I haven’t been spinning lately – in fact its been months – because I just couldn’t. I was using a little chair from a small desk set that my sister loaned Cieara. My sister had the desk since I was a little girl, and it was so nice of her to give it to Cieara. I borrowed the chair a while ago to use for spinning, and it was just the perfect size. But in the last redecoration of her room, Cieara decided that the desk didn’t fit, so we gave it and the little chair back to my sister. And that was months ago – and I haven’t been able to spin because none of our chairs were right – and I just couldn’t find the right chair when I looked at stores. Everything was too big, too tall, or had wheels. And I just didn’t like how they looked.
There is an antiques store across from the gym, and I look at it all the time while I’m working out and wonder if they have something that would work. So this weekend, Larry and I stopped in on the way to the chocolate store for chocolate bunnies, and they had the perfect chair.
I don’t know what the bottom is made of – it almost seems like paper. And the finish is sort of blistered. And I really love it. It is the perfect size for spinning, and I love how it looks.
Nipper apparently agrees that it is a perfect chair…
I really am glad that I found it…and I did a little spinning this weekend…
It really felt so good to spin again – I have to admit though – it did take a few minutes to get back into it. But I finally got it going, and it was so nice to be back at the wheel. I really need to get through some of my roving stash. Maryland Sheep and Wool is coming up, and although I’m not 100% I’m going, I didn’t go last year, and I don’t know if I want to miss it two years in a row. And if I go to Maryland, I know I’ll be buying more roving – so I really need to get going!
This weekend wasn’t all about spinning – I also started the Aeolian shawl yesterday – and I’m loving it.
It took me a couple of rows to figure out how to do the beads (and I probably lost at least 25 somewhere in my chair/family room on those two rows), but I finally got it and I’m clipping along. I’m making the shoulderette, not the shawl, and I’ve finished the second chart. I was a little worried about gauge – I am using a US 4 for this, and wondered if a US 3 might be better -but I don’t have a Knit Picks Harmony in that size, and I don’t think I could do lace, beads and metal needles. But the more I do of it, the more I think the 4 will be fine. I really do like the pattern so far, and I love working on it. I feel like I finally found my knitting exitement again – its been a while since I’ve been this happy with a project.
I had a really nice long weekend, and tomorrow I’m back to work. But the weekend was so nice, and I’m all relaxed – we had such a good time this weekend with the kids, and had lots of good food, a little golf, and a nap or two.
OK, off to spin (if Nipper will let me have the chair back!). Have a great week!