Sunday, February 24, 2008
Since there is a definite potential that Daniel wants to live with me when he exits the Navy, we'll need something bigger than 460 sqft.
I spoke to my realtor last week, and it was comforting to know that there were definitely options in Seattle... I am looking for a 2 br for <= $300 000.
Here is a list of what I want out of the condo:
Location: My personal "Seattle boundaries" are:
- Golden Gardens on the West
- 65th St. on the North
- 24th Ave. E on the East (just east of I-5)
- Jackson St. on the South
- 2 parking spots
- no carpet (I can do that myself, although I will pay Gary to come paint again!)
- corner unit (ie plenty of windows)
- 1.5 bathrooms
- gas stove (if possible) or smooth electric cooktop (I have become fond of it!)
- the outside can be vintage, but the inside must be updated (although I love clawfoot tubs!)
- open floor plan
- W&D hiding place
- lots of kitchen counter space (ie not a galley kitchen, unless it's wide / open at both ends)
- dishwasher (I guess. Daniel loves his dishwasher.)
- balcony or patio
- LOW HOA fees (less than 0.1% of the unit's price, if possible. I'm happy to report that my HOA fees only went up by $3 this year!)
I just had a decorating vision earlier today - the bedroom in pale spring green and espresso, with an Asian bent and Japanese cherry blossom accents...which means nice deep shots of pink or red throughout! :)
No matter. I am challenging myself to record more of my processes - not only will it be fun to look back on this in 50 years, but it might, maybe, help someone else out. :)
I will post pictures later... it's 9:30 PM and I don't have the wherewithal to take pictures and upload them right now.
WIP 1: Daniel's socks
I finished the first sock! Well, almost. I followed the "Twisted Sister's Sock Workbook" instructions on inserting an afterthought heel, and I got that done (I did a wedge heel using El Magic Loop-o), and then I grafted the opening closed using Kitchener stitch - no big deal.... I look at it, and I hadn't moved my needle, so my graft was running vertically. D'oh! OK, so I undid it, and redid the graft horizontally. Except now it looks weird, and I think I need to follow Lucy Neatby's tip to avoid "donkey ears". I think it has something to do with slipping the stitches on the ends over their adjacent stitches... Anyway, it's almost done. I started Sock #2's foot, except I forgot that I was supposed to be doing plain stockinette on the sole, and I had been knitting 2x2 ribbing all the way around, so I have to undo that. Thankfully I'm only maybe 10 rows into it.
WIP 2: Bartholomew's Tantalizing Socks
I am working on the foot for the first one!! They are coming along swimmingly, although I noticed the leg on these socks is pretty high. It's not a bad thing, just somewhat unexpected. Ah well.
WIP 3: Ms. Marigold vest
Also coming along, albeit slower than the socks. This is turning into a do-it-at-home sort of project.
WIP 4: Luv Gun
WIP 5: Viking hat set
I just started a gauge swatch for this! Yay... I am going to use KnitPicks Wool of the Andes, not only because it is actually 100% wool, but because it was $2 a ball, so I could get all the colors I wanted...and my friends will actually have warm hats when I am done. :) Nothing better than a silly warm hat. I'm probably going to give them to them in the height of summer. :) Hahah!
1) Finish current WIPs
2) Buy drumcarder and start on Dog's Paw Shawl!!! (Enlist mentoring of Jenny on Ravelry)
3) FINISH spinning all the "landscape" yarns
This first one is the sunrise.
The Seattle skyline - on the far right you can see the industrial Port of Seattle.
These following pictures were taken on Saturday (23 Feb). I had the day to myself, since Daniel had duty, so I walked around Ballard. It was a lovely day, and though I wanted to sit and knit, I knew I would feel guilty if I wasn't outside, enjoying the sunshine.
This picture is of the Seattle Library's Ballard branch. Note the green roof! :)
For some reason, I have really become fond of taking pictures of tree branches, looking up through them towards the sky. I love seeing the seemingly abstract-and-yet-not branching patterns of the trees, and also seeing the beautiful sky through them. The day was absolutely beautiful - I was barely warm enough in a t-shirt and fleece, but I refused to outside with a jacket on! :)