Saturday, September 23, 2006

Mittens, Shawls, and Storage

Possible yarn for the mittens. I am going to try and use stash yarn so what about these color combinations? Any suggestions?

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We all know I love brown and blue so I was thinking maybe the tan and bright blue or the light blue and dark brown. Yay? Nay?

Here's an udate on the shawl. I've just finished the 24th repeat. I don't think I'm going to get it done before my mom leaves for Hawaii, but I'm am itching to complete it so that I can move onto other things!

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It is about 24" wide and 50" long at this point. Blocking is going to do WONDERS for this shawl.
I am knitting from two skeins of yarn to help with pooling but when I see it on a computer screen I can see that it's not really helping much. I suppose the pooling could be worse. I hate that about verigated yarn!

When I lived at my parents house I had beautiful shelving built into my closet. It made for perfect yarn storage. I am not as fortunate at the apartment. Right now I've got 2 boxes and one large knitting bag full of yarn. I intend to get some see through rubbermaid containers for my yarn this weekend. When thinking of containers and north star mittens and double pointed needles I thought of my mess of DPN's and got a lightbulb. I'm probably not the only one that's ever had this idea, but look how beautifully it works:

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Next step is to buy some of those teeny plastic rubberbands to rubberband the sizes together. BRILIIANT!

Didn't realize I had so many DPNs either. Also found a 40" size 0 and a 24" size 9 addi. YAY!!!

Posted by Melanie at 5:54 PM 2 comments

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Totally Distracted

Must resist swatching for these:

Example 1

Example 2

These are the North Star Mittens from the book "Knit Mittens."

Are they cute or what?! It'd be a great first fair isle project, it'd be something portable, and it'd use stash yarn.

Who am I kidding. I'm totally justifying them. I think I'll leave my mittens book open on my coffee table to make me move my butt a little faster on my home sweet home shawl.

Posted by Melanie at 7:24 PM 3 comments

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Goals. Done

I've accomplished my goals for the month. I am on the 21st repeat of the home sweet home shawl. I'm actually trying to finish it so my mom can take it to Hawaii next tuesday. I realize that the chances of this are slim (I have approximately 16 hours of knitting left to do in 7 days.) I will keep plugging along on it to see if I can do it, but no expectations are being made.

I am not going to show any pictures of it since:
1) It looks the same as it did last time, just bigger
and 2) it will look like I've gotten more accomplished if I don't show as many pictures :-)

Thanks to MJ for giving me an answer to my question about 2 socks on 2 circs. I also found this webpage.

I will hopefully start those at the end of the month or early next month.

Also, several of you have asked through comments and e-mails about my personal life since I haven't been posting. There's lots to share... some things better than others, and I will get everybody back in the loop, but I figure that will be a post for one night when there's no knitting content and I feel like getting into it.

I'm wasting time.
... back to the shawl.

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Thomas and Cammy Socks

Today Zander and I went to see Thomas the Train and take a ride in it. Here's us in the train:

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Look how big he's getting. :-)

I also finished my socks on the way up there.

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It was my first time doing the short row heels, and I really like them except I ended up with small holes on both feet by the gussets. Anybody know how to fix that?

I also learned that I need to keep better notes of my knitting. The right foot (which I completed first) I decreased on every row at the toe, instead of every other row. The left foot I decreased every other row. It had been so long since I had finished the first sock (end of may) that I didn't remember or notice that I had done that. So now the right foot fits better than the left.
Lesson learned.

What: Cammy Striped Socks
Started: Early May 2006
Completed: Saturday, September 16, 2006
Yarn: Bernat sock yarn.
Needles: US2 addis, 40"
Lesson: See Above
Recipient: Me me me me.
Knitting time: I have no idea... I didn't time this project.
Now what? My home sweet home shawl.

My sis informed me the other night that she would like a pair of socks. No problem, I say. Bright colors she requests. No problem again I say. "I want to wear them when I'm riding." By riding, she means while riding her horse. Do you know those boots are below the knee boots!? They're tall!!!

So I got the Socks on Two Circs book and 600 yards of Paton's kroy in Color 54701, Krazy Stripes.

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So, I was really hoping this socks on two circs book would also tell you how to do two socks at one time. I guess it would be similar to knitting two sleeves at one time? Just cast on for one sock, then get another ball of yarn to cast on for another sock? Someone help. I got the last 3 balls of their yarn in this color so I'd really like to be able to knit them both at the same time so that they are the exact same size and so that if I run out of yarn I'll run out at the same place and be able to substitute another yarn at the bottom of both toes. Make sense?

Man. Knee high socks... That's ambitious. I'm crazy!
I will still find time to finish at least one of my cardigans that I have on the needles at some point this year. I'm determined!!!

