Thee Knittery

Monday, July 31, 2006

Finally finished!!!

I am SO VERY HAPPY to announce that the flooring job is completed! The crew did a an excellent job and it looks awesome! I'm excited that the hard part is over and we can enjoy the new floors. The house is still a mess, but we'll get to that in time. I hope to post new pics of the floor in the next few days when I dig myself out.

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of spending time with my knitting pals at the beach. Well, technically we were staying near the beach, but never went TO the beach. Our main goal was to hit all of the local yarn shops along the way. We had a great time shopping for new yarn and dreaming of new projects. One yarn shop even had a little yorkie mascott named cute!

On the knitting front: I am nearly finished with my second hedera sock. I messed up a couple of rows, but I"m so close to being finished, I just pressed onward. Sometimes you have to weigh the fact that not everything is perfect.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

We're almost there!

As we speak, the crew is back to work on the floors. The entire house is about 85% finished. I expect it will be completed by Saturday at the very latest! I'm so incredibly happy on how it has turned out so far and I'm even more excited we didn't try to do it ourselves! It would have looked aful if we tried to do it! Our crew is great! I'll post pics when the job is completed....just don't look at my messy house.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Floor update

As of right now, almost all 3 bedrooms have been refloored! Yeah yeah yeah! By the end of the day, the hall should be finished as well. The goal is to have 1/2 the living room done tomorrow and the other half on Friday! Whew! I'm glad we are having this done cuz it will be sooooooo worth it not to have the nasty green carpet anymore.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Impulse buy

Do you ever just have to buy yarn cuz you know you will put it to good use sooner or later??? Well, today was one of those days. I was at Joann Fabrics and at the check out counter, they had a basket of Patons Cha Cha yarn for .30 cents a skein! Yes boys and girls! THIRTY CENTS A SKEIN! After I recovered from the initial shock of the price, I quickly grabbed up 5....Doesn't he look thilled to be posing with my yarn??? He looks evil, but I swear he is soooooooo sweet!

Sneak preview

Heres a look at the new floors. The installers got one room completed and started on another plus the hall. Whoo-hoo!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Prep is now finished!

All of the bloodd, sweat and tears of preping the house is now over! We finished about 8 p.m. yesterday. Now we are waiting for the workers to show up! Whew! I"ll be glad when all of this is over!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Are we done yet???

For the past 14 days ( or has it been longer) the man and I have been working on getting the house ready for the new flooring as most of you know. Today the remaining furniture (bed, dressers, desk ect) were removed from the bedrooms and stacked neatly in the living room. The living room now looks like a warehouse! Stuff is everywhere! It is nearly piled to the ceiling! We look like rats in a maze trying to manuver all of our belongings.

We still have to rip the carpet off the stairs, paint the stairs, remove vynal by front door, remove molding and empty the trashcans of all of the carpet tack strips and baseboards! Whew! The man and I believe that it will all be worth it in the end.......I sure hope so!

All of the materials we need are finally in our possession. The man and friend went and picked up the rest of the 27 boxes and misc materials we needed. It took a car and a truck to accomplish this.

Since it is nearly midnight, I should get some sleep....tomorrow will be here before we know it:)

Friday, July 21, 2006

The list update

I accomplished most of the to list from yesterday and added some more stuff today. We did empty one of the 3 bedrooms and tomorrow a friend is coming over to help the man move the big items such as the bed, dressers, ect. I had the job of picking up a portion of the flooring! I picked up 27 of the 54 boxes of flooring! Whew! My poor truck had a harder time that usual making its way home under the weight of the boxes. The man still has to pick up the rest before the install on Monday.

On the list this afternoon:
1-Pull up more staples
2-Prime floor
3-Clean out 2 closets and under 1 bed
4-Pull out some clothes for next week while I still know where they are!
5-Maybe even knit a few rows on my second Hedera sock...we'll see

Thursday, July 20, 2006

To Do list for the day

1- Paint banisters
2-Pull out carpet staples from floor
3-Paint walls where baseboards were removed by the man
4-Move carpet rolls to curb for trash pick up
5-Do laundry
6-Rearrange my kitchen so I can find the sink and counters
7-Unload bedrooms so carpet can be taken out
8-The most important one: try not to lose my sanity.

Update: 1:12 p.m.

I have completed # 1, 2, 4, 5, plus brush dogs, pick up yard (those of you with dogs know what this means)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Banister love

Here is a picture of the banisters that I primed yesterday and plan on painting after lunch. That is Scout sitting on the landing. I can't wait to get rid of that nasty green carpet and vynal! Yuck! You can also see my blood red door:) I love that!

