Thursday, June 22, 2006

Good friends, good wine, good yarn

Last night we met at our usual haunt to knit and found that it was closing early. So, J called her husband and told him we were on our way. By the time we got there, the house smelled wonderful. He was cooking dinner for the four of us (plus himself, of course). We set the table in the backyard and then went about our projects. Me with a flower washcloth, J with a sweater for our cook, C with her blanket, and R with her scarf. The meal, when it was finally ready, was delicious. Gnocchi and shrimp marinara and lots of good wine. Then, a salad with blueberries and blue cheese. And finally, ice cream. It was wonderful. This was the first time I met J's husband and he was a great guy and a great cook. Normally, we knit and chat for about 2 1/2 hours, until around 9pm. Last night, since we didn't have to worry about a public place closing, we sat and drank and knit until after 11pm! It was wonderful. I haven't had that much fun with a group of female friends in ages.

My new email knitting buddy and I decided to go together to the Knit & Crochet Show in King of Prussia. I am very much looking forward to hanging out with a new friend and "fondling the yarn".

This evening I had a nice long chat with my neighbor, who I don't have much in common with other than day-to-day life, like dating and jobs. She is about 20 years older than me, but doesn't seem like it. We chat occasionally, sometimes just a wave and a "hi" and other times we stand outside for an hour. I have known her for a few years now (she moved in 2 years before me and actually owns her house) and this is the first time she suggested we go out together- although I doubt she would have been opposed had I suggested it.

Well, I guess I have finally started to find some people that I enjoy being around. That is rare in adult life, I think. Once college is over, it seems so hard to meet people outside of work. I am pretty happy with the "friend" part of my life for the first time since I moved to NJ.

In regards to those little flower washcloths that I making (from Weekend Knitting), I don't recommend the Crystal Palace chenille yarn that is recommended in the pattern. A friend of mine told me she loves knitting with chenille yarn, but I definately don't recommend this one. Don't get me wrong, the knitted fabric feels very nice, but the act of knitting it is not fun. The yarn doesn't knit smoothly and is hard to pull each stitch through the needles.

By the way, I added my current list of knitting books to the left margin of this blog. If anyone highly recommends any that I don't already own, please drop me a line!

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