Monday, June 27, 2005

Dizzy

I'm making myself dizzy with projects. I've decided I need to finish what I have on the needles... no more starting anything until I'm completely caught up. Of course... before I decided that I cast on for my mom's second sock.
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But, I'm progressing right along on Zander's sweater.
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This is the back being blocked.
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I have ripped out the lace shawl (again.) I'm just not going to waste anymore time on it... I keep getting to clue 3 only to find out I've messed up somewhere in clue 2. So forget about it-- for now. I really like knitting lace, but need to get some other projects finished so that I can concentrate on it.

I also had my first experiments with dying. I used kool-aid. I think the prices for dharma's trading dyes aren't bad, and I think I'd like my yarn to be a little less "Candy" colored and a little richer... any suggestions on what particular dye you've used from them? Did you like it? Would you/have you used it again?

Okay, quick post, I know... back to knitting!

Posted by Melanie at 2:05 PM 1 comments

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Got Lace?

Here is the merino roving that my secret pal sent me. (The Bright Pink)
Got Lace?

Not bad huh? The blue is my alpaca lace, the red is sock yarn. I said I wanted lace weight... this is somewhere between lace and sock. That delights me to no end. The part that doesn't delight me are the joins. I posted a question to my Knit N' Spin group about it, so hopefully they'll be able to help.

I have also come to the conclusion that my lace project has met it's demise. Or, rather, *A* demise. I will cast on for it again immeadiately.

Frogging...


Frogging Some More


Finished Frogging

And to make the tramatic experience a little happier:
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Until Next Time,
Knit Some.

Posted by Melanie at 8:55 AM 0 comments

HaloScan

I really like the way haloscan works to comment on other's blogs better. It includes an e-mail address which is great because I often want to e-mail people back but blogger doesn't let me. Please leave a message and help me test it.
Thanks!!!

And also... will someone that has haloscan help me... how do I totally get rid of the blogger comments... I got rid of comments html that I saw... but when I view my blog it still shows blogger comment abilities too!
HELP!
Mel

Posted by Melanie at 7:55 AM 1 comments

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Just a Ride

"It's just a ride, it's just a ride
No need to run, no need to hide
It'll take you round and round
Sometimes you're up
Sometimes you're down
It's just a ride, it's just a ride
Don't be scared
Don't hide your eyes
It may feel so real inside
But don't forget it's just a ride"
--Jem, Just a Ride

So, the final check from insurance is coming today... I drove my car last night. I'll pick it up this evening or tomorrow morning. So the most stressful thing in my life right now is having to deal with the DMV later this week. AHHHH, life is good. It's just a ride.

Knitting:
Ms. Alice Red,
Thanks for the notebook (again). I've found the perfect use for it.
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I am keeping track of how much time I'm spending on each project. I love reading other's blogs when they sum up a project, "took 20 hours to knit." How in the world do they know?? AHHA. Got it.

Here is an update on the Lace Stole for the MysteryStoleAlong.

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I'm about half-way through clue 2. I see something funny going on, but since I have no lifelines I will continue on. I'm anxious to get into it... and get it done, and block it. I'm hoping it really all comes together once blocked.

And the green shawl has met it's lace edging. I'm only 4 rows into that pattern, so it doesn't look like much yet.
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I am having trouble purling consistently and smoothly continental style. It will take a while to get used to, but I'm finding that I'm dreading the purl (WS) rows. The rest of it is fun. I ordered a Cro-Knit so hopefully that will be useful.
That's all from here... you know the drill...
Knit some...

P.S. I'm changing the look of my blog... will add my rings and links, etc, later.

Posted by Melanie at 9:06 AM 1 comments

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

As Life Begins to Slow

Well, I received one check in the mail on Saturday. The check for the car seat and rental car. I also got another check for the warranty we paid for on the Honda but never used. That check was SOOO helpful. When I get the big check tomorrow from the insurance company for the car I'll be able to purchase the car I really wanted and hoped for....

