Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Birthday to You!

I'm pretty lucky as knitters go. My entire immediate family celebrates their birthdays in the eight weeks after Christmas. That's one January and three February birthdays. If you knit Christmas presents, you can see what I'm getting at. Any missed Christmas deadlines suddenly extend to birthday deadlines. And let's not forget Valentine's Day is in there if I don't get Paul's gift done in time. He has also told me that if I don't finish his gift at least a month before Christmas not to worry about it, because he is the one who directly suffers the wrath of the sleep-deprived knitter who stays up until 3 am feverishly working on her "hobby".  She is not a pleasant person to be around.

That being said, Emily did not receive a hand knitted Christmas gift. (Paul didn't either, or even a knit Valentine's Day present, come to think of it. Well, there is always Memorial Day!) She did, however, get a pretty awesome 21st birthday present. May I introduce to you...Talamh!

This beautiful sweater was designed by Carol Feller. It's a sweet cardigan with a really neat waffle border. I just did three buttonholes at the top of the sweater and then added an I-Cord border all around the entire sweater. Here is a close-up:

And a blocking picture:

And a picture of the sweater on this really cool rocking chair at Em's apartment that I would love to have in my house.

I bought the glass buttons at my favorite antique shop in Davenport, Antiques on Brady. Last time I went, I picked up a few extras.

My mom's birthday is two days after Emily's. I did finish her Christmas present (that's another post), but I couldn't resist getting her some yarn for her own projects. Last week, while I was at the Spin-In at Serendipity Yarn Shoppe, I picked up these beauties.

The turqoise is Cascade Pima Cotton, that I thought she'd like to use for a market bag. She has been making a lot of those lately. The multi-colored yarn is really cool. It is mill ends from the Stonehedge Fiber Mill.  I also sent the Entrelac pattern I just used, because I think it'd look really cool in this yarn.

I've got to go now. There is no "Olive" update because it is movie night with my honey!!

1 comment:

  1. Your button book is awesome! I just have mine in baby food jars, which are cute but not particularly organized.