I am trying to learn to knit. I believe I tried about the same time a year ago and then as quickly as the want came to learn to knit, it left after I was able to knit (albiet exceedingly slowly), two baby hats. They were both not good enough for my etsy shop, nor was the dish cloth I made an attempt at.
Now, here I am again, it things are sticking much better and my patience is a lot better. I believe I love crocheting baby items as they are completed quite quickly – almost instant gratification. Knitting? Or at least, my knitting…not so much. But my patience allowing something I am working on not be done RIGHT NOW, is a lot better. For example last weekend I knit a cowl following a great Craftsy class; it took about 12 hours but I finished it and I am actually wearing it :)
Yesterday I got it in my head that I wanted to make socks. I went to Michaels bought some yarn and double pointed needles (I tried once before to use magic loop to no avail) and went home and bought an Annie’s sock knitting class. What a disaster! Not the class, but the double pointed needles, LOL. I ended up frustrated and did no knitting the rest of night.
This morning I got up and decided I needed to give magic loop another try. The only issue was that I don’t have any long circular needles in sock sizes. So off to a LYS (well not so local, I don’t think my city has one so I went to the next city) and bought an Addi 40″ 2.5mm and some gorgeous sock yarn (for when I can actually make a good pair of socks).
Isn’t it pretty? The left is for me and the right will be for my sister :)
So I got home and I’ve been watching youtube video after video on magic loop and by golly I think I got it! I totally understand why/how it works and my little tube is ladderless!
So what has been going on in my world since my last post? Hmmm…broken foot healed as best as it could. It aches every once in a while but from my understanding it always will. There has also been tons of home renovations in the last year and a half. We have (and not in particular order):
- replaced all windows (pics)
- replaced the roof
- updated the basement bathroom (pics)
- built a pentagon shaped shed in the backyard (pics)
- made the foyer closet twice it’s size
- painted the interior (except kitchen)
- renovated the 2nd floor bathroom (pics)
- replaced all the doors (not yet painted)
- redrywalled the basement (pics)
I think that is it – there is still quite a bit to do:
- renovate kitchen
- replace attic insulation
- replace the front door
- re-side the house
- replace stair carpet
- add carpet to 2nd floor hallway
- paint all interior doors
- replace fencing in back yard
- parking pad for Buttercup*
- doggy door
And when I say we, I mean Dad. I would never have been able to do any of this without him. I cannot wait to see what 2015 will bring!
* Right now I have to move the cars around M-F as my father leaves first in the morning. We have spoken of taking a bit of the front yard and widening a part of the driveway.
Between basement renovations to get the house ready for a rewire (Basement Reno Photos), living room room updates, I also managed to fracture my left foot. My first real broken bone! Pretty impressive for 41+ years on this green dot :)
My house rewire happened the week of Aug 12th and what a mess! But it is 95% done, they are just awaiting us to finish the basement so they can do the work down there. We had to gut the basement so right now it is just studs and they won’t install lights, switches, receptacles without drywall.
But rather than complete the basement, my father decided he needed one area done in the house and so he started on the living room. We closed off a pass-through from the foyer to the dining area and extended the foyer closet with this found space, patched all holes left by the electricians and fixed any wall issues from the past owners. We also decided to change out all window, floor and door trim. We are currently at the painting stage with the walls having one prime coat on them. This weekend we will finish the painting and installing french doors to replace the sliding patios :)
Then he will go back to the basement and start on the upstairs with my bedroom being first (so I guess I better decide on paint colour!).
Inbetween all of this I managed to fracture the 5th metatarsal on my left foot by running down the stairs and missing the last three…ouch! I was running as Home Depot had arrived with my basement drywall and they ere going to drop it off in the wrong driveway.
I will try to update more, I really am trying to get back into blogging :)
So I’m sitting here outside in my new house yard and a lot has happened since my last post. It is easier to summarize in bullet form I think:
On July 18th, I moved cities and moved from a condo to a 3 bedroom small house. I love it, though it is causing me a bit of angst right now. The day after I moved in (Friday), my large maple tree in back yard fell. It was already split (it grew that way) but it decided that it must fall after I move in and cost me $904 to have tree removed on the Saturday.
The week I moved we were experiencing a heat wave and the house does not have central air. The previous homeowners left 2 working window a/c units which was lovely but did not have them set up and ready to go. The house had been closed up for around a month and was sweltering! Dad came home from work and went to set up the two upstairs and we found out that basically all the electricity upstairs appears to be on one breaker. Really?
We did figure out eventually how to get both to operate (not high settings, leave the bathroom light off when they’re on, etc) and it took about 24 hours to remove the humidity and heat from the house. We had a couple more heatwave days and now we are in lovely late summer weather and I’ve not had my a/c on in the house for 3 days :)
Because of the electricity issue upstairs and Dad viewing the panel in the basement and seeing burnt wires…I called some electricians to get quotes for a house rewire. The week of August 12th I am spending $13,500 :(
I have now been in the house for a week today and we definitely are not all unpacked or cleaned. My sister and I spent 1.5 days cleaning my kitchen with industrial degreaser as it appears that the previous owners (Filipino) loved their oil/grease recipes and it was ALL over the kitchen. It actually became PART of the kitchen. I have a strange over the stove venting system (not your standard range hood) and when my sister was cleaning it, she took this bowl piece down and it was full of oil/grease and we were disgusted, lol. I immediately Googled the name of the system and it appears to be for households who use a lot of oil/grease in their cooking and it removes 85% of it from the air; I cleaned up the remaining 15% from the kitchen cabinets, counter tops, walls and ceiling. But it is clean now, though will be replaced.
We have done other odds and ends around the house and unpacked a lot but the house is still in disarray. As noted above I am sitting outside at my new patio set with my laptop and phone (tethering) waiting for Bell to complete the TV/internet setup. Even that had to be fixed when Bell came by last week to do my install. Hopefully today I can stop using my phone for internet :)
I leave you with the tree/no tree pics.
This is 98% of my yarn stash. I took it out from under the bed and rebagged it into clear and much stronger garbage bags. The other 2% is my sock monkey yarn stash and not yet packed up.