55 is the number of candles there would have been on my cake this month, if I had had a birthday cake. Instead, the husband concocted a lovely birthday dinner including such delicacies as foie gras (which he prepares himself); lobster with a spoonful of caviar; followed by scallops with oranges on a bed of rice. And very yummy it all was.
As befits any birthday gal, I was suitably spoiled on my special day, receiving cards, e-cards, text messages, phone calls, skype messages and . . . presents.
Want to see what I got? Of course you do! silly question really.
Well first . . . a little treat from myself lol
Some James C Brett “Marble” chunky (4 x 200g) to knit this gorgeous baggy cardigan/jacket. And, since I was paying p&p, I thought it only sensible to order in a few more patterns . . .
So, two other patterns. A King Cole, with two different patterns – it’s the blue version that caught my eye, not so keen on the turtle neck version. And a Sirdar Hayfield, more classic cardie with raglan sleeves.
I received more lovely yarn from Avis
Avis knows I love Stylecraft Special DK for my amigurumi crocheting, and is helping me build up the complete stash of colours. She sent me 5 x 100g (Citron, Graphite, Mocha, Bottle Green & Bluebell). Avis also sent me a packet of wooden buttons in the shape of sewing machines and “What Comes Next” by John Katzenbach. This looks right up my street, but I’ve got a couple of library books to read first before I settle down to enjoy this one.
From my daughter (aka Lindashee) and her partner: a cross stitch kit. “My Day Off” adapted from art work by Ronald West. I really love Ronald West’s artwork, and think this design will be lots of fun to stitch.
And, last, but not least,
French blogging friend, Sandrine, had been busy at work. She made me the most gorgeous sewing machine tidy and matching bag. The “tidy” is a quilted mat, which sits under the sewing machine, and the flap, which hangs over the side of the table, has lots of little pockets to keep things like scissors, tape measure, screwdriver, thread, bobbins etc.
So, there you have it! Lots of fabulous surprises to keep me busy doing what I love to do: knitting, crocheting, reading, cross stitching and sewing!