Thanks to all for the birthday wishes. I had a lovely day with lots of pressies, Tapas for lunch with sangria and shopping. I also had some new holes put in my ears (this is maybe not everyone's idea of a cool thing to do on their birthday but it didn't hurt much) and I am very pleased with my new look five ringed ear. Then we went to see the new Alien vs Predator fillum which is very jolly.
From Rob I got some books (including the thickest novel I've attempted since Bleak House and the most dense book in the world ever) and a painting DVD so I will have a better clue what I'm supposed to be doing with my paintbrush and the needle roll was made for me by my (blogless) friend, Kirsty who is very handy with a sewing machine. Mum bought me lots of pretty wool to make something nice for myself and Rob bought me a handy drawer unit to keep some of the stash is. The loopy sheep kit was a pressie from another friend, Lisa, and is the coolest thing ever! I just hope that I can get the expression on the face somewhere close to that in the picture.
And finally, the shawl! I had a big push at knitting on the border on Sunday and got it finished and pinned out. I am really very pleased at the way this turned out, and I think it possibly is one of the most demanding patterns that I have attempted. Am in two minds as yet as to whether it was worth the struggle, but I think so!
It is in Posh Yarns Eva 2ply, which is lovely to work with and, as mentioned a lot already, it is the curved shawl from Victorian Lace Today.