Monday, June 18, 2007

AND THE KNITTING CONTINUES....


My favorite thing is to sit on my back porch and lazily knit away at the one project or another. Of course, this means I am neglecting my duties as a Domestic Goddess! There's always something that either needs doing or I THINK needs tending to around our house, or, at this time of year, outside work. I have several outside painting projects that I have on hold until I'm confident that we won't get rain. The garden desparately needs weeding. I have seeds and flowers to plant. Laundry to put away. Cards and Secret Pal 10 packages to send. My summertime reading collection keeps growing while I've yet to finish the Kite Runner. So it goes...


I finished one of the 3 House Warming Ballband Dishcloths for my co-worker last night and and have a good start with the second. I think the third will be a Log Cabin type dishcloth using yellow and black, white and maybe a little green.

Lord Almighty! Almost finished with the never-ending Bobble Block for our Knitting Ministry's Aran Afghan. Then on to the last two Blocks. Several Gentle Readers have asked that I post a photo of the afghan when it is all done and I certainly will do so, given you can tolerate my continued rants about bobbles. Yep. The next block has bobble stitches also, but the design is not nearly as bobbly as this one! Thanks for the interest!

My poor Nurse Babe is slogging along at what seems to be a snail's pace. I decided to knit on the white "sneaker" portion of her leg rather than knit separate shoes for her, as the patterns in the book do. Just too extraneous for me right now, as I want my time to be spent embroidering details. I really should give this poor girl a face, shouldn't I?


Almost finished with my 2 toe up socks on one long circular needle too! I'm itching to start a new pair on the spare zeros that I got on our NYC trip, but I'm resisting.....so far! My son's been eying them since I cast on, so I'm thinking Christmas stocking. SSSSH!

Since I knit on the back porch all summer while my son and his friends swim, I like to surround myself with shabby chic-ness! Our family likes to "rescue" the discarded and sad refuse of our local community.

Like this. Old worn fabric and paint. What a great chair, one of a pair, actually! I see new life in her! ( PSSST! See the concrete? Next painting project!)

Why, with a little spray paint, and fabric from the stash.....

Meet my 2 not so new but not too shabby club chairs! Not perfectly upholstered but good enough to last the season. I first covered the cushions with a white vinyl shower curtain from the $ Store and protected the wood against water. The fabric has little cherries all over with a light blue and white background.The big, red buttons secure the material around the chairs and came from my button collection. Thanks Patty! I think some were from your Gram's stash.

Knitters welcome anytime!

That's not all ......
I also was motivated to clean out all the yarn from this cabinet in my family room and stock it with my sewing supplies. Been bit with the organizing bug so I am working it as long as it lasts!
Just don't open my door to my Yarn Room! That room needs a serious make0ver!

7 comments:

Tea said...

Wow, that clematis is gorgeous; and especially nice with your cloths! They're lovely without the vine, of course, but just stunning photographed together. Love the knitting nook and your resourcefulness with the furnishings. I'm a garage sale junkie myself. Okay, I'm jealous of the socks...have to get back into sock knitting soon. Very nice.

stitchin' girl said...

Great cloths and I love the bobble block. I just finished a sweater that had bobbles and even though they took FOREVER I loved making them.

I really love your outside area. It looks so inviting and comfortable.

hakucho said...

Your ball bands are great. I will never get tired of knitting them or seeing them :)
Those chairs are fabulous. I love resurrecting old things and make them "new". Those are almost too good for outside. If they were mine I would be tempted to knit the upholstery like in the M-D book......

happy knitting and good luck finishing all your projects!

Secret Pal said...

Thanks for all the inspiring pics. Hope my clematis begins to look like yours sometime in the next few years. I love sitting in our backyard knitting under an umbrella while my daughter plays in the sandbox. Summer is great, ain't it?

mcolatarci -at- hotmail -dot- com said...

Thanks for the pix.
I agree, rehabbing old chairs is lotsa fun. I did recently, too. I also recently found my mom had picked up knitting again after 40 years, so what did I do? I gave her the handspun I had wanted to give to you. The good part, I can make more. Give your ideas for gourmet adaptations of inexpensive storeboughts.

maria from work again said...

ps also thinking of trying tapestry. If I can *make* a loom inexpensively.

Moms90 said...

Mrs. B, I just love your garden!! I started a garden sometime ago but had to let it go because I had hurt my back, herniated a disc!!! Anyway I too love depression glass. I have a small collection of about maybe ten pieces or less. Not easy to come by. I too have two cats and one dog. Seems knitters love cats and dogs. Loved your website. Keep up the good work.