Saturday, February 4, 2017

Project: Knitted Bag

I've had my eye on Quince & Co for a while. I like their simple aesthetic and their ethos -- slow fashion, not fast fashion. They offer patterns that are timeless. I selected the Dejeuner bag by Pam Allen and followed the pattern to a T -- even using their Swallow yarn in Sans (undyed).

I wanted something practical that I can gift. The pattern is not complicated to follow and the trickiest part is stitching up the bag. It was my first time using interchangeable needles -- the pattern did not call for it but I chose to use interchangeable ones. I wasn't keen on the needles unscrewing themselves but I liked the advantages -- that you can lock them in on the cable and have multiple projects going on at the same time.

Work in progress

Over a couple of months, I've been knitting on-and-off and finally the end result:

If there's one thing I'd go back and fix up, it'd be the handles. It is quite thin, and I messed up a bit. Nevertheless, I'm pretty proud of it as it is the first time I've knitted a bag. Overall, the pattern isn't too difficult but I'd probably say this is good for an advanced beginner.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Travels: Taiwan

Happy Chinese New Year! After the new Gregorian year, I spent a little over two weeks in Taiwan to visit family and celebrate my grandmother's birthday. Too bad I wasn't able to stay for the new Chinese year. I thought I'd share a little slice of what I saw there:

Taiwan is a beautiful island to visit, and generally speaking, the night markets are where it's at. Street food at a low cost. Lots of tasty morsels. Whilst you can do your shopping there, I reckon there are other places in Asia that'd fare better when it comes to the full experience. Nevertheless, it's not bad at all and I enjoyed looking around for skincare and cosmetics.

When in Taiwan, look for Taiwanese sheet masks. My Beauty Diary is renowned internationally but I wanted to have a go at other local brands: Dr Morita, Dr Jou, L'herboflore and My Scheming were the ones I ended up with. You get better promotions with local brands too -- a lot of 2 for 1 deals.

As for other skincare, this is what I got for myself. I picked out Bio-essence upon recommendation from the shop assistant. Apparently, it's a Singaporean brand. Naruko is yet another Taiwanese brand. The Biore sunscreen was bought earlier on in the trip because I was running out of sunscreen.

However, I couldn't stop myself from getting a few Chateau Labiotte Lip Tint and Lipsticks. They're too cute. Buying them in store was a little cheaper than online Korean sellers because the Korean Won is stronger, but I'm sure they've got great promotions in South Korea in store.

I also picked up a Kiss Me Heroine mascara because I needed a replacement. I've only ever used western brands, so this is opening a whole new door for me. I prefer the formula of this mascara.

I brought back a lot of food items and some souvenirs: water-absorbent coasters, pineapple cake, etc. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed my time there.