A Warm Blanket

DSCF1348 My current crochet project. I am loving this blanket, which will be a twin bed size when it is completed. The colour pattern is random, as each ball of yarn begins with a different colour, and I like the effect. (Suzette stitch, Bernat Pop Foggy Notion, 4 worsted, 5.0 hook). This blanket was originally intended for Grace The Trailer, but Attila wants it at home, so it stays at Mist Cottage. I think I might crochet a second one, so that we each have one for our beds, and then maybe another few for the living room so we can cuddle under them in the winter, while reading. And then maybe another couple for Grace The Trailer… luckily I am enjoying the simplicity of creating this blanket!

It is chilly today, with the sun popping out from behind the clouds from time to time, to fill the living room with light. The weather people predict one more gasp at warmish weather, and we are considering staying overnight in Grace The Trailer, at the Rideau Camp, on that warm night. It will soon be time to bring home all fabric and food from Grace The Trailer, to close the slide out, and to put the winter covering over it. Once the cover is on Grace The Trailer, we will visit the Rideau Camp, but not stay there overnight.

I am looking forward to getting back out to the Rideau Camp. Attila has installed new windows in the dining area here at Mist Cottage, which has required that we stick close to home for the last few weeks. The window install began just as I was dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s related to the property dispute. This means that we haven’t been back to the Rideau Camp to relax after the kerfluffle. The property dispute was deeply disturbing, I felt violated, and then had to fight for my rights as a property owner. I do not like fighting for anything, I like challenges, but I am not keen on conflict between humans, particularly when it is uncalled for. The whole exercise exhausted me on many levels. One side effect was that I had stopped sleeping through the night, an affliction that persisted until last night. Last night I slept soundly through the night. It was a great relief.

The new windows in the dining area at Mist Cottage turned out much better than I had anticipated. We bought inexpensive, energy efficient windows, a common stock item. I did not expect to like them. I love them! Attila finished the project last night, the paint is dry this morning, and I am contemplating what window treatment to use, if any. We don’t really have to have a window treatment, as they are very high and no one can see in. In addition, they are protected from the southern exposure sunlight by an awning. Curtains would make them even more energy efficient than they already are, so I am thinking about it.

Dining windows 2017 The new windows in the dining area of the kitchen, completed just last night. The kitchen is still in chaos. I find kitchen renovation to be the most intrusive of all the types of renovations we have done. We have decided to put down a commercial grade vinyl tile floor in this kitchen. As you can see on the left side of the floor, part of the existing vinyl flooring had been torn up, and was like that when we purchased the house in 2010. We had planned on waiting until we had finished replacing all the insulation and drywall on the main floor, before tackling the floors. In that long term plan the kitchen would have a red pine floor, painted white. But that is taking too long for my liking, and putting too much pressure on us to undertake new projects, so that we can get to the point where we can install the pine floors. So, I want a new floor right now, and Attila agreed. We will put white vinyl tile over the existing floor, anticipating that perhaps someday, and perhaps never, we will tear it all up and install red pine floors. If we decide to replace the kitchen cabinets at some future date, then the red pine floors would be installed. However, I like the old, owner installed cupboards, in all their crudeness.

Our next project, a new kitchen floor! At last!!

042369108706 ca The vinyl tiles to be installed in the kitchen: Armstrong 12-in x 12-in Cool White Speckle Commercial Vinyl Tile.
These are old fashioned tiles, the colour runs the whole depth of the tile, so if they get scratched the surface colour remains the same. We find that the vinyl with the thin surface of colour on a backing do not wear well at our house. The layer of colour is easily marred by a falling knife, a moved refrigerator, anything, and then it looks bad, and it is hard to clean. This tile is also much cheaper, at 88 cents per tile we are able to put the new floor in for well under $200. Attila will use a special bonding agent to lay the new floor over the old floor.

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6 Responses to A Warm Blanket

  1. TopsyTurvy (Teri) says:

    I like the blanket. The Suzette stitch looks like a perfect choice. The one thing I’ve disliked about crocheted and knitted blankets is that many of them are made with very open stitches that let in the cold. The Suzette stitch looks like it would keep the cold out.

    The finished windows look great! You can’t even tell from the picture that the wall had any work done to it.

    Good luck with your new flooring. Right now, I’m worried about the floor in the cottage bathroom. The vinyl is coming up, most likely from a leak. DH tries to tell me that it was coming up when we bought the place but I know it wasn’t like this. I’ve gone from never noticing the vinyl to now stepping on a big bubble under the vinyl every time I use the bathroom sink. There’s no way I would have missed that before.

  2. Teri, the blanket is very warm! Last week when I was workin on it, and the weather was mild, I would soon begin to overheat, to perspire and be uncomfortable. Blankets will have to be a winter project!

    Attila did a very nice job on the windows. The install on the interior is almost invisible. The exterior is more obvious, it is covered with painted plywood, which will be covered by the garage roof when Attila raises it up against the house next spring. Eventually we would like to put metal siding on the house, and have a metal roof installed as well. This place really was a “tear down” when we got it, lol.

    Too bad about the bathroom floor at your cottage. I can really relate to your point that there was no way you would have missed that bubble in the tile, I notice things like that too! I hopy that if there is a leak that you find it sooner rather than later, they can be tricky to locate.

  3. Bex Crowell says:

    It is absolutely beautiful! And your idea about doing another one, and then another and then another – is all very familiar to me! I have several all going at once right now and just today I started yet another one! This time I’m using the Elizabeth stitch you mentioned and I am loving that stitch! Photos will happen soon. Love your so much.

  4. Bex, you were the inspiration for my taking up crochet. Your blankets are so beautiful. I am so imporessed with the number of projects you have going all at the same time, different patterns and stitches. Endlessly interesting! Looking forward to those photos.

  5. Rosemary says:

    Really like the colors of your blanket and the windows look great. I have changed my e-mail but am having difficulty subscribing under it, I may have to unsubscribe first as subscribing they say e-mail already used (it is similar but not the same)

  6. Thanks Rosemary! I love the colours too. They were chosen to blend in in Grace The Trailer, but they look lovely here at home too.

    If you send me an email from the address you want to use to subscribe, I will go in and attempt to add it manually for you. My email address is maggie @ maggieturner . net, no spaces, they are just there to discourage spambots from picking up the address.