Wednesday, 10 September 2014


Writing this just before bedtime, Tuesday night.

Ta - dah! But don't look too closely, cough, cough ...

I've just this minute finished my first ever sock with my first attempt at using dpns, and I'm a happy, not-so-little flutterby. Yes, I know I had two extra stitches at the toe, and somehow I'd knitted it inside out (according to the pattern) but apart from that ...

I now just hope the other one will be identical! I'll cast it on tomorrow once the tension (get it?!) has dispersed.

I got to the unusual position of finishing all the ironing this morning so, after lunch, I started to tackle a project I've been dreaming of over the summer break (waiting for DH to return to work before I started! Haha!!)

This book case (and its twin) have been bugging me because they look so sad, and I fancied giving them the CK treatment.

I've put a first coat of white primer on the outside

then I broke into a couple of rolls of sticky back plastic I rescued from Lidl a couple of months ago, and lined the shelves. For once, I read the instructions and was pleased I'd done what I was told, and sprayed the shelves with a little water first (made the plastic much more move-aboutable). I would never have thought to do that.

I'm not sure what colour paint to use - better sleep on that one.

Night, night, all - I'll try to visit as many WOYWW desks as I can, by the weekend. I managed to get round all, last week. You're such an inspiring bunch - thanks in advance for sharing your goodies. Don't know what I'm on about? Just click here, and you'll be amazed at what you find.

Hugs, Chris xx


  1. Great sock, Chris! Well done - trust the tension has now disappeared after a good night's sleep.... Also that inspiration has occurred following said night, and that you have now thought of your colour. And you have DONE the ironing - fancy doing mine?? Only three shirts and a tablecloth, but still they sit there waiting!
    Thanks for visiting and for your comments. The dress didn't look too bad, did it, considering I hadn't a clue what I was doing without a pattern. I have discovered a lot about myself this past 8 months with all this dress making! First dress - no pattern - took 4 1/2 months. Second dress - with pattern - 1 1/2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #4

  2. Fab sock - I love the stripey pattern. I don't have the courage or confidence to dive in and change my furniture with paint techniques, so well done - I'm very impressed and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished shelves! Hope you have a great week, Diana #42

  3. Great sock and I think the pattern is brilliant.
    Sandra de @26

  4. Hi Chris! I hadn't had a chance to visit you last week so I am here now... a week later and yet another woyww-day... and wowzah, knitting a sock! That's something the girls on my school had to learn when we were 10 years old - using 4 needles - and we were all jealous of the boys who did not have to learn that and instead, worked with wood. don't worry, I turned out ok later in life ;) but I refuse to knit socks. I do love how you alter that bookcase! Happy creating and happy woyww! Marit #53

  5. How lovely to see an empty laundry basket - good feeling. The sock is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your workspace today. Hope you have a great day and a lovely crafting week to come. Hazel, WOYWW #45 x

  6. Thanks for popping over to mine and for your lovely comments.
    Well done you on the sock knitting....fingers crossed the other one matches ;-)
    How lovely to give new life to old book cases :-)
    Annie x # 31

  7. I'm very impressed with the sock! Who cares about the extra stitches or the looks fab! And with the current craze for odd socks, it doesn't matter if the other is completely different, lol!
    And way to go for instruction reading...I'm so bad about diving straight in and suffering the consequences...:-)
    Hugs, LLJ 30 xx

  8. What a cool sock! And if the other doesn't match I bet no one notices. (My granddaughters once bought me a set of 3 unmatched socks called Little Miss-Matched.) Looking forward to seeing your shelf, too! Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #64

  9. the sock looks great, I'm sure is mate will too! Happy woyww! Lindsay #65

  10. Good for you on the sock! Even if the other isn't identical they can still be worn ;) There is actually a lady that sells socks to a local shop that she makes different on purpose, people love them! Thanks for the visit!
    Angie #61

  11. In my mad tidy I found a pair of socks that are totally done except weaving one toe of one sock. AND I found some YUMMY sock yarn - and a video link to knitting two socks at once on one cabled needle.... the danger of cleaning...a longer to-do list....


    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (2)

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog! First off, I am thrilled to find someone besides me still irons. Was one of my favorite things as a young girl. I still enjoy ironing and with the same iron I grew up using - almost 40 years ago!

    I am planning to paint multiple bookcases for an upcoming project. I read where a gal covered the backing board before putting it back in place so that the inside back wall looked pretty as well. Smart thinking on her part. Creative Blessings! Kelly #67

  13. Congrats on making your first sock. I can't wait to see the finished book shelf. Thanks for stopping by. #56

  14. crazy cute sock...good going. It's amazing what we could learn from reading instructions. Be well ~ Carole #71

  15. Chris, I love your colourful sock. If the other one doesn't match you could always say they are stockings to hang up for Christmas;)

    Looking forward to seeing how the shelves turn out.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue 36

  16. Such a cute sock, and it looks warm!! I love to see people's knitting, as I can't do a lick of needle work! Awesome job. What a fun bookcase project! Looking forward to seeing it completed! Thanks for the visit today! Winnie #48

  17. Aha, there is the bookcase! Did you keep kitty off of it? HOW do they ALWAYS find the wet paint???

    I am utterly amazed at the sock. I have no knitting skills at all. Zero.

