Friday, January 15, 2010

The Last Word (I Promise) on that Home Reno

I'm sure a lot of you are getting sick of hearing about the big reno of this year, but Jane requested better snaps of the back splash, and I'm about to oblige.

However, I'll give you a couple of shots of knitting first, that way if you're truly sick to the teeth of hearing about my kitchen you can just move on quickly.

I think I've mentioned before how I'm completely smitten with Scottish designer Ysolda Teague, specifically, her patterns. Well, recently I bought her pattern set Whimisical Little Knits 2, having bought book 1 last year, and I promptly started the Peak's Island Hood.

I'm using Adagio by Skacel leftover from this project, recently finished. (I'm not sure what possessed me to buy 20 skeins of this yarn, even after finishing this second project I'm sure to have five to six still left.) I'm loving this pattern so far, I haven't reached the shaping for the hood part, but it just makes so much sense to me to have the bulk of the knitting in the central part of the scarf and the sensible closure on the front so the piece lays flat against the chest, not adding any bulk under a heavy winter coat. I also heartily approve of the use of vintage buttons.

I'm going to say it again, I love Ysolda.

I'll show you the finished project when I get to that point.

I finished the Kauni cardigan that I'd been knitting off and on since October.

The Kauni colours are fantastic, the only downside to this yarn is its "naturalness", if they could produce this kind of colourway in a superwash merino I'd buy reams and reams of the stuff.

Over the last few years I've been on a "gotta try that" sort of kick, where I see something advertised or being used by some other blogger and I rush out to experiment with the same thing myself, and I have to admit, that though I've found a few textiles, or patterns, or techniques that are keepers, I've found an awful lot of things that just aren't for me.

And so...

I think this year will be a year of a more (brace yourself) prudent me. Not to say that my blog title won't accurately describe me - I fear it shall - but I'm feeling the need for more thinking and less doing.

******I can hear friends and family snickering as I type******

Alright, on to the reno snaps.

I'd like to mention a few final numbers that are important to know in the event you plan to embark on a similar sized home renovation.

1/3 - one third, people. That's how much bigger our house is now - seems like such a small number, and yet it's a whole heck of a lotta' space.

72 - the number of days we had to wait between ordering the stove and when it was finally installed, that's a fair wait.

18 - the number of months we ACTUALLY went without a stove. The true story is that the stove that was here when we bought the house quit on us in June 2008, a repairman let us know that whoever installed the stove did so and THEN installed the kitchen floor (did I mention that there use to be someone who owned this house who thought they were some kind of fabulous Mr. Fixit - he wasn't). This is what pushed us to do the reno when we did.

Now stop and consider that for a moment - 18 months with no stove or oven, only a hotplate and a small toaster oven; 18 months of cooking for the family (Christmas, Birthdays, Wednesdays) with less than adequate equipment. I'm a saint.

186.5 - that's the number of feet of baseboards I painted. Remember, I did all the painting on the second level. If 186.5 feet doesn't sound like a lot to some of you, then get down on your hands and knees and just, say, wash the baseboards in an average sized room, then picture sanding, priming, sanding, painting(first coat), sanding, and painting(second coat) in five of those rooms.

Its a lot.

2 - that's the number of times I found myself shopping at the local supermarket wearing my slippers. I was a tad overwhelmed at times.

1 - one fabulous finished project. Hooray for being finished.

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!


noricum said...

Lovely projects, and there can never be too many reno pics! You are indeed a saint, and I'm amazed you survived!

martiangirl said...

Nice shots of the reno. So whats it feel like to have so much more space?

Darlene said...

the reno is fabulous!!! I am starting a kitchen reno in a couple of weeks (my stove is sitting at the warehouse waiting for me as is my 18" dishwasher, the whole reason for the reno.) I should begin a blog to document the process hummm.....

I am searching for a good pattern for a hat for Noro Niji - I have to get it finished for the middle school ski trip... darlene

Jane said...

The reno looks fabulous - I love the glass tile and the bookshelves and the doors to the back yard. Tell me more about the glass doors to the back yard. Are they the same size as regular sliding doors. Is it two doors that can open at the same time? Are they drafty? What kind of locking mechanism do they have? I would love to replace the hideously ugly sliding doors in the kitchen and family room..

deirdre said...

Your kitchen looks wonderful!! You must be so very pleased! And I can only imagine how nice it must be to actually cook on a real stove...