That’s a Wrap

Or a pair of socks rather.

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Mr. Ink’s socks are done. They are over 10 inches of leg, and for size 13.5 wide feet. In the end, I had to purchase another skein of Cascade Heritage 150 prints, despite the fact that each skein has 592 yards in it. I did make them match, but that wasn’t the reason I ran out of yarn. In order to make them match, I only had to pull out less than half a stripe twice. In order to complete the socks, I had to use an additional 8 stripes from the new skein.

Unfortunately, this means I’ve got a skein of yarn for socks in the same color. And at the moment, I’ve NO interest in knitting that color again. I guess it goes in stash.

In other knitting news, I began the Tibetan Clouds stole from Knitter’s Book of Wool. I figured that could be my complicated lace knitting. I was so eager to show it off, as I’d made my way through enough rows to begin to see its potential. Except then I realized I’d been making a mistake in the pattern. I was sad, but I also realized that I wasn’t completely pleased with my cast on either, so in the end I got over it. I am not good at following charts when I cannot cross off the row I just completed. So, working out of a book isn’t good for me. I have now made a copy of the chart, and should have far better luck when I begin again.

And in house news, I began scraping the peeling paint around the garage door. Then I moved to the windows and scraped at them a bit. While I spent at least an hour at it, this was mostly a reconnaissance mission. I wanted to really see what I was getting myself into. Now, I’ve been hemming and hawing for a year now about purchasing a heat gun for this project, but never brought it up with Mr. Ink. I found a good 7 layers of paint peeling around the windows though, and I thought “I most certainly need that heat gun.” So, when Mr. Ink came home from a grocery store run, I informed him that I was planning to purchase a heat gun. He said “No need, I’ve got one at work I can bring home for you!”  Now, why didn’t I ask for this sooner?!?!  He then asked if a heat gun worked better than chemicals, a question I’d asked myself as well. I said “Well, I don’t really know, but if you already own a heat gun, I can try that first before spending money on chemicals for the project.”

The reality is, I want to do this project once, and well. I mean, I know that scraping and painting is a thing that must be done from time to time, but I want a really good fresh base start. I was able to do that with the attached garage 2 years ago and I’ve no signs at all of peeling paint there. But, that was one layer. This is multiple layers and a real mess. If I can get back to the wood, sand well, and start over I think that’ll be the best plan of attack.

So, now I’ve got a plan of attack, and a start to the project which is more than I’ve had for a year. (Though to be fair we had the big fence repair last year, so it’s not like I had no big project.) The hard part for me, I think, will be focusing on one frame at a time.

It’s Friday, the weekend is calling with beautiful weather around here!

4 thoughts on “That’s a Wrap

  1. The nice thing about a heat gun is – no chemicals! And it does work, faster than no heat gun, not as fast as chemicals. But that is a tedious undertaking, as you no doubt know! I wish you luck and speed. 🙂 And fair weather. We are getting a humdinger of a storm this weekend, should finish filling the pool (5 inches possible!) so no thought of painting at our house. 🙂

    As for the knitting – bummer, but good you figured it out sooner rather than later. And I agree – when I am knitting from a book I always make a copy I can write on.

    Socks – those are great! And HUGE! Maybe if you put the left over yarn on Ravelry as a “will trade or sell” you will save someone’s project from frogging someday. Or donate the yarn someplace?

  2. Your socks are really wonderful!
    as for the heat gun and wallpaper. Ugh. IM so sympathetic! Did it once years ago in the old house for each bedroom. NOT fun. the whole thing turned me off of wallpaper.
    Windy, cool here but the suns shining

  3. Having used both a heat gun and chemicals to strip wood, I much prefer the heat gun, even in the heat of summer. Chemicals are gloppy and messy and the downside of using them (chemical burn, spreading around to other areas you don’t want to strip) is easier to accomplish than with a heat gun (it’s hard to set wood on fire and if you’re sensible about using it, hard to burn yourself). May your scraper scrape well regardless of which one you end up with!

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