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.