Crochet Cable

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Beberapa teman menyangka vest yang saya buat dikerjakan dengan knitting karena ada motif ‘cable’ nya. Ketika saya beritahu bahwa saya menggunakan crochet mereka jadi ingin tahu bagaimana caranya. Sebenarnya sudah banyak sekali referensi mengenai crochet cable ini, tapi baiklah saya coba menjelaskan dengan singkat.

Ada berbagai cara untuk membuat motif cable dengan crochet. Pada vest saya, teknik yang digunakan adalah tusukan sc dan fpdc bergantian serta tusukan fptr untuk efek cablenya.

Lihat pada gambar, dimana saya memberi nomor pada bagian cablenya. Ketika kita menyilangkan, kerjakan nomor 1 yang diatas ke nomor 1 yang dibawah. Jadi pertama kali kita melewatkan 3 tusukan terlebih dahulu, lalu pada tusukan ke-4 kita kembali mengisi tusukan yang tadi kita lewatkan.

Cara lain untuk membuat efek cable adalah dengan tusukan fpdc dan bpdc secara bergantian. Tusuk fpdc akan menghasilkan kesan ‘timbul’ sedangkan tusuk bpdc akan memberi kesan menjorok ke dalam. Untuk mengetahui bagaimana membuat fpdc dan bpdc silakan melihat  di sini dan sini.

Penjelasan dan contoh-contoh lebih lanjut mengenai crochet cable bisa dilihat di web berikut ini dan ini

Tidak sulit kok crochet cable itu. Coba yuk!.

Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai

This is a big festival in Chiang Mai. The big celebration was held for 2 days. For almost a week I could not sleep well because the noise of firecrackers here and there are so loud especially after midnight. This year my husband and I decided to look a little bit closer to this festival. We took some pictures on the first big day celebration around our place and on the Nawarat Bridge. Some info to explain the pictures are taken from Wikipedia.

The Thai tradition of Loy Krathong started off in Sukhothai, but is now celebrated throughout Thailand, with the festivities in Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya being particularly well known.

Full MoonLoy Krathong is held on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.

Krathong Boat with fireworks

"Krathong" is a raft made from a section of banana tree trunk (although modern-day versions use specially made bread ‘flowers’ and may use styrofoam), decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, flowers, candles, incense sticks and nowadays they add firecrackers also.

Decoration near the Ping River People ready to float the Krathong

"Loy" means to float. During the night of the full moon, many people will release "krathong" on the river or on the pond. The act of floating away the candle raft is symbolic of letting go of all one’s grudges, anger and defilements, so that one can start life afresh on a better foot. People will also cut their fingernails and hair and add them to the raft as a symbol of letting go of the bad parts of oneself. Many Thai believe that floating a krathong will create good luck, and they do it to honor and thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha.

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In Chiang Mai Loy Krathong is also known as "Yi Peng". A multitude of Lanna-style hot-air lanterns (khom fai) are also launched into the air where they resemble large flocks of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating by through the skies. These are believed to help rid the locals of troubles and are also taken to decorate houses and streets. And recently they also play the fireworks and firecrackers and make it looks like new year celebration.

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The day after the big celebration, many remaining of the "krathongs" are still  floating on the river. If the krathongs were made from the banana tree trunk then it is okay, but if they were made from styrofoam,  it means more pollutants goes to the water. The firecrackers also produces smoke that pollutes the air. On the celebration day, many people get drunk. Every year many accidents happens during the week of celebration: fire from the kom fai or car/motorbike accidents because of drunk people.

I  hope in the future people will celebrate this days without losing the meaning. More photos you can take a look on our flickr.

Crochet Squares for Charity

Few months ago, my friends from Dinamic Crochet Group asked me to be involved in the charity group based on squares crochet/knit. The idea is, mbak Thata made the pattern and everyone can get the pattern for free as long as they sent 2 squares in return to the group. Then we have 2 people who will assemble the squares into the final products. We will give the products to others who need it.

At first, we planned to make blankets. But since blankets need many squares then we changed our mind to make scarves. From the squares that we received on the first months, we made 4 scarves.

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I sent 2 squares to Indonesia and my friend Katrien over there assembled it in to the scarf.
Before we have the opportunity to deliver the scarves, we were introduced to a Free elementary school in Bandung. This school is provided for the students whose parents cannot afford to pay the school fee. risna

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Firefox Add-ons

I’ve been using Mozilla Firefox browser since I knew Joe. And even there were time when Firefox always made my Windows crashed on start up when it’s conflicts with my anti virus, or when Firefox still cannot display Google Documents I still prefer this browser compared to others. Okay, this post is not about Firefox itself, but how I use this browser related to my hobby.

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