I have a new member in my family! I got an iPod for Christmas!
It needs a name!! Wendy named hers Irving. I've seen one named Orbit. Mine is a black one, with video. I've started making a cozy/sock/sweater for it already. I'm not super pleased with the button hole I made at the bottom for plugging it in. It's the right size, but it flares out on the front edge. I promise to post progress photos...when I find my camera. I'm also writing the pattern as I go, since I'm making it up and might want to make another one. :)
Grumperina made a cozy for one (alas...no name). Here is a pattern for the cutest cozy EVER.
In other news, I have another FO to share. It's a Cartridge Belt Rib Scarf done in Patons Rumor in the Moonstone Heather colorway. Be sure to read the comments, there is a pattern correction (a small one, and noticed by me no less!). I have no photos of this FO, because I was sick as a dog, and it was an xmas gift, and I was still knitting it at 11pm xmas eve.... Yes....I know. I suck.
So...gimme some name ideas!!!
Friday, December 29, 2006
I have a new member in my family! I got an iPod for Christmas!
Monday, November 13, 2006
...and on time, too! The baby has yet to arrive, and the gift has been delivered! <forehead wipe>*Whew*</forehead wipe>
Here are photos with and without flash:
here are photos of the top, which did indeed come out flat, much to my amazement...
This was a bunch of firsts for me....my first finished hat, my first finished "I knit it in the round, but this thing is flat", my first I-Cord (which I have discovered that *I* must do by throwing or it comes out all funky), my first "altered" pattern. I started several times with different yarn, different needles....and ended up with 1 inch of the hardest, inflexible band of fabric you've ever seen. I just could not get a stretchy band of moss stitch. Therefore, I said, "screw it" and did a rolled brim. Yes, I know it's a bit odd to do earflaps with a rolled brim. I don't care. :P I used the rest of the yarn from the SSsOD (slipper socks of death, see previous blog entries), well, not all of it. I think there is still enough to make some Mary Jane's for my SIL's newest girlie, born on the 5th. She's only 6 lb. 6 oz., so her feet are TINY!!!
Posted by Tally at 11/13/2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Are you a new mitt knitter? Yep. These will be the first!
How long have you been knitting mittens? n/a
Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? depends on the pattern/end product
What fibers do you prefer in mitten yarn? I don't know! Warm, but breathable. Nothing worse than hot sweaty hands.
Where do you usually knit mittens? I usually knit on my lunches at work in our "lobby", or in front of my computer at home (to listen to podcasts) with my feet up on the side of the bed.
How do you usually carry/store small projects? I have a backpack that is crammed with all of the needles and yarn that I own (except for the 10 skeins of Red Heart Aran Fleck that we aren't going to talk about....). I tend to jam each project into a quart zip lock (if it will fit). My baby sweater project is currently in free roam status inside the backpack.
What are your favorite mitten patterns? I love color and patterns. I don't have a favorite.
What are your favorite mitten knitting techniques? I would prefer "in the round" as opposed to knitting flat and seaming.
What new techniques would you like to try? Um....I'm a fairly new "serious" knitter. I'm up for learning anything!!! (Continental purling was not fun to learn...)
What are your favorite needles for knitting mittens? Circs all the way. DPNS give me cramps...and poke me a lot. I can use them, I just prefer not to. :)
What are some of your favorite yarns? Um...I'm not a yarn snob. I'd prefer idiot proof...machine wash.
What yarn do you totally covet? Any yarn I don't have to pay for!! :)
Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? (what about skill? is skill an object? lol) Ella from Knitty.com is on my "to do" list.
Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? I've been wanting to try the KnitPicks circs...they're on my wishlist. :P I prefer circs.
If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? I'd probably be Tahki Cotton. Pretty colors, shiny, just toss in the washer and dryer...good to go!
Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? I'm trying to keep my butt from expanding....how about peanuts? almonds? OH...I love those Kashi TLC bars...MMMM.
What’s your favorite animal? (besides the fiber giving variety?) Horses, dogs.
Would you prefer super warm mittens or something more like fingerless mitts? I'd prefer covered fingers.
