After vacillating for several weeks over whether to repaint the living room, or live with it through the winter, we decided to bite the bullet and resigned ourselves to living in less than ideal circumstances while the Very Big Job was being carried out. This is a state of affairs that Tonia refers to as “a bit untidy”, and that I insist is akin to abject squalor. Furniture askew. Bewildered dogs prowling the floor in search of a few inches in which to lie down. Dinner in bowls on our laps. Anarchy. I have done extensive reading on the fall of the Roman Empire, and am convinced it could not have been worse than my living room at present.
While prepping the room prior to painting, we discovered that there were some areas of the room where the job was going to be less than straightforward. This is owing to the previous owners who (we know from experience) didn’t just cut home maintenance corners during their tenancy, they hacked away large chunks for the sake of expediency and a few pence. They apparently never sealed the plaster in the living room before they painted, and this latest layer of paint, our layer of paint, is just that one layer too many. In short, the new paint has come away from the old plaster, and is peeling off the wall like birch bark. So what was a Very Big Job, is now that much bigger. The project has eaten up most of my week, and threatens my weekend with more of the same. And now you know why it’s a short podcast this week.
Nevertheless, my adorable baby sister, Pam, shows up this week, to tell you about knitting her first sweater. The raglan sweater pattern that Pam and I talk about (with the Noro yoke) is from Shannon Okey’s new book, Spin to Knit. One of my favorite patterns, the Easy Head Hugger Hat, is also up for discussion. This darling little pillbox hat uses short rows in a clever way, and takes just one ball of Noro. Unless your head is freakishly large, like Pam’s, in which case you should buy two balls of Noro. Finally, this weekâ€™s guest writer, Patricia Zaballos, proves that there are some people who lead full lives and knit interesting things, without blogging about it. Kindly leave all those nice comments about her essay here. And when youâ€™re done with that, you can help shop for the home that will one day hold all there is to know about knitting.
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