New Place  

Thursday, September 6, 2007

You are invited to come on over to my new place at

Click on the link above to get there.

See you there and have a great day!

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What's Up  

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

There is always something going on lately. I have been cleaning and organizing, my home, my office, my yarn room and more. I have been knitting, ripping, changing my mind and knitting again. I have been teaching, working and trying to get enough sleep. You know the usual stuff.

The yarn room is almost finished. I can't show pictures just yet, I need time to paint. I will tackle the painting later this month. Then I can attach my storage bins and shelves to the wall and I will have a pretty cool yarn stash room. Stay tuned, this will be a must see.

Meanwhile, remember this mess ..... It was my office at work.

Well my office now looks like this .... thanks to DH.

Unfortunately my work is all still there.... just in more organized piles. It is much nicer to come into the office now. DH moved my utility table around so you don't see it when you first walk in. One can see into my office from way down the hall and he said it looked more like walking into a storage room and not an office. It is so much better. Maybe now I can get all my work done. Ha!

I am working on this sock.

The yarn is Claudia's Handpainted yarn in the color Purple Earth. My friend Kathy gave me this yarn when she returned from her Sea Socks Cruise. I love the yarn. If the pattern looks familiar it is because I am making me the same pair of socks that I sent Joni, my Sockapalooza Four Pal. The only change I am making is that I am going to do a short row heel instead of the heel flap.

More about the progress of my Beaded Shawlette later. ttfn as my friend Maddy says!

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One Day at a Time  

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I have been busy, busy, busy. I am over obligated at the moment and am just taking things one day at a time in order to fulfill all of my current obligations. I will not over schedule myself ever again! I am completely overwhelmed and on auto pilot this week.

I am training a new employee, new to even the Oil and Gas Industry so that means in depth training at my full time more than 40 hour a week job. With the training time I give, there is no time get my work done so I have been working through lunch hour. I then stay late on Thursday, the one night a week I am not running off to to anything else. I miss my lunch knitting group. I am teaching a knitting class on Tuesday's, a different knitting class on Saturday's, which is great, I love to help people with their knitting, however we all know the 2 hour knitting class is not just 2 hours. There's travel time and people time before and after class. I bowl on Wednesdays. I am not thrilled about this but it is the one thing a week I do with DH. I also have to work in getting my allergy shots on Mondays and Fridays. Then, my weekends are scheduled to do style seminars, see grand kids, try to have knitting time, grocery shopping, organizing time, cleaning the house time, pay bill time and right now I feel all used up. I have not had a "day" to myself in a while.

I am looking forward to the long weekend coming up. I have Friday and Monday off, from my full time job anyway. I am still working at Knit Knack on Friday. Oh yea, I am teaching a class on Saturday but the rest of the time I want to just stay home, sleep a lot, clean and organize my house. I am also looking forward to a trip to Florida in mid September (but I have to work to get ready) and I will go to a knitting retreat at the end of October. Around then my teaching obligations will be completing and after that I will only teach one class at a time, but not again until January or after so I can have some downtime to selfishly knit for me. No one gets knitting from me this Christmas! Well, maybe some blankets for the kids but that's it!

Okay enough ranting and raving. I feel better already.

Look what came in the mail day before yesterday. Something to cheer me up that's for sure!

You got it the new Socks That Rock club package. I love the colors, I even think the pattern is very cute. You knit the lace cuff first and then pick up stitches and knit the foot.

Here is some Knit Knack people news!

Kay is working on the Noro Shrug. I love the colors. I know it looks like a big long rectangle now but just wait, it is really a cute shrug when put together.

Christie is making good progress on her beaded shawl. Pretty awesome for her first lace project and first knitting with beads project. I can't wait to see this one all finished.

Claudia finsihed her beaded shawl. Beautifully done, I might add.

Then I could not get a good picture of her tattoo but check this out for now. I really like it and want one.

Interesting news is, DH who hates tattoos said he could draw me a better one. I think that means I can get one if he draws it for me. What do you think??

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Lunch with a Friend  

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

I had lunch last Thursday with my friend Kathy. It was fun, once we hooked up. I need to make a note to always carry my phone with me when I make plans with Kathy. Something always happens, we get our wires crossed and end up waiting for each other on different street corners! We finally hooked up, after I went back to the office to grab my phone!

Anyway, we did not get much knitting done, Kathy showed me her acquisitions from Talbots and I showed her my Lady Eleanor.

My Lady Eleanor looked liked this before lunch.

Then based on Kathy's advice, we ripped. After lunch it looked like this.

Now it looks like this.

Do you see the difference. The blob of green in the middle is gone.

