I just saw the most surprising and amazing thing! Lara at Yarn It nominated me for a Rockin' Girl Blogger award. I'm completely in awe that she did this for me (since my blog only seems to "rock" once in awhile), but I'll accept the honor anyway. I know I'm supposed to nominate others for this award as well, but honestly, I just can't narrow down the list of awesome bloggers that I frequently read. I also know that quite a few of you have already received this amazing award.
I know it's been almost a month since my birthday came and kicked me in the arse, and I'm yet to share with you some of my birthday treasures and since they are knitting-type related, I thought you might be interested.
First, my sister in Pittsburgh has only ever acknowledged my birthday with a card, but this year, I received a gift certificate to The Loopy Ewe. I chose to spend my money on something I would have forever, so I selected the sterling silver Eternity shawl pin from Designs by Romi. Although I only have my Clapotis shawl to use it with, since I'm still working on the Mystery Stole, hopefully this pin will work well with it.
Second, my baby sister at Bits and Pieces gave me a gift certificate to Amazon.com, so I picked up a couple of books from my wish list. Favorite Socks from Interweave Knits has been on my list since before it even released. I've already knit the Embossed Leaves Socks before and loved them, so next up I think is the Waving Lace Socks by Evelyn A. Clark.
And, since my sister is a crocheter that I taught to knit, I chose the Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting book so she can claim she taught a knitter to crochet. It counts. I've already started with a few practice swatches in this orange cotton yarn and the book has great step-by-step photo guides for everything. There are 14 chapters of over 273 pages of information regarding everything you ever wanted to know about crochet, so I'm giving this book a huge thumbs up!
In other news, I've been meeting with contractors and handymen the last few weeks for some desperately needed work on my home. Hopefully most of the work will be completed by the end of the month and hopefully I may even have some money left over for food when it's complete!
I'm off to Salem, OR for a few days, so I'll try to catch up with emails & blog reading and all of that when I get back, since I've decided to make it a computer-free getaway. Until then, I leave you with photo evidence of what happens at a family party when my dear husband feels it necessary to harass our son-in-law.