I just have to say right now… I am so pooped out. I need like 5 naps and early nights just to catch myself up. Ugh… Anyhow, I had a very busy weekend as you could have surmised. It was a productive one – but I feel I need a whole ‘nother weekend just to catch up again.
My mom grows tons of flowers, herbs, vegetables, and succulents in her basement each spring and uses them in her yard. The last 2 years she’s been selling the extras in an annual township garage sale. The first year she made so much money, she’s been creating planters and baskets just to sell at the sale now. She made over $1500 this year & had very reasonable prices! It’s not too bad for a one-day garage sale.
I woke up at about 6:30am on Saturday and it was constant work until 5pm that night.
We got refreshed after a good night’s sleep and enjoyed a celebratory breakfast. My mom wanted to get away from her house so she came to mine and was helping me do a bit of yard work.
This is my crazy front yard. It’s very overgrown with day lilies, some tulips, and a newly-found peony which I was very jazzed about finding as they’re one of my favorite flowers.
I shudder to even tell you that this is NOTHING compared to my backyard craziness! There is no grass whatsoever in either my front or backyard.
We took to clearing things out little by little.
Once we got going we couldn’t stop. I ended up filling 7 – 30 gallon yard bags worth of old mulch and day lilies and weeds.
We were pulled inside the house to eat a bit of lunch at 4pm & then promptly headed back outside with fresh determination to get the whole job done.
My dad and Felix were done with what they were working on and came to help us even out the ground and redistribute the excess soil to the backyard.
It was a total life saver as I’m sure we wouldn’t have had enough energy to finish that part ourselves.
Although the yard is just soil right now, it looks so much cleaner than what it used to be. The day lilies were starting to take over the sidewalk even.
Things need to be temporary up here since we’re eventually going to have to rebuild our front porch and replace the ugly pink bricks that are the outer layer of the house. The pink bricks are fine by themselves but they’re just not meant to be put on a house built in 1885 and along with baby blue trim.
We’ll either put some grass down or we’ll have some more structured planting beds throughout with a small Japanese maple. We just need to keep it clean and orderly (and low maintenance) while we continue to work on the interior of the house. (I’m also hoping my mom brings over some of her spare flowers so we can fill it in more with some pretty color.)
And now… I’m so beat. Hope you all had a lovely, relaxing weekend yourselves.
The Bridge Jumper – or the ‘everything that could go wrong – went wrong’ jumper.
That is a much more apt title for my jumper – although from these pics I (hopefully) doubt you’d even notice.
Here’s the details before I get rolling with this post:
- Red background: Reggia (red – sport weight), discontinued yarn & couldn’t find it online
- White and black motif’s: Järbo Garn in fingering weight. Both yarns were the same brand/type, but the black had so much more grip than the white one – I swear what is it with white fingering weight yarns… they all seem to be thinner or slicker than their counterparts. Most likely part of the culprit of my floats/tension issue.
Bridge Jumper Pattern: via Ravelry
Meg’s Post: A Knitting Fail: The Bridge Jumper
Michelle’s Post: An Ace Up One’s Sleeve
Waaay back in November (2013), Tasha & Rochelle launched Knit for Victory, which happily coincided with her launch of the Victory Tam. Of course, I used the Victory Beret as a good warm up to tackling fair isle knitting. I did so & finished the beret in 10 days. Yes… it does still need to be posted up once I find it – the move really messed up my blogging.
But the reason why I mention all of this is that the Bridge Jumper was intended to be my 2nd Knit for Victory project.
You see, Meg picked this jumper out to knit for her Knit for Victory project. I think Michelle was planning on knitting it for hers too – and well… I didn’t want to be left out …. and it was in my Ravelry faves after all.
Alas, I decided to knit this little jumper up as a great colorwork project to keep advancing my skills. It uses three colors on one row, not just 2 colors in a row (like fair isle knitting).
Let me tell you…. knitting with 3 colors on a row is a bit more challenging than 2 colors. There are many more wraps to be done and tension is paramount.
