Thursday, August 26, 2010


What do you think of the new wall color?

Last week, my husband painted the living room and while he did, I took Leo to Camp Bow Wow. I just knew he'd be a paint in the butt while work was going on around him. He can't resist getting into things he ought not stick that giant snout (or butt) into.

Here is the real color. It looks good. I can't believe we finally have our stuff up on the walls. It's beginning to look homey.

What's that heaped upon the fainting sofa? Sleeves for the sweater, of course.

I've been staring at the sleeveless sweater that sits upon my headless mannequin long enough and I think she won't be sleeveless for much longer. I'm knitting the sleeves side by side on one circular needle, with two balls of yarn and have gotten to the cap shaping. That means every other row right now is a decrease row. Soon I'll be binding off, seaming and considering the ruffle. I think that's why I'm loitering in terms of this project.

The ruffle.

My itty-bitty knitter's brain is telling me I have to do it the way the pattern is written, or risk an outcome nothing like the original pattern. It was the ruffle, and the mohair that drew me to the pattern in the first place.

That tedious, fiddly ruffle will be meeting a needle near me, soon.

At this rate, it should be a wearable article of clothing by, oh, June of 2012.

eta...thinking out loud...what if I treated that cast on 15, knit 3 rows, bind off 14, cast on 14 knit 3 row and repeat above, etc., ruffle as an applied i-cord and manage to knit the ruffle onto the sweater on that bind off row? Are you following me?



Devon said...

Love the wall color... even on Leo. That pattern sounds odd. I have a tendency to just knit on rather than do anything that looks like sewing. I love your color choices.

Please... post finished pics. Also, what was the name of the shawl that you won at the state fair with last year? I'm in a lace knitting mood and that was beautiful!

Rudee said...

Devon-- It was a fun, fun knit! Here are the details for that shawl:

Cap Shawl
Pattern: Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby
Yarn: Alpaca With a Twist, Fino
Yardage: 1,700 yards
Color: Ruby Slipper
Needles: Addi lace US size 6

Here is my project page on ravelry:

Miss 376 said...

Love the wall colour. Last time I decorated, one of the cats decided to walk through the paint tray!
Lovely to see sleeves, can't wait to see it all finished

Rose said...

I love the wall color; does it have a tinge of blue/aqua in it? Nice fainting sofa too, my husband lusts after one like that. As for the writing in green, yeah, you lost me. Do you have to pick up stitches to do the ruffle? Good luck, but I know you'll do a beautiful job!

laurie said...

paint in the butt...hahahaha.
i love any wall color that isn't white.
you will not find a white wall anywhere in the hertzel-iverson abode.

sapphireblue said...

Wow! Love the walls. The yarn color is beautiful, but I hide from lace.

ari_1965 said...

I would like to be naked with that wool in the last picture.

Rudee said...

Ari, my bet is that while it's very soft, it would itch like you had poison ivy!

NCmountainwoman said...

The color is beautiful. So pleasing to the eye and restful without being drab. Can't wait to see the sweater.

Stephanie V said...

The wall color is lovely and serene. I'm sure Leo makes up for any lack of excitement in the room.

I'm following your idea for a sounds like it could make an edging that's ruffle-y but I think you should give it a try - the dreaded swatching - before committing yourself to that lovely, but hard to take out, mohair.

Jane@WildeThymeKnits said...

Love the wall colour and the sleeves are looking gorgeous too!

sue b said...

As far as the ruffle, do a little test piece first to see how you like it. You won't enjoy ripping it, mohair isn't forgiving. At all. That said, don't see why it shouldn't work.

Sandy said...

I love that color. I am in the midst of picking paints (well I'm almost done) and repainting everything in this house and that's a lot of painting. I've been sticking with very light neutral colors for the next buyer.

But I can't wait to get color somewhere, when I move. This is soft and peaceful..