Biggify! It's worth it!
Beautiful deep purple yarn from French Hill Farms, a wonderful chicken mug made by a potter friend she knows at Maple Lane Pottery (and yummy coffee from the Carrabassett Coffee Company) and a little kayaker dude because she knows I miss kayaking back in Maine.
Knitzu and I have never met in person, but have become friends through our blogs and the fact that she lives in Maine and I'm from there. She does all the things in Maine that I used to love to do and I am jealous and hate her for it from way out here in the Middle Lands. She knows that all dogs on the planet belong to me (I just keep them different places around the planet) so she lovingly cares for my two sweeties, Gracie and Zuzu and posts wonderful pictures of them on her blog. I dispense advice about the evils of eating things you find in the woods and beside I-95 and relay instructions on which side (shiny or dull) of the tinfoil hat to wear on the outside according to which situation you may find yourself in. There is a protocol you know. It's an odd relationship, but it works for us. She thought I needed a few goodies from 'home' to cheer up my new nest. I can't believe how above-and-beyond thoughtful each gift was! Thanks Knitzu! You rock!
Surprise # 2 was that Fall Knitty is up. The patterns are great-lots of socks. If you haven't been there yet, run over and check out the night cap article and pattern by Franklin Habit. I'll wait...........I know, right?!? The man does it AGAIN! I love craft history and that was my favorite pattern/article so I dropped Franklin a note to let him know how amazing it was.
Surprise #3 came in the form of a note back from Franklin! We've blog commented a tiny bit before but very infrequently so I was surprised (especially since he gets a high volume of comments from his legions of fans) and happily so. It's like getting rock star mail, what with the popularity of his blog, his book coming out, his 1,000 knitters photography work, and wrangling Delores! I bow to his greatness! What started off as yet another bad day came in a winner in the end!
I finished Coronet (which I mistakenly called Corona in my last entry because I'd obviously been taste testing a few!). Even though I finally figured out the pattern, I'm still not happy with it overall because of the sloppy look of the pick up stitches (the ones that show at the very bottom of the brim). I'm a kind of loose knitter (Hey! That's not what I meant!) and it looks...well...sloppy... is the just best word for it I guess. And no amount of futzing around turning it up a smidge more or down a smidge more fixes it. But at least the cables were fun and provided some much needed distraction.
I went to dish cloth night at The Ear on Tuesday night where Katie gave me a pattern for a squirrel cloth for autumn. In keeping with my boozy pattern scheme I'm knitting it in Pepto pink...Pink Squirrel...get it? OK, It's not that it's not funny, it's just that you don't get it yet. Watch out for later when the hilarity kicks in! Off to partake in some more Pink Squirrel!