So, Christmas is about a lot of important things to a lot of people. For me one of the important aspects is getting together with the people I love and exchanging gifts. I hopefully gave nice, thoughtful gifts, and I definitely received them as well. Five of the gifts are somewhat related to my farm (the fiber actually) so I thought I would showcase them here on my farm blog.
Here’s my cool new sheepy key chain:
Here’s my new cool sheepy knitting bag:
And there’s my new minispinner. I read about this in a newspaper when I was on the Olympic Peninsula as it is made in Chimacum. It seemed like a really cool device that would be easier to use while watching TV and travelling.
I spun this up in about 2 hours while there was a concert and then news on TV. It is really easy to learn to use. It is quiet, and because I do not have to concentrate on the wheel at all, I can concentrate completely on the fiber I am drafting. I chose a difficult fiber to start with- a baby camel down and merino blend roving. But despite this I think I did OK. I think this will give me more flexibility and opportunities to spin that I do not have with my Ashford wheel. Hopefully I can start making more progress on my stash!
I received two more fiber/farm related presents that I did not have photos for before. There’s a nest box I received from my step-father Al. I won the smaller one in a contest ,and he bought the larger one for me.
And my husband Tom bought me a Autoknitter sock knitting machine stand. I already had the knitter which I had purchased with Tom’s blessing a few years ago but have tried various tables in our house to no avail. We even purchased an antique table for it, but the knitter is too heavy. So I found an antique stand actually made for it, and we ordered it. It arrived just before Christmas. Tom put it together for me, cleaned it up a bit and now I have my antique sock knitter on the stand designed for it. Knit on!