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It’s been almost a year since I blogged.  I have about 20 drafts of things that I’ve wanted to write about in that time, but nothing that was a complete thought.  My plan is to start typing and see what comes out.  It may come as one big blog, or may come as a few each day until I feel I have things out of my head and here for all to see.  All I know is that a year can make a huge difference in our lives.  Good, bad, sad, happy, scary, fun and totally out of left field, but we are lucky to still be around to tell about what we’ve been through.

I hope you are doing well…sorry I was gone so long!

~ Mel

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I don’t know if you noticed, but I had to close it down for a little while.  With lots of personal developments and nosey people eyes on things, I decided to take a step back and tighten up around here.  So, most things are back on track, and you can again view posts.

If you didn’t notice, then WELCOME!  Glad to have you:)

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It’s been a while since I blogged about something fun or about something not so serious. So, since I’m in the middle of a Christmas rush to fill orders (and get some more orders) I thought I’d post about knitting.  I blogged a while back when I was learning and it’s almost been a whole year.  I’ve learned so much and really enjoyed making things for people and now things to sell!  There’s always been a thrill of shopping for me and with all the colors and types of yarn, it’s totally enough to keep me on a shopping high without breaking the bank.  On top of that, I’ve been able to fund my Christmas shopping and start that already from making things for others!  If you don’t knit, and are interested in checking out what I have or ordering something in time for Christmas visit my album HERE and comment on what you want!

Today, I wanted to change it up a little and help out those that are looking for a fast pattern, or a scarf a day type thing.  It was so frustrating to read patterns when I first started and have no idea what it meant.  I saw the pretty scarf, I read the comments “so easy, it looks beautiful, took me less than a day” and thought, yeah, right – you lie.  With much google and youtube help I found some wonderful tutorials and great knitters that explain it all for you.  I’ll link to them at the end.  There were still very few truly easy patterns for things that look like you know what you’re doing when you haven’t figured it out yet…enter me, I’m here to help you through that awkward phase!

I’m going to use mixture of knit speak and normal speak (so if you don’t knit, you’ll understand) and I’m going to share a few VERY easy patterns that are my go to patterns.  I don’t even want to consider them patterns, they are basic stitches put together to make something very easy and pretty.  These are for when you have mastered garter stitch and want to make something less “stock” looking.  For a full listing of patterns I like and use, please check me out on Ravelry if you have an account there.  If not, and you knit or crochet – get one!  It’s the best place I’ve found to keep track of projects and stash.  If you are interested in knitting, or learning, or need help, leave a comment and I’ll get you started!

First up is a simple and fast thin ribbed scarf.  It is best for Bulky (THICK, think straw/lipliner size), or larger than what we consider “normal” yarn.  This would usually take me about 3 hours from start to finish and range in length from 5-7 feet. I usually use 1 skein (1 ball) of any yarn that has 70-120 yards and do the following:

  • Use size 11, 13 or 15 needles.  Usually the larger the yarn, the larger needle I use to allow loftiness
  • CO 12 (or 14)
  • 1st row: K1, P1 across the row (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1)
  • 2nd row: P1, K1 across the row
  • Repeat until you have about 2 feet of yarn left and then BO
  • Weave in ends (or tie)
  • If you want fringe, I suggest you cut 24 pieces before you start…

Here is what your knitting will give you if you follow those directions! Notice it looks like stockinette stitch but does not roll on the edges since it is a K1, P1 rib.

Brown and pink scarf

THICK 12 stitch scarf!

Purple and Green

Ok, on to the next one!

Second and last for today I’m going to share my most popular scarf.  Both due to the yarn and the feel of the pattern it is knit in, it is my personal favorite and the one everyone picks up and says “ohhhh, I love this!”  It’s a tad more pattern-y than the first one.

The best yarn to use is anything “bumpy” and bulky.  My go to is Lion Brand Homespun or Michaels Loops and Threads Country Loom (and if anyone from corporate at these companies is reading, yes, you can send me a sample box of yarn…I will totally do a review of it!).  Ok, they are 185 and 104 yards each skein.  If you choose the Michaels you’ll need 2 skeins.  This took me 2-3 weeks at first to make one, and now I’ve got it down to less than a week if it’s the only thing I’m working on.  Let’s do it:

