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Archive for June, 2011

Rebuilding

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

We’ve been undergoing massive house repairs for the past nearly two months, with more still to come. At the moment, the first round of interior work is done, and the next round (probably next month) will be exterior. The next round of interior work will probably be based mostly upstairs and I don’t expect that to start until the end of summer at best.

In the meantime, the first round of foundation work and subsequent plumbing repairs involved jackhammering holes in both of my main work areas….sewing room and dining room, which is where my cutting table is set up. A hole in the sewing room, one in the hallway directly in front of the sewing room, the front foyer, two in the dining room, and one in the aisle separating the kitchen and family eating area. Initially the foundation company said they were going through the hallway rather than the rooms so we shouldn’t have to worry about moving things out of the way. Of course, the morning they were supposed to start going through the slab they decided they’d be going through the rooms after all, which left Dave to try to get all the china out of the china cabinet with 30 minutes notice, and I shoved everything slightly portable out of the sewing room once I got back home later that morning. Sewing stuff is currently stacked in the living room and garage, while the yarn went upstairs in the boys’ toyroom. We were finally able to get the carpet back down about a week ago, and managed to get the furniture shifted in the sewing room Thursday morning (because we had company sleeping there Thursday night.)

I’m planning to take slight advantage of the fact that I don’t have stuff piled everywhere in the sewing room (yet) to get a couple of projects finished. I need to block a sweater before I can seam it together, and I actually have space on the bed at this point to do it. I hope to get to that one morning this week while the boys are at flag football camp.

First shawl done

Monday, June 13th, 2011

I took the first shawl off the triangle loom last week. Of course, I immediately spotted an error as it came off that I never noticed while it was actually on the loom! Ah, well…just proof positive that it was made by hand. I’ve already started a second shawl. This one was going to be a solid color and I almost immediately decided that this shade would be too boring by itself. I was thinking I’d add a cream or white color, but Dave made a different suggestion and I’m going with that. Because of the color choices, this one is probably going to be a Christmas gift rather than something I’d try to sell.

Lots going on here

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Very little on the sewing/knitting front, but we’re finally underway on a number of needed house repairs and other projects.

Since my last post:
1. Went from working 2 1/2 days a week to basically full time from early March through the end of April. Two different speech paths covering three different schools were out on maternity leave and I was filling in with all the testing, ARD meetings, and report writing. The extra work is contract based on the hours worked to the point that my “contract” pay for April (when I was working extra for the entire month) actually topped my regular base pay.

2. Found a foundation company who was willing to tackle the necessary interior piers recommended by the structural engineer’s report that the previous foundation company requested. Once the first company saw the report, they “declined to do the work.” Our new company has done the interior piers and is re-doing the exterior piers now so that hopefully we’ll finally be structurally sound once this is done.

3. Went through a hailstorm that is going to require replacement of the roof. Shingles are ordered, we’re tentatively on the work schedule for mid-June. They’re waiting for the foundation work to be finished before starting the roof.

4. Two of the vehicles were outside during the storm and suffered damage. Those have both been repaired already.

5. Discovered that there was a bee’s nest in the siding of the house as part of the foundation repairs. The bees have mostly been dealt with, but the same company that’s going to be doing the roof is coming back out on Monday to give us an estimate on replacing the siding on the house. That’s been on the to do list as well, but it’s become more of a priority and probably needs to be done prior to/in conjunction with the roof replacement.

6. Holding pattern on replacing the flooring in the boys’ bathroom. We’re going to put down ceramic tile there and we’re waiting until both the foundation and roof repairs are done to start that.

7. All sewing/most knitting has come to a screeching halt. Interior foundation work called for 6 interior piers to be drilled. The company initially said that they were going to go through the floor in the hallway so we woudn’t need to pull things out of the sewing room and dining room. Of course, the day they were supposed to start jackhammering, they made the decision to go through the floors on the other side of the walls instead. This means that 90% of the fabrics in the sewing room were unceremoniously hauled out into the garage with about a half hour’s notice. I shoved the yarn up in the boys’ toy room instead so it wouldn’t be exposed to the dust in the garage. The remaining items, including the bed, dresser, and sewing cabinet have been shoved to one side of the room and the carpet has been pulled up and pushed against the furniture. Ditto with the dining room work area. We opted to have the company NOT fill in the holes with concrete initially. Instead, we’re going to wait on that until the exterior jacking is done in case any adjustments need to be made.

8. Exterior jacking is currently scheduled for Monday/Tuesday. Plumbers are scheduled to come out Wednesday to do another plumbing test at that point. We’ve asked the foundation people to wait on actually filling in the concrete until the plumbing test is complete, with the idea that the plumbers might be able to in through already drilled holes if they do have to some repairs. After all that, we can get someone out to reset the carpet in the sewing room and the dining room and then I can get started on the hats I need to make for Cub Camp…THEN I can get started on sewing for the fall craft show season.

9. About the only thing going on regarding crafts involves the triangle loom I ordered with my birthday money. I’ve started weaving one shawl. This is definitely going to be a learning process. I started out with the lighter of the two recommended yarn weights and decided that I didn’t like how much spacing was showing up. I pulled it all out and started over with two strands of yarn instead. I’m using a variegated yarn and didn’t worry about matching the colors so this one is coming out slightly muted. I have plenty of this particular yarn, so I think if I do another one with the same yarns, I’ll make sure I start both strands at the same point in terms of color. That should give it a different look from the first one. I’m going to be interested to see how much this all pulls in on itself once I take it off the loom as well.

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