November 30, 2006

Out of my EVERLOVING mind

Posted in Other Misc Projects at 8:43 pm by Melanie

Yeah, that’s me.  Out of my mind.  I currently have TOO many projects on the needles.

Erin’s Socks
Uncle Dick’s Golf Club Covers
Cable & Ribs Socks
Central Park Hoodie
A Shawl that I haven’t mentioned yet. I’m not sure if I’ll keep this on the needles- I’m just playing around with lace yarn and seeing how competent I am with all those YO and K2TOG’s etc. before I cast on for the Pacific Northwest Shawl

You can tell what my goals for December will be. ha ha.

 Oh yeah, and then there’s this. 
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It’s a log cabin blanket for Zander.  When I began knitting again I didn’t tackle a blanket… I was getting back in the swing of things with simple scarves, etc.  I did make him a quilt when he was about 18 months, and he has loved it to death, and it even has holes forming and is VERY faded.  I decided it was time for another blanket for him.  I love the colors.  They are Knitpicks superwash wool and I am absolutely AMAZED at the softness of this yarn.  When picking the colors I wasn’t sure how they would match, but I’m really thrilled.  I have 770 yards.  Do you think that will be enough?

I also ordered knitpick options needles to give them a try.  The set is on my Christmas Wish List so I wanted to make sure I liked them.  They’re SOOOO like addis that I’m amazed.  If you haven’t tried them you should!  I’m off to work on a project I shouldn’t have even started.

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November 29, 2006

1 down 2 to go

Posted in Other Misc Projects at 7:42 pm by Melanie

Minus the pom-pom and duplicate stitched “1” the first one is done.

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Only took 2.5 hours to stitch.  If I add on 1 hour for duplicate stitching I’m looking at a total of 11 hours for this gift.  Not bad.  Hopefully I’ll get a few hunks of time this weekend to work on them while Z is at his Dad’s.

November 27, 2006

Christmas Progress

Posted in Other Misc Projects, Socks at 9:19 pm by Melanie

So I finished the first of Erin’s socks.  I took me 8 hours.  So it shouldn’t be a problem ::knock on wood:: to get it done before Christmas.

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I also took on one more Christmas gift. Well, three. I’m making golf club covers for my Uncle Dick.  I was debating on whether I would have enough time to complete these, but then looking back at last year I completed Uncle Dick’s 2 socks in 7 hours (3.5 hours each) and figure these golf club covers couldn’t take much more than 3 hours each since they’re not much bigger than a sock.  This reason alone, makes me glad I time my knitting projects.  How great to be able to predict (even roughly) what you’re getting into.

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I also started a project for me.  (I HAVE to complete my monthly goals, you know?)

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This is a close-up of the cables.

But this one is more true to the color.
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November 26, 2006

What color are you?

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:57 pm by Melanie

I don’t normally get into these but this one looked interesting and it was soooo RIGHT ON me.

 
   

  What Color is Your Brain?  


GOLD:At work or in school: I like set routines and organized ways of doing thingsl rules and directions are a great help to me. I prefer to stay on one topic at a time. I need to know what is expected of me, and I always want to know if I am on the right track. I like subjects that are useful and traditional, such as business, accounting, history and government.
With friends: I prefer people who are careful with their money and who make plans ahead of time. I like my friends to be loyal, dependable and on time. I am serious about love and show it in many practical ways.
With family: I like stability and security and enjoy traditions and frequent celebrations. I like to spend holidays with family members, and I plan ahead for such gatherings.
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1 down 1 to go

Posted in Socks at 8:47 am by Melanie

I finished one of the Cables & Rib socks.

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Do you notice the lack of gusset holes?  Thanks for the tip MJ!  She told me to pick up a few extra stitches when connecting back in the round for the gusset and at first it felt soo messy and like it wasn’t going to work.  But look!  It worked.  No unsightly holes!

I can’t wait to get the second one done.  Koigu is so soft and I can’t wait to knit with it again!

November 25, 2006

Finished Object- Jenny’s Baby Blanket

Posted in Gallery, Other Misc Projects at 12:19 pm by Melanie

I finished the blanket! 

