Still thinking this cannot be January! It was in the 60's both Saturday and Sunday. So strange, but I'll take it. We did have very windy weather though (windy/noisy enough that I did not sleep well at all Saturday night). The winds seem to have died down as of today. I think by the end of the week the temps will moderate a bit more toward Winter temps.
Meanwhile, the Monkey Socks are finished! I knit the last stitch and wove in the ends on Friday night:
And here they are against the bare Christmas tree:
I love these. They make me smile and grin all the time. They also turned out matchy-matchy!!
And, yes, the tree is out of the house. Believe it or not, it was still extremely healthy. It hardly dropped any needles and was still so fragrant. Fletch and I both miss seeing it in the living room, but it is also nice to have things back to "normal." Yesterday I managed to clean the remaining Christmas decorations off the buffet and put them away. A new runner on the buffet and fresh flowers makes it look so nice.
How was your weekend? Mine was so nice. Saturday morning Dee and I met at Backyard Beans for a therapy session of coffee, knitting and chatting. It was so nice to get together. I cast on the pattern I designed for my head/ear band and knit about 20 rows...decided I didn't like it and ripped it out. I'm still fooling around with it - started again yesterday and then this morning decided I'd like to do something different...stay tuned.....
Late Saturday afternoon Fletch and I drove over to Colin & Mailing's. Fletch was helping Colin with something in the basement (some kind of caulking I think) and then Colin cooked dinner.
He made home-made ravioli with a spinach/basil pesto filling and a spicy vodka sauce. OMG - so good. We had a Caesar salad to go with the pasta and some espresso gelato rounded out the meal. Oh - dirty martinis before and a really nice wine with dinner. It was so mild (still) that we sat outside and had a fire.
Fletch had brought "something" that he sprinkled on the fire that produced some beautiful colors (you can see the green in the picture above).
Colin & Mailing had just picked up their "Save The Date" cards that they will be mailing out for their wedding in October. The formal invitation will go out later. The cards turned out really well - using one of the pictures of them from the Japanese Garden in Fairmount Park. I'll show it once we get one!
Sunday was just filled with some errands (groceries, hardware store) and chores (laundry, cleaning bathrooms, etc.). Fletch grilled lamb chops for dinner that were so tender and delicious.
I hope to figure out the head/ear band pattern for good today (though I think it will be a little busy at work) and I've also started another pair of socks (of course). More about them next time.
Wishing you all a great week!