Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Alive...

I'm alive and kicking... just a lot going on in the melting pot and not a lot of knitting going on. Gotta finish the scarf in 11 days.

Will be back shortly with a real post!

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Friday, January 27, 2006

A Really Good Ride Wind.

I had promised to make the pismo hat awhile back for the ex (before the split) and even after we broke I decided I'd make it. Because, after all, it was a promise, and he said he still really wanted it.

As many of you remember Zander lovingly ripped it off my needles not to long ago.

It has been sitting in my closet. But in the interest of moving up and moving on I had a really
good wind yesterday.


This is before.








After:













Ahhh, much better. Moving up and moving on! Peace.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Dummy Dummy Dummy

This week at work has been trying. There are so many orders in house, that, for the 3rd week in a row, they're talking of working on Saturday. This is not such a big deal. I take the overtime hours gladly, if I can, but it makes for the regular work week to be sooo much more hectic. I'm working in the office this week. Helping out with callbacks (correcting mistakes that customers made, unavailable products, problems with their orders, etc.) Most people are quite nice, but there are some that are just out of this world rude, and it makes me wonder how they get up and survive each day.

So anyway, with the work week being crazy so far, I've kind of become ditzy and tired. I managed to forget about the sock exachange over at Allison's blog. The sign-ups were yesterday. I had been looking forward to them for a long time. Oh well.

In Knitting.... looks like the Twisty Turns has won hands down. Kris mentioned that doing math can be potentially disheartening (especially on a time crunch) and I think she's right... except the smallest size for the twisty turns in 36." HA! I'm 32." But I think (I haven't looked at the pattern yet) I can just shorten it. But it looks like that's what I'll be doing. Thanks everyone!!! And thanks Kara for offering to help on the math with the vest later. I think I'll take you up on that offer. :-)

I have been working on THE SCARF almost exclusively. It's been really good tension releasing, as this week has been filled with not fun "EX" things. He felt the need to tell me/brag to me about his first two "Sexual encounters" since the split. Yes, you read that correctly! What kind of inhumane man would do something like that? In a way, it's a good thing. It killed whatever feelings may have been leftover. As I type this I get nauseous just thinking of him. I swear karma will catch up to him one day. And for now, that's enough. And since he's resorted to sleeping around, I am looking forward to my custody hearing more and more everyday to do automatic childsupport withdrawls from his paycheck... at this rate, he will father more children at the end of the year.

Ugh. Can you believe people like this exist and that we are so blinded by them?!

By the way, Ex, as I know you read this... Could you please (for the 50th time) send my jewelry.
And maybe your son's christmas gifts too.


::DISGUSTED::

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Olympic Help Please

Okay, so, here's the scarf so far. Black. Cables. No Natural Light. Take what you can get:

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Okay, so I'm about 1/3 of the way done with the scarf. "Are We There Yet?"

So now, I need your help. My olympic choices are daunting. I started trying to redo the math for Allison's "Leftover" vest, but couldn't quite figure it out. So here are my options, please tell me what you think...

FUDGE the pattern. Decrease when I think I should decrease, increase when I think I should increase. This may be okay considering the vest is knit in the round and I can easily try it on through the whole thing. Until the arm holes anyway. I have no idea how to split it and knit the armhole and neck decreases w/o a pattern. So should I brave it, or do one of these options??

Make it in green?
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This is 8 skeins of wool of the andes in fern. I'm almost positive I can match gauge with this yarn.

Order a color like gray or something more suited for a vest than green when I order more WOA for the rest of the boy's scarf.

Skip the vest and make the Twisty Turns wrap from Wrap Style in this:
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What do you guys think??
Help Please.

