Virginia has been hit with the mitten bug. And, how best to illustrate this than to make this pair of mittens designed by Adrian Bizilia (from Hello Yarn). These are the Entomology Mittens from Knitalong, knit using Jamieson’s Shetland DK.
You’ll notice that these mittens are not perched precariously on deck framing, but in fact are resting on the actual deck. Yes, apart from applying a water sealer, it’s finished! We can now walk out the kitchen door without needing to dance, balance and perch our way across the framing. And, the cedar smells so great. One funny note: the spacing between the boards was obtained by using straight size 5US knitting needles.
When we tore up the old deck, we decided to carefully remove the decking once we discovered that it was redwood. Our best guess is that the old deck was 30 years old. The structure was failing, but many of the decking boards, though greyed and slightly mossy, are still reusable. It’s actually quite astonishing how well the redwood has held up. So, instead of filling a landfill with this still-usable resource, we’re going to sort, plane and sand the boards (probably 60-70% of the old decking) to use for building some new outdoor furniture. Stay tuned!