Thursday, May 31, 2018

Typewriters On My Brain 24/7

As you all know, I love typewriters and using them. Back in high school, I used to borrow my mom's 1968 Royal Signet Portable Typewriter not only for school papers but also for writing poetry and fiction.

1968 Royal Signet Portable Typewriter

I had an opportunity to bring home the Royal Signet Typewriter the last time I visited Manila back in December 2016 but I didn't and in hindsight, I really should have taken it with me. I'm sure my mom will gladly give it to me. I didn't take it with me because it needs a lot of repair and restoration work done on it because the metal frame/body has a lot of rust spots and sticky and discolored keys and I don't know how to restore it without further damaging the machine and I don't know anyone in Colorado Springs who can restore it. Over the last 9 years that I've been living in Colorado Springs, I have been debating on buying my very own Royal Signet Typewriter that has already been restored but I kept talking myself out of it mainly because I technically already have one it's just located halfway across the world from me and I wanted to see if there is a machine that is not too boxy like this one and a bit more lightweight wouldn't hurt either. Well, I found one that I really like and therefore am lusting and obsessing over: The 1963 Royal Royalite '64. Weighing in at around 8 lbs, has rounded edges, available in this lovely butter yellow color, the tab stops are located at the top behind the paper table so it's easy to adjust just like with the Signet, it has a retractable paper support arm and it has a ribbon color selector located on the right hand side towards the back of the frame just before the right side of the carriage unlike the Signet. I am hoping that Tony's Typewriters on Etsy finds one for me.

1963 Royal Royalite '64 Portable Typewriter

Books I've Read Since Last Blog Post

Currently Reading 

Finished Writing

Helena and the Dragon — it's currently undergoing the editing and proof reading process. 

Finished Objects

All Shawl by Doris Chan - yarn used was Bernat Softee Baby Cotton, Feather Gray colorway, 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic, DK weight, total amount used was 749 yards/354 grams; used a Clover Soft Touch hook US size J/6.0mm

Stacked Diamonds Tank Top by MG Camacho - yarn used was Loops & Threads Woolike Super Fine, Charcoal colorway, 85% Acrylic, 15% Nylon, Superfine weight, total amount used was yards/grams; used a Clover Soft Touch hook US size E/3.5mm

Currently Knitting/Crocheting

Market Bag - yarn I'm using is Bernat Softee Baby Cotton, Feather Gray and Aqua Mist colorways, 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic, DK weight; using a Clover Soft Touch hook US size

Product Reviews


Just in case, I would like to share the blogs and/or podcasts I'm really enjoying which are also listed on the side bar...and these are in the order I discovered them...hope you'll enjoy them too!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

[Review] Teamoy Interchangeable Knitting Needle Case Organizer

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Category: Arts, Crafts & Sewing, Organization & Storage

Part 1: Product Description

  • LIGHTWEIGHT & COMPACT ORGANIZATION- Patent pending. Extremely lightweight crochet hooks case keeps your set of hooks all in one place. Waterproof material-easy to clean up.
  • HIGHLY PROTECTION- padded interior layer provides better protection for your needles no matter where you go. A flat on bottom to help keep the needles from falling out when you open the case. You are not always worried about losing equipment or breaking your knitting needles/crochet hooks.
  • HOLDS for VARIOUS BRANDS CROCHET HOOKS -the first room for different sizes crochet hooks(interchangeable knitting needles, Aluminum Crochet Hooks, Ergonomic Crochet hooks, stainless steel crochet needles, rubber handles Crochet hooks and more).
  • INCLUDED PROJECT ACCESSORIES ROOM-2 elastic bands on the second room specially designed for the hollow cables and has 2 mesh pockets of knitting suppliers.
  • LARGE CAPACITY-the cases are large enough to store 2-3 set of knitting needles. Professional strongly recommend this case for either a gift or personal use.

Part 2: Recommendation

I bought the large Teamoy Organizer Case for Interchangeable Knitting Needles because I wanted to have all of my crochet hooks in one case instead of the several cases that I have and I also wanted a crochet hook case that can also hold different notions like tape measures, scissors, row counters, cords and stitch markers. The case is very well made, feels durable and has that easy to clean nylon/canvas type fabric. The zippers are smooth to pull open and close and there was no weird smell like other reviewers reported. I got the Pink Flowers case and it is as described and I love it.

Front/Top Section of the Case

The front/top part of the case holds my complete set of the regular Clover Soft Touch Hooks sizes 1.75mm - 6.0mm (15 hooks) on the left. On the right side holds, a complete set of the steel Clover Soft Touch Hooks sizes 0.50mm - 1.50mm, a pair of vintage scissors, a set of Boye Aluminum Hooks in sizes 2.25mm - 6.5mm and 1 Susan Bates 5.0mm hook (17 Hooks & a pair of scissors).

Back/Bottom Section of the Case

The back/bottom part of the case has 2 mesh pockets to hold notions. The top mesh pocket holds 2 Lion Brand row counters, 2 retractable tape measures and a Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant. The bottom mesh pocket holds a bag of 24-count Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers, 2 blue Knook Cords, 2 pink Knook Cords and 2 purple Knook cords. The left side of the bottom part of the case has 7 elastic bands which holds my complete Knook hooks size 3.5mm - 9.0mm and 2 of my Yarnology Acrylic hooks sized 9.0mm & 10.0mm. The top and bottom elastic bands that’s supposed to hold interchangeable knitting cables are holding my 2 Susan Bates Crochet Hook Foam Grips that I use with my Boye Aluminum hooks. And floating around in this section is my Lacis Slide-On Hook/Needle Gauge.

This case is freakin’ amazing and I love it!