Now on the happier side of things. ;-)
A little bit ago, a friend of mine had a contest on her blog. Rosemarie was getting close to having 20,000 hits on her site, and decided that whomever that person was, s/he would win a prize package. It took awhile to reach, and the day it got close, well, I was a person obsessed. I'm so damned competitive, and over the smallest things! Or, to put a better spin on it, I'm focussed and goal-oriented. Now doesn't that sound admirable? Does too!
In this case, it paid off. If you visit her blog, you'll see what I won. I loved it all, of course, but was most excited by two things. The first was a knitted silk bookmark with my initials. Here's a pic Rosemarie took of it. Isn't it lovely? So soft, too. The other item that set me drooling was my choice of laceweight yarn. We narrowed it down to my color palette (how pretentious is THAT?) and I selected a TWO POUND cone of heavy-laceweight yarn in raspberry. Rosemarie, being the wise woman she is and given that she was shipping from Canada, removed the cardboard cone to reduce the weight, so I now have a center-pull-mostly-cone-shaped massive amount of wool. The picture makes it look a bit brighter than it is...but not by much.
Isn't it gorgeous? Aren't you jealously gnashing your teeth with envy? Doesn't matter; I can imagine that you are, which makes me feel all the luckier. I'm a happy camper.