Reason No. 145.7 that I love having the blog:
The coolest friends. (Is this really my life?!)
Regina, you know my soul and rock my world.
I can't wait to wear that t-shirt. Won't I be the coolest mama? And I'm so excited to introduce Abigail to Teddy Thompson*. Thank you! The next time I see you (soon, hopefully), I will hug my thanks to you in person.
*It's so super-cool when a mom can introduce her young adult daughter to some music before her friends can even do so. Wicked cool.
The Contest: Or What Ancient Project Did I Finish?
The long-overdue gift for a friend -- thrummed (fleece-stuffed) mittens made from Coopworth wool roving, which was a beautiful gift from Carole, and which I spun into the yarn used for these. The thrums are locks of an incredibly beautiful Polwarth fleece, a gift from Kim. The inside of the mittens look like this: The story of these mittens is they were knitted for a friend, but I ran out of yarn (and there was no more Coopworth roving to be spun) before I could complete the two mittens, so I went back and took off the cuff of each mitten and knit a different cuff made of Lamb's Pride worsted. Other things got in the way (notably, the Red Scarf Project and lots of other projects), and it took me over a year to get back to these.
My friend's wife is a knitter. When he opened the package, containing one completed mitten and one still on the needles, he said: "I know what this is: A promissory note!" He asked me if he was going to have to wait a year before he got the finished pair, and I insisted that no WAY was he going to have to wait that long. Erk. There have been several sub-zero days this winter during which he could have worn thrummed mittens, and I feel bad that I did not get them done well before now. I'm happy they're finally done. I'll package them up and mail them out this week.
And the winner is: Margene! She is the only one who guessed these mittens. I know exactly what she needs as a prize. :)