Wednesday, April 20, 2005

An Update From Kentucky

Hey... just a quick update to let you know that I'm still alive. Alive, kicking, and screaming. I'm having a great time visiting with family and am so glad to be back "home." I can't wait to move back here next May.

I'm only wishing that I could get that actual vacation. Nick is here, but working with my father everyday. I'm still not seeing much of him. Which I'm used to, but I'm started to get aggervated that I'm not getting a break from Zander. It sounds awful but I'm sure mothers understand. An 18 month old can be very tiring, especially when you are usually a single mom. I need some time without him. I got 2 hours last night (my mom and I took a knitting class) but when I came home Zander wasn't bathed, had a poopy diaper and was just in a bad, cranky mood. Made me want to turn around and walk right back out the door.

Anyway, knitting class. My mom and I went to knitwits in Northern Kentucky and took a triangular scarf/shawlette pattern. My mom's will be a triangular scarf (she took it to work with her so I can't snap a picture) and mine will be a shawlette. Here it is so far.
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This is a fun, easy, quick project. Using 200 yards of novelty yarn & size 17 needles.
Cast on 30, knit the first row. Every other row is also knit but is started with the first stitch being a KFB to increase. Do this until you reach 130 stitches/run out of yarn/like the size. :-)

I used Lion Brand Incredible (ribbon yarn-- my first project with ribbon yarn-- love it) and eyelash yarn. This eyelash yarn is fantastic. I hate fun fur and the likes. It looks like the project needs a good close shave. In other words, most projects with fun fur are TOO furry. I'm not throwing any flames here. I've used fun fur. I made a scarf for my cousin and she loved it and I'm glad I used it, but I don't like it personally for me. BUT the stuff I'm using -- GGH "Fancy" yarn. It looks like this up close:
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Please keep in mind that this is also taken with the ribbon yarn. But check out those eyelashes!!! Or lack thereof. Few and far between! This is one of those less is more things. You can see and order the yarn here: Fancy Yarn

Great stuff. Anyway, that's all the info I have for now... I have done more knitting, but I'll post all about it later. I also want to show you what my mom (a real knitting Newbie) has been up to. I'm so proud of her.

Here, I leave you with my mom's spoiled rotten doggie, Zoey.
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Posted by Melanie at 1:54 PM 6 comments

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Hubby is Home

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My hubby is home! And I got to watch the boat pull in. It was one of the biggest adrenaline rushes I've ever had. Here's 2 pictures of the boat and a couple pictures of me and my little guy. The redhead isn't mine.

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It was very windy and sunny in the bay, which explains the wild hair and funny face.

Not much knitting progress to report. Still plugging along on Clappy and my felted bag. I didn't knit at all last night since it was Nick's first night home. And I doubt there will be much knitting today (see next paragraph). I will still allow myself an hour while Zander is taking his nap.

Also, Nick's Dad is coming to CT on Thursday from NY where he is working this week. He will drive our Honda back to Kentucky (see next paragraph.) Which means I need to get this house SPOTLESS!!! I took before pictures so that I could compare. And see that all my hard work paid off. So far I've gotten the front of the house cleaned, the front door, front porch, front windows and the hall towards the bathroom and bedrooms. Still have the bathroom, bedrooms, kitchen and dining room. ::Sigh::

Anyway, We are selling the Honda after 8 months of owning it. We can't afford the payments on it & I'm tired of worrying about it every month. Especially with Nick being gone most of the year there is just no reason to have 2 cars sitting in this driveway. So my Dad, being the wonderful kind-hearted Father and man that he is volunteered to sell it for us. All we needed to do was get it down to Kentucky. He knows that Nick is not in port for very long and that when he is in port it's not unusal for him to be gone from 6am to 7 or 8pm. That doesn't leave much time for selling a car. And if he could squeeze it in, it wouldn't leave much time for him to be a father or husband. And like myself my dad doesn't feel comfortable with me having strange people coming to the house to check out the car when Nick isn't in port. So that's that story. So anyway, we have to get the honda & the grand am down to Kentucky. The honda so that dad can sell it and the Grand am so that we can have a way to get back up to CT after our 2 week long trip. TWO WHOLE WEEKS! YAY. Lots of knitting and family bonding will happen in that trip. I'm also taking a triangular scarf knitting class with my mom & aunt. It promises to be a lot of fun!

