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I'm a married knitter, crocheter, and newbie spinner living in the Maryland suburbs with my photographer- computer geek hubby, 3 cats, and 3 dogs. And yarn. A LOT of yarn. Just ask my hubby.


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Olympics Fail, Porch Progress

Yeah, so, the Santa Fe Shawl? Not done. I took a break for a couple of days to make my Chrysanthemum Tea Skirt, which I totally love and wore this past Friday, but utterly failed to get pictures of. Anyway, I tried to get back into working on the shawl, but between the soul-crushing boredom with making all of the little motifs* and the need to get ready for guests this weekend (and next weekend), it just didn’t get done. It will, eventually, but it’s not there yet.

And you may remember why it was that we had guests this past weekend – this was the porch-raising party. Unfortunately, due to some redesigning-on-the-fly, we didn’t get anywhere near as far as I had hoped, so we still have no roof. Kris and I are working our way through hanging the joists, and I am hoping that we can get them all up in the next week or so. At that point, I’m going to beg/bribe/whatever it takes our friends to help us get the plywood up onto the roof so we can place it, because that is NOT a job he and I can do by ourselves. The joists, and the paneling for the lower parts of the walls, totally.

A couple of highlights from the weekend – the rest of the pictures are in the Flickr set, starting here.

Kris and Scott, putting up the first corner post:


Starting to look like walls!


Kris, with his new tool belt (Please insert Captain Hammer joke here…)


And where we stand, as of the end of the weekend (OK, we really have one more joist and a couple more hangers, but it doesn’t look substantially different)


My folks will be arriving this Wednesday for a few days, so we’ll see what all we get done.

And big, BIG thanks to Steve, Mindy, Jason, Amanda, Carrie, Scott, JAM, and Drew for being WAY too awesome and helping us. We could NOT have done this without you guys, and we really owe you big for all of your hard work. (Oh, and Scott – you need to let me know what I owe you for those donuts)

*Next time I say I’m going to make a project that involves lots of little pieces that have to then be put together, someone slap some sense back into me, ok? I don’t like doing it, I get halfway through, and I want to stab my eyes out. And yet, I continue to do it.  And no, sweater pieces don’t count.

7 comments to Olympics Fail, Porch Progress

  • Eh, don’t thank me, it was fun! I like building stuff 🙂

  • It’s looking awesome! I can’t wait to see it all done.

  • You don’t have to thank us. Just remember, paybacks are a bitch. 🙂

  • amy

    Is this going to be a screened porch? I’ve always wanted an outdoor hot tub. A friend of mine (2 jobs and 10 years ago) had one and it was awesome.

    Wish I was closer. I love DIY stuff and am always up for learning new skillz 🙂

  • Very impressed you’re doing all that yourselves! It’s coming along great! Wanna come knock down and rebuild our addition? 😀

  • I love it!

    Can’t wait to see the skirt!

    Kris looks great in a toolbelt – all men should wear one… although my hubs would disagree very strongly.

    The porch looks like it will be awesome. Are you screening it in? I have always had “Arizona Rooms” or “3 Season Rooms” as they are called here, and I love them! Drinking my coffee and watching the animals start their morning routines…

  • etcgirl

    Kris could totally be Captain Hammer. Without all the dumbass, of course.