We cooked our little tails off.
And we all fit in the dining room. It is so awesome to have a dining room, three ovens, and three refrigerators. The lack of a dishwasher was a little annoying but we survived.
I started this post during November (possibly earlier) of LAST YEAR. As I look over the list, I am happy to see that I did indeed finish some of the items on the list. I was going to make this long lovely post with pictures of everything I was working during the fall. I got as far as making a list. So, here it is again, with pictures this time and a small update of what I’m working on THIS fall.
Socks – These were socks that I started with yarn from Blue Moon Socks that Rock in a colorway called Goulash. An online friend, Beth, I think, made a pair from this colorway and I fell in love. Hard and fast. She posted her pictures and suddenly I had some of this colorway winging its way to me from wherever these sorcerers are located. I started these in the car on the trip to Houston and never got any further than this.
I started making random brightly colored squares because the colors just made me so happy. This year, I have continued with these colors, and start a new batch of greenish ones for another blanket project I have going.
Afghans – one more to finish – these were the afghans that I knit for the girls (Danica, Chynna, and Eliza) for Christmas. I managed to finish all of these and made grand plans to make afghans for the boys next year. That’s just not going to happen. I do have one planned for Stuart, a minecraft blanket I’m kinda excited about, but I have a feeling that the bigger boys just aren’t going to care. So, if I do make them afghans they’ll be in whatever colors I think they might like in a super simple pattern.
Hats – only three more to go – I made a slew of Minecraft creeper hats and I’m stupidly happy with how they turned out. I don’t think I got pictures of them on the nephews, I’ll beg my sister again for a photo.
Scarf – I thought I was going to make a minecraft scarf for Joshua to match the hat and then just got too busy.
Hopefully in time for Christmas – I did meet some of my goal and I’m pretty happy about that.
This year’s Christmas knitting is fairly light. It’s the Shawl of Doom or nothing. I’ve managed 11 pattern repeats. This is huge, people, huge. How many years have I been working on this?
Aside from a little drama with the dishwasher dumping a bunch of water that warped the hardwood floor in the kitchen, the house is finally coming together. It’s still not finished but things look more normal and the dishwasher will be fixed by the home warranty people. Eventually. Before Thanksgiving would be great. I’m not holding my breath.
Everything remotely craft oriented has been placed in the dining room/craft room. I rearranged all the tubs so that like things are together and have the same color lid. If Sterlite could see the wisdom in not changing lid colors every few years, I would *really* appreciate it. I sorted the tubs by Knit Picks yarn, sock yarn, random wool, random acrylic, spinning fiber, sewing fabric, and Red Heart. I am apparently not a yarn snob. I have an entire column of Knit Picks yarn. I have an entire column of sock yarn some of which is also Knit Picks yarn. Scattered across the tops of the columns are tubs with WIPs in them. I added bookshelves to the far sides of the room for tools, projects, and craft books. I still have assorted boxes and project bags with WIPs in them and I have yet to decide exactly how I will organize those. There is a lot of stuff hiding the dining room table that I am slowly finding homes for.
Books. I have a lot of books. Even after getting rid of books over the last few years. Sadly, my books are no longer all in one place. Craft books will be in the craft room, computer and tech books will be in the upstairs office and the other books will be wherever I can find room for them. I’m still sorting and figuring out the paperbacks. Maybe some day we can figure out a library. After a couple of kids move out.
I never, ever want to move my books again.
I also have a lot of DVDs. Some of which are still missing. For example, the entire series of X-Files.
Office. We put a bed in the office for David to recline on when he is working at home. His back is violently opposed to sitting in chairs for more than an hour. He’s practically crippled every day he works at the office. Hence, the bed. We were going to get him a Lay B Boy, but this lets the office double as a guest room. He declares that it is very comfortable.
I have a lovely little kitchen table that I got from Pier 1. There was much drama in finding this table. When I first saw it online it looked perfect. Then I saw the actual color in the store and David was pretty sure I was going to hate the color. It did not match the lower cabinets and other furniture in the house. I went back to looking all over for a similar table in the ‘right’ color. In the end, I went back to this table because it looked much more sturdy and I figured with all of the other wood colors we have in this house, one more color isn’t going to make a lot of difference. It ended up looking a lot nicer in the space than I expected it to and I kinda fell in love with it all over again.
I wish the actual color were the same as the last picture. It’s more yellow like the first picture of the chair.
Around the same time we got the table, we got new mattresses for two of the bunk beds, bought 4 sets of matching sheets, got another futon for Chynna’s room, a table and chairs for the girls’ kitchen, and a dresser for my room.
As usual, I used my poor little convertible as a truck.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a fabulous house. But, I seem to have a hard time adjusting. So, I thought I would concentrate on the little things that I absolutely love.
Make-up mirror in my bathroom. I can actually SEE well enough to put on my makeup.
I love the fountain in the backyard. I love that I can hear the soothing water through my open windows.
One of the kitchen cabinets has pull out shelves.
Awesome cupboard with a rack to hold cookie sheets.
Spice rack. David likes this more than I do. It’s a great idea on paper, but it would be better if it were up higher.
Huge bathtub. I’ve spent a lot of time here.
I have a garage to park my Mustang in. In all of my 30 years in Utah, I have never had a consistent covered garage to park in. I had a garage in my house in Lehi, but it was always full of stuff and I couldn’t park inside. Later when my then MIL moved in with us, only half of the garage was cleaned out so she could park her car inside. So, having a spot for *my* car is a big deal. A really, really big deal.
Having all the stash, fiber, yarn, fabric, cross stitch & beads, all in one place. I don’t think this has ever happened before. The space time continuum might be at risk. I have since added bookshelves for all the craft books and magazines.
There are many things I love about the new house, but even now, a month later, I can’t look at pictures of the old house and not cry. I just need more time.