Sunday, December 1, 2013
'Tis The Season
With Thanksgiving behind us here in the US our thoughts are starting to turn to the Christmas Holidays.
The kids and I made an Advent calendar together today 'Just In Time' to open the first installment on December first.
It was a lot of fun, I'll have to take a decent photo of it for you.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday we ended up visiting Southern California with a brief stop through Los Angeles.
The Last Bookstore is located in downtown LA and is a HUGE shop where you can get almost any book you could imagine, used, for a great price. The kids went crazy in the children's section, grabbing up handfuls and handfuls of books, begging me to buy out half of the store. I bought them a copy of A Light in the Attic which they have fallen in love with. It makes them really laugh.
The shop itself is a beautiful space, I highly recommend a visit if you have the chance.
On the 2nd floor, there is a small but very interesting yarn shop called Gather. I was smitten by their boxes of tiny 'mystery yarn' balls for $5. You could make a lot of striped socks for next to nothing. They also had sock yarn by a British company called The Uncommon Thread. I picked up a skein of their Lush Twist in a cream colorway called Manuscript. Very pretty, will have to finally knit myself some socks from it.
I also did some sewing on the trip. I'm working on an Alabama Chanin style 'coaster' - meaning a very small piece of fabric that you may use to put your coffee cup on. It has a ton of bead work on it and has been quite slow going. Sewing with beads has proven to be fun but it is far from a speedy undertaking. I want to eventually use this technique on a larger project but it will likely be limited to the lower couple inches of a skirt or the lower sleeves of a bolero or something. Photos of it soon for you.
And in other news, Jay recently left me a comment to a link where you can get EVEN MORE Yoko Saito books in English (thanks Jay!), so check out this shop called Willow Lane Quilting Company - it looks quite cool.