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A 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer. 20,000 miles, great condition, maroon. Definitly not my dream car, but just so happened to be just out of my price range... but with the extra check... let's just say, cha ching.

Well, I'm considering myself all settled in to Kentucky. The reason I say this is it feels like vacation time is over... I'm starting to recall the annoying traits of my family members. Not that I don't have any... I'm sure I do. I just hope it can settle and remain calm. The good news is since the insurance thing is winding down and I will now have a car again. I am taking a solo road trip down to Georgia on the 4th of july weekend. Zander will be spending Wednesday-Saturday with Grandma Linda, and then my parents will take him again from Satruday to Tuesday, when I'll return. That will be a nice little break. From everyone... Mom, Dad, Zander, and Roxy. Just me and my car, and miles and miles of road and music. Speaking of music... what should I download (legally of course) and put on CD's for my trip? What are you listening to right now?
Comments?

Posted by Melanie at 11:23 AM 1 comments

Friday, June 17, 2005

A Perfectly Pretty Pink Package on a Totally Piss Poor Day

I'll tell you what... if I have to deal with insurance crap for much longer I'm going to jut fall over and die. Okay so I'm being a little overdramatic, but I swear... remember the car fire? Yeah, faintly, right? You know, it happened MAY EIGHTH. That's over a month ago, just 2 days shy of 6 weeks ago, and I'm still dealing with insurance people. I sent them receipts totaling $724 today... for rental car and car seat... they will sending me a check for $580. Apparantly they don't pay taxes for my rental car. Gee, that's swell... I'll just tell that to the government!!!

Or maybe I'll just tell my car that next time it decides to catch on fire could it first spit out $120 in cash to re-emburse me for the taxes I'll have to pay out of my own pocket to drive a SHITTY rental car around for 3 weeks. All I want is my car back. I don't want their checks, I don't want to go car shopping, I don't want this new car seat, I just want MY car back. My rental car company charged Nick and I a $15.00 fee since we were under the age of 25. My insurance won't pay that either. I said to my (new) claims examiner, "well next time my car catches on fire I'll just tell it to hold off until I'm 25." Truth of the matter is I'm a lot more grown up that most 25 year olds I know! Give me a break...

Anyway, so, moving onto my pink package. I think I'll change the font for the occassion! :-)

This was in my mailbox when I arrived home from running around doing all the insurance fun stuff.

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Let's break this down, shall we? :-)
In the upper left hand corner we have (i'm assuming) hand spun/dyed wool. The charcoal-light grey colors are absolutely stunning!!!
The next over is a purple, raspberry loopy yarn which I'm also guessing to be handspunl/dyed. It's such a professional color I wonder if I'm allowed to wear it! ;-)

The next yarn has colors that are just SOOO me! It's Patons Whisper. I went to find a link of the yarn on paton's site but can't find it... my pal is from London, I wonder if that has anything to do with it. It's a very pretty eyelash yarn. 196 yds total.

Next is roving... lots of roving... from pinks to purples and back again. I'm going to try my darnest to spin this into a sockweight and make something lace out of it. It almost makes me want to blow my money (what little I have) on a spinning wheel. What kind of wool is it Ms. Alice Red from London?

On the bottom left we have a gorgeous soft white cotton from sidar. 4 skeins at 158 yds each. 632 yds... I think I should make something for Zander out of it?

Next is the book... "It's my party & I'll knit if I want to" By Sharon Aris. I couldn't put "At my Knit's End" down... I loved it... this should be at the same level in my interest! Can't wait to pop it open.
See the tiny little square ontop of the book? It is a charming little notebook. No, Zander, this is my notebook, you may not draw me any "pretty" pictures in it.

Next is Jaeger Mohair... 3 skeins at 164 yds each- 492 yds... since I look awful in red I will be making my mother something out of it... it is her FAVORITE color! :-) What do you suggest I make for her with 492 yds?