If you were a color what color would you be? Purple.
What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature? A nice sunset.
Do you have a wishlist? Yep! Link should be over on the right. --->
Anything else you’d like to share with the group today? I'm weird? I like to have fun and laugh. I like being silly..... Funky is good.
Posted by Tally at 11/03/2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I have a feeling today's blog is just going to be a ramble.
Firstly, I've gotten my first commissioned piece! My coworker (the purple afghan, no pics...and FO#2 and a baby bib....) has asked me to knit her a hat for her soon to be son. I have to get a move on...she's due in 2 weeks!!! I cast on for the hat last night, and it's going to be a "going home from the hospital" hat. It's right about 13" in circumfrence....should last what....a month? LOL. So far, it's about 3/4 of an inch of seed stitch in a variegated blue. I listened to 3 chapters of Age of Innocence while getting it started.
I also started work on a baby sweater. It's one of those garter stitch jobs with a couple buttons at the chest. I'm using Red Heart Aran Fleck. Yes...I know... I have about 10 skeins of that yarn from a UFO from YEARS ago. I have to use it up somehow. In fact, I have about 6 skeins of it before I even begin to have to rip out the UFO (which will be so much fun...considering that I was using 3 strands together).
I'm still working on the I-cord edging for the bib, still working on the bootie (which is not earmarked for anyone in particular, I just want to see what the pattern looks like!), and the saxon braid dishcloth is still being snubbed.
Today is a new day for the Monthy Dishcloth KAL and I'll probably cast-on for that tonight.
I'll try to get some photos onto this later today. No camera right now.
Posted by Tally at 11/01/2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
48 Things You Couldn't Care Less About
1. FIRST NAME? Melinda
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My Aunt Linda (on my mother’s side) swears I’m named after her, but since my Dad had dominion over naming “the baby” if it was a girl, I highly doubt it. (My mother claimed naming rights for the “boy child” since she didn’t want her son named Harrie (Last Name), V) My middle name is from my paternal grandmother, though.
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? Sunday.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? I used to be an architecture major, so I tend to print in all caps...yeah...I like it.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? From a sealed up package? I guess Bologna (beef). From the Deli Counter? Roasted Turkey Breast.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I like Beth’s answer: “Not sure. I have lots of friends, but not lots of close friends.” I would probably find myself very annoying.
7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? You’re reading it.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes. Never broken a bone, no cavities. My appendix went a few years ago, if that counts.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Only if pushed.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Depends on the day. Cheerios or Golden Grahams.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Not usually.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Physically or mentally? Ask my husband. We wrestle sometimes.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Vanilla, Strawberry Chip from Graeters, UDF’s Cherry Cordial, Mint Chocolate Chip (the cheap green kind…not mint flavored chocolate)
14. SHOE SIZE? 7
15. RED OR PINK? How about Light Red? I vote Purple.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My inability to bite my tongue.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My Uncle Richard. I never really got to know him…and he was such a great person.
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? I’m not tagging anyone...so...um...no.
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Striped shirt (Coral, Brick Red, White and Tan), Tan Pants and My Nike Sneaker/Hiking/cold weather boots.
20. LAST THING YOU ATE? Very Cherry Yogurt.
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? My coworkers in the background talking.
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? My mom is a trainer for a living (as in…she works in the training department at her company). She needed crayons for one of her training exercises. So she orders an 8 pack from the office supply place. This is what she got. Yep. MultiCultural Crayons. I just thought I would share.
The color I would be? Vivid Violet
23. FAVORITE SMELL? Onions sauteeing, or a yellow cake baking.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? A customer.
25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? Hair/eyes
26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON YOU STOLE THIS FROM? I didn’t steal it! It was foisted upon me!
27. FAVORITE DRINK? Margaritas…when I drink. Otherwise, Iced Tea.
28. FAVORITE SPORT? Football (OSU, baby!!)
29. EYE COLOR? Green/blue. They change.
30. HAT SIZE? I have no freaking idea.
31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Nope.