The second pic is of ( from left to right) Scout, Watson and Ramsey. I couldn't get Reese to hold still enough to get his picture...the dufus! The banisters were a very dark brown wood that really sucked the light out of the entry way. I used Kilz primer ( 2 coats and 4 hours time) to get them ready to paint.

We didnt' get a chance to rip out the carpet in the hall or closets cuz we ran out of time last night! Hopefully today that will get accomplished. Wish us luck!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Hello boys and girls, I thought I would show you the one Hedera sock I finished while waiting for the paint to dry on the floor ( yes I said floor). Watson so graciously let me photograph him with the sock. ( He looks upset cuz he has to stay in the basement while I paint upstairs...poor puppy) I love the way the yarn coloring turned out. This pair of Hedra are gonna be a zillion times better than the first pair! I know the pattern by heart, therefore less mistakes and no more exaustion knitting (I learned my lesson the first time) The lace is actually even! I love knitting lace. I think my next project will be a lace shawl...hummmmm that sounds a bit overwhelming...we'll see

Back on the home improvement front:
* Today I finished removing the staples from the living room and dining room sub flooring and have painted primer ( the man thinks this is a good idea )
* My next task is to paint the banister.....the man doesn't really like the idea, but I love it! So I'm gonna go for it! I"ll post pics later of my progress.
* We plan on taking up the carpet in the hallway and closet tonight and tomorrow I will repeat the process of removing the staples and priming the floor.
* Whew! I'm tired just thinking about all of it, but it must be done!

Until then..................


Boy, this home remodeling stuff is hard! The man and myself spent a romantic evening ripping up the carpet and picking out staples and nails til around 11 p.m. last night. Who knew all of that dust, dirt and dander lived under the carpet? We should have our new bamboo flooring next week. The hallway and bedrooms still need the carpet removed.....yipee. I will try and post some pics of our work later today.

On the knitting front, I did finish my hand dyed hedera sock...I just need to stitch up the toe! Yeah! At least one project got completed ( one sock anyway)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Yarn update

Here is my hand dyed yarn in action. I decided to make another pair of Knittys Hedera. By sheer luck, I made this yarn self striping.....Kind of....

But anyway, I love the way it turned out. The quality of the yarn is great (I do wish it was super wash), the color took well, and I enjoy the pattern. What more could I wish for?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Dying to knit

Here is some sock yarn I dyed with easter egg coloring. Its a combo of denim blue and grass green. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I bought the undyed yarn from Knitpicks in the sock weight. This is the first time I had dyed yarn with egg dye, usually I use Koolaide. I think the egg dye was stronger than the Koolaide. Anywho, I'm happy with the outcome. ( I used the microwave method.)

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Dog Love

This is how 3 of the pooches spent their Sunday afternoon:) Reese ( the brown one) really did lay on top of Watson ( who is covered up). Ramsey, the one on the floor was supervising.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

OOOH! So Cool!!!

Lite up needles. Check these out! But at 40 bucks a pair, are they worth it?? They look like mini light sabers....the man will probably like them for that factor. Humm.....can't seem to get the link to work properly.

Thanks Catherine for pointing that out. Just look up Needle lite on the net. You'll get several hits...sorry for the blogging malfunction.

I'm finally getting around to it.....

Here is the pattern link for the fingerless gloves I made for project spectrum. I love this pattern! Happy Knitting!

I'm finally finished!

Here is the crocheted baby blanket I have been working on for about a month now. It is for our friends baby that is due next month ( I think)

The pattern is free by lionbrand yarn. I can't seem to get the links to work right now for the pattern. Sorry! Its the hooded baby blanket on their website. It goes pretty fast. I used red heart super saver yarn in frosty green. I made it as baby friendly as possible! I didnt' follow the pattern exactly, just basically the stitch pattern. I opted to not add the hood too. I'm pleased with how it turned out.

You can see 3 of our 4 dogs in the pic. Ramsey is to the left, Reese in front of the chair and Scout in the back right. They keep me company while I knit or company ever ( don't tell the man I said that)

Friday, July 07, 2006


This is the result of 4 hours of priming, taping, painting and more painting! I love the color. Tomorrow I will tackle the rest of the walls! Wish me luck!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Color Wheel of Insanity
Does this look like a piece of modern art? A pre schoolers attempt as an interior designer? Or maybe just perhaps my attempt at choosing a new color to paint my living room? If you chose the third one you are correct. These are the colors the DH and myself debated over for the past 4 days. We finally chose the bottom two (the horizontal ones). The very top one was too pea soupy looking, the left one, too bright, and the right one, too english gardeny, and the last two are just right! So my new mission in life is to get the living/dining room painted before the new floors are installed! Can I accomplish my mission in time? Stay tuned for details!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Blinded me with science

The DH sent this to me last week and I thought it was pretty cool. Its kinda geeky but interesting. Its called Diet Coke and Mentos.