wonky

Just yesterday I ordered Elizabeth Zimmermann’s new book (edited by her grandson, Cully) Knit One Knit All (reviewed by Clara Parkes in Knitter’s Review this morning). It is a collection of EZ’s garter stitch patterns. As I understand it, many of the patterns have not been published before. I am ridiculously excited to see the book, and I hope it’ll give me the kick in the pants to pick up my knitting again.

That’s right, I have not been knitting. My knitting mojo is all wonky. It’s a very odd feeling, having knit pretty much nonstop for the last eight years. I have patterns that have been knit and photographed that I could write up. I have sketches and swatches. I have ideas floating around in my head. But the urge to actually sit down and do any of the work is not there.

But I have been busy with other stuff. Jerry had a birthday. He’s NINE YEARS OLD.

Jerry

I took advantage of having my Mom visiting for Jerry’s birthday to 1) pick strawberries and 2) make stuff with them.

strawberry picking

strawberry picking

strawberry picking

I made freezer jam and regular jam. We ate a lot of them with shortcake that my Mom made. I froze some whole for smoothies, and I froze some cut and sugared, as recommended by the strawberry farmer himself. Note to self: next year only pick two buckets – three tops – because four buckets was really too many.

The other way I’ve kept myself busy is with house projects. After finally making The Hallway into a space that is useful and pretty, the goal is to fix everything in the entire house, starting with the small and easy-to-handle projects. First up was kitchen curtains. They turned out great, but have a funny way of enhancing the fugliness of the rest of the kitchen.

kitchen curtainsThis fabric came from the quilting cotton section at Joann’s…one of those “exclusively for Joann’s” prints.

Next up was curtains for what we call the Front Room. It’s really the family room, and we spend a lot of time here. Click here for a sort-of before picture – it’s just a picture that happens to have the old curtains in the background.  And here are my new DRAPERIES. I am totally in love with these bad boys.

draperiesI got this fabric at MaryJo’s in Gastonia, NC. What a great store! It’s Robert Allen Home.

I am not in love with those fake trees…maybe I’ll put them away today.

When I finished the curtains, I started painting two old chairs.

chairs

A day of sanding, two coats of primer and three coats of paint on each chair, a brilliant fabric suggestion from my sewing peeps and I’ve got a pair of awesome chairs that I love.

chairs on chairs

This chair fabric is from the Tufted Tweet line by Laurie Wisbrun.
I bought it from Hawthorne Threads.

Then I borrowed my mother-in-law’s sander. I am unstoppable.

new old desk

This desk came from the Salvation Army for $20. I’m thinking I’ll paint it white/cream, but that part is still up in the air. I have primed it and I just need to decide on the paint color. It’s going in Jerry’s room with the green chairs. His room also needs to be painted, and we’re considering taking out a wall, or at least part of a wall, and then, and then, and then.

Sadly, I’m just not that into picking up the knitting. I feel bad about it because I miss my knitting! But it also makes me happy to get my house in shape. We’ve lived here for 7 years now; it’s about time!

 

 

don’t ask, it’s secret

lambs pride bulky

I love Lamb’s Pride (bulky, in this case, but I love the worsted, too). I remember when I first started knitting, there was always TONS of it around the yarn stores. It’s still there, of course, but so many other yarns jump out at me lately. Plied, sport-weight yarns, for example. But there’s always a place in my stash for this great woolly, mohairy, bulky yarn.

I’m using the stuff above for some **** for ** ****** for *********.

It’s secret Christmas knitting time, so sorry for the *’s.

Here’s another snap of a secret project. It might be clear what it is, but I will offer no details, other than that it is a fun, fun, fun and addicting knit.

secret knitting

The past few years, I haven’t knit many Christmas projects, but this year I’m feeling it. Are you knitting gifts? Who gets ‘em? How do you decide on a pattern for gift knitting? Just curious!

I’m popping in to say hi, but also to give you a heads up. Watch this space over the next few days for a big announcement! Hint: I am feeling the Christmas spirit big time and want to pass it along! (you will benefit even if you don’t celebrate Christmas – I promise!).