What a great week! T and I drove down on Sunday as usual, caravaning with everyone else. We didn’t get a cabin this time, but a regular room in one of their buildings that was still very nice, with a gorgeous little courtyard. Because Cambria is on the coast, it is cool and moist all summer, and boy do the plants love it!
I had a fabulous teacher, Diane Stoffel. Every time she came by to give me individual instruction my rug became much better. I am working on a mermaid pattern by Pris Butler. The original pattern has the mermaid looking cartoony, and I wanted her to be more mysterious-looking:
I keep tinkering with her eyes, they want to look up but I want her to be looking at you. This rug is a lot of fun to work on, and I’ve got most of the hard part done so the rest shouldn’t be too painful to finish!
I attended one mini-class by Michele Micarelli. She is very creative, so of course there was no pattern on the backing, only her instruction to hook fun stuff (ribbons, yarns, nubby wools) in wavy patterns to create an undersea scene:
OK, this looks like total crap in the photo, but it is quite pretty in person, and also very fun and easy. And, it’s very tempting to buy fun yarns, beads, all sorts of embellishments – oh, I mean, to use the ones I already have. 🙂
We also hit the town pretty hard, and spent an entire afternoon in the two-story antique mall. I found a gorgeous needlepoint rug, about 3×5′ with roses. Although it is pink- and cream-colored, it isn’t too girly (really – DH even liked it. He asked me where we are going to put it, as if I had an answer to that!) I also scored two blazers, one is Laura Ashley and the other is Ralph Lauren, both insanely cheap, and both fit in the sleeves – most sleeves hang halfway down my hand, but these are perfect. Fate? Yep.
On the way home Friday, we drove down to Morro Bay and stopped at Lina G’s – the coolest knitting/embellishment store! She stocks not only exotic yarns, but vintage trims to use on hats. I’m on total crafty overload there – there is so much cool stuff, but I can’t even begin to decide what to do with it! I bought some funky yarn for my undersea scene, a pretty card, and a cool tassel (which I have yet to find a place for).
Then, it was time for T and I to head back up I-5, with the Weekly World News “bigfoot” crossword puzzle to keep us going.
An excellent week, as always!