Compulsive Knitter

September 28, 2008

The after shot

Filed under: life in general — Marie @ 9:46 am

I’m a busy, busy bee right now, but I did take time for a quick “after” shot of our office:

I know it’s pretty dark and not a very good picture, but at least it shows the dramatic change in paint color and some of our books (that have been packed away for a year) in bookshelves to the right.  There is still a lot of paperwork to toss or file away and I’d love more (or new!) bookshelves, but it’s a start!  I also may organize my stash in the office closet, but that will have to wait until Christmas break at least.


September 12, 2008

Change of theme

Filed under: life in general, organization — Marie @ 11:22 am

…in more than one sense.  I changed the background theme of this page because I didn’t like the dark brown color that predominated, although I did like the flowers in the theme.  I also realized that I complained about a similar color on the walls of the new house we bought, although ironically it was similar to the theme I chose for this blog!  LDH and I have been working hard during our summer break to eradicate that color from our walls.  It remained in only one room, our office, which was also desperately in need of organization.  Here is a “before” shot:

I haven’t taken an “after” shot yet, but there have been some major improvements, let me tell you.  Most of the boxes, which you can see a little bit behind the chairs, have been unpacked.  After two years of not knowing where anything was (i.e. in Louisiana, Texas, or Detroit) or if it was packed or not, things are starting to return to normal.  (Not that I always find what I’m looking for…some things still are in Detroit or have mysteriously vanished.)  This is one of the major reasons that there has been a lack of knitting here and in everyday life.  This won’t turn into an organization blog, but there probably won’t be much knitting for awhile.  I’m relocating all of my supplies to one place, Houston, and will probably post more about my efforts to organize my stash, ongoing projects, etc.  I’ve always wanted some nifty shelving full of yarn like you might see in a yarn store!

June 16, 2008


Filed under: life in general — Marie @ 8:53 pm

Sorry to be missing in action for so long here.  After waiting so long to close on our house, once it finally did happen (on the 5th), everything became a blur.  But, yay, we’re homeowners now!  So, understandably, there has been zero knitting going on.  This past weekend I was happy to get our kitchen unpacked so we could stop eating out.  Also cutting in on the knitting is the summer semester, which started last week for me.  Things will be quiet around here for a bit longer, but I’m looking forward to finally unpacking my stash in its nice new home.  (Shh…I also tell the cats that we bought a nice new house just for them too.)

May 5, 2008

Slow progress

Filed under: knitting, life in general — Marie @ 11:47 am

There are no major updates on the house just yet. My husband signed some sort of (executed?) contract, but I’m not sure exactly what it is because I’m still in Louisiana until the end of the semester, plus I don’t need to sign anything until we get to closing. So I’m a little out of the loop, but my husband updates me every night on the progress or lack thereof. We don’t have a closing date yet, but maybe there will be one today or tomorrow once the bank does its thing. As soon as the semester is over, I’ll probably get really impatient. It seems like it took long enough to find the right house, so now that that’s done, I feel like saying, “Get on with it!”

There has been some knitting, surprise, surprise. (Maybe I need the relaxation.) Since I don’t have much else besides sock yarn here and I wanted to quick gratification, I cast on for a sock with my stash of Wolle Rödel Sport & Strumpfwolle in a dark red tweed. I started out with a twelve stitch pattern from More Sensational Knitted Socks, but it just wasn’t working for me. Because of the large stitch pattern, I was kind of between sizes and maybe shouldn’t have chosen the smaller number of stitches to cast on. Plus, I wasn’t finding the pattern (Stansfield 304, I believe) all that relaxing to knit. I was clenching my teeth for all the M1 and M1Rs. (I know, I have issues.) So I frogged it and started the Stansfield 196 instead….ah, much better! I find it relaxing, pretty nice looking in the yarn I chose, and going by very quickly. No pictures right now, since my husband has had the digital camera in Houston since we started house hunting over spring break.

If you’ve stuck with me thing long, however, I do have another picture to reward you!

Here’s a shot of what will be (knock on wood) our master bedroom. See what I mean about the paint? I don’t have a problem with brown walls, but this is kind of dark and I think our dark-stained dressers might just fade into the walls if left as is. Isn’t that a kind of crazy corner? I’m thinking we’ll have to actually have a sitting area there. I’m having trouble concentrating on the last papers/exams I have to do this semester, since I keep decorating the house in my mind…

April 25, 2008

The light at the end of the tunnel

Filed under: life in general — Marie @ 6:12 pm

This has been some week, month…even year!  I haven’t updated on the house hunting situation because it’s been so crazy busy, but now the semester is starting to wind down.  So although that means that I’ve got some huge papers to write, it also means that I’ve got some time alone to work at my own pace, which I like.  And there’s even better news…we have an accepted offer on a house!  More details later, but it looks like we will be closing in late May, then painting and moving in early June!  The process was stressful and disappointing at times (we made three unsuccessful offers on houses before this one), but I think we ended up with the best house in the end, thanks to our fabulous agent!  Now I should end here, since I can’t seem to stop talking in exclamation points!!

PS – If anyone has any advice on painting, or nice neutral colors to use on walls, I’m all ears…

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