Friday, October 5, 2012

A little B-Day Q & A

As I drink my birthday coffee I thought I would answer some birthday questions that you are most certainly asking.

Q: What type of birthday cake do you like the best?
A: Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing, hands down.  I also like chocolate cake with vanilla icing.

Q: What do you want for your birthday?
A: I want to be able to spend time with friends and family and to enjoy the beautiful fall colours.  Some of that carrot cake would be nice too.

Q: Do you feel upstaged having your birthday so close to Thanksgiving weekend?
A: No, Thanksgiving just feels like an extension of my birthday.  It is perfect timing because it means that I can see my family.  It also happens to be one of my favourite holidays since it includes some of my favourite things: hiking, apples, pumpkin pie and turkey dinners.

Q: Are you upset that you won't get to go hiking this birthday/Thanksgiving?
A: Honestly, it is a bit frustrating to not be able to get outside and be active like I usually am.  With my back the way it is, I wouldn't enjoy it right now anyway...I would barely make it to the corner!  I just have to remind myself that this is only for a time and will not last forever.

Q: How many birthdays have you had so far?
A: This would be my thirtieth birthday, not counting the very first on in 1982.

Q: Do you feel that this birthday marks your official entrance into spinsterhood?
A: No, according to Wikipedia, "spinster, or old maid, is an older, childless woman who has never been married, typically in her late 40's and older." Clearly I have at least 15 more birthdays before could be a certified spinster.  Also, although I am an avid knitter, I haven't yet taken up the hobby of spinning wool thus excluding me from even the original definition of spinster.

Q: What are some of your recent knitting projects?
A: I'm glad you asked, this week I finished a cute little hat and I am almost done a pair of mittens.  
The hat is based on the Sweetie Pie Hat from Purl Soho. I sized it to (hopefully) fit a 3-6 month old baby which turned out to be a simple change from worsted weight to sport and DK weight.  I used Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in Green Apple and King Cole Merino Blend DK in French Navy.  

The mittens, which are 3/4 done, are Ambroso Mittens from Knitty.  As you can see I used Merino Blend for these too but in the colour Clerical.  I found it hard to get gauge for these ones, the suggested needles were 3.5 mm and I ended up having to go up three sizes to 4.5 mm when I am usually right on the money with gauge. Maybe this DK tends to be a bit thicker than most.  The right mitten seems to have turned out alright and the left one is coming along nicely.  

I actually bought the grey Merino Blend several years ago to knit a sweater.  I have now given up on this sweater for two reasons: 1) because I was such a novice knitter that I can't trust my counting or gauge; 2) because I am still bored at the thought of the rows and rows of flat stockinette stitch involved in this particular sweater.

** This post is going up a bit later than I initially had planned.  I did have a nice surprise visit from South Carleton friends who brought some cake and good times with them.  Now I'm awaiting my family who will roll in later this evening!**

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


  1. Happy birthday once again Carla. It was fun being able to celebrate with you yesterday. Now if you had posted this earlier we could have done something about that carrot cake:) You must remind us next year about your favourite cake. Enjoy the weekend with your family. It is raining as I type this. At least you won't miss a hike in the rain.

  2. Love your Q and A format, Carla. You're too funny. I'm just catching up on your blog. So nice.