Saturday, August 27, 2005


As some of you deduced from comments left by real-world friends, it was indeed my birthday last Friday: 31. Thank you for all the nice wishes! 31 was not quite the momentous occasion that 30 was, but that's really for the best; I have to admit that 30 was a little bit of a crisis birthday for me, although I'm not sure exactly why, but 31 just seemed like business as usual.

What was not business as usual is that on a usual day people don't just hand me buckets of yarn and yarn-related items, but last Friday they did:

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In the back, Knitting on the Edge, which I'm excited about, and on the left, absolute piles of Koigu, all from my parents. Yay for! On the right, a skein of Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb in Mineshaft and a pair of ebony Lantern Moon needles from Marc. Hmm...does this mean I am destined to make....(dum dum dum) The Clap? I swore I wouldn't. But when someone just up and gives you some Lion & Lamb, it starts to seem fated. Of course, I'd have to track down 3 more skeins.... Anybody have any good ideas for one skein (205 yds) of L&L, other than holding it on my lap and petting it like a kitten, not that I or anyone I know would do that. (Meanwhile, when we're actually dating I get a crockpot for Valentine's Day, but now that we're broken up I get superfancy yarn and needles? Things are askew.)

But in the end, I think the best yarn-related gift of all, if only because it will save me so much time out of my life, is my lovely new umbrella swift, here seen happily churning out a center-pull ball of Koigu. Delightful!

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Isn't that yellow paint cheerful, by the way? That is another good thing about my apartment: it has a cheerful yellow dining room. Unfortunately, all that dining room has in it now is a swift, but I'm hoping that will change soonishly.

And another good thing about Michigan in general: it gives me access to PONIES!! Bailey and I were invited today to the house of one of my new colleagues, who lives out in the country and has two dogs, a rabbit, two ponies and four horses (and a spinning wheel, a loom, and plenty of knitting accoutrements). Which really is my idea of paradise. So today Bailey met her first horse. You can see how thrilled about it she was:

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Erm, not. However, she warmed up later when one of the horses slobbered his feed all over the barn floor and Bailey hoovered it right up. She was still a little afraid of him afterwards, but appeared to think he was giving her treats, which, in the end, is all you need to do to get Bailey on your side, because she is a little bit of a piglet. Anyhoo, we are invited back to go riding soon, so perhaps she become a horse dog in the end. Keep your fingers crossed....


Anonymous Sydney said...

Happy belated birthday! I'm sure you'll have lots of fun choosing projects for all the new yarn, and as for your dining room, if you could only have one thing in it, I can't think of anything better than a swift and ball winder (although a dining table would be a close second...).

8/27/2005 1:25 AM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...

Happy Birthday! You know, I found 30 to be a fun and amazing time - big parties, felt like a rock star. 31, however, really snuck up on me. I'm glad to hear it was less painful for you!

8/27/2005 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday!

I just got a swift, too--it's so fun to just watch it whirl around and around. Makes you want to buy more yarn in hanks just so you can watch it go.

I'm interested to see what you think of the Lion & Lamb when you start working with it. I've been eyeing it for a while, but I can't decide if it's worth the hefty price tag.

8/27/2005 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Cordelia said...

Oooo -- look at the nice presents! I love the story about Bailey. And how clever are you to find a *colleague* who not only knits, and spins, but weaves?????
I think you'll do just fine in Michigan. :-)

8/27/2005 8:19 PM  
Anonymous anna said...

happy birthday! i am coveting your ebony needles and lion/lamb. bailey must persevere with the equines, although i quite understand her anxieties: huge clumsy beasts that scare easily and are prone to sudden movements. what a lovely post, yarn and horses.

8/28/2005 3:44 AM  
Anonymous gaile said...

yay, coworkers who knit AND have ponies. Sounds to me like things are looking up in the midwest for you. yay!!

8/29/2005 1:47 PM  

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