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I opened my birthday gifts early….

…. and I got knitting stuff!!!

Nick bought me Knit Fix by Lisa Kartus. He also got me two of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s books, which I already had and he didn’t know so they will be exchanged for other knitting books (there’s a few I’d like to get). He thought I didn’t have them yet, but I bought them while I was in Kentucky and then my Lace Swap Pal gave me the one I didn’t have yet, so now I have all three. I don’t fault him for it, since he didn’t know, and I honestly thought that there was so much wonderful thought put into it that I can hardly stand to take them back! He’s such a sweetie when it comes to gift giving. I never have to write out a list or have him just let me get what I want. *swoon* I love him to bits!

Nathaniel got me Lego Star Wars II for PSP. YAY!! I’d been a little sad that I had to return the version for PS2 since we’d only rented it from the video store and I’d been wanting to play it. I’ve already beat a level and I’m sure that I’ll be losing some knitting time to playing my PSP for a while ;o)

I opened my Grandma’s gift that she sent to me. I was going to wait, but since I was opening everything else tonight (since I’ll be the only one home tomorrow), I figured I’d open it. She sent me two knitting books, enough yarn for two of the patterns, earrings, and a breast cancer pin with pink stones. The books are The Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch (Book 1) by Sally Melville and The Knitting Experience: The Purl Stitch (Book 2) by Alexis Xenakis and Sally Melville. I thought it was a really thoughtful gift because she is the person who introduced knitting to me when she sent me some yarn, bamboo circular needles, and a pattern for a hat.

All in all, some great birthday gifts! :o)

PS: My Sock-ret Pal? Just so you know, I put a link to my questionnaire over in the side bar right under the blurb about me. Figured it’d be easier for you to find there instead of having to search through posts.


I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

2 thoughts on “I opened my birthday gifts early….

  1. Happy birthday! (early?) Great knit related gifts. Let us all know if knit fix is good. It looks like a book I could use!

  2. Thank you for putting your Sockret info on your side bar! It does make it easier! I hope your birthday was wonderful! Sounds like you got lots of great stuff! Have a great one!!

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