Posted by Melanie at 9:15 PM 7 comments

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Knitting Olympics

I have signed up for the Olympics. Kara stopped by and told me that she was knitting lace for The olympics. What a brave woman! Not in 16 days. No thanks. I'm so inspired by those that want to/are going to knit sweaters in 16 days. I want to knit something useful, and something that I can wear, but I KNOW I can not complete a sweater in 16 days. I can, however, (I think) knit a VEST. I have Sierra from knitpicks in burgundy that would make a nice fitted vest. And it's a bulky yarn, so it will be semi-quick for this knitter that has NO time. I think I'll swatch tomorrow. I'm going to make "Leftovers." Except the gauge is different and I won't be doing stripes. So that is why I will swatch: I will be doing some altering and will have to have a chance to sit down and do that math first. Yay.
I will need to get The Boy's scarf done yet, and I would be SOOO happy if I could finish the classic cardigan before I started the vest. I'll take one miracle at a time, but I'd even be please just to have all the pieces done, or maybe even just the sleeves done before the start of the olympics.

Among other good news... I have set up a new e-mail address. It will be a while before I get everything transfered over, and so I will publish the e-mail addy only then as I want to get caught up. I'm still in contact with Gmail to discover what happened (like I don't know what my lovely ex did) and I'm hoping I can get my address book info out of them at the very least. I'm glad it happened in a way, because things in the divorce are about to get really ugly in the next few weeks/months. And I have now changed my passwords to something no-one could guess. I guess that was the smart thing to do anyway, and maybe in a way I asked for it. It amazes me how much trust we put in people that we shouldn't.

Isn't divorce grand?

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Personal Post

So, I started the scarf for The Boy. He is quite excited about it. It's fantastic. He actually asks me questions about my knitting. When he got in my car today there was a sock in the cup holder and a sock in the glove compartment and he was like, "Socks everywhere! What else do you knit?" He asked me what kind of things could be knit in the summer, and how long I've been knitting. I think he knows it's important to me and that's why he questions it. He also asks questions about the divorce. Which I like, because I had a BAD week with it this week and on Thursday when I went into work discovering that The EX had not been served due to a faulty address (to make a long story short) I was needing to vent. He was SOOO fantastic. He looked up all the phone numbers to the CT Sub Base that I could possibly need to get him served.
It's all taken care of, but needless to say it's been quite a week and my custody hearing has to be rescheduled and I have to pay (again) to have him served (again.) It's frustrating.
I think I'm going to do The Yarn Harlot's Olympic challenge, if I can get the scarf done in time... but I don't know what to do, so I'm off to look at the list of the participating and see if I can get inspired.
Happy Friday!

Posted by Melanie at 8:41 PM 2 comments

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Scarf?

So I was talking to The Boy yesterday... he asked what I do for ME since I'm a single mom who works more than full time, and goes to school. I said, "I knit." He replied, "interesting, will you make me something?"

Um, maybe, like what? I was waiting for him to say "a sweater." BWAH HA HA HA.

"A scarf," He says simply.

So, a scarf is a completely harmless project right? I could totally just knit it because I don't have like 10 other projects on the needles, or on the to-do list. No broken hearts come from scarves, right?

Right?

(By the way... my gmail account disappeared. I don't know if it's gmail or the ex. Could somebody be so kind as to send me a gmail invite to Myates AT sola DOT com?? Anyone else having problems with gmail? It says my user name doesn't exist. Did he delete it? And so yeah, knitting chick gals... if you need me in the next day or two you'll have to e-mail me at the above address until I get it sorted out.)

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

MORE???

You better believe it.

This was my find on Elann.com. CHEAP, good wool.

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13 balls. Enough to make *the* sweater in Vintage Knits. Too bad my swatch is over by 3/4 of a stitch. No seriously. It's supposed to be 16 sts=4." I got 16.75 stitches to 4." What would you do in this situation. It has cables on it. Would that help or hurt the swatch vs. real size of sweater?

So, um, do you think I need to go on a yarn diet?

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Don't answer until I show you what I got yesterday. Maybe I'll post that tomorrow.

So, um, the boy. Yeah, we definitly went out for a few drinks on Thursday night, and dinner Friday. EH HEM. Cute! ;-)

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

And There's More To Come....