Mistake #1: Negative Ease
This is probably the largest mistake I made on this jumper. As always, I hacked the pattern so that it would fit me – and also incorporated 2″ of negative ease since that’s how I like my jumpers to fit, a bit snug but not restrictive. Well…. let me tell you, you CANNOT knit colorwork with negative ease!
What happens is that your floats in the back get all tight and you end up seeing them on the front of the jumper. Not very pretty. I sure which I knew this before embarking on this mega colorwork jumper.
Michelle was leading Meg and I through this colorwork challenge, since it was our firsts with multiple colors. Being an intermediate knitter myself, I probably come off as confident and knowing what I’m doing, so Michelle never second guessed my knitting/sizing. All well… I definitely learned the hard way on this one.
Mistake #2: Floats & Tension
Don’t you love all of the crazy floats?! I mean seriously, it’s crazy on the inside.
As I got to the second motif row (bottom up) I tried the jumper on. It didn’t fit – at all. My floats were all so tight that I couldn’t get the jumper over my shoulders. The first motif row was fine, it was the second one that was too tight. I frogged the it back and had to reknit that section again, but with looser floats.
Well…. I made them much too loose and I had a bagging, saggy mess of floats on the inside and wonky motif stitches on the outside.
What I had to do to fix this was to pull each row of yarn and tighten up each stitch by stitch of all the motifs; at the end of one row I had to tie a knot. I spent about 2 hours on the white motifs and another 2 hours on the black motifs.
It was challenging learning the correct tension since there were so many floats and the motifs were quite a bit far away from each other. I can’t really say I learnt my lesson since this is tricky in itself, but I know what to look for (aka avoid) on my next colorwork pattern.
Mistake #3: Stitch Count
It’s helpful to keep the same amount of stitches on the front of the bodice as you do the back; total rookie mistake on my part. I had at least 12 stitches more on the front than I did on the back so I had to kinda ‘hope’ it worked out by the time I got to the end. The back is a bit snug, but it still works.
Mistake #4: Not enough Yarn
So yeah… I ran out of yarn. I ran out of the red background color and the store I bought it from didn’t have anymore. Guess who called over 50 stores in the US looking for this one yarn. (I wish I were exaggerating… but I’m not). No one seemed to have it stocked, and I couldn’t find it on the brand website. Finally I did find it and even in the same colorway. Not wanting to have the same issue again I bought extra. heh
- Steeks (or steeking) – where you CUT your knitting to make way for armholes –> Mega shout out to Tasha who helped me through this!!
- Working Colorwork on the purl side (not just the knit side like you do in the round.) Had to do this on the back bodice at the neckline.
- Working with 3 colors – wraps and such while attempting to keep the yarn untangled.
- Picking up stitches for a ribbed neckline - crazy that after years of knitting, this was my first crew neck jumper where I had to pick up stitches. Granted – I’ve done this on sleeves and for collars, but I never had done this for a ribbed neckline.
Like I said at the beginning, Meg, Michelle, and I were all knitting this jumper together. Michelle had decided that she’d get much more wear out of it if she converted it to a modern fitted cardigan. Meg was doing the same, but she ran into some complications.
As you see… there’s no Meg in these photos with us.
Meg’s yarn was a fingering weight white from cascade, but it was a superwash wool – with NO grip. Having worked with this yarn, it’s one of the worst ones you could choose for colorwork. Why? Well the superwash aspect of it makes it nice and soft – so the stitches do not grip to each other which is really helpful to have on colorwork projects. Being a friendly friend, I tried to gently warn her, but she was determined. Alas, she got so frustrated due to this and also due to an ‘off’ tension, she bowed out and never finished her Knit for Victory jumper.
And being the sassy friend I am, I teased her much about how she picked out this jumper and left Michelle and I to trudge through – there was much complaining about this particular knit (so frustrating). This was after she got over being sad that she wasn’t knitting it with us.
