Monday, January 27, 2014


Just got a call from Dan. He was driving on the highway, the person in front of him hit the brakes, he hit the brakes, the person behind him hit him...


Dan is fine. He says he's feeling a bit tense and his back is getting sore but he's not damaged. I imagine tomorrow will be pretty miserable for him, though.

He's still at the accident site getting stuff straightened out. Fortunately, the accident happened near-ish a repair shop we have used (and liked) in the past, so looks like he'll be going there and hopefully getting a rental car from the onsite rental company.

Poor Dan!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This Is More Like It

After excessive felting, Dan's slippers are all ready to go.


Honestly, they are probably between half an inch and an inch longer than they need to be but I just don't think they'll felt down any more. But Dan's happy with them (and is used to slightly long, floppy slippers) so that's what really matters!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Dan's New Slippers

I've been sick lately but I finally seem to be coming out on the other side. My evidence for this is the fact that I felt up to knitting for the first time in days. I wasn't able to work on my current project (my Owlie socks - delightful, but a bit too detailed for sick-me to wrap my head around), so instead I made Dan some slippers!

Dan's New Slippers

Okay, okay, technically they aren't finished yet. They need to be felted to, you know... fit. Theoretically that's what they are doing right now since I have them in the washer.

Fingers crossed that it all works out!

Monday, January 20, 2014

In Other News

Olive likes being tall.

Home Repair Olive

And she does it well.

Tall Olive

The getting down thing, not so much.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Taking Shape

Yesterday was gunite day.

Applying the Gunite

It was pretty loud and they started at seven in the morning. Fortunately I had the chance last night to apologize to two of our neighbors. I'm sure they love the early morning construction as much as I do.

But thanks to that early morning loudness, the hole in our yard is starting to look like an actual pool!


Tuesday is scheduled to be coping and tile. Deck and plaster won't be for another week, though. That's apparently what's going to take the most time since there's a lot of rock work to do.

I can't wait!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Still a Hole

Here's how things had progressed as of yesterday.

Day 2 (& 3)

Plumbing is all done and steel is (maybe?) done. (I say maybe because we aren't sure. It was pretty dark when the guys left yesterday and we aren't sure if they left because it was too dark or if they were finished.)

Gunite is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow. Not sure what that "tentative" is dependent on though.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Activate Force Field!

The anti-kitty cover for my knitting bowl is complete!

Duchrow 85.1

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I had a few mishaps during it's creations, the biggest of which was running out of thread. I was using a completely unidentifiable thread (likely something I inherited from my grandmother) so I had no way of getting more to finish the project. Instead, I compared it to a couple other things in my yarn cabinet and came up with something that was the closest match. Unfortunately, "closest" means it doesn't actually match.

The new thread was a bit lighter but it wasn't really noticeable - until blocking. Once I got everything wet, the original thread turned dark tan and the new turned white. Yikes. Fortunately, I had run out of thread at the end of the doily proper so I only had to do the crocheted edging with the new thread. Add in the fact that I also beaded the edging and the color change looks pretty intentional. Thank goodness.

The finished doily is right at 17.5" across, which is a perfect size for my knitting bowl. And the three rows of beads add a nice weight to the edge to keep things down. All in all, I think it worked out pretty awesomely.

Anti-Kitty Force Field

I did manage to unintentionally skip two beads on the last row of beading. I think I'm just going to ignore that, though.

More pictures and notes as well as a link to the pattern can be found on my Ravelry project page.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It's a Hole!

The excavation hit non-"diggable" rock so they had to pull out the rock hammer.


Please notice the front track up off the ground. Yeah, it did that a lot today during both digging and hammering. That poor backhoe driver - his teeth probably rattle in his sleep.

Things are all done for today, which means Emmett and Olive have crawled out from under the couch. Most of the kitties handled the noise well, though. Tomorrow should be steel and plumbing. Not sure of the schedule after that but we've been told it should be four to six weeks from start to finish.

Right now, though, it's just a big hole in the ground.

A Big Hole

It Begins

It Begins

Monday, January 6, 2014

Progress Is Happening

My future anti-kitty force field is coming along swimmingly.


I'm through 46 of 90 rounds but I'm not actually half way through like that might sound. Almost each round increases the stitch count so while round 45 has about 180 stitches, round 88 has over 300 and the final round has almost 400. So yeah, progress has begun to slow down a bit. I think it will take me a lot longer than three days to get through the second half of the rounds.

That's okay though. It will give me a chance to decide what socks I want to do next, owls or sheep? Decisions, decisions!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Saturday, January 4, 2014

More Dan Socks!

Dan Socks

Dan now has a third pair of hand knit socks!

They are a simple stockinette sock so I was able to really whip them out pretty quickly - one week from cast on to bind off. I also used a new heel that is fantastic - Fish Lips Kiss heel which gives a way to figure sizing based on a cardboard foot template you create. It's pretty fantastic. And the heel is awesome. So yeah, if you knit socks, check out that heel. The pattern is a dollar but it is well worth it. I'm now itching to make cardboard foot templates of everyone ever. Because you never know when I'll need to make them socks!

Also, these socks mark the beginning of a year-long Ravelry challenge I am attempting: 12 Socks in 2014. Yes, that's a pair a month. I have plenty of socks that I want to make and I need loads more than the just five pair I currently have, so hopefully this challenge will help me in filling up my sock drawer. It's already helped Dan!

Dan Socks

I have time before the February sock challenge so I've started work on a knitted doily to go on top of my knitting bowl as a kitty repellant.

Lace in Progress

I'm not too far into it but I only started last night.

I'm also using this lace project as a chance to try out the Knitter's Pride Karbonz DPNs. They are carbon fiber with metal tips and they make also interchangeables with the same stuff so I wanted to give them a little test. But I'll be honest, I'm not loving them. First off, I'm using a 2mm needle. How can something so small be so dull at the tip? But I'm having trouble doing something as simple as knitting through the back loop so yeah, super-blunt!

Also, the metal tips (which I assume are there for either added pointiness (which doesn't work) or to make them less breakable) create a join that my stitches catch on. I'm used to joins being a potential problem on circs but DPNs? Bah! Who thought that was a good plan?

I was really looking for some HiyaHiya needles for this project but the yarn store I went to only had these in the right size so decided it was an opportunity to try carbon fiber. But yuck. I am not a fan. I'm only on round 15 of a potential 90 (depending on the size I make the doily) and these needles already make me grumpy. HiyaHiya has spoiled me so. I think there are other pure carbon fiber DPNs (no metal tips) made by other manufacturers and those could be interesting because I do like the texture of the carbon fiber and how it feels in my hand, but the tips of the Knitter's Pride version just kill it for me.

Oh well, hopefully the lace won't take too terribly long and I'll work on some fun socks next month.