Archive for April, 2006

Nordic Mittens

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Here are the finished Nordic mittens. No guarantee on the colors appearing accurate – I blame the poor lighting, my inadequate photography skills, and my monitor.


And since it seems to be trendy to also show the inside of colorwork projects, here’s the inside:
mitten guts

Pattern: Nordic Mittens from Interweave Knits, Winter 2004

Yarn:Brown Sheep Naturespun Sportweight, mostly my friend Bowerbird’s leftovers from her mittens

What I changed: I used black for the main color instead of the brown called for in the pattern because I want them to go with my black wool coat. I also replaced one green row in each color repeat with brown in an attempt to better coordinate with the scarf I posted earlier.

What I learned:
Norwegian purl makes corrugated ribbing rock.
Yarn dominance (which explains a lot about the appearance of my previous mittens).
Spit-splicing is my friend.
Multicolor mitten knitting is much more pleasing after a several-year hiatus (I’d done mittens in college and swore I’d never do that again)
When knitting patterns with multiple color charts, cover up the one not in use to avoid knitting from the wrong chart (fortunately I realized before even finishing the row I was working on that things weren’t calculating out correctly)

This is a good pattern and was fun to knit, but I have some size issues.
The cuffs turned out longer that I was expecting, but the diameter is good. The hand part is rather large on me, so I’m not sure if I’ll try to shrink them a bit, or line them – I lined my other mittens with windblock polar fleece, and that’s been great on cold, windy days. I’m afraid that if I try to shrink them, the thumbs and cuffs will end up being too narrow.

Links added!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Hi everyone – I’ve taken advantage of the “Links” function in the blog to add some, well, links, to the sidebar. So far we have three categories: quilting links, crafty links, and “shameless commerce division.” I don’t have much in the quilting links section yet, but there’s a good deal in the crafty section, and a couple of good places to spend money as well.

Y’all can add links, and I think create new categories as well, just by using the “links” tab on the back end of the blog (it’s just to the right of the “write” tab). So if you know of any good sites that we all should know about, go ahead and add them!

Two additional notes: Rebecca, if you haven’t discovered it already, you really must go check out the “You Knit What??” blog. It’s hilarious. And I just noticed that if you’re looking at the site in Internet Explorer for Windows, a lot of the layout is all wonky. My apologies! it’s all wonky because there are some really large-sized photos on the front page, which breaks some of the formatting. Mozilla, Firefox, and Safari all resize the photos to make them fit, but IE doesn’t.

If you’re using IE and seeing the messed-up formatting, could you please comment below and let me know? If it’s a problem, I’ll see what I can do to shrink the photos. Remember when you’re uploading a photo, if it’s wider than about 500 pixels, you can have the blog create a thumbnail image for you automatically – just select the “small” thumbnail option when you upload it.

In the mean time, clicky clicky on the linky linkies!

Opening comments to the general public?

Monday, April 24th, 2006

What are your thoughts on allowing the general public to add comments to our posts? I think it would be nice if friends-who-aren’t-relatives could add comments on our lovely creations, and I know wordpress has various ways to reduce/avoid comment spam.

Almost Famous!

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

I’m home from work with a yucky cold, so I have been zoning out on the internet and ran into this blog post and I think I’m the person referred to.

I’ve had this scarf done for a while (since at least last December), so here’s the picture, along with an exclusive pre-blocking preview of my nordic mittens. I’ll take more pictures of them once I’ve finished weaving in ends on the second mitten and blocking them.

Scarf and Mitten

Scarf-Mitten closeup

New (to us) House!

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Hello, Crackpots!

Well, by popular demand (see Ann’s comment to my “Worst Decorated Bedroom Ever” post below), here are the juicy details and some photos of the house that Chris and I will almost certainly be buying this summer (we’re under contract to purchase it, so unless something goes colossally wrong, we’re buying it).