Lookie what I got TODAY!


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10 balls of Jaeger Aran Shetland in burgundy. I sold some stuff on ebay awhile back so I turned around and spent it on yarn. I think I'll make a seamless raglan out of it. Or maybe if I can get gauge I'll make one of the sweaters from my calmer collection. We'll see..... first I'll finish the sleeves of my classic cardigan.

I think I'm getting sick. Sniffles, congestion, sore throat. Weeee. It's been rainy and warm here so it's screwing with everybody. I finally got set up on the computers at work (with e-mail and a username/password.) According to "the boy" I already have an e-mail. I'll check it tomorrow. What a sweet guy. I love how everyone's made me feel so at home there. I feel so lucky. :-)

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I leave you with a picture of my innocent looking dog, Roxy.

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Good Things Come...

... To those that wait.

Like this:
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A few of you may remember a few months back my fantastic Secret Pal sent me a whole bunch of unspun fibers. Among it was Angora (which I forgot I was allergic too) so I sent it to Dan who got to keep it in exchange for spinning up these fibers. Remember now?
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(not the stuff on the left)

The middle one in the above picture is the stuff in the right. Dan thought he "messed it up" so he sent the other stuff you see there... 3 ply fingering weight handspun. browns and blues... does he know me or does he know me???

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okay, yes, I'm aware that the picture is blurry, thanks. But since I'm rarely at home, uninterupted, during daylight hours you'll get what you can take damnit. Be thankful you're getting pictures.

Anyway, so that's what I got. He did an absolutely fabulous job, the blue has already demanded to be knit up, so I may have to squeeze in a quickie project... maybe some wrist warmers... or litte wrist cuffs... the other two I'm not sure about... but I'll find a use for both of them... and hey.... I have a swift and ball winder now, so I'm all good.

On the Melting Pot Front....
I am just simply amazing myself. I always knew I was a hard worker, I've been offered return positions at every job I've had, and people praise my good work ethic (I'm not bragging, really.) But it still comes as a shock to me every day when I have a new "lead" or "supervisor" tell me they'd love to have me work in their department. I was hired in as a temp for a woman on maternity leave in the customer care center. Upon her return I was to be moved to inventory where I would remain... but the buzz has been "Mel, they'll offer you Tonya's job when she leaves... would you take it?" (That's in customer care.) And in Shipping they were short handed Friday and Saturday, so I helped. I was told by the supervisor there to let him know if I ever wanted to work back in shipping full time. Tonight the lead of 2nd shift in the finishing department pulls me over. "Would you like to work here? I could really use a hard worker." Now, finishing work is just that... the final step in preparing the "goods" we offer. It's "lab" work. hands on, technical stuff. No frilly desk job here. I just really like my split shift that I work. First shift is 8-430, 2nd shift is 4-1230. I work 1130-8. AND... I get the shift differential pay (which is 10%) since it's not first shift.

The job he wants me for is 2nd shift. I really don't want to work second shift. But I also know that I really need to be there, in finishing, if I want to learn about this particular field. It's a great place to advance quickly. And most people in a leadership role have worked in the lab.

He has a meeting with the director of operations tomorrow at 3. I have until then to decide. What would you do? tell him no, you like your hours? Tell him yes, you'll switch to 2nd shift? or 3rd, tell him you would really like to work in that department but would like to maintain your hours? I'm leaning towards the 3rd. I mean, he approached me, he asked me, he obviously thinks I'd be a good worker (which I am), so shouldn't I let them haggle over the hours. I mean, (without bragging) isn't it quite obvious that I'm a hard worker and will be successful wherever I go? PLEASE SAY YES. Please say that's what I should do. I mean, even if they don't approve those hours it's not like I don't have anything to fall back on, right?

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

2 steps forward 4 steps back

So I got nothing accomplished in knitting this weekend. Well, I completed one repeate of my river stole, but upon doing the second row in the next repeat I goofed. I put it down, becuase I really don't have the heart to rip back to my last lifeline, 2 repeats before. Maybe I can pick it up this week, when I'm (HA HA) more refreshed.

