June 15, 2012

One day my log will have something to say about this.

Way back on leap day Pete and I took a 2 day trip up through Washington, guided by an itinerary of Twin Peaks related stops.  It was awesome!

Log

Besides all the Lynch nerdery involved, it was also a fun way to see tons of gorgeous places all over the great pacific northwest.  I love Oregon oh so much, but wow, Washington is kind of amazing.  More of that later, as I take you chronologically through our journey…

Shore off Kiana Lodge

There are tons more photos on flickr; these are a few select favorites to show you the highlights.  So yeah, we started at the beach where Laura Palmer’s body was found – the log was pretty spectacular!

Log

Shore off Kiana Lodge

The Kiana Lodge, which was probably the most major Twin Peaks location, used as the Blue Pine Lodge and the interior of The Great Northern and other interiors as well I think, is right on that beach…

Kiana Lodge

And it’s all kinds of cool, and some pretty Lynchian creepiness as well…

Kiana Lodge

Kiana Lodge

The buildings were all closed but we peeked through many windows…

Kiana Lodge

Kiana Lodge

Kiana Lodge

Kiana Lodge

Kiana Lodge

So then we headed over to our hotel, which was just around the corner from the lodge (and across a bridge from Bainbridge Island) – the big building on the left of this photo (that’s the log on the right):

Shore off Kiana Lodge

Over there where we stayed, the owls are not what they seem

owls

Coffee table top in the hotel lobby:

log table

That night, we took a short drive across the bridge to Bainbridge Island and checked out Churchmouse yarn shop there, then had dinner at the buffet in the casino next to the hotel.  We considered playing blackjack, in the Twin Peaks spirit of One Eyed Jack’s, but there was a minimum bet more than $1 and we didn’t feel like throwing away money… yeah, gambling isn’t our style ;)  We did loose a few dollars in the nickel slots though; see, we’re not total party poopers!  Anyway, the hotel lobby area is overlooking the shore, so we had our breakfast the next morning by the window:

hotel breakfast view from our Hotel

Then we got on the ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle…

ferry to Seattle

Which was amazing!  But… oh wow so cold!

ferry to Seattle

ferry to Seattle

ferry to Seattle

Once back on land, we drove straight through Seattle and out into the wilderness, then into a small town for lunch and pie

Double R Diner

…at the Double R Diner!  Er, Twede’s Cafe actually:

Double R Diner

Twede's Cafe

Double R Diner

Black as midnight on a moonless night:

Black as midnight on a moonless night.

Twede's Cafe

Then we drove through the small town roads and took in all the Twin-Peaksyness of it all…

Twin Peaks zone

…imagining that the teens were up to no good, of course (they were walking on the railroad tracks!)…  We even witnessed a local cop slyly passing a note, along with a secret handshake, to the clerk at the local creepy thrift shop (the secret part probably being in our imaginations, but the rest was totally true!).

Twin Peaks zone

Giant log:

Giant Log!

And up the road awhile, we arrived at Snoqualmie Falls, also the exterior of The Great Northern:

Snoqualmie Falls

Holy wowzers, it was majestic!!

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls

After taking in all that awesomeness, we hit the road again for a quick drive over to our next stop – and we passed by this bridge (pretty sure it’s this one)…

Twin Peaks bridge

…and some more picturesque scenery.

Twin Peaks zone

Then we turned the corner, and were at the Sheriff’s Department

Twin Peaks sites

…which overlooks the sawmill:

Twin Peaks sites

Twin Peaks sites

We needed a bit of a rest after a long day, before hitting the road back home to Portland, so we stopped off at the Roadhouse!

The Roadhouse

Sadly, the inside is nothing like what you’d think/hope, but it was still cool to have a beer at the Roadhouse, if you’re a big nerd that is.

The Roadhouse

And that was that, some more beautiful Washington nature and we were on our way home.

Washington out the window

It was quite the 2 day adventure!  If you live in the northwest, you should totally copy the trip; even if you’re not a huge Twin Peaks nerd, I still recommend some of the stops.  Amazing stuff, really.  Like I said, check out flickr if you want to see more – I took over 800 (!!) photos total, which is why it’s taken me three and a half months to edit them and blog the trip.  I narrowed it down to a mere 174 on flickr though!

Log

And I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes (because we have a Doug Fir tree in our backyard)…  Got to find out what kind of trees these are. They’re reeally something.

Twin Peaks zone

Filed under: personal,photos — leethal @ 10:00 am

June 7, 2012

leethalknits.com! 20% off all patterns! yeah!

My new site is up!  Head to leethalknits.com to explore all my knitting patterns in one place.

To celebrate this launch, you can save 20% off all leethal patterns and ebooks!  Enter coupon code leethalknits to use it on any number of my patterns you want!

leethalknits.com page

That code will work for a week, ending next Thursday the 14th.  You could take advantage of it to get $4 off Remixed if you don’t have the collection already ;)  Want to learn more about the website?  First of all, when you’re on the home page, hit refresh a few times – there are 17 different knitting-progress photos on the left that randomly rotate.  I had fun making that part!

leethalknits.com leethalknits.com

I wanted the site to be as simple as possible – an organized place to browse through all my patterns (including all quick knits, which are separate and not well organized on leethal.net), with minimal details crowding and cluttering… With as many patterns as I have (over 80), it was impossible to make it as clean and simple as I’d hoped, but I think I managed to do okay.

leethalknits.com

I did build one page with all the patterns (above) – clickable from the bottom of the home page – and I considered making that the home page, but I like dividing the patterns between collections, solo, quick knits, and free; it feels more organized that way.

