Tuesday, March 28, 2006


I'm Melissa, and this is my knitting (and stuff) blog.

Since I've barely posted for months, I think its time for a do-over.

I'm a knitter. (OK. I'm a bunch of things, but I'm trying to focus here....)

I've been knitting for almost 12 years now, since my firstborn was a baby. I finished my first project about 10 years ago (it was my 10th or so _started_ project, which tells you a lot about what kind of knitter I am...)

I have 2 darling children, 12 and 4. (Scroll down for the 4 year old.) The 12 year old is also a knitter, and will pop up often with finished objects to show.

I am happily married to a wonderful guy.

That Guy and I work together at Adobe Systems, on this little project...

I _have_ been knitting lately. I finished the second Birch shawl (just like the first, but purple), and gifted it. It went over very well! I can hardly wait for the stained glass-return trade. (since it was so identical, I didn't take a picture...)

Now I am knitting Birch Shawl 3 for my sister. This one's a wedding shawl - and I'm in a bit of a rush. Wedding is May 14th. I've finished 2 repeats to date.*

I am also working out a pattern for tesselated kitties like the tesselated fish. (the fish blanket is my big-comment post to date. I really wish I could share the pattern with everyone who has requested it, but copyright...)

My daughter is really doing amazing knitting these days, though. Look at this adorable panda she knit:

Isnt' that wonderful? The pattern is from World of Knitted Toys. She worked very hard on it, and its lovely. She has a good friend who loves pandas, and its a gift for her.

Sadly, last Monday was Sabrina's last lesson with her piano teacher (her teacher has decided to stop teaching... sigh). We've been going to lessons since Sabrina was in Kindergarten. But, as a thank you gift, Sabrina made these:

I (with a great sigh) let her use some of my Malabrigo yarn. The pattern is based on Savannachik's Natalya mitts. (Lovely pattern). Sabrina perused my pair, and requested larger cables to make them more visible. I thought about it, and made a slight mod to the pattern. Instead of a 2x2 cable, we used a 3x3 cable, and increased the non-cable row repeat from 3 to 5. This was nice, because she could still cast on 40 stitches, and I didn't have to work out changes to the gusset. I think they turned out VERY well!

OK. That's enough catching up for now. I'm really going to try to post more regularly....

*Actually, I've done 3. But one got ripped out, because the yarn was not going to work with her wedding dress. I re-bought yarn, and have restarted...)