Saturday, February 26, 2005

What Kind of Yarn Are You

For a lack of anything better to talk about:
You're the 'classic' brands. You use lots of 'just
wool'. Technique may be very important to you,
as opposed to a yarn that does all the work.


What brand of yarn are you? (Knitting)
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I have yet to find my needles... I DID tear apart the whole shed today though. Nothing. And then I started looking in all my husband's things in the back of the dining room where we store things. I found a pair of aluminum round needles, but then I couldn't find my boye knitting guage that has the little holes in it to even see what size needle it was. I'm not having a good day. I think I'll just have to wait until the beginning of spring and just drag my entire house onto the front lawn and go through everything until I find them. HMPPPHHHH.

Posted by Melanie at 1:11 PM 1 comments

Thursday, February 24, 2005

PINK ALUMINUM

What kind of needle are you?

pink aluminum
You are pink aluminum.
Retro, straightforward and fun, you love classic
things. If they're 99 cents at Goodwill all the
better! You are moved by striking colors and
tasty morsels, and you like a stitch-n-bitch
session in the sun. Just remember, while
you're being kitschy cool, don't get too cold.
Ice cubes are best kept in your cocktails,
baby!


What kind of knitting needles are you?
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Yeah, whatever-- I'm not pink aluminum, I'm the MISSING DENISE'S!!

Posted by Melanie at 7:59 PM 1 comments

Where are my needles???

I have been tossing around the idea of buying a set of denise interchangeable needles. But quite by luck yesterday I found a pair of needles in my box. They were part of the denise set. I have the denise set!!! I had completely forgotten about them. A co-worker had passed 2 sets of interchangeable needles onto me (one of which was the denise's) several years ago when she upgraded to a new set!! Okay, so where are they? I'm trying to rack my brain. We live in a very tiny military housing unit and so storage is not something we're blessed with. You learn to stick things in every little crook and nanny. So, I'm still racking my frazzled brain. AH HA. The bookshelf. I had put them in the bookshelf. I run back to my room... no where to be found. So I think back some more-- the bookshelf was in the family room before we moved it to the bedroom. I run into Zander's room and at the top of his shelf there is a blue rubbermaid container filled with books. Keep in mind that it's 11pm and I'm trying to do this right under Zander's nose. I'm quietly and painsakingly trying to pull each book out of the box. Suddenly the box is empty, and there are no needles at the bottom! :-(
So guess what I do? I think some more. "Oh wait," me thinks, "I pulled 2 boxes worth of books off that shelf before moving it to the bedroom." So now I'm trying frantically to search any/all boxes to find the needles. I didn't need them that badly until I KNEW that I had them. So now I'm running around the house like a chicken with my head cut off. I could be knitting but instead I'm on this DESPERATE LIFE ALTERING QUEST TO RESCUE MY KNITTING NEEDLES FROM THEIR OXYGENLESS HELL!!!

Ha ha. So... have you seen my needles?

Posted by Melanie at 10:04 AM 1 comments

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

My First Fat Spin

So I got my spindle in the mail yesterday! WOO HOO. It's beautiful, the roving is beautiful, and it came quickly. So again, A++++ to Anniemay123 from ebay. She's the one! Oh yeah, and the wool is SOOOO soft! I can't wait to buy more from her. She's got great colors!

Anyway, here is my first spin attempt

Check out that SUPER chunky yarn. No, I wasn't trying to make it look that thick. And no, I do not like it. At all. But I'm proud that I attempted it. And I'll continue to post my progress. I am waiting to hear back from Kim from KnitNSpin Yahoo group. Check us out. We just started this past week, and are only 5 members strong, but I know that we'll grow. There are several other spinning groups on yahoo. But they all had like 1000+ members. It was kim's idea to start a group where we could talk about BOTH Knitting & Spinning without feeling like we were going off topic and bugging people. So even if you don't spin or knit we're a couple of good helpers and will help to answer any questions you might have about either.

Okay, that's all from here, hope everyone is having a great week. Until next time...
Knit some.

