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First, progress on the Main Memories Cardigan.

I'm getting close to starting the ribbing.


I also received my first clue for the Rose City Yarn Crawl and finished it, after frogging (ripping out) and starting over with a smaller needle. The beginning of the project makes a great gauge swatch! The next clue comes out today. I can't show you my work, because it would be a spoiler for anyone reading my blog who is participating in the KAL and not wanting to see what it's supposed to look like. If you really want to see what I've done, you can look here and go to comment #306. I'll show it when it's done and no one is left to be disappointed to find out what it looks like.


As for most of the rest of my time this past week, it has been taken up with jobs associated with the painting of the cabinets in our kitchen and bathrooms. Just to refresh your memory, this was how the cabinets looked when we moved in. Not bad in a photo.


However, when you looked closely (as in from 10 feed or closer), you could see the wood was faded, worn, scratched and dirty. I don't mind outdated. (Jane Austen could be viewed as outdated, and she's one of my favorite authors.) However, faded, worn, scratched and especially, dirty, isn't very appealing. That's why we decided to have the cabinets painted. It would have been a lot more expensive to replace them or even just to replace the doors. All of the cabinets in the kitchen, the kitchen eating area and all three bathrooms were in a similar condition. The laundry room has cabinets with formica, which were probably what all the original cabinets in the house were like. They are dated, but in excellent condition. Here's a reminder photo of the work in progress, which I think looks like something out of a horror or science fiction movie:



You may remember we had to move out of the house, so we went to stay with my DBIL, three blocks away. However, he had a guest coming to stay on Wednesday, so we needed to vacate his guest room on that day. Fortunately, the fumes in our house weren't too bad by then, and we were able to sleep in our own guest room, which is at the opposite end of the upstairs from the two upstairs bathrooms. We kept the door closed and the window open. It was pleasant.

Thursday they were still finishing the doors, having finished the cabinet bodies and drawer fronts. They did the painting in the garage, however, so the smell wasn't too bad. All they had left on Friday was to remove the masking tape and plastic all over the house, including the plastic and paper they had put down on the floors. By Friday night we had most of our kitchen things put back where they belonged. I took these photos. (The color isn't white, although it looks almost white in the photos. It's a pale grey.) The updated look is a plus.


We still need to install hardware, which we have picked out. We think handles and knobs will keep dirty or wet fingers away from the lovely cabinet doors and drawers.


The grey color shows up more in the eating area buffet.


Remember Mr. and Mrs. Jellyfingers? All traces of them are gone from the cabinets. We are by no means finished working on the house! The work on the cabinets was done by the same company that did our exterior in August.


Somehow I managed to get the photos taken for Friday's story. (Details and a link are below.) This is Jolena, trying to distract a friend from some bullies in the school yard.


DS2 and his lovely wife were in Los Angeles for the Annie Awards Saturday night.


Here he is with the others on his team. The the team was nominated for special effects in an animated feature film, Missing Link.



They didn't win, but it's their second nomination, which is an honor. We watched the awards ceremony live through online streaming. It was very interesting, and we learned a lot about the industry. It was when I got most of my knitting done on the cardigan. Because of the steek, I'm working always on the right side, and I don't need to look at what I'm doing.

What's on my needles: Still the Maine Memories Cardigan, and the Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery KAL project.

What's on my sewing machine: Outfit for Billy for the Victorian Valentine Tea JAL on Ravelry.

What's in my hoop: Still the Whole Cloth Quilt. Another week with no progress. One of my New Year's Resolutions, though, was to finish it this year.

What's in The Doll's Storybook: A Different Challenge. Emil wonders about a classmate with Tourette Syndrome and some bullies picking on the boy.


What's on my iPad/iPhone: Still Blowout by Rachel Madow. Not much progress...busy week.


What's in my wine glass: Skyland Ridge Montevina Barbera from Amador County, 2016. One of the nicer ones.

What's my tip of the week: Have dough (bread dough or pie crust) or some other food stuck to your countertop or work surface? A dough scraper will clean that stuff right off, but if you don't have one, you can use a clean credit card or other plastic card to get all the food up. It's a good use for an old credit card or membership card that you don't need anymore, washed first, of course.



Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Barb/WI on February 4, 2020 at 5:19pm

Beautiful kitchen update!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 28, 2020 at 1:07pm

Definitely a hassle––definitely worth it.

Comment by Pam/NY on January 28, 2020 at 7:45am

Love how the sweater is coming along...those cabinets turned out gorgeous! Always a hassle but so worth it in the end.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 27, 2020 at 2:29pm

Yes, it’s much brighter and cheerier.

Comment by Janet/MO on January 27, 2020 at 1:43pm

Peggy, your kitchen turned out great.  We painted ours white this past summer & what a difference it made with regard to how much brighter our kitchen is now.  I can see the same with yours even with a gray paint.  

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 27, 2020 at 9:34am

Rebecca, yes, I've been busy! 

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on January 27, 2020 at 9:03am

Peggy that sweater is going to be beautiful!  I love your colour choices.  Also love the soft grey on the cabinets - much nicer than the wood and it brightens up the kitchen.  

You've been very busy.

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