Archive for October, 2007

Bye Horses…

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Pepsi and Blondie went to Missoula yesterday. Here they are in the morning. I brushed the dirt off them and loved on them before they had to leave.

Pepsi

Blondie

Then American Horse Transportation arrived and it was time to entrust their care to strangers for a few days. Here’s the beautiful trailer they left the barn on.

Bye Horses

In Auburn they were loaded on to the big semi-trailer and they headed off for Montana. They arrived at the new boarding stable at 1am and were settled into their stalls. The barn owner reports the semi was amazing and luxurious as well, and that both horses were in good condition after their day long trip.

Richard is going down to visit them now. It’s only a week until I will go to Missoula, but I miss them terribly already.

Unfinished Objects (Knitting Only)

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

How many unfinished objects do I have? Hmm…

UFO's

  1. Booga Bag: it’s one of my earliest projects. It’s unfinished because my front loading washing machine can’t seem to felt it enough.
  2. Touch Me Scarf: this was a challenge when I first started it. The problem is, I put it down for a while and when I started knitting it again I was much more confident and knit it tighter. I need to frog and re-knit with the same gauge. I think this is the best use of the yarn so I will most likely re-knit the scarf. (Now that I’ve looked at it again I think I will try to frog only the first skein that was knit so loosely.)
  3. Circular Shrug: for some reason this is just not going to fit. I need to frog it and use this yarn for something else.
  4. Lady Eleanor: the knitting has been finished for over a year. The fringe has been cut. Why in the world don’t I just take an hour and finish it?
  5. Endpaper Mitts: I suspected these would be too small for me on the first try, but I persisted in knitting the first dozen rows because I wanted to learn fairisle.  I was also not sure the green/beige would have enough contrast.  All in all, it was a worthwhile experiment and I plan to knit this pattern in a different yarn.
  6. Sunrise Circle Jacket: I finished the knitting right before our last trip to Missoula. Washing and blocking the pieces was not feasible in a hotel room so I didn’t take it along.  Now, I just need to wash, block, seam, and felt lightly to fit. I haven’t tackled it because there is a possibility it won’t fit and that would be disappointing.
  7. Basic Sock: this is just my work in progress and is not pictured above.

I think that’s it! It’s only the first 4 projects that bother me. They should have been completed and in use MONTHS ago, except the shrug which needs to be frogged.  The last three don’t really count in that they don’t weigh on my mind. Sunrise Circle is on my mind a fair amount – I’ll probably pin it together and try it on this weekend so I can decide how I need to block it and if I need to lightly felt it.

P.S. I got my invite to Ravelry and have started building my profile there. I’m TobyKnits.

Missoula Knitting

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

When we travel Richard does most of the driving which gives me lots of knitting time. Here’s what I took for this trip. The haul consisted of one easy project, one medium project, one difficult project, and one backup sock.

Montana Knitting

The first easy project was car knitting on the trip over and back. These are Noro Mitts designed by “Another Knitting Blog“. This was a great, easy pattern and once I saw it I agreed that it was the perfect project for some Noro I had in my stash.

Noro Mitts

My medium project was Mrs. Beeton from Knitty. These were also made from stash yarn that I had purchased for Mrs. Beeton’s ages ago. I’ve never been much of a fan of how these look by themselves, but I think they’re really cute paired with a long sleeve jacket.

The difficult project was learning fairisle. I brought some Knit Picks Essential along to make Eunny Jang’s Endpaper Mitts with.  I think I made a successful start at fairisle, but I stopped after half a dozen rounds because I don’t think these two colors have enough contrast. Why spend the effort for a less than spectacular result?  I’ll choose some other sock yarn from my stash and begin again.

 

Finally, my backup project that I knew would keep me busy was the fake-isle socks shown in the first picture. I did spend one or two evenings working on them after I decided to knit the Endpaper Mitts in better yarn.

I found it kind of amusing that I took along three fingerless mitt projects. I think the cool Fall weather and prospect of a much colder Winter inspired me.

Moving to Missoula

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

So we’ve decided to move to Missoula.  Richard has taken a great job there and I am fortunate that I will be able to work remotely for my current company. With Winter coming we are anxious to get settled in there. To that end I spent the last 10 days looking for a house, a boarding stable, and an apartment.

The housing market is quite similar to here. It seems the market there slowed down a little bit later than here, but still – we looked at many vacant homes and many homes that have been on the market more than 6 months.  I saw a lot of poor workmanship in both cheap and expensive homes. Most disappointing is how difficult it is to find a nice house on a large enough piece of acreage. 

We have not written any offers yet, but here are some of our top contenders.

Top left: an 1800 square foot single level house on almost 5 acres. No horse facility. Fairly close to town.

Top right: a large home in one of the most desirable neighborhoods on 5 acres. They want a LOT of money for this house that needs all new siding, new carpet, and a large facelift to get it out of the ’70′s. Too bad they built it in 1990.

Bottom left: further out of town on 8.5 acres. Looks like a Lindal Cedar home. This one is no longer on the market. It probably expired.  

Bottom right: further out of town on 10 acres. House is livable, but needs a major makeover. This house would be easy to renovate though. Horse facility is a little rough on the edges, but could easily be made safe.

You should see some of the crap I’m not showing you. New homes with the poorest master bath layout I’ve seen, hardwood floors that would have to be ripped out because they were installed so poorly, exterior light fixtures installed upside down, LP siding, bedrooms that don’t meet legal egress requirements…and that’s all in new or nearly new homes.  Don’t even get me started on the older homes!

Towards the end of the week I found a corporate apartment for us and a boarding stable (waiting for confirmation) for the horses. My hope is to get the horses shipped at the end of the month and to find a house to buy within the next few months.

My Long Absence

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

We’ve been in Missoula again. There was a lot to do so I didn’t have time to blog.  Photos from Missoula and knitting coming soon!