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Name: Marsha Brofka-Berends
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08 May 2007

Happy birthday to me

Yupper, today is my birthday--just two days after Sylvia's. Two years ago, when we were anxiously waiting for her to hurry up and get born already, Jan and I were worried that she'd end up sharing my birthday, which also happened to land on Mother's Day that year. Talk about a triple whammy. Fortunately, she arrived two days earlier (one week after her due date), thus ensuring that she gets her very own birthday--which I think is important, since it's awfully nice to have a birthday that's your own special day, don't you think? In addition to the niceness of having family around to celebrate my birthday, I was also fortunate enough to receive several wonderful gifts, many of which were knitting/craft related. Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects by Lotta Jansdotter and Knitted Flowers by Nicky Epstein now grace my bookshelves, and a tote with seventeen (yes, that's right--seventeen) pockets on the outside alone will insure that I don't lose my crafting supplies. My friends Gina and Todd gave me a Louet kit for handpainting sock yarn. It contains some incredibly soft wool sock yarn (enough for a pair), three different color-coordinated dyes, and--thank goodness--instructions. I am very much looking forward to trying this! Last but not least, my Dutch father-in-law gave me a terrific set of knitting supplies. He doesn't know anything about knitting, so he went to his local yarn store, a place called Charmant that's in the next town over from his, and said, "I want to get something for someone who knits." Fortunately, he was helped by someone who knew what they were doing (though I'm not surprised--I've been to this shop and was very impressed by how knowledgeable the staff were). She guided him toward the spring/summer 2007 issue of Babymode (Phildar No. 465), a set of 3.5mm needles (which is what most of the patterns call for), and twelve balls of a very soft cotton-acrylic blend Dutch yarn that's pretty indistinguishable from Rowan All-Season Cotton. There are lots of great patterns in here. I'm especially looking forward to making the two-toned cardigan with the tomten hood. Unfortunately, all of the written instructions are in Dutch--which I don't read or speak. But I'm hoping that with the help of the pictures and schematics (not to mention Babelfish) I can figure them out!

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Imperatrix said...

Happy birthday! Sounds ilke you received lots of love and treasures.

There's a French knitter who offers to translate French patterns for people. I bet if you made a call to the online knitting community, you'd be able to find someone who could translate your patterns.

(I, myself, don't trust Babelfish for anything more than a quickie joke kind of translation.)

Friday, May 11, 2007 9:28:00 AM  
Marsha Brofka-Berends said...

I was thinking that I might be able to find someone online to translate the patterns for me. And I agree with you about Babelfish: other than the occasional word, the only think it's really good at translating is Vogon poetry.

I've discovered that an English-language version of this pattern book exists. It costs $15, which isn't free, but it may be a worthwhile investment if I plan to knit more than one or two of the patterns, when you consider the time and effort it will take to find translators.

Friday, May 11, 2007 3:01:00 PM  
JD said...

Happy Birthday, Marsha! Many happy returns!

Friday, May 11, 2007 6:54:00 PM  
Katie J said...

Happy Belated Birthday Marsha!

Friday, May 11, 2007 7:48:00 PM  
Kerry said...

Happy, happy birthday to you and Syliva both!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2007 10:54:00 PM  

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