Friday, November 4, 2011

Knitty outings

Yesterday, the knitting group I belong to went out for Brunch to a tea room in Crown Point. The food was very good:


and we had a wonderful time together, but the whole experience was a little disappointing, because the service was... grumpy. We did not feel welcomed at the shop. There are pictures on the flickr site, if you are interested. I didn't post them here, because none of them is very flattering. We were having too much fun.

The rest of the day was very relaxing though, and I got a lot of progress made on the second of the two baby blankets I am trimming for this weekend. I think I may be able to finish them by tomorrow!


One blue trimmed one, one pink trimmed one. The blue one is done, the pink one is 3/4 done.

There would be no question about finishing it today, except that I am going on another outing. Several guild members are going to the Fine Art of Fiber show at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Four of us are driving up to the gardens, and plan to spend the afternoon immersed in the fiber arts. I am really looking forward to it! Pictures next time.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Reflections

I did not go Trick or Treating when I was a child. We "celebrated" Reformation day, which always seemed kind of a jip, because there usually was no candy involved. Other than that, I really didn't mind too much. Now, it seems that even grown-ups play Halloween. We went to what was for us kind of an upscale restaurant, and all the staff was dressed up in costumes. We didn't pay too much attention until our waiter came to take our order:


(I asked permission to take a picture, and he struck a pose, but my camera was too slow, and I missed it!) There were others that I didn't get pictures of: Roy Orbison (complete with a large acoustic guitar), a ballerina, a pirate, a red-neck (the costume was so good, we were glad he was not our waiter), a 1800s "gentleman," and a cup of jo. It was entertaining.

Our food was good. DH had the steak and shrimp:


I had the paella:


I ordered it because the paella we had down town this summer was not the dish I was familiar with... neither was this. This was closer, but the sausage was so spicy I could not eat very much. I did pack most of this and bring it home. I will eat the seafood; that was delicious.

I do know a couple more people who like to dress up for Halloween:


P is Darth Vader... check out the eyes! C is a "Spanish Princess" (also known as a flamenco dancer). She is very proud that she has high heels, and is planning on continuing to wear them after the holiday.

I better go get busy. DH wants me to make a pad for his CPAP machine. I promised DD2 that I would make two baby blankets by the weekend. And I owe C a home-made bathrobe for her birthday (which was two weeks ago) (bad grandma!). So what I have I been doing this morning? Knitting!

Talk to you later!