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Tidbits Tuesday November 10, 2009

Because it is very apparent that I, eldest daughter, have inheirited the DNA Pack Rat gene from the Matriarch Supreme of the fam, it should come as no surprise that things in piles behind closed doors and elsewhere can reveal WONDERS!

This is a tiny, but choice, one.


It came from a bag stuck in my summer T-shirt drawer in my dresser.

Now, this place has been in a little bit of an uproar lately, so it’s no surprise that some things might’ve gone out of the line of sight for awhile.

We’ve had some roof and window damage due to last month’s heinous Nor’easter caliber rain storms: leakage, bubbling paint and one really rotten window frame. We hardly ever get storms blowing in from that direction but lately, there’s been more and more activity in the Big Windy. Lot’s of time’s been spent with contractors and estimators — why just yesterday another roofer came over and pronounced us ill. It’s a sneaky situation that combines a little flat roof over our shared bay windows and some lintels not especially mortared tight anymore. This is, as they like to say, a multi-pronged job which will probably take a while to balance out.

blue-door-in-notting-hill-close-upMeanwhile, I’m waiting for our friendly painter to come over and paint all our outside doors. Because it’s so inviting (and traditional), we’re making our front door BLUE like the color as the one in the film Notting Hill! I’ve been in love with this for years and it’s time to make this naughty building do something amusing for us for a change :)

For your amusement, enjoy a moment with these blue doors. I can’t get enough of them…

There’s been some presto change-O in the hut as well. I flipped bedrooms, trying to minimize nightside noisesome noises, and now the studio is where the master bedroom was. That room was painted last fall in a medium taupe color and its working well as a workspace.
The littler bedroom has become a soft navy blue (Benjamin Moore Paint Color HC-145 Van Courtland Blue). I wanted a dark, quiet, cozy cozy space and the walls and ceilings are all the same color — the room isn’t very big but has high ceilings and now it really looks balanced. My painter was so very skeptical at first — he insisted the ceiling should be lighter, but more colorful heads prevailed.

But back to the Pack: that collection of socks I found in a bag came into the house via Rhinebeck and when I unpacked my suitcase, they were packed by the rat into the wrong drawer.

These lovelies were my main score, but it was too warm to wear them when they landed so they went under.

I was not-so-much on the yarn front in New York because after I was there for about 5 minutes, it was evident that the grounds were so huge that I’d be carrying everything along with me. Bad Planning on the bag front. But when I saw these socks, I could not resist.

One of the main reasons I started knitting socks (and if I was a lady of leisure, that’s about all I’d make) is that basic wool socks are very hard to find via retail in women’s sizes. Now my alter-ego photo self works outside year round and Halloween is the date where the woolies and snuggies and longies make their appearances.

With less time than ever to knit some new footwear, (which I have on the needle, hee), it made perfect sense to scoop up some of these from Steam Valley Fiber Farm.

The colors — so very gorgeous — hand dyed by owner Phylleri Ball. The fiber: 50% Border Leicester Cross / 25% Mohair / 25% Nylon! The wool is sustainably raised on their Pennsylvaina farm and the yarn (and socks) are milled by another small producer.

But best of all? On the label is the name of the sheepies whose woolie goodness will be protecting my peirogies this winter: Firdance, Valentine, Myrtle, Tansy, Grace, Oreo and last but not least RJ!

9 responses to “Tidbits Tuesday November 10, 2009”

  1. SnowCat MacDobran says:

    Notting Hill is one of my goto movies when I’m feeling sad. Love love love it.

  2. Jennifer says:

    those are fabulous socks!

  3. Barbara-Kay says:

    Ironically, here in Louisiana I wear wool socks all year long. They keep you from having sweaty feet. This year I caved and knit some wool tennis socks so I wouldn’t look quite so out of step when I wear shorts.

  4. Seanna Lea says:

    Those are some gorgeous socks. I’ve thought about making basic socks to sell, but most people can’t picture spending even $5 on a pair of socks!

  5. Jane says:

    I am in LOVE with that blue. Our first trip to England, I went into paint stores all over the country asking “what is the name of that color of blue?” Never did get a definitive answer — it varied depending on the paint, the region, etc. But it is an absolutely marvelous color. I’ll bet you know the Pantene number (back in those days I didn’t even know what Pantene was)!

  6. Michelle says:

    Oopa! I am coming to your door and and christen it blue with many plates thrown down and smashed on your stoop! With maybe a little flaming saganki afterwards. Then skordalia, baklava and a little ouzo to wash it down to make your toes curl. Just kidding, but it sure will be pretty! Your work is as lovely as ever and I have not seen you in ages! Hope life is treating you well plus more. Is there a knitting group going on in your neck of the woods? Miss you!

  7. Joyce in Chicago says:

    The thought of lintel failure makes me queasy…thank goodness for competent masons! We paid big bucks to an outstanding one at my building, but I should really knit him some socks too.

  8. dawnaurora says:

    I love the color of your doors. I hope you don’t end up changing them. The socks are gorgeous themselves. I have just started knitting socks and they are a blast and also so easy to carry around when you are out and about and want to knit.

  9. Megan says:

    Hey Bonne! Long time, no see! Love the socks and your choice of Van C for your bedroom. That was the color of my bedroom at our last place and will probably land on our walls here. Great minds…great color!

    Take Care!

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