Tuesday, January 14, 2014

big city

We went to the big city today...

love the old houses and the wonderful architecture...

I was stripping my new hutch down in the basement.  Unfortunately I have had to stop for a bit.  I have it set up not far from our furnace.  I really don't want to blow the place up with the stripper fumes.  It will be best to wait until the weather is a bit warmer and we move everything up to the garage. 

Progress on my EZ Ribwarmer was stalled. 

Using my measurements and the gauge I'm getting on my swatch cast on numbers and increases numbers will differ from the original pattern.  That is because the Ribwarmer is being knitted to fit me...not everyone else.

I'm back on track now and gartering along...

Friday, January 10, 2014

EZ Ribwarmer and a Hutch

What the Knit Knitting Guild is doing a KAL...EZ Ribwarmer

Using US size 6 needles I am knitting mine with Anzula yarn, Cricket, in Olivia colorway...a beautiful green.  If you've never used Anzula yarn it is more than worth trying.  Sabrina does a fantastic job of dyeing her yarn.  The yarn is so buttery soft.  I love it.
Swatch for EZ Ribwarmer


On another note...I have taken on a humongous project.  I am refinishing a beautiful to me old hutch.  It came in two pieces with original hardware, chippy paint all over and two glass doors.

I spent the better part of today stripping the paint, should I say layers of paint, from the top of the hutch.

Top piece with doors removed.  Backing will be removed and replaced with beadboard.
Two drawers with original hardware

The two doors from upper piece (upside down)
Hutch ~ started stripping top of this today...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Happy New Year

I do hope everyone is safe...

We've done a bit of rearranging of furniture and unpacking a few boxes today.  Now it's time to take a break.

I washed a blanket that hubby had picked up somewhere for Shivers (as if he doesn't already have enough blankets).  When I was folding it I saw the label.  I find it quite ironic that the blanket was made by the Faribault Woolen Mill Company, here in the USA.  The label very clearly states that is is 100% ACRYLIC.

The ironic part ~  a WOOLEN MILL manufacturing ACRYLIC blankets.

I think I will do a bit of research on the company.  I'd like to know why they made acrylic (plastic) blankets instead of Wool blankets.

We moved the cedar chest from one room to another.  Before moving it we made sure it was empty.  It was full of our youngest daughters Care Bears from the early to mid 80's.

Think it's time to go knit a bit....

See you all later....