wip wednesday

There is not much to show.

I am working on a shawl.


I have gotten past the point where I frogged it all back and started again on the summer top I am calling Comfy Lace (the name is a combination of the yarn, Knit Picks Comfy, and the pattern name, Lace Top).  The yarn, a cotton and acrylic combo, is freaking divine; it is soooo soft!


I want to make Pippi by Kirsten Kapur by June 25 so that I can gift it to someone, although that person is not really in my life any more and I want to finish Comfy Lace and I want to finish the new shawl and I signed up to do Camp Loopy after reading about it for years.

I am thinking I should forego the making of the me crazy over adding another deadline to the mix.

I think this because 1) I have plenty to keep me busy what with the sudden signing up for knitted projects that have calendar deadlines (Camp Loopy is three projects over June, July, and August), and 2) we are still working on the condo every weekend.

I’m crazy enough as it is.


almost a bathroom

The bathroom with the rocking toilet was revolting, even when substantially cleaned up.


First there was the repair of the walls of the shower.


Then the Kerdi went into place to create a waterproof barrier.


And the tile was applied.


And to the floor.


Tomorrow we grout and I attempt to make the walls deserving of the floor and shower.

bit by bit

Mr. B had expected to get the entire shower tiled this weekend.  I try not to get in the way of his delusions as it never ends well.

First he had to basically reconstruct the shower.


The mess on the floor is the shower pan covered with painter’s dropcloth and cardboard for protection.

He had to come up with a clever design fix because neither Lowes nor Home Depot in the combined Fresno-Clovis-Madera area had enough of the selected tiles to do what was needed.


Thus only the back wall of the shower got tiled.  The two side walls should go quickly next weekend because they do not have a design element or a shelf to deal with.

Just in case anyone wondered, tiling vertical surfaces bites.

The extra bedroom is pretty much finished and I find it a very pleasant space.


I apologize for the vacuum cleaner and clothes flung on the bed when I changed to my work clothes.  It does NOT add to the ambiance.

I am making this quilt, not in grays, to hang behind the bed.


It is from Annie’s Craft Store and I hope it will be lovely.

The closet door is even in place.


There is not much more I can do until the bathroom is ready for painting.  I think I will go shopping for quilt fabric next weekend.


Except for installing the curtain rod and hanging curtains and artwork, the extra bedroom is done.


The bathroom has come a long way and tilework should start this weekend, with me getting in the way to paint.


I thought I had taken a picture after the walls were mudded, but I guess I only looked and admired.

The utility room only needs the granite for the countertop ordered — although I keep vainly lobbying for something less expensive.  Do I really need to fold clothes on granite?  I don’t think so, but Mr. B holds veto power.

The current WIP is looking better.

Comfy Lace

I know it’s not WIP Wednesday.  I will try to do better next week.  I seem to finally be lifting my head above the depression and noticing things again.  Anyway this is my WIP update.

Despite having four large Rubbermaid bins of yarn, I have been acquiring Tosh Sock monthly from Jimmy Beans Wool.


From left to right:  Rhodonite (April), Garnet (February), Labradorite (January), and Chrysocolla (March).  I wonder what May will bring?

Yesterday, Sheri at The Loopy Ewe sent out her newsletter and I was immediately captivated by a new Mystery KAL starting May 12.  I immediately ordered the required set of yarns (which turned out darker than originally planned, but ended up being driven by the variegated yarn I chose for Color #3.


Color #1 is a light color.


Color #2 is an accent color.

Chalk Violet

Color #4 is a dark color.


And Color #5 is another accent color.

Marine Blue

I know only that it will be a large rectangle.  I have done this once before and liked the result, so my fingers are crossed for this Mystery KAL.  The Loopy Ewe website says they have shipped my yarn so it should be here in good time for Clue #1.


The sweater I was ready to sew together last week is no more.


I knit Kelly once, but it was loose and sloppy because the pattern had the wrong needle size listed, and I did not think to check errata.  I frogged it and started again.

I discovered a hole larger than a silver dollar in the back and had to reknit that.

I forgot the pattern book on the trip across country last September.

When I began to put the sweater together, I discovered that two stitches had entered freefall rather than be bound off right at the beginning of armscye.  I cannot for the life of me figure that one out, especially as the bind off was not broken.

The pieces were not going together nicely.

All in all, the sweater was so burdened with negativity and I was, by this point, so actively hostile toward it, that I wanted to burn it.  Only wool does not burn.

