So, I have decided that I have been struggling with my blog lately. I've been sick and kind of uninspired on here. I struggle with what to share and what to say. I have been blogging for over 13 years and over 5 years on this blog. I'm kind of bored with it.
That being said...I am not giving up blogging. I am just going to try a different format. I've had a blog on Tumblr for a while and I want to give that one a whirl. I will share my knitting adventures and cat photos just like on here...maybe a bit less of my personal bitching...? I'm hoping to share more...per day.
Anyways, I hope you all change your links and read me over on my Tumblr Blog, PDX Princess
Thanks for reading this blog for so long. I have enjoyed it over the years. Okay, Happy Knitting, my friends.
Friday, December 6, 2013
So, I am addicted to Carmex. Well, I do love Carmex and prefer it...it's more of a lip coating obsession. I have to have something on my lips at ALL times, especially in Winter.
Is this weird? Before I get in bed, to go to sleep, at night, I will put Carmex on and sleep with it on. I hate chapped lips. What can I say?
Am I the only one that does this? Yeah, so now you know my weird little obsession. Hmmmm...
Happy Weekend. Stay Warm!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I'm staying inside and knitting with my hot tea and a blankie and the cats to keep my cozy. I'm not going out there. Brrrrr...
I did it. I finished this vest, for the Hubby's birthday, with time to spare. That almost NEVER happens. I finished the vest tonight and Hubby's actual birthday is not until the 14th.
Whew, I did it. I'm very happy with it too. I'm glad it's over. The tiny cables on the front of the vest got to be quite annoying to knit, but I have to say it was well worth it.
I hope, hope, hope the vest will fit him. The chest measurement is almost spot on. So, the vest will be a bit fitted. We shall see...
SPECS ON THE VEST:
Pattern: Handsome Pewter Vest, a free pattern.
Yarn: approximately 2.5 skeins of Caron Simply Soft in "grey heather."
Needles: US # 6 ciruclar needles for the ribbing/trimmings and US # 8 for the body of the sweater.
Notes: the vest is only cabled on the front. The back is knit in stockinette stitch.
Ravelry Page: see here for more photos, info.
Size: Small/40" chest
Time: 1 month. November 6th-December 5th.
Verdict: I love this vest. Glad I made it. The pattern is well written and easy to follow. I just hope the Hubby will enjoy this as his birthday gift from me.
Stay warm, my knitting pals. It's bleepin' cold out there.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Really, I am still alive...I've just been sick in one form or another for the past month, it seems. I have started to feel better today. Let us just hope it stays that way. I am so tired of being sick...
I start feeling better just in time for Portland to get in the grips of a really cold snap. Something like, "the coldest temperatures" in four years. In the 20's for tonight and we may reach freezing for a high, the next few days. Yeah, that is too cold for me. I am going to just stay inside and be warm and cozy.
Phinnegan, the cat, has his cozy place all ready to go. He burrows into his blankie and spends about 80% of his time there lately. Yes, he snores.
Despite my complaining...the vest is coming along well. I have no words on that. I am going to work on the vest a bit more tonight and hopefully in the morning.
I haven't touched any other knit projects. I think I have forgotten what is in the bottom of my WIPs basket. Bad me.
Happy Knitting! :-) Until tomorrow...
Thursday, November 28, 2013
What am I thankful for today, My family. I love my family and they mean the world to me...I don't share photos or posts about my family too often. So, this is them...
Other, non-pictured family members that mean so much to me...Papa and Mama E who support me in everything I do. My sister, Tanja, the older we get the more we get along and understand each other. My Mother-In-Law who is like my 2nd Mom. She adopted me and taught me how to cook...Even my real Mother who I haven't spoken to in years and years. I miss her, sometimes...
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
|The Hubby. My love, my rock and partner in crime for over 24 years.|
|My oldest daughter, Taelor. Miss US Marine. I'm very proud of her.|
|The youngest daughter, Hannah. The smart one who will do great things.|
|My two cats, Phinn and Pixie. They make me laugh every single day.|
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I started my Elder Tree Shawl yesterday with one yarn...ripped it out and decided to use a different yarn. I am much happier with the shawl now. This pink yarn has a nice drape and softness near my neck. I am pretty picky when knitting anything that is going near my neck. If the yarn is itchy at all, it is a No-Go for me. I wouldn't wear it. Why would I knit a shawl that I wouldn't wear? So, I began the shawl again...in this yarn.
I am already on my second repeat of Chart B. It's easy. The lace pattern is easily memorized and fun to work on. I also like that this shawl is worked in worsted weight yarn. It makes progress more see-able. I like quick progress...
OH, have you heard that Knit Picks is having a huge yarn sale until December 1st?? It's my favorite yarn sale. I participated in it last year and I got a whole sweater's worth of yarn for $11.00. So, I am excited to order more yarn this year. I have big plans for this yarn. This year I am going to make it to the $50 for free shipping easily. I am not going to share what I am ordering just yet...but there will be two sweaters worth of yarn, a camisole, a shawl, socks and a bulky hat will be knitted soon. My favorite sock yarn Stroll is on sale for half off. This is when I buy my sock yarn, folks. I can hardly contain my excitement on ordering yarn.
Just send me yarn for Christmas...Okay? Well...anything yarn or knitting related. Scratch that! After this yarn sale, I will be busy knitting for a good while. I may have to knit from my stash in 2014 to work my stash down a bit. I am limited on space for yarn right now. I'm bursting at the seams...errrrrmm closet. I have most of my yarn shoved into my hallway linen closet and the over flow is on my bedroom shelf. Maybe I should go through my stash and get rid of stuff that I haven't used in years...?
I think I am getting sick. The teen daughter has been dealing with a nasty sickness this week. I think she passed it my way. I have the cough, runny nose, tired/achy thing going on. She got the flu from a few friends at school. I am not feeling too bad yet...just kind of off, right now. I am hoping that I am just crazy and won't get this flu. I haven't gotten sick with the flu since the whole Swine Flu outbreak several years ago. Yeah, the entire family had it. It was awful. So, I am sure this flu will be just fine, run-of-the-mill...Ugh!