Michelle and I forged ahead. I was the slow knitter on this project that we never finished in time for Knit for Victory either. I believe Michelle did, but she’s waited to post about it till now – as she waited for me to finish. She’s so nice!
Look how wonderful her knitting is, not a float in sight:
I think we’ve all been there when a project just doesn’t go as planned. You toss the project aside and don’t look at it for a year since it just makes you feel bad to look at it. I had a really hard time forging ahead with all of the silly mistakes I made, but I somehow still made it work.
Poor Meg just didn’t have the right yarn and nothing can fix that so hers has been tossed aside and remains unfrogged still.
And being the silly friend I am I had a genius idea! I still wanted her to partake in the photoshoot with us so I made Meg a FAKE bridge jumper.
I stayed up late cutting out bits of felt in hearts, diamonds, spades, and clovers. I asked Meg to bring a plain black cardigan and she promptly asked why – which I had to ignore. She thought we were going to shame her, by having her wear a plain black cardigan – how wrong she was! I sneaked off which Michelle and we went about safety-pinning all of the felt motifs onto her cardigan.
Honestly, I think it’s actually really cute! I think she should sew them on permanently and wear it out – so cute.
I made so many mistakes on this jumper – and yet it’s still kinda wearable (in a wearable muslin kind of way). Not sure how that happened but I’m so happy to have this jumper in the “completed” category and I learnt oh-so-much from it. Even after the mistakes, I feel much more confident to tackling another colorwork project. Sometimes it takes a whopper of a project for one to get their (colorwork) bearings. :D
P.S. Bridge Jumper is a free pattern…. if you dare.
It’s been ages since I’ve posted a finish project yet I’ve been knitting up a storm all winter.
I’m so happy to be able to share something once again.
Meg picked out this cardigan to knit and next thing you know, we’re all knitting it up together once again.
This isn’t a style I would normally pick out to knit for myself. I happened to be looking through my Ravelry Favorites and realized that a cardigan I have fav-ed a while ago was actually a Vitamin D Cardigan too.
So needless to say, I decided to (majorly) use this gal’s wonderful color/pattern selection and make one for my very own – with some adjustments.
I used a sport weight merino wool yarn by Millamia. This was a dense, yet sproingy yarn – it really bounces when you pull it. It was very easy to knit with and has great stitch definition.
My gauge was very off – but the stitches looked nice with the size needles I was using. So I ended up hacking the pattern majorly. What’s funny is that I let Meg & Michelle try on my cardigan and Michelle said that the fit was pretty close to hers – but she only noticed that the shoulder decreases were sharper than hers (more decreases per row – sharper angle of decrease). I have to do this often since I have very narrow, short shoulders.
My cardigan ended up being a bit wider-looser in the body than I had originally intended, but it looks nice and drapey. Perfect for the Spring chill we currently have in the air despite it being mid-May.
Pretty much the best part about knitting a project together (besides knitting in person together every week) is the photos at the end.
There are plenty of serious photos…
Hand on Hip – Check. heh
But then things just happen…. (I’m pointing my finger at you Meg)
Meg ‘falling’ in the pond – pushed by Michelle attempting to be saved by me.
And the flashing…
We were all posing normally showing off the flair of the cardigan. But then Felix said it looked like we were flashing people so of course, we took one where it looks like I truly am flashing poor Meg.
Michelle made her Vitamin D using a very (very) lovely shade of coral. Her’s looks so springtime, no?! I like mine of course, but all day long I was oogling Michelle’s cardigan and wishing I’d picked more spring-time colors than my nautical one.
Meg - oh Meg. Quite often during knitting, I kept telling Meg how tiny her yarn looked compared to mine. Turns out she was (accidentally) knitting with a fingering weight yarn instead of a sport weight. Poor dear, it was taking her quite along time to finish it up – we know why now I guess. Still… it turned out perfect despite the different gauge and yarn.
Last but not least – the ‘gents who were so kind to take our photos for us: Felix & Mike – posing like it’s High School Graduation once again.
