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Archive for August, 2009

travel knitting

Soon I will be leaving behind all the house renovation/redecoration/remodeling to be with my family, by the water, for an entire week of ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Now, I haven’t actually packed a thing, but I made good and sure that I had a few travel knitting projects ready to go.

The projects that I already had on the needles didn’t seem very vacation-friendly, so I decided to start a couple of new projects I had been eyeing for fall. I picked up a few hanks of good old Cascade 220 Heathers and cast on for Napoleon.  This vest seems to be one of those projects that has enough going on to keep the knitting interesting, but not so much going on that you wouldn’t actually want to wear it. I got quite a bit of the lower back completed and the tucks are just so cute. I’m kind of worried about the crochet edging (since I don’t crochet), but it doesn’t look like anything too, too complicated. I hope.

I always like to get my travel knitting started before leaving on a trip, just to make sure I have all the needles and notions that I need, and so I can look up those weird stitches that I always forget how to do, like that wacky “p2tog tbl” or something. So I also cast on for Piper…and now I can’t put it down! The construction is so clever and the piping is fantastic. I spent a lot of time looking for just the right color combination in the yarn shop. I usually play it pretty safe when choosing colors for projects, and I wanted to go a bit bolder with this hat. I was trying to decide between a couple of different color combinations when I spotted this beautiful aubergine heathered skein of Cascade 220. Nearby was the most delicious coral color. I put all the other yarn back and decided this color scheme would be absolutely perfect! For whatever reason I failed to recognize that the original pattern called for dark brown and orange. And I chose dark purple and coral. Yeeeaaah…I am SO creative.

As soon as I cast on for Napoleon I realized how long it has been since I spent some quality time with my knitting needles. I missed it more than I realized. Hopefully I’ll come home with some finished knits!

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dining room progress…

The house is starting to come together. Some rooms are nearly finished, just waiting for a few tweaks here and there. The dining room, however, still needs more than just a little tweaking, but I couldn’t wait any longer to start getting it into shape. I just couldn’t look at this anymore:

Now, I look at this:

That unfinished wall is waiting for a sliding glass door which will lead to the back yard. But the light fixture has been changed, the furniture is arranged, and I couldn’t help putting some color on the other walls…

That particular soft aqua hue wasn’t easy to find. It’s Araucana Blue by Matha Stewart, in Behr paint. The bottom half is just primed. The other big project in this room will be to create wainscoting on the bottom half of the wall. But for now, even the white primer is better than that pink paint!

I still have to hang artwork, shelves, and curtains, but I’m happy with the way it’s turning out!

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