Archive for March, 2007

What’s New in Knitting

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Or maybe I should say what’s old because I’m still knitting socks! Here are the finished Valentine’s Day socks.

Valentine's Day Socks

Pattern: Gentleman’s Fancy Socks by Nancy Bush

Yarn: Fleece Artist Merino in Simply Sock Yarn’s personal colorway

This is what I started next:

Monkey Socks

These are Monkey Socks by Cookie A.  I’m using STR in the color Farm House. I’m loving the STR for how soft it is on my hands. I also enjoy watching how the color plays out, whether it pools or stripes…I’m actually further along than this picture and hoping the yarn will pool interestingly along the instep.

Concrete, Part 1 of at least 3 more.

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Today Richard, Dick, and Dale poured the walls for the front porch and back patio. 

Front Porch

 …and the back patio…

Back Patio

The back patio will most likely be topped with exposed aggregate.  In front, we haven’t quite decided whether it will be exposed aggregate or stamped concrete. Next up, they’ll pour the parking pad in front of the garage and Richard will back fill inside the walls that got poured today.

Wow…We Have Carpet

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Actually we have a lot of carpet pad installed and just a little bit of carpet sitting in the family room.  But tomorrow we’ll have lots of installed carpet. Just having the pad has cut out a lot of the echo in the house.

Carpet Pad


More Master Bath

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

The master bath is almost done.  Richard has been working hard in this room.  Check it out…

Master Bath Shower

Look at how the tile goes around the tub and the tub deck is granite.

Around the Tub

A close up…


I still really like it! Now look at what else Richard did today…

Front Door

I love it. It turned out darker than expected, but it goes very nicely with the hickory cabinets.  If you’ll recall, this is a fiberglass door.  I know it looks good in the picture, but I can assure it looks very nice in person too.

Master Bath Tile

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

The master bathroom is turning out really nice.  As you can see, the tile design used 6 inch tiles, 12 inch tiles, and a decorative border.  There were two firsts here for Richard – setting tile diagonally and wall tile.

Master Bath

Master Bath

The tile looks beautiful next to the granite too. I’ll have to try to capture that in a photo later.  The Tropical Gold has definite pink tones and the tile is taupe.  As always you can go to the Photo Gallery (last link in the right hand column) to see bigger photos.

Still Addicted to Socks

Friday, March 16th, 2007

I cannot stop with the socks. I want to knit them all the time.  I am proud to say I have never given in to second sock syndrome even though I’ve been tempted.  Even though I have 4 sock needles (2 in 2.25 mm and 2 in 2.75 mm) I have yet to have more than 2 pairs of socks in progress at once.  That may have to change.  My mom gave me two wonderful sock books for Valentine’s Day and they inspired me to complete my collection with the purchase of Favorite Socks and Knitting on the Road.  (I was afraid KOTR might go out of print since Amazon takes 4-6 weeks to get it.)

A Complete Set

I know it’s crazy – all these free sock patterns on the Internet and yet I now have FIVE all sock books.  Yet I feel like this is a complete collection.  There are so many amazing patterns I’m having a difficult time resisting the allure of having 4 sock projects going at once.

For now, Glenda’s socks have been finished…

Glenda's Socks

and I made myself finish one of the Valentine’s Day socks before starting anything else.

Valentine's Socks

Then I cast on for a new sock! There’s not enough knit to show you yet. 😉 But I can tell you that I’m only an inch into the ribbing and it’s already pooling in an interesting way. I’ll have pictures soon.

Where have I been?

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Taking care of these guys…



and these two up on the hill too.

I am home now and will have new knitting pictures and house pictures soon.  The pink and black striped socks are finished and the first Gentleman’s Fancy sock is finished.  The house has not changed much this week, but we have big plans for the next week – tile in the master bath, pouring part one of the concrete, and carpet installation.

Little Details

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

See the granite window sill?  If we used the same sill that is in the rest of the house, it stuck out too far for the faucet.  Richard had this idea and asked Whittington’s to make it for us. Richard has also been installing the door handles.

Kitchen Details

I’m horse-sitting for the next week.  If the weather turns nice again (it’s not supposed to) I’ll have new horse photos to show you.  If it continues to be rainy and windy I’ll have more knitting to show you. 

Wrapping It Up

Monday, March 5th, 2007

We are getting down to the final punch list to get final occupancy.  On the list we have the stair railing and banister, temporary steps out the back doors, boarding over the door to the upstairs deck, trenching to the well for our water hook-up, installing towel bars and toilet paper holders, tiling the master bathroom, carpet installation, door hardware installation, staining the front door….yeah, it’s still a fair number of things, but you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

The house has been masked and taped for most of last week.  It’s not the most exciting thing to take pictures of, plus it obscures all of our pretty granite and cabinets.

Masked For Painting

The wiring is also finished. There were just a few things that needed to be finished up.  These pendants for the kitchen were back ordered for months.  Here they are, finally installed.


We’ll both be glad when it’s done.  Sometimes (most of the time!) it’s the last few items on any task list that seem to take forever.  Then we can get the barn and the fencing going!  The first estimate for the barn should be in this week.