Well, in the end I could not decide what to give to my friend. Apparently, though, that was for the best because she is going home in a couple of weeks and is going to ask her mother to teach her to knit. So she'll just get her needles and yarn while she's there.
For the pot-luck dinner we made chicken wings with 4 different dipping sauces, and bought a chocolate cream pie from Whole Foods for dessert. J & M made miniburgers and BBQ Chicken Chili. Now I don't know if you've had BBQ chicken chili, but let me tell you what it contains: BBQ Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Shredded Chicken and Elbow macaroni. Got that? Process it for a moment and let me remind you how acidic tomato sauce and BBQ sauce is...see where I'm going with this? I couldn't finish. It was like someone was pouring a vat of acid down my gullet. It has a good flavor, but it was really soupy, so the soup was tomato & BBQ sauce and I just couldn't do it. Apparently, this chili was something of a comfort food. J said they used to serve it at school with peanut butter crackers and it was delicious! Hmm. Ok, well either way, they cooked for us, and that always rocks! And we had pie...even better...yummmmm....
So Saturday Ry & I went to the Fall Apple Harvest Festival in the town common. It sounds like it was pretty cool,right? Like Gramma Ethel's famous Apple Spice Bread, Grampa Joe's Cider, and Aunt Tilly's Apple Pie were all being sold at little stands from different farms. And there was bobbing for apples, and bushels of apples so you could buy different varieties that you haven't tried before. Seems like that's what the festival would be like, right? Right? WRONG. It was lame. There was only one stand with apples, and none of the fall festival stuff that I was expecting. It was a complete let down. It was like being told you're getting a really exciting, super-cool gift and the fact that this super-cool gift is coming has been built up for weeks and then getting a roll of Scotch Tape. It was a fizzle rather than a bang. Still, it was nice to be out of the house. We walked around the town square and I went to a little yarn shop I had been wanting to check out and got some yarn for mittens for Ry. Then we ran some errands, and went home and decorated for Fall. Later that evening we took the dogs to the field to play with the frisbee. Well, Sam played with the frisbee, Molly just ran around and rolled in the grass.
Meanwhile I turned the heel on Ry's second sock! Hooray! I think that counts as being nearly done. I don't know what it was about this project, but I has SSS really bad...I kept thinking "Why do I want to do the same project all over again? In really want to do something new!" So I cast on for the second sock in May and didn' pick it up again until August. I guess i figured, Ry only wears sandals in the summer, why bother with the sock, if he won't wear it until cool weather sets in? It proved to be true, Ry rarely wore shoes all summer, and now the weather is just barely getting cooler so I still have time to finish it. (Barely)