To celebrate the birth days (the real actual days of birth) of both of my kids, my mom took it upon herself to observe a Korean tradition of folding 1000 paper cranes. My mother and I had some pretty hilarious conversations about these cranes.
Me: you folded 1000 paper cranes?! That's crazy.
My mother: you spend your time knitting things.
Me: Yeah, that's funtional. You know all the baby sweaters I knit? The baby can wear those!
My Mother: The cranes will bring the baby luck.
Me: Of course they will. You can't wear a paper crane!
Clearly, I don't buy into this the way my mother does. But I keep the cranes, because...well, my mother spent a few months folding them so keeping them seems appropriate somehow. Mostly, I forget they are there. When the kids get older, the cranes will be their problem. In any case (and here, witness, quite possibly, the worst segue in the history of segues), let's talk about yarn...or lace...or lace knit with yarn... I know.
So I was working in my studio recently and found a stack of knits either needing to be blocked or blocked but needing ends woven in. I have about three shawls that are done for knitting, they are just wanting to be finished; and, that made me think of knitting another lace shawl, mostly because summer is on the horizon and I prefer knitting lace in summer to knitting anything else, really. I assume others feel the same. In any case, today gift is some lace weight yarn. For your consideration: 630 yards of JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk in Ruby (brand new).
I have used this yarn for a few shawls, and I kind of love it to distraction. Should you want some for your very own, please tell me: what is the craziest birthday gift you have ever given someone? I'm not sure where on the scale of crazy 1,000 folded cranes on one's entrance into the world is; but, I think it's kind of nuts. What say you?
I will take comments for this post, and all Novakkah posts, until 11:59 EST (or 2359, should you prefer that), Sunday, May 12th (also, Mother's Day!). Please leave your responses on the appropriate post. One entry per post/person. I will show you what I have to gift each day and let you know what you need to tell me to try to get it. Giftees will be selected on the 13th and gifts sent out shortly thereafter.