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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I had a birthday


On Saturday, I had one hell of a treat. Manly's sister got us tickets to the Yankee's game, but not just any tickets. We had a Luxury Suite. Manly's whole family came out for the day. We had a private air-conditioned indoor room with a fridge full of cold beer and a buffet of hotdogsfriedfingerfood goodness. And, the best part--we had our own bathroom!

My, my. But, how sweet! Manly's sister got me a birthday cake!


It also happened to be Old-Timer's day at the stadium, so we were in for that extra treat. I got to see Yogi Berra, finally. I have a joke that goes like this: whatever the Yankee's trivia question may be, the answer is always Yogi Berra.

I've been obsessed with spinning lately. I spun this, into this:

This skein measures 185 yards and is BFL. I finally figured out how to draft within the "drafting triangle." If you don't spin, the drafting triangle is the area between your spinning hand and your fiber hand, or something like that. Before, I would draft all my fiber into little skinny pieces, but now, I can predraft and then draft as I spin, which is delightful, dreamy, meditative, calming. I love it. Half of this was spun with my old method, and the other half with my "ah-ha I figured it out" method.

I just want to spin all day now. I'm spinning this now. I'd like to try dyeing my own rovings, but for now, I think I need to see how different colors and color combinations and amounts of color spin up.

In other news, this arrived in my mail last week. You may order it here or here or here.

8 comments:

gradschoolknitter said...

Happy Birthday and congrats on the book. It sounds very interesting... I might just have to add it to my wishlist!

Leslie said...

Very, very cool on all fronts. Christian Bok review... super impressive!

And even more important... Happy Birthday!

Senora Fuerte said...

This is very impressive!! I'm going to add it to my next book order.

Lucia said...

man I want some of that cake, even if it's Yankee cake. Happy Birthday, darling- you get to be older than I am for a whole month!

The_Add_Knitter said...

The Wayne Koestenbaum review is so glowing--congrats!! And Happy Birthday to you, what a great party that must've been...

schrödinger said...

Happy Birthday to you - sounds like you had a fantastic time celebrating!! I think I need that 'aha' moment with my spinning too...

Lazuli said...

Happy Birthday! That's wonderful news about the book - and the yarn is very pretty, too!

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

COngratulations and Happy Birthday! Sounds all around awesome.