Apparently the 40th birthday celebrations just continue. We had about 25 people at the house last night, filling it with warmth and laughter. A few hadn’t even seen the house yet, so I was glad that I’d cleaned ALL of it, rather than a select space. As we wandered through our home full of my textiles, Mr. Ink’s art, our parent’s art, and our friend’s art, there were so many exclamations about it all, which is so fun for me. At the end of the evening, one of our friends came up to me and said “You know, it’s really sad you and Mr. Ink have decided not to have a kid together, that kid would be the next Picasso!” I’ll take that as a compliment.
I had the opportunity to send a bunch of handknits out into the world. I ended up pulling out the pile of stuff I desperately wanted to knit but didn’t care about wearing, and most of the women headed home with a scarf, shawl, or cowl. It was fun to look around the room and see all the women there at that time wearing things I had made.
While cleaning up the house in anticipation of the party, I’d become quite frustrated with the stove top. It’s awful to clean, I am sure I’ve even complained about it on the blog before. Too many small parts, so difficult to clean. And Mr. Ink’s love of cooking with oil doesn’t help whatsoever. Every time I clean that stove I discover oil that’s found it’s way between the layers of the stove, all the way down to the bottom. Every time I deep clean that stove, I spend at least an hour on it, maybe more. Yesterday I decided that life is JUST TOO SHORT to spend cleaning that darn stove, and I posted about it on Facebook, venting my frustration. Mr. Ink saw it, came home from work, and said “Would you like a new stovetop for your birthday?” Why yes, yes I would! (But only if I can find one that’s easy to clean. It’s currently a gas stove, so I worry anything we choose won’t be much better. But we’ll see!)
In any case, I got quite a lot of knitting done yesterday and this morning. I finished the handspun portion of the Martinmas shawl yesterday and began the top portion, which I am almost halfway through with. I am so eager to block this one out! It desperately needs a good blocking, and I am hoping it will grow nicely. But most of all, I just want to get a really good idea of the handspun color playing with the commercial olive green!
This one has knit up fast, but then again, I think they all kind of do when I am not spinning. That being said, I am really missing the spinning. Can’t wait to get back to it. !
One of the awesome gifts my parents sent was one of those really small circular needles for knitting socks in the round. I am eager to give it a try, as it seems to be a bit of a trend around the sock knitting internet. There must be something to it! Mr. Ink also informed one of our guests last evening that he’d like me to knit him another pair of socks. This is the first I’ve heard about it! I think I’ll wait on that project until the new year, our local yarn shop has a great post christmas sale, and that’ll be a great time to pick out some Mr. Ink colored sock yarn. I don’t have anything in my stash that’ll fit that bill, that’s for sure. In the meantime, I’ll practice on my new needles so I am ready.
That’s all from here! I woke up too early and am hoping I don’t get dragged out for stove shopping already today. Tomorrow it’s car shopping again. I think Mr. Ink has made his final decision, as he’s been systematically answering the sales calls and telling them they don’t have to call anymore. Talk soon!