Posted by Melanie at 11:47 AM 1 comments

Monday, February 21, 2005

I've Been Tagged

This will be a short entry... I just wanted to let everyone know that I got tagged, so I figured I'd do my "blogger's" duty and then pass the buck.
The questions are:
1. What was the last book you read or are reading?
I read "GO DOG GO," "MR. BROWN CAN MOO, CAN YOU?
and "THERE'S A WOCKET IN MY POCKET." Ha ha, no, in all seriousness...I read the First Harry Potter book for the 2nd time a few months back. I love reading books the 2nd time almost as much as I love reading them the first... you can catch so much more the 2nd time around. So far this year the only books I've picked up are knitting books.
2. Where did it come from (library, bookstore, gift, etc.)?
It was my birthday present from my neighbor.... I got the first 4 in a set. BEAUTIFUL!!
3. How many books do you read per year?
Well, before I had Zander I read about 2 books a month. When he was a newborn I read about 1 book a month. I've only read a TOTAL of 1 book since he turned 1 last September. ;-)
4. What is your favorite genre?
Hmmm, I like a lot of them. Pretty much if someone says "I read a good book" I'm intrigued. I love contemporary satires... like, Previously Engaged.
5. Who will you tag now?
Ruinwen. Have FUN Ruinwen! By the way... I want to see pictures of the camy tank!

As a side note, I'm getting my hubby back in port tomorrow, so I might be gone a few days... don't worry I'm alive and I'll check back in after "honeymoon" phase is over! ;-)

And finally, thank you AGAIN to Kathy for the HTML help! You're a doll!

Posted by Melanie at 9:45 PM 3 comments

Sunday, February 20, 2005

SPIN SPIN SPIN

My son LOVES to turn himself around and around until he gets dizzy and falls down. It never seizes to make him and me laugh. There's nothing cuter than a little kid whose already shaky on his feet fall down from dizzyness. He'll get back up and his head will fall to one of his shoulders as he tries to "walk it off" as I direct him. What a goober. Anyway... I'm wondering how many times a day he's going to spin spin spin when I get this:

This is a bottom whorl drop spindle. I bought it off ebay for less than $20.00! Plus... look at this yummy unspun wool. I have wanted to learn how to spin, but didn't realize there was an inexpensive way to learn. I certainly can't afford a wheel. Not only that, but I don't have the space for a spinning wheel.
Anyway, here is a link to the seller that I bought mine from: http://stores.ebay.com/annie-mays-spin-and-wool
If you already spin and haven't looked at her roving, then take a look. She's got some Beautiful colors.

On other news... I'm starting my second sweater. For anyone that is in Yahoo groups with me, they know I'm having trouble with the yarn I bought for my intended sweater, so I think I'm going to take the plunge and try Mariah.
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTmariah.html

Alright, that's all for tonight... check out Annie May's Spindles!!!
Until next time,
Knit some.

By the way... someone had asked me earlier this week what kind of laptop I had, and I never got a chance to e-mail them back... it's a compaq presario r3000. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, and would highly recommend it. It's got a nice big screen, and runs like a dream! AHHHH.

Posted by Melanie at 9:24 PM 1 comments

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Bad End to a Bad Week

Okay, so I was going to post yesterday, but right as I sat down there was a knock on my door. My neighbor was standing there knitting in hand. I raised an eyebrow at her. "Bob [her husband] is watching the race." I sympathized and let her in the house. Poor girl spends her days watching Blue's Clues and Dora with her 4 year old and nights watching sports. ANY SPORT... football, basketball, hockey, hockey, racing, racing, and racing. Poor thing. So we popped in Sabrina and had ourselves a girl night. And I really needed it. I had one of those days yesterday where all these little things are going wrong. It just made me want to open up a BIG bottle of Jack Daniels and drink myself to oblivion!