I had decided to knit this totally random, however the Noro came out of the skein. Yes, that is what I was going to do but it's Noro and one cannot really be totally random with self striping Noro, you know, the Noro that is never wound in the right order and the Noro where the colors never start in the same place. Yes, that Noro. That kind of random thinking ended up with me having a blob of green right in the middle of My Lady Eleanor. I have since been shown the light and changed my ways. The blob of green in the before picture bothered me at the time it happened, but I left it thinking it will be okay in the big scheme of things. Then, of course Kathy so very tactfully pointed out the blob of green and ever so innocently made the comment, "if it was mine, I would rip it" Of course at that moment, I knew what had to be done. The light came on and I started ripping it right then and there, with Kathy's help, of course. Thank you Kathy. (I think!)

I know some people wouldn't like ripping that much but when you spend a lot of money and put a lot of time into your knitting you should fix things that bother you. Of course if I would have fixed it the first time it bothered me way back when the blob of green first appeared, I would not have ripped so much. Another great knitting lesson learned.

So see the new poll and place your votes. Do you like Lady Eleanor before my lunch with a friend or after?

Also in reponse to the comment left by my precious little Dina here, yes Little Princess loves the Lady Eleanor and yes it is a lovely color for her ......

But this Lady Eleanor is going to be for Purple Princess's Grandma! It's going to be hard to get the Little Princess to give this one up but if she does then just maybe the Little Princess will be able to get her own Lady Eleanor made with the leftovers!

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It's Monkey Love  

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Look what I received from my Sockapalooza Four pal ....


It's a most wonderful package that includes a pair of my very own Monkey socks. I LOVE them, I love the color, I love the pattern and best of all they fit perfectly. I also received a skein of Trekking XXL in another beautiful color and the book Knitting Under the Influence with a very nice note. I love to read so the book is great, I started it this morning and so far so good. I think I might make me another pair of Monkey's with the yarn. The socks are really cute and the pattern looks fun. I wear my blue jeans a lot so the socks and the yarn both are great colors to wear with jeans.

Thank you so very much Steph. Don't pay attention to my wonky looking feet, (trust me it is my feet) but I want to show you just how well these socks fit. You did such a wonderful job. Thank you, thank you. They are just perfect.

What a wonderful experience I had with the Sockapalooza Four, I am very pleased. In addition, these are the first items that anyone has ever knit for me so they are very special socks and I will treasure them always, I cannot thank you enough, Steph. I loved getting this package.

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Only One Vote Counts  

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

You may have thought this blog was a democratic state blog. After all, you were led to believe so with the poll and being allowed to vote and all but that was hypocrisy in action and this blog is really a dictatorship and the Purple Princess Rules.

Sorry, I just couldn't handle looking at the red, black and white anymore. So not my colors! The biggest vote for changing it was mine! Please stay tuned to see a wonderful new look and a change of venue ...... coming soon.

Meanwhile Happy Knitting and .....

Check out the progress being made on my Lady Eleanor.
Oh yea and who rules the Purple Princess, Little Princess Dina of course!

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Oh No  

Friday, August 10, 2007

I am at it again. I won't say why really except to mention my hip is out, my back is hurting and I haven't been feeling well, it hurts to walk so here I sit with heating pads on my back and ice on my hip. I get bored.

I think this template has more zip. Okay, a lot of zip. Maybe too much zip but I didn't really like not being able to see all of the title on the other template and it was slightly bland for my taste.

Now tell me what you really think.

Up next is some real gnarly knitting content, so reader BEWARE.

While cruising away, knitting my Lady Eleanor from the book Scarf Style with the Tonalita yarn by Trendsetter, someting happened and I snapped. I started with a just bit cussing and then I progressed to some real live yarn bashing. After that things got sort of out of control and finally more than 1/2 of a skein of a tangled mess got thrown in the garbage. After that, I took the whole thing back into the store. I needed to cut my losses and move on and so I exchanged the remaining balls (10) for a more well behaved yarn that I could make the Lady Eleanor with. In that one skein of yarn, there were more than 7 knots ( I was not quite to 1/2) and in one section the yarn just kept tearing apart. That was it and I had enough. No more, it's gone , life goes on, S**t happens. The Tonalita is gone and I am now once again a calm, happy knitter, I am fine and I have moved on.

I am allergic to Noro Silk Garden. Last time I used it my hands broke out in a terrible rash that only recently healed. I do okay with Noro Kureyon so I bought this ... 15 skeins to be exact.

It is color 164. Yea that means a lot, huh. It has some teal, green brown, tan and will make a very pretty Lady Eleanor Shawl. I am happy now. I might have called this color Autumn Frost. They are warm rich colors with just a touch of a cool teal blue.

Lady Eleanor is to be, after all.

Lucky me, when this one is finished!

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