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06 July 2005

Too red?

Dsc05094_1Dsc05093_1The last of the tile was set at about 9:30 last night.  I did some, too.  Those little spacers are evil.  I really think that "going postal" and "going tile-setter" are pretty much interchangeable.  Enough to drive you to drink!  We would have been finished sooner, but there was an emergency run to exchange 2 of the 45 boxes of tile we purchased that were the wrong color!  Naturally, the store closest to us didn't have any (because we bought it all!).

Grouting will be done today.  Because of all the porous character and charm of this tumbled marble tile, though, we will not be grouting in the usual way -- glopping on the grout, smearing it all over, pushing it into the cracks.  Instead, we'll be using a grout bag to fill the cracks, then pushing it into the cracks without smearing too much, and following up with a grout brush to keep some of the character and charm from filling up!  The grout bag -- if it had interchangeable tips, we could decorate a cake, too!  It looks just like a cake decorator's bag, but more heavy-duty.

Dsc05096_1Dsc05095_1How am I ever going to show you Tivoli?  It's so red that when I photograph it, it looks like it would burn your retinas just to look at it!  I wish I were moving a little faster on it, but as of last night, I finished the armhole stuff and I'm ready to cruise on the body and that's okay -- I like it!

Here's my Williamsro swatch with the olive green Cash Iroha and the Blossom that I found in NYC.  What think you?  The upper part of the swatch is made with two strands of Blossom and, while I like it by itself, I think it's just too bright with the body of the sweater -- too much of a contrast.  For the bottom part, I dropped one of the strands of Blossom and picked up a strand of Cash Iroha.  I think it's better, but I'm still not convinced.  Here's a shade card that seems pretty true to color.  I'm knitting with #6; the pattern calls for #4 and more of a hunter green body, but I'm thinking that I might like it better -- possibly #7.  Tell me what you think -- opinions, suggestions are all welcome!

Comments

Wow, I love that tile! Funny but I've thought of the pastry bag concept when grouting/caulking as well.

Can't wait to see your Tivoli. That's a darling pattern!

The bathroom looks beautiful! I'm so impressed!

I agree - I like 7. It's the first one I went to. I'm sorry - I feel responsible for what you bought. Can you still get use out of it? Maybe gift it? Ugh - you can never tell with that Noro until you knit it up. So deceptive.

The bathroom looks beautiful! I'm so impressed!

I agree - I like 7. It's the first one I went to. I'm sorry - I feel responsible for what you bought. Can you still get use out of it? Maybe gift it? Ugh - you can never tell with that Noro until you knit it up. So deceptive.

I'm having house envy again, seeing that tile...

I like the toned down #6, but I think you and Cara are right and 7 would be better.

Oh, this is so exciting! I love remodeling! And I can't do any more until Hubby has graduated. Not because he helps - he writes the checks - I do the work, and my bathrooms aree in the queue next. What fun to watch. It appears you have a really cool old house - my favorite kind.

The bathroom looks positively Gorgeous!! I love the rough hewn marble tiles!
Hmmm, I'd have to vote for number 4 or number 7. Both would look really pretty on you!

I love Williamsro, 7 is a great colour.
Your bathroom looks great, I love the tiles.

I'm voting for #7 and a soak in that bathtub when you're finished! great tile!

I'm voting for #7 and a soak in that bathtub when you're finished! great tile!

Mmmm, very nice tile, 'though I don't envy you the grouting/ pastry bag job. Williamso is a great pattern. No. 7 seems to be the match, go with your gut.

Mmmm, very nice tile, 'though I don't envy you the grouting/ pastry bag job. Williamro is a great pattern. No. 7 seems to be the match, go with your gut.

Wow I love that tile!! It is incredible!

I love the glass bricks in the tile--what a wonderful job you've done! And I like the red/khaki contrast of Williamsro.

I'm green with envy, baby. That bathroom looks like a place I could settle into and stay for a while! Beautiful job!

Now, do you consult? Mine's due for an update, perhaps this winter...

Hugs,
Susie

Bath looks gorgeous. Granny is going to be getting Blossom this fall but KFI says Noro is hard to deliver due to problems in with the manufacturer. Keep me informed...I can always try to help you out.

Evil, evil spacers...haha! Your bathroom renovation is really taking shape...it looks amazing!

Beautiful yarn, beautiful bathroom.
What more can I say.

Vicki,

I just did my bathroom in a very similar tumbled stone. We DID grout over the whole surface of the stone, which I'd recommend for you to do as well since otherwise those little pock marks sure do pick up mold (even if you seal carefully, which I did). Just my two cents! Even with grouting the surface of the stone, the character is still very present. Think about it!

Beautiful remodel!!! We did the smashing of the cast iron tub too - what a mess, but it could never have been lifed out. I love the tile.

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