Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Old Shale Shawl

I am really having fun with these Caron Cakes, once I find a pattern that will work with the long color repeats. This one was always intended to be a feather and fan shawl, but my first try was garter stitch based and the fabric was too dense. I'll try that idea again with a lighter yarn. 

 Yarn: Caron Big Cakes, Nightberry
Pattern: Old Shale 

I didn't wind up using a pattern that I can link to, but it's a traditional stitch and very easy, assuming you either keep track of your counting better than I do or use stitch markers.

Cast on 60 stitches, or any multiple of twenty stitches, placing a stitch marker after each twenty stitches

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit one, (knit two together) three times, (yarn over knit one) six times, (knit two together) three times, knit one...which will put you at a stitch marker. Repeat until the end of the row. 
Row 4: Knit

Repeat until the shawl is as long as you want. One skein of Caron Big Cakes gave me a shawl that's about 15" x 60."

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Little Girl's Fancy

The backstitching makes a huge difference, especially outlining the chair and the details of the dresses. I've got some more white curtain to stitch before I can finish with the upper portion of the chair, but hopefully that won't take long. 

And that space that's been blank in front of the window for so long is finally getting filled in with the third doll...or is it a little girl? I'd assumed it was a doll because of her size, but maybe she's the little girl from the title. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Socks for Easter?

I like these colors in the skein, but the wide stripes are just too pastel, too much like plastic eggs and Peeps. I managed to ignore that until I had the heel turned, but now I'm thinking I should unravel them and start over with a simple lace that will break up the stripes. Either that, or a zig zag pattern of some kind. 

It's not a big deal. This has been my year for starting knit projects and then changing my mind after hours of work.  Ripping out stitches used to be an absolute last resort, but lately I'm seeing better ways to do things and I'm more willing to reknit projects to make them work.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

{Estate Sale Temptations} They Have Wheels?

Garage sale season is  getting into gear and last weekend my husband and I went to a sale that was downright scary. "Eight bedroom residence with forty-plus years of accumulation" turned out to be a former church that I'm pretty sure was a cult or halfway house of some sort and if Hubby hadn't been with me, I would have bolted straight for the door. We wound up going  through all of the rooms (because how could you not?) and I spent the rest of the day feeling so weirded out by the whole thing that I seriously thought it had killed my love for estate sales. I've been in weird and unsettling houses before, but that place took the cake. 

Yesterday the sun was shining and I checked the ads and found some possibilities. We almost skipped the adoption fundraiser, but it was near the convenience store where we grab our caffeine for the day. 

Oh, my gosh...  

If you've been reading my blog for long, you know that I love old trunks. I've got two that are family pieces and Adult Daughter has one she picked up for a song and took with her when she moved. We've been looking for a third for our oldest son, but they tend to be either falling apart, or really expensive, or both.

This one was thirty bucks.  It shows its age, but it's sturdy and doesn't reek of anything, and the interior is remarkably clean.

While we were looking, and old guy came up and asked if I'd checked to see if it had all four wheels. I'd tipped it up to see if the bottom looked nasty, but never knew that they had wheels. I'm pretty sure my own doesn't.

Old Guy says he used to restore them  for a living and that this one probably dates to the mid-1800s. I don't know that I believe that, but it's definitely nicer than Great-Grandma's or my daughter's estate sale find. Aunt Molly's steamer trunk might have it beat...if we were keeping score.

I planted the boys on the trunk and went to pay for it and stumbled across a couple of other finds on the way. You know how much I love wooden ironing boards? And how I've been wishing I still had the toy ironing board that Mom or Grandma thrifted when I was a kid?

Look at this!! It's little and weathered and adorable and has all of the things I love about the big ironing boards except it's little girl sized.

And look at my two dollar vintage bread box...

I'd love one that was clean enough to store bread in, but this probably isn't a good candidate for that. It'll be great for sewing or knitting supplies.

I didn't buy a sewing machine. Assuming that it worked, the price was good, but I can't justify another one this week, no matter how gorgeous and blue and shiny it is.

Of the other three sales on my list, two didn't exist and the other one will get its own post. I'm feeling much better about the whole estate sale thing and knowing that the money we spent at this one went towards a good cause makes me feel even better.


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