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Going Back…

So, as annoying as this is going to be for many of my blog readers…I am heading back to my old blogger blog, Yeah, I know. I just wanted to let everyone know. As much as I love WordPress and blogging here. The space for images, in this free version, is not large enough. I am already halfway through my free image storage space, and have only been blogging here for a little over a month. I am not paying for extra storage. Sorry. I would pay for my own domain before I did that.

SO…blogger is more image storage friendly. Besides most everything of mine is connected to Google/Blogger anyways. It just makes it easier to have it all in one spot.

I will be blogging at my old location:

😀 pdx-princess.blogspot.com/

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Done: Oaklet Shawl

July 18, 2011 1 comment

I had a fairly productive weekend, knit-wise. I managed to finish another triangular shawl with a lace edging. Go me! I’m on a roll. My Summer of the shawl continues…Isn’t is prettiful? I love this shawl. So simple.

I had to use the flash on my camera to get the colors to come out. It’s so dark and dreary here this morning. Cloudy and cool, here in PDX right now. I refuse to complain about our lack of Summer weather, here, while the rest of the country is in a serious heat wave. I keep telling myself, it could be worse. I will take the cooler weather, thank you. I think my cats will agree. They hate the heat as much as I do. 🙂

Info On The Shawl:

Pattern: Oaklet Shawl, a free ravelry download by Megan Goodacre.

Yarn: Berroco Sox Metallic, 1 skein with a bit leftover. Color: Papaya; 73% super wash wool, 25% nylon, 2% other fibers. 380 yards. (the yarn has a silver sparkly thread throughout.

Needles: US # 5 ciruclar needle.

Notions: two stitch markers used to make the center area of the shawl.

Ravelry Page: You can view more photos and notes on the shawl, here.

Mods: None.

Time: 17 days, or so. July 1-17, 2011.

Verdict: I love this shawl. It’s so simple and pretty. The pattern is well written and I had zero issues with it. I worked on this shawl (stockinette section) while watching TV and movies. Not much concentration required. The lace portion of the shawl is written out as well as charted. I used the written instructions to complete the lace part, personally. It turned out really great. The yarn is great, love the colors and I am pleased with the finished shawl. Love!

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A Quiet Saturday

I am hoping for a quiet Saturday. So far, it’s good. I plan to spend my quiet time working on some personal knitting project, not the work variety. Well, unless you could knitting on a sock sample…work? I plan to finish the last sock this weekend, sometime.

Otherwise, I will spend my time finishing up the Oaklet Shawl. I have made it to the bottom lace section. 18 more rows to go and I am finished. I am loving the triangular shawls this Summer. I can’t explain why. I have never been much of a shawl person. Maybe it’s the challenge? I have no idea.

The colors in my yarn/shawl are really brighter in person. I am not sure why my camera and lighting decided to wash out the colors in the photo. I prefer natural lighting over using the flash. I love the yarn. It’s Berroco Sox Metallic. It sparkles. The colors pool all funky with the shawl, but I am alright with that. The weirder it is, the more I love it. I plan to wear this shawl as a scarf, not as a shawl.

The other personal knitting project I have been working on is the Hotness Top. I am using Knit One Crochet Too Wick in # 676 Ocean Blue, for the top. I am hoping for an airy Summer top. I’ll snap some progress photos of the top, later. I am in the realm of boring stockinette stitch on the back piece.

And this is how I plan to spend my quiet Saturday. The weather here is much to be desired. 60’s and showers. I’m staying in…What are you up to this weekend?

Categories: general, knitting

Today’s Random Thoughts

July 14, 2011 2 comments

Today’s post will be some of my random thoughts and happenings…

– My allergies are killing me this morning. Does one built up a tolerance or immunity to the dose of an allergy pill? Mine do not seem to make much of a dent anymore.  I managed to sneeze myself into a headache, this morning. I bet I sneezed 10 times in a row. Now, I have the drippy nose. So annoying! When will the allergies go away? Usually I have Spring allergies from late February through mid-June. This year is so different. I am still suffering. It’s mid-July. I’m just tired of it, over it.

– I received another letter from Taelor, yesterday. She is doing well in South Carolina. She actually likes boot camp. What, is she nuts? I swear she is not my child. I am glad she is doing well and enjoying all of the physical activity. She misses some foods. She made a list of all the foods she wants to eat when she gets home in early September. Burgers and fries were on the top of the list. I reckon I can swing that.

