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Monday, August 29, 2011

movin' on up

Much has been going on behind the scenes chez Caffeinated Yarn. First of all, we're moving! Again!  Egads... change makes me anxious, and the process of moving is terrible, but there are some upsides.


Such as the back garden, a peaceful oasis in the middle of Chicago. Plus we're just moving half a mile east, near the heart of Lincoln Square, a charming German neighborhood. We started packing boxes of books this past weekend, fueled by thoughts of the floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases in our new living room and master bedroom. :-) Not all bad, indeed.


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Hot off the hook:


Oh yes, at long last I'm done crocheting the rustic Noro giant granny! All the ends have been carefully tucked to the wrong side, ready for me to weave them in before blocking this bad boy. It's a fantastic feeling to have it almost complete, as I started it back in February of 2010. Full details forthcoming after it's blocked.

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a Monday miscellany

- interesting article on Trader Joe's
- tutorial on using paint to transform a ho-hum office organizer into something beautiful
- tutorial on crocheting a cute, vintage-inspired rag rug (I did some googling after spotting this gorgeous crocheted rag rug)

21 comments:

Hilary said...

Whoa, gorgeous! Both the blanket and your new garden! Congrats. :)

Kara said...

That garden is insanely gorgeous. And I am Loving that Giant Granny Square. So snuggly.

marycatharine said...

That garden is incredible! And floor-to-ceiling bookcases? Sound like heaven. Can't wait to see the giant granny blocked, it's huge.

barefootrooster said...

bee-yoo-ti-full. can't wait to see more. and i'm so jealous of the bookcases! (and the granny square is very nice too...!)

Heather said...

Wow, that will be some place to sit & knit! The blanket is gorgeous.

Maryse said...

The back garden looks absolutely heavenly!

Samantha said...

Gorgeous garden! And the bookcases sound very you. But yes, you have to move to get there... yuck. Best wishes.

Sharon said...

I thought your old new place looked fabulous when you showed pictures, but this has to be close to a dream with that private yard. Thanks for the TJ article - it was interesting indeed! Ian is going there tomorrow, in fact.

nicole said...

yes, moving is such a pain, but it looks like it will be worth it. What a beautiful yard. And you have the perfect thing to make the new place feel cosy. That giant granny square is absolutely gorgeous!!!

zelzee said...

Love the garden.........and the blanket is just gorgeous!

peaknits said...

Wowza, that garden is amazing - so worth the effort of relocation for sure!

Katie M. said...

Wow, that looks (and sounds!) like an awesome new place! I hope we get to see those gorgeous built-in shelves. That lovely giant granny square will fit right in!

elizabeth said...

I love your new digs!

Carrie#K said...

The new place looks fabulous and I'm sure the cats are as happy you're all done with their blankie too. It's gorgeous.

Beverly said...

I live in Chicago and my backyard look nothing like that. wonder if it has something to do with my not gardening much last year and this year - nah.

that's unblocked?! Cricky; can't wait to see it when it's done!

Rue said...

Congrats on the new place! It looks fabulous. So jealous of the garden. We'll have one eventually but it's been a month of demo (think jackhammers running 8-5) for now.

Interesting article on Trader Joe's. A new one opens up near us next week and I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Chris said...

Oh, your new place looks lovely - when are you moving? Or was it yesterday??

Ah, Trader Joe's... A couple years ago, they tried to get zoning to open a location on Lyndale, a block south of the Wedge. The neighborhood shut that one down FAST.

Stephanie said...

I feel the same way about moving, but it looks like your new place will be great!

I shared your chevre ice cream post with a few friends after we went to Jeni's for the 1st time last night. We went to the store in Chagrin Falls, which is outside of Cleveland, and recently opened.

Mia said...

Oh wow!!! Lovely garden!!! And I was getting ready to dig out your address so I can mail you some of summer preserved. But I will wait. I can't wait to see photos of the new knitting area!

weriem said...

This is a GOOD change!! Enjoy this delightful garden!!

La Cabeza Grande said...

It seems just yesterday that you moved to your current place, but the new digs look delightful! That garden makes it so worthwhile.

And the blanket? I remember the Noro blanket. It's gorgeous!