Hoh boy, what a weekend. I am currently lounging in my ratty lounge pants, feet stretched on the coffee table, watching telly as I write, a luxury that I haven’t had in the last five days. It’s been a fun but hectic weekend with family and friends. I shouldn’t complain because all I did was eat, chat and shop. I love family gathering especially because my husband’s family is like mine, merry and loud 🙂 If only those family gathering came with wine…
Aside from family gathering, the other major highlight is of course the trip down to the textile district. The district is huge and covers over 80 blocks. To maximize the three hours that I had, I pretty much followed this shopping guide from Pattern Review. In the beginning, I tried to pace myself and just browsed around not buying anything. I tend to be impulsive and would like to change this bad habit. However, after a few shops, my true self emerged and I went crazy. The first store, J&J, everything was $1 and I purchased 2 yards of brown stripe knit fabric. The guy didn’t use a measurement tool, instead, he stretched one arm out and one yard was pretty much from the fingers of the stretched arm to the other shoulder.
The other stores were so so until I reached Michael Levine. Oh my gosh, this is a store where most crafters would say “I have died and gone to heaven”. It was huge and was neatly organized, fabrics were clearly labeled (price and material). They carried pretty much any fabric that you can think of. I learned a lot about fabric from this store. Here is the inside of the store
The damage? $70 but was all worth it, most fabrics were under $3 but I also purchased the latest from Amy Butler for $8.75/yard. From left to right: Amy Butler’s Love for Liverpool tunic, Kona cotton for the Oliver + S Jump Rope, baby blue seesucker for some top, polka dot cotton for another top, and herringbones suiting for pencil skirt. Will work on matching fabrics and patterns later.
Next are all knit fabric as I am planning to learn sewing with knit fabric. They are all under $3/yard, not sure how it will turn out after a few washes. Good enough for beginner, I don’t need a fancy schmancy fabric now.
I also stumbled upon the Fashion Bookstore in the California Market Center while looking for a restroom. Too bad, it wasn’t open because I was salivating over the books on display.
Other than that, I did not do much but I did manage to squeeze in some reading. I am currently half way through Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. The book is ok, kind of slow but interesting. It’s about Eilis Lacey, a young Irish woman who immigrated to Brooklyn in the 50’s because she couldn’t find a job in poverty-stricken Ireland back then. The book is about her struggle as a new immigrant and some family tragedy back home. I was once a new immigrant and can relate to her experience. The difference is I arrived in the New World after a posh 19-hour plane ride compared to her whirlwind six-days journey via an ocean.
Before we left LA, we stopped by the San Gabriel Mission as part of our grand plan to visit all 21 California Missions. So far, we had visited ten. My husband grew up a stone throw away from the Mission and it’s ironic that he has never been there until today. It was beautiful and well preserved.
Our drive home was uneventful but we had a good time listening to some more of This American Life and Scarlet Letter. He was also introduced to Electric Sheep Podcast for the first time. He, of course, did not enjoy the knitting talks but had a good laugh listening to the essay portion. Electric Sheep is my favorite knitting podcast right now. The host is this British woman and an eloquent writer. She doesn’t just yammer aimlessly like other knitting podcast hosts. Her essays are always well thought out or well researched with a topic ranging from knitting, British history and cultures, current affairs etc etc. Rest assured that humors are peppered throughout the essay/podcast. Check her out.
Before I left for LA, I managed to finish this sweater for my nephew and mail it with the rest of the other gifts a few days ago
with that I am done with handmade gifts for an indefinite time. I am going to be selfish for a period of time and just make stuffs for myself. I am thinking about putting up my christmas tree tonight but perhaps I should take it easy and just relax. My throat feel a little sore, I am afraid I might be sick. Not surprising, my cute little niece, Tori, sprayed me with her sneezes all weekend long as I was playing with her.