A few days ago, I won a contest over at Cozy's Place (I love that name) by guessing Del's birthday: Dec. 12! And what an awesome prize! Look!
It's a copy of Yarnplay (I love Poppy, the cover sweater) and two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. When I received it, it was beautifully packaged in my favorite colors: green and purple, and she had written the nicest note! Now I guess I'm going to have to knit some socks. You have to understand...my first sock experience was for my husband, and I've never recovered: size 13 on US 0 dpns. And he likes them ribbed all the way up. Three skeins of Jawoll. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. But maybe I'll knit myself a little something this time. Like Pomatomas. I love that pattern!
Thank you, Del! And Happy Birthday!!!
On to my birthday report. A little late, but nonetheless, I have tales to tell!
It was the best birthday I have ever had. I really mean that. First, my husband made me his specialty: seafood paella. I wish I had had the presence of mind to snap a picture before we all dug in, but alas, my brain was lost in the shuffle! Added to that: oysters on the half shell. Yum! They were Hog Island, fresh in from Point Reyes. I lovelovelove oysters. And a dear friend baked me a birthday cake! How cool is that?! It was made without eggs and milk, since my littlest one is allergic to dairy and eggs. (If anyone wants the recipe, let me know; it's a good one!) She had written happy birthday and added flowers on top. I was very impressed by the penmanship (icingmanship?). She'll have to teach me how to do it one of these days! (Please?) So after paella, we all dug in together! :) And then I dug into the presents! :)
Before I go on here with the following yarn and book gluttony, you must know that I have been on a serious yarn and book diet for a little over a year. I'm a bit embarrassed at my riches here!
I got Weekend Knitting:
And those are some cool little wooden cable needles. I love this book. I want to do the Kristin Nicholas chair cushions. I am a huge fan of hers. I love her color sense.
And I got Victorian Lace Today:
It is so totally and completely gorgeous! I love this book. There are so many knittable patterns in it, and they all look so wearable the way they are photographed. I had to do a reality check on a couple of them (no, Rosemary, you don't look good in ruffles!) to keep myself from a cast-on mistake. I plan to do the cover stole in the purple misti alpaca laceweight that a kind friend of mine gave me yesterday (I love stretching out my birthday!). And she gave me Scarf Style, because I think I may have been the last person on Earth not to own it!
And look at this:
Do you know what it is? It's a Bohus knit! *drooooooooool* This one; it's called "Guld":
You can see it here, but it is a little difficult to navigate to the photo! It is dyed by expert dyer Solveig Gustafsson and you can find more out about them here. You really can't appreciate the amazing beauty of this yarn from the picture. It is just incredibly decadent! I was (and am) completely overwhelmed by it!
And, of course, no birthday would be complete without feeding my addiction to Kidsilk Haze (aka Kracksilk Haze, the drug of choice):
I was so completely pampered. What a day! It was fabulous. :)
And last but definitely not least, this picture is for a special Auntie and Uncle:
Remy sends kisses! :)