April 25, 2010

The Bathroom is (finally) done... We've been using it for weeks, but there have been a few things keeping me from the big reveal. A few are still unresolved, but I can't wait any longer to show it off (besides it's clean). First, the tap drain was broken and leaky and we waited on replacement parts for a while. But the underhung sink is fabulous and I love my taps. We're waiting on the backsplash piece (long story), but I finally have a place to put my blowdryer (that's not on my bedroom floor). Unfortunately the room isn't wide enough for me to get the whole thing in the photo. Then there was that whole thing with the vanity, that never did get resolved, but is still gorgeous. Especially with the beautiful pulls from Restoration Hardware. It was a splurge, but I love the vintage look and they feel heavy and cold instead of like chrome plated plastic. The floor is great too eh? 2" unglazed hexes with charcoal coloured grout. I did that part myself. Then there was the mirror. We still don't like it (we reframed the old one) but will find the right one eventually. Too bad really, Craig did a great job on the framing. The best part, of which I have no complaints, is the shower and tub. I love it. We used the same tiles as the basement, but used more mosaic tiles--3 rows. I love it! The deep tub is fantastic too. We used a "hotel" towelbar which curves out giving the tub a bigger feel. And it works really well--I hate touching the wet shower curtain. The best part? It's done! And, we don't have any more bathrooms to do!
Spring Cleaning for my Knitting I know there's been a bit too much blog silence lately, I'm hoping to get back into the habit since I enjoy writing regularly and I enjoy reading blogs too. I still really like Twitter but I'm trying not to use all my blog mojo there. If you do follow my Tweets, you'll notice I haven't been feeling all that great. Just Spring stuff--colds and fatigue, but I think most of it is behind me now. The good thing about being under the weather, but not too sick is that I have been doing a fair bit of knitting. The first priority project is an extra secret project. I'm the first designer for Kim's Indigodragonfly Smart Ass Knitters/World Domination 1 skein club. The pattern and yarn will be sent to club members in June so this sneak peak is all I can show you. I'm having a great time designing and I stretched myself with this one in the fancy construction department. That part was fun. Ripping out 150 rows of garter stitch when I got my geometry wrong wasn't as fun! The pattern is mine to release some time this summer; I'll keep you posted. Next up are Xander's socks. I have one done and on the heel for the second one. His feet really are growing while I look, so I need to get these off the needles. So it's the couch, Firefly and socks for the next few nights. I also have some abandoned projects on deck that I want to finish because I have a LOT of things I would like to start. I consider this spring cleaning for my knitting. I'm on the last piece of my Nantucket Red Cardi--mine is Calmer Blue. So that's an easy finished object. I also have not so much done on the Hanami stole. I really love the idea of this shawl, but can't get my head around the basketweave pattern. I'm hoping I can get my head down and just knit those last repeats (or even cheat and skip one) and then get to the cherry blossom part which I'm sure I can get my head around. I'm using kidsilk haze which is rather unrippable so I'm going to give it a good solid try. What's up after that? Some baby clothes for my knitpal Keri who is due in July, perhaps a summer top for me and then, I'm not sure...only because I have tons of beautiful stash yarn and I want to knit it all.

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