The Mister and I have been busy bees on our long weekend! I told you that I finished a baby sweater, right? Here it is!
Presto Chango by Valerie Wallis
I knit this cute little guy in Peaches and Cream 100% cotton, worsted weight, and it worked up like a dream. It was kind of an odd construction. You start knitting at the bottom of the back, add the stitches for the arms to either side, then knit up until you bind off the back of the neck, then knit down the front. hehe This was my first attempt at buttons, too! You see, up until now my family has been telling me that buttons on baby sweaters are a no-no, but I SUPER attached these ones with a ton of thread. They aren't goin' no where! hehe
The Mister and I both are pretty crafty people. He enjoys painting models for war games that are very tiny and intricate and also does some woodworking here and there. I of course knit, but then I also got that sewing machine for my birthday that I've started to play with and just well... it's annoying to always be hauling everything we need out to the dining room at the other end of the house and then have to put it all away again to clear off the table. Our solution? We were inspired by Anna at Knock Off Wood to build our own custom craft desk across from our computer desks in the office. We needed the surface area and we definitely need more storage for all our crafty accessories.
That side of the room has a fireplace on it, but as you can see it's not functional. We only rent this house, not own, so making the fireplace functional, or taking it out all together was out of the question. It's a shame though because it takes up that entire wall and makes it almost totally unusable for any furniture. That door beside it? One of THREE doors that goes in to the bedroom. It's a little redundant.
Here's where we're at today:
There are three 20"x20" bases (the side one is turned because it's beside a dresser) made out of fiber board, and then the top is a really pretty stain grade pine that we bought 24" wide. Lowes cut this ALL for us, which is so so awesome! Seriously? With the pieces cut when we got home it went together just as easy as any piece of Ikea furniture I've ever bought. About 2 1/2 hours to get all three bases and the shelf together.
We're waiting for a pretty day outside now so we can cut all the 1x2 trim for the bottoms, paint the base units white and stain the top. I'm thinking a nice warm natural cherry colour, followed by some satin polyurethane. According to weather.com that won't be happening until Thursday. And that ottoman? We picked that up at the Habitat For Humanity Restore for $20!! It's a Pottery Barn Ottoman!! I adore it!!
I also got a Knit Picks box today, but I'll wait to show you that unit tomorrow! hehe