Last Thursday's BLKG Holiday meeting/party was a smash hit. There was way too much food and all of it was absolutely delicious. There were a few hot things like meatballs and cocktail weenies (I love those, don't you?) and the cold things were neverending. There was pasta salad, hummus, shrimp, black bean and avocado salsa (oh, it was so good I skipped the chips), cheese and salami sticks, one of those veggie pizzas with crescent roll dough for the crust, fresh fruit, veggies and dip, chocolate cake, cookies, some crazy delicious nut cookie bars, candy, and homemade bread with honey from one of the members' bees. Mm, mm, mm.
Once we had eaten our fill and shared any Show and Tell, the dishcloth exchange commenced. This year Andy collected the dishcloths and handed them out randomly so we didn't start with our own cloth. Vicki read a Knitter's Lament and each time she said the word "the" we passed the dishcloth we held to the right. There were a lot of "the"s and a lot of laughs and only one person ended up with the dishcloth she bought which she quickly gifted to someone and someone else pulled out a spare for her. I love knitters, there's no end to their generosity. Here's the one that I got, don't you love the colors?
Our new President, Julie, has declared January "Mitten Month" because our program will be learning to make thrummed mittens so make sure to knit or crochet a pair of mittens to bring to the meeting. Instructions for program preparations will be in the newsletter and here on the blog as the meeting draws near. For now I suspect that we're all too tangled up in holiday prep, baking, gift buying and wrapping, tree putting-up and all that crazy December... well, craziness.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah (today Dec. 16 through Dec. 24), Joyous Kwanza (which starts on the 20th), Happy Solstice, and any other mid-winter rite you celebrate to keep the dark and cold at bay.