Birthday Swag

(A couple readers have expressed interest in the Sockamania Club Knitalong, which, up until now, has been closed to new members. The club has opened to new participants with a possible cap at 100. If you signup before the 10th, you can participate in the current July pattern-along and qualify for the monthly drawing if you finish before the deadline. Email signup and KAL details are on the club’s blog sidebar.)

My birthday was simple but lovely: quesadillas on the grill at my parents’ house, then gifts.

Being from a bookish family, I wasn’t surprised to receive some books, namely MoreSensational Knitted Socks and Favorite Socks. With these books I now have plenty of patterns to choose from while making a dent in my stash, right? : )


They also gave me these:

Bowl and Yarn

Dad gave me the bowl you see in the above picture. You may have seen these things before… the bowl is made with many layers of folded strips of paper (recycled, I believe, from magazines etc). It’s quite fun to look at. Here’s another view.


Mom picked out for me the skein of Fleece Artist Sea Wool. I’ve not yet tried Fleece Artist, much less anything containing SeaCell, so I’m really excited to work with this. Right now, I’m thinking the Waving Lace sock pattern from Favorite Socks might be a good match for these colors.

Sea Wool

I just love these plums and purples in this colorway. 

Sea Wool Closeup

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17 Responses to “Birthday Swag”

  1. Tanya Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 7:24 am

    Thanks for the heads up on Sockamania! I just sent in my request to join.

    And it looks like you raked it in on your birthday. Very nice stuff. I never get knitting related things from family.

  2. Chris Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 8:22 am

    Wow, what lovely gifts from your family!

    Have you started your July sock? I had to go up to 80 stitches because of the cables. That’s required a bit of pattern tweaking.

  3. Dave Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Happy birthday! I also sent in my Sockamania application — thanks!

  4. Kelly Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 8:47 am

    aahhh only the two books i’m wanting. Great birthday presents! I swear I could look at that bowl all day.

  5. megan Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 9:01 am

    What thoughtful gifts! Happy Birthday!

  6. Guinifer Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 9:22 am

    It’s so nice to have people think of you, isn’t it? Glad you had a nice birthday.

  7. Miss T Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Happy Birthday! Great loot! I love those recycled paper bowls.

  8. Renee Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Sounds like your family knows you well! That sock yarn is gorgeous!! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it, since I haven’t tried any of the seacell stuff either. I love those magazine bowls. They are so cool.

  9. Kristi aka Fiber Fool Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 11:37 am

    Oooo, I think you’re going to like the SeaWool, I know I did and all the gals at the LYS liked it so much they LYS picked up Fleece Artist! I can’t wait to see your colorway knit up!

  10. Opal Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Happy Birthday! I adore that bowl. What a cool gift! The yarn is beautiful too. I just love the book Favorite Socks. I’d love to hear what you think of More Sensational Socks.

  11. Jeanne Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    Happy Birthday! That bowl is wonderful.

  12. Amy Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Happy birthday to another July baby! Geez, there’s quite a crowd of us, isn’t there…you, me, Renee…

    Great gifts too! Love the bowl.

  13. lisa Says:
    July 9th, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Happy Birthday! What great gifts! That bowl is way better than the necklaces we used to make out of strips of magazines made into ‘beads’. I made some socks from Fleece Artist Merino Sock yarn, I liked it very well. Just recently felt her sea silk, so lovely! And WAY cool books!

  14. Rebecca Says:
    July 10th, 2007 at 9:52 am

    Happy birthday, Harriet! Looks like you will be finding lots of new projects in your books.

    Don’t forget to post your HP Questionnaire so I can send your invitation to join the second swap blog….and, assign a pal to you :)

  15. Rina Says:
    July 11th, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Happy Birthday, and those gifts are just very lovely.

  16. Carrie K Says:
    July 11th, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    Happy Birthday! Nice books and such pretty purple yarn!

  17. KnittinMol Says:
    July 12th, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! I have to know how you like that Sea Wool – it looks so delicious!

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Sock Count (Pairs)

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  • 2007 ~ 18 (1 baby)
  • 2006 ~ 20 (14 adult)
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  • 2004 ~ 5
  • 2003 ~ 1
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