I like cables now?

What the heck, who am I? I always thought I didn’t want to knit fingering weight, now I love it. I didn’t want to knit socks, now I’m addicted. I knew I’d hate cables — they’re fiddly and slow — and yet I chose to knit another hat with cables. And it didn’t even seem that fiddly!

img_7731It probably helped that this is worsted weight yarn and wool, so it’s sticky enough that the stitches don’t slip out easily when you’re doing the cables. And I’d say it helped that I’ve done this pattern before except I got to the cable bit and had no memory of how exactly to work it and had to look up the comments on the Ravelry pattern page. It’s Winter Walk, by the way, and knits up quickly. And next, I think I’m going to do some cabled mittens for my nephew. Clearly the shelter-in-place stuff has addled my brain.

Or maybe it’s paint fumes? After my bedroom, I tackled our upstairs hallway. It was a dirty tan with woodwork that had been painted a flat reddish-brown. I’m sure they did it to make it look like “wood” but I hated it, so the hall got the same gray/white paint as my bedroom.

It’s so bright and clean! I love it. There are SIX doorways in this area, though, so I got to paint a lot more trim than I would have preferred. The good news is that I’m now quite good at painting edges cleanly, but still, I’m so glad the next room to be done has beautiful natural wood trim! I’m taking a couple of days to rest before starting the next project; my hands and shoulder and elbow are feeling a bit of strain. Plus I was starting to miss knitting a little bit. I’ll get to the dining room soon though. It occurred to me that before I was furloughed, our plan had always been to hire someone to paint all these rooms, so I’m saving us a ton of money, probably a couple thousand by the time I’m done, as big as the bedroom and dining room are. That’s a pretty good feeling, and once you add on getting to enjoy the new paint, so far it’s worth the sore muscles!

Oh, and Mother’s Day was lovely too! We had a family breakfast, and went by to say hello to the mother (keeping a safe distance, of course) and I got plenty of knitting time before our delicious steak dinner, complete with mashed potatoes, and chocolate cake for dessert. The boy picked out a great t-shirt for me, and the husband ordered the most gorgeous blue Franklin Christoph fountain pen.

img_7719The girl’s gift was running late, so I’ll get a bonus Mother’s Day once it arrives. Hope all my fellow American moms had a good Mother’s Day too!

19 thoughts on “I like cables now?

  1. I know that t-shirt! Your home looks beautiful. I particularly love your foreman. I always admired the built-in you have in the hallway. Does the top have doors?

    • Oh, thank you so much! I get so caught up in how much work it needs that I forget to appreciate the good things about it. And yes, it does have doors! They’re open because they needed a last-minute additional coat of paint.

      • It’s a good thing we have it, because there’s a serious lack of storage downstairs. No coat closets or anything, so all the cleaning supplies/extra towels/various “things” have to get crammed into this closet and the closet in the upstairs bathroom!

  2. I love that shade of yellow! Cheery. The moldings around your doors and baseboards are so nice. I need to decide on some for my house. We just bought a fixer and it needs everything. Say hello to your dogs! Is that three I see?

  3. You did save so much on the painting and it looks great! I also love the yellow hat. Yellow is such a great color. I wish I could wear it. Glad to hear you had a nice Mother’s Day.

    • Though I concede it’s a cheerful color, yellow is probably my least favorite and I have this yarn only because my niece requested yellow mitts! I guess she’s getting a bonus hat too!

  4. The new coat of paint looks great! And it’s such a refreshing feeling once it’s all done.

    But… cables. They are AWESOME. I love cables. Once you’ve gotten your breath back from these cables, I can spam you with pictures of pretty cabled mitts… 😉

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