My birthday isn't even until tomorrow, but already I have received many amazing gifts and well wishes. I have to share the knitting related delights, please try not to drool on your keyboard:
First, I would like you to meet Oscar (pictured above). Oscar is an alpaca. He is friends with Francis (who's actual name is Frances, she's female, my bad). Francis/Frances is the alpaca who donated her fleece to my Francis Revisited cowl neck sweater. Oscar's fleece is chocolate brown, soft as can be, and has been spun into sport weight yarn. I think Oscar wants to be a cardigan. Thanks to mom for the perfect gift. My mother-in-law also surprised me with a knitter's dream come true: a lantern moon knitting case (See bellow). It is so beautiful, and practical too. It even came with size 7 lattern moons inside!
Finally, my aunt-in-law TC sent me a beautiful pattern book from Rowan with some Lana Grossa Meilenweit Cashmere Seta yarn (pictured bellow). I have already identified a half dozen patterns in this book that I want to knit immediately. I'm not so sure with all this new stuff I can keep to my commitment of no new knits!
I want to thank everyone for being so generous and also to everyone who has helped to make my big birthday really memorable. Tomorrow, for the actual birthday we are going out to dinner with another couple and then drinking fancy champaign. I could think of nothing better.