First:

Yeah, sure, I know what you're going to say... "What? It's just a wall." Yes, it's a wall, and do you notice the LACK OF A DISHWASHER? That's where my Valentine's day portable dishwasher is/was supposed to go. They didn't deliver it. I sat, on my butt, in my tiny house, from 12-4 (the supposed delivery time) and waited. At 5pm I called. The woman told me they had delivery trucks going out as late as 9pm. I asked her (polietly) if my dishwasher was on a truck for delivery. She responded that it was on a truck. I then asked her if I was supposed to sit there and wait until 9pm for it. She responded yes. She obviously wasn't understanding my pain. I DON'T WANT TO SIT IN MY HOUSE ALL DAY/NIGHT LONG! At about 7pm it dawned on me that when I had spoken to them on Thursday we confirmed everything and somehow they had messed up my street address. They had gotten it completely wrong. According to them I lived at ** Nishisy (or something) street. Now, I live in a small military town. Most of the streets within a 5 mile radius are "theme" named. Meaning you live on a street by the name of a state, flower, tree, animal, etc. I corrected the woman and she read it back to me. I brought this up with the "stupider" girl at 7pm last night. I said, "could you please confirm my address, because I'm pretty sure you guys have it wrong." She read the Nishisy address to me, and I said, "you may want to call your driver because they're going to be driving around looking for a non-existant street. She said, "It may be right on the delivery slip." Somehow I HIGHLY doubt that seeing as it's now 3+ hours after my scheduled delivery time. I'm stunned that the woman on the other end of the phone doesn't care! She thanks me for calling and hangs up. No such mention of, "Well, let me fix it in the computer while you're on the phone." So now I have to call back on Monday and hope that I get someone before the truck goes out. I'm not holding my breath.
So, then, at this point I start the bath for my son. He decides to just jump in the tub clothes and all. Very cute-- not amused. I have to fish him out, and take off wet clothes. Then he's in the tub and I have since forgotten about the puddle of water on the floor... down on my butt I go. GRRRR!
Then... it's my sister's birthday I decide to pick up my cell phone (free long distance) and it's not working... my son has somehow managed to get the sim card out of place. Okay, so I turn the phone over to take off the back and replace the sim card. The back is jammed. I can't open it. I had to pry it open with a screw driver.
Oh yeah, and I had dishes to do... dishes I was hoping to throw into my NEW dishwasher.

So then, upon doing dishes I walk back to the back of the house to check on my sleeping son. I step on a crack in my floor boards just at the right angle as to sending a shooting pain up through my foot, into my ankle and giving me a sort of "bump your elbow" sort of feel shooting through my calf. OUCH. Here's my floor.

I should have put something in the picture for size reference. Let me just tell you that the crack is about 3/8" wide. The surrounding cracks are the size it should be. When I moved into this house 1.5 years ago they weren't like that. This 50 year old piece of crap military housing unit SUCKS! I can't handle it. I was trying to get a picture of the FILTH that lays beneathe the floor but it just looks white because of the flash. 50 years worth of people have been living in this house, not taking care of it because it's "free" and now I'm left with floor boards that are seperating and dirt that I can't remove. It makes me sooo angry!

So that was my day yesterday. But in better news I got the front of my sweater done. (minus the ribbed neck which is the last thing I'll be adding. (Please excuse the deformities... it hasn't been blocked and is in stockinette stitch... talk about rolling!)

This is the first V-neck I've ever done. I only frogged it once. On the left side, which is decreased with SSK. Can I tell you how much I hate it? I hate it! Whew, I feel better.
Anyway, the left side isn't as great as the right, but I'm willing to settle with it as it is.

Here is my son, modeling my recently posted dishrag as a d0-rag. He's such a goober!

By the way... he's in mid-blink here... not on drugs. I swear! ;-)

Anyway, I'm off to start a camy tank top. My brother in law has informed me that he wants "desert camy" not regular camy and another fellow blogger is making a tank top with hers... so I think I'll copy. Not the exact same tank top, but we'll do something that I can wear under my zip up hoodies that I sport in the spring time. Who knows... with indisisive as I am I'll probably end up making a skirt!
Until Next time,
Knit some.

