Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Flooring Progress

Well, flooring continues apace. We're a bit further than this now and will be doing the first of two bedrooms tomorrow (the spare room). All this updating is mainly for mom - I know she is very interested. We MIGHT be done by Friday evening or early Saturday afternoon (I'll keep you updated) - but not the baseboards (which all need to be replaced), that will happen one long weekend.

The cats are still 'upset' by the movement of things but have found many interesting places to take naps. I think what confuses them most is that we are both home but no one is paying attention to them whenever they want attention - which is almost all of the time.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Allure Flooring

We are in the process of going from this:

To this (it is a high grade linoleum tile called Allure).

What you see here is a day's worth of work (it goes quickly except when you have annoying angles - and we had two sections with annoying angles...). Side note - why do they even make off white crappy carpet - I mean, if you are going to have white carpet, it shouldn't be crappy because cheap carpet doesn't come clean well.

Ellie figures it is a hard day's work by 1 hour in and naps on the porch.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Lace: My first knitting love

I had, somehow forgotten how much I love lace... my head had been turned by the allure of sock knitting. But the yarn called my name and I cast on the Swallowtail shawl by Evelyn Clark... It was like reconnecting with an old friend.

I cast on at my parents place in Kelowna - April 29th and took it off the blocking wires less than an hour ago. I suppose that is one good thing about the horribly dry air in Calgary - knitting dries really fast. It took about 345 yards of Louet Kidlin lace weight, and was knit on 2.5 (3 mm) needles.

The pattern was wonderful (and free because I downloaded the limited edition ebook during the appropriate time period - though I think I also have the correct issue of the magazine) - my only concern/warning would be against learning nupps on a yarn that contains linen, but for me, in the end, the nupps were fine and completely worth the effort.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Our first picture together (or darn close) - 25/11/1982

Happy Mother's Day Mom, you're the best!