I debated for awhile about whether I should include the house renovating progress on my knitting blog, and finally decided in favor of it, because without such updates you would hear from me only rarely. The house we’ve bought is beautifully laid out and huge, and the previous owners did a lot of hard work making it structurally sound. Their taste in finishing (paint, trim, flooring) leaves much to be desired, in my opinon. However, we knew this coming in, and look forward to the work.
The girls’ room is the largest of the four rooms upstairs, and it was our first project to tackle while they were visiting with their grandparents. Here is a photo Andy took when he first came to look at the house:
Lovely color, no? And the dark grey trim and bookcase really brighten it up. There was also a free-styled closet (using the term “closet” loosely) built in the corner where it blocked all the sunlight from the one (large) window. It was so sturdy that Andy and I were able to take it down using only our hands, feet, and a pry bar…
Here is the same room now. A breath of fresh air, and much more suited to little girls.
We did all the work ourselves; well, Andy did most of the cutting and designing, since I’m a novice at woodworking — please allow me to brag for him on his very successful first attempt at crown molding! — but I did a lot of painting and learned how to use a sander and nail gun. I’ve got a pretty good idea how to use the other power tools now too, and have plenty of time to work on my budding skills. We’re having a pretty carpet put in this room next week, and the ceiling will need some work later on, but the girls were thrilled with it.
The next room in queue is my new Wool Room. It’s large and sunny, and I’m so excited I can hardly wait to get it finished!
Um, yes. That paint job. Would you like to see it closer?
We’ve decided it looks like someone ate pea soup until they exploded, splattering soup and blood all over the walls. It really is that bad, and it’s even worse when you’re a nose-length away sanding the wall… We added a chair rail that mimics the one downstairs in the kitchen to help hide some of the worst lumps and bumps in the drywall, filled holes and sanded, and here is how it stands tonight, after some priming.
Ah, so much better. I’m planning to paint the trim white, and the walls light green.
Apple Blossoms are so much nicer than Pea-Soup Explosion, don’t you think?
So yup, that’s why there hasn’t been too much knitting lately. Need more excuses? Here’s a photo of the highway we were on for a couple days at the beginning of our trip, through the Yukon Territory.
Yes, that is indeed gravel. Bumpy and narrow, it doesn’t lend itself well to sock knitting. It’s amazingly raw and beautiful though, and reminds you that you’re driving in the middle of the wilderness. I did finish the Panda Cotton sock I was working on before we left Alaska, and I knitted a hat from various handspun using a baby hat pattern (on bigger needles to make is Squirrel-Girl sized, which of course means I have to make a second one as well.)
I’ll distract you with more photos from the trip. I got a good close look at some sheep in the midwest.
(They were wondering why the crazy man was making goat noises while the crazy lady with him snapped their photo…)
And some forget-me-nots (the state flower of Alaska) for all of you who sent me good thoughts on the trip. (Thanks!)
Now it’s bedtime for the sleepy Loribird – after I’ve washed the day’s paint and sawdust out of my hair. More tomorrow or the next day…