So then I decided I'd work on the sleeves to my classic cardigan. Wound two balls of yarn as I'll knit both sleeves at once, but then couldn't find the pattern. So much for that idea. So today I decided I'd complete the pismo hat to get it off my mind.

Look what Zander did.

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No needles, dropped stitches and a headache. I was so mad I couldn't even look at him. I don't think I'll ever be able to get it back on the needles. For those not familiar with the pattern it is k1,p1 ribbing. Any tips on how to get it back on the needles???
For now, I've put it on the top shelf in my closet. It is a "Dead" project to me, and I will not consider it a UFO. Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to either attempt to fix it or frog it.

So that's my luck. Then I decided I'd cast on for the second sock of my pair of lorna's laces. I got about 30 minutes of knitting done on it and decided I was SOOOO over that pattern. I don't like it. I don't really like the way it looks all THAT much and size 1 needles??? Not today.

So as a final attempt to do something successful I cast on for a swatch of my rowanspun. Here's the result. This is on size 3 needles.

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See how "holey" it is?
No? How about now?
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This stuff is DEFINITLY NOT sweater yarn. With that said though.... I LOVE this stuff. it is light and airy and will become a shawl. If and when I finish the one I have started and the one I want to do next... but a sweater? Not so much. There is no way I'm bumping down to size 1 needles to make this yarn look semi substantial. What a bummer.

Lucky for me though, I have three shipments of yarn coming. 1 is from Ebay- I bought myself some yarn when I sold some stuff I didn't need anymore. the 2nd is from Elann. I bought it last night. I worked 6 hours of overtime and the overtime pay went to ME. And finally, some handspun yarn from Dan. Pictures to come of that... so anyway, my january goals are complete flops, but I'm glad to report that I am saying SCREW it to almost all my projects on the needles and I am going to cast on for a sweater when my yarn comes. SO THERE!


**Update: I found my pattern. I'm more organized than I thought. Go figure I should look with all my other pattern booklets. DUH.

Posted by Melanie at 7:51 PM 3 comments

Thursday, January 05, 2006

If you know nothing....

... then know who you are.

I'm not the smartest person in the world. I don't claim to be, I don't really want to be, but I certainly am not going to tell people that I'm not if they think that I am. I won't lie, but I won't divulge either.

So since everyone at work seems to think so highly of my ability I won't say a word, not one single word. Perhaps I've just been lucky thus far. Perhaps my work ethic is helping me out. But I have permanant positions available in Shipping, customer service, and inventory in the Melting Pot.

I don't know where I'm going to work yet. I'm thinking shipping. Even though it's not the most exciting job, it is fast paced, it's not a boring desk job, you don't deal with whining customers and it's not in the lab so I won't get dirty. But it's close to the lab. And close to the cute boy. Even though I realize that a relationship won't devlop with said cute boy I can still enjoy looking at him. Yummy.

Anyway, knitting. The River Stole is the only thing I really have any desire to work on right now, and since it's lace it's not the most exciting thing to look at. So I'll get more creative with my photography for the next few weeks.

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That is the picture of the sweater from Vintage Knits that just makes me drool. Yummy.

I'm off to knit. I just put in 6.5 hours of overtime today, Zander is at his grandma's in Lexington for the night, and so I'm going to knit. I'm thinking I may cast on for the sleeves of the classic cardigan tonight. We'll see.

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Monday, January 02, 2006

I *HEART* Lace

I love lace. I love lace. Have I mentioned that I love lace? Look at what I did this weekend.

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Can you see what movie that is behind me? It's hard to see, I know... but if you can recognize the character you'll know what movie(s) it is. I got all 3 of them for Christmas, so I've had lots of _____ _____ to watch.

