Thursday, August 02, 2007

- Signed, Sealed, Delivered -

Today so far is a Very Good Day.

I woke up and almost immediately my ears were filled with the sound of massive giggles coming from my son as he and Peggers tickled each other on the bed and were generally Quite Silly. That's a stunningly good thing to wake up to.

Then I had a slice of the farmhouse oatmeal bread that I made on Tuesday smothered in creamy peanut-butter and a mug of ginger-peach black tea with a splash of milk for breakfast while I read the ending of Greenwitch. It wasn't bad. Not as good as The Dark Is Rising, but still not bad. The series is shaping up to be a decent way to work your way down from the crushing disappointment after finishing HP#7, if I do say so myself......

Then I came into work and packed my Sockpalooza package:

She hates yellow, and I've been teasing her for ages now that I was knitting her a pair of Tweedy-Bird yellow socks, so I couldn't resist covering up everything with this yellow tissue paper...

Absolutely anything and everything looks better packed in a nice basket, don't you think?

We have starting at the top and going counter-clockwise: finished sockpal socks (!), Tarantulas Gummies, a mini skein of sockpal pink yarn for darns or whathaveyou, a lavender sachet, some Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, and a greeting card with a little note from me plus a printout of my blog page from the day I posted about signing up for Sockpalooza 4 in the first place. Dead center (hidden somewhat by the insanely-pink ribbon) is a lavender aromatherapy candle. Also scattered in the basket are some salt-water taffies from a local candy shop.

And last but not least, the all-important Care & Washing tag to let my Pal
know how to care for her pink lovelies.

Everything was carefully packaged up, sealed, addressed, and then stamped via Priority mail - and finally entrusted to Carl, my lovely local postmaster. As she's only over in PA I'm wondering how quickly this will in fact make it's way to her. I'd like to think Saturday, but I'm guessing in fact next Monday. Now all I can do is hope that the box doesn't get lost in transit and when the socks arrive and she pulls them out her face doesn't immediately fall with disappointment!!!!!

I showed the basket and contents to my two new co-workers and they both ooh'd and aah'd over the goodies and the socks - and the two of them were BOTH wearing pink shirts today - so there was no need to ask if they liked the colours! - so I took that as a good sign.

There is no new painting news to report, as I took a break this morning to not only eat breakfast but to also do the dishes and tidy up the house a bit - something that hasn't been done in nearly two weeks (the tidying, that is - dishes have been dutifully washed while painting was going on!) I also worked a bit more on my EZ Baby Surprise Jacket.

Pattern: BSJ from EZ's Opinionated Knitter
Yarn: Gedifra 'Dandy' in this insane yellow/green/purple colourway
Needles: Addi Naturas - size 7 - 4.5mm
Finished Size: 3Tish or thereabouts
Mods so Far: like many others, I've done a provisional cast-on so that I can add length to the sleeves as necessary once everything else is finished...

I started this Tuesday night and managed to get a good amount done yesterday evening while eating cheese fries out of a plastic baseball helmet, watching our local minor league baseball team play - and lose - over 7 innings. Good times. Tonight is the bi-monthly Boys Night In - where Peggers and his mates all congregate in our dining room until late in the evening - and while I shut the french doors between the dining room and living room and happily curl up on the couch and knit and watch DVDs or listen to books on CD. No idea what I'll be watching or listening to tonight, as we've no new Netflix DVDs to watch and I've seen all of the ones we already own, and I've listened and re-listened to every book on CD that we likewise own. Hmph. A visit to the public library might be necessary before I go home tonight. Oh shoot. They close at 5 PM tonight. Damn budgetary cutbacks! Looks like I'll be hitting the Redbox $1 DVD setup in the grocery store instead this time! (hmmmmmm........maybe I can get that monster bag of peanut M&M's that I've been craving ever since I read Franklin's comment about how peanut M&M's are his favorite movie food......)

Speaking of Franklin I was thrilled to see that there is a Dolores Devotees group in Ravelry - you can betcher' bottom skein that I ran right on over & joined that particular group as soon as I found out! Isn't the banner for it just fantastic???

.....and my day just keeps getting better & better! See what I found waiting this afternoon when I got back to my desk? It took the journals folks almost 10 weeks to have these sent off to the bindery, bound, and returned to me - but for less than $20 I now have four full years of Interweave Knits in sturdy, bound form safely at the ready for my reaching hand whenever I need them. Hooray to no longer hunting down that one last elusive issue, or finding that an issue was wrinkled and squashed underneath a pile of comic books, a pile of cooking magazines, or a large Tonka dumptruck!

Happy Weekend everyone - I'm home with the Munchkin starting tomorrow until Friday the 10th, so don't expect more than one post from me - if any - in that interim time. I'll be too busy painting the house, taking the little guy to the beach, and hitting the zoo to once again check out the Stinky Buffaloes!


Sandy said...

Your pal will be absolutely *thrilled* when she gets your package! It looks fabulous. Will she send you a picture to post when she tries on the socks?

I'm interested to see what your BSJ looks like. I ILL'ed The Opinionated Knitter when the Harlot was blogging about hers and it finally came in a couple of weeks ago. After I finish my bolero, I'm going to make one for either the June baby who got Dublin or my friend’s nephew, who I met on Thursday and is a total charmer. Should be fun!

Having bound IK's is a great idea. Our library buys two copies of Vogue Knitting and treats one like a regular magazine and sends the second one off to the bindery to be "CopiCover"ed. They come back hardbound, but the binding is a copy of the magazine's front and back covers. I have some of the older issues in my knitting corner and they're so nice and durable! Not at all floppy like the issues I have in the magazine holder.

Lola and Ava said...

The socks fit like a glove (except they are socks, of course). The postman just dropped them off and I nearly knocked my husband out of the way when I saw the sock monkeys on top. The yellow tissue paper cracked me up, but the socks nearly brought me to tears. I can't believe you actually knit knee socks for me! If it weren't so f-ing hot right now, I would wear them out to the shops. Would you believe that they are a "someday" pattern for both me and my sister? Even my daughters have the page ear marked in Holiday Knits. I absolutely love the yarn and you did such a nice job on them - I couldn't be happier if I knit them myself. And see, pink can be quite pretty (as I am begrudgingly coming to realize with yellow).

The Flyer has already torn into the taffy as he adores it and the girls will make short order of the rest of the candy when they get back fro the Adirondacks (if it makes it that long).

The socks will become my number one snuggle socks (we all have them), which my husband will appreciate to no end. I can't wait to wear them out . . . might have to find a new pair of shoes to wear them with.

Anonymous said...

I'm a newbie to Zimmerman knitting - any suggestions? I cast on my 160 for the Baby Surprise and feel a little lost already! Oma Annie

Amanda said...

Awesome package. It looks wonderful!

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