No Knitting, But Plenty to Say

I have not knit a stitch since Sunday. I think it is making me very stressed out to not get an hour or so each night to rhythmically pull yarn through loops! I do think knitting and spinning and crocheting keep me a bit more sane.

However, as we work on the house, I have been thinking about cables. Cables are so much fun. I love cables. Here are the cables I have been daydreaming about with a paintbrush in my hand:

Non-crafty pictures behind the cut.

On a positive note, I may not be knitting, but we are almost done painting the sunroom:

now that's orange!
I wasn’t kidding when I said orange

Why yes, that is orange!

It’s a bit more mellow now and less red-toned. That is the contrast wall — the other walls are a very neutral linen white. I never thought I would choose an orange contrast wall for a room in my house. Red, cranberry, sage? Sure. Orange? Not so much. But it works! [Maybe Claudia has inspired me?]

And hey, anything is better than what this room looked like when we bought the house:

original
We bought it this way, yes we did. Ewwww.

In fiber industry news, the Tilli Tomas Price Fixing business is an interesting thread to watch. Why? Because I know of other manufacturers who do/did this — like Lorna’s Laces. I have seen LL on sale since I heard that LL does price fixing, so perhaps they changed their policies (or someone is disregarding them).

Price-fixing is in violation of US anti-trust law, so I don’t really see a question there (when the vendors are in the US anyway; I don’t know anything about anti-trust laws in other countries). Also, making the prices so low as to drive competitors out is also a violation of anti-trust (“predatory pricing”). I don’t think Sarah’s Yarns is doing that, though a lot of small yarn business owners seem to disagree, based upon the comments on the shop blog (it is also hard to prove that pricing is predatory and not just competitive).

6 Comments so far

  1. gleek on September 28th, 2006

    wow, that is one … (hmmmm, must not be TOO mean) .. unattractive mural. thank the gods it’s easy to paint over that kind of thing!

  2. Deneen on September 28th, 2006

    What a gaudy mural, looks like it belongs on the wall of a pizza place or something.

    We bought dark merlot paint to do one of our walls (contrast) and then plan to do three walls in a light neutral color also, we just haven’t done it-you’re inspiring me.

  3. gleek on September 28th, 2006

    thanks for the tilli thomas link too. i just read all of it and i’m shocked at how much flack the business owner is getting over discounting the yarn! that’s crazy talk! a good read and now i doubt i will ever buy TT.

  4. Elle Kasey on September 28th, 2006

    On be half of the sensible people of the free world: Thank you for painting over that mural with the sassy orange.

  5. Kristina on September 28th, 2006

    I am a huge fan of the Demi Sweater (particularly Diana’s. I LOVE it. Maybe someday…

  6. Dipsy D on September 30th, 2006

    Lucky you for loving cables – I’ve got a neverending battle with them! Even though I obviously love each and every cable pattern that’s out there (and the ones you’ve picked are perfect indeed!), I won’t ever become friends with them unfortunately – but I keep on doing them, as the patterns are so great!
    I love the orange you painted the room with (*shudders to see the “before”-pic!*), that’s definitely one heck of a sunny and cheerful color! Great work!