215 Pokagon St.

First, some basics: it’s a 1922 Dutch colonial, at 215 East Pokagon Street (you can Google map it yourself; I’m not going to post the city and state here ’cause you all know it). It’s about 1800 square feet, with a full basement and partial attic. Yes, that’s a screened porch you see on the front of the house (we’re hoping Molly will like it!)

The floor plan goes like this: the first floor is very similar to my parents’ house, with a long living room to the left as you come in the front door, dining room to the right, and kitchen behind the dining room. Stairs to the second floor immediately ahead of you. There’s no passageway between the living room and the kitchen, though the stairs split and go back down to the kitchen as well (hard to describe, but easy to understand when you see it). There’s also a half-bath sort of off the kitchen.

On the second floor there are four smallish bedrooms, and a full bath. I can’t remember whether access to the attic is walk-up or via pull-down stairs, but I doubt we’ll be using it much since there’s a ginormous storage-enabled basement. The basement does get water in it when it rains a lot (apparently it’s a problem throughout the neighborhood – something about hydrostatic pressure and/or a high water table) but not consistently, and according to the current owners it’s very manageable. They certainly use the basement for storing tons of stuff, and they’ve poured a 5″ concrete slab for the washer and dryer to keep them out of the water. There are several rooms, some of which even have drywall, so there’s a lot that can be done with the space for storage, and possibly other uses. (litterbox, perhaps?)

The Kitchen

This is the kitchen, which has lots of lovely drawers and cabinets. There’s an island, which you can almost see in this picture, which is set up for barstools on one side and storage on the other. The whole space is a lovely sunny yellow color.

Dining Room

This is the dining room, which they have set up as an office. (The owner explained to me, “we knew that if we put a big dining table in here, it’d last a week, and then we’d never find it again because it was covered in papers and stuff, so we just bowed to the inevitable and made it an office. Hmmm…I wonder if she’s married to my husband? 🙂 ) It’s open to the kitchen and painted partly white, and partly in the same yellow. I’m not sure if we’ll keep the yellow or paint it a similar blue to our current living room/dining room. They also took off a chair rail when they repainted, and I love chair rails, so we may re-install it.

The living room stretches the full depth of the house, with a fireplace in the middle. (which isn’t particularly attractive; it’s brick, but painted, and the paint is sort of dirty. I think we might repaint it.) The fireplace is currently set up for gas logs, but it can be retrofitted for wood-burning, yay! Also, the whole room is painted white (or nearly-white, or off-white, or “speckled cloud,” or what have you) which is kind of boring, so I think we might do some painting here as well, especially if we do the dining room. Here’s the front half of the living room:

front of the living room

And here’s the back half (you can just see the quilt draped over the back of the sofa). You can also see Boris, who served as the ambassador for the house when we visited. Boris is somewhat ovoid in shape and approximately equivalent to two Mollys:

back of the living room

It’s hard to get pictures of the bedrooms because they’re so small; this is the best I could do. (Note the lovely Round the World quilt on the bed, and the glimpse of another quilt on the quilt rack. Many of her quilts are in shades of blue with yellow accents, and the kitchen, dining room, and at least one bedroom have color schemes of yellow with blue accents.) Each bedroom has a small, deep closet with clothes rails hung two deep.

one of the bedrooms

This is the back of the house, with my brother-in-law. Somehow it looks enormous and looming in this photo, I’m not sure why. The window on the 3rd floor is really in the attic.

back of the house

And finally, the back yard!

the back yard

The house has a very straightforward (and flat!) front and back yard, with border plantings all around. There is a pink dogwood, a redbud, and a lilac on the property, so all of my flowering-tree needs have been met. There’s a two-car detached garage in the back off the alley, and a small “parking lot” area outside the garage so that you can park the car without actually opening or going into the garage. Since it’s a two-car garage, we’ll have plenty of space for the car and the bikes and the lawnmower and… a canoe. Yes, I’ve given Chris permission to get a canoe, now that we have a place to put it. Pictures of the canoe, on my comically small Saturn sedan, will be forthcoming, I promise.