Isn't this a beautiful spinning wheel? I think so. She's mine. Well, she will be when paypal releases my funds and puts them into Kate's account and she pays the ebay seller. I call her Saraspunda and she's still in New Zealand.
My family has heard me contemplate a spinning wheel for a long time now. I didn't want to spend a lot of money and discover I hated spinning and then be left with an expensive tchachka. So, at Peter Kevin's urging, (he's such an enabler), I searched ebay and found this one for 99 dollars. It's used but I am ok with that. It's being sold by a person who reconditions used wheels and helps them find new homes. I am so excited. I transferred the funds but because it was after 5 on Friday, the transaction will not go through until Monday. Sigh.
Through this process I have learned that the ebay style of bidding for things is definitely not for me. When we saw the wheel on Thursday night and placed our bid, there was another bidder. We placed a slightly higher bid and when I went to bed, I was the high bidder. Oh the horror when I got to work and discovered that a**a had out bid me! I woke Kate up and demanded that she place a bid immediately! She explained that it was better to wait until the end of the bidding time (6 pm). I told her to do what she thought best as she has experience doing this and I don't. "I trust you" I said. And then I went bananas all day wondering if somewhere a**a was contemplating her next move. When I got home from work, Kate placed a bid just to see what happened. A**a bid again. She had auto-bid enabled. Kate explained the process and told me not to worry but to prepare myself in case we lost. LOST!! We could lose?! I was so worried. I had carried the picture of the wheel in my head all day and even given it a name and now I could LOSE? I went and got a manicure. When I came back, Kate was taking the final steps to insure that I (we) would win and have a spinning wheel. At 6 pm the screen informed us we had won. Whew. I was a mess. This bidding thing is not for the faint hearted.
The wheel comes with all the parts and some roving to start with and a book. I bought a book with lots of photos and can hardly wait. I am prepared for a steep learning curve but I firmly believe I can learn anything I put my mind to, except geometry.
I finished the MacGreggor's garden socks and gave them to my Aunt Joan for her birthday today. She seemed to like them but it's her first pair of handknit socks and she has no idea how good they'll feel. We took her to her daughter, my cousin's house today for cake and ice cream.
I have cast on for the Annetrelac socks in IK's holiday knits. I got the ribbing done and the first row of triangles. I can purl backwards so this made the first row easier. However I am having a terrible time with the first row of squares. The directions don't make sense. I have been searching online for some better instructions, preferably with photos.
Tomorrow I should be able to find out the biopsy results. Strangely, I am not as worried about the results as I was about the biopsy. Wednesday I meet with the surgeon to discuss the gall bladder. It's been hard to make any plans because I don't know when the surgery will happen and how long I will have to be resting. I know it's not nearly as bad as it used to be but it's still considered major surgery. I can't wait for Wed.
Peter Kevin is making some sock blockers. He wanted to contribute something to the prize for the blogiversary. He's so cute. And no, you can't have him, he's mine.
Talk to you all soon. Happy Sunday.