Tuesday, June 03, 2008

More Progress.........

on the bathroom reno downstairs. This past weekend dear hubby unfortunately got the dirtier end of the stick when he was knocking out some old cast iron plumbing, and got his finger pinched. The nail immediately turned purple, and I'll spare the details, but the nail is coming off....eewwwwww.

But here's a picture of what he got accomplished on Saturday......he worked so hard. Sweat dripping off the forehead hard. Purple finger throbbing hard. It's all new abs black piping put in. It doesn't look like a lot was done, but organizing where we wanted everything to go was half of it. Plus a couple trips to Home Depot, and the day turned into 9:00 pm by the time we were finished.

Words can't say how proud I am that DH has the shutzpa to take this project on. He has no fear. It's going to be great when it's done Dale!

DD was gone this past weekend to Seattle, and she bought me a nifty apron....So this morning I had to take some pictures of the apron with the Bath and Bodyworks, and the Mr. & Mrs. Smith DVD which were both bonus gifts.

Now you may think, 'What!? She gave her a flippin apron?' The thing is I love aprons, have always used them (bad habit of wiping my hands on pants) have sewn some, and try to find unique ones through my travels.

This white apron was bought during a stop while on a cruise to Alaska in '06. It's silk screened with a landscape shot of Creek Street, Ketchikan, Alaska. I haven't used this one yet because in no time I'd have it dirty and it would need washing, and I'm not sure how the silk screening would stand up. So for now I take it out once in awhile to look at, and then it goes back in the apron stash.

So this morning I put on my new apron and headed out in the garden to take some pictures of what is newly sprouting in this part of the world, and of course the kitties came out.....

My Noodles in the Hosta patch. The hosta's are now starting to unfurl their vibrant green leaves. Noodles seems to be doing well considering she has renal failure. We changed her to a special diet food, and she seems to be maintaining her weight. She sleeps a lot, but when she's up she has her fitzy moments running around thinking she's a young filly.

Anna on the other hand....wants her privacy. Which we give her, but she's just so soft, and grey, and well she only allows so much cuddling............More Hosta's, Day Lilies, and ferns in the background.

We stopped at our local Rona last night after our visit to see Uncle Otto, and they had pond plants...so we bought this Zebra Rush.
Scirpus tabernac-montani 'Zebrinus.' Hardy to -30Celsius. So I'll do more investigating and see if I can leave this one in the pond over winter.

So on the knitting front I've started a sweater pattern from one of my new favourite knitting magazines Sandra The Knitting Magazine. Printed in Austria. January 2008 issue.

It's the Fluffy Ajoure Sweater, Model #2. I'm taking a leap here, but I'm pretty sure that Ajoure is french for perforate. So I'm assuming that they're referencing that it's lacey. I'm using my handspun from 100% alpaca. By my estimation I'm going to need 12 hanks of 123m each. So I'm spinning and plying as I go along...I just about have 4 hanks right now. I never thought I'd get this much satisfaction, and enjoyment knitting my own handspun yarn. I was having too much fun just spinning the stuff.

Progress so far........I'm using Addi Turbo Lace 4.0mm/120cm. Very nice circular needles I purchased from The Yarn and Fiber Company. Free delivery within the U.S. and Canada. I've had very prompt and reliable service from them.

Coming up in projects to do....I'm waiting for my Serger to come in hopefully by Friday. The sewing bug is biting, and I'm getting inspired by some of these gals blogs.... All things Heather
and Nova Made. Very talented people.


Nicole said...

anna looks like one of those moody, antisocial goth teenagers. hahaha.

Jody said...

Sewing??? Huh????
What about the fleece? And you wanna get more fleece?
Haha just kidding...but really where do you find the time? My back is almost broken just doing this fleece stuff.
That sweater pattern is gorgeous and the alpaca is a perfect choice of yarn too.

Holly said...

Hip, hip, hurrah for DH. What a job! Think of the day you place the towel on the towel bar and call the room finished!