Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Let's join the Kartini's Day Parade

Kartini is the pioneer of woman rights in Indonesia.
She was not the only emancipation heroine, but we celebrate Kartini's birthday as the emancipation day at April 21 every year.
Kartini who was born in an aristocratic family, founded a school for girls, at that time it was uncommon for girls to get formal education.
by the way, that time the learning method was the student write the lesson on their personal chalkboard, read it over and over until they remember, then erased it.  it looks like using iPad or tablet without memory :p
Back to Kartini's Day, at Kartini's Day the children usually wear traditional costume, complete with hairdoos (and the make ups).  I still don't know what the corellation between woman emancipation with traditional costume, but it's a tradition and it's fun (except for children, maybe).

This year,  @rajutanmama will hold a one day workshop with various knitting and crochet workshop.   it will be held at  28 April 2013 at Learning Lounge, Plasa Semanggi.

mark the date: 28 April 2013

one of the workshop material is amigurumi (with me as the instructor).  it's Kartini's Day so we will make Kartini amigurumi - finger puppet.  it's very simple, and easy to modify once you learn the basic, so we will have a tiny Kartini parade :)

You knew the ABCs, now let's learn crocheting amigurumi :)

This one is my Kartini finger puppet with a tiny hair bun, come make your own version and let's have a parade :)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih

Bawang Merah  and Bawang Putih

Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih were the hottest issue in Indonesia.  that was last month (or last couple months?).
I wanted to cover hot issue, making amigurumi of that when the issue were still fresh, but I had this severe laziness and too many excuses.  And making amigurumi based on actual news is tiring.
Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih were the hot topic because the prices are ridiculously high since the last couple months.  Who doesn't know the importance of Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih?  Even me who never cook, knew that Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih are the crucial ingredient for Nasi Goreng (fried rice) and many other Indonesian food.

quick bahasa (Indonesian language) lessons:

Garlic in bahasa is Bawang Putih (white bawang)
Shallot in bahasa is Bawang Merah (red bawang)
Onion in bahasa is Bawang Bombay (bawang from Bombay)

Bawang Merah, the bully

Maybe because we use Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih everyday, the names are used for a folktales.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Dear Readers

Sorry for not updating this blog for a while.  I have few reasons:

  • Last month I  have prepared some amigurumis, but I'm out of yarn, so I can't finish it. I still haven't reorder the yarn.  The other amigurumis still need a lot of parts to complete, it's complicated.
  •  it's getting close to my sister's wedding day, unlike when we were preparing my brother's wedding, this time I don't do stress-knittting, it's too stressful that I don't knit at all.
  • I just got a new macbook (yay).  I installed Happy Street, a casual game which took most of my time in front of the screen. yes, stupid me got addicted to casual game. again.
  • If I'm away from the macbook, I still have no time to use my knitting needle because I would be playing PSP (Playstation Portable).  My little sister having a graduation exam this month, so as a wise older sister, I borrowed her PSP (and play it).
  • If I'm away from keyboard and the PSP need to be recharged, then there's a 10% chance that I would finally knit or crochet something while watching some Kung Fu movies.  If I have no more Kung Fu movies, there would be no guarantee that I would knit at all.
  • I'm currently looking for a new job too. Hire meeeee :D
  • Yesterday the editor called me, so yeah suddenly I have a deadline.