Random Sketches While Working: Chair and Pattern

 

Chair & PatternEven though I am working mostly at the print center, I have been placed on cash register shift in the morning. I think one of the morning girls left… Anyhow, it provides ample time for me to do random sketches. Here one wher I sketched a leather chair on display at the front. Next to it is more chairs, but textured with pattern, of which I have doodled on this post-it note too.

Speaking of post-it, Evernote have their own post-it now! And they sell it in Office Depot! I so want one. Along with the Evernote sketchbook! But… must save money!

…Hmm, I want to tag this as sketch, but I just realized I never created that tag. Even though my blog is named Natural Sketcher. Oops? What have I been tagging my sketches with?

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Tweak. Tweak. It’s a box of DIY fun.

Caffeinated high on my delicious cup of Gibraltar today, I walked by Collage Gallery on my way to my car – and got completely distracted from my walk. My first DIY projects were jewelries. They give me fond memories. Though I don’t wear lots of accessories at a time, I always have one piece on me at all time – not counting my glasses, of course. It’s typically a watch. I really like wearing watch now. Functional, elegant, and can usually take a beating.

I like earring too. Originally I was only going to get an earring, then I got sidetracked by this:

The inside of Steampunk Jewelry Kit by The Weekend Store.

What’s That?

It is a jewelry kit. A kit for jewelries make out of watch parts.

Steampunk Jewelry Kit by The Weekend Store.

Steampunk Jewelry Kit by The Weekend Store.

Oh…

I always did wanted to take my watch apart, though my sister – who was the one that brought my watch – would probably kill me for doing that to her gift, then proceed to tell me I am an idiot for destroying something just to sate my curiousity.

But now I don’t have to! I have a kit with broken watch part already! With copper color, antiquity-y looking jewelry parts.

I am so happy. Just don’t ask me how much money I wasted. I shall pledge my fifth.

*Cough*

And I did brought my earring. It’s one by Marian Mc Kee Designer. She has no website that I know of, but I brought one of her earrings before, so I know it’s pretty good quality and design for its price, which is very affordable despite that it’s a local, indie product.

The stone, metal, and hook from my last earring is made of good quality item, and does not rust, bend, or broke easily. This one seems to be of similar quality:

Earring by Marian Mc Kee Designer of San Francisco

Earring by Marian Mc Kee Designer of San Francisco

The metal and stone sparkles together nicely, which the iPhone photo does not reflect. I like how it is simple but elegant. I can see it work in formal and casual occasion. I like how the stone is hold by the metal frame showing a teethed pattern, instead of being held by glue or a band of metal.

I also noticed that the pattern matches my cup (also locally made, by company “miam.mian“) and decided to display them together for some photo fun:

Earring and Cup. Always an excellent combination.

Earring and Cup. Always an excellent combination.

See what I mean?

Alas, I really should take that photo during the day instead of using lamp light, but I am just so eager to play with them. That’s especially true for the kit. I haven’t taken stuff apart or put parts together for a while!

Hmm… maybe I should buy a $10 watch and take it apart. Or find a used one of Craigslist. A girl can never have too much jewelries.

A Puzzle on the Wall

I came into the DeYoung expected to be taken away by The Girl with a Pearl Earring, which came true in the end, but I was also surprisingly inspired by Rembrandt early sketches – much more than his later softer work in contrast to many other famous artists – and the dramatic and vivid coloration of Ruysch’s flower paintings.

I am someone who typically prefer sculpture than painting (ironic, considering I have never sculpted once in my life, but have painted and draw frequently as a teen) but Vemeer’s painting have always fascinated me. I loved that airy lightness, that realism, that sense of being in an everyday life scenery. When I went to DeYoung Museum for its Girl with sPearl Earring special exhibition, I have expected that too. The Girl with a Pearl Earring is often remembered by my modern generation as the name of a book, movie, a famous painting centered on a single pearl earring.

Reality is a bit different. Away from the modern preconception of what The Girl with a Pearl Earring is, the painting’s most striking feature was what Vemeer was most noted for – light. The way that light hits the flesh, the smooth of the painting, that contrast and cleanness of the color – the painting was truly striking in person, but not merely for the pearl earring. No. The earring accents it, but what drawn my eyes the moment they met the painting is the face. It was the smoothness of her skin, the glow of her cheek, and the close-to-real life facial expression.

