So. I’ve had a birthday. I’m no longer in my 40’s. Not incredibly upset about that, either. And I expected that I would be. I mean, after all, a 50th wedding anniversary is golden, right? So shouldn’t my 50th birthday mean that I’ve entered my so-called “golden” years? More on that later. Actually, more on everything later – must go knit and watch the telly. 🙂
Taking a little break during the commercial to say that I’m in the midst of knitting the Tuscany shawl by Amy Singer of knitty fame. I chose Ella Rae Silkience in a lovely shade of dusty purple for the shawl, because I didn’t want to spend $120+ on Handmaiden Fine Yarns Silken, which is the yarn for which the pattern originally called. Sigh…I’m just way to cheap for my own good, I guess (LOL!). I’m about 4 pattern repeats in, and it looks great – not as light and airy as it should, probably, but it will be beautiful and actually provide some sort of warmth when it’s done. Plus it may block out better. I love this yarn – it knits up so smoothly, and it’s not particularly splitty (which is usually a huge problem with anything cotton and/or bamboo), plus it has a beautiful shine to it, and great drape. I don’t even particularly like swatching, but I do confess that my test swatch for gauge took up the majority of an entire ball of yarn, just because it was so very pleasant to knit!
I finally jumped on the facebook wagon train this week – what an incredible time suck that thing is! Within three minutes of signing on, I already had 2 friends, a gift and an IM. Oy! It’s been less than a week now, and I think I’m up to about 30 friends and could spend the entire day sending silly hugs, drinks, Valentines, candles, and playing the Mafia game, if I (a) wanted to and (b) had the time do it! Eeek! You can get totally lost in facebook. Beware!