Friday, May 29, 2009

Frazzled Stitcher

Hmmm, I'm feeling a little scattered this week and haven't put needle to fabric since Monday. But that doesn't mean I don't think about stitching. I think about stitching daily and it absorbs the majority of my thoughts.

Earlier this week, I received an email from a YahooGroup I signed up with recently basically saying the monthly get together was at a not-so LNS that I've never heard of. Being the *Google Queen* I am, I wanted to see if I could find more info on the shop to see if the drive and the get together was worth my while. While googling, imagine my surprise when I found that there is a new LNS not 5 minutes from work! I decided to check it out during my lunch hour. I have run out of a Soie d'Alger silk for my Wishful Sheep and thought maybe I could find it. But despite it being a very cute and teeny shop, it was strictly needlepoint. I was a tad disappointed but not surprised. If there are any needlepointers in the Bay Area, they may want to check out Luv 2 Stitch. They had some pretty canvases and nice specialty threads but there is really nothing there for a cross stitcher other than plain DMC and some silk that I can't remember but also haven't heard of before.

After work, I decided I need to stop the futon spread and go outside and walk around a know, exercise since I have completely fallen off the wagon. My LNS is techically The Status Thimble. It's a cute shop within walking distance from home and the owner is quite friendly but oftentimes, they don't have what I am looking for. Other times, it's my savior and saves me from making the 35 mile trip to my beloved NiaH. On Thursdays, they have stitch-in and are open late. I figured I could incorporate a pit-stop in there on my walk and they didn't have any Soie d'Alger either. *sigh* I took a peek around and continued my walk.

I think I'll always consider NiaH as my LNS despite it being a 45 minute drive there and a 45 minute drive back home. It really isn't so local but I never fail to find what I need there. I'll take advantage of online sales and eBay because this craft is expensive and sometimes the wallet is getting a little bare. I'll keep working on Wishful Sheep until I fully run out of colors so I know what I need. It was nice taking a little field trip to the other shops yesterday.

Let's stitchy pictures but there is news. *The boy* got a contracting job. It's not ideal but also nothing to scoff at so he'll be staying put for a while and trying to get prepared for the "worst case scenario" regarding his leg. *The boy* wants to buy my car off of me. It's an old junker and I do need a new one so I might start car shopping next week. It's kind of scary! I've never bought a new car nor had to *wheel and deal* before. I kind of have an idea of what I want but there are a lot of cars I am curious about so I think this might take me a while. There will be lots of test driving in my near future. If anyone out there drives a Nissan, Toyota, Acura or Honda Crossover, I'd love to hear what you like or not like. That's the type of car I'd like but I'll have to drive around in them to help me decide.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend. I have birthday dinner, fundraiser pancake breakfast, movie watching and parental bonvoyaging planned. Busy, busy!

Until next time...


Natasha said...

I have not been to the status thimble in ages. Did not evern know they had a stitch in. We should meet there on a Thursday.

I Have yet to make it to NiAH partly becasue of that drive. Rarely do I ever go to that side of the bay only if I am going to a ball game.

I drive a Sentra and love it. The seats are a bit uncomfortable for long drives ie cross country twice LOL But it is a great car with AWESOME gas milage. Good luck car shopping.

Take Care

Theresa said...

The closest LHN shop in my area is 30mins away as well... I heard there was a shop about 5min from my house before, but it closed before I moved here.... bummer.....

I drive a Toyota RAV4 and I love it!!! I bought it 5 years ago and it was my very first new car.It never gave me any problem, and it made the move with me from Chicago to Texas, and Texas to CA, both times pulling a trailer. The gas milage is pretty good, considering its a SUV. I hope this helps, and good luck car shopping~~~~

Carol R said...

Minis rule!

CindyMae said...

The closest LNS is not local at all! It is about 2 hours away. I do have hobby shops that are about 45 minutes away but I want an LNS!

Melissa said...

Recently my favourite LNS had re-opened a little ways away. However, it was always more of a needlepoint store as well. BUT it is very cute and I love going in as the owner and I have very similar tastes.

As to car, I drive a 2 yr old Toyota Matrix. LOVE it! I've had a Corolla years ago and that was great. I'm a Toyota girl I suppose! Good luck car shopping!

Anonymous said...

i dont even know where my nearest lhn shop is but i ten to buy my stuff on ebay or various other shops online. dont have a car so no comment. but hope you pick up your needle soon and keep stitching

Dani - tkdchick said...

Sorry to hear you haven't had a chance to put needle to thread! It really saves my sanity most days!

At least you've got LNS's to go to... my closest one of any merit is a 3hr drive one way!