Not My Knitting

Denise's Semi Circular Shawl

My friend Denise asked me to get some pictures of her recently finished projects. I was happy to oblige, mostly because it meant Maggie and I could get out of the house for the day and do something different. And ogling Denise’s wonderful knitting is pretty fun, too. Pictured above is her Storm Cloud Shawlette by Hanna Breetz.

I also love the shot of her Ulla’s Scarf by Nancy Bush. It’s very soft and delicate. The scarf, not the picture.

sweet scarf

It was really, really nice to take pictures of knitting, considering how infrequently I’ve done that of late! We are still working on the hallway and I hope to be closer to Finished tomorrow after a trip back to Ikea. Here’s what it looked like as of this morning (with obligatory “before” picture):

so close!

I will be so happy to get the shelves up and get things organized in there. SO HAPPY. Because right now? All the things that usually live in the hallway are mostly piled all over my bedroom and it is making me crazy! So crazy that I can barely knit. But! After many false starts, I finally nailed down the design for my swap mitten.


And I’m working on my potholders!

evidence of a potholder

Alas, not much to show for either of those projects, but getting started is half the battle, right?   Here’s some more pictures of Denise’s knitting. Because focusing on someone else’s FOs sounds like a good plan to me.

Yummy Mittens

Stripe Study Shawl

Wood Hollow Mittens

Noro Striped Scarf


More homework, less knitting.

The success of the sewing area reorganization inspired us to move on to another problem area in our house. We have a hallway that leads to our one bathroom, and it was a hot mess. We should have dealt with it before we even moved into the house. But we didn’t. Anyway, we ripped out the ugly built in storage shelves, took down the faux wood paneling, painted the walls, pulled up the carpet and old linoleum, and put down a tile floor.

My Dad and I laid the tile, and it was the first time either of us did tiles. I must say, we did a very good job. The room still needs more work; painting, electrical stuff, baseboards, and all those little things to make it look finished. Then I’ll head back to IKEA for more Expedit shelves, because I love them so much. When it’s “finished finished” I’ll show you fancy pictures. If you’re interested, here are some progress pictures.

All this very satisfying home improvement work has left me little time for knitting. I’m working on a pair of stranded mittens (big surprise, right?) for a swap, thinking about potholders for a swap, and doing more of the “behind the scenes” work on my blog that I’ve mentioned before.

By the way, if you are reading on the blog, I hope you like the new look! If you’re reading via feed reader, click through and check it out.  I’ll talk more about the new look next time, and hopefully there will also be more knitting content, instead of just a random picture of my favorite forsythia in the whole neighborhood (which also happens to be in my very own back yard). Spring, it is nigh.



I Want to Sew

Showing you the “before” picture in the last post was the best idea I ever had. It motivated me to get the space cleaned up and quick, so I could get to the “after” picture. I posted the picture on Monday. Here’s another (worse?) before picture:

Sewing Table - before

After I had everything removed from this corner and put in bins or bags for temporary containment, I cut the table in half. The goal was to make it fit directly under the shelves.  But then I had a eureka moment and realized I could move the shelves to the wall next to the window in order to give me more room for the new shelf.

By Monday night, the table and the shelves were in their new location, ready for me to come home from Ikea on Tuesday with a 4×4 Expedit. It was insanely fun to put together, took well under an hour (40 minutes maybe?), and was finished just in time for Gerald to come home from work and help me move it into place.

On Wednesday morning I began filling up the new shelf. My main goal was to get things contained. Like, literally, in a container. I used a bunch of containers that I got at Ikea, some that I picked up at Walmart, and a whole lot of bins that I already had. As I was putting things on the new shelf, I was realized that even with all the new space, I wasn’t going to have room for everything. Then I had Eureka moment #2. I had about 3 bins full of dyeing supplies and equipment. I can’t even remember when I used them last, so they got moved out to the shed. Now everything inside has a home, without looking stuffed or cluttered.

I’m very proud of how the new shelf works in my room!

skirt and sewing machine cover

I sewed a matchy-matchy sewing machine cover and table skirt. Although it’s a lot of green, I think I like how it all looks! Everything has a home, and everything is contained! Makes me want to sew something! I actually found a few projects while cleaning up that I could work on…a few quilts, pajama patterns for the kids.

I’ve always enjoyed my Longaberber baskets, and now they are actually being useful and pretty!


Below is the whole shelf, and organized and looking tidy! The large white and green boxes have yarn. The bottom row of bins holds a mix of yarn and sewing notions. I’m so happy to know that if I ever need hook and eye closures in a future sewing project I DO NOT NEED TO BUY ANYMORE.

Sewing Table - After!

I put sticky, removable hooks on the side of the shelf to hold bags. Since they’re isn’t much space between the shelf and the table (about 14″), this was a perfect place to put them.

hooks on the side

When I’m ready to sew, I can set up the ironing board right in front of my new shelf, now that I have all this space! The picture below also shows the stool I got at Ikea, that I almost didn’t buy because I had bought so much already. But everyone loves it (esp. Maggie) and I’m so glad I decided to buy it.

Sewing Table - After!

Below is how this corner looks in the context of my bedroom, with my little helper flopping around trying to hide from the camera.

Sewing Table - After!

Yay for reorganization!