Last Minute Gifts

In my humble opinion, the last minute gifts are best. Not the “Oops, I forgot. What should I get?” kind, but the unexpected, “Oh, by the way, here you go” kind. And I’ve gotten so many “Oh, by the way” these last few days I’m about ready to dance on a rooftop.

In my last post I mentioned that I was way behind schedule, and that I probably wouldn’t get any more spun on Christmas Eve. Well, we got home from the Christmas Eve service around nine, and by nine-thirty Dad decreed a late-night movie! We all trooped down to the TV room and spent two and half hours watching It’s a Wonderful Life. Do you know how much you can spin in that amount of time? In a word, a whole spool full of the black wool silk mix, which left me with a strip of roving a little over a yard long.

And if that wasn’t enough, I had written off Christmas day because, you know, it’s Christmas! We’d be busy all day. I had forgotten one thing. The three hour wait between brunch and when company would show up. See what I got done during that time?

They're Finished!

They're Finished!

All eight ounces (six of which made it into the New Year’s Dash) are spun and plyed. I just love how shiny they are. One more project checked off the list! Although I think I’ll un-check the Gawain sock yarn. It’s not plyed yet, and what with the recent spin frenzy I think I’ll be able to ply all my projects instead of just spin the singles.

And I spun a little on the Walking Wheel, and spun a whole bobbin of the thick single for the lumpy yarn. I can officially see the bottom of the carded wool basket now! Almost there!

So, not only did I get way more spun than I had planned, (thank you, Lord) but I got fiber for Christmas! Now, that might seem obvious, but I wasn’t expecting these batts in particular. And the Lord totally worked it out because I had been surfing Etsy and found these two batts I really liked. Then, for the purpose of bemoaning that I shouldn’t go fiber hunting when I couldn’t buy any, I told my mom about them. Then I forgot about ever seeing them. Next thing I know, these two beauties pop out of a gift bag.

Moonlit Snow Batt

Moonlit Snow Batt

That one is merino and tussah silk and white glittery stuff. I can hardly wait to spin it. It’s so beautiful! I’m seeing a soft, cooshy yarn. At first I thought a lace weight, but I think it would be prettier as a smooshie single. But I must not, I repeat, must not start spinning it until New Year’s Dash is over. Forget how soft it is. Forget that all three and half ounces are calling me. Ignore them! (Life can be so hard at times.)

Then there is this one.

Jester

Jester

It’s 3.2 ounces of wool top, mohair, and copper sparkle. Isn’t it fun? I’d never have thought to pair royal-purpley blue with orange and russet, but I rather like it. It’s funny. No idea what this will become. Someone mentioned sock yarn, but the glitz might be scratchy. I might try out brushing this yarn to see if I can get the mohair to “bloom” into a fuzzy halo. Oh, maybe I should spin it and then make a hat out of it! One of those pointy hats that look like a jester would wear them. Hmm. Have to think about that.

Oh, and then there was a fun little sample of another batt. I think it’s their holiday colorway. I rather like it. But I don’t think it’s available anymore. (Oh, the Etsy store is Terra Bella Spun. )

A Tiny Bundle

A Tiny Bundle

I’m making lots of progress on the New Year’s Dash, but I’m going to have to get some more audio books from the library. They go well with spinning. As long as the wheel doesn’t start squeaking.

One Response to Last Minute Gifts
  1. Mama Mentor
    December 27, 2008 | 1:26 pm

    The black yarn is gorgeous! And I’ll be very interested to see how the moonlit snow batt spins up. It may be the only snow I see this winter!

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