No, it’s not my birthday, but for an hour or so yesterday, it sure did feel like it was! Izzy settled down for her afternoon nap while the boys worked on a project together, so I ventured out to the library and the nearest yarn store on my own!
Since it was a rainy, the yarn store was a peaceful, calm place with few customers. I only needed an inexpensive skein of Blue Sky Alpaca to finish a wee sweater, but I couldn’t resist touching all the luscious varieties of fibers and taking in all the beautiful colors. I fell in love with a lovely bit of Debbie Bliss silk in a lovely light aqua color (um, they only had a couple of colors at the store and I had no idea about all those other wonderful colors that I’m now currently drooling over as well,) but convinced myself that I would come back to buy the proper amount when I had a pattern and a plan in mind. Silk! I’ve never knit with silk before. I ended up splurging only on a single skein of Malabrigo lace-weight pink and red variegated merino in the “Little Lovely” colorway (It’s the little one up there in the picture.) I’m thinking that it would make a lovely small lacy wrap for myself.
I remembered that I never shared my previous yarn indulgences from a couple weeks ago. I waited for the summer sale at another nearby yarn store to spend a gift card and got more chunky olive green Malabrigo (above) and some oh so soft chunky baby alpaca yarn in purple (to knit that hat for my brother’s girlfriend.) I was also able to buy a few random skeins of cotton for planned baby projects.
No worries, the wee sweater that I’m working on is pink, so I’m covering all my bases. I have plenty of pregnant friends to share some hand-knitted love with, so I’m taking full advantage and knitting a couple very girly and very boyish baby things.
Anyway…. back to the solo trip. After the little bit of Heaven in the yarn store, I ventured to the library to pick up a book on ILL. They surprised me with an additional book that I requested be put on hold, so now I have two books to read that came highly recommended by friends: Rhythms of Learning and The Contemplative Mom. I’m a chapter into the first one and enjoying it immensely. I have such wise friends!
So that’s what it takes to make me feel extra special, a little bit of yarn and a good book or two, lol! It helps that there’s the promise of a low-key summer week ahead, where I hope to spend many hours on the picnic quilt with the kids busy swimming in their pool while I take full advantage of my peaceful time!