32. FAVORITE FOOD? Salt. I guess that’s a mineral...um...my Mom’s Thanksgiving stuffing (yeah...it’s on my mind)
33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? How about funny? I like funny.
35. SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter. You can always dress warmer, but can only take off so much before you get arrested.
36. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs.
37. FAVORITE DESSERT? Warm pecan pie. Or cherry, or lemon meringue...
38. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? I’m not sending it to anyone.
39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? n/a
40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? Nothing, except blogs. I ran out of books, and the
local library doesn’t like me...*ahem*.
41. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE Pad? Star Wars Episode I
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? Flavor of Love Reunion (not nearly as exciting as last year’s reunion) and Celebrity Paranormal Project, oh…and House. There was a marathon.
43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Good music, the phone ringing when I’m expecting that special call, hearing the door close when I’m waiting for DH to get home.
44. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Both. Depends on my mood.
45. THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME? Los Angeles.
46. WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? Does talking the ears off a wall count?
47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Alexandria, VA.
48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Ang tagged me.
Posted by Tally at 10/30/2006
On the needles:
1 mint green baby bootie. "Stay Up Booties" that I got from knitting.about.com. I have no idea what this is going to look like...it's mystery knitting!
1 baby bib. The bib portion is done, I'm putting on attached/applied I-cord edging/ties.
1 Saxon braid dishcloth. It's in permanent pause status since I've lost a Denise needle tip (using as a "cable needle") and now I'm totally torqued off at it.
In the planning stages: (or wish list perhaps?)
Ella from Knitty.com
Some sort of lace dresser topper for my grandmother (what is that called? a doily?)
Off the needles: (and not in the good kind of way)
Slipper Socks of Death. They have officially died. (queue the sad music) Not sure if you all noticed, but the "Super Short One Row Scarf" used up all of the light brown (tragic, I know...:P). Then I slid it right off the needles in order to start the Mary Janes. I'll use the dark brown to make more Mary Janes. (Lots of babies being born these days) I guess they aren't officially dead, since I haven't ripped it back yet....just sitting there....all those live stitches pointing in all directions. I should feel bad, shouldn't I?
Bill, I know I owe you a knitted object. I'll send you something small to tide you over until I get proper needles for your new and improved socks. Promise. Besides, that wool-ease yarn was too itchy and slippery. You'll like the new ones better...assuming you ever get them. LOL.
In the mean time, may your BOs be swift, and your FOs be many!
Posted by Tally at 10/30/2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Posted by Tally at 10/26/2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
J's blue scarf is already starting to fall apart. :( Could it be because he is sleeping with it? LOL. I have to admit, it's too wide for his size, and he tends to pull on it a lot. All of my woven in ends have started to work back out (we're talking 8 inches of tail, worked a few stitches together and everything...dang slippery yarn). However, this scarf was my "FKO" (first knitted object) and I'm proud of it. It was HARD to do....I kept losing a stitch (you try working 2 novelty yarns together on Addi Turbos! LOL), having to tink (I was not frogging that yarn, I'd never get it back on the needles) several times to find the lost stitch, and panicing because I was running out of blue yarn. I guess I should have been more concerned about the red yarn since it was discontinued this past spring. I did not know that until just now. Yeesh.
I have gotten my Mary Jane Booties completed, except for the buttons. <That photo is from the pattern book. I got the book at the grocery store, I think I was at Kroger. It's pulished by Pilbooks, but I could not find it on their website.
There are 17 patterns in the book, and so far, it was well worth the $3.99. The Mary Janes are so simple it's amazing. There's a Teddy Bear pattern, blankets, cardigans, sweaters, hooded towel, mock fair isle hat (with self striping yarn), bibs..... really cute stuff. Next time you're at the check out, Check it Out! :P
Posted by Tally at 10/25/2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Moms are like that.
Posted by Tally at 10/23/2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Well, besides the part where I turn to my husband (for whom the scarf was started) and said, "Honey, do you think this looks "guy scarfish" enough?" To which he replied, "Uh, I wouldn't wear it."
