It's been a surprisingly full week so far. And it's only Thursday!
On Monday G and I caught up with friends S and C who are visiting from the UK after moving there about 2 years ago from Toronto. We joined them for dinner at Phil's BBQ, which was yummy, very yummy. I had the pulled pork sandwich with potato salad and plenty of sauce on. Why hadn't I tried real barbeque before? I really don't know.
After, we sat and had tea and a round of Careers. If you haven't played it, you need to, just because of the throwback value. It's like Monopoly except you collect hearts (happiness), stars (fame) and cash according to a career success formula you set for yourself. It's remarkably progressive too, you know. Because when the business world lands you "Cute secretary. 2 hearts.", or "Wife goes on shopping spree. Pay half your salary.", it doesn't know whether you're a female player or not, see? Farming was okay. But at Sea I got sick on the first square and landed in hospital. Not cut out for success, I am.
Last night I joined G and her friend R who was visiting from NYC for the knitting night at Lettuce Knit (my first time there, don'cha know, omigosh). It was also the launch party for No Sheep For You. We were told to bring booze. They served cupcakes. All parties should have knitting and booze and cupcakes, shouldn't they?
I made the Very Bad Decision of knitting on the steps, which gave me a nice view but in the end cramped my hips and also led to me dropping a dpn down through a crack, never to return. (I also managed to lose my (autographed! wow!) copy of No Sheep For You, but we saved that with a long stick and some creative pulling and pushing from a hole in the side of the steps. Whew. (So in the end I came away with one more new set of dpns than I expected I'd come away with. On the other hand... I now have a set of 4 spares.)
Isn't that the happiest cat you ever saw? She was a real flirt. Nudged everyone's legs once but committed to noone, and watched all the excitement with big yellow eyes.
The Big Fun of the night was getting tickets to draw for door prizes - one by one everyone got to choose from a grab box of yarn, books, and doo-dads Amy Singer was giving away. Once it got to me I thought I would look for a ball of something I could reasonably get a one-skein project out of (because my stash is tiny and so is my experience in the world of Cool and Fancy yarns). So there was a ball of laceweight I grabbed. (A-ha, I thought: even one ball of laceweight can get you a scarf or a shawl. I know enough to know this) It turns out it was one skein of Handmaiden silk. Jaysis. (I think my exact and erudite words, when Amy said "oh, you got the Handmaiden!" were, "oh, is that what this is? Cool.")
Before we left I thanked Amy twice for it - I'm new to laceweight, I said, but I was excited to make something with it. She said she was happy someone would make something with it now, and pointed to her own shawl. (I didn't say that I was too much of a n00b to recognize the pattern for it.) Such a tiny ball of yarn. But so precious.
For now I'll get back to socks for my friend R, who has to have major surgery today. If you have any good vibes to spare, it'd be awesome if you could send them his way.