…and actually doing a little knitting! While the renovation is showing a little sign of progress (and here I quote Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada-“By all means, move at a glacial pace.”) we have had to change our “hope it’s done by” date. I don’t think that any renovation is ever right on schedule; there are too many moving parts over which no one person has control. We have to vacate for a few days later this week while the hardwood gets finished, so the dogs will be off to summer camp at Auntie Kathy’s while Mike and I decamp to some hotel or other.
Our hardwood floor should be sanded and stained by Wednesday evening, then sealed by Friday. We** follow that with 2 days of wall painting and reinstallation of our real light fixtures (not that I don’t LOVE bare bulbs hanging down or anything). Then I heard a rumour that we should be able to move back in on the main floor! This is exciting because that means that my new bathtub is within reach.
**This is, of course, the Royal We. My job is to stay out of the way of the professionals.
Knitting-wise, here’s where I’m at:
Leaves on Leaves- get it?
Light as a ...Leaf?
I gained about 10 inches in blocking this: I finished just over 60 inches, so it’s juuuuust long enough to wrap. I do wish I had had the full third ball of Douceur et Soie, as I would be even happier with 70 inches, but it is what it is. The pattern is a variation on a Knitty pattern, and in spite of the relative simplicity of the instructions, I am distactable enough to need silence in which to knit it. Hence the long time frame. Silence seems to be in short supply. I am psyched up to do another bit of lace, but this time I will be using something without the mohair; I’m going for a less fuzzy piece. There will probably not be pictures of it, as it is stealth knitting for a very dear friend.
As an antidote to the lace knitting, I present:
in progress for a baby yet-to-be-determined
This is Sirdar’s Crofter DK, using EZ’s ubiquitous Baby Surprise pattern. Just for fun (and because the colours would indicate that this will end up with a female-type baby), I am using a yarn-over increase to give it a little laciness. (Is that a word?) This is the same yarn as my Crofter Socks, and it is working up beautifully in garter stitch. Now, anyone who is reading who may happen to have attended the Stitches Conference is probably thinking what a great opportunity this would be for me to practice Lever Knitting a la Yarn Harlot, but alas, I seem to have misplaced my enthusiasm. That and I think I would prefer to pursue that on a garter stitch scarf (if at all). I am not unhappy with the way I knit, so I may just bumble along my way. As long as I try to knit with people who knit a little slower than me, I will feel like I am a speedster and be content with that.
And I was wondering why we can’t get anything done around here on Sundays…
Poised for action
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