I had a really lovely birthday yesterday, thanks to my lovely family, my lovely real life friends, and my lovely cyber friends ( who I know are real life people too, it's just I have never actually met you in real-life.)
I received lots of great cards and gifts, nearly all of it knitting or quilting related (I may have hinted somewhere along the line that I enjoy knitting and quilting LOL), and some food related and one Sudoku related (all my addictions enabled then!). My birthday really started the night before at my Stitch 'n' Bitch meeting. It was quite a small gathering because most were out Trick or Treating, but it was nice because, as Cheryl pointed out, we could all share the same conversation, and Margene gave me some beautifully soft cashmere yarn in a very pretty blue. It will have to be a scarf because it already feels good on my neck.
Lucy managed to secretly knit me a lacy scarf. She is a fearless new knitter who thankfully hasn't been told that anything is too hard for a beginner (lace - that's just a few yarnovers isn't it? was her comment). The scarf is made in Noro Cashmere Island in colour number 6 and she used the Tiger's Eye lace pattern which is about as complicated as knitted lace can get. Here is a picture.
I wore it all day and will wear it lots. The colours really pop and look almost luminous against my black leather jacket. This picture shows up the Tiger's Eyes really well, but the flash ahs taken out a lot of the red.
The boys gave me books about knitting one of which I have wanted for ages, Knitting Nature by Nora Gaughan and one which is brand new - Hip Graphic Knits by Rochelle Bourgault and Lisa R Evans which is all about colour knitting and making charts.
They are very different in character (like my boys) but I know I am going to get lots of inspiration from both of them (like my boys!).
Charlie gave me British chocolates - Cadbury's Roses and some dark chocolate. I have managed to resist that long enough to add to the picture.
My friends in England (Hi, Anita! Hi, Carol!) sent me the Kaffe Fassett's quilting books, both jampacked with the gorgeous fabrics, colour combinations and intricate patterns that he is famous for.
And my dear wicked (in a good way) step-mother sent me a fascinating book on that great British institution - Marmite which, personally, I love and was so pleased to be able to find it here - even if it is usually past it's sell by date. The book is a mixture of recipes containing Marmite, the history of Marmite, and amusing anecdotes about the delicious, savoury, nutritious, gooey, brown stuff (that's Marmite BTW!)
At lunch time I went out for coffee and cake at Starbucks with Gary. In the evening after our Power Flex class we went out to dinner at the Bombay House and then home again for Birthday Cake with candles (just two, a 5-shaped one and a 0-shaped one!) and finally relaxing with Lost on the TV and a nice cup of coffee. Sam's girlfriend Sunnie came with us and surprised me with an electronic Sudoku game, which will be very useful for long journeys and airport departure lounges.
Another very memorable day to add to the so many others I am lucky to have had in my life!
Today Gary's present arrived - a new laptop. I have had the use of one before but never had my very own. I know I will love it. It has a dual 2 core Braeburn and 2 GBytes of RAM , 4 skeins of EWE, a 4.0 GPA a Number 14 Bus and it's super mega turbo - I think that's what they said. Although I am a programmer I am afraid I have no interest in much of what goes on inside - even if it is Intel.
I must go now and unpack it and get it all set up.