Monday, February 18, 2008

Something scary

Do you want to know something scary?

Sure you do.

It is not this massacre, that I actually came home to twice this past week. That is Bear, a big stuffed animal that Keeper liked to play with. On Monday I came home and there was small pieces of styrafoam that met me at the door. A quick search of the house led me to believe that Bear was attacked in the rec room and was carried around the house. Bear had a small hole in its arm that I thought could easily be fixed. I went about cleaning up the carnage. Cleaning this up I realized that it was not carried through the house just that those light as nothing pieces stick to everything and are blown everywhere. Friday I came home, and someone had gotten bear from the spare room upstairs (the door does not close firmly) and proceeded to rip the other arm off. More vaccumming. Even today, after yet another vacuuming there is still styrafoam bits everywhere.

The scary thing is that I actually have knitting content to report on. I have finished another front and the back to my cardigan.

The good news is they are the same size. Here they are spread out on the floor prior to blocking. Demonstrating their sameness. I added more seed stitch to the button flap since I really like how this yarn (Noro Silk Garden) looks in seed stitch.

As if that is not enough knitting for you, I have finished one of the Hedera socks. I think that should count as a FO since it is a Cookie A pattern and she only ever knits one. Alas but I can't bring myself to wear mismatched socks even if they are handknit so I guess I shouldn't count it just yet.

I think reporting on two knitting project is enough for one blog post.

(See I told you this was scary.)

Friday, February 15, 2008


In my last post I showed you two pictures of greyhounds - only one was Keeper. The other is Monty who is staying with us while his owners are out of town.
They have been enjoying the snow in the backyard...

... and managed to "kill" Keeper's large stuffed bear. Those little white pellets are Styrofoam and manged to get everywhere in the house. I think we will be cleaning those pellets up for months.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

C is for

I have been going through different ideas what C could be.
Some of my ideas were

Cardigan components ( I am 1/2 done the second front)

Corners (We added the extra trim and corner round to the floor)
The extra trim was to help hide some of the problems like this

Or could it be a Canine Circle

Canine Companion (notice anything different in this photo)

but today I had to settle on CCCold

For my American Friends -28 with the windchill is -18F.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

A new floor

The weekend finally arrived that Ali and I could devote to our living room floor. After ripping up the carpet we were told that Miniwax has a floor refinisher that might help us. After looking into it, I quickly decided against it. Why - well the need to reapply it after 4-6 months. I am not going to move my furniture and not walk in my living room for 1 day every 4-6 months. For those people who are not familiar with my house the living room is very integrated - how else to get from the front door/kitchen to the bathroom/bedroom/upstairs area besides going outside.
After some further research we found this product

it is Renewal Wood Floor Restoring System by Varathane. The system involves three parts. Step 1 - is a chemical sander which removes some of the old finish. Step 2 neutralizes this chemical reaction and sets up the old finish to accept the final finish which is step 3.

Here is the floor after Step 2

They recommed two coats of the final finish and here is some pics of the floor after the second coat.

One thing though - look at that window.

I am not discussing the snow from the most recent storm (which we were not hit as hard as other areas), no look closer - the window is open on the other side of that wet finish. I guess it can stay open for the next 2 hours.

Those bare spots - one has been covered so it is not immediately noticeable. Of course this is the one that sits under the chesterfield. The larger spot has not been covered so well. I am not going to let this bother me since I know the only other option is to sand the floor so everything is even. If this product doesn't wear like it should that will happen otherwise it is the charm of living in an older house.

Time to go out for dinner while the floor dries.

Next up trim