What a lovely weekend. My husband's parents were kind enough to let fourteen knitters (almost the whole group!) come and stay while they were away visiting friends of their own. We knit, walked, talked, and ate. And ate. There were three cakes, two kinds of muffins, beef stew, tortilla soup, croissants, cookies, chocolate chip pancakes, and tons of fruit, bread, cheese, and wine. (As well as mulled wine and an inspired gin cocktail, thanks to P!)
Bacon on the grill!
My husband was amazed at how seemingly effortlessly and harmoniously all the food prep and cleanup seemed to go. With fourteen kind and capable women on hand, I wasn't surprised, but it was wonderful nonetheless. And A knew just how to perfectly clean a grill, even without a scraper. (The secret ingredient is vinegar.)
Knitting in front of the fire.
It was luxurious to knit in a room that held all of us comfortably (but still cozily)! Often we have to coordinate to bring chairs over to each other's apartments on knit night. The resident speed-knitters K and J finished projects. (Actually, I think a couple of other people may have as well.) My hat grew an inch, but that’s about all I can say for it. Though I've now added at least three more things I want to make to my what-to-knit-next-list. There were also Tarot card readings and a fun game of Celebrity.
Snow-trudging in the round.
Sometimes it’s hard, with that many people around, to feel quite like myself. But knitting is good for introverts. I was also happy my knitting friends got a chance to know D a little better, and vice versa. There was some teasing on the matter, but he did not in fact take up knitting before the weekend was over.
Some of the photos below were taken by E and DD:
Heading out on our cold walk before the sun went down.
(That's me in the red mitts.)
A photo from further out on the lake, where I didn't venture.
Paths and circles on the lake, heading out from the dock.
A. working on her circles.
Sunday was a beautiful sunny day.
Another season of the linden tree where D. and I were married.
I did bring three books with me (plus the one I'm reading on my phone), and I'm afraid I didn't open even one of them. Nor my computer. But for once I think that's just fine.