Archive for December, 2012

Merry Monkeys

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Crochet and Knit, Esplanade, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

I posted earlier that I was doing a crochet/ amigurumi Monkeyful Christmas Countdown.  I had set my goal at 10 monkeys by Christmas.  As it turns out, I only needed to make eight.  (One for each of my 6 students, one for Tracey and one for Helen).

“Skinny Monkey” number 3 of 8

The first four monkeys went really quickly and I had completed them with weeks to spare.  Then wrist and finger pain caused me to pause for a few days.

Rainbow Monkey

Monkeys 5 and 6 happened eventually and then I paused again as my friends Marshall and Lionel came to visit.

Fuzzy Head (Tiger) Monkey


This resulted in me having only THREE DAYS to crochet my last two monkeys.  I did make it, but I had to stay up until 3am on the night of the 23rd to finish the last monkey for my students.

Sunrise Monkey- possibly my most favorite monkey ever!

The Finale Monkey- Watermelon

My students and their monkeys


Two New Designs

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Crochet and Knit with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

I’ve recently started publishing my crochet and knit patterns on  And I have two new patterns available.

Feeling Lucky?

I created this pattern in order to make a pair of Fuzzy Dice for my friend, Gemma.  She has a new apartment and has decorated it with lots of hot pink!  When I visited her for a house-warming party, I felt inspired to knit her some retro dice.

Fuzzy Dice for Gemma

She loved them, so I made another pair for a my co-worker for our Secret Santa party.

Smooth as Dice for Hock Hoe

You can find both patterns (for free!) at my Ravelry store here.

Henry the Hexapus

While visiting a friend in NYC earlier this year, she showed me a cute amigurumi octopus named Chutney.  I tried, unsuccessfully to steal him from her by hiding him in my luggage.  When I returned to Singapore, I decided to make my own cute octopus using some scrap yarn that my friend had given me.  My octopus had similar construction to hers except I added my signature “backdoor bumhole” to his underside.  AND…

As I was using scrap yarn, as luck would have it—I ran out of yarn while making the legs and now my octopus is a HEXAPUS.

The first of many Henries I made

I googled the word hexapus and found that there really is one in Blackpool, England.

The Real Henry

Here is a link to the Telegraph article about the original Henry.

Henry’s pattern is available (free) here.

Happy Crafting in the New Year!

Travel Theme: Festive

Posted in Life in Singapore, Travel Europe with tags , , , , , , , on December 25, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

Merry Christmas Dudes!

This is my second installment of Weekly Travel Theme from Where’s My Backpack.  This week’s theme is Festive (aka Christmas).


I’ll start off with a very local festive photo.

This is me and my students celebrating Christmas 2012 with crocheted monkeys in Singapore.


Christmas 2011 in Singapore was the season of the Elephant Parade.  I had several fairly quiet parties with work friends and Jason’s friends.  All in all it was a fairly mellow Christmas. (Though the Stage Management department did do a Secret Santa and my Santa gifted me with wool for needle felting!!!)

I love my NON-White Christmas!! No snow!! No cold!!


It’s funny when “home” becomes “travel.”  I was fortunate enough to be home (DC metro area) for Christmas in 2010, though at the time I was living in Macau AND in the middle of a 6 month travel extravaganza that I call my Asian Winter Odyssey.

While in MD, my friends and I cruised my the house that we call “The Monstrosity”

I consider this one worthy of two photos. Yes Santa IS riding a weird unicycle/wheelchair and saying “Feliz Navidad.” Don’t ask me.


Nothing says “Weihnachten” like Glühwein in Germany.  (Glühwein is a tasty spicy mulled hot wine served in Northern Europe around the holiday season.)  In 2010, my friends and I traveled from Belgium to Cologne, Germany to visit the Christmas Markets and freeze our noses off!

The view from our hotel room


Christmas 2008 served as a good-bye for me.  It was the last time I saw my family before leaving NYC and the USA to live in Belgium.

Doesn’t my Dad look FESTIVE?

Merry Christmas — Happy Holidays — Season’s Greetings!!

Travel Theme: Transportation

Posted in Travel Asia, Travel Europe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

Recently, I found the blog “Where’s my Backpack.”  I instantly fell in love with the site’s Weekly Travel Themes. The author posts photos from her travels highlighting a particular theme and invites other bloggers to do so as well.

This week’s theme is Transportation.  And here is my contribution.

In 2010, I took a train ride from Xi Ning, China to Lhasa, Tibet with my co-worker Kevin and his boyfriend Matt.  This photo shows them enjoying the view of the amazing mountains during our 25-hour trip.

In order to get to the top of the hill and visit Changdrok Temple, visitors have the option of walking the steep rocky path or riding a pony.  I chose the pony.

This is not necessarily a fantastic photo, nor do I particularly like cruises.  My mom, however, does and she invited me to join her and my dad on a Mediterranean cruise in 2009 and we had a brilliant trip across the seas and visited Italy, Greece and Turkey.

