My birthday thus far has been absolutely lovely. First, I received an amazing number of "Happy Birthday" posts on my Facebook Wall. Then, I got two delightful e-cards from good friends, to add to the cute and funny cards given me by my sis and my friend D. Yeah, it arrived by *real* mail! What's not to like?
The yarn is from Tanis Fiber Arts, which Gina really suspects is from Montreal, not Nova Scotia (the website neither confirms nor denies this) -- and it's a luscious blend of 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon, fingering weight....for the perfect pair of socks. Mmmmmmmmm!
Speaking of knitting, I'm am making slow but steady progress on the first stocking in my commissioned Argyle kilt hose. It's been a case of one step forward, 2 steps back, as working with 2 strands of each colourway, with yarn that has been a bit split-ty, has been rather a pain! I abandoned bobbins early on due to tangling, and have taken up Kaffe Fassett's technique of using lengths of yarn instead. I ended up frogging the first 6 rows and knitting them back again; I'm now about to start row 10. I have to admit I prefer the two-handed Fair Isle of the Christmas Stocking project , but I wouldn't be averse to trying Argyles in single strands in future. (Somebody shake me!)
A third 'sort-of-prezzie' arrived this morning as well: my new iPod Shuffle! It's a tiny wee thing -- even smaller than the aforementioned yarn bobbins I abandoned -- but it holds all the walking work-out music and podcasts I care to load on to it at once (it's a 500-song size; I have no idea how many songs' worth equals half an hour of podcasting). The ear buds are new to me too -- with the volume control on the right cord. (What if I were left-handed; could I request one with controls on the left cord?) It wanted to download everything in my music library almost as soon as it was attached to my computer; I managed to stop it, and clear out what I didn't want -- for the most part. It also loads in "playlists" -- part of the new control gizmo, rather like file folders on a computer. Thus I have my 'music' file, my 'podcasts' file and my 'workout music playlist' file. I rather like that. We'll see how easy it is to manage these as time goes on.
Oh yeah -- and the colour was picked by me, too, and if you look ver-r-r-ry closely at the bottom of the silver-coloured clip on the back, you can see my "custom" inscription: "Bloom where you're planted." The things They come up with these days to tickle one's fancy!