Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Am I insane?

I need a reality check from the knitters out there to see if I'm a complete nut for contemplating a potentially overwhelming project.

Here's the scenario:
My future-office is now drywalled and painted blue (I got rid of the creamsickle peach color). We have the oak flooring that we will install sometime soon. And then the final electrical inspection. Anyway, for a room that we have been working away at for, oh, 4 years or so, it is almost done.

The room is north facing and has three windows facing north and two facing east. They are pretty big windows: 40" wide x 45" long. And the north windows face the street and are about 5 feet from the sidewalk. This means that the room is very visible and I'll need to figure out some way of creating a privacy screen. I'm no privacy freak, but I don't particularly want everyone to see my messy desk and appalling posture (I'm currently writing this slouched down in the chair with my spine twisted to the left and my feet up on the same desk that the computer is on. No, it isn't particularly comfortable, but it is one of the many contortions that I assume when seated at the computer. Yes, I've tried to sit with my feet on the floor but it makes me feel insane.)

The problem is I really don't like curtains much. Don't even get me started on the term "window treatment." The first time I heard someone use the term was about 5 years ago and I swear I thought she was talking about something you did to the glass--like the way a fluoride treatment is something done to your teeth.

With a room that is dominated by the windows (there isn't much wall between those 5 windows, just enough for a little wood trim for the frames), most curtains strike me as too busy and fussy for the space. I priced out supremely simple pleated or honeycomb blinds and it was more than $140 per window and that is just way too much money for something I don't even like much.

So I checked out a few books from the library on how to make your own blinds and the ones that I'm attracted to are also the most simple to make and pretty darn cheap: roller shades that you make with your own choice of fabric. They have nice clean lines, I could pick exactly the kind of fabric I'd like and the ones in the book didn't look at all crappy. They even showed some that were nicely trimmed along the pull-down bar. I thought of hitting the next antiques market looking for some old lace to attach to the edge, but what are the chances I'd find 200 inches of the same lace?

Which got me thinking whether I could knit lace to edge all the shades.

Am I nuts to contemplate this?

Lynne gave me the beautiful book Knitting on the Edge for Christmas and there are plenty of potential edgings in it that I could try out. But I think it would have to be pretty fine cotton yarn or maybe even the thread that people use for thread crochet. Would knitting 200 inches of it turn me into the kind of crazy person that people cross the street to avoid?

While you are thinking about my dilemma, here are a few not-insanity provoking projects I'm knitting now:

What you are looking at: about 3.5 inches of the back of the Ribbi cardigan, done in mist knitpicks wool (I'll do the sleeves in olive), and 1 and 1/4 socks done in the knitpicks merino sock yarn in the flower power colorway. I like how the stripes swirl down the foot like a barber pole.

5 comments:

Amie said...

Are you talking about knitting small panels of lace to put over top? Because mentioning KOTE suggests to me that you are instead thinking of picking up 707890653 stitches on premade fabric and knitting an edge onto it. I'm pretty sure the 11th commandment is not to do that, for the safety of everyone around you.

One option that I keep trying to convince my husband to do for a funky shaped decorative window we have is get a sheet of plastic colored like stained glass (they sell them at Home Depots) that stick to the window like colorforms.... voila, no curtains, instant stained glass

Susan W said...

Wow. If you take on this project I will think you are partly insane and partly brave! Seriously though, it sounds like an attractive idea...just a lot of work. But since I don't knit much, if at all, I can't be one to really know or judge the extent of the project.

I have to say though, the socks are great - I love the yarn choices you've made!

Annie said...

So the office is a new room entirely? Wow, I'm envious. About the windows: do you want something translucent, so you have privacy but also that glorious north light? do you like to be able to look out? We have honeycomb shades (I like the clean look of the honeycombs, and the way they almost disappear when up), but I keep them open most of the day so I can keep up with the neighborhood goings-on.

I like roller shades, too! And I think that much *crochet* would be manageable (I don't know about knitting)!

Love the socks! Larry's Party?

Kimberly said...

Yikes! I don't know if I could handle something like that! You are either completely insane or very brave! (especially with little hands to "accidently" pull your knitting off the needles)

Have you thought of maybe doing paper screens or blinds? You could hit Hollanders in Kerrytown for some beautiful handmade papers & avoid the dreaded "window treatment" look. I think I have a book on making screens if your interested...

Kim

Kate said...

Oooo Kim--I love the paper screens idea! Are you coming to knit on Tuesday evening? If so, could you bring the book? I'd love to see it.

And Annie, I'm sorry but I'm probably not going to be able to start Larry's Party for another week or so. I started Comp grading again for ELI and that seriously cuts into my reading time...Have you already finished her collected stories? What did ya think? Can you wait a week for me?