Immediately after Christmas we started installing laminate flooring to replace our carpet on the first floor of our house. We've been in our house nearly 10 years, and the carpet was sure showing it's age! Here's what our dining room looked like before and after (still minus the baseboards, but whatever!):
All told, it took us about 3.5 days to tear out the old carpet and install the new flooring. Maybe 20 hours total. It was much easier than I thought it was going to be. We had two rows of complicated cuts that we saved until the last day (thankfully we worked from the easy wall to the harder walls!). It completely changes how the first floor looks, and I wish we had done it sooner! I'll post some better picks of the living room and such once I have the house clean! ;-)
I was frantically knitting away prior to Christmas on gifts for lots of people! Now I can finally post some of my finished objects!
This is a Dalek from Dr. Who, knit from the Extermiknit! pattern. I made this for my dad, who's a fan of Dr. Who. We used to watch the original Dr. Who on the PBS station every week while I was growing up - it's one of my favorite shows! (I love the new one too!) I know, it's a completely silly gift, but I think he got a bang out of it! :-)
Here are some of my other knitted gifts:
Lots of fingerless gloves, and a tea cozy. I'll all gift-knitted out!
My mom saw my Alpaca Silk Smoke ring over thanksgiving, and wanted me to make her one, so she bought the yarn for it, and I'm knitting it up right now. She picked a camel color, and it's turning out very nicely!
I'm still working on William's sweater - I'm just about done with the back. I'll tell you, it's all I can do to keep myself from casting on the Wrapigan for myself! I got the yarn in the mail the day after Christmas, and it is seriously calling my name! Here's a pic of the yarn, but pictures cannot show how deliciously and luxuriously soft this yarn is!
This is Joseph Galler's Prime Alpaca yarn - 100% alpaca in a sport weight. The color is Musk. 2 skeins is a whopping 1 pound and 1330 yards! I highly doubt I will be able to resist casting this puppy on in the next day or two. I think William will have to wait a little bit for his finished sweater!! ;-P
Oh, and one more note, my FIL's doctors have told him that he is now in remission!!! Thank you so much for your continued thoughts and prayers! He'll have three more months of chemo to be sure, but it was fantastic news to end the year on!
Happy New Year everybody!