Have you seen my sink?

We’re buying our first house, and with that comes the fun part of putting our personal stamp on it. Just for fun (and to keep Team Decorate/Renovate on track), I made mood boards for the rooms that will most set the tone for the house. The house was built in 1952, and we want to keep a bit of that mid-century charm. Wanna see?

The living room is bright and white and sunny. I’m thinking our two paintings will set the tone. I covet the California coffee table, but seriously doubt that will ever be an actual purchase. A new sofa along the lines of the one on the board will be in order though.

Mood Board-Living Room sm

The kitchen is a big open blank canvas right now. It’s perfectly clean and serviceable, but I know it can be better. In a year or two when we we’ve had a chance to settle in to the house, this aqua and red, slightly retro feel is probably the direction we’ll want to go.

Mood Board-Kitchen sm

 

The real project is the downstairs bathroom. It’s a hot mess. My mom and I have been having lots of fun looking for renovation inspiration.

Mood Board-Downstairs Bath sm

On Thursday she found a photo of the perfect sink. I made a drawing of how I think the bathroom is shaping up on the vanity side.

Downstairs Bathroom sketch

After too much internet browsing and searching for the correct terminology for this style sink, I have determined that it’s a drop in, apron style, and this particular one is probably the Dresslyn by American Standard. And yes, I do want that yellow (though I’d settle for gray or white)! There are several resources in Portland and not in Portland, and my mom already has a guy keeping an eye open, but in the mean time, if you have a sink like this and want to get rid of it — email me.

Figure Friday

Good poses yesterday at life drawing, but my work was only “meh.” I’m working on the last of my stitchy ladies today though. (Last only in that I’m pausing while I wait to create more inspirational drawings.)

Jilted Lover WIP

Knit Night

I missed yesterday’s post. I have a knit fail I’m willing to share, but I haven’t gotten around to photographing it. I’ve got some fun knit related accessories though:

Circ holder 1

 

I made this circular needle holder last week. I made a book style needle case about a year ago, but it didn’t have enough pockets for all the sizes and now I have enough needles that it was getting too full. This pass-through style holder looks messy, but is actually more organized since each section only holds one size of needle, so I don’t have to get out my needle gauge each time I want to start a project.

Circ holder 2

 

Also, when I was at the Maryland Homespun Yarn Party a few weeks ago, I got this awesome monster yarn bowl from Claymonster. It’s so fun to look at this silly face every time I work on a yarn project.

Yarn Bowl and Elfe WIP

Knit Night

I promised the airplane knitting that I changed halfway through, and here it is.

Elfe Tee

This was definitely worth re-doing. I like the more subtle striping better with this one, and the thick to thin design works well with those stripes too.

 

Elfe Tee

I used the same gradated yarn (Wolle’s Color Changing Cotton) as in the shawls in the previous Knit Night post. This Elfe tee used two skeins: the first is the Mystique color way, which gradates from navy to grey to chocolate brown. The second skein is called Tardis and goes from the same grey, to medium blue, to navy. the stripes get a little funky in the middle where the greys switch places, but that’s part of what I like about this.

 

Elfe Tee detail

I was very curious to see how two graduated yarns would work together, so this was lots of fun. Next up is a shawl that will use the black to brown to grey that I jettisoned from this project, paired with a grey/purple that should be subtle but nice. Slightly more technical Elfe details are on my Ravelry post here.

It’s Scraptastic

It started here, about four years ago when, inspired by a vintage quilt of my mom’s, I decided to sew all my scraps together into “bricks” and make a quilt.

I made progress sewing together more scrap bricks here, and here, in 2012.

I finished the first of four quilts made from the scraps in September 2013, and the second in November. The third is somewhere in there too, but since I didn’t blog it, it doesn’t exist.

But now, I’ve gone from this:

Scrap Piles

and this:

Three tops, still more scraps!

to these!

Scrap Quilts

Scrap Quilts

Scrap Quilts

Figure Friday

All Hail The Cube!

We always get such interesting poses when the models use The Cube.

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My drawings don’t do the dynamism justice, but it was still hella fun. More cube drawings at the end of this post from a while ago.

Knit Night

I’ve been lucky enough here in Charlottesville to become friends with a lovely woman who makes beautiful color changing cotton yarn. Over the last few years I’ve knit a half dozen things with this yarn and have plans for a half dozen more.
All my pretty shawls

Patterns L to R: Bubbles and Baubles, Butterfly Garden, Rose Annie, Reversible circles of Lace (all patterns can be found on Ravelry, of course)

Today seemed like a good day to take a group portrait of my shawls. I’ve made two others as well, but they are for my mom and my sister, so they don’t live with me. All those gradients look so pretty hanging in a row.

I’ve been joining “Wolle” at the local yarn and wool festivals to help out at her booth. It’s great fun to show off the yarn and to help people choose just the right colors. The Elfe sweater in the last Knit Night post is also knit from Wolle’s yarn. I hope to have it finished in time to wear to the Powatan Fiber Fest at the end of this month. So far, so good — it should be next week’s post!

1000 Quilt Inspirations

Have you seen this book yet?

1000 Quilt Blocks book

It is chock full of quilt blocks and details for one to peruse. It’s by no means definitive (the quilt world is just too too huge for that), but there’s plenty to catch the eye. The book is divided into sections: Traditional, Modern, Pictorial Art Quilt, and Abstract Art Quilt. The traditional section sometimes leans towards the arty, and I doubt any hard core Modern quilter would see themselves in the Modern section. Really, the sections are there to add a little structure, and that’s OK. Given that author Sandra Sider is an art quilter, I’m not at all surprised at the leanings of the book. That’s also OK. It’s a book of inspiration, and it provides plenty.

 

100 quilt blocks inside

I have three pieces in the book — all from the Twelve by Twelve Colorplay series. Fellow Twelves Brenda Gael Smith and Deborah Boschert have work in the book too!

It’s a nice resource when you want to browse for inspiration. The book can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or through the publisher themselves.