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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A cry for help -- and then another cry for help

Thank you all so much for praising my little Forecast! But leave it to me to knit an extremely toasty, bulky, wool sweater just in time for May. Forecast, we'll be seeing you in October.

So I'm two days late and more than a dollar short showing off my yellow knitting for April's Project Spectrum. It's a little wrap around baby dress called Blossom from Magknits. (I frogged my old Chickami that I never wore and re-used the inexplicably discontinued Cotton Ease in Pineapple.) I'm blocking it as I type, so I will have to embroider flowers on it later this week.

But here's my question. Is it too big? See, my co-worker is having a baby and her shower is Sunday. She specifically requested clothing for one to two years, but this seems like it could fit a skinny teen-ager. I guess since it's a wraparound, there will be some wiggle room. Here are the measurements:

Now, onto quandary number two. I consider myself a rather handy gal. I have a neatly organized tool box and use my power drill with confidence. I know how to re-light the pilot on my stove, and I'm sadly adept at pest control. But I can't for the life of me figure out how to fix my leaky shower! Both the shower head and the faucet leak in my tub, and I have to use Lime-Away to clean the stains. Plus, the incessant drip, drip, drip is not-so-slowly driving me insane.

So here are the fixtures. Any suggestions, handy readers? (And if your suggestion is "move," I have to agree with you.)

And if you are in New York and have a hankering for theater this weekend, support Steph and go see "Welcome Home Steve." You'll learn exactly why Manhattanites fear Brooklyn!


Anonymous Purly Whites said...

I am no help on the size issue, but I know whenever we had a leaky faucet of some sort, my dad always changed the washer. The little black round rubber thing with a hole in it. No idea how to do that, but there you go.

2:14 AM  
Blogger yahaira said...

the sizing matches up the diagram from the pattern, so it looks like it will fit a 1 year old. I think its the wrap thats messing with you.

we always have a leak here, they fixed it with some caulking and once by changing the washers

3:21 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

My vote on anything plumbing wise is tighten everything that can be turned. Except on toilets. You can crack the porcelain. I know. I have.
I think the sizing will work on that cute little dress. Kids are often much bigger than we would think and their always growing. Plus, I'm of the mind that wraps can be tightened as well. :)

3:58 AM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

No plumbing advice, but lady, I do know kids' clothes. The thing is, every kid is different, so there's no point worrying if the dress will fit the baby a year from now. My 15 month old still fits into some of her 6 month stuff and one of her 18 month old pals fits into 3 year old clothes. If the dress doesn't fit her when she's one, it'll fit her when she's two, so no worries. And believe me, the free clothes start to dry up as the kid gets older, so your friend will be more than happy to have something so lovely to put her little gal in no matter how old she is when it fits.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

Don't know what to do w/the faucet but the shower head, just buy a new one. They're cheap, and make sure that the shower head comes w/a new washer, which it should.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I agree with Purly, that it sounds like you need to switch out a washer.

The sizing looks fine!

9:53 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

i agree with purly as well on the drippy faucet issue.

thanks for the play props! you're sweet :)

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I'm just amused that we are both blogging about our leaky plumbing issues. Of course, the only advice I have is to call someone and make them fix it! I haven't a clue. And no baby-sizing expertise either. Basically, this comment is useless. But hi!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

I wish I had advice on either question but I don't!

I do think that your "blossom" looks great (even without the flowers)!

Good luck with the shower!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Mayarn said...

I guess I can't be of much help her. But I really like that yellow - it will be a good alternative to all the pink that baby will likely receive.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Nettie said...

I agree with elizabooth about the free clothes drying up with age & all kids being diff. sizes, and I agree with all that said change the washers. Our old brooklyn bath tub leaked steamy hot water until the washer was changed.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Sachi said...

Aha! I actually have no knitting advice but plenty of plumbing advice!

Pull the handles off your shower... all 3. You will have three "stems" looking at you. The key is to find out which stem is the problem. They look like this

Er... go turn off the water to your apartment at this point... The stems shouldn't be that expensive so pull all three out and run down to your local plumbing store (Home Depot should have them but they sometimes don't carry older models). If it doesn't leak from both spigot and shower head at the same time, only pull the two stems from the hot and cold.

While you have someone find you replacements for these stems, go find yourself some teflon tape. This is absolutely key to any good leak fixing. It's saved every fixture in my house. I can often wrap threads with this stuff and it stops leaks without having to replace gaskets and stuff.

When you get home with your goodies, you're going to wrap the teflon tape around the threads on your stems. I've wrapped it as many as 10 times and not had a problem screwing it in. Screw in your stems, turn on your water and you should be all fixed. You shouldn't have to screw them in too tightly because there should be rubber gasket thingies on them.

Good luck!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Looks like you got plenty of plumbing advice! The baby wrap is adorable!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

the baby dress is so cute! I love yellow baby clothes. One can only take so much pink. Don't worry about the size. It's adorable and it'll fint her someday. Plus the wrap thing makes it pretty adjustable.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Ditto on the teflon tape. I've had success with it before. It is one low-impact option to attempt.

The dress is mighty sweet. And, kids always get bigger, never smaller, so it will eventually fit.

11:44 PM  
Blogger lowercasecarmen said...

One time I burnt ready-to-serve soup. I don't think I'm too handy. Whenever my car starts making funny noises I turn up the music. So I suppose my suggestion then is listen to music. Loud.

12:08 AM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...

I don't know nothin' 'bout faucets, but the word 'gasket' keeps running through my head for some reason.

Love the sunny wrap!

I really liked the Iron City beer, but I think it may be due more to the packaging than the brew...

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Kim Guzman said...

I can offer no plumbing help whatsoever. :-)

But, with the cute little dress. It looks like the size will be just fine. The armhole seems a little big. But, since this will go over another top, it will be fine. It always seems like things are bigger for babies because it has to accommodate the diaper.

What I like best about this dress is that it's not "baby". There is no reason why the little girl couldn't wear it as a top when she's about 8 or 10.

6:32 PM  

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