Last night we had my friends Bob, Sheri, and Emily over Shabbat dinner. (For those of you not familiar, [short form] the Jewish Sabbath starts at sundown on Friday night and is observed in the home with a big meal.) Emmy’s significant other, Maxine, was unable to come because of a last minute schedule change at the hospital. (Allow me to kvell...Maxine is a DOCTOR!)
Bob, Sheri and Emmy are more than just friends. They are Family of Affinity. We chose each other, and they are very important to us.
Our Shabbat dinner was much different that a dinner in an Orthodox household. Because the Chinese New Year is this week, we celebrated with a Chinese dinner:
Steamed plain bao
Steamed read bean paste bao
Choy Sum – Chinese broccoli
Celery & Shitake dumplings
Steamed beef and tangerine balls
A pretty good spread, if I do say so myself.
Sheri arrived with a belated birthday gift – a fabulous rug which looks spectacular in our bedroom. It is very thick and luxurious underfoot!
Sheri is a remarkable woman: a successful lawyer, an accomplished real estate mogul, an incredibly generous friend, and the most gracious hostess.
Sheri is also, and this is not the least of her admirable qualities, the finest thrift-store shopper in the history of the world. 8 out of 10 beautiful things in our home were gifts from Sheri, acquired at thrift stores throughout the Chicago area.
And her home is a showplace. A huge Georgian overlooking a golf course, she loves to tell the story about how the house was such a bargain she bought it without showing it to her husband. And it is a good thing she bought it, too, since she needs the room for entertaining. Sheri can easily serve 200 people on china with sterling flatware without resorting to breaking out the BAD Limoges or silver plate. Again, all from thrift stores.
I think the best thing, though, that I can say about Sheri is that she is a loyal and caring and stalwart friend. When things aren’t going well, she calls you to pep you up. When things are going great, she’s right by your side to tell you what a good job you are doing. Even if we don’t see each other for a month or two, I don’t have to worry she has forsaken me. She is unwavering and steadfast. I want to be her when I grow up.
If only she’d learn to knit! Then we’d have a million more hours to spend together!
Speaking of knitting:
I have finished my first sock – well, except for the final kitchener stitch at the toe and blocking. I'm holding off on the kitchener because I've never done it before and, while I've seen a video clip and I'read about it, I'm going to wait until my Stitch n Bitch to do it so I have the support and oversight of my Bitches.
I enjoyed knitting the sock immensely and have already cast on the mate! I think I’m hooked. Oh, and so I don't get comments -- yes, the stitches are being held on a broken knitting needle. (It looks so horribly violent!) I learned a lesson...if you are going to try on a sock while it is on the sticks, divide the stitches between FOUR needles, not three. They do not bend.
I like plain socks…I want my next pair to be a simple pair of black or grey…I wear mostly black clothes, and I would like to knit a pair for dress. Does anybody have suggestions for sock patterns? Maybe a book of patterns? Also, I’m looking for a sock yarn with cotton content in solid colors. Any recommendations?