too~ Happy summer!




Jodiebodie said...

Hi Soyun,
I always love seeing your posts in my blog feed and your shawls are so pretty. I especially like the lacy, airy one. I am also working on a lacy project but instead of using cool linen, I am using warm fuzzy silk mohair to create light but warm scarves because winter has arrived in South Australia. I love the light and lacy things for the same reasons you like your open shawl - easy to pack and light to carry! It is amazing at how a little friendly competition in a craft-along can help the completion of projects. How lovely for you to have made so many new knitting friends along the way.
Have a happy day!
Jodie :-)

Pan Pan Studios said...

I would love more information on your KAL podcasts! I am in Southern US and in a city where not so many knitting friends and would love some company to knit sometimes!

Soyun Park said...

Hi Jodie,
How have you been? I'm so glad you left a message to me. You never know how much that means to me. :) Summer is arriving here and that means you're having winter soon. So much curious how it would be like in Australia. I'm sure whether it's winter or summer it is beautiful and very natural over there. I dream of visiting there all the time. Just need a little more push to sell to my hubby.;)
Thanks for the compliment on my shawl. They're pretty rough but I still like them. I had lots of fun making them . I might make more.
Since your winter is coming your needles are getting busy I guess. What are you recently working on? Anything for yourself?
Knit alongs are undeniably fun. I knit way faster this way, too. If we ever have a chance we should knit together, too. It would be extra enjoyable! What do you think? ;)
Hope you're well and happy. Please keep in touch so we can talk often. XoxoXOXO!

Soyun Park said...

Hi Pan Pan Studios. Thank you so much for your comment.
I feel you that it is not easy to find knitting circles when you don't have many people who knit around.
You can find lots of knitting podcast groups at Ravelry. Recently I am in a few groups such as 'actually knitting','down cellar studio','knitting butterflies', 'suburban stitcher', 'in a sknit'... There are so many fun and inspiring podcasts so you should check out. Often they do kals and cals giving you some fun gift. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need more info. Happy stitching!

Iris said...

Your shawl is lovely, love the color.

Soyun Park said...

I had lots and lots of fun making it. Surely I made a bunch of mistakes, too. :) Hopely I get better little by little after I finish some more shawls. What are you working on recently? Hope you are well and enjoy your stitching. Xo!