Monday, June 20, 2016

Let's Go On a Class Picnic to the Theater...And Moving Details

Let's be honest, folks:  This moving thing is sucking the life out of me.  (Well, and the HEAT was sucking the life out of me, too, but we've moved past that, aha!)  It's not crazy in the sense that I'm wiped out from all the HARD work I've been doing.  I've done my share of nail-pulling, sweeping and garbage-tossing, amongst other things.  But whew!  My in-laws and Matt and his friend, Bill, have done SO MUCH WORK.  It's insane.

Turns out we found the money pit of Central Oregon.  LOL.  Or....yikes.

We have ripped out drywall, ceilings and floors - and the bathroom...and the electrical...and the kitchen cabinets.

All we'd planned to do was replace the carpeting with inexpensive pine flooring.

Anyway, I'll include some pictures of the house re-model process, but on to bigger and better things....

Camden's newest Oliver and S outfit - the Class Picnic set!  I love how this turned out - especially the shorts.  I was happy this was an outfit I was prepared for, quite by accident.  I happily owned enough brown corduroy - and the sateen polka dots were purchased from Superbuzzy a year or so ago, along with other colors.  The shorts went together beautifully.  I've made them a couple times before.

Past versions:
Her first Class Picnic top in 2011
Right before our big move a few hours south!

The Alice in Wonderland fabric is something I'd been inadvertently hoarding in my stash for years now.  I never quite knew what to make with it, as it's a bit heavier, but this seemed the perfect project, even though the top is clearly meant for something a bit lighter weight (not that you'll see ANOTHER Class Picnic top, in lightweight fabric, in the next blog post or anything....).  I did lengthen both the body and sleeves, and it's noticeably bigger on Camden, but it's not too bad, and at least she can wear it next year, too.

I have nothing riveting to say about the pattern, as I've made it before, and it goes together really well!  Just keep your shorts pattern pieces straight and labeled, and you'll be good to go, aha!

She wore the outfit to see James and the Giant Peach back in May, which turned out to be super fun!  We rarely get to see her Vancouver friends, and we greatly miss them, so, it was nice to catch a show together!

Awww, love this one!!!
As for house craziness, here are a few photos to give y'all insight as to why my blog has been even quieter than normal, aha!

Turns out THIS was underneath the wall you see above!
INSANE hot water heater...I want it GONE pictures below, you see what we thought about THIS kitchen!  (Because of the crazy water damage)

Eyesore of a furnace, but compare it to the photo above!
And we ended up removing the arches because well....demolition

Kitchen floor...yikes!!!  We hope to actually do the kitchen floor right after moving in!

I somehow forgot a before phot of the bathroom!

Helping with spackling!

So many layers of things found under THINGS

Peering from the bathroom into the bedroom

He loves being up there!
A tired dad

Sunday, April 10, 2016

When Voolenvine, Hazel Knits and Joji Locatelli Meet

Oh, y' I love this cowl!  Shall I count the ways???

I'll spare you, LOL.
Pardon my crazy lips :O

Blocking creases and my healing lip aside, this 3 Color Cashmere Cowl is crazy awesome.  It happily knit up in two weeks (thank YOU, Joji Locatelli - FB page - for a mostly-mindless pattern).  The pattern is crazy easy, though I did have to back out a few times in the lace portion...missing yarn-overs and whatnot.  Silly stuff.

What WAS difficult, though, was the choosing of yarn.  I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use Voolenvine yarn (FB page).  I believe I originally planned this out, and I had ordered three colorways, enlisting Kristin's help in complimenting colors.  I had wanted to use Dirty on Purpose and Nevermore, both on the Wolke base, a lovely merino/cashmere/nylon blend, but that proved an ill match.  Nevermore didn't stand out enough against the Dirty on Purpose, especially where it mattered in those thin stripes.  Royal Amber was the one constant, LOL; it seemed to look good with anything!  I pulled out a million skeins of yarn, knowing I just couldn't use Nevermore.  And, as luck would have it, because I really WANTED to use stash yarn, I was unable to locate the right sort of purple or teal (first-world problems, but LEGIT problems, people), which I knew would be great contenders.  So, I had to put off casting on until a trip to Twisted in Portland.  I knew THEY would probably have a lovely skein of Hazel Knits (FB page that would work.  I ended up finding just the thing in the Entice MCN, in the colorway Orchid.
Thank ME, the photographer, for capturing THAT side of the cowl ;)
It all worked out in the end, and the cowl only took me about two weeks from start to finish, which was awesome (though it felt LONGER, what with fingering weight yarn, aha!).

Date night with Camden's friends!
Tea time!

Camden's Vancouver besties!!!
Future Doodler Shawl???

Project bag prizes sent off to Adelaide Cottage and The Knitting Broomstick!

Making a project!
And below is a cool Link-Up Party I'm a part of over at Paisley Roots this month!  You know....Karly of Saffron dress fame????