Because it's my birthday!
And an excuse to go shopping! OK, I did play the "it's my birthday" card just a little much. Last week at my LYS for knitting meetup I bought 2 hanks of Koigu and 3 little balls of miscellaneous interesting yarns from Habu, all under the guise of a birthday present to me. I plan to make socks from the Koigu - it's gorgeous. The Habu has been calling me every time I'm in that store for meetup. They have such different yarn but it tends to be very thin and is quite expensive so I bought the small balls to make trims and accents for things I sew. One of the yarns was a mohair loop that resembled curly lambs wool. I envision knitting it up as a collar and maybe cuffs for a jacket.
Then I did some shopping in San Francisco - again telling myself it was for my birthday. My sister was in town so it was also an excuse to show her Britex and Artfibers. Even though I swore to myself I wasn't going to buy more fabric, I was under the Britex spell and could not resist. I bought two remnants: a one-yard piece of incredibly soft wool that is brown with flecks of other colors in it and a two-yard Anna Sui silk print. I was worse at Artfibers, although I have not (yet) sworn off yarn-buying. It didn't help that my sister is quite the enabler. But it didn't take much to convince me to buy. I left with the super soft 100% cotton Rush in green (rush 1) and the gorgeous merino wool Ming in a sort of pale rosy blush sort of color (Ming 12).
Today there is no shopping, unless you count stopping at Costco on the way home, but my wonderful husband baked me a chocolate devil's food cake from scratch and I have presents waiting for me tonight. Yay!
Having a birthday doesn't have to be sad as long as there's chocolate, fabric, yarn, and people who love you.