Monday, August 30, 2004

Another Quick Post….

With no pictures. The friend with the digital camera forgot to bring it. What can I say? I am thinking I will actually offer to take her to lunch and have her do pics then….my motto, “food is always a good bribe.”

The Performance:
It went as well as I could have asked for. My costume stayed up, on and intact….which let me tell you, is a relief. The crowd was fun and friendly. The music was awesome, and even though it didn’t really seem like the same songs I had requested (live music versus recorded), I felt as comfortable as I could have been. Some dance friends came along and it was great to know I had friendly faces in the crowd, even tho I couldn’t see ‘em with out my glasses!

Saturday Market:
Awesome. All I have to say is awesome. We have a pathetic (I’m sorry, but it’s true!) little pretense of a Saturday Market here….so going to a “real” one was sooo goooood. And of course, for those who don’t know, Eugene is a liberal town. It is a university town (University of Oregon) and is often called the “liberal capital of Oregon.” For a couple of lesbians from the sticks, it was just heaven. People of all races, sizes, “alternative” folks…..people dressed weird and funky and it’s all okay, because, hey, it’s Eugene! Interestingly, I can say I did not see a SINGLE Bush/Cheney bumpersticker, poster, or yard sign. Zip, nada, zilch. THAT is how liberal Eugene is. Loved it. Not that I am an “out there” kinda gal. Frankly, I’m pretty darn conservative!! But you know, it just *feels* good to be somewhere where “different” is okay, in fact, “different” is normal…good… appreciated. Emily and I chose some hand-thrown mugs for coffee…2 for $28. Lovely colors, but most of all, they “fit” our hands. We have quite the obsession with coffee mugs that “feel right”. 

Soft Horizons Fibre:
This yarn store is housed in a Victorian home surrounded by a lush green garden. Four rooms on the lower level contain yarn, spinning wheels, dyes, basket weaving materials, books, needles etc.

What I liked: Yarn was arranged by type, not color. Drives me crazy to run from the blues to the greens back to the blues to see if there is enough of what I want in stock in the right color. Lots of choices, everything from Brown Sheep to Trendsetter and lots of yarns I’ve only seen in magazines.

What I didn’t like: Many of the yarns are not priced, except by a list hanging somewhere in the vicinity. I dislike this very much. Tedious and time consuming to figure out the price. To be fair, some shelves were priced on the shelf itself, but most were not. Very crowded, hard to maneuver.

Final analysis: Didn’t buy anything. Nothing just leapt out and said “Me! Me!” Would I stop there again? Hmmm, if I had $$ in my pocket I might. Would I go out of my way? No.

I’m off on vacation in 1.5 hours. No posts till next Monday I suspect, but HOPEFULLY will have some sort of pictures! Where am I going? Glad you asked! The Inn at Otter Crest....two nights free thanks to a wonderful, kind friend. Tell you allllll about it when I get back!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Lisa. Have a fab break. Buggar about the photos I was looking forward to "seeing" you :)
I know what you mean about yarn stores and organisation and pricing! Frustrating. Nicole www.craftapalooza.com

Anonymous said...

Hi! This is your secret pal stopping by to get to know you! Expect something soon! Enjoy your vacation! From, your sp3!!!!!

Knitti-me said...

Have a safe and relaxing holiday! It's always so nice to get away. However, your blog groupies are going to miss you!

Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah, I can't stand not knowing the prices. At one store in SF they have all the prices on all the yarns, and even break it down into cents per yard. Gotta love that.
Rachael
http://yarnagogo.com

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