And...I just realized the best gift in the whole box got cut out of my picture ... here: http://www.theknittinggarden.com/ja-cashmina.htm

DISCONTINUED [added note: why is it that when a yarn is discontinued do we want to scoop it up like we've found gold?] Jaeger Cashmina. CASHMINA. CASHMERE. And not a yarn with 5% cashmere... this stuff is 80% cashmere! 20% merino... which we know is my favorite... There are three balls of 137 yds each (411 yds total). It is a fine yarn... so I'm guessing it will become a lacey scarf for me. You hear that... ME! I'm not lucky enough to own a closet full of cashmere sweaters (yeah, Oprah, I'm talking to you) so by golly this wonderfully chocolatey cashmere yarn is mine, all mine, and I will not share it with anyone and I will enjoy stitching each lovely stitch...
I'm off to hug my cashmere and watch some telly before Zander wakes up. Thanks Ms. Alice Red, you ROCK!

Posted by Melanie at 1:21 PM 2 comments

Thursday, June 16, 2005

PICTURES!

Want pictures? You gott-em.
Mother Dearest is letting me borrow hers. When uploading knitting pictures I also found these:

Zander & Cousin Claira in April. They were so funny. The two of them would climb under the coffee table. Claira would start babbling to Zander and Zander just stared at her. Such typical behavior of men and women, don't cha think?
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And there's me trying to lean out of the picture.

Here is Zander driving Grandpa's ski boat. Just look at that concentration.
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Here is the fish mom caught Memorial Day. She really thought we could eat him. Blue Gill. Wouldn't have been bad, but do you see the size (lack thereof.) You think she'd learn after almost 14 years of boating that only the BIG fish are worth the work of eating. Then again, she DID think it was a big fish. hehehe.
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Zander swimming:
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Mom and Zander knitting:
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Here Zander and I are sitting on the shore throwing rocks into the water:
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Okay, enough of that... onto the knitting.

First up is my lace project for the mysterystolealong. It is SOOOO slow going, but definitly worth it. It's hard to see what it looks like, but such is the way with lace... wait until it's done and blocked! :-)
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This picture was taken after the completion of row 3. The yellow yarn is from the Provisional cast on. I will later be pulling it out and have live stitches underneathe so I can continue knitting from the bottom without picking up stitches. Pretty cool, huh?

Here is the shawl from folk shawls. Does't look like much yet... I have 166 stitches on the needles... once I get to 231 stitches I'll start the fun lace part. The straight part at the bottom is actually the top... it will be triangular.
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And finally, Zander's sweater. The back is almost complete.
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And I really need to get back to my charity knitting. I'll try to have an update of the Big Bad Baby Blanket next time I post.
That's all... knit some.

Posted by Melanie at 9:39 AM 1 comments

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Dead Battery

So, I've gone from being a stay at home mom to having two jobs. One is a receptionist at a salon & day spa in Cincinnati. I get paid next to nothing here, but the girls are wonderful, and I get terriffic perks like free haircuts, and color, nails etc for cost. :-) Oh yeah and 40% off makeup, shampoo, etc. I love aveda makeup!
My 2nd job is selling a whole bunch of a guys stuff for commission on ebay. This man has sooo much money he doesn't know what to do with it all. He's gotta have a million dollars just sitting in his office at work. (He's a bond broker) So, anyway, I was there last week on Friday taking pictures of it all so I can price it and sell it. Most of it will go on Ebay. My camera battery died while I was working though. No big deal, I think... I'll just go charge it once I get back to the folk's house. Nope, can't find the charger.
Nick thinks it's here, he can't find it at the house... so I'll look eventually.

If I had a camera I'd be showing you pictures of the stole I started for the Mystery Stole Knit Along. And then I'd show you a picture of what it looked like after Zander ripped half of it off the needles :-(
Bummer.

Then I'd show you a picture of Zander's cardigan. I'm almost done with the back. I think I'll have to knit for him more... this project seems to be going quickly with the amount of time I have spent on it. (Not much.)

