I still feel weird coming back to the blog and posting about things that don’t seem important – and these days there isn’t too much that seems important.  That said, there are things happening in our life.

On the home front, we just undertook a big project: re-siding the house.  We didn’t exactly undertake it ourselves really, we hired a company to do it for us. It was a BIG job and it’s costing us, but we’re so pleased with how it’s turning out.

This was what our house looked like when we bought it:

This is what it looked like 2 days ago:

On the crafting front, I’m continuing in my quest to knit 11 sweaters in 2011. This one is a bit different though, in that it’s my first handspun sweater.  A few months ago I went into my stash and pulled out 5 braids of fiber.  The pile looked very colorful and I wondered idly if I was going to end up with a beautiful sweater or loads of rainbow barf.

I began spinning early this year, and it took me a while to spin 6 bobbins worth. But I did:

I held my breath as I plied the yarn, hoping that I would like what I got. And guess what? It was pretty!

I finished up with 1000-1200 yards.  Then I had to decide what to knit. I settled on the Shalom Cardigan because it was a simple pattern that would show off the handspun. I had to do a little math to make it work, since my yarn was a worsted weight and the pattern called for bulky. But I think I made it work.

I finished the sweater in the car last week, and blocked it early this week. I wore it for the first time yesterday and loved it SO much that I wore it again today. At lunch today, over ice cream, sitting outdoors in the sunshine, I had a friend snap a photo.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chery
    May 06, 2011 @ 22:59:42



  2. kippi
    May 07, 2011 @ 00:26:31

    I adore your sweater! Your house is beautiful, but mostly it is really nice to see you smiling.


  3. pip
    May 07, 2011 @ 09:54:46

    It’s good to read about how your life is carrying on… I love the yarn and cardi 🙂


  4. Christine
    May 09, 2011 @ 17:38:18

    adorable! The sweater AND the house (AND YOU BTW) are all fabulous!


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