Yup, that's all I've got.

Until

Posted by Melanie at 12:06 PM 2 comments

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Dan

In the tradition of men... I've been informed that I posted wrong-- Dan so poliety left a comment thanking me for requesting men's wife-beater patterns... BUT... he wants any sort of summer knit wear-- not just tanks. So please... let us know. Also... book patterns are okay too. Doesn't have to be an online pattern.

And thanks to Piggoia for the pattern... I have sent it on to Dan.


Have a great weekend everyone. :-)

Posted by Melanie at 11:10 PM 0 comments

Friday, April 08, 2005

More Progress

on my felted bag and clapotis.

I just finished the 11th repeate of my straight section. Only two more rows of dropped stitches before I move to the decrease section. I am anxious to get it done & blocked so that I can take it to Kentucky with me to show my mom and aunt.
I should be receiving Christine's yarn next week sometime to start her clappy so I want to have this one off the needles. If I do a 3rd clappy I know that I'll do it wider to make it more "full sized" shawl like and with a varigated yarn.
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Sorry, for the lousy pictures. I rarely get a moment to photograph something in natural light. The little guy would be "helping" if I tried.

So, onto my felted bag:
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And here is a picture with Zander's car for size reference.
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Unfortunately I think it needs to be twice as tall as it is now. I just don't know that I'll be able to get all that done by next weekend, but how I want to be able to felt it and carry it around. :-)

That's all the progress I have for tonight. I'm sure many of you are in Knitting-Chicks with me, but for those that aren't, Dan has a request. We're looking for a knit "wife-beater" (for a lack of a better, more PC word.)

I honestly think that any tank top pattern for a woman would do... it should be easy enough to alter the pattern a bit. Dan did find this pattern: Shapely Tank Top but said he'd prefer his shoulders to be a little thinner-- and of course he doesn't want purple. LOL. Anyone have any ideas? Guidance? Patterns? Thanks for any help in this. If I can make him happy he'll stop compaining to me. (just kidding, Dan.)

Until Next Time,
Knit some.

Posted by Melanie at 9:07 PM 3 comments

Sunday, April 03, 2005

How To Make A "Mel"



How to make a Mel
Ingredients:

5 parts intelligence

3 parts crazyiness

5 parts beauty
Method:
Add to a cocktail shaker and mix vigorously. Serve with a slice of fitness and a pinch of salt. Yum!


Username:


Personality cocktail
From Go-Quiz.com

Posted by Melanie at 3:51 PM 1 comments

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Booga Inspired Bag

So, I wanted to make the Booga Bag But I altered the pattern to suit my needs a little better. Here it is so far:
The Inside/Bottom:
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and the side view:
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That's mainly all the progress I have to show today. Zander has been sick (throwing up-- AGAIN) so since he's been snoozing on the couch most of the day I've gotten a LOT of knitting done. I spent most of the day working on it and watching CNN. I think the pope dying is much like when Princess Diana died-- I think everyone will remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. I know I'll probably remember that I was knitting this bag when I think back 20 years from now.

Rest in peace Father.

Until next time,
Knit some.

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Friday, April 01, 2005

On a sad note.

My mother in law sent me an e-mail today which had the following in it.

