Odds and ends

Well, it’s been raining.  If you’ve heard anything about the current drought in California, you won’t be surprised to hear me swear that I won’t complain about the rain this entire season!  We’re enjoying it so far.  We’ve been going on rainy walks in search of puddles, followed by hot chocolate.

The really fun thing about rain is the gear, and going out in the gear.

Boy in the rain.

Boy in the rain.

Last week I was sad to hear that my closest sewing + knitting shop, Pincushion, is closing.   I managed to make it over today between the gym and preschool pick up.   I was happy to find that it is still open for a few weeks.  I wish I’d made it to the shop more often, but it’s so hard with the little ones.

Sad...

Sad…

The discounts are quite deep, and there’s still a good deal of stock.

There are good deals to be had.

There are good deals to be had.

Cascade Heritage Paints

Cascade Heritage Paints

Fabric!

Fabric!

More yarn!

More yarn!

More yarn!

More yarn!

More yarn!

More yarn!

More yarn

More yarn

I left with just two balls of Cascade 220 Quattro for baby knitting.

The red one!

The red one!

But later in the day, I went back to choose fabric for a quilt, which is to be my niece’s wedding gift next June.  Nothing wrong with an early start, right?  I’ve chosen a very simple large patchwork pattern, and the Wee Girl helped me choose from blues and greens, the bride and groom’s preferred colors.  I think it’ll be a cute and nature~y quilt!

This was my first time shopping for a quilt.  The first two I made were from remnants I had in my stash, so this made me a little nervous!  I think they’ll go together fine, as long as I place them carefully.  Although I do see quilts with arrangements that I just don’t understand.  I might be too strict about what goes with what….

A quilt-to-be!

A quilt-to-be!

This evening I started what’s become a holiday tradition for me; snowflake crochet!  My grandma used to make these for my mom for Christmas, and now that she’s been Heaven for several years, and I now have some basic crochet skills, I’ve taken on the torch, or hook, as it were.  My first one or so are usually kind of funky, as I get used to the tiny stitches again, but I catch on ok.

Snowflake season!

Snowflake season!

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