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We went to a lovely party at pinkleader and her inestimable husband's house, to say goodbye to kass_rants and Bob, as they get ready to start the next stage of their life in St. Croix.  It was delightful meeting the greyhounds for the first time, and we're going to miss you guys!  Of course, I still have plans for new patterns.

Thanks to Theo and Roland for hosting us.  I had lovely Hobbes time, thank you.  :)

Sadly, after all that excitement and travelling, I'm having what I guess one would call an "episode", in that I am constantly tired and want to sleep.  I've been asleep more hours than I've been awake today, and I'm barely holding on for The Soup (my favourite Wednesday programme).  So, I thought until it come on, I'd show off what Bob's been making for the house.

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My new library! 

Bob was worried we wouldn't have enough shelf space, but it turns out we have plenty (I can buy more books, whoo!).  I even have enough that I can put some of my precious things on shelves to show them off, like photos and my vintage sewing boxes, and such.
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This is the side that leads to the master bedroom; the gorgeous desk and chair were always intended for the library, and we've had the desk since before we had the house.  There was a horrible moment when we pulled it out from its box (it had been stored in the old house) and I found mould growing on it, but a good strong cleaning and buffing (outside) took care of that.  We got the chair from Home Decorator Supply (it's called a "Maharajah" chair, in an uncomfortable echo of colonialist days), and it looks so beautiful with the desk, which is a replica of a travelling campaign desk, and exactly the right size for my non-studio work.  The only thing I'd recommend if you decide to buy any of the "Maharajah" line from HDS (they have a chair, a settee, and a coffee table), is check for woodworm.  I had to douse it with Raid several times (and put masking tape over the holes) to suffocate the little wormy bastards, as I don't want them getting into any of my real wood antiques.  A few woodworm holes are one thing, and active infestation is entirely another.

But the library itself if so light and so wonderful!  We are going to put UV filter film on the windows, as it gets the afternoon sun (especially nice in the winter), and I don't want to fade my books.  As I had hoped, too, the red walls show up behind the white bookcases, and the colour combination is gorgeous.  And I can see all my books!  I've been re-reading a lot of them since they came out of their boxes (and I've been so limp and tired), and I can finally read something new (well, you know, long forgotten) while I knit endless pairs of fingerless mittens for sale at 12th Night and Holiday Faire.

(So, for all of you who have asked about mittens, there will be new ones, in cute colours, men's and women's.)

But I freaking love my library.  I have a reading nook, the lighting is gorgeous, it can be used as an extra guest room (doors on either end, and I can put up curtains), and it's just heaven looking at all my books.  I'm a book keeper - I read and re-read beloved books over and over again, sometimes twice, three times in a row (even when I don't have to, like getting stuck with a bum media player on the flight to Copenhagen in May, where I was forced to view "The Vow" four times without sound, because it wouldn't turn off.  I read my book twice, and was on my third run-through when we finally got breakfast.  Even with that, I still like the book and re-read it occasionally.  By the Blood of Heroes, Joseph Nassise, if you're curious.  WWI, steampunk, zombies, alternate history). 


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Sep. 27th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
That is gorgeous!

I've got something close to that shade of red in my kitchen (aka the tomato soup kitchen) and I love it.

Your library dwarfs my renaissance man-cave :( I shall have to buy more books and a bigger house to keep them in! I have library envy!
Sep. 27th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
Oh I'm so excited to see it done, I was so sad we left before getting to see it, I knew it was going to be beautiful!
Sep. 27th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
*Happy sigh* It's like something out of my book Home with Books!
Sep. 27th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
Love it! *snap!*
Sep. 27th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
Looks fabulous! Maybe even worth the end of Bob's finger. I look forward to seeing it in person.
Sep. 28th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
I LOVE it! So beautiful finished.
Sep. 28th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
We're putting new flooring in the room that has been designated as our library. The challenge is that we have lots of free-standing shelves--more than the space could accommodate and be useful beyond merely acting as a book repository.... I may have to use LEGO to figure out how to arrange all the furniture.

I really like look of your library.
Sep. 28th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
Any blog post that starts with Books and an exclamation point is good!

I need something like this--if I don't stop acquiring books I'll have to resort to creative stacking...

Brann mac Finnchad
Oct. 1st, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
What a beautiful library! I love the red and white color combination and the furniture.
Oct. 6th, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
OT: Heart-shaped coif pattern
I saw the photo of the heart-shaped coif in your gallery, and I'd like to make one. How is the coif shaped? I know how to wire the edge, but not sure what shape to cut the front edge of the coif to get it into that nice heart shape once the edge is wired.

Many thanks in advance!
Oct. 7th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: OT: Heart-shaped coif pattern
It's shaped like the regular one, but with a slightly pointier front. The cheek curves create all the roundness you need on the sides, but if you want the point to come down further in front, just make it longer and with a sharper point. Otherwise, it's just like a regular coif - drawstring at the back, seam along the top, etc.
Oct. 8th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
intensely jealous :) Does Bob hire out? Free vacation in California :)
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