Well, they don't much look like bears yet, but the bear faces are started. The non-knitters that were with me when I was working on them didn't get why I was so excited about this.
More on the jacket saga... we tried some more shops. More of the same. Then we went into a kitchen shop, where Ingi got some little things for his mother and sister. They asked him if he wanted to get their catalogue, like these places always do. "Not unless you want to send it to Iceland," he said. The lady behind the counter says, "Oh, I hear Iceland has beautiful.... (I'm thinking "landscapes? waterfalls?") ...women." Now don't you think that's tactless when I am standing there with him? If the girl thinks I am Icelandic, is she implying that I am not pretty? If the girl thinks I am not Icelandic, doesn't she think that is rude to ask him this in front of me? Either way, it was a stupid thing to say. Anyway, we just laughed about it after and said she must watch too much Oprah. And I finally ordered this jacket.
And I am very happy to have a newly painted kitchen. I was going to put a picture, but it's just a new shade of off-white. The difference is that the old shade of off-white was very dirty, and had lots of weird brush stroke marks and other issues; it was really ugly. Now it looks clean and bright, and the whole kitchen is clean, and it's really nice and cheery. We talked about stenciling some sort of red border to go with the "Drottin blessi heimilið" picture that's up on the wall. I have to find a pretty stencil first, the only ones I saw so far were over the top gaudy. (Of course, having a newly-painted kitchen reminds you of all the other non-newly-painted rooms in the house that are in desperate need of a paint job.) When we were painting, we discovered that the idiots who lived here before put this cheap counter top material on the bottom of the kitchen walls around the sink and the stove. So I was going to put pretty tiles behind the sink, but now I can't, and we couldn't repaint that crap so we are stuck with it, but at least it's a similar enough colour that it's not so noticeable. So eventually we'll rip out the cabinets and redo the whole kitchen, but that's far off.
In honour of the shiny new kitchen, I got a new bookshelf for the tiny little area I have for my cookbooks. (They were crammed on a shelf on the wall and kept falling off all the time). There was a pretty looking narrow one at Ikea, so we got that. We got it home, started putting it together, and realised this decorative molding piece that goes on the top is missing. Arg. We decide to carry on without it, since he's going back tonight and we just wanted to get the thing put up. Then we discover one of the screws (and it couldn't be the type I had extras of) has a big piece of flashing on the end, which makes it impossible to screw in. Luckily, he was able to smash that off with a hammer, and we could put the darn thing together, and it looks really nice in there. I know Ikea is not well known for high-quality stuff, but that sort of takes the cake. Neither of us had ever run into anything THAT bad with their stuff. I was going to send them an email, but their site isn't accepting emails right now. I'll complain about that too when I finally get a hold of them. I hope they'll give me the missing part, it looks OK without it but it will look a lot nicer. But I don't want to return the whole shelf just to get a teeny little wooden part, it's too annoying.