Your spot is your spot, so no problem. I just don't want people parking extra vehicles unless they have permission.
If the social gathering doesn't affect your neighbors, I'm ok with it, but if it does it's a problem.
Let me know if there is anyone that needs more clarifications.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
(some steps not photographed due to the battery needing charging)
I made one for each colour, so I could just pre-load a bunch of beads on each.
Demo (I'm not at a stitch that needs a bead, so I just used the yarn tail):
When I opened the palette today, they looked, um... "moist":
Today there was light (wow!), so I could get before and after photos without the flash:
(If you're having trouble telling the difference, I worked a bit on the snow in the distance.)
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
and at the end::
Look! Grass highlights! More snow!:
Doesn't it look amazingly different? Aren't you waiting on tenterhooks to see the next incremental update? ;) Yep, this is a gradual process.
For your viewing pleasure, here's a comparison between the current version and the previous version:
and between the current version and the photo I'm working from:
Hmmm... could this be a case of a few bad apples making things worse for the bushel? Not that there's a bushel of tenants in this block.
There's one tenant that regularly uses more than his alloted one parking space, but he's moving out in February. There's another tenant that has added a vehicle recently, but I think it's the fellow below me, and I saw his regular vehicle being brought here by tow truck, and the "new" vehicle that appeared has been parking tight up against the old one.
This had better not affect my ability to occasionally park a vehicle in my spot.
As to the other "rule reminders", I'm guessing it's mainly against one tenant... she sometimes has people over late (and they aren't super quiet), she leaves her stroller beside her door (in a completely out-of-the-way spot), and it was her guest that I dragged outside when I caught him smoking indoors. Her downstairs neighbour complains whenever there's noise there late, and the caretaker doesn't like her either.
The "no partying after 10 pm" rule is phrased in such a way that it really has no effect against Mr Party-Of-One below me. (Grr. Although it's been a few weeks since he bothered me last.) I wonder how this rule affects me having a friend over for spinning? (I can't remember what time we normally go to.)
I did notice a strong smell of... cigars? in the hall yesterday when I got home, but I have no idea if it was someone in the hall, or if it spilled out of someone's suite.
There's other tenants that leave bikes in the storage room that aren't in their lockers, and another guy who has a set of tires not in his locker... but these rules don't really address this either.
The grease stains on the paper sure add some class to the notice too. :P
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
and, to unconfuse you, I showed you what I'm attempting to paint:
Well, since then, mom and Bob gave me my birthday present early... an easel!!! Folded:
Unfolded with the drawer pulled out:
Paints in the drawer:
Painting being supported by the easel:
Isn't it awesome!?! They had been going to wait, but decided I could really make use of it for the acrylic classes I'm taking this month. I *love* it! It makes packing up and setting up so much easier. :) (I still have two other bags... I have too many paints, brushes, etc. to all fit in the easel, plus there isn't room in the easel for my palette, water container, or mediums.)
I have also been making progress on my painting. After the underpainting shown above, we were given homework instructions to paint the lightest lights, and the darkest darks:
I completed this homework shortly before I had to leave for the lesson when it was "due". Whoops. ;) Then, at the lesson, I continued working on the snow and sky:
I asked the instructor how to approach the painting, and she said to work in layers, from the back to the front. So, next I worked on the sky:
(I did that last night at home. I'm actually finding time to paint at home! Well, a tiny bit of time...)
Tonight at class I spent two hours adding the thin, flat clouds of winter, and the farthest off bit of grass:
Yeah... I don't know how it can take that long to paint that tiny bit either. ;) I think it's because I keep having to stop to let what I paint dry, before continuing to work my way forward.
Even if it isn't that much yet, I think I did a rather nice job on the sky and far-away grass/bulrushes. (The bulrushes may require some highlights before I get to the next closest bit, and the snow in front of those bulrushes definitely needs another layer of paint.)
So, once more, here's the painting side-by-side with the photo I'm working from:
Yep, that faraway bit definitely needs some highlights. (Those also required me to wait for the current layer to dry... and there wasn't enough time at class, so I just cleaned up and left it at it's current state.) I think this is a painting that is best done in many short painting sessions. (Perhaps I should get a stay-wet palette for that, so that I waste less paint.)
So... whaddaya think? ;)
Monday, January 26, 2009
I'm now at the point where I need my size US 5 dpns. They aren't where I thought they were. While I searched alternate places they could be hiding, I found this vintage set (19 cents!) that someone gave me when they were cleaning out stuff, but they're bigger than a US 5. Anyone see a set of US 5 dpns lying around somewhere? They're bamboo, I think Clover brand. *sigh*
Now I *really* wish I had tossed in a set of US 5 Harmony needles in my KnitPicks order, like I had contemplated. (I checked. They aren't on the bill. So much for being responsible. ;) )
Grrr. (There are more places I can look, but they're more difficult due to clutter, container sizes, and last year's moving mess.)
