11 June 2007

I'm alive...but my old laptop isn't

Yes, it's been awhile. Things have been busy and in the middle of it, my laptop decided that it no longer wanted to take a charge from the power cable. Good news...the fellows I work with bought me a brand new MacBook. I love this little sucker.

I have lots to share...but no pictures. I lost the sync cord for my phone and need to buy some batteries for my camera.

Let's see...what's happened over the last few weeks...

- I turned down a pretty great job offer.
- I've been working on final touches on our summer cottage which is hitting the market this week. (anyone looking for a nice house on a lake in northern Illinois?)
- Moved my hang out room from the second floor "creepy room" to the basement. It's nice and cool down there for the summer.
- and a TON of other stuff too...

My mom and I went on a field trip this past Saturday to The Fold in Marengo, Illinois. It's about 90 minutes west of the city...in the country. Mom was totally overwhelmed with the selection of yarn (biggest collection of sock yarn ever!), roving, etc. She picked up some fantastic sock yarn and some dyeing supplies for my sister. I bought some sock yarn for my Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap partner...a beautiful skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Boucle for a shawl, and a cool roving kit "Blue Moon Western Luxury Collection." It's going to be fun!!

We had a nice lunch in downtown Woodstock and then stopped at an antique mall before heading back. It was a great day.

Know what made the day even better?! When I got home there was a package for me from SP10!! This crazy woman sent me some super kick-ass stuff!! A book called "The Knitters Bible Knited Accessories" (which I've never seen and LOVE), a hilarious bumble bee tape measure (pull the stinger to measure!), size 6 bamboo dpns, and yarn...lots of yarn! A gorgeous skein of Socks that Rock in Rare Gem colorway --- all my favorite deep jewel tones! A skein of pretty purpley/pinkish yarn from Mama Llama called Vino. 4 skeins of Wool of the Ande --- 2 in Chocolate and 2 in Asparagus...maybe not two items you would eat together - but the color combination is great! She also sent me some beautifully dyed roving --- I'm not sure what kind of fiber...maybe some kind of wool, the hair is really long. (oh ya, and a third skein of Lorna's Laces for the knee sock pattern she sent me earlier!)

I'm such a lucky girl...I have so much stuff to keep me busy!!! Thank you, Thank you, dear SP10!!!

I'm off to meet my sister and brook for a little knit night...I hope to post pictures of my goodies soon!!


Erin said...

Wow! Your co-workers got you a friggin' Mac? Sweet!

Good luck on selling your house, and you've got one hell of an SP on your hands. Have fun with your sis!

Marie said...

Brooke's gonna be so mad at you... unless you meant someone else when you wrote "brook"! Thanks for meeting me tonight and making me laugh!
"Daddy, why does mommy pee standing up?"

Elemmaciltur said...

You know, when you got your camera going, you so need to take a picture of your "creepy room". ;-) The result might be quite interesting.


The_Add_Knitter said...

So glad you're out of the creepy room! Yikes. I'm still smarting from the experience of being jostled and pushed in the Fold booth at MDS&W, so maybe checking the store out in perosn would be a better idea.

buttercup said...

I think I still would be at the Fold... They'd never be able to get me out of there...

Can't wait to see your swag from your SP and The Fold; and glad you're back in blogland.

beth said...

You came out west here and didn't tell me? I so totally would've met you in Woodstock or something. I've never made it over to the Fold yet either. It is on my summer to-do list.

Anonymous said...

hi! glad you like the loot :) i always get nervous that i'm sending crap.... Glad thats not the case :) notice that the STR has "sock club" on it? did ya notice? It was the extra skein i got for signing up for the entire freshman year.... I had a hard time parting with it, but I KNEW you would FLIP OUT over the colors :) I knew you like accessories so I took a chance with the knitters bible....glad you liked it :) and I know you like to felt things so thats the reason for the wool..... AND the roving is 50%silk 50%mohair... you really can't smell the silk, but thats what the lady said....
AND the Mama Llama is a clue... guess who I am !

I couldn't wait for the third package to reveal myself ;) expect that one in July!

Brooke said...

Wow - I'm glad that I'm important enough to you that you can spell my name right. Thanks, Stefany.

Kristen said...

Heh, Brooke cracked me up right there. That all sounds awesome. I just realized I'm commenting on the wrong post, so pretend this is on the SP10 post with the silkeh yarniness. I wanted to axe if you have a wheel or if you use a spindle.

No wait, you said you have a wheel. Nevermind me, time for bed soon.

AR said...

Wow, you're a busy lady! Hope your knit night was fun.

Kathy said...

so you turned down the job?

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