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So much to do!

My life is so busy right now – I had my first real day directing the choir yesterday (nerve wracking, but really enjoyable – I think I’m going to love this job!) as well as my second bridal shower in Cincinnati.  This week is filled with teaching, meetings (both at work and for the wedding,) crafting for the wedding, and a funeral (these are now part of my job.)

I thought that I should just focus on finishing up the montego bay scarf instead of starting something new.  I found, however, that I would do anything to avoid working on the stupid thing.  Instead of knitting I have now completely rearranged the cabinets in the kitchen and found tons of stuff to get rid of.  I have listened to hours of NPR while riding in the car (could have been knitting then!)  I got Marc hooked on watching Stargate, but even that didn’t inspire me to work on it.  So you know what?  I give up.  No, I’m not ripping the scarf, I’m just sending it back to second place.  It will get finished soon anyway, as the ball is getting much smaller.  I just can’t bear the thought that I have to work on it.

Instead, I am going to cast on for Martha, from Rowan 37, in Fennel 4-ply cotton  (I hate licorice flavored fennel very much, but it is a lovely color! )


I ordered the yarn from Richesse, where they are having a really great sale for July on Rowan’s cottons and a few wools, notably felted tweed.  And since they were having the sale, I was able to buy enough Felted tweed for Patti without breaking the bank!

The color is “Rage.”  I love it – it’s a super intense cranberry, and fortunately it is still among the reds I can wear.  I think I just can’t wear really orange reds.  I can’t wait to have a lovely red tweedy jacket for the fall!

I’m still waiting on my pattern for Agnes, so it will have to wait (stupid UPS – they were here delivering a wedding present earlier, but still no sign of my book!)  I was worried about having two green cardigans, but it turns out that 4-ply in Fennel is not so green, nor is it at all the color of fennel.  On the left is Cotton Glace in Ivy for Agnes, whenever it arrives.

Garnstudio is releasing their fall/winter patterns in English now, and I am not so impressed with most of the collection.  I see a lot of oversized things, and I am not so big on oversized, being a petite person… I look like I am playing dress up in the lovely slouchy styles.  I do, however, adore this cardigan.

The sort of slouchy funnel neck must be big for fall, as I’ve already seen at least 3 designs that use something similar.    It appears to be knit in a bulky weight yarn?  Too bad, because I don’t have any in stash.

While I have been cleaning my kitchen instead of knitting, I have come to realize that I love vintage kitchen stuff.  While we have received really nice appliances as wedding gifts, I am sort of sad to see the old things go.  I wish that avocado kitchens would come back.  I know I am alone in that wish, but there you go.  Look at this fondue set (which I am keeping, thanks!)

I like how the avocado looks with the brighter green walls.  Last year I convinced Marc that we needed a set of dishes like the corelle we had when I was growing up, and then we found this whole set at a garage sale for $1.25.

Didn’t everyone have these? I love the tiny green flowers!  The serving pieces are in great condition (I love the cream and sugar set) but I’d like to find the dishes in better shape… not that we need more, but I have a slight problem with accumulating dishes and coffee cups.  I am incapable of getting rid of either!

17 thoughts on “So much to do!

  1. Regarding your scarf, well I’m sure there are many of us who have put something down only to never pick it up again, but at the same time, if you wait awhile, you may actually quite enjoy it…not to mention get a pleasant surprise at how close you are/were to finishing…(you know the job to finish becomes overwhelming mentally, when you’re trying to avoid it).

    Anyway, I’m loving the retro kitchen gear too! I don’t actually own any, but I’ve seen lots of new appliances done ‘retro’.

  2. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who’s not too impressed with Garnstudio’s Fall/Winter collection. Personally I think we should set the damn lot on fire, but I’ll (grudginly) admit that there are a few designs that I like. 😉 But the whole over-size thing? I’d drown in some of those sweaters..

    And you’re right, the cardigan is done in bulky wool. 🙂 Eskimo is knit on 8 or 9 mm needles, and it’s very lovely to work with. And super warm, too!

    You have so much new yarn, I’m envious.. But now that I got a job, I can start buying yarn again! 😛 Hooray for money!

  3. Dude – I love Stargate. My husband and I have watched every single episode first to last. Glad to hear you’ve gotten Marc hooked. 🙂

  4. I love all your yarn choices (I’m a redhead, too, which may have something to do with it). And I have probably six green sweaters, all of which I love.

    That avocado green however…My mom bought an avocado green refrigerator in 1973, to go with our avocado green and turquoise (what were they thinking?)kitchen. The darn thing refused to die for the next 30 years, when she finally gave up and gave it away so that she could get a new one! Your fondue set and dishes look kind of retro-chic, though, so maybe she should have just hung onto it for a few more years!

  5. Long time reader, delurking finally, as I have plans to make Martha with that exact shade of 4 ply cotton this fall too! I’m incredibly impressed at the rate you turn out the knitted garments – and totally jealous!

  6. You always pick the cutest patterns!! I just printed off the A shap jacket! Love it!

    Hey – I am sure you can “find” (buy) some yarn for this project! :oD

    Try and get some rest!

  7. I grew up with those and my mom still has this same set. It is hard for me to see it as vintage, just old…does that mean I am getting vintage?!

  8. I agree that avocado kitchens need to make a comeback! My mom still has one of those plates with the green flowers around…. just one.

  9. Hello, thanks for the comment you left on my blog. I’m amazed, you are going to knit Agnes and Patti, I knit both of those too! I love the colours you chose. Post pics of the progress, please? 🙂

  10. The Drops cardigan is just darling! Have you ever knit any of their patterns before? I am very tempted! Oh, and also delurking to say that the Fondue pot is adorable – I wouldn’t get rid of it either.

  11. I like that Drops cardigan, thanks for linking it. Also, I love avocado kitchens. And yellow ones too. Viva la 1970s kitchen!

  12. LOL…I have the perfect green New In Box (although the box is old) faucet for your kitchen sink! Dad built our house and brought both the gold and green for Mom to pick from…and then he never took the second one back.

  13. Oh those plates make me nostalgic! I think my mom still has just one of the saucers from that set!

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