Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Thirty One

Happy birthday to me,
My shawl is fin-ished, finally!

I'm joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along today after a couple of weeks break (because there's only so many ways you can say 'I'm still knitting my shawl'...) and I can finally show you the finished article.

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If you haven't seen it before this is The Aspen Wrap (Ravelry link), not a free pattern, but worth the money in my opinion - I didn't have a single problem with the pattern - and it's a lot easier than it looks.

Aspen Wrap back

The alpaca/mulberry silk yarn is still absolutely, luxuriously wonderful and I feel all soft and special when I wear it which is not a feeling I often get, from articles of clothing!

This week I'm doing marathon afghan square knitting because I am now months behind on my year-round afghan project.  I am not allowing myself to cast on anything new (including Christmas gifts) until those squares are up to date which means I know I will soar through them at lightening speed.

This week I have been reading another Yarn Harlot book which has been great because the short chapters lend themselves well to my hectic pace and who doesn't love a bit of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee?

I turn 31 today.  This time last year I was such a wreck about turning 30 and now it seems so long ago.  
I started my day with green juice and a hot bubble bath with some of this.  When I finish writing, the day will get a bit less glamorous as I work, bake my own birthday cake and clean the house for visitors!

What are you knitting/reading this week?

58 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, hope you have a lovely day.... 31 seems oh so long ago and another world away to me ;)

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  2. Happy birthday and many many many more!! The shawl is so lovely and I knew there was some silk content just by the way it drapes and has a teeny sheen to it. I hope it's cold enough to wear :)

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    1. Thanks, Karen. It's definitely cold enough! :o)

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  3. I love the color of your shawl, it's always nice to finally finish a project! Happy Birthday too!

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  4. Happy Birthday Hannah! You are looking lovely! That shawl is gorgeous as is your hair, it's so long!! =) Have a fabulous day!

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  5. Happy Birthday. Looking hot and I love the scarf

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    1. Thanks, Jen - I think you're the only person in the world who has ever said I look hot LOL!

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  6. Have a great birthday!!!! That shawl is heavenly---it looks lovely on you.

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  7. That wrap is lovely!! Love the color! Happy birthday to you!!

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  8. Feliz cumpleanos! no, I am not spanish, just showing off. That Glenn Miller got me a-hipping and a-skipping. How very civilised you are in your musical taste! The shawl is a triumph - well done. On my 31st birthday I decided to go for lunch with a few friends to the pub in my lunch hour from the Bank where I worked - and not go back. Silly cow, I got in such trouble. Duh. You are obviously waaayyy more grown up than I was.....x

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    1. Thanks, Janice. That sounds like quite an adventure!

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  9. That shawl is stunning! It does indeed look like it would be complicated with that lovely border. Happy Birthday.

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  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 31, ahhh i remember it well. lol your shawl is beautiful. the color is fantastic.

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  11. Happy birthday! And lovely shawl :)

    I haven't read a Stephanie Pearl-McPhee book yet, but would love to try it soon.

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  12. Happy birthday! And what a beautiful shawl :)

    I haven't read a Stephanie Pearl-McPhee book yet, but would love to try soon.

    Enjoy your special day.

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  13. Have a very happy birthday and wishing you a great year ahead. Love the shawl, doesn't that make the perfect birthday present and one you always knew you wanted and given to you because you love yourself xxx

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    1. Thanks - it is perfect, I was thinking that same thing about making my own cake, it was exactly the kind of cake that I wanted!

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  14. Happy Birthday! We share a birth month, mine was a few days ago, but not the same year! The shawl is lovely, hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

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    1. Thank you, and happy birthday to you, too!

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  15. Happy Birthday and the shawl is gorgeous!!!!!

    San xxx

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  16. Happy Birthday! You're not as old as me -my eldest son is 18 today :-)

    The shawl is lovely :-)

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  17. Happy Birthday!! What a gorgeous shawl! Hope you are feeling a bit better about your birthday this year xx

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, I am indeed! :o)

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  18. Beautiful shawl and Happy Birthday! I remember turning 30 was really hard....probably the hardest birthday I have ever had. My 20's were gone! Now I'm 48 and am fine with getting older! lol What choice do I have?

    Bless you today!

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  19. Happy birthday :-) and I just have to say - WOW! The shawl is really, really beautiful. I am so impressed. Hope your birthday was full of fun. x

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  20. Happy Birthday! The shawl is beautiful and really suits you! Have a great day. xx

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  21. Happy, happy, happy birthday, Hannah. The shawl suits you, you both look very beautiful.
    have a great day.

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  22. Happy Birthday dear! Lovely shawl by the way, suits the pretty lady very well :)

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  23. Oh, beautiful! Happy birthday. I know exactly what you mean, but this year mourned 33 and suddenly it doesn't bother me so if. The thirties are a great decade to embrace. Well done on your wrap!

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    1. Thank you, Angela - it turns out that I'm rather enjoying my 30s so far :o)

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  24. Happy birthday to you!! Hope you had a lovely day! P.s your hair looks gorgeously gorgeous and shiny, mucho jealous! The wrap too is a beautiful colour and very chic, well done for the hard work!

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  25. What a lovely wrap and perfect for autumn.
    Happy birthday, you old thing! From a much older one (ahem!)

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  26. I know I'm late, but I really wanted to say "Happy Birthday"! I'm a new reader to your blog, but already think you're an amazing person!

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    1. Thank you! I'm enjoying reading your blog, too :o)

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