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Today, while washing my "chili pot", I discovered a crack:
While examining the crack, wondering if I could get away with continuing to use it, or if it would "explode" (corningware does that)... it slipped, hit the faucet, and cracked off the handle:
Farewell, dear pot. You served me well, and I shall miss you.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Background story, part 2: There was a stick-on hook on the surround that kept getting mildewy, due to it's location with respect to the spray from the shower. I never use the hook, and the caretaker had expressed his extreme displeasure with stick-on stuff when I moved in, so I took the liberty of removing it today.
Here's the spot after removing the hook, scraping off a bit of remaining sticky stuff, and wiping it with a wet cloth during my shower:
The white square is a piece of printer paper I'm holding up for colour reference purposes. Apparently the hook had been put up while smokers were living there, and it had prevented the stains from being washed off. EWWWWWWWW!!!! Can you imagine what it was doing to the smoker's *lungs*?!?!!!
Now, that got me thinking again of what colour the surround had started off as, and the fact that it was odd to have the surround a different colour than the tub.
That's when I realized that this spot:
showes the original colour, or, at least, the original colour under non-smoking ageing conditions.
I had noticed the pale spot before, but the bit of white paint, and some of whatever that filler is, threw me off realizing that it was actually the original colour. (This spot is where a shower contraption was attached before the plumbing was upgraded. The contraption would have been installed at the same time the surround was installed.)
Look at that pale, near-white spot, and the still-stained surface around it. Now look again at the stain that has been protected from washing:
Ewwwww! (Now be thankful that I didn't show it to you before I scrubbed it some!)
Smokers: The habit you are addicted to is truly disgusting. It smells disgusting, you and your clothing smell disgusting (please wash your outerwear regularly too!), it is harmful to you and those around you, and it stains things. Ew.
Now it's 7 pm, I still haven't washed my dishes (or taken down the Christmas tree) or had dinner. (I need to wash dishes to eat tonight.)
Time sure has a way of evaporating. (I did a bit of blog reading too after changing the wash.)
(Conversations with my caretaker are a bit of work... he's partially deaf, and somewhat simpleminded. You have to talk loud, slow, and explain lots. Kind of like when I'm running the help centre.)
Well, I suppose I should go attack those dishes so that I can eat. I'm hungry. Perhaps I'll steam some broccoli first... that pot is still clean. I'll just eat dinner in shifts. Whee.
So... today is for laundry, taking down the Christmas decorations and tree (I *know*!), and sewing up some of the things on my list, so that I can put the sewing machine away. Plus dishes... I don't think I've washed them since last Sunday, when I had my previous marathon washing. (At least this time I was able to eat relatively normal meals with the dishes I had.)
If I get the sewing machine put away early enough, I'm going to do a little painting too. (I have to show you the *awesome* easel box my mom and Bob gave me as an early birthday present!!!!)
It would have been nice to go skating too, but at -21C, my dad chickened out, and I have a few too many things to do to go by myself. (If I have other people's schedule to work around, I feel justified in putting off chores. Otherwise I don't.) I did get out last weekend (I'll be posting that on the Swatchy blog soon, I hope), so that was nice. :) My new skates are *wonderful*!
Okay... off to take care of business. (First up, showering and getting dressed. Then I can start the laundry. I enjoy a slow start to my Saturdays.)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Then knit tuques, which, although I cast on the number of stitches I calculated to be appropriate, ended up arbitrary sizes:
The mom said she'd roll up the brim, and their hoods would keep them on. (What is it with me and tuques? If I try to make them specific sizes, they never fit. *sigh*)
Given the amount of green that came off on my dpns:
I decided to set the dye in the green tuque (I didn't want the mom to freak out when her fair-haired kid came home with green hair):
I gave it a soak in water with some vinegar, then plain water, then gave both tuques a eucalan bath.
The mom is thrilled. I'm not sure what the kids think yet... they're both miserably sick, so I haven't pestered them.
This was taken a few days ago, so it's a bit longer now. I should probably slip it on a longer cable and try it on, although it will grow a bit when I get it wet. It's a nice, relaxing knit. :) (Those early purl rows were hard on my hands, though! With all the mittens and tuques, it's been a while since I've been purling.)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
First, I swatched for my Cobblestone sweater:
(Yay! I swatched! Good me!) Given that the wool is superwash, and the yarn also contains cotton, silk, and seacell, I wanted to see how the gauge would behave. I got stitch gauge, but the row gauge was too loose. Then I washed the swatch (yay me!) to see what happened when it hit water:
It looks like it grew, but I'll measure again tomorrow after it's dry.
I'm a bit bummed, because I don't have Addi lace or KnitPicks needles in a size US6, but perhaps I'll need to go down to a US5. ;) (I have Boye interchangeables, but they're not nearly as nice.)
Then I spun up and plied the rest of the roving from the green thrummed mittens, and got 36 yards:
Since I want to use that yarn shortly (to make a matching tuque), I gave it, and Curly Sue's yarn (similar colours) a finishing bath:
Okay... time for bed. Good night, sleep tight, and stay warm!