Two weeks before Christmas and now it feels like the season is beginning. Paul and I drove to Cooperstown for a late lunch at Sal's on Saturday:
On the way there and back, I worked on bitty mittens:
On Sunday, we ventured out bright and early to do our Christmas shopping. The plan was to get to Boscov's at 9, since that's when they opened. Then hit shops in the mall when it opened at 10. The plan worked beautifully and we even mall walked in between since we had time before the mall shops opened. Not many people there yet and we plowed through our list. We rewarded our efficient selves with an early lunch at Five Guys. Mmmmmmm... Five Guys. We didn't quite finish our list but, fingers crossed, it won't be long before we do.
Speaking of Five Guys, this one was newly installed at the mall and they have this way excellent soda machine. It is a touch screen and you can choose from 50 million coke products. For example: Choose the "Coke" button and you get a screen that has six types of coke (cherry, raspberry, vanilla etc....). Same with the "Powerade" button and the "Fanta" button. In case you were wondering, I had Cherry Coke with my lunch and Grape Fanta to go.
Also on Sunday was the Altamont Holiday Traditions day in town with lots of things going on (including Santa arriving on the train at the old train station!). I was meeting someone at the yarn shop to help them with a project so I walked around town a bit. I went to the Festival of Trees and voted for my favorite:
The Spinning Room's of course! All the ornaments were knitted by Deirdre's customers. Here is a (blurry) close-up (gotta get that photography class....):
And there were gingerbread houses:
In other news, car related..... Paul pulled the motor out of his car this weekend. And I helped. I worked the engine hoist and various jacks, as directed.
|Big hole in the engine compartment now.|
In other news knitting related, I knit up the Bandana Cowl in about 6 hours! Really quick knit and it's great. It's a Christmas gift, so I'm not saying who it's for. Hopefully I'll get a picture of the recipients wearing all the knitted gifts and post them.
On the evening I finished it, I immediately gave it a soak:
And, I think I've solved the problem of the Mukluk bottoms!:
Later this week, a book review of Devil in the White City!