*Guess who just finished 2 blouses & a bathrobe today?!* I took a day off of work & I sure did get a lot done while having fun. Expect to see more of me soon. :D
Quite a bit has happened over the last two weeks:
- I found out I have (early) tendinitis from working on my house too much
- Dr. injected me with cortisone in my joint to fix the tendinitis (mega *ouch*)
- Resulted in me not being able to use my right hand (dominant hand) for like… days & it’s still sore 1 week later
- I was NOT a happy camper
- Resulted in me not being able to use my right hand (dominant hand) for like… days & it’s still sore 1 week later
- Found out the oak floors in my house are engineered floors & now we have to tear them all out to put in new ones
- The house continues to give us surprises
- Set up my temporary sewing space & started sewing again *woot*
What’s made me oh-so-happy is the fact I set up a temporary sewing space in the upper level of our house.
Felix had set up his temporary office very early after moving in; he’s set up a desk & computer in our petite back bedroom which we’re primarily using for clothing storage. I’ve been left to shift for myself – which has meant lots of knitting. There was just too much demo, dust and havoc for me to set anything up.
Little by little, I was getting melancholy at not having a space of my own and doing what I wanted to do in my free time. Knitting is great, but I missed sewing.
Looking back, I haven’t sewn a stitch since November – which means it’s been about 5 1/2 whopping months!
I’ve been sewing for 3 days now and I feel so much better. I’m happy to go home again. :) I know most of you will understand, but I haven’t been able to do what I love for so long. And now that I am again, I feel so relieved & happy & energized.
The demo and dust is still in full swing, but it’s happening in the downstairs kitchen. Jointly, my dad is working on the duct-work way in the basement so that hasn’t affected the 2nd level either.
The temporary sewing space:
Complete with discolored walls & cracking plaster:
And overhead is a squirrel that runs around and has claimed my attic as his home:
Okay. I have to admit it, this room is creepy and scary. If you were to take me directly from my pretty sewing space in my last apartment to this new one… I’d probably cry. But I’m so happy to be sewing again, none of this has actually bothered me like it would to a rational person. heh
I now have to admit… I’m totally rusty with my sewing! I never would have thought it!!!
What I’m working on:
I packed the projects that were WIP in a special box, and those are the projects I have in mind to work on first and foremost. I had a blouse cut out late last summer but never got around to stitching it together. I’ve made it once before, so no muslin was needed. I figured this would be the perfect project for me to work on first as I get my ‘sewing legs’ back.
I’ve been just hunting on my blog to show you guys the first one I did, but somehow it escaped being blogged about. Huh Well… now there’ll be two blouses to show you. :D
The pattern is a Advance 9853, it’s a simple buttoned up blouse with cut-on sleeves and a notched collar.
It’s a great basic that I can wear during the summer and also in the winter, layered with a cardigan.
The one issue I have is that I don’t know where my serger went – it’s in some random box I must not have marked well. So I’m being creative with my use of french seams and pinking shears.
I’m so rusty I forgot to do my french seam with: 3/8″ seam allowance first and 1/4″ seam allowance second. I did it backwards and have a meaty french seam at my shoulder. Ahh well… at least the seam is enclosed.
Goodness knows how rusty I’m going to be when I do my buttonholes… Which is a whole ‘nother deal. I need to hunt down my buttonhole attachment & buttons so I can finish this blouse.
Once my dad is done working on the ducts in the basement, he’s going to be moving up to our second level & in the room I’ve set up shop in. I’m not sure exactly when this will happen… But at some point soon, I’m going to have to pack everything up again and move elsewhere in the house. Wonder which room I’ll end up in next? :D
I haven’t sewn one single stitch since last November. With spring nearing, I’m really itching to sew something new.
But what’s a girl to do when her house is in complete disarray??
To add insult to injury, I’m meeting up with several Chicago gals for a fabric shopping expedition this coming Sunday. And you just know i’m going to be majorly tempted to purchase some new fabric. (I do have a group-on for it after all).
Any other thoughts for setting up a sewing station in a house full of debris, on-going demo, and dust? Because something has to be done to quench my lust for sewing a pretty new spring dress or blouse – asap.
