When will it end?

We’ve spent all week preparing the bedroom for redecorating. and haven’t even applied any paint yet.  Under the wallpaper we put up in 2001 was a lot of wallpaper paste, the stubborn remnants of the woodchip paper that we inherited when we moved in, odd areas of silver foil and some very fugitive ochre yellow paint that is probably distemper.  I’m starting to realise why we hung paper the last time instead of just emulsioning.

Before washing down


After washing down


We’re consuming sugar soap, green scouring cloths, sandpaper, filler and dust masks in industrial quantities.

Chimney breast in preparation

Work still needed

How is it in TV make-over programmes that they manage to redecorate a whole room in 24 hours? Supposedly, the secret to a flawless finish when painting and decorating is in the preparation, so I’m hoping that this is all time well spent.

Actually, I’m not in a great hurry because the wallpaper I ordered for the chimney breast a fortnight ago still hasn’t turned up, and until it does I can’t get the paint mixed to match one of the colours in it.

The ceiling is going to be white, but I can’t even get that painted until all the filling and rubbing-down is done and no more dust is being generated.

Nightsongs / Gail shawl

Bearing in mind I’m washing down walls and filling holes for a few hours each evening on top of everything else, with the result I feel pretty tired by the time I sit down to do a bit of knitting after supper, it maybe wasn’t the best idea to start a complicated lace shawl.  But I want to give a pretty, handmade present to someone who’s done me a favour recently, and this allover-lace design in some 2-ply, slubby viscose seemed to fit the bill.

Gail / Nightsongs shawlI went wrong at some point and, despite lifelines, ended up laboriously unpicking several rows stitch by stitch.  The pattern is a freebie called Gail (aka Nightsongs), and the instructions for how to manage the repeats are sparse, to say the least.  Now I’m back on the straight and narrow again with three pattern repeats under my belt.  It’s not looking very impressive at present, more dishcloth-like, but I’m hoping that blocking will sort that out.  The only problem is, I have no idea whether viscose is blockable.  Of course, a sensible woman would have found out the answer to that before casting on …

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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