Ah, the glorious month of September.....my *birthday* month!! And so the celebration begins!
Earlier this week, the FedEx guy knocked on my door with something that looked like a letter....odd, cause I wasn't expecting anything but it is the *birthday* month so one never knows what to expect! What did Mr. FedEx bring me??
These came from New York City Mouse of Country Mice in the City just because she's wonderful and she just had a birthday too! With Ophelia lurking too close for comfort, I don't think I'll be re-stocking my freezer with these goodies til winter but they will be thoroughly enjoyed eventually!! Thanks a million, NYC Mouse, your thoughtful gesture was beyond sweet!
Now a birthday girl can't have enough sock yarn, right? Another friend (who doesn't blog or knit no matter how hard I try!) knows me pretty well cause she sent me the gift that makes my heart sing!! Beautemous SOCK YARN!! Oh BOY!!
Left to right, Meilenweit Cotton Yarn - color #2220, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Champlain Sunset and Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Black Watch. I'm an avid sock knitter but I've never tried CTH before and this colorway is GLORIOUS!!! I'm really eager to try it but I think I'll just pet it for a while! I love cotton sock yarn, Meilenweit knits up like a dream and I love that stripey goodness! Lastly, Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport got my vote for "the perfect yarn to take to a deserted island" right Ann? I love the Black Watch colorway and this is my favorite all around yarn for more than just socks! Thanks J, you really made my birthday special!
Every year I treat myself to one special gift and this year I chose this........
This is the Forest Path Stole from Interweave Knits - Summer 2003. I fell in love with the pattern and I've been looking for the perfect yarn for a while. The pattern calls for Suri Alpaca but alas I am allergic to alpaca and it's a bit warm for Florida anyway. I didn't want a plain cream yarn as the pattern shows or a plain solid yarn but I also didn't want a busy colorway to obscure the beautiful lace patterning. I finally decided on the custom dyed merino from Mystical Creations Yarns you see above. It is supposed to be reminscent of a rose garden which I felt was appropriate for the flowery lace in the pattern. I'm very happy with the delicacy of the colors but the green is a bit more "neon" than I expected. The color in the pic is very true on my monitor, what do the masses think?
To add to the birthday celebration, September 15 is the mail date for Sockapaltwoza so I'll be gifting my sock pal and getting some wonderful hand knit "birthday" socks....good thing cause the P-man seems to have appropriated my Ugg slipper for his own and that leaves me with chilly feet, heheh.....
To assuage my feelings of guilt over all this "conspicuous consumption" when so many Americans have so little right now, I remind everyone to visit Give a Little and make a donation so you can win some gifts of your own AND make someone who needs a smile and a helping hand feel like it's their *Birthday* too!!