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And a closeup:
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Yes, it truly is that fluffy.  And I guarantee it’s softer than it looks!

Specs:
What: Jenny’s Baby Blanket
Started: Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Finished: Saturday, November 25, 2006
Yarn: Plymouth yarn; Heaven, color 1 (light blue). 4 balls.  220 yards.  I bought 5, but 4 was plenty to make it a square blanket.
Needles: size 15 24″ bamboo
Pattern: Simple garter stitch border, stockinette center.  I forgot to measure before tieing it up, but I’d estimate it to be about 36″ square.
Knitting Time: 4.25 hours. 

November 21, 2006

Knitting Monotony

Posted in Socks at 9:10 pm by Melanie

So, although I think you’re probably getting bored of seeing Erin’s socks they’re all I’ve really been knitting on.  I have 9 days to cast off one sock, and the next several I will not be able to knit on them because of the presence of my sister.  I’d like to get done with this sock in enough time to get headway on the 2nd one.  I don’t want to be fretting about these darned socks days before Christmas.

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Pencil shown for scale.  The toes will be solid orange as well.

I need to knit through another ball of Jenny’s Baby Blanket before the end of this weekend, and then another one next week.  I am ready to cast on for my next sweater.  (The Central Park Hoodie– I am soooo jumping on the bandwagon) but I need to get some other not so fun knitting done first. (The baby blanket and erin’s socks.)

November 19, 2006

Serious Moments and Retail Therapy

Posted in Serious Moments, Yarn Porn at 9:04 pm by Melanie

So, I got a knit picks order this weekend.  And also did a little shopping. 
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The purple and multicolored sock yarn are at the top are gifts for the secret pal.  Then we have the pacific northwest shawl for my next attempt in lace knitting. Then Vogue Knitting Shawls.  A book I saw in Joann’s and couldn’t pass up for 40% off.  After that is Sock Memories in Smores and 2 balls of black essentials sock yarn and 3 balls of superwash.  Oh, and a size 0, 32″ knit pick needle.  I’m anxious to try them.  They’re a fraction of the cost of addis and look like they could truly be comparable. 🙂

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This is Borocco Ultra Alpaca 1075 yards.  For a shawl for my mom that she saw on Rachel Ray.  She knits so I’ll give it to her for Christmas in yarn form and she can decide if she wants to make it or if she’d like me to make it.  (I have a feeling I know the answer, but I also know there is no earthly way I can complete it by Christmas.)

SERIOUS MOMENTS:
Well, there were many questions about whether “the boy” and I were still together and I pretty much ignored the e-mails and requests.  For those interested:

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A very sweet guy.  I’m sorry to say that I (unintentionally, so very very very unintentionally messed it up.)  I hurt him, and it’s something I deeply regret.  I didn’t cheat on him, I didn’t lie to him, but he was not happy with a decision I made (rightfully so) and decided he couldn’t deal with it.  That stated, I did the best I could with what I could, and always had my son’s best interest at heart.  I think that if that situation happened now, exactly the same, I would have done the same thing, and thus I feel like fate just had its hand and it just wasn’t meant to be.  Unfortunately, 3 months later, I’m still not over him and still think of him and miss him, often.

 Things were a little rough between “the boy” and me because of the divorce and because of the stress that it caused me in life.  I tried very hard not to involve him in that aspect, as I know I don’t want to hear about a boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, but it still caused (and continues to cause) stress in my life. 

