As you know, we moved into a new house this past Spring. It’s been full of projects, surprises, frustrations but also a lot of love and satisfaction. I couldn’t be happier with our new home. There are still some projects to complete but for now I’m still enjoying doing them all! Many of them I’ll be sharing with you as they are completed but first up was a project that I did this past weekend – the stairs.
I started Saturday morning and thought I might be able to finish it by noon that day. Well, let’s just say that Sunday at 3pm I was still working on this one. It was a lot of work — but it was all worth it. About 1/2 way through on Saturday I wasn’t so sure – now, I am sure.
This is what the stairs looked like the day we had the house inspection before moving in
Prior to moving in, we had some new hardwood floors added and the existing hardwood refinished, so up until last Saturday it looked like this (mismatched banister included):
Instead of just repainting them white, I decided to use some of the same colors I had used on the walls when we repainted the house. I don’t really know where I got the idea — I must have seen it somewhere…Katie maybe?
Here’s the staircase today:
The gray color is Benjamin Moore Platinum Gray. I used this in my living room — that transformation will be posted another day, just as soon as I find the right mirror to hang in there!
While it took quite a few hours to complete this — it’s still a very simple project that makes a big difference!
Before & After
I can’t mention any names, but someone I know is about to become a first time mother to what I am sure will be a very lovely little boy. So in honor of this little man, I am working on a Vintage Cardigan for him. I cast it on last Saturday after a very successful trip to WEBS for yarn. I have just the sleeves left to finish.
I’m working on this in Madelinetosh Sport. The color is called Worn Denim. I got two skeins but just one will be enough so I have the other skein for another project — I’m thinking maybe a hat. I really really love this color. It’s even better in person.
I’ve made this project before which you can see here. I really love this pattern because it’s quick and simple but doesn’t look like your average baby knit. I spent a good hour digging around Ravelry looking for just the right cardigan only to come right back to this one.
As I mentioned, I took a trip to WEBS last Saturday. It was a spur of the moment decision when I woke up Saturday morning and I’m really glad Katie and my mom could come along too. This is what the stroller looked like as we walked around the store, we almost ran out of room for Brooklyn!
I am crazy about the yarn I got and can’t wait to cast on my projects. I’ll be casting on Dressage today in this beautiful color for the Nice & Knit Fall Sweaters Knitalong!
We’re happy to let Amyproto (protoknits) know that you are the winner of the $25 WEBS giftcard. She will be knitting Nordic Trail for our knitalong. Amy, we hope you enjoy. We’re so excited to see everyone’s knitalong progress. Be sure to keep us up to date, share photos, and ask questions in our Ravelry forum.
It seems like the spring and summer months are so full of other activities that it’s hard to find knitting time. But once the nights get a bit cooler and fall begins I start casting on projects like mad. Its no different this year, and I find it is hard to know which project to pick up. It really is a bad habit, but one I can not break.
I’m still chugging along on my afghan that I began about 4 weeks ago, and decided to knit some matching pillows. I found the colors and textures of yarn to match and coordinate with my current pillows. I’m looking forward to my new sofas filled with squishy pillows, wrapped in my completed afghan while knitting fireside. I have a long way to go…I better get knitting.
Remember today is the last day to enter our Knit Along and drawing for a $25.00 gift card to Webs! We’d love to have you join us!
I bound off and blocked Rigmor last Friday. Total project time was 6 days, but I didn’t touch it for 3 out of the 6. I’m really happy with this project minus the one mistake front and center — I’ll let you see if you can find it, otherwise if you don’t see it, then it doesn’t exist! I think it’s still a bit too big for Brooklyn but she’s growin’ like a weed so soon enough she’ll fill it right out.
You have until tomorrow night at midnight (eastern standard time) to enter our giveaway and join our knit along!
Just call me Susie, as in Susie Homemaker. I spent this past Sunday in a hot, steamy, sticky kitchen canning fresh peaches — I’m so domestic. I haven’t ever canned anything before, but with a little help from Google, I found this article that made it seem easy enough so I figured I’d give it a try.
