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A Swap & Shawl Knitting

I joined a swap on Ravelry a little while ago, called the No Money, But The Postage Swap. So, the idea is to send things that you already have…in your stash, in the home, etc. The only money that you are allowed to spend is on the postage. Nifty idea, I say. My swap partner sent her package to me and it arrived at my doorstep yesterday evening. Yay! I have a lot of new-to-me goodies. Books to read, yarn to play with, soap, a coconut scented candle, stitch markers, a new cardigan pattern, a small project bag with cute kitties on it, a key chain, cat toys, some earl grey tea, etc. Fun stuff. I love it all.

I am still compiling my swap partner’s package. I have a few more things to add. I can’t share what I am placing inside the package, in case my partner reads my blog. You never know. So, mums the word. I will discuss what I put in the package, after it arrives to my partner, maybe?

In other life news…I got another letter from my oldest daughter, Taelor. She’s at boot camp, becoming a US Marine in South Carolina. She is into her third week of it. She says, the PT stuff is going well for her, the food isn’t bad, and there is a lot more class time than she thought there would be. She mentioned that South Carolina has some awesome thunderstorms and she loves them. I did mention to her that you have not experienced a storm until you have been in the South. The Pacific NW’s thunderstorms are let downs, usually. Tae also mentioned a few girls who are being difficult, not getting along with others and refuse to work as a team, and it gets the rest of the company in trouble. I don’t blame her for getting irritated at these girls. They are making it more difficult for everyone else. Get with the damned program, people. Otherwise, Tae is doing well. She misses home and my cooking, of course. 🙂

It’s showery this morning, in Portland. It’s warm and quite humid. Sticky! I slept terrible last night. Too warm in my bedroom. That is with the window open (much to my allergies dismay) and the fan blowing air around the room. Hubby kept throwing the blanket onto me. Obviously he was just a hot as I was. I heard the newspaper delivery guy at 3am. He delivers the paper the same time every morning. SLAM! My bedroom window is right above the front door. I hear all. Once we get over this rainy kind of day…the weather is going to heat up around here. Near 90 degrees this coming weekend. I am excited that Summer is here, but not the heat. One of our fans broke, not long ago. We are one fan short. I want to buy a new one, but Hubby is a procrastinator on this. I’m gonna be all melty this weekend. One day I am buying a portable air conditioner for this apartment. One day…I know, I say that every year.

 I managed to only knit one more repeat of the Vlad Shawl, yesterday. I have knitted three out of the seven body repeats, so far. I hope to find time to knit more on the shawl today. I have to really concentrate on the shawl, while knitting on it. I tried to keep markers on the shawl, to keep track of repeats, but the markers move around. I thought I was crazy at first, or my stitch count was off. It seems to be the nature of the pattern. I gave up on the whole stitch marker idea, for now.

My other lace shawl project was ripped out yesterday. I was so upset with it that I actually cried. It was one of those things. I was trying to slide some stitches over to the edge of the needle and 5 + stitches came off. The yarn is VERY slippery on the needles. I tried to fix the boo-boo, but being lace, it was not cooperative. So, I ripped it out. It totally sucks. I was about 75% done with the shawl. I am going to restart the shawl again, sometime soon. Probably with a different yarn, of the less slippery variety. I’ll figure it out later.

I am now off to begin my “work” for the day. I have some design stuff to work on, a PDF to make, some design submissions to look through to decide if I want to participate. I have some house cleaning, a cat box to empty, clothes to wash and hang, emails to answer, a package to compile for my swap partner, etc. I’m a little behind, today. Once I catch up…I can knit for a bit.

What have you got goin’ on today? I’m nosy, do tell…

Categories: general, knitting, WIPs
  1. Kim
    June 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Nice, I just left a comment on this post on your previous post LOL this is why I never comment, to easy to screw things up. Anyways, I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks 🙂

    • June 29, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Thank you for reading. No problem on screwing up the comments. I enjoy all of the comments, no matter. 😉

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