The stress-

The Ex & I are still not divorced and every other weekend there seems to be some sort of issue.  I told my mom today that quite simply, “I don’t want to do this for the next 15 years.”  The ex owes my parents several thousand dollars from a debt that they helped us pay off before we seperated.  When we seperated the debt was split and EX was to pay half and I was to pay half.  I pay when I can as much as I can, and my parents are okay with that.  The EX promised my dad that when he got his yearly bonus in September he would pay it in one lump sum.  That month came and went with NO payment.  Friday afternoon when I dropped Z off at his dad’s for the weekend I had to use the bathroom.  I asked to come upstairs and use his.  He was fine with that.  I walked in and see a projection screen and projector in his family room.  I was so disgusted it was all I could do not to throw up in his living room.  He has the audacity to purchase something ridiculous like that while thousands of dollars in debt.  Although moments like that make me CERTAIN that I made the right decision to leave him, it makes me unbelievably depressed that my parents are out that money and it’s my fault.  We’re now having an unbelievably bitter battle over the holidays.  He plays ridiculous games that aren’t even worthy of discussion here, and upon me picking him up today I told him that if he wanted to continue playing rude games that I WOULD win.  I then told him he couldn’t have Z for Thanksgiving.  Although this sounds heartbreaking and sounds that I am using Z, I assure you I am protecting him from his father using HIM.  It is only convienient for EX to have his son when there’s a girlfriend in the picture and he wants to play house.  Since The Ex moved home in June (and then left for 2 months) I know of 4 girls that he has introduced Z to.  And those are just the ones that I know of.  I wonder how many others there are?  That is hurtful and pathetic and immature.  He only sees his son every other weekend and those weekends should be for Zand his dad.  The Ex can spend the other 24-26 days of the month with the girlfriend. 

And maybe I shouldn’t be involved in that part of my Ex’s life and how he decides to approach his dating with our son (I never claimed to be perfect) but I do know that I can not sleep at night knowing that he’s taking his son over to some girlfriend’s parent’s house for thanksgiving playing house and playing “I’m MISTER Dad.”  The Ex has not taken Z to one speech therapy appointment, one testing session, one doctor appointment since his move home in June.  And trust me, there have been MANY.  There have been days when Zis sick and I have to stay home from work.  Ex is never available to help out because (and this is a direct quote that has been used THREE times) “It’s not my day.”

It’s not my day?  You’re a parent!  Everyday is your day!  My friend Mary states it quite well.  “You can not force someone to be a parent.”  And she’s right.  But I also can’t force the Ex to NOT be a parent.  There are certain times I want The Ex out of Z’s life.  But I don’t want to be the one to make that decision.  But I also don’t want to watch Z be disappointed time and time again by a father that doesn’t care about him unless it’s convienient for him.  These are the things about being a mother that are so hard.  These are the moments that keep me awake at night and put so much pressure on me.  I don’t get another chance to make it right.  What is right?  How do I know?  And if I don’t make the right decision how will Zever know that I tried my best– all the time, everyday, every moment? But to end this post on a positive note:
IT IS WORTH IT. EVERY MOMENT OF IT IS WORTH IT. This is why:

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and…
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November 18, 2006

The sock of many faces

Posted in Socks at 8:51 am by Melanie

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Apparantly counting to five proved to be too much for me.  I messed up close to the beginning of my 4×1 seed stitch pattern.  I dropped the stitches and tried to pick them up, but it looked sloppy.  Picking up a purl is a lot harder than picking up a knit. 

I knit on for a while hoping it wouldn’t be noticable, but it’s my sister and no mistakes can be in her socks! 🙂 

 So I switched to the garter rib stitch that Melanie recommended a few posts back.  Thanks Melanie!

This pattern is working quite well because of the stretchiness of it. It’s bound to fit her with all that “give.” Hopefully that could be the end of beginning of this damned sock. If this were for me I would have put it “away” a long time ago.

As a side note… for a long time I’ve ignored questions about my romantic/personal life. I know everyone that has asked because they care and because they’re actually interested. I think I’m almost ready to talk about it. So for all the comments I’ve ignored and all the e-mails about it that I haven’t responded to, I’m sorry. Sometimes things are better left unsaid. But I also know that true healing will only come from talking about it. So I’m almost there.

November 16, 2006

Stitch Diva- Simple Knitted Bodice

Posted in Future Projects at 9:39 pm by Melanie

So I bought this pattern and received it in the mail yesterday.
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I’m trying to find a subsitute yarn right now.  20sts=4″ 

The yarn used is 100% silk.  I don’t want to use this, because as the pattern warns, the sweater will grown and stretch.  I’m thinking maybe a silk/wool blend.  Have any of you guys used any of the silk/wool blends from knit picks?

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