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, "A 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!