– I have a sweet and understanding Husband. I’m lucky. Last night, we were both sitting on the couch, immersed in our laptops. Hubby asks me, “Hey, do you like this color?” It was a golden yellow color of YARN. I said yes. What’s not to love? He didn’t mention it again. I did not think too much of it after that. This morning, in a text, Hubby said that my yarn should arrive here, by early next week. Ummm…what yarn, I had to ask. I was confused and had already forgotten. So, Hubby ordered some yarn for me. Isn’t that the sweetest? My guess, it is a belated birthday present.

– Today is an anniversary of sorts. Not necessarily a happy one, but I do observe it yearly. Today, 17 years ago I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. I had just turned 20. My doctors, at the time, were baffled on why I ended up with “juvenile diabetes” at that age. No one could figure it out. I have no family history. Relatively healthy and I weighed 125 lbs at the time. I got sick quite suddenly. I just felt awful one day…thought I had a flu-type thing going on. It progressed to other symptoms and I ended up in the ER. At the time, I did not know much of anything about diabetes. I had heard of it, in passing. So, I had to learn everything. Injecting myself with insulin was the worst thing ever, at first. Not being able to eat what I wanted, when I wanted was second worst. Low blood sugar episodes are also awful. 17 years later…I have managed to live with the disease, for the most part. I still dislike it. It disrupts my life. I still resent things about it, etc. I now have other health issues that are directly related to my diabetes. I have my good days and my bad days.

– Recently my 15 year old daughter has asked me about birth control. I am SO not ready to deal with this whole idea. She promised me that she is not having sex yet. She was just discussing with me the whole idea of protecting herself for when she does want to. I want to hold my hand over my ears and repeat, “No, no, no!” I had better get with the program. She will eventually “do it” whether I agree with it or not. I have always been open about sex with my daughters. We discuss it, talk about what could happen, how to protect oneself, etc. I don’t wish for my daughters to end up as a teen pregnancy statistic, like I did. I have no regrets about having Taelor at age 17. I want my girls to have choices that I did not have, is all. Did I mention…I am not ready for this, with my youngest daughter?

– Knitting. Well, I have taken to knitting on personal projects in the evenings now. I sleep much better, thank you. I had issues with turning my brain off at night. I would obsess over design ideas or mistakes instead of sleeping. I now save the designing and sample knitting for the mornings. I like this schedule much better. I am hoping to get more done this way. More productive, maybe? We shall see…

– Lately, a kitty has been visiting me. He’s been around for several years. Sometimes I won’t see him for months and then he just pops in. He sits on my back patio and stares at me through the glass door. Often he will tap the glass to get my attention. He wants me to come outside and pet him. A few times, the cat even trots into my apartment and partakes in my cats food dish. He is extremely friendly and sweet. I know he belongs to someone around here. He wears a collar and his tag says his name is “Elvis.” This makes me giggle. He does not seem like an Elvis. He is a beautiful brown, multi-colors of browns/black Maine Coon. He is large and a fluff ball. I want to take him in and keep him all to myself. He is also “fixed” which is a good thing. Elvis has visited me twice in the past week. He likes my scratches, I guess. When he left…I told Hannah, the youngest, “Elvis has left the building!” We had some laughs over that.

– What is up with the weather in the Pacific NW right now. Clouds, rain and cool. We have yet to reach 90 degrees this Summer. I suppose I shouldn’t complain about that, because I HATE the heat. It’s been in the 60’s mostly here the past week. We did reach 71 yesterday afternoon…and humid. It even rained for a short time. Summer is usually our dry season…and it will not rain until September, sometimes. Just an odd year all around, for the weather. I am guessing this is why my allergies are all wonky too.

Well, that is all I have in my head for this morning. I have some work to do. House cleaning stuff first. Then some design knitting. Is it the weekend yet?

Categories: cats, general, motherhood, randoms

A Designer Obsessed

July 13, 2011 2 comments

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…”

My latest design obsession is shown above. I finished a small sample last night and blocked it, to eventually share with the person I will be submitting the design to. I get inspiration from random things. I get an idea and I become obsessed with it…until I finish and it’s out of my head and/or out of my design notebook. Right now, this design is sort of consuming my head. I get a bee in my bonnet and have to go with it.

The post I made before, about being up way too late/early working on charts…is this design. I hand drew the charts, from my head. I had to knit a sample to see if the actual knitted version would look like I imagined and what I had drawn on paper. I need the visual. This is just me.

Can you guess what the inspiration is? If you read the quote above and recognize it, you would know. So, who’s gonna Google it? Cheater! 😉 Alright, I forgive you.

