Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Happiness Is . . .

. . . living in denial.

I am making pie when I should be packing and organizing for this road trip.  And yesterday we made homemade ice cream from strawberries freshly picked from the garden.  I wonder what food creation I can come up with for tomorrow. {grin}

Don't worry, the knitting has begun to be thoughtfully packed, I have a sweater I'm knitting for car knitting, a pair of socks to finish for when I need a little easy something, and a fun hat or two that I am bringing along, just in case.

Mmmm . . . pie . . .

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Knit A Week

I know you have all been wondering,
so I will keep you in suspense no longer.
Yes! The Queen has been knitting.
Just not photographing very efficiently.

Here is Princess #1's Birthday sweater.
Yes, she turned 12.
No, I didn't document it on the blog.
Moving, apparently, is a time suck.
Who knew?! {grin}

She chose the Diana Cardigan, a pattern
from an Interweave Knits magazine.

This gorgeous young lady can't possibly be my baby!!
I swear I had her only yesterday . . .

The Details:

Pattern:  Diana Cardigan by Amy Miller

Yarns:  Three Irish Girls Cotton Rayon Sport
in the sweetmint color way for the main color.
And from the stash no less!!
I wish my photography skills could show off the 
beautiful sheen this yarn has--stunning.
in the sterling color way for the ruffles down the front
and on the sleeves

Verdict:  Gorgeous fit.  Fussy knit.  She loves the feel and shape.
We found some great vintage buttons on etsy
that really finish it off!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Vindication is Mine!!

Verb1.vindicate - show to be right by providing justification or proof

Less than 24 hours after our Castle listing
went "live", we got an offer.

Dear friends, I feel vindicated for all that painting
completed this past month.

Even if this offer doesn't pan out,
boy did it feel good to get one
so quickly!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Happiness Is . . .

. . . a quiet morning with time to set up the spinning wheel. My first bit of handspun yarn looks like crapola, but I am having so much fun trying to figure it all out that I don't mind!

Today I chose peace instead of productivity.  
It was an excellent choice.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

The One Where I Go On and On About Painting

My first post from the Castle's new digs!
So we moved.
About 20 miles away.
To a 10 acre hobby farm.

Life has been hectic and crazy.
I think that I painted at least 1500 square feet 
of our old 2000 square foot Castle.
Apparently, potential buyers don't appreciate
personality color.
And boy did we have color.
A turquoise office/Princess #1's room.
A bubble gum pink princess room.
A checkerboard yellow/white bathroom.
A bright yellow kitchen.
Thankfully my red family room got the thumbs up!!

We also had the unexpected painting
in our sedate rooms.
You know, the one where you take off the curtains 
only to find, unsightly settling cracks,
and cat scratches,
so you have to repaint.
And since you can't get the color to match exactly.
You have to do the.entire.room.

Here's my personal favorite surprise paint job:
After you finish painstakingly painting the pink room, 
you look up only to see the vaulted,
oh yes, I said vaulted,
bedroom ceiling had been
painted by a drunken queen, I mean sailor. {grin}
Now it's time to do yoga on a ladder while
wielding a paint roller and dodging a ceiling fan.
Good times, my friends, good times.

However, it is done.
The realtor's sign is in the front yard.
He told me that my work was done,
and now it was his turn.
Music to my ears.