Monday, January 30, 2006

try not to be too jealous

Ok, back to regularly scheduled blogging. I really do hope some of you try that test I mentioned yesterday, though. It's extremely interesting.

The title of the post about Daughter eating pasta is from King of the Hill. Peggy makes the same meals each week, and Tuesdays are "spa-Peggy and meatballs." I guess your husbands don't make you watch low-brow cartoons on Sunday nights.

And now for the LOOT!

Hooray! I don't have to return the Waterman book to get this! My mom totally came through. I have my eye on most of the shawls in this book...I'm going to be busy for a long, long time with these patterns.

To go with the book, my awesome parents also gifted me 5 skeins of Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud (laceweight) in 'Stream' and 5 skeins of Knitpicks Shadow (100% merino laceweight) in 'Sunset'. I had already felt up the Shadow as I ordered yarn to knit Adamas, but the Alpaca Cloud is new to me. It is so soft it makes me weak in the knees. The color is heathery and beautiful - deeper than it appears in the picture above. The sun is actually shining today, distorting everything. I am thinking this blue would match my little sisters eyes remarkably well, and also Daughter's (assuming they don't change, which they still might). So either little sis gets a shawl, or Daughter inherits one. The Shadow is more of a russet color than the picture shows, and I think it would suit my mom, a fair redhead, perfectly. Perhaps she will get a shawl as well. I requested 5 skeins of each on my wish list so I would have enough to make things like the Fir Cone Shawl from Folk Shawls, but I still may have too much, even for the big shawls from that book. Maybe I can make a large shawl and also a lacey scarf from each color. Each skein is 440 yards, for a total of 2200 yards of each color.

We're not done yet! From my kickin' little sis (ha, she is 27, not so little) a big box o' more Knitpicks! I'm telling you, if you have a birthday or something coming up, make yourself a wishlist and tell everyone it exists. It's so fun! And you get what you really want!

Anyway, here we have 8 skeins of Wool of the Andes in 'Fern' which is slated to become Secret Garden for Daughter. It's an AS pattern from, I think, The Children's Collection. Please correct me if that's wrong. The color up there is totally wrong...please look here for a better idea. Also in the box were two hanks of Sock Landscape in 'Spring Prairie' - these colors are extremely beautiful and more saturated in real life than in that stinky pic. Finally, there are two skeins of Sock Garden in 'Zinnia'. These socks will require sunglasses for viewing, but I think they'll be cool. These two sock yarns are 100% merino, which means more hand-washing, but man is it worth it. I'll say it
again - merino yarn is made to be worn on the feet. Ahhhhh.

I also want to show off the aprons my mom made. These are reversible, with hemmed grosgrain ribbon ties. Mom has about ten thousand times more patience than I do, so these are simp
ly perfection. The one on the left has a coffee/bistro theme on the front, and on the right, a retro cherries/teapots/bowls pattern.

Here are the backs. The coffee one has fabric depicting market/fruit stands, and the retro one has an all-over cherry print on a gingham background.

My mom is incredible, and I couldn't love her more.

Ok, that's it for the 30th birthday. By the way, I love how Blogger updates your profile automatically so your current age shows up immediately. Nothing makes me feel more 30 than seeing it in print.

I want this to stand out, so it's all bold and stuff. Does anyone want to trade some Lorna's Laces for something approximately equal in value? I have two skeins of sock yarn in Peach (please go to solid colors, page 3), one in a center-pull ball and one in a hank. The hank is about half kinky from the sock I ripped (sorry). I don't think I love this yarn as much as others do, and I'd love to have something else. Obviously, I love Knitpicks products but I also love Fortissima sock yarns. Or it doesn't have to be sock yarn! It doesn't have to be yarn at all, even! Let me know what you have and we'll work out a deal!

Tune in tomorrow for some wips and updates. Nothing finished, but progress made!


Jenn said...

So jealous of all your haul! Glad you got your mitts on Gathering of Lace - it's such a lovely book! I started to take the test yesterday but I wasn't sure that I was in the right thing - and The Husband does make me watch King of the Hill, but not often enough I guess!
Can't wait to see all these goodies knit up! :)

Kara said...

I keep trying to have another girl to knit the Secret Garden sweater. My oldest was too big for it by the time I started knitting and I've had three boys since then. I love that sweater!

Happy Birthday!