There hasn't been much knitting here of late. So other than an update on the endless Doctor Who Scarf, there's virtually no fiber content in this blog post. Feel free to stop reading. Things may get better in November.
Two Fridays ago, we did a charity team building event for work. The charity event was going to the local Ronald McDonald House and doing a deep cleaning from top to bottom. It has 17 bedrooms and 8 or 9 bathrooms, three floors and a basement. It was for a good cause, so we spent the day there. The Ronald McDonald house is a place where families can go and stay if they have to come to the city when a child (or children) is at the IWK (children's) Hospital. The cost is relatively inexepensive, and it provides kind of a home away from home.
Anyway, I was on one of the teams tasked with cleaning bathrooms. I cleaned three bathrooms from top to bottom -- including walls, ceilings, fixtures, inside and outside the cabinets, as well as tubs, sinks, toilets, floors, baseboards, etc.
The next day (which was Saturday) I came home after class and decided I should really do a deep clean of my own bathroom. It had been several weeks (cough, cough) since it had been done. So I did that, and it took about 2 1/2 hours. I hate cleaning, but I love a clean house. When it was all said and done, I texted Princess and told her that my bathroom looked so nice that I was tempted to get an orchid for it.
So she brought me this.
I just love that combination of magenta/fuchsia and yellow.
So a couple of days later, I told her I was thinking of painting my bathroom.
"I was thinking" might be the three most dangerous words in the English language.
Originally I thought I might like something dark pink (kind of like the orchid), but then I thought that I ight like a red-orange better. I didn't want a light orange or even a full red, but I wanted something in between them.
So on the Thursday night after work I went to Kent to look at paint chips. I picked up the Vibrant palette from Sico and saw something called Salmon Trout. That was it. It was love. It was precisely the colour I was looking for.
So I bought a can of paint and a brush / roller / paint tray kit and headed home. I'm not one to dither about things. If I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it, and I don't need to ask four or five other people for verification or confirmation. I'm not an open-ended decision maker.
Friday after work I started doing the masking of the various surfaces and walls and then got started with the painting. It ended up taking three coats over the space of the weekend. Last weekend was our Thanksgiving, so I had a 3-day weekend. I spent all of it painting with the exception of teaching my classes and cooking a turkey dinner on Monday.
The Lad had said something about wanting to paint his bathroom kind of a teal colour, and I was also thinking of painting my bedroom since I am so not a fan of plain boring white walls. So on Saturday morning after my classes, I headed back out to Kent to get three more tins of paint. I chose a perfect bright teal for the Lad's bathroom, and then a purpley/brown and mauve/brown for my room. I decided to do the long walls in my room with the dark colour and the end walls in the lighter colour.
Paint colours are hard to capture, particularly with a phone camera. Anyway, I slogged all last weekend (which is why there was no knitting at all) and finished my bathroom, the Lad's bathroom and my room.
Here's the bathroom in progress
So this is what it looked like before painting my bedroom walls.
I also decided to move some stuff around. The little vanity table underneath the picture (the one piled high with stuff such as my toothbrush, cat food, contact lenses, cleaning solution, etc) just cluttered up the entrance to my room. So it's now in the Knitting room (the Lad took back his glass entertainment stand for his room, so now the vanity sits where the entertainment thing was). And I've moved my little seat / bench from in front of the windows to where the vanity used to sit. It's much more esthetically pleasing.
The phone camera isn't picking up the green in the teal for the Lad's bathroom. But you kind of get an idea. Here are the progress and completed shots for his bathroom.
Originally I was thinking of something terra cotta-ish for my bedroom. My bedroom in the old house was a beautiful pink terra cotta and I loved that colour every single day. Every time I walked into my room, it made me happy. So I wanted to recreate the feeling of warmth and happiness.
But it wasn't quite what I wanted. I got a couple of paint chips and stuck them up, but eventually decided against it.
And here are the completed bathroom shots. Princess asked me when I put pictures above the toilet. I told here they've been there since we moved in. She didn't believe me. I guess they stand out more against the orange background.
In terms of knitting, here's the wretched scarf. I've only woven the ends in part way, as you can tell in the second photo.
I'm about 2/3 of the way through the knitting as far as I can tell. I'm in the middle of the 22-row grey section on the second part of the scarf.
I did order two pattern books. I can't wait to get back to sock knitting. I have been completely monogamous to this wretched scarf because I'm under a time deadline. I haven't so much as knitted a single stitch on anything else. And losing an entire long weekend to painting didn't help.
But here are the two pattern books.
I actually think the Rowan Fine Art yarn used in the Knitted Sock Society patterns is too variegated and detracts from the patterns. I'd prefer to see them in a tonal or solid yarn. The stitch patterns get lost with so much contrast in the yarn. So I have to try to squint my mind and visualize what the patterns would look like in solid yarn.
And I like the three sock patterns in the Hunter Hammersen Ne'er Do Well Knits. I don't think I'll ever knit the cuffs or whatever, but the socks are good.
So now I am possibly going to take a little nap then get up and knit. Woo hoo! An afternoon / evening of knitting awaits. Tomorrow is class prep day.
I do have some bedroom paint left over.
I was thinking about an accent wall for the dining room. Whaddya think?