Anyway here's a "Better" picture of the lace currently.
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It is moving along nicely an I'm having sooo much fun watching this ugly puddle of green FUZZ develop between my fingers! :-) The only problem? There are 28 repeats in this shawl. One repeat is the distance between my two lifelines. One repeat is taking me between 1 hour and 9 minutes and 1 hour and 11 minutes. At this rate I could be done at the end of the month, but would not have had time to work on anything else. And as we know from yesterday's post I have other stuff planned for this month.

We'll see what happens. I won't push myself to complete it this month now, but would like to get at least 1/2 way done.

Well, today was a holiday from work and I dropped Zander off at school so that I could get some very important things accomplished (Like knitting.) So this morning I ran to the mall up the road to exchange some things I had gotten from mom for christmas. The first was 1000 Sweaters. I had had it on my wishlist for some time now, but was Sadly dissapointed by it. The first problem was the sizing. The smallest size listed was a 36." Sometimes I can wear a 34" but most of the time I need a 32." The second problem was that all sweaters were knit with and given directions for 1 gauge of yarn. So forget branching out. If you want to make the sweaters in that book you need to be using something the same gauge as Rowan's Wool Cotton.
Aside from those two complaints it was a very nice book with lots of great ideas and inspiration. But the size thing really won me over. It went back. The other book I got that went back was Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Now, the only reason this book went back was because it was a duplicate gift.
I LOVE the patterns in it, and can't wait to make some... or at least flip through it on occasion to inspire myself!

So what did I get??
Vintage Knits and Ann Budd's Sweater Patterns book. In Vintage knits I LOVE Salina (the picture on the cover). When I looked at it in person I knew I needed that sweater. Along with the following one. (I can't remember the name it-- and am too lazy to walk across the room to find out.)

Anyway, the purchse of these two books definitly adds some projects to the "to do" list.

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

January Goals and TO DO list

December Goals Part II:
1. Finish Dad's second sock by Christmas. This is probably most of what I'll be working on for the next week. Done.
2. Get to the decreases in the pismo hat. Done. I got there this morning (technically not december, but I'm still counting it.)
3. Work on (and get some progress) on an old unfinished object. Done. I finished the Beat Knit Shrug. Just have to seam it.
4. Start the lace stole (if and only if I complete 1-3). Sorta done. I completed #'s 1-3, but I actually started the stole earlier than "planned." Oh well, it all got done.
5. Fix Uncle Dick's sock by Christmas. Done.

January Goals:

1. Finish Pismo Hat.
2. Complete River Lace Stole.
3. Finish January's Block Of The Month.
4. Cast on for the right front or sleeves of the Classic Cardigan. Remember that?
5. Do a swatch for the Rowanspun yarn.

Anyway, here is the beatknit shrug blocking. I'm not sure that this is going to fit although I have gauge perfectly and followed the pattern exactly I'm worried the sleeves may be too short. And since it's knit in one long piece there was nothing I could do about it by the time I started suspecting a problem. We'll see.

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Look. I have a helper:

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Look what he wound:
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Just kidding. But really, that's my rowanspun. 10 skeins (only 9 are pictured) in Squirrel. I'm hoping to make a sweater out of it. There is 1620 yards there. I hope it's enough as it's really a thin yarn. I'll do my swatch and find out. If it's not enough I'll make a vest out of it.

This is more for me, than for you, but this is a tenative list of what I'd like to knit this year. Subject to modifications and change, of course. In no particular order:
1. Cable & Ribbed Socks- Interweave Knits Fall 2005
2. Leaf Socks- Interweave Knits Winter 2005
3. Twisty Turns- wrap from Wrap Style
4. Blue Caplet- from Wrap Style
5. Finish my OLD green sweater. Longest WIP. I only have 1/2 a sleeve and seaming to do.
6. Finish Classic Cardigan.
7. Knit the Hourglass sweater (from Last minute knitted gifts) or do a seamless raglan.
8. Finish Lorna's laces socks. One is complete, the other has not been started.
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.
10. Knit a Vest.
11. Knit Air.



I leave you with a picture of Aunt Erin, the munchkin, and I from last night.

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