...so very fine! I'm a little hoarse this morning as I was singing in top voice, and the speakers in my car put to the test, playing my new CD! Actually, there are two new CDs, but I only played one song -- one of my all-time favorites -- "So Happy Together"! I've mentioned that song a couple of times, but most recently when the music meme was going around. Wendy picked up on it and told me that it was played at their wedding. I would never have thought of it, but it's an absolutely perfect song for a wedding! Can't you just see it? Happy, smiling, in love, arm-in-arm, just hitched, walking out of the church to that song? Friends and family singing that song with the choir, sending you joyously to meet your future together? If and when my grrs ever marry, it will be so. And I will likely sing at top voice then, too; in fact, I'll lead the chorus. Oh, and look at what else she sent -- a magnet that she made with "my" blog picture. That tickles me like you wouldn't believe. Thank you Wendy!
And if that weren't enough, I also had a "prelude to spring" gift in the mail! Cara sent a box of her photo notecards -- all flowers! She is an amazing photographer, I just love her work. More than that, she's a sweetheart through and through. I have enjoyed getting to know her -- there is something about every comment and email that pings me, you know? Plus, she's the mastermind who put together the Knit One Read Two book club. I'm enthusiastic about that, but woefully slow... one of these days I've got to put down the needles and catch up with the books! Thank you Cara!
When I put down the needles last night, there was an FO! It's an attempt at a more manly Dashwood. It's really not all that manly, the brim is quite riffly, but it is less girly. I used straight needles and a twisted cast-on edge for the brim that made a less lacy and fairly firm edge; the brim is much shorter than the Miss, and I replaced the bobble border with a basket rib. Both variations came from Knitting On The Edge, by Nicky Epstein. I switched to DPNs after the basket rib and knit the rest in the round, seaming the brim and border afterwards. I'll add ribbon ties soon. The modified hat took almost an entire ball of Sugar & Cream for the 3-6 month size.
I enjoyed your very sweet comments about Ai and her dress yesterday. She's so happy, you wouldn't believe it! How happy? She smiles like that when she's just thinking about her new dress. Prom is one month from today.