Gracie, thank you for inviting me to go to the new yarn store and out to lunch yesterday! I just love getting out and about! We met at a yarn store which has new owners and I had never been there. What fun it was! The store is now owned by a mother and daughter team, it's called Littlelamb and Ewe, in Gresham, Oregon. It's stuffed full of beautiful yarns, extensive tools - hooks, needles, scissors, etc. and books. They have a comfy loft where they teach classes. I am kicking myself that I did not buy this skein of yarn below - I'll go back and get it. If nothing more than to look at! LOL!
They had many beautifully arranged display cabinets.Is this yummy or what?
Brilliant!All cottons on this wall.
It's official, I love yarn that has more than one color in it.
They have lots of finished shawls around the shop and other knitted and crocheted items for inspiration.
I bought a book and Gracie bought some buttons. Then we walked across the street and found a table at Boccelli's Ristorante for lunch. We both *loved* our lunches - you got to pick the pasta, the sauce, and the other things on your pasta. I had farfalle pasta, alfredo sauce with chunks of halibut and asparagus. YUM! Gracie had salmon and fresh veggies.
After lunch we walked across the street to check out a new antique shop - I was very impressed with the quality of the merchandise and the prices were reasonable.
My eye was drawn to this platter with a castle.. kind of a funny juxtaposition of the ceramic cowboy boot vase, don't you think?
There were lots of pottery and vintage lace and baskets. I found 2 things to bring home, I will show you photos later in this post.
Gracie invited me to follow her home for some tea and more visiting - this is her charming living room with a fireplace made of polished stone. I helped her get started on a shawl like mine - the pattern falls short in many places so I told her what to watch out for. I had to totally rip mine out twice as the pattern wasn't specific. She made us a pot of chai tea with coconut! It was delish!
My treasures from the antique store are a fishing float of green glass from Norway, still with it's jute rope netting!
I also got a pint glass jar with a glass lid with galvanized lid rim. I got the book from the yarn shop - I saw it on Pammy Sue's blog and noticed it had a pattern for crocheted lace gloves which I'd like to make.
I'll be attending the Oregon State Conference of the Daughters of the American Revolution in May and would love to have these done by then.. but I doubt I will. LOL!
The roses are holding up extremely well.. love love love them.
And look what Dayle brought home for me yesterday? Isn't he adorable?
And here is the last Stargazer Lily to bloom from the bouquet hubby brought for me on Valentines Day.. over 5 weeks ago! Amazing, huh? Hubby snipped off the stamen so the orange pollen wouldn't fall on the lace tablecloth.
What I hope for you is that you take the time to reach out to a friend and ask them to go "play" - and if a friend asks you to do something, say yes. Your life will be enriched by it. Thank you, Gracie, for a fun day! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)