Friday, April 22, 2011

Moving right along

Dear Mom,
It sure doesn't feel like spring out there, but our indoor spring cleaning efforts are moving along at a pretty good clip. With the hall and stairway painted and carpet cleaned, I can now declare the upstairs to be Officially Finished. The fresh paint continued down the stairway and into the foyer and includes the half bath, so now all that remains inside are the living and dining rooms and. the. kitchen. (I need a font there to indicate a shudder.) Here's a peak at the foyer and bath with fresh paint.
We've painted over the taupe-colored, sponge-painted walls with a light wheat color. It's definitely a change, but I am pleased. Much brighter and quieter, if that makes sense.

The past few days I've been spinning more than knitting. I received the jumbo bobbin and flyer I ordered for my spinning wheel and I can't wait to try it out when I ply. I am in the process of loading up a couple of bobbins so I can do just that.
I do think my spinning has improved since taking that workshop last month. I am much more consistent. I'll see how it is after plying, but I think I am producing a yarn that is a bit finer too.

I've been knitting a little bit on the shawl I've rescued from yarn closet purgatory. This shawl is worked modularly- sections are picked up and built from previous sections. My goal is to work two sections each day, which should have this shawl finished within two weeks.
This is what I have so far, and it will be even prettier after it has been blocked!

Happy Easter!


Courtney said...

Love the yarn you've spun up! What fiber are you using? I have been hooking away madly on a rug that needs to be finished by next weekend. I've haven't spun in a while either. Did you get a jumbo for an Ashford? I've been wondering if I should upgrade to one as well.
Happy Easter!

Me and My Stitches said...

Your shawl is beautiful. Maybe someday I will be able to knit more than a couple of rows without screwing it up!

merrilymarylee said...

Purgatory was no place for that pretty shawl! That looks like a nice spring-y color and you certainly deserve some spring.

I have an old Singer I use exactly the same way! :)