The Failure: I didn’t win that contest. I didn’t even make it into the semi-finals! Since I had waaaay more votes than everyone else (thanks, guys!), I can only assume this is because I didn’t follow the rules (big surprise). When one of the people organizing the contest sent me a Flickr message inviting me to submit my picture, I just did it. What I did not do was bother to read the terms of the contest, which apparently include a rule declaring that photos must be head-to-toe. Fail!
The Success: The stripey/pooley Charade sock? Turned out gorgeous.
Just a tiny bit of pooling around the instep, which I think I can live with. In fact, I was so thrilled by how lovely Sandra’s pattern is in variegated yarn that, instead of knitting the second sock, I immediately cast on for another pair in a different variegated colorway.
The Robot: My niece Claire had her first birthday this week, and she obviously needed a wildly inappropriate gift from Cool Aunt Pam.
If you aren’t familiar with Futurama, Bender is a foul-mouthed, cigar-smoking, poker-playing robot who bends metal and is fueled entirely by booze.
Perfect for an infant, no?
Fortunately, Claire’s parents are Futurama fans, and were thus superjazzed about the gift,
and her grandparents don’t watch the show, so they just saw a cute robot toy,
and Claire herself discovered immediately how flingable wee Bender is, with those long, grippable arms and legs.
So everyone wins. Happy Birthday, Claire!