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Things That Are Making Me Happy

It doesn’t take much, I’m willing to admit.  Someone makes me a cup of tea, or I remember to turn on my electric blanket.  Or…I see a cat.  See what I mean? Doesn’t take much.  For example:

My new mug! Isn’t it cool?  I loves it.

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My new books!

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Pictured here: The Best of Interweave Knits, Knitting Vintage Socks and Things I Learned From Knitting (Whether I Wanted To Or Not).  I love love love new books, and new knitting books are the best of all.  Unfortunately, these books arrived the night before the busiest month I’ve had for a while, so I’ve hardly been able to do more than skim them. I really want a quiet hour or two, with a big mug of tea and time to really savour them.

Vintage Socks looks awesome; there’s a section on history in knitting, and a whole lot about heels and toes I’m looking forward to reading–not to mention, of course, all the patterns. I’m also really excited about The Best of Interweave Knits.  I only learned about  Interweave Knits patterns recently, and there are some beautiful FOs on Ravelry.  Should be a good one, although I haven’t had a chance to sit down and lovingly leaf through it, as I would like.  I’m itching to make that shawl on the front, the famous Icarus.

Things I Learned From Knitting, by the most charming and clever Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, is in waiting. I know it sounds a bit funny, but this has been a horrible month, and I don’t want to read a book I know I’m going to love and forever associate it with the horrible month.  This is the same vein of thought that stops me having my favourite foods during times of stress — I’m worried I’ll forever associate the smells and flavours of my favourite foods with unhappiness.

I live in Canberra, where spring comes as though somebody has flicked a switch.  The world is currently lined with blossom trees and trees flushed with green.  It’s all suddenly beautiful.  And the Spring Bookfair is on!  Hurrah!  And I scooped the pool.  I scored some beautiful cookbooks, a few Agatha Christies I haven’t read, and some delicious. magazines.  And a few other novels.  And so on.  I’m very pleased.

There’s a few other things I’m pleased about, of course, like how many kumquats are currently ripening on my tree.

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