I feel like I've been holding out on you guys because there's something else I've been working on during my vacation. A baby Fiber Fish:
This little guy was knit in Trekking XXL color 110. His tail has an extra row of mitered squares and his body has two less rows of entrelac. I wanted a fish of a different shape and color for this:
Fish as art! I had planned to do something more elaborate, with extra fabric to make waves and rocks in the stream, but we've settled on this for now. The boards are ceiling tiles that we've covered in tie-died cotton fabric. The fish are attached using straight pins so that I can take them off. This makes it easy to re-arrange them, wash them, or use them. There are some definite glitches, so we may have to do it again, but as a proof-of-concept I think it works. Jim has been painting our living room and this actually ties in with my newly painted front door.
The yellowish wall the fish are on will one day be painted the same color as the cream around door (the paint color is called "Glazed Bone". Lovely, eh?). Apparently, it will be a difficult wall to paint. We're also planning on painting the stair rail a chocolate brown which will tie in to the brown leather furniture.
The thing is, my whole family is very proud of the success of the Fiber Fish. It was partly Jim's idea to create this showcase, and to place it in such a central location of our home. And my children brag about the pattern to their friends. I've heard them do it! It's a wonderful, surprising feeling and I love them for it.