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Archive for December 14th, 2006

Catching Up: Last Weekend

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

altusscarletrunnerdec06lightened.jpgI had a musical weekend. Here it is Thursday, and I have been too busy to post about it yet.

Saturday Brian’s band, Scarlet Runner String Band, played at Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine. Actually, their fiddle/harmonica player (Mike) was down with the flu so only 3 of them played, but it was great entertainment. Regina was there for dinner so I sat with her and we had a good conversation. She is good company.

minisockkeychainforabbottbros.jpgSaturday night after the Altu’s performance, Brian and I headed over to a little gathering for our other band, Abbott Brothers.

Two of our members have retired significantly north of here and so we do not see them enough. The gathering came about quite spontaneously because these two were in town for another event, and I had to put together gifts quickly.

Rae has those cute mini-sock-blocker keychains, the same kind she gave me recently. I love my little sock. I decided that since a few years ago I made mini socks for Abbott Brothers as tree ornaments, for their gifts, that I could make these mini socks this year.

I had not a whole day to knit five socklets. I barely made it but they sure did turn out cute! The top one in the photo is Socks That Rock, leftovers from Brian’s anniversary socks (and the sock is for Brian). That yarn I got from Rae’s. The two that match, are Arucania Naturewool teal/turquoise, also from Rae’s. The color is not very true here, it’s more turquoise than blue but with the green wrapping paper background you can’t see it.

cookiesmarilyn.jpgThe middle sock is one strand of a self-striping Regia sockyarn (from Yarn for Ewe several years back) held together with a strand of yellow sockyarn from Little Red Schoolhouse. The bottom sock is Dive Autumno (from Threadbear), left over from a pair of legwarmers I recently made for myself. It’s reeeeally soft merino that seems to not pill at all, and it’s a “singles” (sometimes called one ply) which I love. It also changes yarn slowly like handspun can. Nice stuff, though you can’t see the color change in something this small.

Marilyn (lady of the household at the home where we gathered) is a very creative woman. She did not miss a chance to make a beautiful presentation of holiday goodies for us to eat. I did not think to take a photo of the cookie tray until we had eaten most of the cookies, but this is how pretty it looked when we left. I guess the pretzels had white chocolate on them. They were really popular.

magdalenassethanddaisymaydec06.jpgSunday I spent time working on my yarn and dyeing business with my helper. After I took her home, I went to Magdalena’s Teahouse for the Seth Bernard and Daisy May concert. I never get over how good they are. I had a wonderful time being there and listening to that great music. Here’s one photo of them on stage.

Hmmm, I think that’s it for photos from this weekend. Maybe I can rest a minute now?