I am so not tidy. Things just seem to get cluttered up very easily around here and the worst part is I can’t blame it on anyone else but me! 🙂 Since it’s a rainy/drippy day here it’s a good day to do some cleaning.
I have a counter area that runs along the side of my kitchen. Between it and the breakfast bar – everything that doesn’t get put back where it belongs seems to get dumped or shoved onto one of those surfaces. I couldn’t stand it anymore and have spent part of today cleaning out those areas (okay amidst many coffee breaks and watching a movie because I hate this kind of cleaning.) Old mail, bills, health info, – all that stuff to sort thru to see what I really need to keep – those little booklets you get with new coffee makers and other cookware, plastic grocery bags, paper bags, some food boxes flattened but not put in the recycling – that side counter was just full of crap. So I’ve sorted it all – making a bag of old bills and other stuff that I need to take to work to dump in our big shredder – put away the health info/ product warranty stuff to where I actually keep all that stuff, tossed out a bunch of stuff I don’t know why I was keeping, and put everything back in it’s rightful place. I didn’t take a before photo – that would have been very embarrassing but I did take this after one so I remember how nice it is when everything is cleaned up. And in the process found two gift cards I had forgotten about.
I have most of the breakfast bar cleaned up but there’s two containers – basket sort of things – that contain more paperwork I need to sort thru and I’m just not feeling this project anymore so I may save that to sort through tomorrow night since I’ve got more laundry to finish and I just might do a bit of baking this afternoon – or maybe just find a good movie and go knit.
This is the project I started on yesterday. One of the ESK badges is called High Turnover. It’s for starting a project the same day as you get new yarn you ordered. I wanted to knit Wend – a simple summery top and I had some Winning yarn in my stash (which is silk/linen/flax blend – very light an perfect for a summery top. But I had that yarn in my stash because I ended up hating one of the colors I bought so that original project never got made. But I could use the other color and get one new color to work for Wend.
So when my new color arrived yesterday (Heritage – it’s the coral color) I just had to cast on for this project to get the High Turnover badge, right?! The brownish color is called Raggedy Man and I’m a big fax of coral shades and brown shades used together.
So I swatched – the swatch above is before I blocked it. This yarn tends to bloom a bit when it’s thrown in the dryer for a little while and blocking did even out the stitches. So last night I started on the sweater. It’s made in four separate sections, two fronts and two backs, and then seamed. I’m contemplating reversing the colors on two sections — so one half of the front would be Heritage with Raggedy Man stripes and the other side would be Raggedy Man with Heritage stripes — but I haven’t decided for sure if I’ll do that or not. This will be a great bus knitting project since it’s basically all stockinette with very little shaping so I can knit long sections without having to refer to a pattern.
I also like the lower edging on this project – it’s not ribbing – which has a tendency to flip up with some yarns on me. It’s basically short of triangles of garter and stockinette – very unusual and doesn’t look like it will flip – I’ll have to see if I can get a better photo of the edging later.
I’m also on the second section of my Fade sweater – which is coming along nicely. This is the right front section.