Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Little Things

Remember El Squid, the squid pacifier holder I knit and felted for what I'm assuming was the shotgun wedding of Dr. Mad Scientist's nephew and his pregnant bride?

Well lookie what came in the mail today.


A thank you card.


Bride and Groom were married approximately three weeks ago.

I've never met this girl so I don't know her from Eve. She could be the Evil Beeyotch from the Black Lagoon, but the fact that she sent out thank you notes? Yeah, she wins my vote of confidence.

I'm ashamed to say she makes our close friends look bad. (Yeah I'm thinking of you Mr. Dr. Mad Scientist's Best Man--I send my husband to Seattle for a long weekend leaving me at home with a 3 week old baby and missing our anniversary because you and your woman decided to get married on OUR wedding date and do I get a thank you card? No! But I'm not bitter.) I can count on half a hand how many of them sent us thank you notes after we attended their wedding or gifted them something.

It's just the little things that make me happy.

Speaking of little things--that knitting you see in the background is a sweater I cast on for Rosie (Chunky's stuffed monkey).

I was going to cast on a pair of CSU socks Saturday, but it occurred to me that Rosie doesn't have a CSU t-shirt or sweatshirt like the rest of us.

I dug out this ball of yarn I dyed back in Texas with koolaid. I didn't quite capture the true CSU green and gold colors, but for a monkey sweater, it will do just fine. I am pretty impressed how nice the striping is coming out. Go me. Wish I could remember how I did that! Ha ha!

Stay tuned, there's a sweet little surprise that's going to happen to that sweater.

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Blogger Carol said...

The art of the thank-you note is lost. So many people can't even call and say thank you. Frightening really.

6:31 PM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

Um, if you're knitting a CSU sweater for the monkey, what are the cats wearing?


6:36 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That little monkey has a pretty nice life! I love thank you notes, or any notes. (I admit, I was bad after PeeWee was born, but I thought I was doing prety good to have on clean unders back then.) And how much better that you don't even know her!

6:46 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Ouch! Not bitter? I think I would have smacked someone. Maybe several someones. I love how the stripes are working up as well.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Thank you notes are not little things. They are expressions of gratitude for a loving kindness bestowed upon someone. It is really sad how few people remember it. When I had some homemaking class (back when it was required for girl children to take homemaking and cooking and sewing) the teacher said something silly like " social graces are the oil that keeps society running smoothly". Yes, it is a stupid thing to say but also true. So speaks Miss Manners....

8:45 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I'm impressed by Thank You notes, too. It takes work to train one's kids to write them, but if one is consistent, it becomes less work over time.

Out of the three of us in my family, I'm the only one that writes thank you notes. My sister is the worst. Brother's only a bit better.

8:59 PM  
Blogger The Fluffy Ewe said...

I reeeeally get miffed when ppl do not take the time to send a thank you note for a gift. Birthdays and Christmas doesn't require one, in my book, esp. if you are family, but def. in the case of a wedding or baby shower. A quick note just to say "Yo, thanks for the gift" is enough for me. No eloquence needed.

Damn, I'm coming back in my next life as Rosie, too.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Starfish said...

Who doesn't send out thank you cards?! Very rude under normal circumstances, but especially after receiving a one of a kind Bezzie original!

9:44 PM  
Blogger janna said...

Thank you notes are NOT optional for wedding -- it's required! They're nice on birthdays and Christmas, but definitely required for what one supposes will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

And that's quite a nice sweater for a stuffed monkey!

10:21 PM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

Wow, it really shocks me that people don't send thank you notes. I'm glad that they did and recognized your thoughtfulness.

6:49 AM  
Blogger buttercup said...

I got a little worried for a second there. I thought you were using the good sock yarn for Rosie's sweater. Not that she doesn't deserve good yarn, but - AWESOME dye-job Bez!

The new relative get's thumbs up for the note. At least we know she was raised with manners.

7:40 AM  
Blogger bradyphrenia said...

can't wait to see the surprise. i really like the colors so far!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I love that you're knitting a monkey sweater for Rosie. Too cute.

And thank-you notes I know! We went to a wedding last summer that probably cost more than half my house.

Gave a NICE gift.

Nada. Same thing with other friends who went to the same wedding. heh.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, now you know I can not let Lily and May see that sweater or even talk about it!!! They will want one each and I CAN'T KNIT!!! I had to turn their little cradle that they sit in next to my computer so that they could not see it. Now I am going to have to come up with something for them. Love, Mom

10:40 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

I love getting ty notes! I had a friend who kept saying she was going to send out ty notes after her wedding but never did. But she was often an inconsiderate git, so it wasn't a complete surprise.

Ooo, another Bezzie original! Can't wait!

10:50 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

I think Thank You notes are way under used. It is always good form to let someone know they (or a gift) are appreciated.

I want to know what the kitties are wearing too. Are they getting sweaters?

12:36 PM  
Blogger Magatha said...

And here I thought the Thank You card was completely extinct!

There's hope for the world yet.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Magatha said...

xyknmPS: My little manufactured primates refuse to wear clothes. They'd rather go au natural, otherwise I'd be knitting them cute stuff left and right and the next thing you'd know they'd be carting me away to the looney bin. ;-)

Oh wait, no one goes to the looney bin anymore. Then I'd be out wondering the streets scuffing about in my house slippers, drooling and knitting.

I should probably write something in my journal since clearly I feel the urge to make up elaborate scenarios.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

All is not lost, a thank-you note!

My 17 yo cousin sent me a very nice note recently when I mailed her a graduation gift. I wanted to call my single-Mom aunt and pat her on the back for raising such a friggin' awesome kid!

IMO, Thank you notes should be sent out without delay too!! If you go on your honeymoon after the wedding you need to get right on them, IMO.
None of these 6 months later thank you notes.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Miss T said...

A real thank you note is a good sign. So few people bother with them anymore.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

At least you got a thank you! Refreshing. I can't wait to see what you come up with for this sweater.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

I love when people take time to send thank yous. 99.9 % of the time I am very good about thank yous.....my girls do them too.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Macoco said...

I love getting thank you notes! I just went to a wedding and the bride/groom sent me a thank you within a week. I was shocked. And pleased. ;)

11:24 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

i'm one of those weirdos that keeps track of thank-you note giving. like we gave a friend a wedding shower gift. no card came. no wedding gift given. Then, they showed up for our ceremony (they now live in wisconsin) and sent us quite a generous gift. talk about feeling like a heel! Let's see...wedding was the 1st..today, the 13th..all notes are written. now for Matt to sign, pop in mail tomorrow. yes. i AM a freak. and proud of it.

3:53 PM  

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