Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Christmas Presents!

I received some AWESOME knitterly Christmas presents!

Here's a few of them:

My mom gave me the Knit One Below book, and my husband bought me Knitting Without Tears, the harmony knitpicks sock needle set, and the yarn is the Snowstorm Scarf kit, also from Knitpicks.
I've never used the harmony needles before, but I love that they're so pretty! The kit is for a double-knit scarf and I'm excited to learn that technique.

All of those gifts are really nice, but they were slightly eclipsed by this one:
Look closely at the box. Do you see what it says?
It says "ASHFORD"!!!!!

Inside the box, is this:
An Ashford Traveller Spinning Wheel!!!!

I can't tell you how surprised I was! My husband is well aware that I wanted one, and we had spent a little bit of time talking about them and the kind I might like (and by talking about them I mean I talked at him and didn't really think he cared). Turns out, he was listening! He spent the weeks before Christmas making some phone calls to a couple of spinning wheel dealers and asking some questions, before he picked out this baby. Isn't he awesome?!?!?!?!?!?!

Unfortunately, we were only home for a little while after opening Christmas presents before leaving for my mother's-in-law house for Christmas dinner there. We got home pretty late and then left the next day for my parents' house and didn't get home until last night. Which means, the spinning wheel is still in the box. I opened the box today, took a quick look at the pieces, and quickly decided that spinning wheel assembly is a husband job. He's much better than I am at putting stuff together (and no, I don't think this reveals anything at all about the differences between genders. I think it reveals a lot about my strengths/weaknesses versus my husband's).

The wheel is unfinished, so it will need some work after it's assembled. I'm hoping to start spinning on it next week.

I have one other gift to show, but it's upstairs and I'm not, so I'll save it for tomorrow.

Happy Knitting!


Judy11 said...

I gave DD #2 that very Knit Picks scarf kit for Christmas. It looks like it will be so beautiful. One of her knitting goals is to learn double knitting, so I gave her the Extreme Double Knitting book too. And i threw in lots of Brittany birch dpns (her fav - expanding her collection slowly.)

I got a swift -yeah, no more chair backs or conning hubby into holding the yarn. And I can do it anytime - by myself (already had a ball winder!)

Happy knitting AND spinning to you in the New Year!!

km said...

Wow! What fun gifts!!! Can't wait to read about your spinning adventures. I've got quite some stash that I have to work through before I can earn some knitterly gifts. I'm not even sure how that happened.

Jane said...

You have an awesome husband! That's a great gift!

sapphireblue said...

OMG! Majorly jealous!