Thank you for all of the well-wishes and encouraging comments regarding my birthday! Wallowing in a self-inflicted valley of gloom and despair proved impossible, even though I was quite determined that turning 40 marked the end of life as I knew it.
Reading about the goals that each of us has for our lives really pointed out how grounded and similar we all are. Nobody wished to win the lottery, rule the world, look like supermodels or drive a Ferrari. Most people just want to lead happy, fulfilled and quiet lives. Goals ranged from belly dancing to raising responsible children. In addition many hoped to write books of one kind or another and some of the more industrious have already began! Apparently the medias’ portrayal of everyone being Paris Hilton wannabes and striving for excessive riches and oppulance is mere tripe. How refreshing!
Now on to the winning entry. All comments were placed into a state of the art random selection machine, overseen by an impartial official.
And the winner is…
Rae! Please email me with your snail mail address Miss Rae. It may be a few days before the prize is mailed out though. I know that goal was to reduce my stash, but parting with it was really hard. So I ordered some Socks that Rock for the prize.
In addition to the wonderful birthday wishes there were some very unexpected surprizes here as well. Miss Cindy sent me a gift certificate to Crown Mountain Farms! It is one of my favorite on-line shopping destinations and the only problem will be deciding how to spend it.
And S over at KitKatKnits gave me a copy of the new book, “The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook“. The colorwork and socks are really amazing and I have an uncontrollable urge to dye roving.
And as if this wasn’t enough to make a girl’s (or middle-aged woman’s) head spin then how about this addition to my knitting corner…
My loving family picked me up a SPINNING WHEEL! I insisted on finding something used and basic, although my DH was willing to buy new and spend more. My thoughts are that should the wheel and I not develop a fulfilling relationship that an eBay-esque separation can take place with no loss to anyone involved. What we found was a great deal on a lightly-used Louet 15 wheel outfitted with a WooLee Winder spinner. I’ve not had an opportunity to try it out yet, but my girls have all practiced treadling and proclaim themselves to be excellent “spinners”.
I have a feeling that the gift certificate to Crown Mountain Farms is destined for roving!
And as if all of this weren’t overwhelming, a second package from KitKatKnits arrived. This one was for correctly identifying the origins of a dog from a classic and well-known painting. For the record, I was happy with bragging rights! The prize included an insulated bag, just perfect for carrying small knitting projects, an adorable sheep tape measure, two rubber duckies and a set of adorable stitch markers.
The last time I checked nobody had yet identified the origin of the cat in her newest contest. I spent over an hour searching classic paintings on-line last night, but to no avail. I hope that somebody finds an answer soon or I’m going to go crazy!
In knitting news, I finally finished the first clue of the MS3. Clue 4 comes out tomorrow, so I’m still embarrassingly tardy, but so far I’ve not had to rip it out.