Posts Tagged ‘storage’

Have Revision Will Knit

May 26, 2013

New version of the Origami pattern was released to the test knitters, but I had already finished with the old instructions.  What to do?  Knit another one, of course!  Tried to knit the new pattern as if it was new to me, even though I had the stitch pattern already in my head.  This time I used Rowan Luxury Cotton, much more splitty and less yielding/forgiving than the merino.  But soft and light and better for the warmer weather of Spring.

spring origami pre blocking

I blocked it a little less aggressively, so it’s a little squooshier.  But very good stitch definition!  These are almost instant gratification, and fun.  Once you figure out what exactly is going on.  And a great project to use up leftover yarn.

Minor decision about where to store these gems: with the scarves, with the cowls, or with the miscellaneous accessories.    Went with the last choice.  My knitted objects are all kept in a deep and wide drawer.  Ever since some invading silverfish destroyed a shawl, two (different) socks and a cowl everything is further protected by super-thick vacuum bags.

Knit drawer

The extra-thick bags are tinted blue, that isn’t the defining colour of the finished objects!!  (And I’m learning to darn socks so that I can repair what was destroyed…except for the cowl, which was evidently the favourite creepy-crawly snack and can’t really be saved.  At least I seem to have left the creatures behind when I moved.  Still…..better safe than sorry.)

And on to the future projects:  Over on the Curious Collective Shawl, the first poll is over.  With 1550 people voting, textured won out over lace 51%-49%.  Very close race!  The new poll is all about shape – triangle, rectangle, or semi-circle.  My latest pattern-browsing obsession is crescent-shaped shawls, so I went for the semi-circle.  We’ll see if this time my first choice wins out!

So many projects, so little time.

Screwdrivers? Check. Hammer? Check.

January 4, 2012

I really needed some different storage in my room.  Had lots of shelves, but I decided drawers would be a better solution.  So earlier this week, after visiting kidlet, partner and I headed off to IKEA.

The store that burned down last year is almost but not quite yet ready to open, so we had to travel a bit more to a branch we hadn’t yet visited.  Plans are in the making to build another branch in the north, very close to us…uh oh.

I took my crutches, as I was worried that the long long walk through the store would cause too much pain in the hip.  But lo and behold, when we came through the entrance there were little scooters for customers to use!  A fantastic idea, I quickly signed for one.  Small enough to fit through all the aisles in the departments, they go forward and backward and turn sharply.

It didn’t take long for me to get the hang of the controls, although partner almost got run over a couple of times in the beginning.  And I do have to admit, the attempt at a Y-turn in the elevator was not terribly successful, except as a source of entertainment for partner, who was laughing so hard at my bouncing around she almost didn’t get out of the way in time.  But soon I was zipping along, eager to see everything, while partner tried to keep up.  (Serves her right for laughing….)

We stopped for a meal midway through, as usual.  Tried the Swedish meatballs this time, nice gravy but no lingonberries, which was a shame.

We ended up buying drawers for both of us, and I grabbed a table as well.  And we both got a few odds and ends.  That always happens….

At home, I built the table first.

You know how in the instructions they always list how many of each item you should have?  Like 48 screws this size and 20 this size, etc.  OK, so I’m weird, but I always open everything and count them all first.  I’ve never been short anything, but still.

Had a bit of a scare when in the midst of counting out fortysomething little plastic bits the cat leaped onto the table and scattered them all.  I shrieked, she fled, and then we managed to arrive at a mutually agreeable arrangement.  I worked on the furniture, and she played with the box.

She really got into it, too…

I had all the pieces lined up, all the tools at hand, old rug on the floor to cushion it…

Did the drawers first, even though the instructions start with the chest.  I just wanted to get them out of the way, that seemed so much more reasonable.  I figured that the big effort would be the main piece, and I wouldn’t want to do anything else after that.

Finally finished, and I’ve started to move things around and organise the room the way I want it.

Of course, now partner has decided that I should do hers as well.

Not tonight.  I love DIY stuff like this, but enough already for one day.

And I really want one of those scooters.