OK, it’s 10 PM and I still have hours of work left to go, I can’t find my FAVORITE Bird in Hand mittens, and I missed my weekly knitting night at the wine store tonight because I was busy sorting through a bunch of messy files, but this fake Trader Joe’s ad totally cheered me up. Hahaha, parsnip chips.

Also, I went to see Nancy Bushat the Madison Knitters’ Guild meeting on Monday. It was very cool. She mainly talked about her new book, Knitted Lace of Estonia, showing a slideshow of photos of Tallinn and Hapsaalu, photos of shawls and lace knitters from Estonia past and present, and talking a bit about how she got into all the Estonian stuff to begin with (while researching an Estonian sock pattern for her book Folk Socks. Folk Knitting in Estonia ensued–this is really an excellent book, by the way–and now the lace book.)

She brought a bunch of sample shawls from the book, and they were beautiful. It was a little disappointing, though, because she asked us not to touch them, but some of them, like the Greta Garbo shawl, were lying in a bunched-up pile on the table so we couldn’t see the lace patterns.

(Did you know that there’s a theory that nupps are popular in Estonian lace because shawls were sold by weight? And that the hundreds of stitches for the edgings on those lace shawls were knit on straight needles, all bunched up together? As Nancy Bush mentioned in her Knitting Daily interview, the traditional way of making the shawls was to knit the whole edging in one crazy long piece, bind it off, and then sew it onto the body of the shawl, and the old Estonian ladies would look very troubled when explaining, with furrowed brow, that some people would pick up stitches to knit the edging but this was Not Proper At All.)

I also signed up to see the Yarn Harlot when she comes to Madison in March, and bought the reissue of the German stitch dictionary Omas Strickgeheimnisse from Susan’s Fiber Shop, one of the vendors at the Guild meeting. (I had been interested in this book since seeing Raveler Saccade’s Red Skies at Night scarf pattern.) All in all, a good time.

Now, back to work. At least I have some freeze-dried mangosteens from Trader Joe’s to snack on.