Monday, August 31, 2009

Birthday loot

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. It was a fun weekend, but the day of my birthday included an unpleasant surprise-- the starter on my car went out. I wasn't planning on going anywhere, but just knowing I couldn't was frustrating. Fortunately I had today off of work and was able to get it repaired without much inconvenience.

My local yarn shop, Green Planet Yarn, offers a birthday special to customers one time each year during their birthday month. After they ring up your yarn, you pick a chip out of a bowl and receive the discount on the chip. My chip was for 20% off. I bought a couple skeins of Araucania yarn made from sugar cane to knit a lace scarf for myself.

And I picked up this cotton to make Log Cabin Wash Cloths.

Here is my first attempt from yarn in my stash. It is SUCH a fun pattern. You pick up stitches all the way around the square, which is something I'm still learning to do correctly. It has many imperfections, but that's okay. One thing knitting has taught me is to let go of trying to do things perfectly and just enjoy what I create.

My sister Lisa (aka Feltypants) gave me one of her paintings for my birthday. When she showed it to me a few months ago, the first thing out of my mouth was, "Is that for me?" She said no and I was disappointed. Turns out it secretly was for me. It's hard to see in the photo, but "Faith" is written across the top.

My other sister, Hilary-the-bride, cooked a delicious chicken fondue dinner and made homemade chocolate ice cream. She and her husband gave me a Twilight tote bag full of loot. Twilight calendar, jigsaw puzzle, poster, and even some non-Twilight tattoos. Oh, and a gift certificate for MORE YARN. Yippee!

A big thank you to Rachel at Not-So-Plain Jane for my birthday surprise. It really made me smile. Bloggy friends are the best.

Oh. I wanted to mention, now I am 43. It's looking pretty good so far :o)



Theresa said...

Happy Birthday to you and it sounds like a great one! Good loot! You are so talented to creat such beauty with yarn. The yarn is beautiful and I wish I had that talent! The painting is gorgeous and it makes it so special that it was painted by your Sister! Have a blessed day!

Rachel said...

Love love love the yarn you bought! And the painting (that's beautiful!) and, well, the tote bag is funnnnny! So glad you had a lovely celebration. And I'm also glad you were able to get your car fixed without too much of a headache.

Is that a new scarf pattern?

Pretty brave of you to publicize your age. I'm still pretending I'm 29.

Annie said...

A young lady called Rachel told me it is your birthday today. A very Happy Birthday to you, Stacy. Love the yarn. Rachel has celebrated her 29th birthday a few times now. Hope you had a good day.

Linda said...

Happy birthday to you! I love your cotton dish cloth you knitted and your yarn shop is so amazing to give such great discount for birthdays :)

Lovely painting.

Tammy said...

Great Birthday Gifts! I have never heard of sugar cane yarn! will keep an eye out for that.

Dogwood said...

Sounds like your birthday weekend was the best (except for the car trouble). Love all your yarn and projects. Lisa's painting to you is so pretty. Hilary is a dear with the tote filled with goodies!
Have a fabulous day. Hugs, Dogwood

Stacy said...

Thanks for your comments everyone. I received so many gifts for my birthday-- my family is generous. I forgot to mention, the pattern for that lace scarf is from the book Exquisite Little Knits. It's just a two row repeat, so it's easy enough for me to follow.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh yeah -- Happy Belated Birthday! Sorry I missed it -- I was basking in our glorious weather. Sounds like you had a great birthday!

Anonymous said...

Hee hee hee you said husband! -Felty

noelle said...

A belated Birthday wish for you! You got some great stuff. The yarn looks fab as does that painting, wow.Enjoy the rest of the week!

Dogwood said...

Very nice new banner and profile picture.

Stacy said...

Thanks everyone. I'm so enjoying knitting with that sugar cane. It's the first time I've worked with it and it is soft and gorgeous (and a tiny bit crispy ... like sugar :o)

Looking forward to cooler days ahead so I can cozy up on the couch and knit, knit, knit.

Woollywotnots said...

OOoo I love all your new birthday gifts. The wool is gorgeous. Sorry to hear about your car, but glad it was all fixed. It is lovely to read about the surprises from your sisters.All sounds lovely.

Michelle said...

Oh Stacy, I do hope your birthday was wonderful...despite the car trouble!!

The yarn is beautiful, and that painting, my goodness, what a special, wonderful gift!!

Here's to many, many more!!!