Noni has just released her Fall 2009 patterns. Looking through them has re-kindled my interest in her bags. The only project I've knit of hers so far is the baguette bag, but being a purse (rather than shoes) sort of girl, I have patterns for two others I've always wanted to knit, the Night Garden Felted Evening Bag, and the Retro Bag. You know how it goes; you buy the patterns, and then you get involved with other projects, and time goes by. You forget about them. Then more patterns are released. Somehow, I missed the Vintage Bag, and the Petit Four Bag, with the Sweetheart Roses, but I am adding them to my "must-have" list.
The Vintage Bag (from Dreamweaver Yarns)
I have mixed feelings about felted bags. For one thing, I got very stressed out about the felting process, worrying if the baguette bag or the chrysanthemum flower was going to come out as crisp and shapely as the one in the pattern photos. They look terrible to me when limp. There is a ton of finishing work once the bag is knitted and felted, made more complicated for me because I don't sew. I also worry if I'm going to use the bags once I knit them -- I haven't really used my baguette bag since I finished it. I think it may be because it's knitted in summer colors, but is a big heavy wool bag that doesn't seem right with summer clothing. Maybe it's me? Maybe if I knit future bags in bright wintery colors, they'll go with my black winter coat? I'm feeling brave even thinking and discussing the concept of winter at this moment. (shudder). That is how much I would like to have one of these purses. What do you think of felted purses (as opposed to tote bags, which are easier to carry)? Winter only?
In any case, if you have a baby or small child to knit for, and are a cat person like me, Noni's new Kitty Hoodie Towel/Blanket would make a great present!
I'm in a mood to make some changes to our house -- it seems kind of tired. Since paint is the least expensive, most dramatic change, I'm hoping to do more of that soon. The kitchen is at the top of the list. But here is where I would like your advice:
This is our front door. The main house color is a dark slate gray. All of the trim, including the door, is white. I'm thinking that painting the door in a third color would really brighten things up. The question is: what color? I've noticed some similar gray houses in nearby towns have a red front door, so that is one option. But the right shade of a lighter blue or a yellow gold might also work, or some other color I haven't considered yet. Some of the home design magazines are using an eggplant color with gray, but I'm not sure we could pull that off. I think it would be too dark for spring/summer. We have four seasons to contend with, so I'd like a color that would be both cheery in the winter and relaxed in the summer. What color do you think we should paint our door?