Posted by Tally at 10/16/2006
Behold! An out of focus picture! Of what, you say? Why, that's the "One Row Scarf" from the Yarn Harlot The same scarf that she knit in ONE day. From yarn she had spun and plied just that morning. And then had time to go stroll about town waiting someone to notice the lovely scarf she had spun, plied, designed and knit all in ONE DAY!!! (the photo of the FO was outside, in daylight mind you....she had time to finish knitting it while there was still daylight!)
Posted by Tally at 10/16/2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Here is a photo of the Mid July KAL (Knit-a-long):
This one is a baby shower gift. I think I'll get some foamy baby wash and tie the cloth around it with a ribbon. (Yes, I stole that idea from another KAL knitter)
In the mean time...
May your BOs be swift, and your FOs be many!
Posted by Tally at 10/04/2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Mr. Sockworthy asked for an update on the SSsOD.....
And what is on the other needles?
Yeah...so neither one is in focus. LOL. Sorry.
Posted by Tally at 9/27/2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
I belong to a "Mom's" list of women who were a part of I-village's August 1997 Playgroup (a bulletin board for Mom's expecting in Aug. of '97). We had our babies and kept chatting...and eventually we formed a yahoo group...and 10 years later....we have Elisa's challenge.
Elisa is a photographer (among many, many other things) and she wanted each of us to take photos from our front door. Well, I finally remembered to do it....and it's midnight...and raining.
And apparently, I can't stand still while standing on my porch, in the rain, taking a photo....at midnight.
Elisa - I'll try to remember to take one in the daylight. :P
Alright, I skipped a few days and the fans are clamoring for more! LOL.
Ahem...Ang asked for more photos. So, here they are:
KAL on Day 5 (I skipped photo time on day 4):
I still love the pattern. I'm itching to make some more dishcloths, I even made my own pattern.
Anyone wanna test knit my pattern for me? Put your email in the comments and I'll send you the pattern. It's a picture pattern (meaning a stockinette background with a purled picture), but I'm going to leave it a mystery as to what the subject matter is...
And here's a photo of the other item that's on the needles:
This was taken without a flash, as the flash washed the stitches out, you couldn't see anything. Those are size 0 needles, and sport/DK yarn (Bernat Softee Baby, color 31301, descriptive, eh?). I must have been out of my mind.
I hate these socks, they are the devil. BUT, they are nowhere near as evil as the SSsOD (Slipper Sock(s) of Death). I'm sorely tempted to either a) go get a size 6 circular or b) go get some fingering weight yarn. Either way, the project would go A LOT faster. I'm currently using Wool-Ease Worsted with Size 3 needles, and I knit TIGHTLY. I think it makes Ang's head hurt just to watch me knit. LOL. (Ang is the Purrrl-plexed link off to the left.)
Monday, September 18, 2006
Today is a purple day. Deal with it.
This is today's (Day #3) progress on the Dishcloth KAL.
I'm loving the developing pattern, and I'm really tempted to make a scarf in the same pattern with a really whispy fingering yarn.
Posted by Tally at 9/18/2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
I joined a knit a long, because I wanted to learn new stitches, but not commit to these huge projects!
I used a gauge larger than recommended #1, because I didn't have a #7 needle, #2, I knit tightly and #3, who cares if it's bigger than gauge? It's a dishcloth!
I really like the pattern. 5 days from now, I'll have a finished object to share with you all!
I'm almost to toe of the "SSOD" (slipper sock of death for you laymen) and it's working up rather nicely.
Afghan for coworker was completed, albeit a few rounds short, but hey...she'll never know!
Here's a close up of the pattern on the dishcloth:
It might be fuzzy...my camera was acting funny.
Until next time, may your BOs be swift and your FOs be many!
Posted by Tally at 9/17/2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Did I make it sound like Bill has hobbit feet? I didn't mean to. I just think the sock looks terribly large. I'm hoping my gauge isn't off.
Don't look at me like that! I made a swatch!
It was only 3.5 x 3.5, but it was a swatch, dammit! Ang can vouch for me...we both counted the gauge and then compared notes. Right, Ang?
