Monday, February 27, 2006

Short and Sweet

I can't believe I haven't posted in two weeks! Life has been a little crazy lately. The bathroom is finally almost finished. I keep running into setbacks, but I am nothing if not determined! After all the bitching, blood sweat and tears the ceramic floor looks wonderful if I do say so myself. I've put in a granite countertop with an under-mount sink and got some fabulous taps to set it off. I'll have some pics soon, just as soon as I get some plumber's putty to finish the plumbing and varnish the moulding and nail it into place. And buy a new cabinet and hang it over the toilet. Oh yeah... and the towel rack. And anything else I've forgotten. Sheesh.

I was in London on business last week and got to Lens Mill. What a cool store is that! I bought some fabric to cover the styrofoam blocking board I'm making and of course some sock yarn. I'm seriously considering some kind of 12 step program for sock yarn!

And I don't want to leave without reporting that I saw the knitting olympics featured on cbc news one night, right after the "real" olympic coverage. How cool is that?!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Stuck in First Gear

Well here we are a week later and I have no progress pics from the bathroom for you. I guess that would be because there's been absolutely no progress. I did finally go down there to vacuum up all the tile debris a couple of days ago and ended up knocking over a pail of cementy water all over the carpet, so I decided that the job just isn't quite ready for me yet. Maybe I'll adjust the belt tension on the wetsaw and have another go at it tonight. {sigh; or not}

There is knitty-news though. Even an FO! I know, it doesn't seem like much but I finished the Jaywalkers. And I have to say that I'm glad I'm giving them away because I really don't like them. I don't know. Maybe my gauge is off a little, but they just don't fit nice and snug the way a good sock should. I think I just prefer a sock with some sort of ribbing in it to make it hug me back. Speaking of which, that pretty brown sock next to them is the Ribbed Lace Sock from Sensational Knitted Socks. I've made a few changes, such as making it toe-up and using a short rowed heel. Now THIS one I'm happy with. About time I had something good to report, don't you think? My only complaint is that I keep doing k2tog's instead of ssk's. I don't usually have this problem because I usually follow the written directions, but I'm using the chart for these ones and I've decided that maybe I'm just a little dyslexic. Or my ADHD is kicking in. Or I haven't had enough wine. Whatever; no one else will notice once they're on my feet, right? ;)

And Can I say that the Knitting Olympics had a mention on the news this morning on the Alternative Rock station? How cool is that? Even though I chose not to sign up (mainly because of that damn bathroom) I'm cheering and knitting on the sidelines.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Renovations Schmenovations

The bathroom saga continues. And let me just say that the next time I say something along the lines of "I think I'll do a major renovation project myself", please feel free to slap me upside the head! Of course this was supposed to be DD's maiden project, but somehow the appeal wore off pretty quick for her and it's my baby now.

This is my new ceiling fan. My new clean white quiet ceiling fan. Took me about 4 hours to install this puppy including wiring in new electrical wiring because what was there didn't work with the new unit (wasn't long enough). Which I had to do "blind" because I couldn't see a thing in that teeny hole up there. Yeah, I like to live on the edge.

And the walls? Yup, that's purple all right. Or more specifically, "Lovely Lavender" (or is it "Lavender Lace?" I'm too lazy to go see). What can I say; the colour pallettes suggested that to go with the aweful blue of the shower stall.

So now I'm working on the ceramic tile floor. If I EVER say I'm doing ceramic tile again please just hold a pillow over my head and put me out of my misery. This has to be the worst renovation job I've ever done. I guess I should mention that I have rheumatoid arthritis and it was already flaring up pretty good from the previous parts of the bathroom reno. But how long can it take to install a little ceramic tile in a teeny tiny bathroom? This is how much I got done in six hours. At which point I had to quit because I couldn't move, not even enough to wipe away the tears. Have I mentioned that I HATE doing ceramic tile? Not only are my knees swollen and locked up but my equally swollen hands are covered in blisters from using those damn little nippers to cut out the tile for the toilet hole. In little tiny bits. Bit by bit. Oh yeah, there's a nice blood blister there too from getting my hand caught in said damn little nippers.

I have to admit I was feeling a little better after a few glasses of wine. But not better enough to go at it again today. Not even better enough to be able to knit! I need to recuperate for a couple of days before I get back to it. Who says we need two bathrooms anyway?

In a glimmer of good news I did get a shipment of sock wool from Briggs & Little this week. Boston says if I'm a good girl and finish the bathroom he'll let me have it back to play with.