Posted by Melanie at 8:50 PM 1 comments

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

My Knitting Nook

This is where I knit, blog, and blog read:

The drawers behind my glider store my current yarn. There's much more in the hall storage closet! There's my 4th diet pepsi of the day... that's my drug of choice these days. And my *New* laptop. I love this thing... and I've found that I'm getting much better at knitting and reading at the same time! Perfect! Life can't get much better!

My dog Roxy likes to lay on my lap when I'm knitting... if I'm in a "don't touch me leave me alone mood then she'll lay over on the chair on the other side of the room next to her other best friend, Tad, the leap frog stuffed animal.


This is my cat, Yoda. I posted a picture of him yesterday, but I didn't want him to feel left out today. You know how it is... you give one person/animal attention and every other living creature in the house wants attention. So between a husband, toddler, dog and cat, I don't have much love to give at the end of the day. HA HA HA! And my husband doesn't understand why I don't want sex EVERY SINGLE NIGHT! GEEZ!
Anyway, got a bit distracted there-- here's Yoda again:


This is my latest edition of yarn and projects to be started.
I got this lustersheen at a great deal... I was unsure of what I wanted to do with it because it's a VERY FINE yarn, but have decided to make the fan and feather shawl from www.knitting-and.com These colors remind me of spring! I think it will be a great thing to throw over my shoulders while I'm outside as soon as it gets warm!


Speaking of... I can't wait for it to get warm. I have a nice big backyard and an outdoor swing. I'm hoping that once it does get warm my son can run around the back yard and Roxy and I can sit on the swing and knit. Of course my son will probably be testing his boundries (imagine that) and I'll probably be chasing him... but hey... it's my dreams that keep me going. It's the hope of getting out of the monotony of my day-to-day stay-at-home-mom /wife-of-a-submariner-who-won't-be-home-for-six-months-of-this-year. Can you tell I'm having a bit of an idenity crisis lately? My son woke up crying last night at 3am and I just wanted to scream, "THIS IS NOT MY LIFE." Thank God I have knitting to relax me! ;-)

And finally, this is some of the cammy yarn I picked up for my brother in law (the one in Iraq.) Now I just need to decide on a blanket pattern and get started. No motivation for that one at the moment... I've just done two small blankets in the last month...don't feel much like casting on a million and one stitches at the moment!


OH WAIT... this is the front of my sweater. (looks the same as the back of the sweater a few posts down, doesn't it? ha ha) I'm really getting excited about it, but at the same time I'm nervous about shapping the V-neck on it. I'm sure I'll be able to do it, worse that will happen is I'll have to frog it a few times. I know I'll get it, I'm just afraid of the unknown.

Oh, speaking of sweaters... Kathy... I know you said you don't wear sweaters and no one you know wears sweaters so you won't knit them... I was thinking... I wear sweaters. Feel free to knit one and send it my way. Size medium please! HA HA HA! ;-)

Okay, that's all for tonight... time for a little more sweater work. Everyone seems to name their sweaters, I just haven't been able to come up with a name for it. Any ideas? I was thinking maybe I could name her "whore." So far she's been just to damn easy. Sorry, I'll clean up my mouth!
Until next time, Knit some.

Posted by Melanie at 9:20 PM 4 comments

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

NOT SO MUCH

I just lost my entired post.... just as I was about to post... I accidentally X'ed out of the page. ::Kicking myself::
Anyway, I'm not feeling so motivated now, so I'm going to skip all the words and just post my pictures and go cry myself to sleep. (Not really)

My son's baby blanket. Completed today. I'm not a huge fan of it, but when I spread it out on the floor and said, "Here's your blanket Zander, do you like it?" He laid down on it and sighed: "AWWWWW." Almost as if he knew that I worked so hard on it and wanted his approval. TOO CUTE!

And then, my dishcloth that I promised I would post. I like dishcloths... they're quick, easy, fun, and require little commitment (my kind of project.)

And finally, my little yarn kitty, Yoda. He's such a pain in my butt and yet just so DOG-ON cute!

