Monday, November 07, 2005


Kitchen Demolition - not for the faint of heart

The BEFORE picture - the 1980's cutesy kitchen we've lived with for 8 years minus the sink, oven, cooktop, hood. Yeah, I know, when we moved in we said that we'd paint over the stenciled pink hearts - just never got around to it.

So here it is now with no flooring, no appliances 9except the dishwasher) and the tile counters & backsplash ripped off of the walls. And here it sits, and sits.

Today, the big box home improvement store called to say they were delivering the tile! Yippee!!! A Great Big Truck lumbered up the street, slowed in front of our house and stopped. Jones had already make room in the garage for the tile, sheets of hardyback, grout, mortar, etc. so we were good and ready.

Imagine our surprise when the delivery kid rang the doorbell and was standing there with just one small box. Yep, that's it - one small box of 22 tiles and the installation guys come day after tomorrow!!! Seems there's some sort of mixup about the tile. Oh yeah - we've PAID for loads of goodies - they just sent out 22 tiles.

That's them - the 22 tiles that were sent out in the big truck.

OK - Knitting content. I've finished my two knitting classes that I was teaching at Sierra College - Beginning and Fair Isle - Whew! I'm pooped. Here's a pic of the hats that these 1st time Fair Isle Knitters created!!

We used the new Knit Picks 'Palette' yarn and it was very nice. Each student selected their own colorways from the boxes of the full line of Palette yarns. Of course, these haven't been blocked yet as they haven't finished knitting the tops - but the colors and workmanship are wonderful!

But then wait - I also led a program for my local knitting guild here in Sacramento for a "Mystery Project". We all brought in our left over yarns and made our own Artsy/Fartsy knitting yarns by tying a couple of yards of each yarn together into one big ball. This is really a fun project as we get to socialize and talk. Not like the guild meetings where we have to sit quietly like in grammer school and get barked at by the teacher.

Anyway, I had been exposed to this project at the "Sheeper Than Therapy" Fresno Knitting Guild Retreat last month when Gwen Bortner led us. I took one of my balls home and hanked it - then overdyed it with RIT dye - RIT because it would color both protein as well as cellulose fibers. WoW! It really took the dye. I'll post pictures soon!


I'm with you on the kitchen -- I have a floor in the drying stages from layers of goo - the last layer the sealer.... and the tile won't be laid till Friday! Sigh.
Beautiful hats. And of course, with home improvement, it always takes longer than you think it will, and there will always be some kind of ordering mistake or mix-up. You will be relieved when it's all finished!
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