May 25, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 18, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
April 26, 2011
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.
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.
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.