January 6, 2007

KnitPicks Options

Posted in Yarn Porn at 10:02 am by Melanie

My mom granted my Christmas wish this year and got me the Options set from Knitpicks.

 I’ve always looked longingly at denise and other interchangable sets.  How convienient to have all your needles right there, and be able to change needle sizes when going from ribbing to stockinette without jugling a whole bunch of needles.  Besides, I’m not the most organized person in the world.  Having a PLACE to keep them seems like such a good idea.

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Here’s the case they come in.  It measures about 7.5″ wide and 9″ tall.  It looks much like a daytimer case.

When you open it up there are pockets that zip open and zip close.

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There are pages with 3 pockets, 2 pockets, or just one giant pocket.  I used the pages with 3 sleeves to store the smaller sizes.  I took a permanant marker and marked the needle size above the pocket.  If you see above on the right side at the top I have 4 needles placed in one pocket.  Those are all size 7.  It really fits quite a bit.

Now let’s actually compare to Addis.  Price wise it can’t be beat.

Addis range between $12.95 and $24.95 depending on the size.  Seen here.
Options are priced a bit differently.  The needles range between $3.99-$6.99.  And two cords (any length) are $3.99.  So if I were to buy a size 4, 24″ needle I would only owe $8.00.  If I were to buy a size 7 24″ needle I’d only owe $4.99.  (I already have the cord you see. ha ha.)  Check them out here.

Now, check out this picture:
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the shaft of the options needles (shown left) is a full 1.5 cm shorter than the shaft of the addi (shown right.)  I personally love that.  Especially when doing small diameter knitting like magic loop!

I tried roughly 5 times to photograph the tips of the options vs the addis and this is the best I can come up with.  (It’s rainy outside and I had to use a flash.  bummer.)
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The point on the options (left again) is much sharper than that of an addi.  I always thought addis had sharp points, but now they seem really TOO dull in comparison.

 Finally, the cord:
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the purple cord has VERY VERY little memory and is extremely flexible.  I have had only a few instances where my needles have started to come unwound from my cord.  But the only times that has happened I’ve never been able to remember using the key.  Now, although it seems kind of silly I put that little piece of metal in the hole on the beginning of the cord and twist TIGHTLY. 

Buying the whole set is the best idea… it does save a ton of money, but the needles are really quite affordable to just start purchasing.  And if you don’t want the black case you can always keep them in the sleeves they come in.  They’re labeled nicely and would be fine just lying in the bottom of a knitting basket or bag.

Hope that helps anyone that was curious!

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December 28, 2006

Lots of yarn and FO’s.

Posted in Gallery, Yarn Porn at 10:19 pm by Melanie

I got a secret pal gift yesterday!  Well, actually it arrived the day before yesterday, but I couldn’t get down to the office to pick it up until yesterday.

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There was also chocolate included but it’s gone already. 🙂 
My secret pal either pays really close attention or I’m just that predictable… but this manos is the color way of my block of the month blanket.  (which I haven’t worked on most of this year- but now that I have another skein it’s VERY tempting to pull it out again!)  I also got those fantastic yarn greeting cards.  I can’t wait to see MY secret pal her next gift.  THANKS SECRET PAL!!!

I also have a few finished objects.  My sister’s socks were completed on Christmas Eve.  I didn’t get to get pictures of them. 😦

But here are the specs:
What: Erin’s High Socks
Started: Sunday, November 5th
Finished: Sunday, December 24, 2006
Yarn: Kroy Sock yarn.
Needles: size 2 32″ addi (magic loop)
Pattern: Garter Rib, from Sensational Knitted Socks
Knitting Time: 16 hours.

I also finished Uncle Dick’s Golf Club covers.  Also finished these on the morning of the 23rd.  (I gave them to him that night.)  So here they are drying after a light wash/block.
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Specs:
What: Uncle Dick’s Golf Club Covers
Started: Monday, November 27th
Finished: Saturday, December 23, 2006
Yarn: Cascade 220.  A little more than one skein of the slate.  Scraps of light grey.
Needles: size 7 32″ addi (magic loop)
Pattern: My own.  I used Lion Brand’s pattern as a guide.
Knitting Time: 2.5 hours each.  1 hour for the pompoms for a total of 8.5 hours.

Finally, Mom and Erin really pulled through for knitting Christmas gifts.  Check them out!!!
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Top left- merino lace weight in Natural.
Top right- 8 skeins of Merino Syle in Asparagas.  This is to make the Knitted Bodice.  (eventually.)
Bottom left- 2 skeins of Sock Memories in Cape Cod.
Bottom right- 2 skeins of Sock Memories in Redwood Forest.

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Top left- Essential sock yarn in Petunia.
Top middle-Essential in Grass.
Top right- Essential Tweed sock yarn in Inca Gold.
Middle- Shadow lace weight in Jewels.
I got some more blocking pins (can never have enough of those.)
Some wool wash, and best of all, in the black case: KNIT PICKS OPTIONS!!!
Also, not shown…I also got some extra cords, and tags to label which needles I’m using when I take them off the project to put them on something else. 

Finally:
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Blocking Wires! Am I lucky or am I lucky?

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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