I mean, I throw most of my paychecks into car insurance and gas and student loan bills, but I’m lucky enough to have disposable income while I’m living at home. My parents don’t ask for rent and still buy food for me because my work schedule coincides with their schedule. As long as I help out around the house, play chauffer for my brothers on occasion, am actively working, and am putting extra cash towards those damn loans, my paychecks are for my savings and yarn habits and Netflix and whatever. Which I really appreciate.
So my lists for the past couple of years have been kind of haphazard and vague and rushed at the last minute as my mom stands outside of my bedroom door with her hand held out impatiently, helpfully listing things like:
- This One Specific T-shirt I Saw One Time That Made Me Laugh
This year, I added one more thing to the list that I had debated asking for the past couple of years. My parents and I had talked about me getting one of these while I was still in college, but we only did some quick research and my parents didn't have the money and we agreed that there was no place to keep this thing.
And then my sister moved out and freed up the master bedroom upstairs for storage and crafts. And I thought about buying it myself. I really did. But I found a model that was about half of the price of the other models my parents and I had looked at before and there was that room and I know my parents really like it when I ask for stuff like this because they love to learn about this stuff without having to invest the awkward, stilted learning time themselves. So, I added this thing to the list and it was the first thing I unwrapped:
Not yet assembled.
ASHFORD KIWI 2: FULLY ASSEMBLED AND READY FOR SMOOTH, HOT SPINNING ACTION.
I mean, really. She’s such a pretty lady. I’ve spun about 70 yrds of green/blue two-ply on her and she’s a dream (you’ll see the roving later in this post). She’s currently crammed into a corner of my room, but as soon as Christmas is boxed back into the attic, she’ll be moved up stairs where she won’t be so crowded and I can spin everything. And I could go on about her for days. I’ve already bored some coworkers to tears and shown them photos of the quickest handspun I’ve ever done, but let’s look at my other treats. This blog will get real boring if I just natter on about the Kiwi.
Mom sewed me Star Trek pajamas! Mostly as a snub because when I was little I told her I would never watch Star Trek because there’s too many and it was boring. I didn’t have the attention span for Trek then and I always ended up watching episodes starting at the middle. Netflix has, of course, solved all my problems with Star Trek.
Christmas Snoopy T-shirt. All four of us kids got Christmas t-shirts.
HAWKGUY. Dude, this comic. I mean, it’s put comics on the map for me. It’s a huge part of the reason why I bought a tablet. So I was pretty excited to get this shirt.
Sibling gifts! The smelly candle is from Pickleface, the Eternal Scout patch is from Stovetop, and the Teavana thermos and cannister are from The Gabbers. The canister is empty, but that’s because there were so many tea choices and she didn’t know what I’d want that big canister full of. Luckily, there’s a Teavana shop in a mall on my way home from work, so I’ll be stopping there on my way home sometime for fancy loose leaf.
A book and a super awesome game!
Froud book! I think I’ve nearly got them all, now.
A sweet Stark hoodie with this on the back.
A case and a few new colors for my collection of embroidery thread. All the colors in the left-most two columns were gifts.
Goodies from the stocking! Candy, roving, an LED flashlight, and a cool lucet thingy that mom and I saw at Stitches East.
LEGOS. And here’s some photos of the construction. Which was done in my spinning wheel box so I didn’t loose the little studs.