Wednesday, June 17, 2009

so close...

I'm on the final 10 rows of the seed stitch border of the silver grey merino cardigan. The nice thing about the top down construction is, once I finish these rows, I'm DONE! (Except for blocking. and buttons.) No seams, and because I wet spliced the yarn ends, no fiddly ends to sew in.
this one shows the colour a bit better. And yes, the CHICKS RULE sticker is one of ours - sadly discontinued...
Now, I should wrap this up this week, if all goes well, which means I have to find some cottage knitting for the weekend. There's the brown and blue cardigan, but it's chunky wool + summer = not very comfortable. It will still come for evening knitting, since there are only the two fronts to complete. But I need beach knitting! Maybe a sock, maybe some lace, maybe this, I haven't yet decided. (I'd make the Berrocco Bell with some excellent hemp or linen I have lying around - and tons of fabric to co-ordinate).

Then again, I'm not sure how much time I'll have to knit this weekend. We are undertaking the summer of renovation - both at home and the cottage. The cottage is getting a new basement subfloor and flooring - we had a bit of a flood this winter, and sadly, the orange shag carpeting had to be ripped up and replaced. Surprisingly, we had a tough time finding replacement orange shag carpeting, especially any with that lovely "been around for ever and been wet a few times" aroma. So subflooring and laminate it is. Being my husband's family cottage, there are other people involved, so that's always fun. We are going ahead with the plans, and hoping the siblings pitch in. Some won't, some might, but whatever. Hubby and I are hoping to buy the place from the parents, so it's an investment in our future. And yes, we have a lawyer and accountant sort of involved, and the parents and siblings are aware. Unfortunately, it will probably still be messy, but I'm doing the Scarlett O'Hara thing and thinking about that tomorrow.
We are also doing some reno at home. At first it was just going to be the main floor powder room (we lucked into a great new-to-us sink and toilet), and I have been scoping out tile and wall finishes. But my husband came up with the "since we're doing one, why not update all three bathrooms?" line. And since we were well into our third bottle of wine with guests, I agreed. All I'm asking for is one functioning toilet, sink and shower at all times.

We'll see.

8 comments:

Carol said...

no orange shag?????! whatever shall you do??? heh.

Anonymous said...

We are 3 weeks into our reno, and all I can tell you is to make sure you have plenty of alcohol on hand...
Nancy

KnitTech said...

It's hard to knit during the summer, even socks are a struggle.

Anonymous said...

good luck with the reno!
my son and DIL just got through their kitchen reno. it was long and painful, the result though stunning and worth it.
have a good weekend,
helga

Sel and Poivre said...

Is it the sticker that's discontinued or the fact that chicks rule? ;)

BTW when I become a grown up knitter I want to make a top down, no pattern, almost no finishing, fabulous sweater too!

Needles said...

All the bathrooms at once? In summer? with dozens of things to distract? Oh dear. I may have to go lie down at the thought.

I laughingly call February renovation month. My husband does too, but he never laughs when he says it. Funny that...

Acorn to Oak said...

Oooooh...That cardigan looks sooo soft, squishy and comfy! I love it! It sounds like you had fun making it too. I love that there isn't much finish work except blocking and buttons! That's great! I still haven't made a sweater...yet. I keep looking for a pattern that I feel will make sense, give great results, and I love the top down idea.

Good luck with the renovations!

Happy knitting! :-)

AlisonH said...

That's a beautiful, comfy-looking sweater.

And I am typing away and avoiding my morning shower because my plumbing blew up yesterday and I'm waiting for the bleach to work on things a bit. Joy.