January 10, 2007

2nd Time Around

Posted in Blankets at 7:23 pm by Melanie

Some things get better the 2nd time around. 

Take for example the Lite Brite.  New & Improved.
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If you remember back to the 80’s this lite brite is a far cry.  The new ones are much safer, cordless, with an automatic shutoff.  Either model produces, of course, the same entertainment and happiness from the child.

Another thing that is better the 2nd time around is Z’s blanket.
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Either blanket would produce the same entertainment & happiness from the child, and I suppose that’s all that matters.  But this “model” makes me feel better. 


January 7, 2007

A Horrible, No Good, Very Bad [knitting] Day

Posted in Blankets, Socks at 12:08 pm by Melanie

So yesterday I spent an hour working on the 4th square for Z’s blanket.  Since Z wanted to go over and see Mimi & Papaw I took the first 3 squares to block.  (They have much more floor space there.)  I wanted to see how big the squares would be when I was done blocking them so that I could determine just how many blocks I would need to complete the blanket. 

It was a disaster. 

Upon getting the squares wet they COMPLETELY lost their shape.  Suddenly holes (that weren’t there before) where I picked up stitches appeared and made the squares look like a 5 year old novice had knit them.  I left them to dry in hopes that they would shrink back down, but I’m really discouraged at this point.  I don’t want that to happen everytime I wash the dang  thing.  I’m not sure if it’s the yarn or the pattern or a combination.  I really like the yarn (Knit picks superwash wool.) It’s soft and squishy.  So I started thinking of other things I could do with the yarn.  Stripes came to mind so I found this pattern and started swatching.  What do you think?Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Keep with the log cabin squares and hope they behave themselves when sewn together or do a chevron striped blanket?

Since I was already discouraged I figured I’d work on some more of my current projects.  Picked up the Shetland Shawl, messed up somewhere and am now deciding whether to rip to my last lifeline (at repeat 3) or tink back 5 rows and try again.

Put that down, and decided screw it… time to start something new.
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These will be the River Rapid Socks.  Seen here.  This yarn is Knit Picks Essential Solid in Grass.  It is sooo soft and smooth and has a great sheen.  I really like knitting with it.

 That’s all.  Hope your knitting is going better than mine.  And what do you think about Z’s blanket?

December 18, 2006

What? Did you say Knitting?

Posted in Blankets, Crochet at 7:24 pm by Melanie


 I’m almost done with Uncle Dick’s golf club covers.  I have about 5 more rows to go.
No pictures b/c the 2nd and 3rd ones look like the first one.

But I do have pictures of this!
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And I have a picture of this new thing too:
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I learned to crochet.  I wanted a scarf with vertical stripes but the idea of shoving them all onto a 32 or 40 inch needle made me mad.  I hate not seeing what a project looks like as I’m working on it. 

Here’s a better picture that’s more true to color:
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 That’s all.  Thanks for stopping by… time to get ready for the bengals/colts game.