HOA rules - I can live without

Living in a condominium has its advantages and disadvantages. The HOA handbook is one of those things you can either live with or hate to live with. One of the rules is that we are not allowed to put any items on the patio rail. I have violated rule A-6 of the architectural guidelines and have received a courtesy warning many times. My planters are hooked from the inside over the rails, trailing plants hanging over both sides and I have a few stones and little figurines in between.  So this time I have decided to take them down. My hanging geraniums and the planting soil, as well as the planter boxes themselves are old and need to be replaced.


I found these very nice planter stands at HomeGoods (don't go there, it's the most dangerous store ever) and replanted new boxes with marigolds, thyme, salvia, superbells, verbena and cuttings from my geraniums. My little thyme fairy watching over them.


We felt like we were on exhibit, because now everyone could see us sitting here, so I decided to bring two boxes back and hang them over the rail. Let's see when the next warning will be dropped off at the door.



Back to my HMS Surprise - this is what I have done sofar:

4.0 mm circular needles
Cast on 95 stitches (long tail cast-on)
Knit uneven rows (RS), Purl even rows (WS) = stockinette stitch
Edit: Optional - slip first stitch of each row respectively knitwise or purlwise = selvage stitch

At 17in/42cm (ending with a purl row) start armhole decrease: 
Continuing with RS - bind off 6 stitches at beginning of next two rows.
Continue decrease as follows (on RS):
Sl1, k2, ssk, knit across to last 5 stitches, k2tog, k3
Next row: purl


Today I finished one side of the top:


Continue decrease as above another 8 times (decreasing 30 stitches total - including the 2x6).


At 4inches/10cm from beginning of armhole, start the neck shaping.
RS: knit first 26 sts, bo 13 st, knit last 26 sts. 


Continue with left side of top (resting the right side stitches on your cable). 
Purl return row, decrease on  every knit (RS) row as follows:  1x 4 sts, 1x 3sts, 1x 2 sts, 1x 1 st. (remain 16 st) continue to knit until you have reached 9in/22cm from beginning of armhole. 
You can bind off remaining 16 st or give the shoulder a slight shape by binding off on the purl side  (WS) 1x3, 2x2, 1x9
cut yarn


Now we do the right side of top, RS facing start knitting the 26 sts with remainder yarn. Neck decreases are the same, but we will decrease on the purl  (WS) side.

1x 4 sts, 1x 3sts, 1x 2 sts, 1x 1 st. (remain 16 st) continue to knit until you have reached 9in/xcm from beginning of armhole. 
You can bind off remaining 16 st or give the shoulder a slight shape by binding off on the knit side  (RS) 1x3, 2x2, 1x9
Et voila.





Now I  just have to knit the exact same piece again and then I will assemble........ 

Additional info:
Gauge: 18sts x 24rows=4x4in (10x10cm)
RS=right side
WS=wrong side
sl1=slip one
ssk=slip, slip, knit
k2tog=knit two together

1 comment:

  1. My husband lived in an HOA before we bought our house and absolutely refused to live in one ever again. As a result, we have the dirt farmer across the street, the Mexican garage sale house two doors up, and the life raft orange house one street over. There are pluses and minuses to HOAs!

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