Phew! Today was a busy day. Alice & I did loads!
First we went to the shopping centre where I tried to get new glasses, and failed miserably. Why are all glasses big thick frames nowadays? They make me look a right plonker. If anyone knows an optician in Dublin with a good selection, let me know!
We moved onwards to the bookstore where I got the new Simply Knitting magazine. I know, my third knitting magazine this week, but I am on holidays... I got Alice a card making magazine too.
Then we hit Penneys where I grabbed an absolutely gorgeous Owl umbrella that SheKnitUpThatBall found recently. I'm developing a bit of a thing for owls. The sheep won't be very pleased.
Then we went to the Bear Factory where Alice got a grooms outfit for her bears to match the bride outfit she has. I had made her a priests outfit before, so now she has the whole wedding ensemble! It's gas watching her marrying her bears, good job there's no bigamy laws for them!
We had a very naughty lunch in McDonalds (ssh), then I got coffee in Starbucks for home. A must have if there's to be a happy atmosphere. No coffee in morning = Godzilla Mammy.
After all that spending, you'd think I was done. Oh no. I decided that I needed to see some yarn so I headed to Springwools.
I will admit that I went primarily for this:
Lang Jawoll Magic sock yarn. Mmm. They have loads of lovely shades, but this one called to me, the fan of autumnal colours I am. It's lovely shades of brown to goldy-brown. Yum!
Things were going well. I had got what I wanted and was ready to go, but then I had another accident:
4 balls of King Cole Bamboo Cotton, 2 brown and 2 turquoise. In my defence, I have two babies coming up this year to knit for. I'm thinking stripy BSJ's. Also, we were talking on Twitter yesterday about cute colours for baby stuff that isn't traditional baby, and I remembered I love the colour combo of turquoise & brown. Gender neutral and flattering to almost everyone. I'm actually itching to cast on for one of these, it'd be a nice break from the Ethereal Top.
Alice found this, and I couldn't say no. She's such a huge Hello Kitty fan:
It's a kit to make a Hello Kitty hat. Aw. I'm such a sucker.
When we got home, after a quick cup of tea to refresh us, we got busy cardmaking. It's hubby & his sisters birthday next week. Being leap year babies (no, they're not twins, there's 8 years between them) they don't really have a birthday, but we use March 1. I got these kits in Michaels in Florida last year especially for them, as they both love to cook.
This one is for my sister-in-law:
And this one is for hubby:
Featuring his favourite kitchen appliance, his Kitchen Aid mixer. He's going to love it.
Alice is dead proud of them.
In Ethereal top news, I fixed the armholes! Yay me! I got enough done to try it on again, and it fits great now. Just another few inches of booring stocking stitch to go before I get to pick an empire waistline design. *sigh* No wonder I'm itching to cast on a BSJ.
In other non knitty news, tomorrow is voting day in our general election. I'm dreading thinking of who will be elected. If it's who the polls are saying, it's going to be really grim in work. Really grim. I'm very undecided, I don't think there's a clear alternative at all, but I do know one thing: I will be voting. It drives me mad when people don't exercise their vote, when so many people all over the world would die for the right to vote to select their government. At least that's one thing we can be thankful for here at the moment. So, USE YOUR VOTE!
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