Yikes. I have been a bad blogger lately! I don't have a good excuse, but I have been doing some blog-worthy things that I wanted to share.
A few weeks ago, I visited my mother who lives near Boston and we finally checked out The Sowa Open Market. My mom had been there, but it was my first time. It was pretty cool (actually it was quite hot). In my mind, the main attraction was the craft booths; art, pottery, jewelry, some pretty adorable stuffed animals. (Oooh, I just checked out their site, so I could link to it, and they have 3 pdf patterns available if you want to make your own.) My mom bought me a cool pendant as an early birthday present. I can't remember the vendor name right now.
In addition to the craft tents, there are what seemed like about twenty food trucks selling yummy stuff. I was dieting, so I didn't sample anything - boring I know. Addie did suck down a watermelon icee though. Did I mention, it was hot?
There's also a big building full of vintage stuff right next to the craft tents and food trucks. I haven't really jumped on the vintage bandwagon, but I wouldn't have minded finding a little something to bring home. Addie was not happy though (I think she was expecting a more Target-like shopping experience with Barbie's, etc.), so we kind of just breezed through.
Just a few steps away from all that, there's a farmer's market with beautiful bread, veggies, flowers, and other cool stuff like fresh salsa, homemade hot-sauce, and organic meats.
Mmm. And cookies.
Before I went, I had checked out the web-site and the blog. I really liked all the marketing materials/art work for all the different events. I was kind of hoping to find a booth selling the posters. No luck with that. Not much luck finding anything google-wise either. Oh well.
So, if all that's not enough, there's a cool bead/yarn shop in between the farmer's market part and the craft part. I can't remember the name of that. They definitely had more beads than yarn. I took some pictures of these well-loved bikes while my mom took her turn shopping in there.
I've been on a fabric-buying kick, so I didn't end up buying any fabric, but I did buy the Figgy's pattern for the Nituna Coat for a winter jacket for Addie. I have some wool already. They also had stitched up a Moonrise Kingdom dress. I don't know about you, but I thought about making that dress the whole time I was watching the movie. I asked the person working there about it, and she said they offered a class, and that the pattern was a re-released vintage Simplicity pattern. I haven't had a chance to look for it yet.
We decided we hadn't really gotten enough shopping in, and I had read about Gather Here at some point in my blog reading, so we decided to check that out. I'm so glad we took that little detour because it was really cool. As soon as I saw the shop windows, I knew it was my kind of place.
They have a great selection of fabric and yarn. They have the biggest Japanese fabric selection that I've seen in a store (vs. on-line) and were very friendly and helpful. I fell in love with the model of the Vien & Rue jacket they had stitched up and had on a dress form right by the door. I bought that pattern and some of the Mona Luna Fox Hollow alphabet print that I had been eye-ing on-line for a while. It looked like they had a nice space for sewing and knitting lessons as well.
We finished up the day with one more stop at a yarn shop in Lexington where my mom treated me to some yarn. I haven't really gotten my sewing mojo back - last post was a false start, I guess, but I'm having fun working on a sweater for Addie with the yarn I got - even though Addie says she hates sweaters. And actually (according to Addie) no one likes sweaters, so I shouldn't even be knitting it for someone else (which is what I usually tell her when she says she doesn't like something I make her).