Okay, maybe I'll try to re-type my long blog from tonight tomorrow... as for now I'm just frustrated and want to get a good night's sleep!
Until then, Knit some.
Melanie

Posted by Melanie at 9:48 PM 1 comments

Monday, February 14, 2005

A completed Blog

Well, after struggling all week with HTML codes for my blog I finally got it to where I want it. Well almost. I'm glad I learned how to add my blogs to the side column. And thank you so much Carla & Kathy for the help! You can see their blogs under my knitting blogs links. Kathy's is "Runs with Needles" and Carla's is "Kittnknit." Both beautiful women... I can't thank them enough for the help.

Well, last night I got tired of working on my sweater so I made a dishcloth. It only took me about 2 hours. I knitted it while watching Home Edition and Desperate Housewives. Does anyone else watch housewives? I was thinking that Lynette needs to take up knitting. She seems a bit high strung! Her character is the best birth control a woman could ask for. I decided NO MORE after watching her struggle with the 3 boys after the show started! ;-)

I'll post a picture of my new dishcloth and the pattern later! :-)
Until then, Knit some.

Posted by Melanie at 11:51 AM 1 comments

Sunday, February 13, 2005

My Past Projects

One of the reason I started this blog is to journal all of my projects. So far I've just talked about my current sweater. Thought I'd put some of my other things on here since I seem to be getting caught up on the SIMPLE ribbing of the front of the sweater. Anyway... let's get started, shall we?

First up my most recent project-- a baby blanket for my soon to be 2nd cousin. This is before it has been blocked, that explains the slight deformities on the sides. I used Lion Brand Jiffy yarn. I got it on sale at Michaels for $.99 skein. WHAT A DEAL!

This is a simple dishcloth pattern. It's in the garter stitch. Cast on 4 stitches, and increase (by knitting into the back of the stitch) every 2nd stitch on every row. Then once it gets to be as wide as you want you just start decreasing every second stich of each row by k2tog. It makes for a diagonal stitch.
It was a really easy, mindless project, but was neat how the stitches were diagonal. It gave it a little something different.

Next project:
A scarf for my pregnant cousin. I used black eyelash with Matrix ladder yarn. A totally fun, easy, trendy scarf!!


This is my first project that I did when I picked up the needles again in December 2004.
I bought the yarn from Joann's. It was called mosaic pebbles. It wasn't the neatest stuff I've ever worked with... I felt like it needed something else, but couldn't find a good compatible yarn for it. I ended up keeping it, but it's just sitting at the top of my closet. Maybe I'll frog it someday and use it in something else. But as for now, this is the form it takes:

This is my first attempt at Fair Isle Knitting. Lots of fun. I realized I carried the yarn across the back too tightly so I ended up frogging it. But it was lots of fun to play with. And I'm sure I'll do another Fair Isle pattern soon:

This is a scarf I made for my friend Kari. It was made out of Bernat Boa. That stuff was SOOO much fun to work with. It turned out so neat, and feels great to just rub your hands across it.

I guess that's all for today... Until later!
Knit some!

Posted by Melanie at 12:54 PM 0 comments

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Afghan For A Soldier

Okay, so tonight has been spent starting the front of my sweater. (That's right folks... I have COMPLETED the back of the sweater!) You should have seen my happy dance! Anyway, I got one row completed on the front 3 different times. Tell me what is so difficult about purl 3, knit 3? Apparently a lot, as I had to start 3 times. Guess it's not my night. :-( So then I was trying to play around with HTML to add the list of blogs that I visit daily to my side bar, but wasn't having much luck with that either. So I thought I'd just kick back and relax and make a post.

