Here's a random shot of the pigeon who was sitting in front of my car yesterday morning when I got to work. He wouldn't budge. Stupid bird.
This is just a random shot because there's a lot of text before the yarn pictures start.
It's 8:42 pm. (Note to self: put clocks forward tonight). I am sitting down with my glass of wine after a long and productive day.
Having installed the bits and pieces of Mum's furniture, and having looked at Ikea online for possible yarn showcases, I have been thinking about the need for area rugs.
The house is (as I have mentioned) quite a disaster. But there's hardwood throughout (other than in the kitchen and bathroom which are their own special brand of horror -- the kitchen has that faux parquet linoleum stuff). Unfortunately, the house is about 100 years old, and the hardwood is original to the house. Which means that it's not particularly well sealed. And 12 years of having a big dog didn't help either.
The cats also feel the need to contribute, usually by bringing up breakfast and leaving me to step in it. So the hardwood has seen better years -- probably about 75 years ago.
I was thinking about getting some area rugs to hide most of the damage and warm the floors so that the cats aren't frozen. (Yes, I realize this is somewhat ironic given that Buddy the Moron Electrician has rigged it so that the heaters in the tv/ dining room are always on).
The Bay in Halifax is shutting down in April, and everything except cosmetics and perfume is on sale. So I thought I'd take a gander after the gym this morning. Which I did. And I saw that they had two oriental-style rugs which I really liked, and another kind of plain thing with some paisley accents which wasn't too bad. The good thing was that they were all 50% off. The original prices were $400 each, but they were on for $200. So I battled the ferocious crowds and ended up bringing 3 of them home (after I could convince a sales guy to help; I think the fact that I was in my cowichan sweater and shorts from the gym made me look like a homeless and crazy person).
Then I went into a house cleaning frenzy. Or what passes for a frenzy with me. I even vacuumed the furniture. That's how much fun I was having. So I got the rugs down and discovered that the plain / paisley one was just not great. The other two were 100% wool hand knotted in India. They're quite thick and cushy. The paisley abomination is thin and synthetic.
So I went back to the Bay, because they had another one of the oriental style rugs on the floor in the display area. I figured that if there was no "sold" sign on it, I was going to roll it up, put it over my shoulder and pay for it. So I did. And I brought it home. It was a good choice.
All the rugs are 5' x 8' and they're perfect.
Then I cleaned the wretched fish tanks, rearranged the living room, hung some pictures, hauled a dresser upstairs, etc. I have put all my knitting stuff hidden beside the couch. All my latest patterns are in a drawer. It's quite tidy and lovely.
I moved the ugly chair away from the secretary desk to another corner. It looks much better.
Perhaps if the sun shines tomorrow, I'll take some photos.
The OTHER thing I did was to take pictures of yesterday's yarn sneak attack. Princess was out all day, so I was free to take out the yarn and photograph it. I had to take the Lad to work for 8:00 this morning, and he's going to be there until about 11:30 tonight, so I have the house to myself.
Yesterday when I got to work, there was a lovely cushy package from Roxanne at Zen Yarn Garden. When she dyed up some of her new Serenity yarn, I couldn't help myself.
And I justified some of it on the basis that it is still my intention to become a colourwork goddess, and I need either neutral / light backgrounds (hence the undyed Buggas to come) or dark blackish backgrounds.
So Roxanne obliged me by having some good dark colours in stock. It's sometimes hard to find blackish colours from dyers, so I often snap them up.
Here is my haul all laid out from west to east.
From West to East we have 2 skeins of Serenity 20 from the Grab Bag. One is Burnished, and the other is something else (which I realize is not helpful, but it's downstairs and my feet hurt). Then we have Serenity (80/10/10 MCN) in Feu Noir, Black Grape and Rossa Noir. Then there's the skein of Serenity Silk III in Plum Fairy. It's a 70/15/10 blend of MCS. I think I might already have one skein of the Plum Fairy. Unless it was Plum Pink.* In which case I have two similar but not identical skeins. That was also from the Grab Bag (which was an awesome deal, I must say). The last two are Serenity from the new spring colourways: In Bloom and Magenta.
Here they are in their more individual glory:
I still have some furniture rearranging to do tomorrow, but I'm too pooped tonight. I am going to perhaps play on the computer. I'm even too tired to knit. I'm hoping to retrieve some knitting mojo tomorrow, because I haven't touched a stitch since Monday.
But the cats are happy and the fish are happy. And I'm happy. So it's a win win.
*Yes, I have a skein of the Plum Pink. And now I have Plum Fairy.
And Roxanne always puts in a lovely handmade stitch marker. It's what's in the bag next to the single shot of the Black Grape.