A Belated Birthday Post

So I turned 20 about a month ago. Birthdays of course mean presents, and therefore fibre-y goodness! I know that it was ages ago, but I do want to show you what I got, so bear with me for a moment.

My mom scored a bunch of books from Amazon for me. There is the Vogue Stitchionary 2: Cables, Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush, and Favorite Socks from Interweave. I am very excited about the Favorite Socks book, since everyone has been knitting such lovely socks out of it since it came out.
My mom also gave me a gift certificate to Lettuce Knit, so I had the agony of choosing what to get. In the end I decided on a skein of Schaefer Anne, with deep blues, reds and oranges.

I also got a skein of Sea Silk, which is destined to become the Swallowtail Shawl. I've promised myself that I can't start that until I have finished at least half of the Feather and Fan shawl that is already on the needles.

Then, Lettuce Knit got in a huge order of Lorna's Laces, so I treated myself to two skeins of Mineshaft when I went with my friend Claire. I'm thinking a pair of Charade socks.

Last but not least, that same friend Claire gave me these two skeins of wool that she picked up at the farmer's market in Kingston. I think that the brand is a local one. The wool is very coarse, but the colours are very interesting, I'll probably make a hat and mitten set, and line it with a softer yarn to combat the itchy factor.

And that was my birthday! Sorry it took so long to get to this, but tomorrow I promise a FO!



ugh. It's 7:30 am and I've already been up for.... get this, three hours. ugh. I woke up at 4:30 am unable to either sleep or settle down. There was nothing else to do but pull my laptop onto my bed and watch two episodes of the Alias that Glenna lent me. Then I read the 43 updated posts on my bloglines. Oh, and I listened to most of an podcast of Lime 'n Violet. I managed to knock out two more squares for my blankie. I think that puts me at 41 squares. Not to shabby!

oh and Glenna, I totally saw you knitting the Austermann Steps way back when and fell in love with the yarn. When I saw it in Rochester I just had to have it!And I'm halfway though season one of Alias already, though most of that is because of previous watching.

ugh. Maybe now I can get a bit of sleep before breakfast.


Austermann Stockinette Step

Here we have the beginnings of my computer/tv sock. Unfortunately half of this had to be ripped out not once but twice due to some dropped stitches that weren't picked up again properly, creating an ugly spot. I do love the yarn though, it's Austerman Step, with Aloe Vera and Jojoba in it. It makes the most silky smooth yarn, even though it's 100% wool.

The first re-knit happened entirely while watching The Prestige on Friday night. A very good movie, with a very surprising twist at the end. I recommend watching it.

Happy Canada Day to everyone!