Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

I always look forward to Mother's Day, not because I am a mother of 4 wonderful grown children, but because it has become tradition that I spend the day with my mother.  Just the two of us... we go around to the stores and shop for our annual flowers and garden plants, stop off for lunch if we feel like it and the bring all our wonderful finds back to her house and place the flowers around the house.

It truly is a fun day  and one that I will treasure forever.  Mom turns 83 this year and she still looks as much like a movie star to me now as she did when she was 16.

I also like Mother's Day because I usually spend the quiet morning hours in my studio with all my yarns and fibers, a cup of coffee and my computer, just leisurley browsing around and planning my next projects or finishing up my current projects, without feeling guilty that I'm not doing laundry or cleaning. 

Today, I was able to finish my latest shawl (or wrap, or stole.. which ever you prefer) and I am just thrilled as how this turned out.

It is knit with a 50/50 wool/silk and it is just as light as a feather.  The scalloped edges have tiny beads knit in so there is a bit of a weight to keep it from flying away.  I love the basil green color and the rolling leafy design.  I am calling this one Traveling Vines and it is available in my etsy shop.

I'm also working on cleaning up a new (to me) old spinning wheel.  After doing some research, I've learned that this wheel came from Canada and is linked back to the Albion  Hills Farm School. From some forum discussions I've learned that Edna Blackburn  was a master spinner and taught spinning through out her life.  I've actually gotten the address of her grandson and will be corresponding with him this week to find out more!  Here are some photos of how the wheel looked when I received it:

Yesterday, I spent some time cleaning it up and browsing around for some new maidens as these must not have been the original.  I can't wait to get this in working order.. because, as you know, one wheel is just not enough! I will post some before and after photos after it is restored... more to come...

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there and I hope you have a wonderful day.