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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Driveways and knitting

Our driveway was finished yesterday morning, the guys turned up to do the expansion cuts (at 7.50am) so now we're just waiting on next Thursday before we can drive on it.   It looks amazing and we're so pleased!

Same view as last time, doesn't it look better!
I've been priming all the wood in the rooms, tomorrow will be sealing the gib board and then I can start the real painting of the walls, and then the window and door frames.   Hoping to have the walls and ceilings finished on Wednesday and then the next day or two on the frames.  

Also have to contact the firm that did our earthquake repairs, I noticed today that the ridgeline has lost some of the cement work that they did and there's no way it should fall off that quickly!    As well as that one of the vinyl planks in the kitchen has come off the kick back area; I'm putting that down to them not fully removing the old vinyl.   I've emailed them last week, but no response so it's time to call them.   If no luck then I'll be naming them on here and FB.  They have a 5 year guarantee though so it should be ok.

In knitting news I've got some work done on my hat in Sezza's KAL, I'm not happy with the colour so will dip-dye it once it's finished.  The yarn however is yummy soft!
It's a merino and cashmere yarn by Argosy and the hat pattern is the Picton Beanie by Sezza (Sarah Ronchetti)
Once I finish the hat then I'll cast on for my next KAL which is the Game of Thrones KAL being held by Valerie of Wandering Cat Yarns.  That will be a pair of Riverrun Socks in some WCY sock yarn.

I also had 4 more skeins of yarn arrive, however these weren't recent purchases; they were part of the Pledge I took part in for Red Riding Hood Yarns.   All mine are her MCN fingering weight base and I got one of each colour she dyed
I am totally in love!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Um, there might have been yarn in the last few days

I know I'm on a yarn diet, but I'm afraid I fell off the wagon somewhat.    I had a need for something squishy after all the work and in one case my yarn was end of line as the dyer is going to stick with fibre from here on.    So here we have some squishy loves for you to drool over.

Vintage Purls laceweight which will be paired with a purple yarn from the same stable for a stunning shawl

Green for the background on a pair of sheepy socks

Originally bought to use one in weaving, but have realised I really want socks (knee highs) in this, so I just have to choose the pattern now.

Didn't realise these were so similar to the sock yarn, but this will be a Simplicity Cardigan, the yarn is laceweight.

This was the yarn for the final summer sock club, but I won't be using the club pattern (it's not me), however it is perfect to be the sheep with the green yarn!

This is the one that won't be dyed again as Anna is stopping dyeing yarn.   It will be a cardigan of some kind.

This was bought for a specific sock pattern that calls for sport weight yarn and which I didn't already have anything suitable for.  I think it's called the Red Dwarf socks.

And this is another of Anna's, which is destined to be the weaving yarn that the Vintage Purls yarn decided wasn't right for it.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Finished Object - Finally!

On Wednesday night I finally finished Ian's socks.   He wore them on Thursday and seems happy with them.   Downside is in the time I've taken to knit them his feet have grown, so they now fit perfectly rather than having a small amount of growth room!
See, just right!
I'm now working on socks for Thomas as my travel knitting and will probably be casting on another pair for him on Monday for the KAL with Wandering Cat Yarns.   The KAL is Game of Thrones themed and must use either WCY yarn or patterns; I'm using both.

I will still have limited crafting time though as I need to get painting in our rooms, however I can't do that till the driveway has cured enough to walk on.   Today we finished prep for the driveway and the garage was almost finished too.   We have moved approximately 12 tonnes of pavers and hope many of them will go to friends and family, some will be used by us and we will try and sell the remainder on Trademe as quickly as we can.

The garage now has power and phone, we have keys for my room and T's room, but not the remotes for the garage and won't get those till we get and pay the final bill (hoping it won't be too much higher than the original amount).   We will start moving in once we own it and once I've done the painting.    Can't find the drop cloths which is a problem though, have only found one; not enough, and we do need them as the carpet is also down now.    Feeling pretty happy and really looking forward to a week from Thursday when we can drive the car on the driveway!
My room with carpet, gib stopped and cutting in done with the sealant coat.

