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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.

cornish-hensCornish Game Hens prepared by Bridgette were accompanied with……
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!

 

 

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Saturday’s knitting workgroup celebrated the season with a brunch of fruit, baked oatmeal, cheeses, See’s peanut brittle (my favorite) and in the midst of that was another of my favorites – salt and pepper potato chips with Diane’s clam dip. What a mix of flavors and quite tasty with champagne. We ate, we knit and we were treated by Katie to glitter tattoos! We missed PJ, Margot, Carol C and Shari at this celebration!

ps…..the Baked Oatmeal has become a traditional serving….I discovered this recipe several years ago….it tastes great and the vanilla and cinnamon in that dish creates the best aroma while baking.

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260112_2156509675339_1128914_nMemory – the seed was planted early! So many of you have heard me say over the years that my grandma Alta’s love of her quilting communities was a driving force for me. I knew that I wanted our knitting communities to have the same vitality. It’s near the end of another year and time to shout out  how blessed I feel  that “our” knitting communities have the same character that I remember from my grandmother. Our crafts are wonderful and the binder for such wonderful friendships! Knitting brought us all together! What great friendships!

Celebration Memory for December 14, 2013

Our Saturday morning knitting workshop group (SMKW) celebrated with a potluck brunch. I whipped out Grandma’s party plates for our meal which consisted of egg casserole, baked oatmeal, fruits and cheese, pumpkin pie, ginger bread, chocolates, salt and pepper chips with clam dip, crackers and cheese, and MARGARITAS! What a great way to start the day. The morning was made even better because Susanne, recently moved to Chico, was able to attend. A reunion and a celebration indeed. We missed PJ, Shari and Carole C. Looks like we will need another celebration!

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Our last post found us looking through our yarn stashes getting ready for our annual ’tis the Season celebration. We ate, we shared, we exchanged.

We brunched –  cheese, crackers, potato chips and clam dip, fruit salad platter, chocolate cake, bread, cookies, baked pears wrapped in proscuitto, champagne, margaritas….a great way to start a day!! We did manage to knit as well as eat!!

Oh darn….I captured the chatter on my iPhone video but it won’t upload here…just imagine the chatter of magpies and you have it!

 

 

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Susanne in shrug

We, the Saturday knitters, are getting ready for our annual ’tis the Season’ brunch and along with that we are having a “white elephant gift swap”. We’ve decided it is a gift of one skein/ball (or equivalent) of yarn from our personal yarn stashes. Susanne began her “search”.

 

“So the search is on to find something to share. Holy Crap! I am starting sweat at my stash. Where to start! I can’t process it all!! Going to take dogs for walk and avoid for now. Love to you all!” Susanne

Some thoughts came back from Susanne’s email.

….from Diane – “Yes, I’d say you have a bit of a dilemma there!”

….from Katie – “Especially since they’re all upside down. How do you read the labels, by standing on your head?” 😮 Note: the photos came in upside down…easily remedied!

….from Janie – “Holy crap is right! Can’t wait to see what you bring us Susanne. (In all honesty, my stash is just about as frightening.) This ought to be a FUN yarn exchange! Can’t wait.” Janie xo

….me (Carolyn) – I decline to comment as I am over the top with my stash! Well…it looks like I just did comment!

Last words from Susanne for the moment on the stash topic!

Carolyn,  you can blog about my stash, if you turn the pictures right side up! There is still more yarn, all the ribbon in a bag for a shawl project and several “on the needles” project…. Confessions of a knitter!!

Love to ya,

Susanne

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Saturday Morning Knitting Group

Saturday Morning Knitting Group

Saturday Morning #2

The other “end” of the table – Saturday Morning.

        Our Saturday knitting workshop has so many wonderful things to share….knitting, stories….support (Katie just lost her uncle)….and amidst it all – laughter! I am way behind in sharing the creativity but today I am sharing  some of the latest of this group. We always knit when we come together on Saturday mornings….but sometimes we don’t get the “show and tell” of our knitting done…we are too busy settling “state of affairs”. This past week we brought our “show and tell” back to the surface!

Here’s what is on some of our needles along with some quotes.

99 Garters Rows on "the wall"!

99 Garters Rows on “the wall”!

I think the favorite of the day when Susanne reminded of us “99 bottles of beer on the wall” as she began singing “99 rows garter stitch to go”! She is on the last block of the  “Moderne Log Cabin Blanket (pattern can be found on page 78 of Mason Dixon Knitting). This pattern has been ever popular in this Saturday morning circle..I have knit a couple and I think Susanne is completing her third one…I know Diane has knit one or two. This particular rendition from Susanne is a wedding gift for her son.

Marsha - knitting Marty's Afghan pattern!

Marsha – knitting Marty’s Afghan pattern!

There were a couple more blankets/afghans at the table. Marsha is knitting “Marty’s afghan” in Lorna’s Laces Shephard Worsted. It is her comfort knitting…the kind that she does when she just needs quiet space.

Terry is weaving in the ends of her recently completed baby gift afghan!

This is Terry's 7th or 8th Heart Inspired Afghan...in this case the baby is due in two weeks!

This is Terry’s 7th or 8th Heart Inspired Afghan…in this case the baby is due in two weeks!

There’s more! Maurie is finishing up a hat….Janie is knitting a cowl….Katie is finishing up a diagonal scarf. Each of the fibers used on these projects catches the eye! I showed a “learning” which I will post separately. Other projects were shared but we didn’t get close ups of  Diane’s latest project or Carol’s bolero or Ann’s socks. More will be revealed as Diane likes to say. Also, Shari sent a photo or two of her recently completed Scottish socks…which I will also post separately and hopefully along with some dance photos that are in my archives. 

Maurie is really much happier with this hat than she looks...Susanne is going to "gifted" with this.

Maurie is really much happier with this hat than she looks…Susanne is going to be “gifted” with this.

Janie working on her cowl

Janie working on her cowl

Katie...the scarf is almost done! It's going to be long enough for a double wrap!

Katie…the scarf is almost done! It’s going to be long enough for a double wrap!

This group will be celebrating “tis the Season” with its annual brunch on Dec 15!

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Bonnie and KimberlyCheck out Jean’s photo collection of the Friday ’tis the Season celebration. We did have so much fun! Some of us even knit a bit!

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