Friday, September 22, 2006

911? I have a knitting emergency!

Remember this?

I know it has been awhile since I have talked about it. It was a mess, and I really thought it was beyond repair.
But Ben thought it was worth a try to get a second opinion. So I called the knit doctor, a.k.a. Lester, and she was able to squeeze me in for an appointment the same day.
You should have seen her face when she saw the blanket. It was almost enough for me to say "Yeah, that's what I thought too, thanks anyway." But she laid it out on the table and went to work.

It was NOT EASY! I did not do anything but sit there and stare, and have a few panic attacks. There were times Lester seemed at a loss, but she would not give up.
It really seemed hopeless, there were no stitches to pick up, not a whole lot of yarn to use, and the pattern was difficult to duplicate. But all of a sudden, it started to look ok....In fact it looked pretty darn good!
Here's me pointing a finger at where the boo-boo is.

It is still noticeable, but when you look at the whole blanket it is very hard to tell unless you are looking for it.

Needless to say, I was ecstatic!

The baby shower was the next day and thanks to Dr. Lester, this is what I was able to gift to the mommy-to-be.

My gifts were the hit of the party. Lauren was ecstatic, and everybody ooed and awed. Frankly, I was a little embarrassed. Especially when people showed up later and asked to see my gifts. After the third time, Lauren pulled them out and "displayed" them for all to see.

The best part? About a week ago I got a thank you note from Lauren. She said that my making her these baby gifts was one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for her, and how thankful she was to have a friend like me.

That made all of it worth it. And when I see her little man all wrapped up in hand-knitted warmth, that will be icing on the cake.

By the way, I paid my Dr. well. I bought Lester a pair of lantern moon ebony needles and some silk/alpaca lace weight (the last was VERY HARD to give away) after a recommendation from a mutual friend.

Thank you Lester! You are an amazing woman and I am so glad to know you and call you a friend!

Friday, September 15, 2006

I Do!

I guess an apology is in order. Sorry.
OK that is over and done with, now lets move on to more exciting stuff.
Part of the reason that I have been absent is because PC (Prince Charming) proposed to me.
He came into my work and in the middle of my shift (remember, I am a server) got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.....IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY! My boss, my co-workers, and a bunch of customers that were in the middle of eating lunch.
He handed me a sugar packet (he used to write little notes on the sugars and give them to me when I was working) and I asked "Is this my ring?" and he said "yes". I laughed thinking that it was just a sugar packet and threw it in my apron, then told him of course I would marry him (actually I was so shocked I first shakingly said "OK"). Then I asked him to please get up and walk with me somewhere out of the middle of the restaurant.
I did not realize 'til a few minutes later that the sugar packet contained a ring. An absolutely beautiful one! I have no idea how he was able to afford it...But the man did good.
We have not set a date yet, although we are thinking next fall would be ideal. Both of us love Autumn, it is beautiful in Washington at this time. However, considering we are both students and work part time jobs, our wedding will take place when we have saved enough to afford it. =)
I am overjoyed to know I will be spending the rest of my life with this man. I knew he was the one from the moment we met....Corny, cheezy, but very true. We have a heck of a lot of fun and share so many common interests, but yet are different enough to keep things interesting.
I don't know exactly how to explain it, but things have changed....In a wonderful and amazing way. I guess it is the deeper commitment and the "knowing" that you plan to be together forever.
Here is a picture of the happy couple!