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Monday, September 11, 2006

As the Heel Turns

Okay, so that's corney... I'm reaching with the creativity tonight.

But the heel has been turned. A Finished Object might be in my near future.

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yay. When I was at my mom's house today I forgot to pick up my grey cardigan. Maybe I'll swing by there on my way home from work tomorrow and pick it up because I'm really looking forward to getting back on that and getting it ready for fall wearing.

On the September 11th note-- am I the only one that doesn't want to watch this stuff on TV today? I guess it sounds inconsiderate, or maybe it's just that I'm in that generation. I remember CLEARLY every moment of my day on September 11, 2001. It's all very fresh. I don't need hyped up news casts (or movies) to remind me. Am I the only one that feels this way? Am I a bitch?

Posted by Melanie at 9:04 PM 6 comments

Sunday, September 10, 2006

September Goals

So, I know that I'm a little late in the month to be making goals, but this should get me back into the swing of things.
Last month that I did goals: March.

My Goals the were:
1. Get to the arm hole decreases on the grey cardigan. DONE.
2. Cast on only one project this month (it can be socks or maybe the home sweet home shawl- something to break up the monotony of stockinette stitch.) DONE.
3. Make a little progress on an old UFO. I have no idea if I did this. Probably not.

There are only 2 goals this month.

1. Get halfway through The Home Sweet Home Shawl. There are 34 repeats in the pattern. I am currently working on the 14th repeat. I need to get through the 17th repeate to reach that goal.

2. Finish my cami socks.

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I am using Allison's method of turning a heel. (Found here.)

It's a bit tricky and this attempt will be my 3rd attempt. Okay, it's not the the technique itself is tricky, it's just that interuptions can not happen or the heel turning will also not happen. Since Zander is at his dad's for several more hours I will try to knock it out. These socks are tall, and make me think of fall. I'll be able to wear my mid-calf boots with them. So it's time to "get er done."

If I get those two goals accomplished I'd like to work some more on my grey cardigan. Last seen here:

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The body is done until the sleeves are completed. Then it will be time for the raglan shaping the collar and the button bands. The pattern is from THIS book and is being done using Cascade 220.

We'll see how it goes.

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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Weak Pathetic Progress

Here we go... since I picked up the knitting a week ago this is what I've manage to accomplish.

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Last time I posted a picture of it it looked like this:

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It doesn't look like too much, but if you look closely at the first picture in the middle of the rows at the bottom you can sort of see the little houses that are created with the lace.

I really like the pattern, it's challenging enough to keep me interested but yet simple enough that I can watch TV while knitting. And lace with sock weight yarn is much easier to keep track of. I'm not sure how I feel about the yarn. (Memories from Knit picks. Color Fly Fishing.)

I do like the yarn... it's pleasant to knit with and blue greens and browns are definitly my favorite. They will match well in my house, but varigated yarn for lace probably wasn't the most brilliant idea.

Oh well. I think it will still look stunning drapped across the back of my couch. (IF i ever get it done.) There are 34 repeats of 14 rows, and each repeat takes me about 1 hour and 5 minutes. I'm about 11 repeats in and I just don't feel like it will ever end.

Posted by Melanie at 11:27 AM 2 comments

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Another Quick update

Thanks for all the comments! It's great to be back... just wanted to pop in and tell you all that I'll be commenting back soon. I also just got my camera cord back from my friend Sara today, so tomorrow (i hope) will be pictures.

Well, I've got to get knitting if I want anything to show! HA HA.

Thanks again for the warm welcome (back.)

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Back Again

I'm still here. Well, not here, here on blogspot. But I'm still here. A lot has happened since May when I posted last.

Namely, the biggest thing, I finally moved back out of my parents home. I'm all settled in my new apartment (pictures to come) and Zander is adjusting well.

It's hard to believe that he'll be 3 in just a few short weeks. His speech is getting much better. He was finally "diagnosed" with a speech disorder. Developmental Apraxia of speech. For a mother this is a good feeling and a bad feeling. Speech is hard for him. It may be an ongoing feeling. But it's also nice to know exactly what the problem is. And it's comforting to know that I'm not a bad mom because I couldn't teach my son to talk. He's now singing lots of songs, stringing 2,3, and 4 words together. Can count to 15 (after that he starts making things up). He knows all his colors, and shapes, and most animals and their sounds.

I started knitting again too. Nothing too exciting to show you, but I did pull out the "Home Sweet Home" shawl again. And I still have the cammy socks on the needles. After knitting for several hours on the shawl I'm itching to start a new project. I think it's the cold(er) weather we got this week that really got me back in the knitting swing. Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say HI. I'll get some pictures loaded shortly. Hope everyone has been doing well... I'm looking forward to catching up on all the blogs I've been missing out on.

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