yesterday, i had a great little lunch and shopping date with my mother. we decided to set out to wander nearby towns one by one, and find new things to do out of the ordinary :) this time, we went to sebastopol. i took my mom to a little gem that a friend of mine introduced me to... an all craft supply thrift shop, Legacy ! probably one of my new favorite places.. fabric galore!!! depending on the type it ranges between $1 and $3 a POUND! load on up!!! there are large cuts of pretty much anything you could imagine, as well as bins full of color coordinated scraps. shelves full of yarn, old patterns, notions and findings, buttons, you name it!!! every time i go there i load up for cheap!!! on my first trip, i got a bag stuffed full of random goodies for $5. this last time that i went with my mother, i spent a whopping $12. the volunteers there are so friendly and fun.. one of the regular thursday gals just cracks me up!!! definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area, or if you need to offload some of your craft supplies that you just don't know what to do with, definitely go and donate them!!
the next stop on our tour was to Balls and Skeins, an adorable little knitting store just a block or two down the road!!! This was our first time there and i have to say, i love it. the lady working, unfortunately i did not catch her name, was very kind and helpful. i have to say that i love when i can go into a higher end craft-type store, and regardless of my crazy hair and tattoos, that they treat me nicely and like an equal. this is a challenge that i knew i had set for myself in life, but it truly blows me away when i can go into a little shop like this and be treated as a serious knitter!! while we were there, i picked out this fun, fuzzy black and white twisted yarn. project in mind? why, yes!!! days before while i was in Cast Away (the local yarn shop which happens to be right across the street from my work) shopping for yarn to make xmas presents with (yes i am sick and twisted and starting those already...) i saw a beauuuuutiful cowl laid out all nicely, which said that they had the pattern available. as soon as i saw this black and white yarn at Balls and Skeins, i knew that i wanted to go back and get that cowl pattern and make it with this to produce a unique effect!!! and let me tell you, i am VERY picky about cowls... they always feel too thick or bulky or like they are too tight or choking me, etc. but this one at the shop... glorious. i am halfway through this project hehe!!!! sneak peek? yes of course!!
i will share a better, more high resolution photo of it when it is all done and blocked and lovely. sooooooo soft!!! i love the way that it is turning out and it has been an easy knit so far, seeing as how i just started it late yesterday evening! you can just call me quickdraw.
we ended our little trip with a bite to eat at the newly opened gypsy cafe on main street in sebastopol, and of course a trip to screamin mimis!!! you cannot go to/through sebastopol without making a stop here, the ice cream is so ridiculously good!!!! mmmmm!!!!
next months stop... healdsburg? petaluma? windsor? who knows where these things will take us. all of these have little hidden fabric stores that we are all ready to check out!