I decided to listen to the Knitting Fates and accept that this cardigan and I were simply not meant for each other.  It is now 1600 yards of yarn.

I still need a navy blue cardigan and also a navy blue pullover.  I do not know which it will become, but I am casually browsing Ravelry trying to decide.

When I start a pattern, I go through and highlight all the numbers corresponding to the size I am making.  My second setback came when I realized that I had marked the numbers for one size in the first half of the pattern and for a different size in the second half of the pattern for Sarah Dallas’ Lace Top from Rowan’s Scottish Highland Knits.

So this


is now this


I really do not want to talk about how many times I cast on before getting to this stunning level of progress, but it is at least started, in the correct size, with the correct numbers circled in red.

I also had about four rows done on Meandering, when it occurred to me that I was in a horrible state of denial.

As I was knitting I came to a spot where one of the plies had popped or broken, so I had one ply and pieces of the other.  I had attempted to line them up and knit past them.

After the problems with Kelly, I decided I was just asking for that remaining ply to break and ruin a lovely lace stole, so I frogged back the four rows, cut out the broken bits and cast on using the interestingly named Chinese Waitress cast on, which is extraordinarily stretchy.  It is a lovely cast one, but I don’t know why a stole needs a stretchy cast on.

But then, I don’t know why holes suddenly appeared in my sweater or why I can’t mark sizes consistently or any number of other things that have gone wrong with my knitting lately.

It is time to hit the RESET button.

this sweater does not want to be

I made Kelly in 2011 (from the Mission Falls Duet pattern book) after seeing it at SWATCHES West and buying the yarn from WEBS on the market floor.

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Unfortunately, I did not read the errata and the sweater was always a bit loose and sloppy (wrong needle size).  I sent it to the frog pond and have been leisurely reknitting it for a l-o-n-g time.

When we were last in Carmel, I blocked the fronts and the back and prepared to start the first sleeve only to discover a hole in the back just above the armscye.


I went ahead and started the sleeve since the stupid thing had to dry before I could frog it back and reknit it.

As mentioned a few posts back, I took it with me on the jaunt to Arkansas only to realize I left the pattern at home which precluded progress.

I began to panic recently as I was nearing the end of the sleeve and, apparently, the yarn and began digging about for leftover yarn from the first knit.  I later discovered that I was actually knitting the second sleeve and the first one was buried under the reknit back and the two fronts in my knitting bag.

This is what comes of taking a l-o-n-g time to knit something.  You don’t know where you are.

Today, I pinned out the two sleeves and reblocked the top part of the back.  This sweater needs the pieces blocked and sewn together before the front band can be added.  This means it is still not finished.


As I looked at the pieces, wondering how long it would take them to dry so that I can finish the sweater again after many setbacks, I began to think this sweater just doesn’t want to exist.

Or it doesn’t like me.


who WERE these people?

Yesterday, as I was caulking the baseboards so that I can sand and paint them next weekend, Mr. B was tearing out the upstairs bathroom.  I considered the upstairs bathroom a disaster, so this was a Hallelujah! moment for me.

I am more and more puzzled by and hostile towards whoever occupied this unit in the past.  We have discovered real problems with the electrical system among which were:

  1.  Ceiling fans wired directly into existing wiring.
  2.  Melted stove connection.
  3. The outlet for the dryer ungrounded since installation 40 years ago.
  4. Completely disparate outlets and switches on the same circuit.
  5. Loose wiring from the simple wear and tear of 40 years.

When the unit was inspected, we discovered the upstairs toilet leaked.  This was verified by mold in the kitchen ceiling when the old cabinets were removed.  I mentioned that we should look for rot when we tore out the upstairs bathroom.

We did not have to look far.


The source of the leak is the fact that the toilet was never fastened down.  What sort of person just balances on the toilet, perhaps rocking a bit to and fro, and thinks nothing of it?

Probably the same sort of person who wires ceiling fans directly into existing wiring without an electrical box.

We already have the vanity to go into the sink area.


Last night the new shower pan and wall tile were ordered.


There is no baffle in the wall (why would there be?) so all the insulation just fell to the bottom.  A baffle WILL be installed by Mr. B.

Even though bathrooms are involved, they are nothing compared with kitchens.  This weekend Mr. B will repair a section of floor and reconstruct the shower walls.  From there, it is tiling and placing the vanity and installing the new toilet.

And checking the electrical outlets.