Thursday, July 26, 2007

Not Much Knitting but Some Stash Busting

The pictures will tell the story of why there has not been much knitting lately. We are redoing our family room which had very dark paneling. I wanted to lighten up the room so needless to say, there was LOTS of prep work involved. The room has a cathedral ceiling with dark wood beams. Again, that involves lots of prep work as well as DH's involvement since I am too short to reach and don't want to be that high on a ladder anyhow. The room is in progress, but still at the point where it has too look worse before it will look better. The paint color on the walls will actually go all the way up to the ceiling and also be on the beams, but I got anxious and put the first coat on the paneling before DH got around to the ceiling so I couldn't do the whole wall.

Now to the knitting part. I am still in the midst of lots of stash busting knitting. I only have small projects on the needles right now so nothing major to report. I did finish another hat for charity using up some acrylic worsted stash. I have two more scarves on the needles, also for charity. My other easy, mindless knitting project is a dishcloth using up some small amounts of leftover cotton. I'm having a little fun combining small leftovers into "scrap" cloths that will go into my dishcloth/dishtowel drawer for use in my kitchen. These will be sort of the crazy quilt of dishcloths I guess. The bright green scarf is knitted with one strand of Lion Brand Boucle in "lime" along with one strand of Fun Fur, also in "lime". The striped scarf is Lion Brand Fun Fur Stripes in "calypso". All of these projects are helping reduce my stash.

I have been doing some reading lately. I recently finished two books that I really enjoyed reading. The first was FORGIVE ME by Amanda Eyre Ward - a short book, but very haunting - dealing with apartheid. I also read and enjoyed Chris Bohjalian's newest book, DOUBLE BIND. On my Ipod while walking I just finished BROKEN DISHES by Earlene Fowler. This is part of the Benni Harper mystery series. These are good books for walking and listening. I have several more books loaded on the Ipod so now I need to decide which one to "read" next while I walk.

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