Equanimity is resumed.
Yesterday's spaz was not over not getting any comments from people who hadn't dropped by recently - like that is silly. My spaz was in part related to the hundred-odd visits recorded by the counter with the resultant ONE comment. As Xantha said, it is likely that it is the web crawlers and bots that cause my hit counter to show a reasaonable number of hits and those hits that don't generate any comments at all....
So thank you to those who wished me a happy birthday. Dreamcatcher, no need to get upset cos I as not cross with you or anyone in particular, I was grumpy cos I supposedly had so many hits and only one comment from the lovely Cathy in Tassie. Now I have a few more comments!
I suppose you'd like to see what I got for my birthday?
Would you be suprised to see that it involved yarn or things to do with knitting? No? Whyever not?
A while ago, I ordered some books from Amazon since they have books we just cannot get here in Oz. The order took so long to arrive that I forgot what I ordered so it was just like Christmas (or my birthday) all over again!
I forgot to put Nancy Bush's Folk Socks in the pic as someone was looking at it at the time. K got Nancy's Vintage Socks, so I figured I should get the other one. Knitting on the road can wait until later!
Have I had a chance to read any of the books yet? Well I've started on bookbookbook2 but that is it. I've been extremely busy recently.
I also couldn't remember what I had ordered from Knitpicks. Opening the Knitpicks box (no we can't get knitpicks here unless you have a helpful friend in the USA that you have pay postage to.... ooops, it will get paid!) was like participating in an archaeological dig, only it didn't take so long and was not so dirty or tedious. The results were worthwhile though.
Note the added extras - some cinnamon gum, some mocha chocolate (shared around as it was warm and I feared it would melt), not just one but TWO tubes of lip stuff and of course a card. Thanks, J! It gave me much pleasure just opening the box and seeing added goodies :-)
K's bounty - the colourful sockyarn, with one skein of Shimmer for me to play with (the blue/turquoise/green of course!)
My bounty - six balls pink Shine and lots of dye your own (including a skein for K). The Shine was destined for a Grumperina tivoli tshirt until it was replaced by the Picovoli. Picot edging is a different thing for me (MORE sewing!) so I'll give it a try... But this is a boring picture of lots of dye your own yarn. Not sure why I bothered!
It is good to have a project to knit again. I haven't been knitting much cos I was waiting for this order to arrive. Now I can get moving! I've cast on with the provisional cast on (took FOREVER or so it felt) and now I am 9 or 10 rows past the picot edge. It was very pleasant sitting outside knitting late this afternoon, enjoying the sunshine (actually I was sitting in the shade cos it felt like it was 40/100 plus in the sun). I have not had a lot of chances to just sit down and do very little recently. Have I swatched and checked my tension? Is the pope a Jew? So far my tension is ok but when it hits that water....
Have I mentioned that it has been hot again this weekend? I am not going to complain for reasons that I will reveal at a later date.
Tomorrow (or when I next blog) I hope to show you some extra birthday bounty. Ooo la la!
Finally today, some pics from sunset on Thursday.