Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! If only you were on Facebook, by this point in the day you would be awash in happy birthdays from dear friends, former colleagues, people you wish you knew better, and the odd Starbucks gift card. (Has anybody ever sent or received a Starbucks gift card for a Facebook birthday? I think it's like winning the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, or first-row parking at the airport: a dream, a dream.) (They ought to have Facebook Birthday Send-A-SkeinTM offers--now THAT's something I could get into.)
At any rate, I hope you're enjoying all the fruits of the day. As for me, I'm back from a week of spring break. The older the fellas get, the simpler travel becomes. The only suitcase I packed was my own. Repeat: I didn't give a rat's ass whether anybody else in the family had underpants, or socks, or a lightweight-but-waterproof windbreaker. It was great, the whole week.
As for the knitting, you are right when you say that blanket knitting is truly the greatest of airplane knitting projects. I did yeoman's labour on this Fussy Cuts
blanket, to the point that I embarked on what I call Phase II of a Fussy Cuts blanket: the framing.
Each square gets its own personalized frame of garter stitch with mitered corners. Once I crank ten rounds of garter stitch, I thread the live stitches onto waste yarn, where they await their destiny during Phase III: The Attachment.
The only twitchy part of this is making absolutely sure I've got 48 stitches on each side. If I don't get that right, Phase III: The Attachment will be fraught with misalignment, dodgy faking, and general slipshoddery. I realize that this may happen no matter what I do, but at least with Ol' 48 in place, it won't be the squares' fault.
What shade of Noro Silk Garden is this, you ask? It's Shade 84, also known as the BEST. It's that red/pinky/green/brown melange that is my favorite shade of Noro Silk Garden. I realize that it is not Shade 211, also known as The Only Neutral and our favorite blanket filler shade. But this blanket has a particular purpose and recipient, and color is what it's all about.
The big news around here and by "around here" I mean inside my head is that my half sis MK is getting married in April. In India. And a batch of family seems to be all in for the trip to Bangalore. Including me.
Now, you can imagine how this would completely and totally blow my mind. I've never been to Asia, or any subcontinent, or even that hemisphere. Once you hear that your sister is having a Hindu ceremony, where everybody is going to be wearing a saree, well.
You start to think you should wear a saree, too.
Which takes you right to: Indian wedding websites. Saree shops. Bangles for Bangalore. Tigers and leopards and Indian novels to read, Google maps to study, classes in Hinduism that your husband kindly downloads onto your computer.
It is obviously the sort of occasion that calls for a blanket.
A blanket that doesn't hold back on color.
The good news is that MK is not much of a knitting blog reader, so we'll keep this between us, OK?
Love, and really really happy birthday wishes to ye,