Friday, June 2, 2017

Works in progress {knitting and future home}.


It's been a while since I've had enough knitting happening to justify a post about my works in progress. For most of this year I've been in a knitting slump, but right now I'm having the opposite problem...wanting to cast on all the things when I already have enough to keep me busy!

I started some plain socks out of this beautiful sparkly yarn, which unfortunately doesn't look nearly as pretty in pictures as it really is. I'm currently working on the heel flap of the first sock. It would probably have been finished by now if I hadn't gotten distracted by some new sock yarn I ordered from Makers Haven. It arrived last Saturday, and I cast on that day. These are going to be shorter socks, because I purchased smaller skeins, but that means they go by so quickly...I'm already on the foot of the first sock.

A couple of weeks ago, I finally cast on a practical sweater project that I've been needing to make for a while. I have two constantly worn, lightweight cotton cardigans (black and brown) that I bought at Target years ago that I want to replace with handknitted sweaters. So this is the start of my black one: the Dexter cardigan in Bartlett Yarn sportweight. It's not soft but it's sturdy, rustic American wool and will hopefully last forever. I love watching top down raglan sweaters grow in their funny shape.

As for another kind of work in progress....we've been working on the little house where Kenny and I will live after we're married in October. (Honestly, I still can't believe it, you guys. I write something like that and then think, what?? I'm actually getting married?) The house is on my parents' farm property, basically next door. It's not very old (built in the late 70s, we think), but some leaks and shoddy work over the years have caused problems. I wanted to post some "before" pictures, because right now the house probably looks worse than it ever has, ha. (And hopefully by October I can share some lovely "after" pictures!) We've torn up all the floors, except in the one room where it was salvageable, and we have to get some of the damaged subflooring replaced before we can have new floors put down. We've done some cosmetic projects (painting, little repairs, new hardware and stain on the cabinets- which was an amazing improvement in itself!), and we have a few more to go (new countertop, bathroom sink, etc.). But the floors are the biggest hurdle right now. I am so excited for the little house to be our cozy home, but it's currently a bit of a disaster.

So that's basically what's going on with me. (Wedding planning is happening, too. Mom and I are going with the dressmaker tomorrow to pick out wedding dress fabric, which I'm very excited and nervous about!) I'll be back soon with my hilariously optimistic summer reading list. :)

8 comments:

  1. So many exciting things happening at once. The dark blue yarn is a dream. Love it. Hope you have fun getting the house ready and planning the wedding. Both can bring a fair amount of stress...but they are once in a lifetime events. Try to stop and smell the roses...xo

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    1. I am having fun and trying to enjoy every minute. :) I waited so long for this that I want to make sure I soak up every bit, even the ones that aren't particularly fun at the time (like tearing up nasty bathroom flooring, ha).

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  2. What fun projects! I love the teal/blue socks with contrasting heel - very cute!

    And your sweet house! (I probably need to chill out with the exclamation points, but I can't - I'm so excited for you! :) Fixing up a house for your new married life has got to be surreal, fun, and crazy thing. :) I'm looking forward to seeing the "after" pictures! And more in-the-process pictures if you have time - it sounds like you'll have tons time to spare in the next couple of months. ;)

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    1. I rarely do contrasting heels, but I love the way they look so I'm trying to start doing more. Don't worry about the exclamation points, I'm so excited too! :) It is definitely all of those things. I'll try to post more in-progress photos, too.

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  3. October is a wonderful month to get married :D I can't wait to see your little house when it's all fixed up!

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    1. Ha, I think so too! I always wanted a fall wedding. I can't wait for it to be all fixed up!

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  4. I'm continuously amazed at your knitting skills, and the yarns you choose are always beautiful! Can't wait to see how the sweater turns out.

    And congrats on your engagement and upcoming wedding!! I can already see your house is going to be charming when it's finished. Flooring is definitely a ton of work, but it works wonders for making a room feel new and fresh. :)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I can't imagine anyone being amazed at my knitting, but thank you. :)

      Thank you! Yes, I hope it'll be charming and cozy. The flooring was the main issue with the house so I can't wait to see how it'll look all fixed.

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