Hey Y'All

No, I haven't moved down South. Although, with the humidity soup that is New York City these days, I'm beginning to wonder.

But, where I have I been? Nowhere, really. It's just been me, NYC, subways, and a new kitchen. Some of you might remember that I mentioned our plans to redo the Subway Knitter K├╝che. And that's what's been happening over the past couple of weeks. Some photos:

cabinets.jpg Here's the pile of cabinets that occupied about a quarter of our dining room. The cabinets arrived just before I left for Germany, and they loomed large for about two weeks. Call me crazy, but I didn't want to announce the the entire internet that 1) I had a big load of nice expensive cabinets sitting in my apartment and 2) I was leaving said apartment unattended for several days. old kitchen.jpg

Here's a photograph of the kitchen before work began. Note how white and cool the room looks. Nothing wrong with that, but close up everything looked a little bit tired. We also had a white tile floor that was absolutely impossible to keep clean for more than five minutes (I think that you can see stains below the stove). I did a little dance when that floor left my life.

Here's the chaos about half-way through:

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And here are some photographs of the way that the kitchen looks now. Of course, we don't have countertops, a sink, or a functioning dishwasher at the moment. We do have a microwave and a stove. It's a huge improvement over last week. We're still subsisting mostly on the Whole Foods prepared-foods section, veggie burgers (me), cheese sandwiches (Sven), and good restaurants in Prospect Heights (lots--you gotta check out Vanderbilt and Washington if you haven't been over here lately).

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Here's some minimal progress on the cardigan. Between the dust and the distraction, I didn't do much knitting during the past couple of weeks. Despite Sven's terrific project-managing skills (seriously--it was wonderful to leave contractor-dealings to someone else), I found the slight disruption and total excitement at seeing the new kitchen taking shape to be enough to knock off the knitting mojo.

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I'm slowly, slowly reworking the top. In addition to knitting, I'm also thinking about this fix a lot. Any time that I doubt my math or my methodology, I stop and think. Lazy summer days, and lazy summer knitting. Not, unfortunately, in my new kitchen.


the kitchen looks great!

The kitchen looks great - I really like the backsplash.

Welcome back! You've been missed.

The kitchen looks really good. Congrats on that.

Cabinets looks so cozy and I love the backsplash!

It looks great -- can't wait to see it all done!

Wow! Your kitchen looks terrific! And oh, how I envy your gas range!

Ooo, like the warm color on the kitchen wall now. I currently have super-modern (NOT) 70's wallpaper in my kitchen. Avacado, burnt umber and copper. Stripes. And the copper is metallic.

I *really* like your walls.

That's looking super! I hear you on the floors, especially... we have white tile and it is the bane of my existence. I love your choices!

oh my god, i LOVE the back splash! can't wait to see that in person.

Your kitchen is looking fabulous!

Kitchen remodles just suck, but it looks like you've come through okay. I shudder to remember the days.

Lucky! I want a new kitchen!

What a hassle, but worth it.

Wow, the kitchen looks great!

Love the orange walls! Your new kitchen is fab :)

I love the line of little drawers nest to the stove! They are just plain-old cute. I can't wait to see the finished kitchen. There is nothing like brand new, fresh, and just the way you like it. Enjoy!

I love the new kitchen. Germany looked like fun! Welcome home!

The kitchen looks lovely. I hope it's done soon.

I don't blame you at all for not mentioning the kitchen work before. You never know who may be lurking around.

I love the new, warm colors for your kitchen. My favorite part is the row of little drawers between the stove and dishwasher!

The kitchen looks just lovely!

It looks fantastic! I love the backsplash. Remodeling is such a draining experience, even if you aren't doing any of it yourself. Enjoy returning to your knitting!

The kitchen looks great:-) I wouldn't have been able to focus on my projects either. I am so jealous of your kitchen. Mine is a pos,lol!

Glad you're back! You know how I worry.

I love the look of the kitchen, especially the new floor (I know all about that white tile nonsense).

Keep us updated with pictures, okay?

Oh, thank heavens! I thought you might be sick or have broken your hand or something!

The kitchen is an inspiration. I am trying to let go of a white tile floor - they are so beautiful when they are clean - for about two minutes and then they are a bear to keep that way...sigh...

You will please come to Chicago when my kitchen redo comes around? I have the taste but not the follow-through.

Fabulous job!

Wow the kitchen is really coming along isn't it? I LOVE it so far.

What fun! I have a dream of someday buying a home with a HORRIBLE kitchen so I can justify a complete remodel.



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