Saturday, May 31, 2008

Give It Away

What I've got you've got to give it to your momma
What I've got you've got to give it to your papa
What I've got you've got to give it to your daughter
You do a little dance and then you drink a little water

~ Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Give It Away" ~
The band claims their Grammy award winning song was their frenetic, musical take on love and the proverb, "It's better to give than to receive."

With that in mind, I give you yarn. What kind? Well that's up to the winners of my first annual Birthday Haiku contest. The following haiku were chosen at random from of a pool of 42 comments:

Marsha said...
Another candle
On a yummy birthday cake
Make a happy wish!

Chris said...
Time slips past us as
birthdays come and go, leaving
happy memories.

Fiber dreams drift soft
Through joyous sleeping mind, with
no need to count sheep.

Patti said...
One more year counted
Like stitches on your needle
Adds to the person

Each winner has been notified and will be gifted with quality yarn in their choice of color family and weight. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to offer birthday wishes, a comment or to submit their haiku. You added a little something to my week.

So how did I spend my birthday? I hopped a train headed away from the teeming millions in the greater metropolitan area to visit my yarn dyeing friend, Rebecca a couple of hours south of Chicago. A little pizza, walkabout and general relaxing and it was time to come back home, but not without an indescribably soft surprise package of laceweight silk and mohair.

Pretty in Pink
At some point, Rebecca also slipped two chocolate chip cupcakes into my bag, making the ride back to the city a bit sweeter. You're a sneaky one and for this, I thank you.

I made it home just before big, sloppy raindrops began falling. Just inside the back door, I found a box containing not one but two dozen red roses from a long-time friend.

Rock and Roses
"What? You got two dozen. I can't take a little taste?!" - Rocky

Yes. It was a very good day.

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Blogger Jodi said...

Happy birthday! Glad to hear you enjoyed your day. Oh Rocky, what a cutie. ;-)

5/31/2008 03:31:00 PM  
Blogger KSee said...

What a great picture of Rocky.

5/31/2008 04:21:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Congratulations to the winners and Happy Birthday!

BTW, I adore that picture of Rocky. Just beautiful!

5/31/2008 04:33:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Aw, thank you!!! How exciting!!

What gorgeous flowers - you didn't begrudge Rocky a tiny taste, did you? Look at that sweet and innocent expression...

So great that you made it down to visit Rebecca.

5/31/2008 05:45:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

ooh, FIRST annual? I think it's a great idea to start a tradition in honor of your birthday. My personal tradition is that I always take the day off. I know, not terribly creative, but effective!

5/31/2008 06:04:00 PM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

What a lovely way to spend a birthday. Food, friend, fibre, flowers. Can't ask for anything better, eh?

5/31/2008 07:26:00 PM  
OpenID Marsha said...

Gosh, thank you!

And happy birthday again. It sounds like you had a wonderful day!

5/31/2008 07:35:00 PM  
Blogger librarylass said...

Glad you had a lovely birthday! That mohair/silk blend looks heavenly!

6/01/2008 03:26:00 AM  
Blogger Monika said...

I can't remember if I wished you a Happy Birthday already. So here goes, Happy Birthday, Karen!
The lace yarn looks gorgeous, even though it's' PINK! ;o)
The roses are fabulous! I hope they smell good too!

6/01/2008 09:21:00 AM  
Blogger Turtle said...

congrats to the winners and have a great birthday! (and go enjoy the martini!)

6/01/2008 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

yay for the winners and happy happy birthday to you! :)

6/01/2008 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

I'm glad you had such a fabulous day!

6/01/2008 02:12:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

I'm so glad you had a happy day - I'm so sorry I was "absent" but I've been really sick again.

Happy Birthday again hunny!

PS - That Rocky is SO CUTE!!!!

6/01/2008 07:09:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

it sounds like a fantastic way to spend your day!
and those thoughtful. i love little surprises like that.
and the roses! ahhh! heavenly.
congrats to the winners!

6/02/2008 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

OMG! 2 dozen roses and the most gorgeous (STUNNING!) fushia mohair/silk!!!

6/02/2008 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Sounds like a wonderful birthday - Congrats to the winners.

Gosh, I LOVE the Red Hot Chili Peppers!

6/03/2008 08:56:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Happy belated birthday! Your gifts look amazing

6/04/2008 03:35:00 PM  
Anonymous meg said...

Sounds like a heavenly way to spend a birthday! I'm so glad it was a happy one, you so much deserve it =) Happy Thursday, now!

6/05/2008 03:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Clasca said...

Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate a birthday. What a beautiful roses!

6/07/2008 04:38:00 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Sorry to be wishing you birthday cheer so late, but I hope this year is a great one for you. Nice birthday yarn and a great friend!

I hope Rocky resisted the flowers!

6/07/2008 03:47:00 PM  

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