We sold our house! Tonight we sign the paperwork -- yipee! And Pete put together some more photos of our new house that you can see here. These are some pictures that I snapped when we looked at the house the day we made the offer. Yeah!
Whew! I can hardly believe all that has happened over the last few weeks. We are buying the house and we will be moving at the end of May. (Did I say May!?!?!?) In addition, we just got back from vacation (Disney World) last night. I'd like to say that things are going to be settling down now, but I'm sure that with the packing and moving it will only get worse before it gets better. I just keep trying to remember that after this move, we won't be going anywhere for a very long time.
Needless to say, there hasn't been a whole lot of knitting going on around here. I did start a new project a while back though and I know I haven't posted a picture yet. So here it is:
This is my Keepsake Shawl knit in Koigu. You may remember that I purchased this pattern as well as a bunch of Koigu on my visit to ThreadBear. I loved knitting my Charlotte, so I couldn't wait to start the Keepsake and I am not disappointed. I'm already into the second color and I can't wait to knit more! Is it the Koigu? Is it the simplicity of this lace pattern? I don't know, but I'm addicted.
And look what else arrived in the last few weeks:
That's all the fixin's for Ingeborg! And of course I got my Daletta at ThreadBear! I'm doing colorway #1 and I'm probably knitting the small size. Which brings me back to my vacation. Those of you who have been to Epcot at Disney World probably know about the beautiful Dale of Norway sweaters that they sell at the Norway exhibit. I tried on a gorgeous sweater that kind of reminded me of Ingeborg and the small was a perfect fit. While trying on the sweater I started chatting with the woman working at the exhibit who was from Norway. She told me that Ingeborg was a popular name for girls in Norway and that Bessengen (the sweater that I am making for Pete) is the name of a mountainous area in Norway. She told me a story of her parents hiking up to the top and then being almost too exhausted to get back down. Kind of fun to hear where the names come from.
So, that's a little bit of what's been going on here. And if you heard about the tornados in Joliet, we are okay! They touched down a couple blocks from where my Mom lives, but her house, my sisters' houses and our new and old house are both still standing.
Now I think that I'm going to go start a pair of Broadripple Socks with some Bearfoot in Wild Raspberry that Theresa got me for my birthday. Ooooooh soft. I know that someone out there is hosting a knit-a-long. Gotta figure out who that is. . .
Last week an older home came up on the market. Now we weren't "looking" fora new home, but we knew that someday we wanted to move into one of the more historic homes in Joliet. Being a Catholic town, the historic district in Joliet is called the "Cathedral Area" and is centered around the Catholic cathedral (where Pete and I were married, btw). Now these homes don't go on the market very often, and when they do they don't last. Our family friend and real estate agent called us up and got us right into this house and we fell in love with it. Here's an outside shot:
Here are some of the details: The house was built in the 20's so it has a lot of nice details (coved ceilings, molding, high ceiling, built in's, two fireplaces, etc.) It has three bedrooms and an office, two and a half baths, a living room, formal dining room and two sun rooms. The sun rooms are like little wings that project out from each end of the house. You can kind of see them in the picture. The kitchen is pretty large for an older home and there is a little room just for a kitchen table.
Of course nothing is final yet. We still have to have the inspection done and there are a few little details in the contract to work through, but it looks good so far. Wish us luck!
Needless to say, with getting our house ready to put on the market I haven't had time to do any knitting. Hopefully soon!