The driveway as it is now, all dirt!
Btw, what happened to all the base course that was under those pavers?   I know it was there cos we put some of it there when we relaid the whole thing.  Did the earthquakes just swallow it up?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Well, that's one thing finished!

Yesterday I took a little time off getting things sorted outside and finished my Renfrew top
Not too bad, but room for improvement.
I think next time I should try the size smaller everywhere except the hips.   This is a touch wide in the shoulders and body, but about right in the hips.

No work done on the historical costuming at the moment, it's a low priority while all the garage stuff is happening.   I did get the heel turn done on Ian's socks though.

Instead of the usual I've been moving wood, dismantling the woodshed (with help), moving earth etc.   Still have a heap of stuff to move and tomorrow's supposed to be raining.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Busy busy!

Getting ready for the new driveway is making a huge impact on how much I am getting done craftwise.   Gastro hasn't helped either, but luckily it's a mild dose.  The last 2 days we shifted the wood pile from the shed onto the covered deck.    There's still more to go, but we're probably over halfway there.    Still got to shift the two concrete laundry tubs (currently full of raspberry canes); I don't think we thought that one through properly when we planted them.

The drainage for the garage has been done, so that's good.   Hoping the gib will be put in on Monday as it didn't happen on Friday due to hold ups at another job.    I'll be painting after the stopping has been done, we have all the paint ready to go, and hopefully I can find the brushes and roller sleeves as well!

I've got a little sewing done, cut out a Renfrew top, and have put the neck facing in, hoping to get it finished this weekend all going well; kind of have to as you see from the above list of things to do
The colour is more blue than showing here.
I've also dabbled in designing; I have an idea for a tam, but there's a lot of maths involved before I pick up the needles; not to mention a change in the yarn as the one I'd planned to use has disappeared into the ether.

Almost finished the leg on Ian's second sock.
Travel knitting tends to get done a little slower.
Today is baking day as well as moving wood day.    The banana cake is done, will get the chocolate muffins done next and then it'll be time to put on the roast. 
Caramel icing I'm thinking.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Exciting enough to squee!

Our garage now has all its doors and windows!   The leaky door now has drainage holes which should make a huge difference in the next storm, the only thing we're still missing is the keys for those doors which should arrive in  couple of days all going well.   Also the drains are in which will also help.
Insulation is in, and the best bit is that it's wool!!!!   Forgive the overabundance of exclamation marks, but that makes me very happy indeed.

Thursday is the next council inspection, then Friday the gib goes up if it passes with the gib being stopped on Tuesday we hope.   Then I can start painting that weekend so it's ready for carpet and the electrician.

2nd week of April the driveway gets done, will have to find out how long before we can walk on it, and how long before the car can use it too.    I'm hoping that we'll be able to use it come Easter and if that's the case we'll then get all our stuff from storage and bring it home.

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The view we'll see when we drive up, well, aside from the bins and the weeds

Still working on Ian's socks, winding wool for Strokkur and have cut out a t-shirt for me using the Renfrew Top pattern by Sewaholic.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

A thank you

Last weekend my friends Joanne and Paula went up to Rotorua for the Majacraft Camp; I was (and still am) a little jealous; but couldn't fit it in the budget with the garage at its current stage.
I did ask Joanne to pick me up something nice from the traders instead with the idea that I'd reimburse her.   That didn't go quite according to plan, she did get me something, but she won't let me pay her for it (isn't that nice of her?).

So yesterday, my spinning plans got hijacked when she gave me the lovely fluffy, in just my colours!
I had been planning on continuing with my corriedale; instead I started prepping this:

From Fibre2Go on a base of 50% merino, 30% alpaca and 20% silk in the colourway Mediterranean.
I didn't get started spinning it, that's about to start in about 5 minutes, but I did get it all prepped for spinning.   I'm hoping to spin this very fine and Navajo ply it to get something under fingering weight.   It's only 34g so the finer I go the better.

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