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TWiP: Rainbows and Pegboard

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

My to-do list this week felt a mile long. (Actually, I still haven’t checked everything off of it – it’s a work in progress.) Busy days stress me out. These are the times I need my nightly me-time the most. After dinner, I like to plop myself down in front of Netflix or Acorn TV, and make a bit of progress on whatever stitchy project I’ve got going. All the better when it’s something that works up fast!

It’s such a pick-me-up to have a string of super-busy days and still be able to work an entire project from start to finish. I actually bound off two knitted pieces this week, both of them rainbow-tastic (pre-teen me would have LOVED the long-striping rainbow yarn I used).

I don’t want to wish the summer away by any means, but it might not hurt to keep my fingers crossed for some chilly evenings, right? My new shawl/scarf would be great with a t-shirt and jeans on such a night ☺

One of the things that kept me busy this week was an upcycling project with my mom. We started with an old piece of pegboard that used to hang in the kitchen in our old apartment – a place my family moved out of 38 years ago – and turned it into two display pieces for my handmades.

I love that my mother saved this hunk of pegboard, even though nobody has wanted it for anything for nearly 40 years. And I love that my mother is perfectly comfortable with the kind of tools that freak me out. She did all of the power sawing, while I stuck with the good old fashioned manual sanding and painting. We collaborate well on this kind of thing. She does the tough stuff, and I do the wimpy parts ☺

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

πŸ“· = taken with my Canon DSLR
πŸ“± = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 240/366 – It’s time to give some serious thought to how I’m going to display my wares. I will have two shelves to set up at a local boutique this week in advance of their grand opening. It’s exciting, but it’s been a while since I’ve had to display anything. I’m pretty much starting from scratch with hangtags and display pieces, and such.

Sunday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 241/366 – Almost done! I’ve just got one sleeve to finish on this Porthole Pullover prototype. I love how fast I can knit when I don’t have to do any purl stitches ☺

Monday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 242/366 – Allow me to introduce the Rainbow Porthole Pullover ☺ This is my September Sweater and Rhinebeck Sweater rolled into one. I’ll be publishing the pattern within the next month, too.

Tuesday

365 πŸ“±: 2016 243/366 – Power tools are SO not my thing, but my mom is a natural with this stuff. She cut up an old piece of peg board for me to use in my shop display. Then I sanded and painted it. I’m so happy with the way it came out! Thanks, Mom ☺ [Taken at my parents’ house.]

Wednesday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 244/366 – Tired of looking at my stuff yet? I’m still mulling over my display. I have to get it set up tomorrow. I’m pretty sure I’ve got it figured out at this point. For now.

Thursday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 245/366 – I treated myself, and cashed in one of my freebies at Starbucks this afternoon. I used to be such a peppermint mocha frappuccino kind of girl, but lately I’ve been all about the peppermint green tea frap. And, hey, it’s green, so it coordinates nicely with all of my pale aqua outfits, LOL!

Friday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 246/366 – Another rainbow off the needles. This is a variation on the Hitchhiker pattern by Martina Behm. The original is knit with sock yarn, but I did it in worsted. With the thicker yarn, it only took me a few days. This one will go with the rainbow yoked sweater I just finished, but I think I might need another one in my favorite blues and greens…

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on FlickrΒ and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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One thought on “TWiP: Rainbows and Pegboard

  1. Your display looks lovely! I always seem to rivet toward exactly those kinds of displays. πŸ™‚
    And, WOW, you finished those sweaters and shawl quickly…love them!
    I am with you in disliking too much business. I am mostly a homebody. Happy Tuesday to you!

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