Friday, February 1, 2013

Another Eventful Week

A couple weeks ago I posted the difficulties I was having staying focused.  Well let me tell you, that has certainly changed....can't believe how focused I've become again.

On the knitting side......
I was trying to use up the rest of the yarn from my Elf Clobbers and decided to make a somewhat matching cowl.   This is a free pattern on Revelry called SquishI seem to be drawn to weird named patterns right now.  If you go to the link, you'll see the original pattern is for a scarf with fringe.  After checking out some of the finished projects, I found the author had this version so I chose to follow these directions.

Got the cowl done but didn't use up all the yarn.  Isn't that the way it goes sometimes.  You either don't have enough yarn or more than you hoped for left over.  Probably not enough to make anything else.......this will wind up in a bag with all my other leftovers.  Seriously....maybe my next project needs to be something to use up all my orphan yarns.

Might be it's time to get out my Carol Leigh triangle loom.  Maybe I can come up with a Saori shawl......hmmmmm....... that really does sound like a plan.

I also started another pair of Elf Clobbers.  I've had so much fun wearing them, I thought I should have another pair.  This time I thought I'd try doing the crochet part all by myself.  Found a book at my library.....

......cuffs has instructions for all the stitches I need......NO crochet hook......Duh!!!  Obviously focused does not equal organized so I've been good and am knitting on my Palette of Colors Shrug.

Progress on my kitchen island......
As you can see the second coat did really cover well.  I swear, no flat surface can stay uncluttered for more than a few seconds in this house.  Project not even done and I have yarn and my book on the must be a sickness!

Unlike my husbands entertainment center, I wanted this piece to look older and time worn so I sanded the edges.
Then decided the white oil base paint was too white, so I waxed these areas using Annie Sloan dark wax which turned them more of a cream color.  After some more research on Pinterest (yes, I finally broke down and registered) I learned if you wanted it to be more waterproof, use a second coat of wax.  I chose to use clear for my second coat since I wanted more protection and not a darker look.  I swear the painting part is so much fun but it sure took some time and elbow grease to do the sanding and multiple layers of wax.  Well worth the time!

Finished island......except for the towel bar that I want moved to the other end so my husband has to drill new holes. 
This isn't the placement of the island but we had to take a picture before putting it in place or we wouldn't have been able to get a good picture of the front.  I love how it turned out! 
Before and after pics of my kitchen......
Before (yes, for the last 20 years all my cooking was done using this antique Magic Chief)
Wowza!!!!.....this is the first time I've put the before and after pics together.  The cabinet face lift was done by Kitchen's by Katie........they did an awesome job.  My new floors are Armstrong vinyl planks and were installed by my brother and his friend....also an awesome job. 
Still have some work to do.  I'll be painting the wall between the counter and cupboards and then put a single row of glass tile 6" high for the back splash.  The opening by the fridge is for a dishwasher that I've yet to buy.   Thought I liked the convenience of having the trash in that spot, it is really convenient, but can now see how "trashy" it looks in a picture.....back under the sink it goes!

Well....that's it for me this week.  Thanks for letting me go on, and on, about my new passion......Annie Sloan chalk paint.  I'm sure the kitchen painting will be a bit boring now but it needs to get done too.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!!


  1. Your kitchen looks fabulous. Your island is wonderful, great paint job.
    If you need more Azapa let me know. I've just discovered that I have 6 skeins. I was looking through Ravelry for patterns for it and discovered that your Elf Clobbers used Azapa. Got any ideas as to what to knit with 6 skeins, maybe Space Girl?

  2. Hello! That's a great looking cowl. I've been on a bit of a cowl kick lately so I'll have to check that pattern out. Your kitchen is beautiful! Great job on the island.

  3. You are a master! Do you hire out? Wait, I'll do your knitting if you do my furniture restoration?

  4. I love the before and after shots - and do also love that old Magic Chef. Your aged island treatment is super.

    And that cowl ... very wonderful texture. You're definitely on a roll!

  5. I love your new kitchen! At our old house (all 70s colors and appliances) we talked about getting new floor, refinish the cabinets, etc. all the time, but didn't have the stomach to go through with it. If I saw your before and after pictures I would have jumped right in because that would be so enticing!

    The cowl is nice too, but wow, the kitchen! :D

  6. OMG! That kitchen is stunning! I can't wait to see it in person. You and Big Daddy did a great job!

    Love the cowl too. You should get your loom out.

  7. Great kitchen, well done on the island. Nice opening with the cowl though, it turned out pretty!

  8. Wow! I'm having a little kitchen envy. It's beautiful... That old Majic Chief is gorgeous too.