I am not going to share what this design is for, just yet. Things are still in the works. I need to figure out what yarn I want to knit this one in. Knit Picks yarn, maybe? It depends on where I can get my hands on fingering weight yarn in black.

So, the sample is done and I am pleased with it. Now to work on my sock design for today. I am close to finishing the sock samples…I will then be writing out the actual pattern. I can handle a few hours of sock knitting. It just doesn’t seem much like work. Off to “work” I go…

Busy Bee Is Me

This is my view for today. It’s the clean, neat version of my “desk area.” It will get messy real quick, give it 5 minutes. Technically I no longer have a desk. I gave it to the youngest daughter for her studying, upstairs, in her bedroom. I have to convert the dining room table into my desk, when needed. Believe me…the dining table allows for sprawl. I usually have papers, yarn, swatches, spread out over the entire table.

Creativity cannot be contained…

I have way too many design projects in the works. I seem to have inspiration ALL at once. Without giving too much away on my designs, here are what I am working on, in varying degrees of finish-ness.

  • – A new sock design, made for a knit-along that will be going on in September, on ravelry.
  • – A scarf with a lace edging along the side.
  • – A new slouchy hat design made with cotton yarn.
  • – A triangular lace shawl for a new book proposal, in the works. (mummmms the word)

With all four of the designs going on…my brain hurts. I was up until almost 3am last night, errrr morning, working on the charts for the lace shawl. I have discovered that it isn’t enough for me to calculate numbers and chart it out…I have to draw the chart out and visually see it before I “get it.” I drew out one chart over and over again, making adjustments, for hours, last night. I refused to go to bed until I figured it all out. THEN, I layed in bed, while my brain kept going and going.

Seriously, I need to make a morning schedule for all of my designing. I will keep late night for knitting on personal, more relaxing projects. I may be able to sleep better. You think? I can’t help when inspiration strikes. I have learned to keep a notebook nearby for writing down my ideas. Yes, I have gotten up in the middle of the night to write an idea down. I have even had a design idea while in the shower. I get weird timing, sometimes.

Other things I am doing today…House chores. I did half of my “to-do” list yesterday. I am working on the other half, today. A lot of vacuuming will be performed some time today. I need to clean my bedroom, do a load of laundry, vacuum the upstairs and downstairs. I will make the youngest child take out the trash and recycle this too. There will be arguing over it. It may just be easier to do it myself.

Phinn is being Mr. Cuteness this morning. He likes to roll around on the carpet. He will stare at you until you talk to him, then roll into another position and stare again. I call this his “pose.” He poses like this all the time. Phinn also sleeps sprawled like that. He is a bed hog. He will lay on his back, in bed, between Hubby and I. It’s like having a toddler between you all night. Heaven forbid, Hubs and I get in a snuggle. Add in Pixie, my middle cat, and the bed gets quite crowded at night. Pix likes to sleep curled up at my back, on the outside of the bed. Occasionally I wake up and she is wrapped around my head, on the pillow. One day I will be smothered by my cat…

Phinn is such a rolly-polly. I leave you to admire his cuteness. Off to work I go. Have a great day, everyone.

Categories: cats, general, knitting, work

Finished: Vlad

I am happy to report that I have finished my Vlad. I completed it on Saturday, my birthday. I blocked the shawl for most of yesterday. Blocking lace is not one of my strong suits. I am surprised it turned out looking fabulous.

This is my first triangular lace shawl. Well, one that I have managed to finish, anyway. Also, this is my first time using lace-weight yarn for any project. Remind me later, how crazy that is. Right now, I am riding the “I finished it” high.

I love, love, love this shawl. It wasn’t as hard to knit it, as it appears. It looks so pretty and delicate. It’s so beautiful that I want to frame it, rather than wear it. Silly me. I am ridiculously proud of this shawl.

Info On The Shawl:

Pattern: Vlad, by Tammy Bailey, a free download on Ravelry.

Yarn: 1 skein of Knit Picks Gloss Lace (440 yards) 70% merino wool, 30% silk, in #24502 Fiesta. I love the yarn. It was my first try with it. It’s sooooo soft.

Needles: US # 5 circular throughout.

Size: One size

Mods: None. Knitted the pattern as written.

Time: 12 days from start to finish.

Verdict: LOVE! The shawl came out beautiful. I can’t gush about it enough. I knitted this shawl as a knit-along for the True Blood group I belong to on Ravelry. It was a lot of fun to knit the shawl with other fans. It kept me going…I recommend the pattern. It is mostly charts, but not hard to follow at all. I want to make another Vlad…in a different color. I also think I will make it bigger too. That is easily done by adding more “body repeats.”

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