Before going to exhibition, I went to the Docent’s lecture first, and I am glad I did, for what she informed me make sense after I saw the paintings of Vemeer. According to the excellent lecture by Rita Dunlay – which I sadly did not get to stay to the end because my ticket was schedule in the middle of her lecture – The Girl with a Pearl Earring was originally named as The Girl with Blue Turban. I do not know why historians changed the name – perhaps to bring some the elegance to the name? But I found that the later name is much more suitable when I saw the painting in person. The brilliant blue hue of her turban plays beautifully with the pink tint of the flesh and her yellow tone attire, and it brings out the light and airiness of the work. The earring adds a sense of elegance and femininity, and it also exhibits Vemeer’s talent in reflecting light in his work, but I don’t feel that it is the strongest features at all.

Rembrandt. Oh, I have to admit, I was never very fascinated with his work. It never connected to me on paper. But in person? His work in etching is unbelievable. I can’t helped but go up close to it and try to see the line work’s detail. I started drawing because I like the art in Japanese comic books, manga, then later on I began studying architecture because I like drafting. While I love color, the more art I do, the more I realize I like line work. Seeing the detail and the precision of Rembrandt’s work and how it magically brings its object to life… I wished I had a microscope and could study them all day.

Typically, when I go to see painting in person, I try to step back to get an overall view – paintings, after all, were typically made to be seen in a distance. I can’t do that with Rembrandt. In fact, I have to get close with almost all the Dutch paintings and etchings. I quickly realized that the best way to observed them is to step a good distance away, then slowly get closer and closer to the work. The details and the stroke (or etch) works unrevealed themselves only as you get closer. As I was observing the 16th century art works, a quote from a modern day show popped up in my head. The show is called “Once Upon A Time”, and one of its character, Bella, once said “To me, love is layered. Love is a mystery to be uncovered. I could never truly give my heart to someone as superficial as he.” The quotes talks about love to a person, but it applies so well to the attitude of Dutch painters and what their paintings bring. Their paintings are layered. Their paintings are mysterious. They are something that must be observed slowly and repeatedly to be truly appreciated. It is not a mere superficial beauty that can see though just by walking by.

Ah, I am feeling so poetic and so happy now. Nevertheless, let me move on from my musings to… my prizes from the museum!

DeYoung-Vermeer-Puzzle

Mini puzzles! I got one last time for the Italy exhibition, but that one was far too big, and I have to say that I didn’t like the theme of the paintings. This one though, I love both of them. I can’t wait to put them together. They were, in fact, my favorite paintings from the exhibition outside of the etching works. I can’t believe my luck! The left is The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. The right, as everyone probably recognized, is Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. They are wooden puzzles sized to 82mm x 120 mm. Considering that I have just talked about the mystery of Dutch paintings, I can’t think of a better way to remember them by putting puzzles of their paintings together.

DeYoung-Vermeer-Postcard

Two postcard of another two works that I particularly like. On the left is The Large Cat by Cornlis Visscher. The museum display says the cat is resting, but as a gardener, I can’t help but wonder if it is sniffing a cat mint… If you look at it closer, there is also a worry looking mouse in the back. Love the etch work. On the right is the famous Vase of Flowers by Rachel Ruysch. I have always thought his work is beautiful when it is show in books. But seeing it in person… wow. It is not just the realism and the deep meaning of time passage hidden in the pattern, but… this definitely CANNOT be translated and expressed through reprints in books and even in my postcard. The color’s vividness draws a viewer’s eye right to the center of the painting. The white petals is practically glowing. My postcard and all the images I have seen in books don’t even come close to the real work. Amazing. Truly amazing. Indeed, amazing is the perfect word to describe my trip to DeYoung’s special exhibition today.

The Art of Pen

One day, I reached to the side pocket of my backpack, seeking for the fountain pen I have owned for four years. To my horror, it had vanished.

I turned up bag upside down. Searched my jacket pockets. Searched my desk. Traced my steps.

Nowhere can it be found.

My hand is itchy. My sketchbook looks too empty. I realized that my wallet will suffer soon, because I want a fountain pen, and they – at least the one of decent quality – are never cheap. But hey, I can try a different pen this time. I am not a student anymore, and I just got a part time job, so maybe it will be ok for me to a bit relax about the price.

Is it strange to mourn for the lost of a pen yet excited for the prospect of a new one?

Actually, why would someone lust after a pen? For those of us in a generation dominated by digital technology, fountain pen is not a daily tool anymore. They are also appear ridiculously expensive to us for a reason.

