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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

V-Stitch Baby Blanket

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you know, identity is a weird thing. the dictionary defines identity as sameness of essential or generic character in different instances, or the distinguishing character or personality of an individual. i used to identify myself by who or what i belonged to. it's taken me a long time to figure out who i am. i am still trying to figure out who i am.

i am Pham Dinh Thanh & Tu Ly's granddaughter, i am someone's cousin, friend, or recruiter. i used to introduce myself not with my name first, but with a title and/or relation. i didn't know exactly why, but it always annoyed me. and this blog? specifically this blog name? my friend bear, who was introduced to my blog before meeting me, recently confessed to me: "i was initally scared of you b/c you were the 'angry asian'".

My view is that it is desirable to be both loved and feared; but it is difficult to achieve both, and if one of them has to be lacking, it is much safer to be feared than loved. –Machiavelli, The Prince

this quote reminds me of my father Peter. Peter is not someone i feel warm&fuzzy towards. but as much as i loathe to admit it, i am my father's daughter. i'm not a mean person by any stretch of the imagination, i'm just not an overtly friendly person and i suppose i can be quite intimidating as first impressions go. and an online identity with a handle like angry asian? to be fair, i didn't start this blog to get readership, i just got tired of writing in my journals. angry asian was just a name that stuck.

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i blame blobert, an old colleague. our former place of work was quite stressful, i used to walk around with an intense expression, quick with a sassy retort but blobert never let me get too serious, he always called me out on my shit. he had many many many colorful nicknames for me like - "grasshopper" or "spicy shlimp roll" or "fortune cookie", names that clearly identified my ethnicity, albeit stereotypically.

and so, after a usual banter one day, me at my wit's end and he grasping at straws to ruffle my feathers busts out with "why you gotta be so angry? you're like a little angry asian." and i, in turn, busted a gut laughing.

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i made this blanket for his 4th baby, a baby girl due in a few weeks. i used a simple v-stitch pattern, J/10-6.00MM hook. for the main body, i used a lion brand yarn super soft 4 ply knitting worsted weight 100% premium acrylic yarn in antique white and for the trim (which was a row of single crochet stitches) i used bernat baby coordinates in baby pink.

just so you know, i made this blanket with the utmost love & respect for blobert, he did afterall mentor me, kept me in line, and holy shit did he make me think fast on my feet.

and, just so we're clear, i'm not cute&cuddly. i'm still angry {most of the time}. and i'm definitely still asian.

1 comment:

  1. Love it. And I loved your vacation photos. :)

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