Then the next picture would be of a green shawl I'm making out of knitpicks Wool of the Andes. The pattern is from Folk Shawls... I think I spoke of it before. My mom and I took a "knitting with fabric strips" class on Friday. The woman helped me get down my continental knitting. I feel perfectly comfortable knitting continental now. :-) This is my first project that will be completed and not ripped out (I hope) that is using the German method.

The following picture would be of the roses Nick sent me when he got back in port on Monday. No, it doesn't excuse what happened, and he knows it, but they sure are pretty. Yellow, pink, and red ones. That are almost fully opened. And that are making my parents home smell beautiful. (I'm not sure where I am in the whole Nick situation... still stewing on it. he said to take my time.... in the meantime he'll be doing what he can to prove to me.... blah blah blah...we'll see. Thanks for the kind words everyone.)

Ms. Alice Red, the woman who is spoiling me for secret pals says there is a gift on its way to me. Yippie... haven't got it yet, but I'll have to get my camera charged and pictures taken when I do get it. :-) I sent my pal her first gift last week. She got it Monday. Sounds like she likes it. It was a small gift for an inexpensive, instant gratification project... but I just wanted to say hi. Her next package will be exciting. I wish I could talk about it, but we don't want her surfing the list of participants and finding out who I am now do we? That's no fun!!!

That's all for now... sorry for the wordy post with no pics. :-(
Off to find the charger... knit some.

Posted by Melanie at 7:10 PM 1 comments

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Moving On....

Okay, so, my bag is felted. 4 aggitation cycles. I think I'm still going to put it in for another one... but here it is so far. It will probably be put on the back burner for a little while until I get the needle felting stuff... but in it's ALMOST done state:

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and a close up:
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Now that I look at the pictures on screen I say it definitly needs another felting... so we'll changed that from Almost done state to, "In the process." ha ha ha.

Here's Zander's Sweater:
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I'm about 4" into it.

Check out this wild "yarn"
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The first one is my mom's. It's a belt (if you couldn't tell.) The second is mine. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this colorway. Blues and browns and silvers. Totally totally me!
This yarn is by Noro. Nothing like paying $12.25 for 55 meters of yarn!! ha ha. I guess when you say, "okay, I'll have a $12.00 belt" it's not bad at all, but ouch, that kinda hurt at the register. But I just had to have it.

Here's the Big Bad Baby Blanket Progress:
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It's about 8 inches "tall" right now. I really need to get moving on it. That red heart is just really hurting my hands. If it weren't for Charity (Warm The World) I would throw the yarn and project straight into the trash!!!

I can't wait until my alpaca in "mist" comes in... every yarn I'm using (noro, cotton, and red heart) are killing my hands. Alpaca should be WONDERFUL to work with after those yarns! I also ordered a few other things... but that will be fun to post once I get it... like a present. Speaking of presents... I sent out my first Secret Pal gift. Just a little something, but I wanted her to know I was alive and kicking... I can't wait to buy more stuff for her. She's really given me TERRIFFIC ideas from her blog!!!

On a more personal note... my sister bought a horse! She just recently got rid of her first horse, Emmah, because she went lame at a young age. My sister agressively shows and needs a horse that can jump 4+ feet. Here's the newest addition to our family, Higgins, a 9 year old Gelding.

The first picture is him getting out of the trailer. He rode from Cleveland Ohio to Lousiville Kentucky (8+ hours)... what a good horse:
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There's my papa too.

Proud sis and "mother" to Higgins: (Don't we look alike?)
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And closeup of Higgins:
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And finally, on a real personal note... thanks for the e-mails regarding Nick. I have decided (per his request) to sit on it for a while and think. He suggested he get help for it. Which I'm not buying into too easily. But for once (and probably the only time in my life) time is on my side. I will be in Kentucky until November, so I have until then to decide without altering my life in much of any way. I'll keep you all posted. Thank you for your wonderful thoughts and opinions. I appreciate them greatly!

Knit Some!

Posted by Melanie at 8:04 AM 4 comments

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Can't Keep Up

I can't seem to keep up with the projects I intend to do!!!

