I did get my shawl finished and it is blocking but no pictures until next week. My Mom's sweater is also almost done, ready for blocking and then seaming and edge finishing. Not sure that will get blocked this week due to the shawl taking up my blocking space.
But I do have something to share. In a way it is a finished object. I am just not the one that did the work.
When I inherited it almost ten years ago, I had dreams of restoring the wood myself. Those ended after a three hour session that was frustrating to say the least. So it sat in our garage for ten years - actually two different garages as it made one move with us. When we decided last year it was time to down size, my husband said there is no room in the next garage - get it restored or sell it. Well obviously I couldn't sell it. Thanks to the internet I found a restorer and six months later, here it is in working order.
The craftsmanship, both originally and the restoration is amazing.
For those of us who appreciate craftsmanship in every form, it is really inspiring. The woodwork and detail is fabulous. The mirror is the original as are all the keys.
A little about my great grandmother. Her name was Hester Mae and she lived in West Virginia - which in the early 1900's was rural by definition. Her father had money as one of the first people to find natural gas in that area. (He died penniless; his final advice to the family was never sell the mineral rights.) He ordered this organ for her birthday from the Montgomery Wards in Pittsburgh and it was made by the Windsor Organ company. It was delivered by train to the nearest station and then was brought by horse and wagon the last five miles or so. That must have been a sight. She loved to play the organ. I remember her as a child but she no longer played. My mother can remember her playing hymns. She had 11 children and lived into her late eighties. She willed the organ to my aunt as the oldest granddaughter and then it came to me as the oldest great granddaughter. I think she would be very happy that it is back to its original condition and loved as she loved it.
For fiber finished objects, go check out Tami's and I promise to have something next week.