December 26, 2008

I Spun it All by Myselfies

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 5:36 pm by Jenn

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas!  I did.  Scott and I celebrated with friends here at our place in Baku on Christmas eve with a festive taco dinner, Rock Band on the Wii and a Crazy Gift Exchange.  It was a lot of fun!  Things wound down somewhere around 12:30am, we cleaned up and went to bed.

Christmas morning I woke up and felt awful.  I’m not sure if it was the wine flu or a bug, but whatever it was wasn’t being very nice to me.  I finally felt up to opening presents around 1pm.  If you know me at all you know that this is highly out of character for me so you know that I felt bad. 

Of course Scott insists that Max open his presents first, and we have to watch and take pictures and make a big deal.  Max could really care less.  All he wants in the end product.  He is such a good dog. 



Here’s a picture of our tree before the destruction.


All that for two people.  We really should be ashamed of ourselves.  REALLY!  I got everything that I asked for and then some and so did Scott.  We shouldn’t need anything else til next Christmas…but of course we went to our friend Shannon’s house for dinner last night and we saw the Aerogarden….both of us commented on it which means…we’ll be purchasing that sometime in the near future I’m sure.

So, what was in all those boxes?  Well, I got the Wii Fit that I’ve been wanting and all of the kits that go with it…you know, so I have the socks, the water bottle, the fitness mat, dumbells, etc.  I love it!  I played last night and again this morning.  It really is a great idea.  I like the idea that I can set goals for myself.  I must admit that I was afraid to let the thing tell me my BMI…thankfully I have not shamed myself into the next category, but I am hovering just below the line so this Christmas gift came just in time.  I also think it’s neat the way the Mii (your personal Wii character) takes on your body shape.  Again, thankfully I’m not 1 inch shorter or 10 pounds heavier!  : )

I also got a tortilla press, cookbook and warmer.  I got some storage cubes that I wanted to organize my yarn/craft closet and I also got the storage unit (which I wasn’t planning on).  Scott also got me a portable hard-drive for my computer.  He always complains that I store too much stuff…pictures, documents, etc on my computer….now I can store them on this drive and carry it with me.  At some point I suppose I’ll be organized….but my current system hasn’t failed me yet (it did take me about 20 minutes to find two of his Christmas gifts that I forgot to put under the tree…see, proof that I am morphing in to my mother).

From my family I got a lot of nice things.  I got some roving for spinning in to yarn.  I got a spindle to spin the yarn on, some books on spinning (see the theme there).  I wanted to spin away yesterday, but my body and mind wouldn’t let me….so today I went for it….here are the results.

knitting-021  Not very pretty, but for a first attempt I don’t think it’s too bad.  It was a lot of  fun and I think I am going to perfect the drafting method before I move on to the roving that I got for Christmas.  I post about that another time. I have one more practice strand and then I’m going to go for it…

Here is the finished yarn .  


This is about 7.5 yards.  I used the spindle that my mother gave me.  It is a Golding Ring Spindle.  I don’t have any comparison yet, but I liked it.  It is a top whorl spindle 1.9 oz and a 3 inch whorl.  Scott also gave me a spindle for Christmas. The one he gave me is a bottom whorl.  It’s heavier than the top whorl one.  It’s a Lacis drop spindle and it is a whopping 4 oz.  I don’t know what that means, but it is twice as heavy as the one from my mom….I don’t know if that makes thicker or thinner yarn.  I think thicker. 

My sister gave me some of her personal handspun and I love it.  I think I’m going to make an Unoriginal Hat with it, but not entirely sure… My mother knit me a shawl, which I admit I thought was a tree skirt at first!  I did curl up with it along with the headband (which keeps my ears so nice and toasty that I may sleep with it on at night) my sister knit for me and took a great nap on the couch yesterday afternoon.

Scott had yet another high tech Christmas with a 22″ computer monitor, Bose speakers and the new World of Warcraft game.  He also received Pittsburg Steeler socks from my mom and a Noro Stripe Scarf from my sister.   Again, I’ll post those pictures another time. 

I’m getting hungry so I think it’s time to try out the new waffle maker we received from Scott’s parents. 

Happy Holidays!


  1. Heather said,

    Hey, that handspun doesn’t look half bad!!! I want to look up the other spindle you mentioned – I don’t think I’ve seen one that heavy before. Definitely for a heavier weight yarn. And, I think an unoriginal hat (or two) would be great for the yarn I gave you!

    Not bad for a rookie. By the way, our driver says there are spinning machines here! I am going to have him take me on a field trip….he says they have the sheep wool too. I guess I asked the wrong driver last time!

  2. i had no idea there was stuff that went with the wiifit! i’ll have to check that out.

    The socks have been the most useful – oh yeah, and the fitness mat and battery pack. There are also dumbells which I will add to my step aerobics routine now that I have mastered the footwork…one thing at a time for me since I’m “unbalanced”.

  3. Anonymous said,

    How fun! Nice work on the spinning!

    I just finished the scarf using your pattern (it was on hold for a few weeks as I finished my never ending mittengs). On to something new … any suggestions?

    The spinning was a lot of fun. For other scarf patterns in Ravelry, Scarfy Come Home and Palindrome are both nice looking. I’d love to see a picture of your scarf.

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