Friday, September 09, 2005

Let the festivities begin!!

Ah, the glorious month of *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??

SIX Gift certificates for SIX pints of Ben and Jerry's fabulous ice cream!!

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........

To make 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!!

Pumpkin and I wish everyone a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

Meow, Pumpkin! You hang on to that Ugg slipper. I wish my human would get me a pair!


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday month! Allergic to alpaca? You poor, poor soul. That is probably my favorite fiber in the whole world. At least you're not allergic to wool, though, so there are a lot of nice substitutes. What issue is that shawl in? I love it! Dorothy (Missouri Star)

Alison said...

Happy Birthday!! I think the Forest Path color is gorgeous; I'd love to see a swatch from the stole to get a better idea though:) I am also planning to do the Forest Path Stole. I'm spinning my own yarn for it, so it will be a while. And you've done Madli which I am now working on and you are doing the Shaped Triangle which I have done. Are we on the same lace wavelength or what?

Christina said...

Happy Birthday! Mine is coming up next month so I'm already planning how I want to celebrate. I love the idea of a month celebration.

I love the Forest path stole too. I hunted down that issue just for that pattern, but alas I don't have the time for it quite yet.

Rebekah said...

Oh I love that pattern too, I think about making it, then decide I'm not up for the challenge, but with all the lace weight yarn I have in my stash I really should. I just need to have more patience.

Pumpkin is as cute as always.

Liz said...

I love the mystical creations yarn! Of course, it has pink in it!

Happy birthday Month.

Agnes said...

Happy Birthday! I think the yarn is gorgeous ... but you're right, the green is a bit too neon. Maybe when knitted into fabric, it won't be that obvious.

ck said...

Very cool presents! I'm not sure which I like more...the Ben and Jerry's or the yarn :)

Happy Birthday!

heather said...

Wow, that CTH is gorgeous. I love their sock yarn.
The shawl you are going to make is so very pretty. I like the yarn you want to use, I think it would be great!
Have a very happy week full of birthday fun!.

La said...

Aw, crap Debi! I totally dropped the postal ball for your birthday.

It's been the week from hell, but I promise PROMISE to get your package out soon.

In the meantime, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Have a margarita on me, k?


La said...

Dang, I can't see the Punkin pic.

Beth said...

I think the yarn is amazing and will make the best Forest Path Stole ever! Seriously - I think when it's knit up, the green won't be so overwhelming. You can always do a swatch first, eh?

Happy Birthday!

Emma said...

*H*A*P*P*Y* *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y* !

Beautiful yarn. Enjoy the ice cream. ;-]

Kris said...

Happy Birthday!!!! You are such a wonderful person, the whole blog-universe should celebrate the month of September in honor of you!

Are you going to the Florida Fiber In next weekend?

Danielle said...

Happy birthday.

P-man is adorable.

New York City Mouse said...

Aw shucks. It was my pleasure!

PS: I am really looking forward to hearing about the Forest path Stole--it's gorgeous.

KnitYoga said...

Hope you have a great birthday! The Forest Path stole pattern is absolutely gorgeous. I'm looking forward to seeing it when it's knitted up!

Ada said...

MM yummie aren't you a lucky girl to get so much ice cream..I'm coming
I just love the sockyarns. And just like me you will have to knit a lot.
The mystical creation yarn is absolutely fabulous. Beautiful color and i'm sure it will make a lovely shawl.
Give pumpkin a big hug from me.
Love Ada

Anonymous said...

Oh that Forest Path Stole is amazing. Have a blast with it! (And thanks for the kind comments. They really mean a lot, lady!)


Anonymous said...

I don't think that the colour resembles green at all....but I do think it will make a beautiful chawl..i think I like the way it is more than I would substituted with green...

happy knitting,

Mrs.Curvy said...

Those yarns are yummy! Happy Birthday Deb!!

snowballinhell said...

This is what I get for not cruising blogs over the weekend. I had no idea! Have a very happy birthday, Deb. (September is my month, too! I don't expect anything knittable because no one in my family would have even a remote clue what to buy!)

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