83. Plans for “new” TV stand.

Jason and I are in the process of getting ready to move (more details about that soon!), and I’ve been busy selling off a lot of our current furniture so we can upgrade to new(er) stuff.

I’m really digging this TV stand.

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South Shore Reflekt TV Stand

I am not, however, digging the ~$216 price tag.  You know how I love getting what I want for as little as possible.

My solution is to just update out current TV stand, which is an older Ikea Besta model:

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Ikea Besta Adal TV Stand

The shape is pretty close already, right?

The plan is to paint it white, add some wood veneer to the front of the drawers, and update the legs.  The hairpin legs I picked out were delivered yesterday, and they are gorgeous.  I’m planning to work on this project over the next few days, so I’ll hopefully have some before and after goodness ready for you lovelies by the weekend!

XO,
Gabriella

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45. Knitting: Update on sweater progress!

On Monday, I told you about my plans to create my very first sweater from scratch.  I’ve knit several sweaters from other designers’ patterns, but this is the first one that I’ve designed on my own.  I’m really happy with the results so far.

sweater progress

Ha, please excuse my crappy expression.  I’m really happy with how it’s turning out!  I should note that although the yarn hue looks a bit orange in the above photo (at least on my screen), it’s more of a honey gold.  The colorway is actually “Turmeric” from KnitPicks.

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Source: Knit Picks

You’ll have to use your imagination a bit to “see” the final product, but I also made a handy little drawing to provide you with a little more insight.

sweater design

The construction is fairly straightforward: top-down with raglan shaping.  I tend to gravitate towards this type of construction because it allows you to try on the garment as you go to get the best fit possible.  I am also in love with twisted rib, so that will be the only type of ribbing in the sweater.  Everything gets knit in one piece except for the button bands.  I hate finishing steps, so I tried to have as few as possible.

So, what do you think?

XO,
Gabriella

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44. Cold weather makes me knit. A lot.

As I write this, the current temperature in Milwaukee is -7°F (-22°C), with a windchill of -31°F (-35°C).  The word “cold” doesn’t really cut it!  Luckily, I live in a house and our energy tab is paid up, so I haven’t really had to experience it much yet…just the short trip from the house to a warm car, and from said warm car to my place of work.  I can’t even imagine what it must be like for those who are much less fortunate that I. 😦

Winter always gets me back in the knitting mood, mostly because I get the gratification of wearing the finished results just about as soon as they are completed.  I don’t just knit garter stitch scarves either; I’m the real deal!  I do knit scarves and cowls, but I have also made mittens, gloves, hats, stuffed toys, and my personal favorite, sweaters.  I’m actually wearing one of my handmade sweaters today.  It’s knit up in a super soft and warm baby alpaca.


If you are curious, the pattern I used for this sweater is Hannah Fettig’s Lightweight Pullover.  This was the first successful sweater I ever made!  It’s been finished for a few years now, but the style is timeless and the yarn I chose is wearing really well (i.e. not really at all).

Knitting up this sweater is what convinced I could start making patterns of my own.  So far, I have concocted three patterns: one infinity scarf, one cowl, and one hat.  You can find them all for sale on Ravelry, but if you really want to check them out, please feel free to use the direct links for each below.

Fantasia Infinity Scarf

infinity scarf
Isabella Neck Warmer

cowl, neckwarmer
Giana Slouchy Beret

hat, slouchy beret

I am also excited to announce that I’ve started working on my very first original sweater pattern!  I’ve knit enough of them now that I have the general construction methods down pat, so I figure it’s time to strike out on my own.  It’s a pullover with a short collar and button placket.  There will also be a small amount of twisted rib, which I love.  I’m working on the prototype now; as long as the initial measurements work out for my size (the smallest), I should be able to make the proper calculations for the remaining sizes.  I can’t wait to show it to you!

I hope you are warm and cozy!

XO,
Gabriella

P.S.  If you’d like to be my friend on Ravelry, my user ID is lapiumabella! 🙂

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