I have a felted bag on the needles, am waiting for yarn for a shawl from Folk Shawls and for the MysteryStoleAlong. Speaking of... if you haven't seen it this group yet, you must join. It started June 3rd but lots of people (like myself) haven't started. AND... there are a TON of newbie lace knitters. So if you've always wanted to take the lace plunge hop on in, the water is warm!

Anyway... my projects...
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Completed recently but not posted... this is a scarf for my cousin Marilyn for Christmas. Not a huge fan of novelty yarns, but my aunt had it left over from a project and didn't want to work with it again so she gifted it to me. So it's knitted up and is happily awaiting Christmas when it will be opened by someone who WILL wear it! :-)

And... OTN: you can see the matchbox car for size reference... right now it is 14" wide, and I didn't measure the height cause Zander ran off with my tape measure but it's probably about 16" high.
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It will look like:
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The colors are a little brighter than I normally knit with but I think it will be a totally fun summer bag. And as you can see I am moving right along. Believe it or not I casted on for this yesterday, Monday. I have to do the button flap, and the I-cord handles. Once those are attached I can felt it. I need to get some fleece and felting needles to do the little dots... which I think are sooo fun. Since I just moved here I had no idea if there were any spinning stores around... there is one 30 minutes down the road so maybe I'll swing by there this week or next week and pick that stuff up. Anyone ever needle felted? Is it fun? Tricky?

And for my SP5 pal... here is a picture of my dog, Roxy that I didn't have the other day when answering the questionaire:
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And as per Kathy's request- My rugrat:
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Getting big huh? Hard to believe he's 20 months now.... and still not speaking a word.

I decided to do THIS pattern for Zander... it's about time I knit something for him. I'm using a 100% cotton yarn so it will be nice to knit with right now during the hot hot weather, and yet I have plenty of time to finish it by fall! :-)
Yarn:
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I had a yellow, blue, and white varigated cotton and the blue cotton picked out. I held them out for Zander and said, "which one?" He took the blue from my hands. I said, "really?" Took the yarn back... "You sure? Which one do you want?" Held them both out again. He took the blue yarn, and held it to him. Okay okay okay, I get the idea. Solid is probably a better idea anyway... my varigated choices always seem to pool. ;-)

Look what I got in the mail a few days ago:
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You gotta have one of these. Isn't it just the most fun thing you've ever seen? I've had it on my shoulder since Saturday... I think I look like a totally cute, hip mom with it! :-)
Contact Sallee at: nanasadieroseATcoxDOTnet to get your own!

That's all for today... Go check out The mystery stole along!!!
Until next time,
Knit some.

Posted by Melanie at 12:04 PM 4 comments

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Clapotis & Secret Pals

The Clappy for Christine is done!
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Also, I signed up for Secret Pals 5 Here is the questionnaire for the woman I only know as Alice Red.

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
You know, this is funny. Like most I learned to knit with a ball of CHEAP acrylic. But my first project was a mohair scarf. I am on a one income military budget so if I want to knit and the funds are short I will use cheap yarn. But like most I think I prefer high quality yarns.
As far as the cheap brands I do NOT like red heart. I am using it right now for charity knitting and it's killing my hands. Please please please avoid! I do however like: Lion Brand magic stripes, wool ease, patons classic wool (love it). Any questions about a particular yarn in that department just ask.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I bought a drop spindle on eBay a few months ago. I have several ounces spun and several waiting to be spun. I do not crochet yet, but will eventually learn. I'm sure my heart will always belong to knitting though.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
No allergies that I am aware of. I used to be a smoker and I find the smell still is hard for me to deal with. So avoid that please. Unless you want me to fall off the wagon. :-( I do have all the outdoor allergies... grass, pollen, ragweed, dander, and dust... but that shouldn't matter with this situation.

4. How long have you been knitting?
I learned as a young child from my aunt. She assumes I was about 7 or 8. She then re-taught me at age 16. I've been knitting since then, with a few year hiatus. I have jumped from project to project and haven't put the needles down once since December 2004.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, I do have an Amazon wishlist. I will e-mail you the link as I don't know how to put it on here. (Does anyone?)

