Monday, August 31, 2015

This week: a drive-by

Utility crafts continue. I washed the Wyeth Window curtains and they fell to pieces, so it was time to sew a new one, in brown gingham this time. It looks very cottage, which pleases me. That filtered light is so delicious. I have made a million curtains. Let these last awhile, hey?

Lampshade, v. 2.0. I changed my mind about the contrast piping on this lampshade--having used the spray adhesive on the first version let me just peel off the old piping for an easy re-do. This time I used Mod Podge, so it won't be going anywhere. That tiny brown floral looks so good with the granny blanket. Now that there are no children in residence, I can do whatever I want and this room changes all the time.

 
Someone thinks this is her room now...
There has been much knitting. Last weekend, Boreal looked like this:

I worked like a dog--well, not this dog...in a race against my rising qualms about row gauge, up the yoke and to the finish. I kept measuring and doubting and measuring again. The long floats at the back are a hot mess. I wet-blocked it and went to bed hoping for the best.

It wasn't drying fast enough indoors, so I impatiently gave it an hour on the lawn.

Here's a sneak peek:

More later. Whew!

32 comments:

  1. Wow! That is a beautiful sweater and I like your curtains and lampshade too. You are a very talented woman.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Thanks very much! No object is safe from my slipcovering...

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  2. Lovely sweater and what a perfect spot for your dog, which by the way is very very good looking! Must have been lovely a warm in that spot on the couch. I would like to know when you find time to sleep :)
    Victoria, BC

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    1. Isn't she the cutest? I know I am biased, but I just think she's beautiful. :)

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  3. Looking pretty good from this end. Does it feel nice? Jo x

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  4. Lovely jersey, I must give one a go one day!

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    1. Yes, give it a try! Kate's designs are so great. :)

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  5. Oh the sweater turned out so well. I love the coldness of the grey with white. I like the way the neckline/band sits. It's all very clever. And also clever is the way Catdog has neatly tucked herself into a very limited space.

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    1. oops it's really not white but a pearly very pale grey

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    2. Yes, it's a pearly, pale, blue-ish gray--better pics to come. :)

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  6. Love the curtains, the granny blanket, the lampshade, the sweater, my gosh the sweater is wonderful. Puts me in the mood for fall/winter.
    Your house - so cozy. I never get tired of your blog. Way to blog Kristin :)

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  7. Aaaand You would think I would spell your name right after all these years.....Kristen :0

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  8. If I could muster up such creations, no one could stand me. Gorgeous. And you look great in it! I love it when "babies" put hands and feet in a neat little pile whilst they sleep. Mine do it too, and I can't resist a little squeeze on one. I feel you on the empty nest thing. Just delivered my only boy 3500 miles away for college this past week. I cried so hopelessly, in public, that people thought I'd just lost a family member or been given days to live. It IS crushing to your very core. Off to cope. Thanks for all of the great shares. Means much.

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    1. Aww, sob! It's so hard, isn't it. 3500 miles is a long way, but even around the corner, they're just not at the dinner table anymore, and there's grieving to be done. Meanwhile, they're having the time of their lives! Waaahhh. xoxo

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  9. WOW ~ so quickly You finished this one. :)
    She fits so well too.... comfy? or changes nagging in the back of your mind?
    I was so surprised to see th colors switch at the top!! A surprise I had not anticipated. Enjoy it! Lyn xox

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    1. I admit to a nagging, but not one I can do anything about...I'd say I'm 95% happy with it. Big reveal coming up! :)

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  10. What a lovely sweater! I like the lamp shade and it does look good with the blanket. Boreal is adorable!

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    1. It is a good match, isn't it? Lucky for me the old piping was so easy to peel off. :)

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  11. Impressive, I love it all but the sweater is stunning, a beautiful knit.

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  12. Kristen, bravo on that marvelous sweater...it looks grand on you and clearly is a very clever design.

    That CatDog could teach us all a thing or two about the gentle art of relaxation.

    The light through your Wyeth Window is remarkable

    Best wishes. xo

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  13. All good things, all good things. Love the blanket and the curtains and the jumper is absolutely delectable!

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  14. I love so much your house ambience, really nice blancket!

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  15. Your sweater is simply beautiful! I only wish I could knit something like that!

    Linda in VA

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  16. You know those wooden lampshades which were all the rage way back when, well they're all the rage here at the mo covered in that dratted chalk paint and I saw one which had been upcycled with a drum lampshade on it in a crafty shop the other week but it came with rather a hefty price-tag. Well, I was passing my local Salvation Army Shop yesterday and outside was displayed this rather nice looking wooden lampbase but with one of those very large fringed shades atop, so I slammed on the brakes, ran into the shop and paid the £5 they wanted for the base, leaving them with the shade which I had no use for and brought it home. It's now sitting in the corner of my living room with its natty new drum shade (I'll recover it later) but I can't decide whether to paint it with that dratted chalk paint or leave it alone for the time being. Your sweater is another divine creation. You're such an enabler. That Granny Blanket is just crying out to be copied!!

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    1. 'wooden lampbase' not wooden lampshade, duh!

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  17. Beautiful, everything is beautiful, your wagging-tail dog, the granny blanket in the bedroom, the jumper. I haven't been able to touch my children's bedrooms yet, well apart from to vacuum and dust. Mine are only an hour or so away in Oxford and Canterbury (UK) and we see them lots but I still miss them. Does one ever stop missing them I wonder?

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  18. it's really quite comfy looking and very lovely. Love the dog. I can see she has a wonderfully fine home. Warms my heart

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