Sunday, January 24, 2010

It's Here!

Today my birthday gift from Greg arrived! My stitching and knitting chair. There is an ottoman too but it's not in the picture. I haven't even had a chance to sit in it yet. It was a busy day but hopefully I'll have time tomorrow. It fits in the space but with the ottoman it's a bit tight. I'll have to move it when I'm not using it. I can't tell you how much I've been looking forward to this getting here.
A while back someone asked me what this is that is set up on my cutting table.
It's a yarn swift. You put a hank of yarn on it...
...and wind it into a ball on the ball winder.
It makes a really nice cake of yarn that you pull the yarn from the center.
Lots of yarn comes in hanks and I seem to usually buy yarn this way. It can't be easily used the way it comes. Winding it into a center pull ball is the way to go. I like it this way because it has a flat bottom and it doesn't roll around.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

30 comments:

QuiltSue said...

Your chair looks wonderful.

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

I love that chair, and I have no idea what a "hank" of yarn is. It sounds funny! lol

FayeRaye said...

You should get MANY wonderful hours of stitching and crafting in that beautiful chair....What a wonderful birthday present!!! Faye

Marie said...

NIce Chair!! Looks very comfy too.I love all the ssneat things you do , you are always learning and that makes for a most interesting person. Hope your week-end is good. Our weather has been nice since the rain on Friday.Chat soon, HUgs, Marie

Pat said...

Enjoy your new chair...it looks very comfy!

Carol said...

YAY! Your chair looks super comfy! I can just picture you relaxing there with your latest project in hand, Jackie :)

Simone de Klerk said...

Lucky you, to receive such a wonderful chair. You will feel so comfortable in it! I remember with the yarn my mother used to get, we had to hold op our arms. I can still feel the pain in my upper arms.
Have a lovely week, Jackie!!!

woolwoman said...

Hey Jackie - your chair is wonderful - bet you will love it! Happy belated birthday - hope midnight knitting and your quilting class made for a great day! Mel

Margaret said...

Nice stitching chair! Looks comfy! I think having to move the ottoman is no big deal. Worth it to me! :D (My yarn swift and ball winder are in the basement. Pretty sad, huh? Need to start using them again!)

Linda said...

I really hope the lounge chair suits you to a T, and that it doesn't get covered with fabric, a quilt top or two, and pattern books, as mine easily does!

When I last purchased yarn, the shop offered to wind my yarn for me as a courtesy. Then they went into a back room with the hank and returned with that flat ball. It was a mystery how it changed... until now. Thank you!

Nancy said...

Your chair looks so comfy! The yarn winder is a nifty invention. I worked at a shop that had one of these, and it was so fun to wind the yarn. In case I didn't say it before Happy Birthday!

Connie W said...

Wow, great gift, love that chair! I don't wind my own yarn but the yarn shop uses the same method and winds it for customers.

Jean in Georgia said...

Your chair looks particularly comfy. I fear I'd sit down to stitch or knit and find myself settled in for a nap...

Tam said...

Happy Birthday!
What a nice comfy looking chair.
I wish you many many hours of stitching and knitting joy in it.
I like my yarn "cakes" too, wouldn't knit without them :)

Daffycat said...

Wow! Great chair!

That does it...get ready for a houseguest...I'm coming to stitch!

Kajsa said...

That's a sweet chair, you will be so comfy now. I used to love playing with those yarn winders growing up.

Deb said...

Your chair looks so comfortable. Now, don't you feel like your room is just about complete. And I love yarn cakes too - after years of trying to pull yarn from the middle of the skein, I finally wised up!

Ria said...

Happy Birthday - that looks like a great chair! Your sewing room makes me seriously jealous ( she says eying her daughters room _ hey she IS going away to college in September!).

I figures since we keep commenting on the same blogs, I should come over and check yours out.

RIa

Marjo said...

Beautiful chair. What a great addition to your sewing room. Love it and Happy Birthday.

Dee said...

Great chair! Hope you get a good long sit in it tonight!

But, while the chair is great --- I LOVE the swift. I so want one of those.

Siobhan said...

I love the chair! I wish you many hours of stitch and craft ass in it. ;)

Karyn said...

I love your chair, it's awesome and so inviting :) Your room is coming together, my friend :) Happy Birthday, 29 right?

Hugs
Ma

Vals Quilting said...

Your chair is awesome. Ball winder thingy: when I was a child my grandma knitted and she would wind the balls of wool around her thumb so the end of the wool would come out of the middle - your way is so much nicer :)
Valerie
http://www.pastimesonline.ca/vals-quilting/

yarnjourney said...

Happy Birthday! Your new chair looks so comfy. Looks like you are all set to craft in luxury and ease. Have a great week!

imquilternity said...

What a good-looking chair. I'll bet it's really comfy when you get a chance to test it out! Looks like a wonderful place to relax and knit. I have a swift and use it quite often. I love it and feel lucky to own it. It saves sooooooo much time when winding yarn!

Annie said...

Looks like fabulous chair! Lucky you. And that's a great tool for winding yarn. Nice to have a place to set it up too,

Barb said...

How exciting...

thanks for the lesson on the yard thinging..(can't remember what it was called...am I bad or what)?

julia said...

I wonder if your husband would talk to my husband about gift giving!!!??

Feisty Irish Wench said...

still...jealous ;)

Suzanne said...

Great chair!