I decided to frog back the body stripes on Tubey and start over. I think I’m a bit happier with this version. I don’t really think I would have been UNhappy with the previous version, but this is the one I’ll stick with. I guess next time I should really plan out the stripes a bit better ahead of time instead of just knitting something. Or not. Most likely not.
I’m actually much farther along than shown in the photo above. After spending several hours knitting and watching construction guys, I have about four more inches of the body done.
The other WIP is our new garage.
I discovered that my neighbor’s covered deck was a very nice place to sit and knit, and watch the goings on. Sadly, the guys finished at 3:00, and won’t need to come back tomorrow. Now we just wait a while for the cement pad to cure before they come back and finish the job. But on the bright side, once the temperatures warmed up around noon, shirts started coming off. I know Cookie and Lani will be glad to hear that.
The deconstruction was an amazing thing. It only took 2 minutes (literally) for them to tear down the old garage. Of course, it took much longer for them to haul all the pieces off to the dumpster. But the entire garage fit into one dumpster.
Then they leveled everything out and poured the new foundation. It was really interesting to watch them take off their shirts work the cement. Even my neighbor and his daughter came out to sit with me and watch the proceedings. It’s surprising how quickly the concrete hardens enough for them to crawl around on top of it.
While all of that was going on, they also ripped out the old driveway and leveled the surface from our house to our neighbor’s. The new driveway will take up the whole space from house to house, instead of having a couple of feet of gravel on each side. That will make it much easier to maintain, especially when it comes to shoveling snow.
My husband was planning to dig a trench to run the electrical wires out to the garage. According to code, it has to be 18″ deep. That would be an awful lot of digging. He talked the construction guys into digging the trench with their bobcat, and gave them a very healthy tip for doing so. It probably saved him a couple of days of hard labor. The guys were so sweet – they said they hardly ever get any tips.
The new pad is so pretty – it’s almost a shame to put a garage on top of it.
I don’t want to post a lot of photos, because whenever I do, Ravelry decides to stop picking up my feed for weeks. But if you click here, you can see all of my beefcake construction shots, where you can embiggen to your heart’s content. And for equal opportunity, there’s something for the guys, too. And dog lovers. Oh, and Lani and Cookie, make sure you visit page 2. I left something for you.