Friday, 4 February 2011

Blue & Birthdays

Well, having nothing better to do yesterday, I changed the batteries in my camera, and - Lo ! - a miracle ! It worked for about 10 minutes: long enough to rush outside where it was grey but dry and take pictures of 2 out of the 3 FOs. I couldn't take pics of the 3rd because I'd forgotten I hadn't weaved in the ends yet.

So here is the cabled sweater for Jasper's 1st birthday present, knitted in Stylecraft Special DK in blue marl as selected by Destructo Boy, brilliant value and machine washable too:

Having bought two balls, I had tons left over, so found a lovely pattern for a cabled hat (SmarieK's 3am Cable Hat) , which I adjusted for size, casting on only 96 stitches instead of 108. I also knitted it flat and seamed it, which meant adjusting the instructions somewhat backwards for the even rows, as the pattern is written for knitting in the round. All done and lovely, I think, ready to be wrapped and taken down to Kent the first weekend of half-term for his birthday party:

I feel that the cabling is a bit lost in the marl of the yarn, but seeing as how Destructo Boy chose it, what could I do ? Well, yes, I could have knitted a really plain design, but how boring that would have been ....

I had a lovely surprise yesterday - Mini Diva had gone to tea at her friend's house, and when she returned, she was bearing this:

My friend Karen felt sorry for my plan-less, celebration-less birthday, and had made this marvellous gooey chocolate birthday cake for me. We had some for breakfast today, simply because. I'm blessed to have such thoughtful friends.

Destructo Boy asked me a few days ago, would I be moving out on my birthday ?
''Where to ?'' sez I.
''One of those places where old people live when they get smelly and old''.

Since old people need their sleep, I am going back to bed.


  1. What a lovely friend to send you a cake! My birthday last year was also a bit of an anti-climax what with Tertarus buggering off on his motorbike without organising anything nice.

    It's rotten when your birthday is just glossed over like it's another day - especially when kids get all the drum-banging and streamers (that YOU have had to spend time organising, more than likely).

    I have sent you something. You can't eat it.

    Enjoy your choccy cake, it looks really scrummy.....

  2. That sweater looks perfect. I've always wanted to try Smariek's patterns, but I feel like I need to prepare a block of time to focus on those intricate cables. The color is great and I wouldn't worry about the cables being lost--I imagine the cables "pop" more when worn.

    And happy birthday! What a lovely cake and lovely friend! That's someone to hold on to. Perfect card for the day, too. :)

  3. Oh man, now I want cake!!!!! LOL I hope you had a great birthday. Cake for breakfast is the way to go!

    The sweater and hat are adorable. I'm sure they will both be so well received.

  4. Today's my birthday, and I don't have huge plans, either. I'm mostly OK with it, though. :)

  5. What great FOs! Visiting from ravelry :)
    Happy birthday!

  6. Happy Birthday and lovely knits :) :)

  7. Happy Birthday sweets! Enjoy your cake!

    Love the hat. I actually kind of love the cables in the marl. It's just a bit of added interest.

  8. Happy Birthday! I love having cake for breakfast! : ) The sweater and hat look beautiful.

  9. Both the sweater and hat are lovely. The cake looks yummy!

  10. Beautiful job! And how fun to have a surprise birthday cake - and a CHOCOLATE one, at that. Apparently, you have excellent taste in friends. Happy blated birthday!

  11. Love the hat and sweater. Happy Birthday. I haven't celebrated mine since I turned 40.


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