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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Both knitty and gritty

You know that our motto here at Every Word's a Purl is "Come for the knitting, stay for the bathroom tile regrouting." So I won't disappoint today.

First, the knitting. I've been hankering to knit some sort of belted wrap sweater ever since one of my stylish co-workers sported one in a variegated yarn that reminded me of Brooks Farms. I picked up that yarn at Rhinebeck but didn't find quite the pattern that I was looking for. So I've decided to whip it up on my own.

Well, not entirely, since I have no designing experience whatsoever. I'm using Knit and Tonic's Something Red as my guide with just some modifications.

So far, I'm not using the yarn over increases for the raglan shaping. I also plan to make long sleeves and only using ribbing for the bottom edge, not the bottom half. I think I'll need to increase a little so that it will wrap slightly around my waist, and, of course, I need a belt. So this just has disaster written all over it! Wish me luck.

Now, onto the home repair and improvement. And yes, I realize that it's weird and probably uncouth to post pictures of your bathroom tile on the internets. But oh well. Yesterday morning, I decided that I'd simply had it with our bathroom tile. It was just nasty, no matter how much I scrubbed. And I realized this was because there was no grout left! It was just, like, ground or something. I would need to regrout.

So I picked up the necessary items at Bruno's Hardware on Court St. I guess grouting is not the hip hobby of choice among too many young woman because the elderly clerk looked at me, impressed, and asked, "Do you cook, too?" I felt like saying, "Yes! And I also knit and work full-time! Go me!"

The process was simple enough but kinda tedious. You spread the mixture with a floater, which is a bit too big to fit in corner and small nooks. And I was covered with grout afterward. Of course, unable to leave well enough alone, I also regrouted the upstairs bathroom as well. Here's the after shot:

Oh, and I also sewed pillows out of Amy Butler's Gothic Rose fabric. Unwilling to pay shipping, I darted over to City Quilter after work. I really liked it there - it's roomier than Purl Patchwork with more staff and a larger selection. So here they are, along with the triptych that I finally purchased. Now I just need a plant for that corner ...


Anonymous brooke said...

Man, did YOU ever have a productive weekend! You go! The tile looks amazing! We are about to do our bathroom tile and that gives me hope we may not come out with a complete disaster. Nice work!

7:55 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Ooh, I am impressed with the regrouting! I like the tile in there too.

Can't wait to see how the sweater turns out.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Wow! GO YOU! Maybe I should check out City Quilter too. How are their prices?

8:56 PM  
Blogger Nettie said...

Your tile came out great, and you r living room is so nice and neat. I wonder if mine would like the same without kids ; ). Nice job on the pillows and choice of wall hanging.

11:04 PM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

Very nice! I love the pattern on the floor. The bathroom is the only part of our 50s-era house that's been updated in the last few years by the previous owners and while it's clean, I do miss having retro tile. Great grouting!

11:13 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Your grout job looks fantastic! I love those pillows too.

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Bee said...

Look at you go! What a great job you've been doing on your apartment. I love those pillows!!

11:17 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

OMG that grouting!!!

I like your living room a lot--I'm thinking of getting/making some sort of triptych as well.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

oh wow! great job girl..those cushion covers are darling.

1:53 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Love the new motto. Should definitely go up on the sidebar!

3:41 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Wow - you rock!

I need to re-grout and re-caulk in my own bathroom also, and I've been putting it off because I was so intimidated by it. Yours looks great though - you've inspired me!

6:08 AM  
Blogger Sandra may be knitting a ranchhouse said...

that's some sweet regrouting.

and city quilter is the shizzo. screw Purl . CQ place is huge and has an amazing selection of fabric. and i find the salespeople there to be alot more frendlier. i don't sew or anything but i went there once to pick up some stuff for a quilter friend of mine. it blew me away.

7:18 AM  
Blogger wrtrmaus said...

Very nice grout job, way to go!

7:40 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

holy moses.. talk about busy this weekend! nice grouting job. that probably felt really satisfying, no? and love the pillows too. great contrast to the white and wood in the room.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Wow, the apartment looks great! And the grouting? You rock. You knit, sew, grout, work full time and cook? You better go back and tell that guy at the hardware store! ;)

8:24 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Wow! your grouting looks nice, and that's not a comment I ever expected to write on someone's blog.

The sweater is intriguing. It will be fun to see how it works out.

8:46 AM  
Blogger mayarn said...

Good luck with that sweater! I had a similar idea for a wrappy-type sweater this summer, but it was a dismal failure. You are starting out on a better foot than I did, though, using someone else's pattern as a guide, so I'm sure your results will be better too!

Nice grout work...

9:02 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

My, but you have been busy!

I just semi-designed my first sweater using Something Red as the starting point. I think Wendy uses that Barbara Walker Top-Down book as a guide for many of her designs, so I will be purchasing it myself.

Just FYI, for me, the raglan measurements were too deep. I'm going to keep that in mind for any future raglan sweaters.

Keep us posted.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Arg, I'm exhausted just reading about it! I remember my own tiling and grouting experiences. Tell me, do you still have skin on your hands? My grout ate right through my gloves and I couldn't knit for over a week!

