Hi there! So the temperatures have been hitting high around here, and we’ve been working hard on the house. When we finished the kitchen we moved our work straight upstairs to start on our bedroom. Knowing that the room would be finished quick, since any construction was already completed in it months ago (new closet added), this was an instant gratification job.

And boy…does it feel good.

A few years ago, we wanted to find a good blue for the bedroom that would have the same qualities of the dark green on the first floor. Being somewhat muted and heathery. We picked a color and went with it.

YIP 2009 | 11/365 | Corners of my home

And did not get what the paint chip showed we would get. This was 2 coats of the blue, and there was still ghosting. A third coat would have made our room almost pitch black! So we picked a lighter blue, which also turned out to be a horrible choice. And then we gave up for a little bit, living with a patchwork blue room that was so utterly dark and not at all what we wanted.

Next up? Bedroom. Repainting + Reflooring

We moved our things out of the bedroom, which was easy since our bedroom furniture consists of a bed, a bedside table, a chair, and a lamp. We got rid of our dressers a year or so ago, when Kasy built me a closet of my very own. Our work in the bedroom consisted of scraping, spackling, sanding, repainting, and reflooring. Here are some before shots.

Next up? Bedroom. Repainting + Reflooring

Next up? Bedroom. Repainting + Reflooring

We decided to stick with the gorgeous light blue that was used in the kitchen (Behr’s Tropical Breeze), and painted the ceiling cream as we’ve been doing in all our rooms as we renovate, to maximize light flow in our dark dark house.

Master Bedroom

Then we added in the flooring. Ok. Let’s be honest. Kasy did the entire reflooring job, while I was at Maryland Sheep and Wool. What a good man.

After the floors were put in

Moved our stuff back in…and have never been happier with this room! It is so peaceful. So serene. It stays so nice and light even when dark outside. It’s beautiful in the early light of early morning.

Master Bedroom! Finished!

The futon isn’t staying, by the way. We’ve moved our work onto Kasy’s daughter’s bedroom and needed to put her bed somewhere during that time. So for now, we have a little couch. Or thing that I put my clothes on instead of putting them away. Which ever.

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So the other thing I’ve been working on is the last of my 3 remaining items on my knitting short list. I have all 3 started and all 3 underway. This is a sneak peak of some very gorgeous woolly knitting going on over here.

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It’s the Acer cardigan in Green Mountain Spinnery yarn (Maine Organic in light gray and Wonderfully Woolly in Pine Warbler for the edging).

Stay tuned tomorrow, I’ll be posted a quick little yarn giveaway in the theme of RED for Project Spectrum.

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Like I mentioned previously, I’m working on some knitting projects that are bright red. The first of those projects were knee socks for Kasy and have since been finished. It’s been warm and rainy here, so not the best weather to have him model them. Soon. Soon. They are awesome.

The other of the two bright red projects is this sweater, for my mother.

WIP for my Mom

An Idlewood of her very own, in the same exact yarn as mine. That’s what she asked for, so that is what she’s getting. Luckily, I was able to score 8 skeins of the yarn from someone’s destash on Ravelry. You might recall, during my love song post to Rowanspun Aran, that I’ve mentioned the sad fact that this yarn is discontinued.

WIP for my Mom

I’m currently increasing for the arms, and hope to split them off soon to get moving on the body. Like my version, this sweater is to be worn with an inch or two of positive ease with minimal waist shaping and hit at a tunic length. Not sure on the sleeve length for this sweater yet, but my mom knows she has a bit of time before making that decision.

We recently purchased a 50lb bag of Vital Wheat Gluten flour for seitan making. A decision to no longer keep tofu in the house has spawned us making more seitan as an addition to our meals. Kasy is a meat/dairy eater and I eat meat occasionally (only liking red meat, when I do opt to eat meat) but prefer to continue eating mostly vegan. We don’t buy meat (expensive!) and our dairy food purchases are low as well (also expensive!). Lucky for us, I like to cook and have a history of vegetarianism and veganism and can cook vegan easily and enjoyably. I love to experiment with vegan cooking! Our output of packaging from food products is very low as well, but there are still places that we can improve and not buying tofu regularly is part of that mission. Those plastic containers really stack up. We were getting our vital wheat gluten from the bulk bins at Whole Foods, but decided to bite the bullet and get our own bulk bag of it (we also buy dried beans, rice, and lentils in bulk).

In a mission to find some new recipes for seitan and other meaty substitutes using vital wheat gluten, I came across this excellent little youtube video for “Seitan Cheat Balls.” It’s delicious and has a great consistency, as meatballs or even hamburger patties.

Seitan "meatballs"

I followed the recipe, for the most part, adjusting the spices to match what we have in the kitchen (garlic powder, black pepper, kosher salt). I’m growing some basil in our backyard, so hopefully I can add some of that deliciousness to the mix soon.

Pasta with seitan meatballs and mushrooms

One of the first nights I made this for dinner, it was to go with simple pasta with tomato sauce, with mushrooms from Lancaster Farm Fresh. We also get our nutritional yeast from Lancaster Farm Fresh. If you’re local, or in their catchment area of deliveries, we highly suggest using them to support Lancaster farmers and get amazing products! If you’re looking to ease your way off of meat dishes, or want a new way to make a seitan product, I highly suggest this little tutorial. I’ve been making double batches of the recipe and baking patties to keep in the fridge for Kasy to make quick lunches in the morning, with great success. If we had a bbq grill, I’d be grilling them up as well this summer.

The FINISHED Kitchen

May 15, 2011

I posted a little while back about the progress we were making on the kitchen. And then we finished the kitchen….and I didn’t tell you about it. It was 92% done, and we wanted to finish up some of the little things around the room before taking the glamor shots for flickr and the blog. Sorry for the lag…but here it is, in all its glory!

Our finished kitchen

Our finished kitchen

Our finished kitchen

Our finished kitchen

Our finished kitchen

Some details: The not built in kitchen furniture is from IKEA. The gorgeous photo on the wall was a gift from my high school best friend (also a talented photographer) and her very talented photographer husband, Joseph Ruggeri. The paint is Behr’s Tropical Breeze. The lights are all from Home Depot.

We love this room so very much. As always, all the home renovation photos are kept in this flickr set.

I took a wee break from work to go outside to take a picture of this:

Blue skies make me want to knit with blue

and then I looked up and saw this:

right now

Inside, a soup just like this one is bubbling away on the stove:

I love soup!

All in all, an excellent Tuesday. Hope your day is also going well!

Work in Progress Wednesday

February 23, 2011

Well, this is moments away from being a finished sweater. I have ends to weave in, so I’m still counting it as an in-progress knit.

weaving in the ends

So far, I’m very pleased with this sweater and I only hope that the blocking process will make it even more so, which it usually does. I have buttons all picked out. Once dry and ready to model, I’ll reveal it to you with all the knitterly details.

Work-in-Progress Wednesday

February 16, 2011

I always love the blogs that detail works-in-progress on Wednesdays, or any day of the week in regularity, for that matter. I’m thinking of starting to do a similar thing. Unfortunately for you knitters out there, this WIP might not be that interesting to you.

Our Kitchen Renovation in Progress. A WIP of huge proportions.

working on the kitchen

New lights!

No Saturday is complete without...

Kitchen crazed
Oh wait. There’s a knitterly thing in this photo. Idlewood in the wild (of the kitchen)!