On Jan 10th my niece turned six years old. So I drove to the great city of Wichita Kansas to hang out with Emily (my niece), her mom and my mom. My mom and sister are knitters. . . So we went to some yarn stores in celebration of Emily's birthday. Emily, however, thinks knitting is boring. Since we spent the day boring Emily, I spent the night doing what Emily wanted to do, a slumber-party. Now, for those of you who don’t know, I’m almost 30, definitely on my way to adulthood. I’m a bit over weight and my back doesn’t really like it when I sleep on a hard surface. But I did it anyway. Cuddled with a Disney princess blanket, I slept on her bedroom floor. The next day I had the best coffee (thanks to my sister who works for Starbucks), which totally made up for my back ache. That afternoon we had a party that included cake, presents and party favors. Emily set out party horns, helicopter toys, and balloons, all color coded. That night I drove back to Manhattan, and made it back in time for knit night. Even though my back paid for the sleep over, I’m glad I got to spend so much time with Emily and my sister. As a Christmas present to my sister, I told her that anytime she wanted, I would come up for a knitting lesson and maybe some thrift store shopping. One of my sister’s many talents is finding great clothes at thrift stores. Which leads me to my next topic, converting a sweater back to yarn.