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 Küche. And that's what's been happening over the past couple of weeks. Some photos: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.
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:
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).
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.
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.