10:14 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Beautiful tile and regrouting! I love the design!

10:48 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

My, my, you've been busy this weekend! I think the sweater will look fabulous. So, I assume you're increasing for the V neck? Can you just continue to increase at the same rate to make a wrap sweater?
Oh, and I love that Amy Butler fabric. Actually, I like all of Amy Butler's fabrics...

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Great job re-grouting! And I love your idea for a wrappy sweater! Can't wait to see it as it progresses!

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

you were busy this weekend! I can't believe how much the grouting really changes your floor. It looks brand new! Nice job. You apartment is really coming along. And your sweater design looks like it will fit the bill nicely for your dream cardi.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Skylar said...

Go you! My shower floor needs regrouting, desperately! I should take a page from you, my friend! The apartment sure is shaping up nicely.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

wow! go you!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

The floor looks great and so do the pillows and the triptych.
Your new place is coming together VERY nicely!

2:43 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Here, here! Go Carrie! You definitely are a home-improvement queen... what's next, retiling the kitchen? Good luck with the belted sweater...

4:39 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

Well goodness, you are just multi talented! A grouter and a knit designer :)

4:51 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

You recipe for sweater disaster sounds all too familiar (that's how I operate with most of my crafty projects) but I'm sure you'll work it out!

Good thing you didn't tell the elderly clerk you knit, too---you would have blown his/her mind!

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are doing some great work on your new place! you may have even inspired me to conquer my lack of grout in my bathroom! now if only i figure out how to really make the tiles shine...
gotta love living in this city!

6:30 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Wow you have been one busy lady, how productive! The tiles look great, so do the cushions, and you're so brave starting a pattern of your own design - good luck with that

8:48 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Look at you grouting! Fun wasn't it! Beautiful fabric on the pillows and good luck on the sweater.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Jessica / Fig & Plum said...

i come for the knitting AND the grout!

so there was really NO grout? did you have to scrape any old grout out in either room? this is the very reason i have been putting off regrouting our bathroom - I was under the impression one needed to scrape the old grout out before regrouting. did you have to do that at all? i have to take a closer look at our floor.

aaanyway, can't wait to see your sweater. someday (this friday, with a wee bit of luck!) i will see it in person. have you seen this belted phildar sweater?
it's on my list, in a purely aspirational way.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Megann said...

Great job on the grouting, but here's a question you may have already gotten - aren't you in a rental? I always think twice before doing any improvements at home because I rent my apartment, and even though I live here, its sometimes hard to justify putting money into a place that I ultimately have to give back to someone else. I'm interested to hear what motivates you to put so much work into someone else's home. Gee, I just re-read that and I sure do make my opinion clear! No offense meant, by the way, just curious.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Wow!! That regrouting job looks great! As does your living room. I hope to see more sewing projects pop up around here!! :)

I think you will be golden with that sweater! You can do it! I can't wait to see how it turns out!

10:36 AM  
Blogger marie in florida said...

hi Honey
canna post pix, so i fear my knitting blog would be too bland.
do you MySpace?

i fondly remember my granddad too. he called me 'chickie"
and i'm lovin' your new apartment.

if you go to my profile on my space 'pirate jenny' is my
daughter, "eli" the pretty good movie reviewer is my son, zombie
monkee is my other daughter and rob is my brother; lol
my MySpace profile person info is all fibs ... LOL...roxane
powers is my alter ego

10:44 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

You are an amazing woman! Grouter extraordinaire, knitter, seamstress, cook and clever enough to string two words together too.
I am awed by your grouting job. I have yet to try that.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Vegan Knitting said...

Actually, I come for the tile regroutind and stay for the knitting!

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Nice grout, nice pillows (and I don't mean that in a "Carrie" kind of way). You have now doubled my guilt about the 4 yards of Amy Butler I bought two months. Curtains? Who needs curtains, when sheets tacked over the windows work so well?

3:32 PM  
Blogger PassionKNITly said...

holy cow.

You're so domestic! :-p

7:13 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Wow - the tile looks incredible! I never would have thought that regrouting would make such a difference! Nice work too. Looks very professional.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Risa said...

Wow everything looks great. I can't believe you re-grouted! That's so awesome.

Your living room looks fabulous. If I lived closer I'd give you one of my plants. It seems that the boy is getting tired of living in the jungle.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

The apartment is looking great! I especially love those pillows - my, you are such the versatile crafter!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Wow, I'm in awe! Your bathroom floor looks amazing!!! I spent an hour and a half the other night bleaching the grout of my kitchen floor tiles, so my hat's off to you (and your knees). And I love the pillows too!

2:01 PM  
Anonymous craptina said...

Love love love the living room!!! You are kicking ass and taking names, go girl!

1:31 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

woooooow. for some reason, the photos didn't show up in my bloglines so i just read your post and though, oh cool! carrie's nifty around the house! and THEN, i come on over to check out the photos and OH MY GOD WOMAN, you do awesome work! JEEZ! i am very impressed. dayum!

9:10 PM  

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