Someone Pinch Me

At Eat, Sleep, Knit, not only do they have the Yarnathon with the badges and knit alongs going on but they also send a scratch off ticket with each order.  In the past years, probably 95% of the time, I got a $5 store credit but this year, it seems like two out of three are duds. I shouldn’t say that because I just sent in $85 worth of winning tickets but two of those were $20 each. I’ve been shopping at Eat, Sleep, Knit since 2008 and had never gotten anything over $20 . . until the past week.

It’s hard to believe . . don’t feel bad if you don’t believe it because I really don’t either . . but I’m trying not to buy yarn. Last week, ESK tweeted that they’d found one “vintage” skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina in the color Vanilla Bean that was buried in the wrong bin. It had indications that it was a bit old . . the label was handwritten and stapled (new labels are printed and taped). Who will be first to order and get this vintage skein?  Since I happened to be right there at the computer, I guess it would be me!  It arrived yesterday and when I scratched off my ticket, look what I got!

Winning Ticket

Winning Ticket

And, here’s the one I got last week!

Winning Ticket

Winning Ticket

I’m thinking I should buy a real lotto ticket . . I’m feeling lucky!  :)

Cat Conversation

Here’s sure fire proof that my husband is not listening to a word I’m saying while he’s shopping online and I’m discussing something as important as the sex of our new cat.

Me:  Do you know that only 1 out of 3,000 tortoise shell cats is a male?
Vince: So, what do you think ours is?
Me:  A female!
Vince:  Why do you say that?
Me:  Statistically . . it almost has to be a female. It has something to do with the X and Y chromosomes and it’s almost impossible for a tortoise shell to be a male.
Vince: I think it could be a male.
Me:  Could be . . I don’t think  you’re listening to a word I’m saying!
Vince: You said the cat might be a girl!
Me:  What are the chances of it being a boy?
Vince: Who knows! 

This could be a good time to ask him if he has a problem with me spending $500 on a yarn order!  :)  Somehow, I think when dollars are involved, he pays a little closer attention.

All But One Sleeve Done

For some reason, I thought that I had finished the ribbing around the collar and front before I put this sweater away. I knew one sleeve was done but when I got it out to start working on it, I had only done 3″ of ribbing. The pattern called for 4-1/2 or 4-3/4″ (can’t remember already!). There were 414 stitches on the needles and this is sport weight yarn so finishing all that ribbing took forever! I think I could have gotten by with less inches but it’s so pretty . . I don’t mind the extra time it took and it fits great. Blocking will help those cables show up and a better picture in the daylight will help too!

Lakehouse

Lakehouse

Now there’s just one sleeve left to do and I’m hoping . . surely by Wednesday . . I can have this one finished.

Lakehouse

Lakehouse

Last night when I finished the ribbing, I was too tired to start the second sleeve so I went ahead and wove in all the ends so at least that much is done.

Vince was telling me how pretty it was last night and I said “Don’t you want to move somewhere that’s colder so I can wear it more?” He said . . NO!   :(