Wednesday, October 28, 2009

House Progress

Natalie reminded me at iKnit day that I hadn't updated you on the project house in a while...
Well, since the start of the year we (mostly Tony) have gutted the place and filled 5 of these:
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Ever wondered what a house looks like without internal walls, ceilings, plaster and wiring?
Upstairs bedrooms (without the dividing wall which moved when Tony tried to take the plaster off)
Bare Walls - September 2009
The other bedroom - the wall at the end is being extended.
Bare Walls - September 2009
Stairs (and my favourite window)
Bare Walls - September 2009
Lounge - you get the idea!
Bare Walls - September 2009

Tony has built new walls and put a new roof on the outhouse
The old
Outhouse Construction
Outhouse Construction
Ready for the bricklayer
Outhouse Construction
New walls and roof joists
Outhouse construction
Outhouse construction
From the top
Outhouse construction

So far all I have managed to clear the shrubs from the bay window!
Bay Window - clearing the vegetation

Bay Window - clearing the vegetation

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rockies part 2

Here are more of my holiday favourites:
Maligne Lake, near Jasper.
Maligne Lake
The weather was just amazing that day.
Maligne Lake
Minnewanka Lake, near Banff
Lake Minnewanka
My new hat and jumper near the Athabasca River
Sunwapta Falls
Mushrooms, we saw lots. I took a lot of pictures of mushrooms, this is my favourite.
And finally, this is Damson by Ysolda Teague. I wound my most favourite ball of Yarn Yard Toddy at about midnight on night before we flew to Canada.
Damson Shawl
I'm so glad I did - I love the way the subtle blues and purples work in this shawl.
I knit this through the hours of delays at the airport on the way home, I have never been so glad of long rows!
I used every last cm of yarn too - casting off as we landed back in the UK!
Damson Shawl
What's next? Well, another Ysolda design of course!
Vine Yoke Cardigan
I'm jumping on the bandwagon - it's a Vine Yoke Cardigan from The Twist Collective in Dream in Color Classy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Rockies - part 1

I'm back from the most amazing holiday in the Canadian Rockies. I'm slowly sorting through the hundreds of photos. Here are some of the favourites so far.

Free Champagne (and amazing views from our room at Moraine Lake Lodge)
Free Champagne

The Classic Lake Louise Shot
The Classic Shot - Lake Louise

Reflections on Lake Agnes - the Larch trees were such an amazing shade of yellow.
Lake Agnes Reflections

One top of the Big Beehive
On top of the beehive

Walking on a glacier (my favourite part of the holiday- every geography students dream!)
On the Athabasca Glacier

There was also time for knitting! My socktopus sock pattern was mysteriously left at home, so I had to start knitting a hat on the plane. Snapdragon, from Ysolda's WLK2 with the Skein Queen yarn I bought at iKnit. The Rocky Mountain mornings were certainly cold enough to need a woolly hat - luckily it was a very quick knit!
Snapdragon Hat
Snapdragon Hat
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