Tuesday 28 October 2008

Weekend to myself

A whole weekend to myself. It was wonderful. My husband went to a music conference in Ottawa so I didn't have to consider anyone but 'me, me, me'. My son's still around but he just gets up, showers and goes off to work. Not a high maintenance guy.So I decided I should start a major household project while there were fewer people around. This is my living room floor. It's painted, but now it's in rough shape since we did it many, many years ago. It now looks like this.Lots of wood showing where the paint has chipped off. But it's lasted about 8 or 9 years so I'm not complaining at all. It needed a new coat of paint and a new look while I was at it.It's brick red and wet but it looks good. I need to sponge it with another colour so you can't see every little scratch but I opened some other used cans of paint I had around and nothing worked. I tried another red on it but it looked pink when it dried. And I tried a browny colour but it was very light in colour. One day when my husband and I have had a couple of beers we'll get some paint colours together and decorate the floor by splashing it around. Last time we did it from one end to the other and backed ourselves into the bedroom for the night. Didn't really know what it was going to look like until the next day. But it was all good.

I then spent the next 2 days watching it dry. That was fun too. Remember these 2 hats? They are the same pattern but knit in 2 very different wools. The one on the right is in sock wool (fingering) in a small adult size and the left pink one is in aran (heavy worsted) weight wool for a child's size. Same pattern, different number of stitches and different sizes. My daughter liked the sock wool hat and asked for one in white to match her winter coat. I started that in Kroy's Sock wool which was the whitest sock wool I could find and wrote out a more formal pattern as I went (from the scratchings on the back of an envelope that not even I could entirely decode). This is my pattern to enter into the running for our new project - the Hat booklet (I will think of a better name but for now. . .). We will be at this for several months but the weather is perfect for hat knitting and I can't wait to see what the other designers come up with. Always a surprise and lots of fun.

I even got so excited about being alone that I started a garter stitch project I have been thinking about for some time. A top down garter stitch striped cardigan in brown and royal blue. I really like garter stitch at this gauge. OK, I like garter stitch at any gauge but it's classy when it's at a finer gauge.I'm almost up to my preferred number of projects. Just one more to make things interesting. I like to give myself an exploratory project too. So for my own education I am going to explore how best to use handpainted wools. This one goes from navy to light blue in large segments and ends up very stripy. I tried the pattern above and decided that the stripes obscure the lace pattern so tried again with a larger pattern. This seems to work better. I can see the pattern despite the stripes. I have divided the stitches onto 3 needles and am working the pattern across one of the needles for the top of the foot. This makes my pattern 21 sts across which is fairly large I think. When I get to the leg I will work it around the whole leg, one pattern repeat per needle (3 needles). At least that's the plan so far.


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