Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fun When There's No Sun

First an oops to show you. Sometimes it really doesn't pay to knit while watching a movie, even if it's only garter stitch. I found the dropped stitch last night, about three inches past the offense. Since I really didn't want to re-knit three inches worth of garter stitch, I dropped the stitch beside it (I should have dropped at least two or three looking back on it) and picked up two in the space of the one. It came out a bit tight, that's why I should have dropped an extra one or two, but at the time I just wanted to fix it and move on. You can hardly blame me. It will be a big blanket and I hope the oops won't show so much when it's all done. I decided I will call this blanket Spicy, for the colours that are so well represented in my spice cabinet: curry, cinnamon, mustard, ginger, cayenne pepper, cocoa. Puts me in a baking mood.

School finished yesterday morning for summer break, and today the kids are already getting on mine and each other's nerves. Grrrrr. So I decided to put them to work. Child labour be damned. They were actually eager to get started. Whether they will complete the job is another matter.
I knew I wanted that ugly, dark wallpaper gone from the moment we moved in. I don't think a better opportunity would have presented itself if I waited another year. So far they've got the worst of it off, and now have to start working on removing the backing. It's going to be a long process that I am not prepared to start right now, since I have to find a tool that will be safe to use in the kids' hands without them gouging a bunch of holes in the drywall. Touchy.

I am suddenly inspired to knit a Kitty Pi bed. It's all Caroline's fault. Her kitty looks so comfy and the bed so pretty. Did I mention that it will use up lots of stash if I make one for each of my kitties? HA HA HA HA


Pam said...

There are a couple volunteers in my cat resue group that have knitted or crocheted those. I can only crochet and have looked for the pattern. If you ever run across one, let me know. I'd love to see a picture of it when you finish.

Balkan Style Bloggers said...

I love the idea of putting the kids to work. And seriously, what kid doesn't want to tear down the wallpaper?? :)

Lene Andersen said...

Good on yer for putting the kids to work - isn't that why you have them? ;)

I'm so not showing Her Royal Catness that bed. It's beautiful

Dorothy said...

Give them squirt bottles with warm water in them. That'll take the wallpaper backing off.

Ali P said...

Is the paper on drywall or on painted surface> If painted surface, then get those window scrapers with the razor blades in them, wet the backing well with sponges and warm water or spray bottles and scrape scrape scrape.
If the paper was slapped right on drywall then you may be fucked.
I started a Kitty Pi with Alafoss Lopi for The Newnie-noo but since them have baskets galore so he doesn't need it anymore.

Barbara from Nova Scotia said...

The kids did indeed love ripping the wallpaper off. Even argued over who got to scrape! I did use a squirt bottle (one I had handy for misbehaving kitties) but only one scraper so they took turns. The biggest argument was over who did more work! LOL

Luckily only a small part of the drywall wasn't painted, so other than that I have to do all the sections that they can't reach even with a chair. Already the kitchen looks brighter.