    Thank you for your visit this woyww!
    #72 this week

  18. Well done with the sock. Have attempted once and finished one but am ashamed to say the other is still unfinished!!! Have never tackled anything like that with the bookcase either. Am hanging head in shame. Happy WOYWW Anne x #32

  19. Your book case redo is off to a great start. That floral pattern is so pretty with the white.

    Don't you know that not-entirely-matching socks are IN? So, no worries! :-)

    Thanks for for the blog visit and the comments earlier.

    Happy creating and happy woyww,

    Sandy #23

  20. I'm impressed with the sock and the additions will give it character I'm sure its pair will be as wonderful. ;-) for the bookcase what great idea looking froward to the next instalment of your project thanks fro your earlier visit hugs Andrea#18

  21. You have a lot of projects going on! That sock is very cute!
    Gabriele 33

  22. I make it a rule to iron as little as possible...ha ha! Good luck with your second sock.. Thanks for visiting. Helen 6

  23. Love your sock - and if the other isn't identical, it will just add to the charm :o) Those shelves are going to look fab, can't wait to see the end result - I'd go for white, no maybe raspberry pink ... hmmmm ... Happy WOYWW Annie C #57

  24. Love the sock and the shelves are going to be great. Thanks for sharing today!
    Glenda #52

  25. Hi Chris, love the sock, if the other one doesn't match exactly, no need to worry, it's very difficult for anyone to look at both feet at the same time so no-one will notice lol! Thanks for visiting me and have a great week crafting, Angela x

  26. Happy WOYWW Chris. I've been absent from WOYWW for awhile but this week I am back. Thanks for dropping by my blog already. Yeh the Tshirt is gorgeous...shame its too small for me to wear though. Oh wow your sock is great. I'm re teaching myself crochet and knitting after 30 yrs. Hope the cupboard revamp goes to plan
    Annette In Oz #46

  27. That's a fun looking sock you made, so good luck working on its matching one. The bookcase looks like it'll be very romantic and feminine looking. Happy WOYWW and Blessings!

  28. YAY Chris!! What a perfectly awesome sock!!! I bet the other one will match perfectly!

    I can't wait to see your finished bookshelf!!

    Happy WOYWW!
    Amy E. #3

  29. Chris, you knitted that first sock so fast! Was it hard? I just think knitting socks would be the ultimate. Thanks for visiting me--I had a crazy day yesterday and I'm just now back on the planet! Have a wonderful week! Sandy Leigh #59

  30. Thank you for visiting me :)
    The sock looks comfortable, nice for the coming colder days. I like the sight of the empy laundrybaskets - I hardly see them that way here. When I see your bookcase project I get tingles to do something similar, it just looks so easy. But I know it takes quite some time. Good luck picking out a colour!
    Happy WOYWW,
    Debbie / Daqa #25

  31. Thanks for visiting me. Love the sock and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished furniture too!

    Helen x

  32. Pretty sock look forward to seeing how the 2nd one goes along and nice job on the bookcase can't wait to see it finished.
    hugs Nikki 8

  33. Oh Chris what a pretty sock, hurry up and make the other one so we can see the pair on your feet.
    That book case is going to be beautiful too, looking forward to seeing finished item.
    Thanks for popping over to my page, and we had a super time at the show, not sure the bank account would agree.
    Chris #11

  34. Looks like you are having fun, always good to upcycle stuff. Thanks for visiting me already, am bit slow getting back this week. Take care Zo xx 50

  35. Congrats on your first sock - looks fantastic! I can only knit a straight scarf myself so I'm in awe... :) Can't wait to see the finished book shelf. I have one very similar to yours and it could really use a make-over! xo Karen

  36. Hi Chris, what a great way to liven up your bookcase! And such pretty paper, can't wait to see how it turns out
    Debs 38

  37. Well done for finishing your sock! I know how complicated it is. Now for the other one....
    Looking forward to seeing what your bookcase is going to look like next week.

  38. ooh...sock knitting I am always in awe of those that can do this!
    Looking forward to seeing the bookcase makeover too :-)
    Thanks for visiting my desk already
    kyla #8

  39. I'm so sorry I am getting back to you so late in the week, busy month for me work wise. I like the fact you are revamping the bookshelves and that paper looks beautiful, don't forget to show the finished project. Oh I have some ironing here you can do, I hate it to be honest and don't do it until necessary.

    Have a wonderful week.
    Happy belated WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda (thanks for visiting already)

  40. Congratulations on your first sock! I have a few cuffs lying about,not sure why heels are so intimidating lol. LOVE that floral pattern, and serious bonus points for sharing the perks of reading instructions with us lol. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier in the week. #54

  41. Your sock looks great and good job getting all your ironing done. Good luck with your bookcase project. Thanks for visiting and happy WOYWW, belatedly. ~ Laura #62