Sorry for all of the radio silence on here. I’m kinda back…
Felix and I have been hard at work on our house which has sucked up all of my free time in conjunction with packing up for the official move.
We moved into our house this past Thursday and I’ve been working to set it up, to be a livable house, while we continue to work on it. :)
I finished unpacking our stuff this weekend – and when I say unpacked, I mean I’ve unpacked only a small proportion of our stuff. In order to work on the house while we live there, we’re living with the essentials only. But you can be sure I have my knitting and sewing boxes somewhere separate so I can get at it when the mood strikes.
After unpacking (all) of my bathroom items, I realize I need some more essentials: toothbrush holder, toilet paper holder, and a hand towel rack (just for now).
I’ve always been of the mindset that I should save my money and purchase what I want the first time around, instead of buying something *less ideal* only to purchase the item again, but the one I really want. I figure I save some money this way even though what I generally want is more expensive.
My house was built in 1885 and it does have some old architectural details still remaining, but the vast majority have been removed over time. Felix and I are hard at work restoring and repairing it… One of which is the bathroom.
The downstairs bathroom will be a half-bath (toilet & sink combo), while the upstairs is our official bathroom where we shower and get ready each morning. Eventually we will be updating this bathroom too, but $$ is being focused on the kitchen first.
The long and short of it is… I’m not sure which bathroom hardware to choose for the upstairs vs. downstairs.
Should the upstairs bathroom be more casual, while the downstairs bathroom is the formal one?
I love each of these bathroom sets from Rejuvination:
This is a 1880′s repro; it’s the more formal of my two choices for bathroom hardware. It seems pretty period with the house and I love all of the options that come along with it.
It’s hard to see the actual hardware here, but here is a detail of the towel holder:
And here is Chandler:
This is my 1940′s dreams come to life. It’s the more casual of the two choices and is less period to the house, although it will still work fine and this is what I feel like I’ve been dreaming of.
Realistically, I do have a win-win scenario. I’m planning on purchasing both of these no matter what. What I have to decide is which goes upstairs and which goes downstairs.
I like that the Pittock has more options with it as far as towel racks go, which would be good for the upstairs. But… I kinda feel like the more casual set should be going upstairs instead.
Anyone have any thoughts or advice to share on this? I need some help before I take the plunge with this purchase since these are pretty pricey items.
On that note… anyone know of any other sites with similar reproduction hardware???
While I’ve been stripping woodwork (with my mom) Felix and my step-dad Bob have been working in the basement since November in order to make our house livable.
The furnace that was in the basement wasn’t installed properly which meant a lot of things have had to happen to correct this issue.
The first thing that Bob and Felix did was to remove all of the old duct work on the first floor. This means no heat in the house.
It was right around thanksgiving when the furnace was disconnected and it wasn’t able to be reconnected until right after Christmas. There were a lot of reasons for this… but again it’s too much detail to get into on here.
During this whole time our house had no heat so I wasn’t able to work on the first floor (with the stripping). The guys worked in the basement with the aid of fuel-burning space heater, luckily. And in the rest of the house we had electric space heaters strategically placed so that our pipes wouldn’t freeze up in the freezing temps.
After removing all most all of the junk & disconnecting old lines, the guys cleaned & painted the basement:
New gas lines were/are being installed:
Not very fun photos, but here’s more new gas lines:
Vine Video of the gas pipes being cut.
Bob has a pipe threader… because why wouldn’t he? heh
Rebar framed & laid in place:
And they’ve done lots of other things too…
What’s all quite new to me is the steps involved in order to do any one task. Pouring concrete for example. It’s not just pouring concrete but you have to 1.) Frame the space you want to pour it in 2.) Make sure your framing is level 3.) Cut rebar to support the concrete area (given it’s large enough) 4.)urchase the concrete (each bag is 80 lbs and we needed several bags) 5.)Mix & Pour concrete – let sit then 6.)Seal concrete after it’s set. I’m probably missing things but that took several evenings and a weekend to do & it’s just concrete.