A few years back, while living in Belgium, a group of Dragone employees visited Planckendael Zoo accompanied by our trusty TV camera crew.  Shown in the picture above: Andy, Lidia and I transport ourselves across a stream using a boat and a rope.  Out of frame is the camera crew capturing this moment for product placement on our TV Show “From Lint to Macau.”

While traveling in Siem Reap, Cambodia with my friend Lea, we had a very adventurous day trying to get to the temples at Angkor Wat.  The traditional (tourist) method for transport in Siem Reap is to hire a tuk-tuk driver for the duration of your stay and the driver will take you to the nearby temples and water villages.  All had been going well until one day…  Our tuk-tuk broke down on the side of the road – TWICE.   The photo above shows the roadside repair process.

There are many modes of transportation I have used in my travels.  My favorite would have to be…


Bhaktapur and Kathmandu

Posted in Asian Winter Odyssey 2010-11, Travel Asia with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

Another chapter in my Asian Winter Odyssey

Bhaktapur- 21 November 2011

After a brief stay in the hills of Nagarkot, Kevin and Matt (my traveling companions) and I boarded the bus for Bhaktapur.  It is a nice little city with lots of little busy streets for walking.  It also has a “cultural protected area” with temples and historical buildings.  Tourists must buy a day pass to enter the area, which is called Durbar Square.

The tourist pass is good for 24 hours, so we were able to visit that evening and the next morning as well for one price.  We spent most of our short stay in that area making the most of the winding streets before heading to our main destination, Kathmandu.

Kathmandu- 22 thru 24 November 2011

We arrived in central Kathmandu at the outdoor market area and were mobbed by men offering us tuk-tuk rides and wanting to show us their hotels.  We managed to find a place slightly off the beaten path down a cute little alley and checked in. We were assured that there was good wi-fi (except for the rolling blackouts) but we needed to buy our own toilet paper down the street.  Ultimately, it was fine.

Similar to Bhaktapur, Kathmandu has a Durbar Square that tourists must pay to enter.  We went to this area to see the temples, markets and the famous Kumari Ghar.

The Kumari is a very young girl that has been proven to be the reincarnation of the goddess Durga.  She lives in this house (ghar) which was built by the King of Nepal in 1757.  The Kumari rarely leaves the house and is carried everywhere, so that her feet never touch the ground.  Inside the courtyard, she occasionally appears in the window.  We were fortunate enough to see her, even though tourists are not allowed to photograph her.

She appears in the center window while her guards protect and carry her.

The courtyard is full of very beautiful and intricately carved figures.

After seeing the Kumari, we visited the rest of the sprawling area.

I have so many many more photos of Durbar Square– if I uploaded them all, I’d eat up all my bandwidth.

Ok, one more 🙂

The next day we visited the Monkey Temple- Swayambhunath.  It is a Tibetan style complex with temples, a giant stupa and a monastery on top of a hill that overlooks the city.  If you have read my blog before, you know that I love monkeys.  I love real monkeys and I love crocheted monkeys.  I love all types of monkeys.

Okay, okay.  The architecture and surrounding area were interesting as well.

The Stupa with Buddha’s Eyes

Prayer Wheels

Buddha is NOT Santa

Another highlight of Kathmandu was wandering the streets around the market area.  There were so many colors and so much activity.  The market streets have a great mix of handmade goods, commercially made tourist crap, hiking gear and street food.

Our brief trip through Nepal was amazing.  See more photos of Nagarkot, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu here.

Outrage of Modesty

Posted in funny, Life in Singapore, Outrage of Modesty with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

Last year,  I wrote a post about the laws here in Singapore, including the infamous Outrage of Modesty.  (link here to the Singapore government’s website with a full description of the crime, its potential prevention and punishments)

Here is a warning that I saw the following sign on the subway train.

Truly Truly Truly Outrageous
Follow These Instructions and Nothing Bad Will Happen


Random Sh*t People Throw Out of Their Windows

Posted in Life in Singapore with tags , , , , , , on December 10, 2012 by Yarn Over New York

I live on the ground floor of a high-rise building.  I have a rather large patio on one of my apartment.  It spans the entire side of my apartment and could easily fit a large table for entertaining.  Unfortunately, I don’t really use it.  It would require a large financial investment to make the patio usable.  It’s opens directly onto the main driveway for the complex’s parking garage and overlooks the tennis courts and footpath to the bus stop.  Also I live in Singapore where there are only two weather options- bilstering hot and sunny or torrential downpour.

Many of my neighbors (who I assume own their condos) have added trees to create a privacy wall and added sunshade to shelter from the elements.  I am jealous of their patios.  One even has a koi pond.

The sun shades serve another very useful purpose.  They block the myriad of trash items, the upstairs neighbors throw out of their windows.  And, trust me, its a lot of sh*t.  Besides the usual tissue, cigarette butts and q-tips, I have found a few amusing items.

An Origami Crane

A Rubik’s Cube

I love cleaning up other people’s sh*t