Saturday, August 19, 2006

A Need for Vacation

Knitting has been slow here at Annie's (more on that later). I still haven't finished that baby sweater but I am working on it. Sometimes. I was able to finish this little project for Project Knitaway. The challenge was to knit something using materials from the hardware store.

I feel kind of like a cop out for using fine cotton string, but atleast the outcome is something kind of different. I was inspired by the Paper Lantern pattern from AlterKnits by Leigh Radford. I modified the pattern using cotton string, size us6 needles and I kept everything garter stitch. I was worried that the light wouldn't show through enough so I added two sets of released yarnovers.

I really like the way it turned out! I could easily see making a string of these for my terrace.

My terrace. *sigh*

For those of you keeping up with the drama, our terrace is still not done. It has been 2 1/2 months and the workers have destroyed it. We have watched every other terrace be completed and ours was being used for storage.

A read through of our lease and we saw that we had to allow the landlord to perform maintenance on our terrace, but nowhere did it say that we pay rent for the landlord to use our space for storage. SO - a call to the project manager, he came and looked at the terrace and had the crap removed immediately. Yay! Our terrace now looks like this:

Well almost. As of today the shop vac and a couple of sanders were back. UGH. We are leaving for vacation on Monday and I can't wait. Hopefully the Fix-It Fairies will be by to not only finish the terrace, but to fix the window that the workers broke. (Hey, maybe they'll finish that baby sweater, too!)

I see an umbrella, sandy beach and blue water about 48 hours away. Om.....Om.....



Blogger Hilde C. said...

What a fun idea with the light :-) I hope your terrace will be OK soon, and that your vacation will be great :-)

4:14 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Have a wonderful vacation - hope the fix-it fairies find the time to visit you!

7:28 PM  
Blogger Harlem Purl said...

That terrace isn't done yet? I thought things always moved faster in New York?
Anyhoo, have a great vacation. Can't wait until we return our Sit 'N Knit sessions.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Stary said...

Oh dear. Hope everything gets fixed soon.

6:41 AM  
Blogger allisonmariecat said...

I hope you have a beautiful terrace and non-cracked window when you get back :)

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Kara said...

Love the light covers. They are so darling. Perfect for summer.

Happy to hear about that there is some progress on your terrace...

11:59 AM  
Blogger HPNY Knits said...

lanterns are awesome! what a great little big idea.
have fun on vacation!!

5:06 PM  
Blogger Mary, Mary... said...

Just think, you can make oodles of those darlin' lantern thingies and have a great party to celebrate your terraza when you get back. Now, go have yourself a well deserved break!

8:52 PM  
Anonymous aquaknits said...

Those would look really cute on your hoepfully-finished-soon terrace! So frustrating for you that other tenants already have theirs done. Try to forget it all and have a great vacation!

9:18 AM  
Blogger Knitting Fiend said...

We had similar issues with our terrace here in NJ, except the contractor completely messed it up and it never did get finished... We had to hire somebody else! In the end it turned out nice. Now if only we had some knitted lanterns...

8:01 AM  

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