Sunday, June 28, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

What? It's Hot!

Good ol' St. Louie. Who needs a summer to start off small? Like usual, Let's see if we can fry dinner on the sidewalk. Needless to say with the soaring temperatures and the heat indexes over 100 for most of the week, there has been a lot of inside activities. The doggies want to play outside, and they kinda look at me like really, do we have to come in? Yeah, it's hot.

I have been continuing to work on a couple of items.
The dratted socks that are starting to near the finish line. Not that I don't love the colors, it's just they seem to be taking forever. Anyhoo, they should be coming off the needles in the next couple of days.

My Pi shawl is through tier 2, but I'm afraid I need to rethink this. I have only used about 2/3 of one ball. Hmm, I think not. I doubt it will be a pi shawl in the end. Looking for a different pattern. I love the reddish orange color, and I want to do it justice. Sigh, it might be a while before I consider that feat.

As far as spinning goes, I am still carding away on the Shetland fleece. Amazing how cool it is to work through the process of preparing to spin. I spun up a bobbin last night because I wanted to see if the carding was going okay. The color reminds me of a Latte. All creamy and foamy. I am aiming for 3-ply weight. Not sure what it will turn into a vest or a sweater, It depends on yardage. I might even dye it after.

Also in lu of Amy King's book release, Spin Control, Spunky club came today. The colorway is Selfish. I thought it was a perfect title, and the colors are spectacular! I really can't wait to put this on the wheel. This is a great way to start off the weekend.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Knit one, Frog one

That's how it's been going on the PI Shawl. I decided that I really couldn't live with the wonky diamonds, so I ripped it out and reknit. It looks a lot better. I got back to the 2nd round of the 2nd tier and made a mistake at the beginning of the round. Ugh, back to unknitting 288 stitches. I would have not minded the one row reknit, but I did it again on the next 2 rounds. Pay attention already! No picture yet. I want to finish the 2nd tier first. Hopefully by tomorrow I can take a picture.

Monday, June 15, 2009

A Little Fibery Goodness for a Monday

I haven't done a whole lot of craftiness recently. The latter part of last week I just didn't feel up to much. By Sunday I felt bad enough that I went to the ER. It amazes me really. I know they are only doing their job, but do they have to ask things like "on a scale of 1-10, what is your level of pain?" My response, "I'm here." Second EKG's. Really?! Before you get the wrong idea. I am okay. They gave me a breathing treatment, and prescription for pain meds and an inhaler. I'll live. Tired, but a little better today.

Fiber, right, that was what I was starting to talk about. I receive a wonderful package from my Kiwi swap partner. Lots of fiber to play with and I am going to try out some dyeing. Should be fun.

Here is what I just finished with. Its superwash merino singles. Lace to fingering weight. I am hoping a soak and whacking will strengthen it up a bit.

I also finished the latest installment of Spunky Club. The colorway is Pansy. It's Romney which is a medium wool. I spun it into low-twist singles because Romney can get scratchy if one is not very careful. Very fast and easy to spin up. If it blooms just right I think I have a hat pattern in mind.

On the needles, I added another project because I really wanted to do some lace. I started EZ PI Shawl. I finished the first tier. My diamonds are off because I decided that ripping back to my mistake was going to cost me more than it was worth. I just started the 2nd tier, and so far so good.

Still working my way through the shetland fleece.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

One Room Done

The guys finished the carpet in the office today. Moving commenced directly after. Since our house is so small, everything had to be moved out to start the floor in the living room. Fortunately, nearly everything that was in there was headed to the office. Oh my did I clean. Everything was full of dust and needed to be wiped down including any cords to the computers. I spent five hours cleaning and arranging the space.

The only thing that I am upset with is the carpet. I'll live with it, but I wanted charcoal grey. It looked like charcoal in the store light. I said something about being happy to find a dark gray. Obviously, the store personnel said nothing about the color. Hmmm, color blind eh? However, at home, in the room, it's nice shade of some kinda blue. Ugh! It doesn't look bad, but it's just not what I expected.

We still have some touch up areas and trim on one door to do, but basically it's done. We have the his and her theme going on.

Lawn Guy needs a real desk.

My side looks good though.

The book shelves show our interest. LG, baseball and car collect. Me, well, a tea set from Grandma S, and wine glasses that are over a hundred years old from Grandma J. There use to be eight in the set, but over the years there have been losses. Needless to say, we don't ever use them because the last two shattered in people's hands. I also have my Mother's jewelry boxes, and of course some fibery goodness.

Oh and the puppies, have a new friend.

Monday, June 8, 2009

2 Timin'

With all the construction going on the house, I just can't work on something that is complicated. I have a pair of socks going, and the sleeves of Lawn Guy's sweater that I want to concentrate on. I have a good 10 inches to knit on the sleeves of the sweater, and the socks, well, they are toe up, so we'll wait and see on those.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Home Revamp

Not much knitting going on. I swear each summer we decide to kick our fannies and work on something big in the house. Two years ago, I redid the bathroom from floor to ceiling, and the den's ceiling and walls. Now that doesn't sound like a lot, but I love texture on walls and ceilings. The bathroom walls were atrocious, and they needed lots of covering. There lays the first word in mudding. Lots of mudding and finger swishing! The ceiling in the den is the same way. I got DD to paint the walls in the den. It's a big room, and I just couldn't move after four 8 hour days doing the rest. Last year we put up the rest of the privacy fence, the shed, and sodded the steep, unforgiving front yard, painted DD room during the room swap. This year the remodeling continues.

We are still in the mitts of everything, but I decided to share what we have done so far. In the office, we ripped out one wall, removed the wallpaper from another wall, had someone else redo the ripped out wall, replaced two doors, and put in crown molding. We painted the room a lovely shade of lilac.

Can you believe Lawn Guy picked it out? Anyhoo, painting is still going on. All of the trim will be white when its finished. The carpet goes in hopefully on Monday. It's this side of black, but I think it will tie everything together nicely.

The living room is just starting.

DD cleared almost everything out, so we could start painting. Now LG picked out the color on the wall, and now he thinks its to dark. I personally love it, and think that by the time the laminate floor and white trim goes in it will be fine. Now this is where you, dear reader, come in. I need some opinions. Here's a picture of the color of the wall, the flooring, and a piece of trim. Now the room will have white crown molding and white base boards as well. The room is 13 x 14 and the hall and stairwell will also be in the green.

What do you think? Is it too dark?