I know things take time, but I continue to underestimate the work involved for ALL of this. When I talk with people, I’m always saying “We knew what we were getting into… but we didn’t quite know what we were getting into.”
We knew this was an old house that needed renovating, but now that we’re working on it – the scope has changed and we’re beginning to fully understand the amount of effort & time that goes into making livable & lovely houses. It’s a lot.
After everything we have planned – I’m honestly hoping that in a year’s time we can live on the second floor – as opposed to the first floor living room that we will be soon moving into as our bedroom/living room/home office all in one.
‘Small’ list of plans we’ve made:
- Complete kitchen overhaul – including new appliances & relocating the backdoor & window
- Re-pipe all water pipes to second floor & kitchen
- New electrical service to & inside the house
- Walls removed & walls rebuilt
- Continue to strip & refinish all wood on 1st floor
- Strip walls down to the plaster on the 1st floor (which means removing the painted over-wallpaper)
- Refinish floors
- Loft the 2nd floor’s front (joint office/sewing room)
It’s a lot. But we have the end to spur us on and I know it’s going to be amazing once it’s all said and done. Now to get there….
Last Sunday I arrived at my house shortly after my parents did and started putting a few groceries away. That’s when I heard it… a small *drip drip drip* at the corner of my kitchen.
I saw water pooling on the counter top and on the floor, which seemed to be originating out of the top most cabinet door.
I yelled frantically for Bob to come upstairs (from the basement). He checked the second floor bathroom (above the drips of water) and then checked the basement – with no insight as to why this was happening.
We turned off the water to the house in attempt to stop the leak.
Then Felix and I proceeded to stand in horror as we watched my step dad ripping into my upper cabinets, kitchen ceiling & upper floor joist to locate the source of the leak.
I nearly cried. My home was being ripped into in order to find the location of the leak.
In this corner alone, there was so much debris from the small demo corner! It was like 4″ high of rubble on the counter and we filled the garbage can twice with wood pieces & plaster. I was not prepared for this either – I can’t even fathom how much debris is going to be creating by demo-ing the whole kitchen ceiling.
A few things did come of this – which was good to find out now rather than later:
- Two ceilings were installed.
- The original plaster and lathe is in quite bad condition but instead of someone ripping it out like they should have, they just added another ceiling on top of the old one.
- The upper cabinets aren’t actually cabinets but ply wood pieced together – horribly -to look like pseudo cabinets. They need to be ripped out, but we will retain the original cabinet doors, as those are actually cabinet doors.
- The floor joist under the bathroom is completely rotted out & has been sustaining water damage for years. This now needs to be addressed and rebuilt.
- With rotted joists, how have I not been falling through the floor?! Let’s table that for now…
Last time I gabbed about my new house it was all – look at these pretty kitchen inspiration images. But things have changed quite dramatically on the house renovation front and I have much to report.
Since I have so much to share for just one post, I’m only going to touch upon what I’ve been working on the past few weeks (aka couple months).
I’ve been stripping woodwork:
Stripping more woodwork:
(Outside looking in.)
And look… my mom has also come to help me strip woodwork:
And guess what I’m planning on doing this coming weekend? Stripping woodwork would be an excellent guess.
Pretty soon after we bought the house, my mom and I spent a day cleaning out the (creepy) attic. Once we were done, my mom went downstairs to *just see* what kind of woodwork we had underneath all 4 layers of paint. I had some stripping supplies at the house and she removed a section of paint from our pocket doors to reveal we had southern yellow pine.
For all of you peeps reading here’s a mini history lesson for you on wood… Southern yellow pine was used quite often back in the day – until we ran out of it in the US. We used it so much it was all gone. Between then and now, some great people in Georgia decided to plant some more trees for me. But it’s only available in Atlanta, and they don’t ship anywhere. It’s precious wood for us vintage homeowners – so removing it and tossing it into a landfill was just not an option.
