It's been a week of peace here at Chez WoolGathering. Well, I say peace. No contractors since the stove hook-up. Well, I say no contractors. Three came in to give estimates to repair the demolition done by water damage and the installation of the new pipes, but their visits were short and didn't involve any noise, dust, or relocation of major portion of our living space. By my lowered standards, they don't count. Other areas of life burst forth like 5-year-olds denied recess, but most of that has now settled down, too. Just in time for the next wave of contractors.
They're looking at tearing out between 64 and 100 square feet of my kitchen ceiling. It sounds like a lot, doesn't it? I've done the math, though. Several times. That's what an 8' to 10' square area comes out to. That's a sizable chunk of my ceiling. The kitchen itself only measures 15' by 19', with a cut out for the small bathroom hall.
It's surprising how disturbing it feels to sit here typing, listening to chunks of my ceiling hit the floor while the workmen mutter things like, "Oh, man." and "Look at that." I begin to wonder if more of my ceiling is coming down than expected, and I expected a lot.
I tell myself that this is the worst part. Once this is over, we'll move on to putting things back together. Then the noise will, not abate, but at least change. From thunks and crashes to sawing and hammering and sanding.
Any guesses about what I've been doing to soothe my nerves and soften my flinches?
Ta-da! It's Super Walt. Or Walt all grown up. It's big. Taller than the Lord Protector. Almost as handsome as he is.
Cast off. Not really finished, because of all those ends to weave in - the curse of wide-striped blankets. Not washed/blocked yet either. Sweet Georgia Superwash is a very round, tight, almost hard yarn to knit with, but experience has taught me that it will soften up considerably once it meets water.
Pattern: The Walt Painted Chevron Baby Blanket (substantially enlarged).
Yarn: Sweet Georgia Superwash Worsted in Nightshade (MC), Silver (CC1), Slate (CC2) and just a touch of Cypress, with a little bit of Madelinetosh Ink filling in where I ran out of yarn for the last of the narrow navy stripes. Fifteen skeins altogether.
Needles: Addi Turbos, US 9/5.5mm.
Maybe I'll start a sweater now, as long as the ceiling is still falling.