Monday, 26 January 2015

Garter vertical striped scarf

Add a touch of glamour to my outfit ......
I knitted a vertical striped scarf with different shades of grey recently. Do you think that people wearing grey scarf might look more depressing? To me, I love scarf in pure grey or mixed of different shades of grey because it would be my perfect choice to match almost all my casual shirts and dresses.

I believe any scarf would be fashionable and stunning if we make a right match for our clothes or the shades that we choose tone in well with the whole outfit. Thus, not only the bright and colorful scarf but also the dark shades scarf would enhance our look and draw compliments from our friends.

If you don't want to hunt around looking for a perfect scarf to match your clothes, you can now try to knit one with your perfectly matched colors. This is a garter vertical striped scarf. To get the method of making a garter vertical striped you can refer to my previous posts - cast on two colors and Intarsia colors change on vertical line for garter stitch.

In the middle of the work......
Yarn    : 100%  acrylic, weight 40g 
Needle : single-pointed needle (size 4.5mm) 

Pattern for this scarf :
1. Cast on  39 stitches with  "long-tail cast on" - 13 stitches for each shade of grey.
2. Knit every row ( be careful when you change colors at the right side and wrong side of your work because this is a non-reversible pattern).
3. Knit to a desired length and cast off.
4. Add fridges to the both ends of the scarf. I use one strand of yarn for each stitch and the three shades of grey will be used alternately.
Now, cut a length of yarn according to your need and then fold the strand in half. Insert the crochet hook through the edge of the knitting, catch the loop and draw it out,then grab the both ends of the fringing using your fingers and pull them out through the loop. Continue your work for the other stitches on the edges.

click here to find out the method of making a knotted fridge).

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

We enjoyed our trip to Yogyakarta in December 2014. Apart from the main attractions, we went around the other places to take a look at people's livelihood.

First of all, I would like to talk about a famous shopping area in Yogyakarta - Malioboro street. Maliobora street was a lively shopping street. A wide variety of goods like batiks, bamboo handicrafts, silver, miniature of traditional vehicles, begs, ornaments, T-shirts until sandals and small keychains could be found easily. It could be best described as a "souvenir paradise".

We saw many horse-drawn carriages and traditional trishaws waiting tourists along Malioboro Street. Tourist could take a horse-drawn carriage or trishaw ride to explore Malioboro Street, but we didn't go for it, we preferred to stroll down the street.

View of Malioboro Street

Traditional trishaw

I found that street art in Yogyakarta was very popular. I am not an aficionado of the street art or wall-painting but I felt some kinds of wall-painting infused a vibrancy into the city atmosphere.


We could see the locals selling salak fruit everywhere in Yogyakarta. According to our taxi driver, salak fruit was their everyday snack. Salak fruit also known as snake fruit due to the scaly skin. Its taste was sweet and slightly acidic while its aroma was so unique that I couldn't express to you in words.

We stopped by a salak fruit stall at the roadside when we passed by a village. We bought some salak fruit at the stall and later we visited a small plantation of salak trees which was just next to the stall.   From a distance, salak trees looked like palm trees. In fact,it is a species of palm tree. The salak fruit trees are thorny that I was always careful when I stepped into the plantation.

salak fruit trees

The fruit sold here were very fresh and I especially liked the way they sold the bananas. Most of the bananas in the stalls were still kept in bunches and it was not until the the moment the tourists decided to buy a certain quantity that they would cut it into small combs.

Salak fruitss and bananas

I took some pictures of  buildings in Yogyakarta......

Shops nearby the neighborhood of Malioboro Street.

Some of the houses in a village.

Hotel New Saphir Yogyakarta

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Borobudur temple, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Our next destination after Mount Merapi was Borobudur temple, a Buddhist monument. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. This temple was designed in "Hindu-Java Art" style - Javanese Buddhist architecture. Here we could see the influence of India on the region.

As we walked around and to the top of this magnificent temple, we all marveled at the intricate stone carving that displayed on the walls. The complexity of the stone craving had to be seen to be believed. On the way up to the top of the temple, we could see a few hundred Buddha statues around the whole temple.

There was a main dome located at the center of the top platform and it was surrounded by many Buddha statues which each of it was seated inside a perforated stupa.

Borobudur temple - a Buddhist monument

Stone carving on the walls of Borobudur temple.

A Buddha statue inside an open perforated stupa.

The surrounding landscape of Borobudur temple.

It was so wonderful that a lush landscape dotted with an archeological temple!!

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