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I'm not a strong smell person, but I DO love lilac and lavender and peppermint or citrus smells.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Who doesn't? But I like chocolate... not much candy, and I try to avoid it as I've just got back down to pre-pregnancy weight! :-)

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I like to quilt, but haven't in a while. It's not as portable or convenient as knitting. I like that I can pick knitting up for 1 row or 20 and the cleanup preperation time is the same for either.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I'm not picky about music. I like most things (besides rap which my husband--of course-- loves.) If I haven't heard it I love to learn and expand my knowledge! And yes my computer plays MP3's. I'm actually saving up for an apple Ipod right now.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
I'm not a big fan of red, but even if I had red I could knit my mom something with it... it's her favorite. I like neutrals but I'm not really picky about colors. I love using new colors/things so you can't go wrong with me on that! :-)

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Hmmm, my family situation... good question. If you don't normally read my blog then you wouldn't know it's quite an interesting situation! Hubby (nick of 2 years) is in the US Navy. He is out to sea until November. So in the interest of saving money & my sanity I have moved back in with my folks. So I share my home with mother, father, my dog- Roxy, my parents dogs Codie and Zoey, and my 20 month old son- Zander. Pictures:

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Zander

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Zoey

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Codie

Can't find a picture of Roxy, but I know there is one on this blog somewhere.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
My life dreams? I want to finish college, I want to be a terrific mother who raises her son well. I want to be a great wife and have a happy marriage. (That's not too "perfect life" for anyone is it? ha ha) Most of all I want to buy a house in Kentucky where I can be close to family.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Merino Wool DEFINITLY!!!
I haven't tried alpaca, I heard it is super soft...so I guess I could say SOFT animal fibers!


14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Scratchy acrylics.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Felted Bags. Of course I usually have to change up what I'm doing so that I don't get bored... I've liked everything I've done. socks, washcloths, shawls, baby blankets, scarves, hats, etc.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?Woops, got a little ahead of myself... see above.

17. What are you knitting right now?
Right now I'm working on 3 blankets for Charity. I told myself when I got clappy & one blanket finished I could start my next projects: A felted bag in summery lime and purple colors. And a shawl from Folk Shawls.

18. What do you think about ponchos?
Very nice but they're... NOT for me.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Circulars. I have a needle inventory spreadsheet let me know if you want it. Yes, I'm really that dorky! ;-)

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I like bamboo and aluminum depending on what fiber I'm using. I have 2 pair of plastic needles, but HATE them. I've never found a fiber that works well with them. Not for me anyway. OF course... I have used the denise and love them. So maybe it's just the two pair of cheap plastic needles I have that I hate.

21. Are you a sock knitter?
Novice, yes.

22. How did you learn to knit?
My aunt taught me. Thanks Aunt Leslie.

23. How old is your oldest UFO? From January. I don't usually keep a UFO. If it's unfinished for TOO long I know I won't finish it and I reclaim the yarn! ;-)

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Hmmmm, As a kid I loved bugs bunny, but I could care less anymore. My favorite animals are dogs and cats. I don't like birds much.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
Oh Christmas! Without a doubt!

26. Is there anything that you collect?
Yarn & needles! ;-)

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
None. If I want a magazine I'll go buy that issue.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
I'll send my amazon list... I need to update it. But there are several books I'd love to have. And I'm tossing ideas around in my head to knit my son, Zander, a sweater for this fall... so I'll have to find some cute toddler knitting patterns.

Hope that helps!!!



Finally.... to anyone that isn't my secret pal and is still reading this:
wool of the andes from knitpicks.com.... is it soft? or itchy? I was thinking of making my shawl from folk shawls out of it.

This is the one I'd kill to make:
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But I think it's a little too advanced for me. So I'll probably make this one:
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It appears to be a little easier... it's garter stitch and the bottom is the lacey/challenging part. What do you think?

Until next time,
Knit some!

Posted by Melanie at 12:04 PM 4 comments