Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer Update

Our air conditioner is slowly fading and summer has a lot of heat left in her, so I decided I needed to do something to help it out. I went to Target yesterday and bought some heavier-weight curtains for the sunroom, which gets a lot of sun (hence the name). For a change, I went with with a beachy looking blue, which looks good when the curtains are opened. But you see that tinge on the walls? It's due to this side of the room. It kind of gives the room an eerie, underwater quality that I'm not sure I really like. The jury is still out. I could always go with the classic white. Weigh in please, if you have an opinion.

Meanwhile, I've been browsing through this book, which I bought mainly because of the directions for a hamster house. A knitted hamster house. I've wanted this book since it came out but resisted buying it until I saw it at a consignment shop last week. At $5, it was a bargain.

The baby blanket pile of squares is growing; I'm up to nineteen now. Losing a little steam on it, but luckily it is the perfect thing to grab when I'm headed to the beach.

One of my recent distractions was making this Noro scarf out of the 50% off skeins of Noro I bought in Blacksburg last week. This combo is my least favorite of the four or five I've made but it's a warm, practical scarf that's going in the FO trunk for gifting.

Here's a photo of the baby sweater I finished while at the beach house. It's an easy pattern, and now that I've finally finished it, I'm ready to start another one. Since I've gained knitting confidence in the year(s) between the start and the completion of it, I'm assuming the next one won't take as long.

And here are two of the bonnets I made from Larissa's pattern. The mauve one on the right is classic and old-fashioned looking I think. The one on the left I'm not so happy with. I ran out of peach yarn so I finished the end in the aqua. I liked the aqua as an edge trim, but I think this looks exactly like a project that ran out of yarn. What do you think?

It's odd, I thought I'd post more frequently now that I'm on vacation, but so far I haven't. I am reading a lot and have been on two trips, so maybe that's it. But it feels like the stuff I'm doing right now isn't very blog-able. I'll have to see how the rest of the summer goes, eh?


  1. I kind of like the blue. I think it would have a cool feel (especially if underwatery) on a hot day. But you're the one who has to live with it...I'm just visiting.

  2. I got a kick out of this Rose. I bought the same color of curtains at Target about 3 weeks ago. Before I left last week, my husband and I hung them up. I have the heavier drapes on the ends and just sheers in the middle. It looks nice and is dark enough without the drapes in the middle.

    Great minds think alike. LOL.

    Coming down from Skyline Drive, my brother and I stopped in Crozet. I was in dire need of a cup of joe and we just sat and chatted there a bit. I thought of you while I was there. The Mudhouse is 7 miles from my sister's home. She's about 1 mile or so off the Ivy exit. Definitely better timing next trip is in order!

    Hope you're enjoying your time away from work. I sure wish nurses had the same schedule as teachers. lol.