January 5, 2007

Melissa’s Scarf

Posted in Gallery at 10:30 pm by Melanie

My friend Melissa just moved from San Diego California.  She needs scarves.  Lots and lots of scarves.  Her favorite color is red.  So without further ado….

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What: Melissa’s Red Scarf.
Pattern: Cast on 20, knit every row.
Started: Saturday, December 30, 2006
Completed:Friday, January 5, 2007
Yarn: A little more than one skein of Jaeger Mohair Art.  I got this from my last secret pal.
Needles: size 9 24″ knitpicks options
Lesson: None, it was nice to take a breather with a really simple project like this.
Modifications: None.
Knitting Time: 5.25 hours.

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January 4, 2007

Changing My Mind

Posted in Lace Knitting, Monthly Goals at 9:30 pm by Melanie

I’m changing my mind on my January goals.  I started this:

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The Shetland Triangle from “Wrap Style.”

So #7 (Two repeats of Ripple lace on Shawl) becomes, Complete 6 repeats of the body.  I’m halfway through the 4th now. 

So, any lace knitters out there could help me greatly.  Right now I’m working with Rowan 4ply soft.  Recommended needle size is a 3.  I seem to be able to master any lace pattern I try that isn’t with lace weight yarn.  The Home Sweet Home Shawl is an example.  Why is that?  I mean I know that lace weight yarn should be a little trickier to manuever, but not impossible or frustrating, right?  I feel like I’m a confident knitter and should be able to master lace knitting.  I LOVE the artistic qualities and beauty of shawls and want to be able to make a lot of them.  So where do I start?  Any easy or good projects to start with with lace weight?  What about branching out from Knitty?

 You tell me.  I’m open for anything.  I have thousands of yards of lace weight that I do NOT want to go to waste!!!

January 1, 2007

January Goals

Posted in Monthly Goals at 6:08 am by Melanie

December Goals:

1.Finish Erin’s Socks.DONE.
2. Finish Uncle Dick’s Golf Club Covers.DONE.
3. Complete the back and one sleeve for CPH.  If I decide to knit both sleeves at once then I need to get half-way up them.NOT DONE. I’m still not done with the back.
4. Finish Cable & Rib Socks.DONE.
5. Progress on the Log Cabin Blanket.DONE.
6. Lace Project.  Make significant progress.  Like 2 hours of work that doesn’t have to be ripped. -)DONE.

January Goals:

1. Complete 4 more blocks on Zander’s blanket. (total of 7)
2. Complete the back and one sleeve for CPH.  If I decide to knit both sleeves at once then I need to get half-way up them.
3. Cast on for a new pair of socks.
4. Finish Melissa’s scarf.
5. Rip any old projects I know I won’t touch again.
6. Make progress on any I decide to keep.
7. Two repeats of Ripple lace on Shawl.

December 31, 2006

2007 Knitting Goals.

Posted in Monthly Goals at 2:06 pm by Melanie

My 2006 Goals:
1. Cable & Ribbed Socks- Interweave Knits Fall 2005- Done.
2. Leaf Socks- Interweave Knits Winter 2005- Not Done.
3. Twisty Turns- wrap from Wrap Style- Not Done.
4. Blue Caplet- from Wrap Style – Not Done, although I’d still like to do it.
5. Finish my OLD green sweater. Longest WIP. I only have 1/2 a sleeve and seaming to do.- Not done. Although I DID get the rest of the yarn, I really want to finish it still.
6. Finish Classic Cardigan. – Not done. 
7. Knit the Hourglass sweater (from Last minute knitted gifts) or do a seamless raglan.- DoneI actually did two seamless raglans.
8. Finish Lorna’s laces socks. One is complete, the other has not been started.- Not even touched.  There is an orphan sock and yarn around here (somewhere.)
9. Shaped Denim Jacket by Debbie Bliss in the Celtic Knits Book. This would probably be a project for next fall, because I’m not quite there yet.- Not done.
10. Knit a Vest. – Not done.
11. Knit Air. – Not done.

2006 was the first year I did goals for knitting as a whole.  I want to do it again, but as you can clearly see above I changed my mind about a lot of the projects I picked out.  2007’s goals will be more broadly stated.
In 2006 I completed 12 projects.  In 2005 I completed 31.  Quite a difference there!  Hopefully I can pick up the pace a little bit.

2007 Knitting Goals:
1. Keep track of exactly how many hours I spend knitting each month.  (This could be scary!)
2. Keep track of how many yards I knit each month.
3. Knit 3 Sweaters.
4. Knit 6 pair of socks.
5. Knit one lace shawl.
6. Crochet at least one Amigurumi animal.
7. Knit a Vest. I WILL do this this year. I am determined. I just haven’t found the right pattern and want it to be fitted.
8. Finish the old Green Sweater.
9. Finish at least 20 Projects.
10. Start Christmas knitting in June.

December 30, 2006

Crocheted Scarf

Posted in Gallery at 8:52 pm by Melanie

Well, for a while now I’ve said I want to learn how to crochet.  I really like those japanese crocheted animals, so I figured a scarf was a good way to learn the ropes of crocheting.  I really enjoyed myself.

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I finished crocheting it over a week ago, but didn’t add the fringe (which you can’t see) until yesterrday.  It’s long and can be wrapped around my neck several times if needed.  I LOVE it!

specs:

What: Crocheted striped scarf.
Pattern: Nothing published.  I just did two rows of double crochet and then switched colors.
Started: Sometime Early December
Completed:Friday, December 29, 2006
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool, less than one skein of blue and a little more than one skein brown.
Needles: size “H” hook
Lesson: CROCHETING!
Modifications: None.
Crocheting Time: I didn’t actually time this project, but it took me 42 minutes per row, so that equals approximately 7 hours, plus about 30 minutes for fringe, for a total of 7.5 hours.

December 29, 2006

Cable & Rib Socks

Posted in Gallery at 8:43 pm by Melanie

Done.
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What: Cable & Rib Socks, Interweave Knits Fall 2005
Started: Sunday, November 12, 2006
Completed:Friday, December 29, 2006
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM color P613, a little less than 2 skeins.
Needles: size 1 addis (magic loop)
Lesson: Cabling without a needle.
Modifications: None.
Knitting Time: 8.75 hours for the first sock, 7 hours for the second.  A total of 15.75 hours.

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?

December 23, 2006

Harry Potter

Posted in General Chatter at 10:57 pm by Melanie

As I’m sure many of you know, the conversation of the soon to come Harry Potter #7 (due out in July) has started.  I typed in wordpress.com and got seriously distracted.  I was going to come here and talk about knitting, but instead found this link.

If they kill Harry I’ll be ready to kill somebody.  Who’s with me?!

December 18, 2006

What? Did you say Knitting?

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

Progress!!!

 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.

December 13, 2006

Real Post To Come

Posted in General Chatter at 8:39 pm by Melanie

Work is busy, life is busier.  Holidays are just around the corner and I’m SWAMPED, overwhelmed and stressed. 

 So, again, not much knitting.  I’m sucking on the goals so far this month.  It’s lousy.  I MUST get Erin’s socks and Uncle Dick’s golf club covers done.  Hopefully time will be kind to me this weekend. 

 I had a training session last night with a friend.  She wanted to learn to knit.  I love spreading the addiction to others.  We met for lunch today and she brought it along.  It took me back to my first project (a terribly knit mohair scarf.)  I remeber how I felt like I was knitting with two left hands.  And I remember how proud I was when I was able to hold up the completed object.  It’s thrilling!!! 

 Anyway, I hope the next time I post you actually have a reason to stop by and maybe a picture or two of knitting!  Would be nice, huh?

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