In the midst of all the hiking and sleeping in this weekend, I managed to be quite industrious too.
I finished my emergency knitting project:Leaf Lace Beret in Top Cat. This is for my work partner. Her birthday is Friday. We were discussing hats one day and I discovered the only hats she owns are toques. Now, there is nothing wrong with a good sturdy toque, but every girl should have a variety of hats (and shoes, and skirts, and... well everything!)
She admired my handspun beret, so that decided the style of hat to make - and I figured the leaves would make it go nice and quick - and it did. I started this on Saturday morning and finished it up Sunday afternoon (and there were lots of breaks in between, including a trip to the hardware store and the previously mentioned hiking adventure). I had actually started on Thursday, but by Saturday I'd changed my mind on the yarn and started over.
The other project I tackled was stripping the carpet off the stairs. I'm not quite sure why there is even carpet on the stairs in the first place - the rest of the house is hardwood.
Anyway, the carpet is old and stained (including a few pet "accidents") and I'm tired of hauling the vaccuum up and down it, so I bought myself a utility knife and set to it. (Dave was off playing with his cars - my favourite time to tackle DIY projects)
This is as far as I got before I gave up for the day. I've discovered that the only tool you really need to remove carpet is sheer muscle (of which I have very little). Especially considering whoever installed it got a little too excited about using the staple gun.
After getting the carpet up, I made a quick call to my very own Bob Vila (my Dad) to ask him what I need to remove the tack strips. Oh... more muscle (and a claw hammer - but mostly muscle). Crap. But I managed to remove it all.
Only nine more stairs to go!
Needless to say, my body is a little pissed at me, but I'm determined to remove all that carpet. Dave has offered to do it for me on the weekend, but I want to conquer it myself. I'll just do a stair or two each day.
He can sand them - I hate sanding. And, once that's done, they will be painted and all shiny and new. Stay tuned!