Sometimes It Takes a Knitter…

There are some home repairs that are very important…. like say, a collapsing roof or no front door. Then there are some home repairs that aren’t so important or pressing… things you can leave for a bit like a squeaky hinge or a torn screen.

I had the latter of the two, in fact it was the screen issue. Lately here in Pittsburgh, the weather has been awesomely warm- however, as pregnant as I am, it feels like the middle of summer already. So now I have alot of windows open- and those non pressing repairs become somewhat important.

Last year, during a summer hissy fit or possibly boredom, the eldest monkey started cutting our bathroom window screen whenever he was in there. It got so bad that everytime the 10 year old left my bathroom, I would immediately go in there with a camera and take a picture of the window screen… marking the new cuts and slices and comparing pictures to earlier ones I had taken so we could actually prove there were less slices in the screen before he went in the last time.

Then the cold weather came, and a screen full of cuts was not so pressing an issue.

Winter went by, then wintery Spring, and we arrive at now- where a breeze blowing through the house is a godsend. However, the issue of the slices has now come to the forfront- what good is a window screen with slices as long as my forearm?

Of course we could go buy a replacement screen, or replacement screen like material…. however, we’re trying to save up money for a trip to Manassas later this month and we’re scrimping where we can. We can currently scrimp on the screen if I’m willing to sit there like a third world fisherwoman and sew it up. Which I did.

Then came “The Issue”.

The Eldest monkey had removed a section of the screen so there now was a gaping 3inch by 2inch hole in the middle.

Should I scrap the whole thing and just buy a new screen?
Should I just give up?

Never! Much like the rearview mirror debacle I cannot allow inanimate objects to defeat me. So after a quick stash dive for some black crochet cotton, and some US4 DPNs- I ended up with a soloution only a knitter could accomplish:A Screen Patch. It’s not pretty and looks quite Frankenworthy- but it works, and that’s all a pregnant girl needs for a breeze.

What’s funny is it was the Mister’s idea… who followed up the idea with “Then, when you are done, you can take a picture of it and put it on your blog”. Awwww, god bless him.


The Angel package was sent, and is currently on its way. A pattern for something inside is written up and waiting for posting- I only await its arrival to its recipient. I like how it turned out actually, a whole lot.

I am also knitting away at the Sister’s “Thing”, and have got further than the four previous tries combined all together. The only thing is deciding if I want to add a border or not when I’m done.

All in all, I’ve had alot of knitterly things going on… which is good- it distracts me from the thought of squirrels doing it in my gutters.

ETA: By the way, run on over to Steph’s and give her some congrats as you oooooh and awwwww over the sweetness of her brand new baby boy! Then, after you plotz over the cuteness, just try to keep your ovaries in check. Congrats Steph!



  1. Stepherz said,

    May 11, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    You are in the business of being awesome! That picture made me laugh a good one!

  2. sunneshine said,

    May 12, 2007 at 11:14 am

    That rocks!! Very crafty…
    Someday when we buy our house, I want to knit a screen door, I saw it in AlterKnits and love the way it looks.

  3. Fyberduck said,

    May 13, 2007 at 12:54 am

    I like it! It looks cool, very practical. And, aawww, that baby is sooooo plotz-worthy!

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