For this generation, we write a lot less. Most of us is good with a pack of Bic ballpoint pen. But for those of us who have writing or artistic hobby, that’s just not enough. Bic pen are cheap for a reason. They are designed to be dedicated for casual light writing, to be toss around, and not intended to last. Their line weight don’t change, nor do the change the matter. Their ink flow don’t change or leak if upside down, but their construction is fragile and flimsy because of the cheap plastic material. They are not designed for heavy amount of writing, so it is just a cylinder shaped, hard plastic pen where long term writing would result in a sour hand. People buy them in packs, because they lost, breaks, taken, and run of writing power in packs. People probably never think about the life span of a Bic pen, because they don’t have life span. People don’t cherish them – and they don’t need to, because it was never designed for that intention.

Fountain pen, technical pen, and other artistic pen are different. In the case of fountain pen, it writes smoothly, its line weight varies, and I can even change ink color and nibs. Because of its more flexible nibs, I can write for a much longer time and quicker without hurting my hands. I don’t worry about it breaking, since it tend to be of a sturdier construction. Since I can change ink cartridges, the pen last a really long time instead of getting throw away the moment it’s done. I wouldn’t deny that it is much more expensive than a pack of Bic pen, and that most people would probably never need that quality of pen in their life for this era, but for me who journals and draws, it is a cherished pen.

And so, a few week afterward, when I slowly settle into my new job and I finally have some income, I decided to have my parents drive me to Flax Art for a new pen after a family lunch outing. Unfortunately, the store don’t have my old pen:

Actually, the store associate don’t even know the pen, which is slightly disappointing. I had a Sheaffer No Nonsense, which was an old classical student pen. But hey, I should be grateful that the store still have a fountain pen department.

He eventually recommend me me to use the same brand of pen, especially since I needed a student budget pen. I took a look and immediately find the sets of pen he displayed attractive – especially the blue one. I ask him to let me hold it, and after a try, I know I like it right away. Just like my old Nonsense pen, it is just a cheap-end fountain pen, but its build is definitely different. It is made of metal, so it got a nice smooth texture combine with a little weight. It also give it a sense of classy-ness. The slim body also helps – it is not as thick as my older pen. The pen cap, unlike Nonsense where the cap is open by twisting, snaps on and off with a nice click. Classy… I like it!

Here a picture:

Sheaffer VFM

 

The pen is known as Sheaffer VFM. I keep misspelling it though – why don’t they use a easier to remember name? No one would forget a name like Nonsense.

… Although VFM does sound great deal more professional than Nonsense, which does give any non-fountainpen-fan the urge to giggles.

The pen is pretty nice for a student-budget pen. The only few problems are that, unlike my old Nonsense pen, it only have one nib choice (instead of letting me change different size nib, including ones good for calligraphy), its cap keeps falling off the end of the pen when I am writing, and …. it uses INTERNATIONAL INK!?

I had to stop myself from banging my head against the wall. Really, Sheaffer? You have manufactured and designed your pen to fit your own company-designed ink cartridge, and now you suddenly change to international ink cartridge design fountain pen WITHOUT a warning on the label? I have over 10 ink cartridges, and they are pricy too.

In addition, because I neglected to remember that I do practice calligraphy on occasion, now I have to get a calligraphy pen because Sheaffer didn’t design this pen to be nib-exchangeable.

Alas, the pen is great if I am just taking notes and working with my journal/sketchbook. The ink flows fine, the pen feels good in my hand, and it is easy to use – didn’t realize how inconvenience it is to having constantly twisting pen cap of Nonsense until I got my VFM’s snap-able pen cap.

Now I just to wait another month since… well, budget, budget.

I have way too many hobbies (glances at my transaction history in my Mint app account). Calligraphy pen, please wait for me in a month…

The Matter of Print Center Jobs

One of my most vivid and fond childhood memories in Hong Kong was this tiny little stationary store, with shelves filled with goodies. The first outing I had with classmates was there. My parents also brought my school supplies there. With Chinese parents, that means I was there very frequently for shopping, and what do you know? New toys always excite kids. I think the only other place that I occupied just as much (outside of school and home) is the market across the mall, where fishes literally flied in the air and I ate delicious curry fish balls and sweet tofu custard. When I first came to US, two of my favorite stores is Sunset Stationary and Pearl Paint. One of the main reasons why I went into architecture is probably because trying different stationary and art supplies seems magical. They all produced different lines and color, and each is a different experience. Though technology has moved the subject into a digital art, I still has a set of Rapidograph pen in my desk drawer and take notes with fountain pen.