Once my mom saw I have southern yellow pine in our house, she made an executive decision and we are now stripping my entire first floor’s painted wood surface to reveal the lovely wood that it is.
One of my handy skills is that I do know how to strip and refinish woodwork. The (now) old school way is to use chemical stripper and apply it – wait for 20 mins or so – and then strip it off along with as much paint as you can get. Apply & Repeat.
For my woodwork, this was a three-time or a four-time application of the stripper.
This is manual labor & takes time and patience. I’d say in an evening’s worth of work with the chemical stripper I’d get about 12-18 inches of wood stripped. It took me an entire 14 hr working weekend to do the perimeter of a window (not even the interior sections) with the chemical stripper.
Window is now completed, but this is my victory (aka defeated) pic since this window took so long:
But… I have now learnt the NEW way to strip wood and let me tell you it’s amazing! It’s called Infrared Heat stripping.
Apparently this is THE way to strip woodwork quickly. (This video sold me.)
How IR Paint Stripping Works:
You hold the heating element over your woodwork and allow the heat to melt & release itself from the varnish that is underneath it all. After that you can strip all layers of paint right off the wood & only need to apply 1 layer of chemical stripper to get the stain and varnish off.
The one caveat with this is that there should be a layer of varnish on your woodwork underneath the paint otherwise the paint won’t be peeling off quite as easily – more rough scraping is required & more chemical stripper after the fact.
Where I generally get 12″ done in 3 hours, I can now get 48″-60″ done in the same amount of time (not including the varnish chemical stripper portion). Once I got on a rhythm with this new paint removal process & had my mom to help me last weekend, I can now say I’m at least
1/2 way done 3/4′s of the way done with the dining room.
This built in bookcase unit in the corner was my first Infrared Paint Stripping test section and the bottom of the door on the right wall was done with the IR heating gun also – done much better than the test section.
The more often my mom (or Felix) has come to the house to help me work on the woodwork, the more we’ve been progressing at an every speedier pace – well… comparatively speedy than if we were just using the chemical stripper for everything.
I don’t want to jinx myself, but I feel like we’re nearly done with the woodwork in the dining room; two more full weekends and I think we’ll be done!
Paint stripping is just ONE of the projects we’ve been tackling since early November. I’ve been stripping woodwork while Felix has been working with my step-dad Bob on all things heating, gas lines & general infrastructure to the house. Much much more to come.
FYI: I’ve been better at taking quick instagram photos of the house when I work if you want to follow me to see more.
I’m back with a Stitchcraft freebie for you all. This pattern comes from the No. 4o edition of Stitchcraft from December 1935.
Click on the following link to download the pattern as a pdf: Next to Nothings Pattern.
Click on the following link to add this pattern via Ravelry.
I know not many of you guys are probably dreaming of making knit pajamas or undergarments like you are of more practical items. But when I came across this pattern last night I just had to share it. I think it’s so sweet and feminine that one of you will want to knit this up. I mean – I bet this would totally keep you warm in the winter months either worn as pajamas or even worn under your winter dresses.
These Next-to-Nothings is a two piece set: a vest (camisole) and panties (shorts).
The camisole is drafted for a 34-36 inch bust – but could easily be modified by adding additional stitches where they’re needed. Using US size 3′s (vintage No. 10′s) the tension is 7 stitches to an inch over stockinette.
Honestly guys, I couldn’t find any information on what weight of yarn the Halcyon 2-ply yarn is. There is a modern Halcyon yarn that is a sport weight 2-ply – but that’s all I could find. If you wanted to knit this up, I just suggest you begin with a sport weight yarn to test out your gauge swatch and go from there.
One thing that I found when reading through the pattern is that the camisole pattern is much longer than it appears in the image. The bottom ribbing of the camisole is actually the waist section. Below that waist ribbing there is a bit over 100 rows (at least 115 rows) which is quite significant. If I were to knit this up as a modern camisole with the vintage styling – I would be greatly reduce the rows below the waist.
Hope you all have a great weekend & happy knitting.