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Mayra – Tool Box Cowl

It’s time to spring back into blogging…..it has been a busy 3+ months since our knitting community celebrated the season in December. Part of the celebrations was a toast (with margaritas….my first drink in 6 months and just a sip at that) to friendship, knitting and my clear PETscan.

Now what better way to spring back but with Mayra’s latest creation. It is the Tool Box Cowl. As Mayra often does she stepped up the colors….of course, I want to copy cat her….but oh when? My list of to-dos is huge….I can say I have a knit a lot  but….more about that later. Now check out what Mayra’s creation!

 

Yes…..it was time for another ’tis the season’ celebration. Yesterday it was the Saturday Morning Knit Group. Diane generously hosted this event at her home where 18 of this group of 20 gathered for this potluck celebration. We missed Alison and Susan. Maybe we need another “just because” event in the Spring. Well…we did talk about how fun the gathering was and how much everyone enjoyed the dishes. Here’s the menu.

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Roasted cauliflower salad, egg casserole, green salads, tossed fruit bowls, scones with lemon curd, baked oatmeal, a potato dish and a curry dish. The salt and pepper chips with clam dip are always a hit. There were nuts and treats. Desserts included Rum-Mocha Walnut Layer Cake, ginger cake, pumpkin pie and cookies. All of this was accompanied with coffee and tea. We are saving champagne for our next celebration. Alice tells us that Rum-Mocha Cake recipe is very close in flavor to a family Hungarian torte that she use to make. Thanks to the chefs who chose recipes or adjusted recipes for those in the group who are gluten-free (gf). I thought the gf scones prepared by PJ were a smash….I will be making this recipe soon. Susan (who had to work) wrote, “Wow. Sorry I missed it, but I did derive vicarious enjoyment just reading the menu.

Alice’s recent post message sums up the lovely friendships that have formed within this group of knitters. “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, whatever you celebrate! It’s my great joy to have shared this past year knitting with all of you, and to share in this morning’s feast!”

Many thanks to Rose for gifting us in a special way all in the spirit of thanks and friendship. And, of course, many thanks to Diane for hosting us all.

Looking forward to another year of knitting, creativity and friendship. Cheers!

 

 

FMKG Annual Celebration 2016

Once again we, the Friday Morning Knitting Group, gathered to celebrate the season….we’ve been doing this for so many years that I can’t remember how many. For all of those years (except one) we have celebrated at SkatesOnTheBay on the Berkeley Marina. This year one of our beloved, Karen K, opened her home to our “catered” order from Picantes in Berkeley. Some of us brought desserts. And let’s not forget the margaritas…..how wonderful that Cameron and Sheri make the best.

There were fifteen of our group of eighteen who gathered to share the love and friendship that has grown from our initial love of knitting that brought us together. We missed three of our gang- one traveling  and two under the weather. We missed Connie, Patricia and Sandy but they were certainly in our thoughts.

The beauty of the setting in Karen’s home is that two tables were arranged so we could all see and hear each other…unlike restaurant settings where it has typically been a long table and we don’t get to visit easily with all. Well….we visited, ate, drank and had our “elephant” gift exchange. What a lovely time.

Round the table we go……

Desserts…

We toasted friendship and love…….and another toast for my news early this week that my PETscan was normal. Jewelry maker extraordinaire Mayra treated me with necklace like hers that I’ve been admiring….well coveting.

Farmer’s Market Shawl

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It seems just like the other day but it was in August that Alice finished the Farmer’s Market Shawl which she knit as part of a mystery KAL. We all loved this piece….so much that one of our other Saturday workshop knitters, Susan, is now knitting hers.

I purchased my pattern to knit soon. However, to my delight I was humbled to receive Alice’s master work as a gift a couple of weeks ago. I love it and managed to match it up with one of my hats for a recent “dress up” day recently.

 

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Thank you so much to Alice for this treasure of a gift! And another shout out of thanks to Susan for the lovely gardenia.

Speaking of gifts…..earlier this year I was gifted by my cousin Wayne with the photo of our great grandparents – James and Eliza Craft Pugh (you can see part of it in the background). This photo hung in our grandparents bedroom and I have always loved it.

A close up pf the Farmer’s Market Shawl for you…….

Once again the season is coming upon us. Due to unusual circumstances this year we have a slight change for this year’s Annual Kimberly and Janie Boutique. It will be offered to the public from noon – 1pm this coming Friday, November 18  ALERT change: December 2 after the Friday Morning Knitting Group.

Join us and find those perfect gifts to purchase.

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We are quickly moving into gift giving season (either for your loved ones and in some cases ourselves). If you are looking for unique jewelry, cards, and knitted items…..mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec 5 for the Annual Kimberly and Janie Boutique hosted at Skein Lane Studio. The event is from 1-5 at  208 Carmel Ave, El Cerrito. Looking forward to seeing you.

Some samplings….

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Not too long ago I received news that one of my favorite cousins, Freddie, was just diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his tongue. This came on the eve of me almost completing my chemo treatment….and it threw me for a loop. I quickly decided that I wanted to knit him a tower cap (Fiber Trends Pattern #AC-20). I asked the color….he chose “fiery orange” to wear when he is on the mountain trails of Colorado and Wyoming….not too far from his Colorado home.

I made a quick trip to Avenue Yarns and with their help found the perfect yarn….Malabrigo Rios in “glazed carrot”. This yarn was a joy to knit….will have to knit another one for me! I added glow-yarn……yarn that glows when light hits it…..perfect for this mountain man.

 

Caracol from Malabrigo

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Avenue Yarns recently added this wonderful yarn – Caracol from Malabrigo – to their store offerings. Bonnie has knit at least six cowls…..and has set the stage for others to follow suit. This is a fast project….word has it that it’s a 2-3 hour knit! How fun and beautiful. Oh….what color should I knit??

 

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