As an architecture student, we are doing presentations each school quarter, and that means large custom print jobs each quarter. I quickly learned how to format my print jobs and my USB organization to most time and cost efficiently do my projects. Learning to evade the craziness of print jobs for oneself and for print shop is a art that architecture and design major probably learns the first three year of school. Imagine my surprise when I was hired to help out at a print center years later. Surprise, but a pleasant surprise now that I finally have a job, and one that relates to my experience to boot!

As mentioned earlier, I promised to blog about my experience, so here it goes:

I do know that any job in a print center is quite chaotic and complex, but I never see the full-scoop of it. Now, I am learning them day by day, and it is truly fascinating. As a trainee, I definitely made mistakes here and there, but I really like seeing a project completed successfully.

With the powerful printers we have, I can center a smaller image on a bigger sheet of paper. I can even set the machine to duplicate the image so there is 2 copies on one sheet without having to print an extra sheets. I also got to learn to print large scale blueprints and colored posters, and I learned how to laminate and mount large works. We learn to think ahead for the client and match their need with correct print service – sometimes clients forget how the rain and fog in San Francisco may destroy their $20-ish paper poster.

Papers is also an art in itself. There are papers for black and white printing, then there is paper for color so the ink wouldn’t show in the back. While we have a large selection of color papers, half of there are thicker, so I have to finger it to see which one it is and price it accurately. Then there’s glossy papers, which can really transform the out look of an images. We also have resume papers, cardstock papers, business card paper, and clear cover sheets. With thicker and specialized papers like heavy cardstock and photos, we have to remember to warn the clients about the possibility of bubbles in lamination machine. Even with thin paper, I have a case where heat of the laminate shifted the ink. For people who wants their papers binded, there is coil and comb binding in store. We have to make sure that the books can be binded and can be done on time, because the number of pages and type of papers all affects the resulted projects. Different binding can take different numbers of pages, and there is different maximum for the book thickness with different binding. Again, we learn to observe and ask ahead of time in order to match client needs with services.

Even though it is 2013 and email is taking the postal business in storms, we still gets fax job on regular basis. While USPS is about to take off its weekend delivery services, there are still people mailing every single day (Surprisingly, we accepts both UPS and USPS service). Occasionally, we gets international shipping, and I am always surprise by the pricing – it goes up to the hundreds – and so does the client. Though I have seen very calm clients who obviously either had experience or had ask around. My eyebrows went up each time I see the prices though, so it will probably take me a while to get used to that.

Then there is the occasionally machine malfunction or such strange daily occurrence, such as when the lamination machine started smoking. (!) Oh, and I am still learning about the specialized services that can only be order and done with an outside facility, such as envelopes and checks. Ah, and there is the cash register. We have coupons with bar codes, coupons with only numbers, membership card, business client card, company credit cards, Print Shop cards, returns for unopened items, returns for damaged items, recycling ink cartridges, warranty plans purchases, and more. It is easier because I am in the print center and not on the sales floor, but it is still a lot of selections. I am glad that I have a trainee badge, because I can’t count the numbers of time I have to ask another coworker since there is so many ways a transaction can go differently! The pay is not high, because it is a retail job after all, but I am at least learning a lot. With jobs like printing, I can apply the skills I learn to any office jobs in the future. It is so complicated and specialized, no wonder there is still so many individual print shop despite the increasingly digitized world. Of course, this is my first month and my first retail job, so I am not sure how everything will turn out, but for now, it’s pretty ok.

… Internet Began In Department of Defense? And CCSF Offers Ethnic Hacking Certificates?

Internet had began in the US Department of Defense.

… The thought never even cross my mind before. I have to say, I am quite surprise. I have heard that many of our technologies were originally developed by the government’s defense and engineering teams. Just take instant noodle for example: originally developed for the astronaut in Japan to eat in space. But the internet. Wow. With the trouble it created for the government entities in term of information leaks and legal law restructure, talk about irony.

I also started looking more into different courses and certification offered by CCSF. At first, I have a singular goal – I wanted to give web development a try. I like graphic designing work for the Botanical Garden, and if I can get a handle on web design techniques, I can expand my design skills on a wider level. Me being me, I want to understand the background work too, so web programming seems like a good path. But after my teacher’s first day orientation, and I looked further into the courses offered by CCSF. Something had caught my eyes back then.

Ethical Hacking Certificates.

I can’t believe there’s a certificates for ethical hacking, and an entire course work to go with it. I don’t think school would want to encourage hacking, after all. Upon further reading, turns out it is a course on network security. It’s kind of like how doctor would take class on toxicity. A person who work in network security can’t fight hackers if they don’t know how hacking works themselves. Since they are learning hacking for a ethical reason, thus the certification.

