After another busy work week, I could hardly wait to get to Panera's to knit with my peeps on Saturday! I was running late but still had plenty of time to knit, ooh and ah, and eat my weekly Fuji Apple Chicken Salad.
Karen was working fast and furious to finish a baby blanket with this really pretty Dark Horse yarn. The yarn was so soft and had flecks of turquoise in it. She got all her ends threaded in and proudly held the blanket up for all to see. She had enough yarn left over to make a hat for the baby, too. Karen was also knitting a scarf for the big sis of the blanket recipient. Goodies for everyone in this package!
Lynn showed us this great striped cardigan she knit for her grand-daughter with a chunky yarn. She lives out west and will put this sweater to good use. This sweater looked like such a comfortable "go-to" sweater -- one her grand-daughter will pull on or "go-to" over and over again to stay warm and cozy. Made me want to knit myself a "go-to" sweater for this upcoming Ohio winter.
This pink fluffy hooded cardigan is being knit by Mary Anne for her grand-daughter. Check out the bit of froo-froo on the cuffs and the edge of the hood. How cute is that!!!!?! Just the right touch and perfect for a little girl.
Debbie was working on shoulder shawls for her daughter's bridesmaids to throw on to keep the chill away. Beth showed us some very pretty baby bamboo yarn she purchased. We also got a glimpse of the pink and brown baby afghan squares all laid out. The gals have done such a great job.
After leaving knitting, I stopped to get groceries and then stopped at a couple of farmer's markets and took some pumpkin pictures. I also bought a butternut squash and need to find a good soup recipe for it.
Sunday morning, Andy went to Dayton to pick up Gerald - the fellow who works with him that still flies back and forth between Virginia and Ohio. I know the traveling and being away from his family has got to have long ago gotten old for him but it's enabling him to keep his job and he's very good help for the plant here. Anyway, Gerald had agreed to help us move stuff - boxes and furniture.
First things first, though. We all had to go across the way and check out the Harvest Festival at Caesar Creek State Park's Pioneer Village. It was a beautiful day but very cool - 29 degrees overnight. It looked like we were the first ones to arrive even though it was supposed to have started at 10:00 AM. We walked around and toured all the open houses. Andy was a little disappointed that the blacksmith wasn't working today. His shop was open and there was a fire but we didn't see the smithy or ever hear the ring of the anvil as we walked around.
We met up with up with a British soldier and learned about life back when. At the moment, he was busy using his housewife (his sewing kit) to sew a button on his uniform jacket. He said that every smart soldier kept a housewife with him to make repairs to his uniform. It was neat to see that he was wearing fingerless gloves.
The village was crawling with critters. Pumpkin critters! Very clever!
We were treated to a couple tunes but this father-daughter team on the hammered dulcimer and the merimbula. I LOVE the hammered dulcimer and have dreamed of playing one since college. The merimbula (here and here) was new to me. I had never seen or heard of this instrument. A merimbula is also known as a thumb piano. When played , it sounded a little like a bass. Deep and resonating.
As I walked around and talked with people, I learned that the merimbula player would really like to have a wing chair for his house in the village. I went over and told him that we had two very worn wing chairs that he was welcome to have. He was thrilled! I stressed to him that they were VERY worn. He said it didn't matter and he has a friend that refinishes furniture. We later took the pair of old wing chairs to him and he declared them perfect!
In the herb house, there was a roaring fire that Gerald and Andy had to check out. There was also a very nice display of herbs and things made from herbs on the long table. Look at these little bows made out of Lamb's Ear. I haven't seen these before. I had tons of Lamb's Ear in Virginia but never knew about these little bows. Very cute and oh so soft!
After our visit to the Pioneer Village, we all returned home and got to work. We hauled extra furniture down to the basement and some up from the basement then some boxes upstairs from the basement and others down to the basement. We have so much hand-me-down furniture -- all old from my grandparents. It would have looked great refinished and placed in our old house if it ever got finished. Here in the new one, it all just looks very old and almost ratty. And, some of it - we just don't have the space for. It's so nice to finally have more space to walk. Now, I need to get super busy going through boxes - organinzing, throwing away, etc.
By 5:00 PM, we were all pooped! Andy started the grill and we fed Gerald a meal of steaks, mashed potatoes, green beans, and apple pie with ice cream. We really appreciate his help!
Hope you all have a great week!!