Wednesday, February 03, 2010

42

Yesterday a good friend of mine informed me that 42 is a way cool birthday to have.

(I thought it was cool enough because I got flowers delivered)

She used to own a science fiction and mystery bookstore, and according to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 42 is the "Answer" to the ultimate question. Then in the book, they aren't so sure what the question is, which I found kind of funny. However, legions of sci fi folks have ignored that little issue, and the fact that the author himself said he picked it randomly, to give the number all kinds of cool status. Spiritual, magic, laden-with-meaning kind of status. And since I'm 42 today, I'll go with it.

It's also the number of teeth in a dog's mouth, the amount of hours that Shakespeare had Juliet sleep for after taking her potion, and the number of Chapters in Catch 22.

Plus, in the X Files, it was Mulder's address. I loved the X Files.


Coincidentally, it's the number of stitches I have cast on for this.
Spooky music goes here.

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I'm looking forward to a good day -- I've started by making my coffee with cocoa and cinnamon and real cream in it. Like a cocktail, but not. Then I'm meeting my friend Amy, who designs some gorgeous sweaters (look!) for a little LYS trip and lunch. There's some big secret dinner that the girls have planned for me later, and I know cake will be involved.

And as for the year ahead, my plans for 42 involve many more patterns. A few are already in some sort of written or swatched form, and I'm beginning to really play with yarn weights and options. I feel like I"m getting the hang of this thing and plan on having some fun with it as the year goes on. You'll see things with options, and I'm playing with funky details.

This is also the year I'm going to use the gorgeous yarns. You'll see.


25 comments:

QuiltedSimple said...

Happy birthday! Just found your blog from ravelry - love your sweaters and I'm casting on for Short Lucky this weekend. Hope you have many more
kris

karen said...

Have a happy birth-day! I think I'll celebrate with one of those fancy coffees too... it sounds too good!

shanalines said...

happy birthday! have a great day! i am jealous of your coffee as i sip the plain stuff here...

Patty said...

Happy Birthday Thea! Hope the day is great.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

A very happy birthday to you!! Love all the interesting facts about 42.

Cookie said...

Happy Birthday!

Sarah Jackson said...

Happy happy birthday!!

Sarah

bellsknits said...

42 IS cool! I think it will be the only thing on the day that makes it feel worthwhile, when I get there. I can say I am meaningful for a day!

Happy, happy birthday!

NJStacie said...

Happy Birthday! 42 was Jackie Robinson's number, and is also the number of pips on a standard die.

Carol said...

Happy birthday!!!! Enjoy the day.

Sunnyknitter said...

Happy birthday! I also had that Hitchhiker's moment on my 42nd and it was a great year. Hope it's the same for you and yours and looking forward to lots of patterns out of you. Now if I can just find the time to knit the ones I've got...

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday!! Hope it's a great one!!!

Chris said...

Happy birthday! It sounds like you have fabulous plans for today. I LOVE all the cool things about 42. I'll have to remember them when it happens to me in 11 months.

Kym said...

Happiest birthday, Thea! May this be your best year yet! :-)

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Kathleen said...

Happy Birthday, Lady! Hope you're having a great day. I just finished re-reading the five part Hitchhiker's Trilogy recently - yay, 42!

Deborah said...

Happy Birthday! Wishing you many more!

MamaLizKnits said...

Happy Birthday to youuuuu!

Hilary said...

Ack, I'm late! (Had a realllly long meeting yesterday so didn't make the blogs. :( ) Happy belated birthday!! I hope you had a great day -- it sounded like you certainly had some wonderful things planned. (The coffee sounded awesome, too).

kathryn said...

Hello and Happy Birthday! I got here because someone linked to your Golden Vintage Cardigan on Ravelry ... then had to leave a comment because I am 42 this year too, and my daughters are named Zoe and Angelou (after Maya Angelou, it's her middle name). Love your patterns!

Sarah-Hope said...

Happy Birthday!

Vicki Knitorious said...

Happy Birthday!

janna said...

Happy Birthday, Thea! 42 is the new 24!

yoel said...

Wishing you a very happy and cool birthday and year ahead!

I am a big fan of 47, because that number was special in Alias. So you have 5 years to look forward to that number!

Laurie said...

Happy belated birthday! Any age is a good one, but you have excellent reasons for a good 42. OTOH, 43 is a prime number.