I swear this is the last post about my furniture today! Here is the dresser we re-did. It was a pretty gross pealing mess when we found it at a garage sale for $5, it had been sitting in someone's garage for over 20 years. It had mud dauber nests inside and smelled rather strange cat pee like smell to it. Our bedroom is a weird dark denim blue color, so my normal turquoise color wouldn't work in there, so we painted it with orange milk paint, it took a couple coats, but I love the way it turned out, we also used dark wax and clear wax on this piece. The marble top, thankfully, came with the dresser when we bought it. To combat the smell inside we painted it with dark teal semi-gloss latex paint. I wasn't 100% on the orange when we chose it, but I love it now!
So along the lines of redecorating, I made this side table, originally to hold our 8-track and turntable, but then we found something better for that so this became the hubby's side table. This started out as a very 70's side table, wood grain and kind of blah. I spray painted it green and then sanded that down, added dark wax and then light wax. The top I left the way it was, so that when I finish my side table they will somewhat match, though they'll be different colors.
We recently sold everything (mostly) and moved 1500 miles to live in rural Kansas close to my parents. Because of this, we had to re-furnish our house once we got here. Trying to furnish a room for an 11 year old seemed like it was going to be somewhat difficult, until I remembered that my parents have an entire Quonset hut full of furniture from auctions. So here is my first piece, it's a half circle table that I re-did for my step-son. The top was laminate and half of it was missing. I pulled it all off, sanded and sanded and sanded until it was smooth. Then I Modpodged a old local map to the top and went over the whole thing with dark wax and clear wax to give it even more of an aged look. I love it and he was appreciative, as appreciative as an 11 year old who's grown up with a crafty stepmom can be. I love the way it turned out!
Everyone's knitting gauge is different, it depends on how you knit, how much stress there is in your life, what you're knitting and so on. On the Knitty pattern I would say you might need to frog and reknit at a bigger gauge, while 20 sts over 4 inches compared to 16 sts over 4 inches doesn't seem like much, think of it this way. If you were knitting say a 36 in bust sweater at 16sts to 4 in you would be casting on 144 sts, if your actual gauge was 20 sts over 4 in the actual finished measurement of your garment would be 28.8 in, I don't know that you can make that much up in finishing. I know it's a hard lesson to learn, but well worth it!
I also wanted to add, that you can always change needle size to accommodate your gauge, when I started knitting I always had to go up at least one size from recommended, now I always have to go down at least one size. Gauge changes with life.