The name is really fun though. My cousin told me that I should take the course just for the name’s sake. Not that I would have much use for it – I am a Mac user, and our hacking threat is much less. Although, I have to say, the ideal of being able to understand network threats and how to build a computer structure to defend does sound kind of fun. It’s almost like being a police investigator, without the physical danger.

If I do get into web programming as an additional career path, it would be nice if I can build website that safe against hacking. I think I may end up taking a class or two on network security down the line. I doubt I will get an actual certificates – the web programming certificate coursework would keep me busy enough – but an extra class will only help.

Starting School – Again, Plus a New Job and a Possible New Laptop

I just started reading my first computer textbook today. I don’t know should I be happy or sad that I find the first chapter basic. Granted, this is a 101 course, but the class fee… even if it’s a first week of class, I want to help jump right to HTM instead of browsers 101- and I am not even suppose to start on the book this week.
A quick update on my life. I completed my airline agent training, but they have been taking a long time in deciding to hire me or not, and the paper work took a while too, so I am not sure what’s going on any more. Meanwhile, I was hired to help with the Print Center at Office Depot, which I am please in that the work’s at least slightly related to architecture. Plus, I was thinking about expanding my professional skill to graphic or web design before I learned of my new job. I already volunteered at as graphic designer at SF Botanical Garden, but a more comprehensive knowledge and a certificate would be nice. So now I am officially starting my first computer course at CCSF, which can lead to a website development or web programming certificate. Plus, I am also taking a Revit class! If all goes well, I would develop more advanced drafting skills, plus a computer science skill. Of course, I have to see how I like the 101 – more correctly the CNIT 131 – course first.
Talking about Revit, I decided to work on my homework today on campus. To my surprise, the lab was empty! Not a single window blind or computer was opened. I know it is the first week, but the lab is probably not going in the weekends, and we have the Martin Luther King’s Day right afterward! Sure there’s the possibility of working at home with a laptop, but the screen would be no where as a desktop, and it is always better to work away from home in my experience. I was really hoping to meet some classmates too. It feels strange to be in an architecture class where I don’t know my classmates at all for once. Eventually a girl did came in, but she wasn’t in my class. Not that I got to stay long – I think I arrived at 3 pm. Someone came in a while later to let us know that the lab is closing early today. Turned out he was the Architecture Department Head, and the other girl is taking Studio Max – Studio Max! I would love to give that a try. Not only that, he also let know that the school computer has Rhino, and it seems like universities’, or at least CP’s, focus in design but not computer skill teachings are quite well-known. Not only that, the CCSF’s architecture department uses Cloud for turning in assignment. I am quite surprise, as CP still uses CDs and occasionally emails. It used to drive me nuts because my Macbook DVD driver dies easy, and I don’t really wants to think about CD covers and running to computer labs when there’s deadline. Ah, the advantage of city schools.
He also mentioned tutors, which is nice bonus. Although unlike CP labs, their labs don’t open late or weekend, which is extremely inconvenience. With my daytime job, the only way I can do my assignments is with my dad’s old desktop computer. My Macbook now only holds 2 GB – one of my memory card slot is damage, and somehow my computer can’t do bootcamp because of the damaged card slot. Sure I could send in for a new memory card slot, but with the state of my computer and the cost for the fix, I would be better off buying a new laptop. Using duo-platform would probably tax my computer too much and bring it to an early grave. I think I will be fine with mostly working at home though. I know that people talk about learning curve differences, but I am a quick learner when it comes to visual programs. Besides, Revit seems pretty close to ArchiCad that.  All BIM ultimately comes from the same reason and goal anyway. But I would love more time to play with the program, and my dad’s computer is just like that – dad’s computer.
Since a new laptop is needed for the imminent demise of my loved but aging MacBook, I will probably do a posting on laptops that I am considering – a few years ago I would have automatically go for another Apple laptop, but with the repair-unfriendly Macbook Pro and the discontinuation of the more cost-efficient and repair-friendly Macbook Core 2 Duo (namely, the famous White MacBook), Apple laptop is no longer anywhere on my purchase list – top or bottom. Maybe if I will consider iPad if want to get a netbook, but one where I can’t even change the battery? I don’t know…
I will probably also do a posting on how my Print Center jobs is like later as well. For now though, I think I will stop for the day and get some rest – my CNIT class is an online course, but we have an optional orientation tomorrow. I look forward to it!

