Monday, April 16, 2007

Things are coming together

I've been kind of quiet lately because there's a lot going on. Thankfully good things are happening for once! Ariann is still my only thing on the needles. She continues to grow. I think I have about 25 rows left, then it's on to the collar. My husband helped me put it on last night (don't want any stitches flying off my KP Options!) and I think it's going to fit quite nicely once blocked.

Here is a glimpse of my Oh My Gawd I Love It So Much new kitchen.Natural light, natural light, natural light. Expect to see some more food photos on the blog.

I can't tell you how thrilled I am that we decided to have the walls painted (latte)! I've been living with apartment/condo white for far too long. Although it's still a neutral, it really warms the place up.

My husband started his third week of work today. He started the same day we FINALLY got an offer on our condo. I am a lot more relaxed now that I know we can actually PAY for our new place. Early next week I'll be babysitting the movers at the condo (paid for by my company, woo hoo!). Sometime at the end of May they will deliver my belongings to the new house (the only good thing about selling the condo so late is that the movers will store our stuff for 30 days so we won't need to lift a finger!).

I'm going to be settled soon!!!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Ariann and a Big Ole Snowman

Here's my progress on Ariann. This is after frogging about 6 inches of the body because it was too big and an entire sleeve because it was too small. My gauge is apparently radically different when doing this kind of pattern in the round vs. flat. Oops. I also did something revolutionary: I washed a swatch in pattern. That's how I decided the body was going to grow too much when blocked, even though my stockinette swatch was right on. For once I listened to my inner knitter.

I've been working on Ariann exclusively since finishing Ene. It's nice to see some progress in a couple of weeks rather than a couple of months! I'm already thinking about my next sweater. I have some Cascade 220 stashed and I'm trying to decide if it wants to be a Must Have Cardigan or a Twist. Something cablely, that's for sure. I've had the pattern for the MHC in my hands twice at my local Joann's over the past few months, but it keeps finding its way back to the shelf.

Forgot to post this...
Started: 12Jan2007
Finished: 26Feb2007
Pattern: Bent Creek Winter Zipper
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 5 3/4"
Stitched over 18 count linen using 6(!) strands of floss

I learned it is possible to cross stitch when you are dead tired from lack of sleep and too much crafting at a scrapbooking retreat.

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