Wednesday, 24 June 2015

One thing leads to another! (Renovation Fun!)

Originally our bathroom...
way back we turned this room into a basic laundry room.

Hubby does a lot of the laundry
and he loved the front loaders on pedestals.

I give Daisy and Lackie their bathes in the laundry tub...
what a back killer that was! 
It all started because I decided
that our flooring needed updating...
We decided to eliminate the hall carpeting...
so that meant the flooring would run from the front door...
through the kitchen, down the hall,
and into the laundry and bath rooms!

Well, since the laundry room was going to be emptied anyway :)
(you see how one thing leads to another?)

6 long weeks....

I met some interesting people at the local laundromat!
We started to meet up on Wednesdays!

Another thing I wanted was to incorporate a toilet
into the laundry room....
seems it is all the rage...
a powder room/laundry room combination!

So for a while, there was a toilet in the hall!

Hubby lost his pedestals so that the
washer/dryer could be stacked to give more floor space!

Lackie and Daisy liked to supervise everything!
So did the hubby!

This is actually a lighting update in our kitchen
(with the new flooring).

This all happened back in December/January
with the final caulking being done mid-February no less!

While stressful...and sometimes aggravating
(renovations can be like that),

I love it!

Big reveal next time!

Happy Knitting, Crocheting, Renovating!
(whatever you love best)

Anne x
(with Lackie and Daisy at her feet)

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Pure Linen Love!

 I think I've said it before, but I'll say it again....
I  L O V E Rowan's Pure Linen!

The sheen of the fibre, the shades are subtle yet strong,
the fabric it creates has presence...
you know you are wearing it, and it drapes beautifully.

If you haven't tried Pure Linen....get yourself to your LYS and pick some up. There are 11 subtle shades...8 original and 3 new ones added this season, including the blue I am wearing here, Patagonian! Then there is the bright orange, Monte and the gold, Simpson. It was so hard to decide, but this seems to be my "blue" knit phase!




Lisa Richardson created the designs in the Pure Linen Collection last year....all classic summer shapes to knit and wear forever!








This sweater is the "Trinity" design from this collection.

The pattern as written is perfect!

My only modification was to the neckline. I loved the shape and depth of the V as is, so instead of doing a ribbed finish...I just picked up and immediately cast off the neckline stitches, for a clean minimalist finish.

While I truly wanted to glam up this top with some beads and Swarovski crystals, I realized that I would be able to wear it more often if I left it plain. 


This way I can put on a necklace like this great one I picked up at Springridge Farm (not only do they grow/sell fabulous Strawberries, they have a terrific gift shop and a wonderful selection of jewellery, and it's just down the road!)





























Rowan Magazine 57 features designs that use Pure Linen in conjunction with other fabulous Rowan yarns, and a top designed for your crocheters!

I went through Ravelry and found some Pure Linen projects to give you (and me) inspiration!




This is my second Rowan Pure Linen knit.
Here is my first, from last summer....Mermaid in Byron Bay!
I love Pure Linen and could happily have a top in each shade!
I'm going through my vacation photos and will do a write up or two here...just in case any of you want to arm chair travel with me!

Until then,

Happy Knitting,

Anne
(with Lackie and Daisy by her feet)


Luckily we got home from vacation in time to catch the peonies in bloom.
I love them, they are so P I N K!