First 2013 5min Sketch

Was bored the half hour before work (got another part time work in addition to my airport post – Office Dept this time.) and realized that *gasp* I have my sketchbook and a fountain pen with ink!
My fountain pen had ran out of ink every time I use it – evidence that I had been slacking in my sketching. Although the part where I forgot I could sketch with sketchbook instead of taking notes is telling enough. My sketching skill has greatly deteriorated because of my job hunt. I am not even going to imagine what it’s going to be like once my Revit class starts next week…
Alas, here my first 5 minutes sketch of 2013. Well, at least I can still draw in straight line.

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New Craft Obsession: It’s All About the Way We Dress

I have a new obsession now. One that I do while taking the bus or waiting for pages or files to load. One that lets me play with color. One which creates products can be use on a daily basis. One that takes a long time to finish and therefore will not deplete my wallet quickly. One that makes me purl.

Nope, I didn’t misspell that word for those with careful eyes. Though I guess purr instead purl also work in this case. My new obsession is, in fact, knitting. With yarns that cats love so very much. I’ve been obsessing over it for close to a year now. I have quickly discovered that how colors match with the pattern really makes a different in knitting, that there’s a real big differences between 5.5mm and 6.5mm (at least in term of needle size), that yarn work encourages one to practice on their algebra, and that I will have to resize everything I knit because I got the body and head size of a child.

It is great for self-exploration, isn’t it?

Really, though, it’s fun. I like matching the color with the right pattern, and I like seeing how changing my knitting method creates changes the whole projects. It feels almost like magic, and I can’t wait until I am good enough to create my own pattern. I just updated my profile on the knitting network Ravelry today. Since this blog is about my trying new things and exploring the my surrounding environment, I figure I should post it here too – with insert from my Ravelry comments:

Overall Knit ProjectsHere’s my overall projects. My first one was the scarf:

Amethyst Scarf Amethyst Scarf Detail

“The first scarf that I made that are to my liking. My actual first one is done all in knits, pretty much just a practice scarf. I had, in fact, took my first scarf apart and reuse the yarn in this one. The variegated color scheme works very well for this pattern.”

Summer Hat

“Since most Western size is too small for me, naturally I started the smallest size. Since this is my first time knitting hat and I decided to be cheap and used 5.5mm needles thinking it’s ‘close enough’, naturally I miscalculated the stitches needed and probably miscounted later too.
This is all a round-about way to say that the hat is the size of an small child’s head. Since I am not a child any more, naturally it barely fits.
Maybe one day I will have a kid and inflict the terror call ‘my first hat’ to her.
… On the other, that is too much of a terror even if a kid is oblivious of terrible knitting skills.

My terrible knitting skill aside, the hat is pretty simple to made. The repeated white, v-pattern hat and my black hair makes too strong of a contrast though, so I added a black ribbon to tie the color scheme up. If I tried it again, I will either use some darker, possibly variegated yarn.”

Rose Petal Hat 1 Rose Petal Hat 2

“Beautiful 3 leaf pattern!
Though, the text pattern did missed some of the stitches. Namely:

  • Row 6: should have fcp after p2
  • Row 8: Should have k after p3

It’s a good idea to check the text before knitting the row and see if there’s a correct number of total stitches whenever there’s an increase or decrease. Otherwise, lovely hat.
Sadly, since this is 2nd time I brought yarn and the brand instruction’s in Japanese, I brought one that was a bit too thick. It ended up being slightly bulky for me. But the thickness does close the gaps, and with the deep red yarn, it now reminds me of rose petals.”

First Day at the Airport

9:12 AM
I recently got hired for a part time position at the airport. Today will be my first day of work. The makeup part is a hassle, and I hate commuting on the Highway by car everyday, but at least the working-at-airport aspect will be fun. I have always like being in the airport and airplane as a child, traveling from Hong Kong and US – even that time when I got lost as a ten year old. Speaking of which, I hope I don’t get lost again…

9:20 AM
Oh my god! As I went up on the escalator, I was greet by a curtain of simmering steel wave that clings onto the atrium wall between stories. Turns out it was steel disk, linked together. Will take picture tomorrow.

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9:32 AM
Got there! Love the building tress work.

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And found it nice that the decoration pieces hides the light bulb in a very unnoticeable manner.

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Hmm, bicycles are everywhere! I think the bicycle goddess is trying to cheer me up knowing that I have to commute on the highway.

6:25 PM
Home sweet home! Until next time!