I know Knitter-ly is not a word, but I like the way it sounds…better than just ‘a Very Knitter Birthday’ or ‘A Very Knit-ly Birthday’. I had a very Knitter-ly Birthday on Saturday, my actual birthday. But there were knitter-ly elements to my ‘day-before-birthday’ day. After lunch with my daughter, we wandered into Barnes & Noble for a quick perusal. At the remainder shelves, this book caught my eye “Patterns in the Sand-A Seaside Knitters Mystery”. Even better, the first book in the series is called “Death by Cashmere”. And for $4.98, how could I pass it up? Our next stop- the magazine rack, where I picked up the Interweave Knits Accessories edition.. By ‘picked up’, I mean just that- not ‘picked it up ‘ as in purchasing it….no, I mean picked it up and put it back, then picked it up again. My daughter witnessed this ‘dance’ the last time we were in B & N together and I could not bring myself to pay $14.99 for a magazine-telling myself that I already have plenty of shawl, scarf, hat and mitten patterns that I have not made yet. But today was different. Today was the Day-before-my-Birthday, and Eva told me I should ‘just get it’. Along with the new Knitscene I held in my other hand. Hmmm…now as I write this- did she encourage me because she wanted me to treat myself on my birthday, or because she wanted to just get me out of the bookstore…..I will never know for sure…..
Saturday was my actual birthday, and I had planned family time. My husband had to work a bit in the morning, which was fine, as I was going to indulge in some bed-knitting -with coffee- and tackle Lace Chart #2 of The Dahlia Cardigan- and that is not a pretty thing to watch! I am knitting the lace square that begins the back of the sweater on one circular needle with the 4 repeats separated by markers… I use tools, a magnet placed under the row I am on. Yet- as I go across the row, if I look down at my stitches, and back to the chart- I lose my place on which stitch I am on! Is there a tool for that? So I count the stitches and figure out that I have left out the 7th ssk and proceed to the next marker so that I can start the row repeat all over again! And unbelievably, I make the same mistake again! Finally , I get through the 4 repeats of Row 5. This is me and charts-time to take a break.
The day still holds more knitter-ly things for me- I am meeting Sally and Kris, my fellow ‘Ladies of the Knit’ at JP Knit and Stitch, a lovely knitting/sewing spot. Before meeting them I stopped at City Feed and Supply for a delicious scone and a coffee. The blend I chose ..’Organic Mind , Body and Soul’ seemed a perfect antidote to Lace Chart Row 5….
At JP Knit and Stitch, we parked ourselves at the center table- Kris was working on her long-dormant Estee necklace(23….24…25….), and Sally was browsing the pattern notebooks, looking for inspiration. I had brought my TGV
Yet I could not resist the hanging skein of Malabrigo worsted in the colorway, sotobosque and it was calling to me, calling to become a Bandana Cowl . As I wound it ,the pinks and browns showed off even more, and then I just had to start knitting right then. Even more lovely when worked into stitches and rows.
But still not the end of knitting-ness that day. When our hunger could not be ignored, we all moved on to City Feed and Supply for lunch! This market/cafe has the best scones, but also amazing sandwiches and soups. I had my favorite Proscuitto d Parma sandwich, on a thick and chewy baguette. Sally had a Turkey and Brie panini and Kris had a Turkey on baguette. So delicious!
After lunch , we said our goodbyes to head home. The remainder of my birthday was spent with the family- I am lucky.
Thank you my fellow Ladies of the Knit, for being game to meet me for knitting on my birthday! Well, I just have to borrow this phrase from my niece Chelsea’s blog...my ‘sisters from different misters’ helped make my birthday ‘very knitter-ly’.