And...er....um...if they do fit your foot, Bill, I'm sorry that you have hobbit feet. :P (Nothing but love, Bill, I swear!)
Posted by Tally at 9/14/2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Posted by Tally at 9/12/2006
OK...so I've been working on the "wool slipper sock of death" for about a week now. Yesterday, it looked like this:
I intentionally made the cuff short, because it is for a foot that lives in CA, and is attached to a man. So, I figured he wouldn't want a big cuff on his calf. It also looks like this sock is going to fit Sasquatch, or maybe his cousin, the Yeti (wool sock you know...).
I should put it on my foot for comparison's sake. I'll include that at the end.
Here are photos of today's progress. I'm done with the decreases, and I'm back to only one magic loop, instead of two.
I think Ang asked about the scarf (which has lost ANOTHER stich!), so I'll include photos of that too.
here is a close up...love the texture of the bamboo feather. Mmmmmm.
The red is a Scakel (is that right?) Rimmel. It's like a ribbon with fringe on the edges. Size 11 needles, garter stitch. It's for my son, so nothing fancy, other than the yarn. Yes, he picked the colors. :) And yes, he is learning to Knit and Crochet (actually, he knows how to crochet already).
Alright. I'm sure this is picture laden enough for one post. Later all!
I have "pressing" business....SLEEP!
EDIT: I forgot the foot-in-sock picture!
Hmmm...it won't let me add it. I'll try on a new entry.
Posted by Tally at 9/12/2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Ok...this is the baby sock, with the rediculously small needles, and the baby weight yarn. I've just finished turning the heel (a flap/short row combo) and I'm about to pick up my stiches for the gusset. Hence the pause for station identification, since I need Ang to re-explain what the heck I'm supposed to do. :)
Thankfully, the baby isn't due until November. (The shower is next week though! Eek!)
Now...tell me this guy doesn't look like the Cookie Monster? I had my husband rolling his eyes at me as I opened and closed it's mouth singing "C is for Cookie," which (by the way) he is now humming to himself while he plays on the computer.
It should be stuck in his head for days now. :P
I know...I'm evil. When he starts to complain that it's stuck in his head, I'll hum that Suzanne Vega song that gets wedged into your skull. (something about a diner?)
Ok...so here's what I did on my lunch today. A buddy of mine is selling them at the Ren. Fair (the one near Cincinnatti, if you want to buy one).
That's my nine year old son's hand, for reference. 26 gauge copper wire, assorted glass and plastic beads (mostly glass).
What do you think? Would you buy one? :)
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I am happy to say, I've made progress. This is my first full size pair of socks. Well, we'll see if the second one gets made! lol.
My other sock was for a baby, and I made it with sugar and cream cotton (it's what the pattern called for...I swear!). It's really ugly, but I'm keeping it as a reminder that "I've done this before, I can do it again..."
I get surprise knitting time today, as the school just called not to long ago to say that my DD tossed her cookies all over the playground and could I please come get her now? She's like me, once the cookies are tossed, the illness is behind ya...and it's all roses, but try explaining that to the school!
I'll try to post a pic of the "infamous" first sock sometime soon. It really is ugly...and would fit a one year old!
Posted by Tally at 9/06/2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
I forgot to mention, that sock (from #1) is for a buddy of mine, Bill. I just started it on Monday, and I'm rather proud of the fact that I haven't had to frog more than one stitch at a time yet!
Yes, I know I should use better yarn and then life would be grand, but I am still learning and I don't want to waste or (god forbid) RUIN good yarn. My pocketbook can't handle that kind of news. Really....it's got a rather fragile psyche, and I try to do my best to keep it calm and collected.
Anyhow, that's it for round #2!
Posted by Tally at 9/05/2006
A weekend spent knitting. What better way to waste time? It truly was a wonderful time spent with absurdly cheap yarn, circulars with a mind of their own, a yarn winder and Buckeyes!!!
Yes, wasting time WITH chocolate on hand is always better than without. I know. I've tried.
Ang wrote about the weekend on her blog, and since I think the Hyperlink worked, I'm not going to repeat it all. :)
Posted by Tally at 9/05/2006