Here's the completed backside:



Okay, so onto my post title... my 20 year old brother in law is a soldier who has just arrived in Iraq. He sent me an e-mail a few days ago with his address, so I immeadiately started turning the wheels in my head trying to decide what to put in his care package. I didn't know what he wanted/needed so I asked him. I received an e-mail today and he requested the following: a phone card so he could call and talk to his nephew, q-tips, and food. I thought, surely they're feeding you gourmet meals over there? ha ha, yeah right. He'd probably be happy if I sent him a box of Zesta saltine crackers. (This story does have a knitting point... and I promise I'm getting there.) And as far as the q-tips, I'm not sure I want to know. And OF COURSE I'm going to send him a phone card. I want to talk to him!
So then I'm thinking... okay, I've got to give him something special. Then I thought.... AN AFGHAN! I know that it will be getting warm there soon, but he'll be there for at least a year so he'll use it at some point. And even if it just lays at the bottom of his bed at least he'll have it and at least he'll know that we love him, and miss him, and are thinking about him. So now... I need to find an afghan pattern that a 20 year old man would be proud to have displayed. But it also needs to be quick. I haven't decided whether I will make it red, white, and blue or cammy colors, or something else all together. But if I found a pattern that screamed "Craig" to me then I'd know what to do with the colors, so does anyone have a simple purl/knit blanket pattern? I guess it doesn't have to be only purl/knit, but I'd like it to be on the easier side so that I can try to finish it within a month and get it on its way.
So if anyone has any ideas please send them my way, either by posting a comment or by e-mailing me directly: melanie_harmeling@sbcglobal.net.

Until next time... knit some! ;0)

Posted by Melanie at 10:18 PM 2 comments

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Sweater update

The picture I posted yesterday was a few days old and so when a very nice woman from my knitting chicks yahoo group mentioned that it looked really tiny I figured I had better spread it out and measure it. It does measure 18" which is what the pattern says the medium should be. I'm 28" around my waist at the skinniest and 31.5 at my widest. To someone more experienced... is that gonna work? I sure hope so. Even though I don't have much money invested in it, I certainly do have a lot of time and big dreams for it! ;-)

Oh yeah, and as far as the size is concerned... keep in mind it's stock. st, so it is curling under a little bit. Zander let me borrow his turtle piece from his animal puzzle to pin down the bottom a little bit. ;-)

Anyway, here are the pic updates.


And I couldn't resist... this is my son. He's wearing his daddy's Ohio State hat.

Posted by Melanie at 10:09 AM 2 comments

My Very First Post-- February 9th

This is my first attempt at a blog... my fingers are cramped from trying to fix my neighbor's first big knitting boo-boo. Her knitting is beatiful... she has a VERY TIGHT tension which is beatiful, but MY GOD, what a pain to fix! So anyway, my fingers hurt so I'm just sitting here watching American Idol and making my first post.

So, a little bit about me personally. My name is Melanie. I'm 22 years old and live in Southeast Connecticut. I have a 16 month old son named Zander. I'm blessed to be a Stay At Home Mom while my husband (nick) who is in the military (navy) works 10, 12, or 14 hour days. Or now, he's doing a one month shift underwater... oh the joys of being a submariners wife. I will say that I'm lucky... at least I haven't had to be 6 months without him while he's on a deployment. Not yet anyway.

I learned to knit when I was in high school. I made one hat, one scarf and one lap sized afghan. Then I quit. I moved onto boys, driving, and jobs. This December I picked it back up when I saw a scarf that my mom's friend had made. Although being a stay at home mom is hard work and it never stops I make time (from 8-10 or sometimes 11:00 pm) to knit for me. It has really helped relax, destress, and put my time towards something productive besides sitting on the couch like a bump on a log.

Anyway, my current projects are my very first sweater, and a blanket for my son.
I'll post pictures just as soon as I figure out this blogging thing! I hope you'll join me on my adventure from newbie knitter to intermediate knitter.

*Edited: PICTURE OF MY SWEATER...


This is what it will look like (I hope):
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/momnmel/sweaterpattern.jpg
Those are my little son's hands "Helping" to hold the book open. Tell me there isn't a thing cuter in the world than little baby hands. Oh shoot, he's a toddler now... not a baby... I'll get the hang of it! ;-)
Goodnight!

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Posted by Melanie at 12:13 AM 0 comments