Autumn is definitely in the air – there is a chill to the mornings and evenings that requires wool socks, and the trees are really starting to show their colors.
We changed this…
… into this:
This is the new “library,” the smallest of the rooms upstairs, and the most difficult renovation we’ve done so far.
Seriously, scroll back up to that top photo.
Yes, that is splattered paint, in various colors, all over the walls. If you or anyone you know should ever consider doing that sort of a paint job in a perfectly good room (heck, it would be hideous even in a terrible room!) do the world a favor and don’t even start.
The paint was flung directly on top of the sheetrock too, so sanding only tore the drywall paper off. Instead of priming, sanding, then priming and painting again, we opted for wallpaper as a last resort. Despite my initial prejudice against wallpaper, I am quite pleased with the result. The shelving was built in by my very talented spouse, and provides a great computer-center for the girls.
The best part of the room, however, is Andy’s hobby.
You want to take a closer look?
It’s a smallish saltwater aquarium, which I’m finding are a lot more work than fresh-water but really quite interesting. So far we have a Tomato Clown fish (and his anemone) and a Panther Grouper, both of which are active fish with a lot of “personality.” There are also an immense number of little critters living in and on the rocks there. It makes for better viewing than a television.
Additionally, I’ve been really busy changing this (well, some of this…)
Anyone care to hazard a guess as to how much fiber is in that second photo? Seriously, leave a comment with your guess and tomorrow I’ll tell you the answer and send a skein of the newly dyed sock yarn to the estimate closest to the real weight. (In the case of a tie, I’ll randomly pick a winner from the closest answers.)
Hints: Pictured is the batch from one day of dyeing. It is enough that my back was sore after working on it, and I am certain now that I need a skeinwinder… (and, as you may have guessed, I am just this far away from finally getting the Etsy shop up and running… hopefully by this weekend! squeeeee! So maybe I can buy that skeinwinder.)
Overachiever that I am, I’ve been plugging away at the BFL Monkey socks. Just past the heel and working on the final approach on the foot.
All for now, I still have yarn to skein up!