Today I officially enter my late twenties.... Last year when I turned 26 I refused to acknowledge that I was on the other side of 25, heading towards 30- but today, as I turned 27 I have come to grips with the reality of facing my late twenties. Sigh.
I actually have already had the beginnings of a wonderful day- my friend T. took me out to breakfast at a local cafe where we sat outside and enjoyed the warm (but not yet hot) sunny weather, and joked with each other while we ate our breakfasts. I am going to head off to school (really to see my friends, all of whom are burrowed in the carrels in the library, not really to get any work done- but I am almost all done with my research for my first chapter. Yea!) and also buy myself a new book (a birthday gift to myself) and maybe a knitting magazine. My dad already called this morning and reminisced about the day I was born, and groaned about the fact that his youngest child is in her late twenties now, and how his oldest child (my brother) is going to be 40 next year. He says it makes him feel old.
Anyway- I have some progress on my little Chalk the mouse- I finished the body the other night and am now on the head.
I am knitting it with Wendy Peter Pan yarn which is the softest, non-squeakyist, non-plastic feeling acrylic ever. Seriously- this is some good acrylic yarn. (I tend to avoid acrylic unless its a blend- but I find that acrylic and acrylic blend yarns are best for toys because they hold the shape together better. Plus they are indestructable. I have a Panda my grandmother crocheted for me when I was an infant, made of Red Heart yarn. He's still hanging in there just fine after years of abuse.)
Meanwhile I have finally heard from YarnWare and my large order of Plymouth Encore DK is now on its way (YEA! More Gnomes!). I tried to Bid on ebay for a Alan Dart Gromit pattern (from Wallace and Gromit) but I kept being outbid. Finally it got too high for one ridiculous pattern. Boo-hoo- it apears that the Alan Dart patterns are very popular on ebay and go for pretty high prices.
Anyway, I am off- I have a birthday to celebrate. (And I need to go off to the bookstore- nerdy girl I am- celebrating with books. LOL- that's okay. The whole nerdy thing has worked out real well, especially when I finally get all done with this PhD stuff and people have to call me "Professor." Heee! I just get a kick out of thinking of that- sick, I know.)