leethalknits.com page

So, there are those 4 main category pages, pages for the ebook collections, and then each pattern has its own page (with the exception of the quick knits, which are all in their pairs).  The pattern pages are just a few key details, links to the rav page, photos, blog post, so you can click over to learn/see more details if you want, and then buy buttons, just the basic essentials.

leethalknits.com page

I tried to make it all as easy to navigate as possible while keeping it clean and minimal (for me at least, it’s very minimal).  Besides the pattern pages, there are just one info page and one wholesale page, and that’s it.  See?  Minimal!

leethalknits.com page

It’s not perfect for mobile viewing, but it functions.  For some reason, on my iPad, the heading on the home page doesn’t align to the right like it’s supposed to, so it overlaps a lot with the background photo, but oh well, I think all the important elements work.  (Let me know if you come across anything that doesn’t work on your browser or device?  This is the downside of amateurishly building my own sites, I’m not knowledgable enough to be confident it works on all browsers, so I have to ask these things… hopefully it works fine and there won’t be any problems.)

leethalknits.com page

I put a little section of feedback quotes on the info page – all taken from ravelry project notes.  If I put a quote by you here, I hope you don’t mind!  I’ll be rotating them out as I read new quotes I want to add… There are also lots of links on that page, so you can easily click over to leethal.net, the blog, craft tutorials, leethal groups and social media presences, etc…

So yeah, that’s my new site!  Enjoy!  And happy knitting!!

Filed under: knitting,leethal.net — leethal @ 7:22 pm

June 2, 2012

Pop cobbler and lots of other stuff and news and things

Okay I’m going to jump around a bit since I’ve been gone for awhile (from here, busy times) – first, I’m extending the raffle for the Remixed knit-a-long by a few days.  I’ll be picking winners on Monday night or Tuesday morning, so you have till then to get any Remixed projects you’ve made up on ravelry (with photos) to enter the giveaway! (More in the rav forums here.)  If you’re late to the KAL and just starting a project now, that’s okay, the rav project photos can be in-progress and you’ll still be entered in the raffle!

twitter mystery KAL section 1

Speaking of knit-a-longs, there are some changes to the twitter mystery KAL; it is now going on a bit longer, ending on July 6th.  Section 2 still ends on June 26th, but now I’ll be giving you some options via tweets for what to do after that and there will be some new repeat rows tweeted daily, with the whole thing coming to an end after a couple more sections of those repeat options.  The free pdf will be released at that point, once the tweets are all out.  Above and below are some somewhat mysterious photos, but you can check in with the ravelry group weekly threads (or my flickr stream) to see weekly progress photos – we’re now a bit into section 2 so you can get an idea of how the construction is working.

twitter mystery KAL section 1

Yesterday, June 1st, marked an exciting anniversary for me – 4 years since leaving my day job to be self-employed full time!  (Well, May 27th actually, but I always think of it as June 1st being the self-employment mark.)  Since my high school and college graduations happened after 4 years, and I worked day jobs out of college for exactly 4 years, I kind of feel like I’ve graduated from my self-employment struggling trial period or something, like it’s really official now and I’m beginning the next stage of my life where hopefully this whole career thing just keeps getting better!  Yay!

easy cobbler

Another fun thing, though completely off in a different direction… we had a couple friends over last night so I decided to try out this insane recipe (found via pinterest), mostly out of intense curiosity.  It totally worked!  For my version, I used 1 bag of frozen strawberries and 1 bag of frozen blueberries, white cake mix, and ginger ale.  We ate it with some Tillamook ice cream on top:

easy cobbler

We want to try it with different experimental variations – I think our next attempt will be with apple slices, spice cake mix, and Dr. Pepper!  (Pete’s idea)  And next time I think I’ll stir it up just a little so that all the cake mix gets wet – the recipe blog post warns “If you stir the two, you will have a cake like topping” but that sounds pretty good to me!

a squirrel friend!

I took some photos of a squirrel in our front yard, and I thought you might like to see them.  Speaking of photos, I just finally finished going through and editing over 800 photos I took over our 2 day trip up north 2 months ago (they’re not all flickr’d yet), so you can expect a blog post about that soooon!  The main thing I’ve been working on for the last month or so is my new website – leethalknits.com – which will be the place you can find all my knitting patterns, organized and separated from everything else leethal.  I feel like leethal.net is getting cluttered and needs to be redone a bit, so this new site is the first step, then I’ll be fixing up leethal.net to be more representative of what I’m doing now.  So that’s that plan.

a squirrel friend!

A couple other things… I am going to be teaching at Knit Fit! in Seattle in November, along with many other awesome teachers and I’m super excited about it!  If you’re anywhere near Seattle, I hope you can make it; you can follow the Knit Fit! blog to learn more about everyone involved and stuff.  I may be doing another fun thing besides teaching… still a secret for now, but it might be awesome!

A little while back I was interviewed for Knitters Rumble blog, so you can read that if you’re interested.  I’ve been tumbling a few things lately, like movies and records, so when I’m absent from this blog, at least there’s that… I do have several posts planned for here… anyone want to give me extra hours in the day so I can do all I want/need to do?  Damn time!  Anyway, one thing at a time, and for now I’m going to try to get this new website done, then move on to the next things… So for now, keep on doing stuff!  And happy knitting!

Filed under: contest/giveaway,knit-a-longs,knitting,random stuff,recipes — leethal @ 3:41 pm
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