(I also got a bead soup bracelet kit for myself and a kit for MaryElla from Knitty. I couldn't resist!)
I have never knit anything with beads before, let alone beads on thread with size 0 needles, but the bracelet was very easy. The instructions from Earthfaire were great - the hardest part was stringing the beads onto the thread in a "random" order! I kept thinking about to too much an agonizing over which one to use next.
Yesterday was my birthday. It was pretty uneventful, but nice. I had to work of course, but was treated to lunch by my coworkers. I received fabulous gifts from both my parents and husband, include a subscription of Interweave knits, Mason-Dixon Knitting, Lois and Clark Season 2, and three Nintendo DS games: Electroplankton, Magnetica, Super Princess Peach. Too much fun. =)
Also, I purchased tickets for Stitches Midwest. Only 10 days more to wait! I have been trying to make it for the last three years, but things have always come up. However now that I am living only a few miles away from the convention center nothing is going to stop me!