we haven’t talked about progress on our house lately, but we do actually have some to celebrate this month. it’s been quite a journey, but we are finally installed in our new main bath. david finished it up while i was away earlier this month, so we could start using it when i returned home.
i know the floor was a real challenge for him to put in, but i love every square inch of it. the handwoven rug i purchased at rhinebeck a couple of years ago from marilyn magnusson is perfect, completing one of my favorite color combinations, black, white and green.
the lighting is incredible, especially now that we have clean new tile and david’s signature hand-burnished white plaster walls. the finish provides a soft glow that can’t be replicated with paint.
we recycled the bullnose tile from the old bath because it was one of the few original elements that was in good shape. there was just enough to go all the way around.
we sacrificed our tub so we could put in a really great shower; as big as this room is, there wasn’t space for both—too many doors and windows. but we have a wonderfully large tub on the third floor and this configuration is the one we’ll use most. everything is so sparkly!
sigh, i’m really impressed with my husband . . .
ok, now that’ i’ve distracted you from the fact that i have very little public knitting to share, i can show you some other cool stuff that i had almost nothing to do with. we continue to receive samples from wonderful knitters for our breakfast blend collection
our yarn is a bit thinner than the sport weight called for in the mitts pattern, but since there are several sizes, carol worked one of the larger ones on a smaller needle and they turned out great (she’s so smart).
once we have a nice pile of items knit up in all the colors, we’ll put together a nice look book that can be viewed online or downloaded for reference. we will also use the samples to show off our yarns and patterns in our farm stand booth at the squam art fair in june, where we are a sponsor of the ravelry revelry.
as the colors pile up, they are amazing—you can put any combination together and all the elements “go”. i love that . . .
BUT (and you knew there was a but coming, right??)
last night as i finished the second one up—and trust me, i was completely done, even halfway bound off—i noticed that i had not changed to a smaller needle size to knit the wrist section. oh crap.
off it came from the needles to be ripped all the way back to the top of the hem section. i got it back on the (smaller) needles and worked a few rows before i started dozing off.
i will finish those tonight for sure and block them tomorrow. if i mail them saturday, they will arrive in plenty of time.
my cocoa sprössling still awaits a button decision because the green glass ones have not yet arrived and i want them to have a fair viewing. thank you all for your input about the choices. i realized that i wasn’t completely fair in not offering a full-sized view of the sweater so the buttons could be seen in perspective. i feel that as much as i like wood or copper buttons, they will disappear or look blah on this fabric. ditto for the shell buttons, as pretty as they are close up.
personally, i like that little pop of color that the lavender glass ones provide, but i’m still entertaining the ribbon candy ones with their flash of gold. and who knows; the green may just blow us all out of the water.
alright now, i’ve gotta get up to my study to work on secret knitting—tomorrow, we’ll have another pattern release, this time, the peu bourgeons hat and mitts set.