I had thought I would be in a bag sewing frenzy this weekend, but it didn't happen. Instead there was some simple home-cooking, and inspired by Mimi's recent post, I took the opportunity to show you this corner of my home. We cleared the dining table of all the clutter a few weeks ago and it's amazing that it is still clutter-free now. I was so sceptical about it remaining clutter free, but now, maybe there's hope for the rest of the house. A bit of explanation for those of you who have neat homes and cannot understand how a clean table top is a big deal. Our dining table is too big for our family of 4. We usually have our meals seated around one half of the table, and the other half became home to all sorts of things, albeit neatly stacked, but clutter nonetheless. This dining set was the first furniture we bought as newly weds. I wonder what we were thinking of when we bought this monstrosity of a table. It couldn't get in through the front door and we had to open up the sliding doors to bring it in. What we loved about the table way back then was the marquetry on the table top and the bleached look of the wood. You can see some of the marquetry details in this photo. Please ignore the fact that none of the plates and bowls match.
I joined the Tri-Knit-y hosted by Mona as I managed to buy the yarn just in the nick of time. After wearing my aran sweater a couple of times, I'm beginning to like Trinity very much. It is very lightweight and drapes remarkably well. By this I mean it doesn't cling to me and doesn't crease so badly, unlike some other cotton yarns. Plus, the wonkiness of its stitches is suited to some patterns, or maybe I just have a knack of selecting the worst patterns for this yarn, such as reverse stockinette which incidentally, is not the best idea for this yarn. It looks much better on its stockinette side. Anyway, I found this light blue-grey shade. I checked shade cards online and it looks like it could be "water". Here is about one ball's worth of knitting.
I was knitting on and on and almost forgot to check whether I had reached armhole shaping. This reverse rib pattern is rather addictive, mindless knitting that can be done while reading. I am knitting a Japanese pattern from Spring/Summer World Knitting 2005. It is knitted up in 2 plain ribbed pieces and then there's going to be a little bit of sewing to transform it into a vintagey top, with a bit of a waist. In my usual fashion, I haven't figured out the sewing part yet, because I cannot read a word of Japanese. But I'm an optimist, and the sewing diagram "looks" easy, so I'll just wing it when the time comes. Stay tuned to see what it looks like. I'm curious to see how it will turn out too.