Remember the other day when I rearranged my bedroom? Well, I got the bright idea to mix things up in my office when I was doing a deep clean recently. While I can't change the position of my desk, I moved everything else. I swear, this was harder than moving my bedroom furniture - one shelf thing is actually a wrought-iron baker's rack, and it was heavy! So I moved things, and cleaned, and moved them and oops, that won't fit on this wall, and moved things again, and again...and here's the end result:
Pretty much exactly the same. Yep. There was a reason things were where they were in the first place - they didn't fit anywhere else! Although I did get crazy and move this bookshelf to an angled position. At least everything got a good dusting instead of my usual "Swiffer Swipe" - and I rearranged some of my treasures, so I'm noticing them again.
Oh, and I brought out a friend for bicycle Barbie - See's Candies Barbie, that my mom gave me about 10 years ago. (Side note: as a child, it would have killed me to leave her in the box - I played with my Barbies - but the box is set up like the store and I like seeing all the detail...however, give me a convincing enough child, and I'll open it!)
After all of that (plus a sore back from dragging the heavy baker's rack all over the room), I realized that what really bugs me is the gold chair - I've been wanting to replace it with a more modern piece, in black-and-white upholstery, but my money priorities have been elsewhere (running shoes/clothes/race fees). So that's the deal...but hey - at least the room is spotless now!
I have been doing really well with my ankle not bothering me too much with all the running, but last Saturday, I stepped on an uneven ridge of concrete *just* so, and a sharp pain shot up through my ankle - ARGH!!! Ever since then, it's been making noise. After yesterday's short run, I iced it for the first time in forever, and it's feeling better. My nurse was a big help, what with licking the outside of the bag, too...which is why I ended up tying a towel around it:
I not lick dat. You stop telling on me.
(Oh, I also somehow took a chunk out of the top of my foot during all that furniture moving - hence the bandage (and Neosporin underneath).
OK, here's where the picture explosion begins. Because...I finished my throw! Holy cow, I love how it turned out. LOVE IT. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with it, from the yarn feel, to the color, to how gorgeous it was to knit. This yarn was definitely a splurge, but I am so glad I bought it - and honestly, had I not been in California and in the shopping mindset, I probably wouldn't have, being a cautious new knitter and all. Now I know - good, gorgeous yarn? Buy it!!!
Here's the throw:
Knit with 4 skeins of Malabrigo Rasta in Zarzamora, and 1 skein in Indiecita - I divided the Indiecita into thirds, and knit it between each skein of Zarzamora. Debby encouraged me to do this, and I'm so glad she suggested it as I think it brought even more fun to the look!
The stripes are actually pretty subtle in person...
I adore how using the stockinette stitch shows off the colors so well.
I knitted 4 rows of garter stitch at the bottom (and top) and also did 5 stitches on the edges, to keep the blanket from curling due to the stockinette stitch. Love how the border looks on it!
Backside - complete with dog fur. I laid the throw on my bed to take the pictures and remembered too late that this would be the result. And I washed the bedspread just a couple days ago!! Story of my life - dog fur everywhere...
Just another shot of the gorgeous colors!
So soft, so warm, so wonderful!
Without a doubt, my favorite knitted piece so far!
I went to my first knitting guild meeting last night - more on that next week, as I think I've exhausted your knitting information patience enough for one post. Jeff will be home today from his latest trip; we have a coupon to use up at a local Italian restaurant for some yummy carbs before tomorrow's 8 mile run. Have a great weekend!