Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's My Birthday, and I'll Ply If I Want To

It's my birthday today, When people ask me what I've got planned for my birthday each year, I usually give a sheepish grin and mutter something like, "We're going out for dinner." I always feel like I'm supposed to say something more exciting, but the truth is: my favourite thing to do on my birthday is to stay at home and putter around. Ahhhh... puttering...

So, I woke up this morning, pulled on my workout clothes a did a cardio workout in the basement. I ate a bowl of cereal. We walked Rascal. We bought groceries.

Take deep breaths people, because the excitement continued...

I started plying some yarn that's been sitting on my spindles for far too long. The one in the front is holding the plied yarn. The roving is "George" which is a merino wool I purchased from Olds Fibre Week a couple of years ago. It's the first yarn I've spun "on the fold," which is supposed to result in a loftier yarn. I'm pleased to say it does! I can't wait till this is finished, because I still have another two-thirds of a bag to spin, and it's going to make a couple of skeins of gorgeous yarn.




I also finally took this scarf/shawl off my blocking boards. The pattern is called Abstract and I knit is with some lovely alpaca yarn from DROPS Garnstudio. I wasn't sure how it was going to work out, because the cables looked like it was going to be hidden by the fuzziness of the yarn, but alpaca tends to grow when it is blocked, and that allowed the stitches to stretch out and reveal themselves.







In the meantime, this apple crumble baked in the oven. I made the filling earlier in the fall and froze it, which menas I have COD (Crumble On Demand). I might have eaten the raw crumble mixture while I thawed the filling. I might have eaten it by the spoonful. I might have eaten a couple of servings of the finished product, too...


What else? Well, I gave Rascal a haircut. Then I took a nap. I did some online shopping. We walked Rascal a second time. We went out for Chinese food. I'm going to knit a bit and watch a movie later.

In short, it's the day I wanted to have. It was the best gift I could give to myself. Happy Birthday, Adriene. Well done on making it another year...

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