Yesterday the travertine for the steps out onto the balcony was delivered. It is gorgeous, an elegant and natural material that perfectly matches our fireplace. I am all smiles again and today it is being fitted as I type.
Work should be finished this evening but for now we are back to dust sheets, noise and apart from making coffee I have little to do and nowhere to sit.
Bit of knitting progress though. This is Cancun boxy top by Erin Kate Archer. It's a simple but clever pattern that you can adapt to suit yourself. It's simply a case of knitting two rectangles, how easy is that. I made a longer top than the pattern suggests by adding more bands of texture and knitting 8 rows of garter stitch rather than 4 between each band. I used 7 x 50 g of a linen cotton mix dk I found in a charity shop for £4, basically I knit one side until I'd consumed half my yarn.
It's such an adaptable pattern that would look good with a plan yarn but looks great with this knobbly one. The pattern bands were interesting to knit and I'm sure more intelligent knitters could add their own, we all know how lazy I am.
Let's not dampen my parade, we are told by Extra Energy that we should receive our long promised refund tomorrow. Watch this space, meantime concentrate on the positive if rather beige progress above.