"I have not heard from Craig since Sunday. And it makes me worry when I don't and know that things are going on there in Iraq. There was another Kentucky National Guard soldier killed yesterday, but he was from an infantry division from Tompkinsville, KY. Last week an MP from Richmond, KY was killed -- he was in a different MP company than Craig but doing what Craig's group does. And so you know what that is: Craig's military police company is located in Diwaniyah, Iraq, south of Baghdad, at Camp Echo. It is an international camp so Americans are the minority there. His missions have taken him to Baghdad, Fallujah, Karbala and many other locations. They provide security for convoys -- when groups need to transport supplies, etc. Craig had been driving the humvee, but on Sunday said that he now mans the turrett, the big gun on top of the humvee because that guy had hurt his leg and was able to drive the humvee instead. His missions can last anywhere from 4 hours to numerous days. About 2 weeks ago he had been in Karbala and had been up about 48 hours until they stayed at a US camp and was able to get some sleep. Where his camp is located is among Shiites (friendly Arabs) and they will wave and give the "thumbs up" when they go in and out of camp, but in many other area are the Sunnis (not friendly Arabs) who Craig said tend to yell things and give the finger. So far Craig has seen a few camels, sand storms and many parts of a third world country we could only ever imagine. But he has kept good spirits for his 'adventure.'"

For those who don't know. My brother in law (19 year old, Craig) is in Iraq, and has been there for several months. It's easy for me to go on about my day and not worry about him. When I speak with him (through e-mails) I don't ask details and he doesn't tell. It's not that I enjoy being ignorant about the situation but it's based on the fact that I am a nurotic "worryer."

But between Pope John Paul II & my mom-in-law's e-mail I realize that life is a precious precious thing and we should never, ever take advantage or belittle that fact. Our days are numbered and we should live each day as a GREAT day and try not to get so caught up in the little frustrating moments of day-to-day activities. I am sorry for the young man that Craig will never get to be after seeing and experiencing what he is experiencing. And yet more so than that feeling I have a HUGE sense of pride and satisfaction in knowing that this country is doing what it should be doing in a country that was desperate for our help and that Craig gets to be a part of that effort.

This is not meant to be a political debate but to those that don't agree with President Bush's choice I think you should look at www.thetruthaboutiraq.org.
We are doing the right thing and I realize that small, simple fact every day and think that I will start speaking out about it more often instead of trying not to avoid stepping on the eggshells that are people's opinions of politics.

If you support our troops feel free to take one of the pictures on the right that I have added. (Don't steal bandwith please.)

Pray for the pope (even if you're not catholic) and our troops, for people that give their lives to service deserve at least our acknowledgement.

Posted by Melanie at 10:22 PM 1 comments

Camera Found

Hello Everyone!!
I found my digital camera! Actually my neighbor found it. I spent several hours tearing my living room apart & didn't find it. I vented to Barb about it and she spotted it without even stepping into my house. It was behind my Tv. You could see it from the window outside! :-) Go figure. She's my hero today!

So I have lots of pictures for everyone. First: Finished socks:
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To sum up this Finished Object:
Yarn: Lion Brand magic stripes
Needles: Size 4 DPN bamboo
Lesson Learned: Size 3 needles would work better. I learned to pick up gusset stitches and I learned that socks don't necessarily need to be perfect matches in order to make you smile! :-)

I LOVE SOCKS!!!

Onto other news... here is a clappy update:
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I've just finished my 8th dropped stitches (straight section repeat.)
I love this pattern. And the next time I make it (I'm SURE there will be a next time) I will use varigated yarn. I really think it would add a little something that this one doesn't have .

Look what my mom sent me for Easter:
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This is two skeins of Noro Daria yarn. It is used to make belts and bags mostly. I'm going to cast on 10 stitches, knit the first 7, slip 3, and repeat. This is such a neat gift. I don't "glam up" a lot, and I wear a lot of greys and "boring" mom colors, so this will be fun to thread around my waist (and my jeans that are now TOO big since I lost ALL of my pregnancy weight. WOO HOO!!)

I'll let you know when I cast on for those.

Finally, Kathy has also been bitten by the sock bug too. Can't wait to see her first attempts and first socks. YAY SOCKS. Also, Kathy recently asked to hear the story of Nick and I since I married the boy next door. I plan on answering that question on here shortly. It is kind of a neat story... so stay tuned if you'd like to learn a little more about me personally. I'll post that one night when I don't have any knitting progress to report. Speaking of hubby... not much longer until he comes home. Just a few more weeks!! YAY!


Until next time,
Knit some.

Posted by Melanie at 7:41 PM 1 comments