The total take was only 7 jars so maybe I’ll can some more next week now that I’m a pro. I’m sure I’ll be grateful for these once the winter months hit and the grocery stores are barren of fresh fruit. Something tells me Brooklyn will thank me then too!
Have a peachy day and don’t forget to sign up for the Nice & Knitalong!
We have been scouring Ravelry picking our favorite patterns – here are just a few suggestions:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/parlan http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nordic-trail http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/barrett http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/silverstone http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dressage-3 http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nidden
Start Date – This Friday! August 23rd
Finish Date – October 5
Sign up here on the blog with your name and pattern choice in the comment section. We will enter you into win a $25.00 gift card to Webs Yarn Store. Enter by Thursday night at midnight. We will pick a winner Friday morning!
We will also be hosting a few Knitting Parties during the knit-along, at Kara’s home where we can get together and knit! Dates to be announced soon!
My Chance of Showers sweater is coming along great, but I was getting to the point in the project that I find myself at often…getting close to the end, but also getting a little bit bored. It’s when I start daydreaming about -and searching Ravelry for – my next project. Luckily, the project I picked is a baby knit and enough of a distraction that I’ll be ready to go back to chance of showers just as soon as this is done….and it’s getting done very quickly, which is why baby knits are some of my favorites – well that, and they’re SO stinking cute!
I cast this on Saturday morning and if I had put my mind to it, I could have finished it yesterday but it turns out that a few other house chores got in the way. I should have it done in the next few days. I made size 6 – 12 months which means Brooklyn will be styling this on our next cool day.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (held double)
Needle: 16″ size US7
The pattern doesn’t have any pieces to it that are inherently very difficult, however the instructions did confuse in me a few places. I also found myself inferring or guessing as to what it meant or exactly what to do next. Luckily, I was right and I’m extremely happy with the results. I would certainly make it again. I mention it, because it’s not a pattern that I would recommend for beginners.
I’m also very tempted to try and size this so that I could make one in my own size!
When knitting with two strands together I find that my two balls of yarn can get out of control. The yarn gets tangled and flies all over the room.
Carefully place both skeins on the winder one on top of the other and pull both ends at the same time. They do not get tangled while winding the ball and it makes knitting a lot cleaner. Maybe you already knew this, but I thought it was a great idea and wanted to share it with you.
I hope you have a wonderful relaxing weekend, knitting.
I wanted to finish Chance of Showers by the end of the month. It didn’t happen.
This is a microcosm of my life. I have a tendency to underestimate the amount of work something takes and overestimate how much I can really do in any given 24 hour period. I’m learning, figuring it out, and trying to let go when I need to. Sorry friends, this was one that I had to let go – BUT I haven’t given up.
I am still very happy with my progress and how this sweater is turning out. I do my best to sneak in at least a row or two of knitting per day. I’m very excited to finish. The sleeves are done and I’m working the main body of the sweater. It’s worked in short rows and so it’s going fairly quickly. Maybe I’ll find time to finish it by the end of August…
It’s really not too bad when you consider I only started it on July 13! How did I really think I was going to get it done in 2 weeks? Sometimes I really wonder where I get these crazy ideas from….
I have some new furniture ordered from Kloter Farms in Ellington. The sofas will take 6-10 weeks to come in. So in order to make the weeks speed by, I decided to knit a afghan to match. I chose to knit Wool Leaves by Jared Flood.
Kara and Betsy have made this for baby blankets a number of times and they highly recommended the pattern. Quick, easy and stunning. I am doubling both the width and length. Hoping for a large curl up on my comfy sofas kind of afghan. This yarn is Shibui Staccatio – 70% merino and 30% silk.
The pattern is very quick moving. I am holding this double and knitting on size 11 needles. I made this much progress in one evening. I think I will be able to complete before the sofas arrive.