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Happy Birthday to Me!

Tuesday was my birthday – I won’t say how old I am – other than to say that I’m now one year closer to the big 4-0. 😦 I certainly don’t feel like I’m in my (late!) 30’s! But, man, I’m really happy with my birthday present – finally a Democratic Nominee!!!!!! Yipee!!! I’m so fired up and ready to go, ya’ll!

Hubby got me a lovely tea brewer and some loose leaf tea. I had never heard of Teavana – they originated in Atlanta, so you’d think I would have heard of them. The brewer is the coolest thing – you put your loose leaf tea in and pour you hot/boiling water in and let it steep. Then for the cool part – you place it on top of your mug, and the tea filters out down into your mug – hard to explain, but the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. Did I mention that I think it’s really cool? Here’s a linky to the brewer so you can see for yourself. πŸ™‚

So, let’s see, it’s been I while since I blogged – I’ve started and finished a Hemlock Ring Blanket – here it is blocking:

I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the Lake Ice Heather color. I ended up using 7 skeins plus a little bit from an 8th skein. The finishing row took about 4 hours to do – and I ended up with over 500 stitches on the needles! Once it was blocked it was about 48 inches wide.

I am ever amazed with lace blocking. You start with an ugly clump of knitted material that looks like this:

And then you end up with a beautiful lace blanket:

And I started a pair of Pirate Socks (pattern is Jack Sparrow’s Favorite Socks):

I’m using Chameleon Colorworks Bambino in the Midnight colorway, and Knit Picks Gloss for the heels, toes and fair isle bit. I am loving the Bambino (wool/bamboo blend) – it has a lovely sheen to it and feels so silky – goes well with the gloss yarn, since that’s a wool/silk blend.

And here’s some spinning I’ve done – a fingering weight yarn with a long color change (I was actually going for laceweight to do a Swallowtail Shawl with it, but it ended up a little too thick, at 330 yards):

It’s Gale’s Art BBFL Roving in Ocean Blues colorway.

I’m in the process of spinning up another batch much more thinly – Gale’s Art BBFL Roving in “Stormy Seas” colorway:

This batch is going well – I think it’ll end up a nice lace weight once I ply it.

Well, I’ll stop there for now! Ta-Ta!

(Edited to add: Update on my FIL – they’ve determined the stage of cancer – it’s Stage 3a. He’s starting Chemo within the week. His doctor is very optimistic, and says that it’s curable. Please continue to keep him in you thoughts!)

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