Friday, April 20, 2007

Fresh Start

This week we had our house painted. It looks fresh, clean and new. But you know what that means--everything else looks shabby next to it. So I had to buy a new door mat.

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And a fresh new pot of flowers.

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Just to spruce things up a bit.

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I even tackled the back porch, scrubbing everything down except the dogs.

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There is still much to be done inside and out, but that means I'm going to have to put the needles down, turn the computer off and get to work. Every closet and drawer in this house needs to be cleaned out. My summer project will be to go through all of our stuff and simplify. My goal is to have everything in shape by the end of August. I know I can do it, I just don't want to.

I will still knit (and spin), but not as much. I think I'll focus on small quick knits for the instant gratification factor. This will be a good opportunity to build up a stash of baby gifts. It seems there is always a baby shower to attend and lately I've been scrambling at the end to get something made. This week was one of those times. I started a couple of pairs of booties that didn't work out, then a bib pattern that stumped me and a pair of socks that didn't work with the yarn I was using. I knit for two days straight with nothing to show for it. Finally I found a lace sock pattern that was just right for my yarn.

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Pattern: Baby Eyelet Socks
Yarn: Patons 4 ply baby yarn
Needles: US 2 DPNs
Size: Toddler (6-18 months)
Changes: I used larger needles and added an extra pattern repeat to the leg.

Hopefully I'll get pictures of my scarf this weekend.

15 comments:

  1. What a cute pair of baby socks! And I love the potted flowers. I really like blue/purple and yellow flowers together, they just set each other off!

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  2. You take spring cleaning to a whole new level. Your home looks very welcoming! Yay, for a finished pair of hard won baby booties;-)

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  3. Everything looks lovely!

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  4. I love the new welcome mat! And the flowers are so cheerful. Good luck cleaning and organizing! Moving was great for helping me clear stuff out of the apartment; it's always refreshing to declutter.

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  5. Those are cute little socks. How sweet! I admire your "spring fever". I am about to put a closet system in my office closet. It will be so freeing to have the clutter straightened up and put away behind closed doors. You will be so proud of yourself when you get done.

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  6. Your home looks great!!
    Good job!!

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  7. Oh, oh, I'm feeling the pressure. Your house looks so nice. I have plans for summer cleaning and sprucing too, but right now I'm still enjoying sitting and admiring the one wall that my husband painted a couple of weeks ago.

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  8. Spring clean! Everthing looks great, but now I feel tired. LOL

    Those little socks are just beautiful!

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  9. The house looks great! ( Waayy better than mine ;o) I love the baby socks, so cute! I wish you were my Aunt or something so you could spoil my baby with your lovely knitting :o)

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  10. chris8:06 PM

    OK the house looks fresh but I Love the dogs. How very lucky for you to have 2 Aussies. My favorite companion.

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  11. The socks are adorable! I have a new niece or nephew on the way--need to start some projects...

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  12. I love the mat it is so beautiful and welcoming.

    I am right with you on the spring cleaning thing, I would rather be knitting. But just think how great you will feel when it is done and you will then have lots of time for knitting and spinning :)

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  13. Once again, a very cute baby knit! Thanks for sharing the pattern link, and for checking out my latest FO.

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  14. Your entry and porch look beautiful! I love the kitty hanging out by the flowers.

    The socks are cute. I'm working on baby gifts now, myself.

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  15. Your entry is so welcoming :)
    I need to clean out our place too, but I just can't face it!

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~Tracy