  • Use size 11, 13 or 15 needles (I have made a scarf with each size, they are equally soft and pretty, to me it doesn’t matter, I just use what needles are free at the time)
  • CO 20 (you can do more in sets of 2, but I’ve tried many combos and with the loft and pattern, 20 works best, trust me)
  • Now this is the (only) tricky part, Count out a pattern evenly, like this K2, P3, K2, P2, K 2, P2, K2, P3, K2 OR whatever one you want.  That is what I use, because it allows the ribs on the outside (P3) to help keep the scarf open, yet keeps the ribs uniform.  Regardless, I would stick with 2/3 sets of stitches or you will make it too big and not have enough ribs for it to look fluffy
  • Each time you flip, you will Knit the ones you just Purled, and Purl the ones you just Knit on the previous row.  (Check out the next paragraph for more help) This is also the “knit the knits and purl the purls” you hear very often.  It just means that what you see on your needle facing you now, is what you do this time, so if you see a purl (bump) facing you as your next stitch, then you will purl that stitch and if you see a knit (V) you will knit that stitch.
  • Do that until you have about 2 feet of yarn left and BO
  • Weave in ends (or tie)
  • Again, if you want fringe, you can cut those before starting…or if you feel lucky (and want to get really mad at yourself with 9 inches of yarn left and 7 fringes to make) then guesstimate how much yarn you will need for fringe and BO early

This is what this pattern has created!

My first scarf in this pattern…for me. Hate to say it, but yes, the bathroom has the best lighting in my house!

In Winter White (with LONG fringe)

In Lagoon

Fringe in Christmas Red

Closeup of ribs

Here is one I did with 3 ribs…I personally don’t like it, so I’m showing it so show the difference the count/pattern effects this yarn.

To clarify a few things that confused me at first here are a few tips.  Each time you turn your work (flip the part you just finished and switch needles) you will Knit the Knits, and Purl the Purls – which means, if you purled the last stitch of the previous row, it is now your first stitch of this new row, and it will be a knit on the opposite side.  If you want to know more, comment below and I’ll explain in more detail about Right Side (RS) and Wrong Side (WS).  Or you can check out the links to Knitted Oaks whose tutorials on her Youtube channel were and still are a lifesaver!  She has such a calm way of speaking and clearly explaining what you don’t think you understand.

Hope that helped someone!  As I said, if you need help, I love talking about knitting and teaching others about it, so leave a comment or find me on Ravelry!

~Mel

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Sup?

I’m enamored with my Map of “who’s visiting” down there on the bottom right!  It changes constantly and I enjoy seeing where everyone is that’s reading.  You can click it and see who’s checkin’ me out!

So, HI back to all of you!  Some of you I know who you are and others I’m not sure – so say hi, and leave a comment! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, July 20 @ 8:47 : Garner, North Carolina, US
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Wednesday, July 20 @ 11:15 : Holton, Kansas, US
Wednesday, July 20 @ 9:11 : Washington, District of Columbia, US
Wednesday, July 20 @ 9:10 : Sulphur, Louisiana, US
Tuesday, July 19 @ 11:43 : Broomfield, Colorado, US

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Big Daddy does it again:)

I feel like I don’t know when I’m going to blog next because I have so much going through my head.  None of it bad, or pressing issues.  I could blog about my birthday, V-day, knitting, baby J, my daughter J, Big Daddy, life, work (that doesn’t sound fun), things that bother me (I already did that and I don’t want this to be a soapbox type of blog, but sometimes it’s just necessary).  I think this is what they call writers block, but since I don’t consider myself a writer I wouldn’t know.

I have not been a very good blog buddy…sorry ladies.  I guess I just haven’t found something that’s made me stop and HAVE to write about it.  Life has been good, got lots of presents for my bday/vday (separate presents, I hate combo gifts).

I just upped the cuteness factor by 10

The kids are all thriving, and the dogs – we got a new one to add to the madness, they are all happy and sleeping through the night (and have learned what a bark collar does).  I don’t have much to blog about besides how great things are, and that is enough to write about for a while, but I don’t want to take time out of the greatness to sit here and write about it.

I’ll leave you with this promise for more.  My sister and I were talking the other morning in an unplanned 7 am FB chat, which was absolutely awesome, and something that was bothering her had also been an issue for me and another friend of ours all at different times in the last few weeks.  I mentioned that I was going to blog about it, since it seems that it’s common and unwanted (the issue, not my blog :P).

Stay tuned for a possible rant, because if I other people can speak freely…then so can I.

~Mel

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Yes it did.

I’m not here today, because it’s my BIRTHDAY!!!! Ok, so in reality, I’ve been sleeping in, working and enjoying hearing from friends and family.  It’s not really different than any other day, except I got presents (because my baby rocks) and because I’m older.

I shall return soon to blog as there are lots of things on my mind. Hope your weekend is as good as mine will be! We are doing family dinner and celebrating both mine and Big Daddy’s birthdays this weekend!

~Mel

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While trying to think of what to write about, since nothing has come to me…I was going to check what people read about on my blog.  I find this funny – here are the “searches” that led people to my blog last week/this week:

“big circle knit stitches, nasty letters that tell someone off in a nice way, husbands take wives for granted poems, I’m a grandma ode, status updates about drama”

On the upside, while I don’t post about those topics, last week this post generated the most reads ever on my blog!

So, keep searching for what you are and hopefully you’ll keep reading.

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