Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Not So Lazy Saturday!

Today was pretty much the opposite of a lazy Saturday. This weekend is the Bellevue Arts & Crafts Fair, sponsored by the Bellevue Art Museum. There are basically three arts & crafts fairs going on at the same time, all within walking distance of each other. The "fancy" one is the one sponsored by the art museum, and it is held on the bottom floor of the parking garage at Bellevue Square, our local shopping mall. Having it on the bottom floor of the parking garage keeps the art safe from rain, which around here is a good thing (although this is supposed to be statistically the driest week of the year for us). This is where they have the expensive stuff that I love to look at, but pretty much can't afford. We walked through this one first. There is some really beautiful art out there!

Then there are two other street fairs, one in the Cost Plus parking lot, and one called the 6th Street Fair. We didn't go to the Cost Plus one, but we did go to the 6th Street Fair. I bought a nice variety of things at this fair!! You can see them in this picture:
Working from the top down: A variety pack of handmade soap, all very delicious smelling; hand-dyed yarn in a colorway called Dragonfly; an eclectic key holder to mount by our front door; a fused-glass pendant; and a pair of silver & gold earrings. Quite a haul, wouldn't you say? I thought it was pretty cool to see a yarn vendor there. Their name is Shoalwater Bay Textiles, but I don't think they have a website. The lady manning the booth said that her grandson asked her to dye a yarn in the colors of a dragonfly, and thus the name of this yarn. It is a worsted weight yarn, so I think I'll probably make a scarf or maybe some of those fingerless mitts I've seen. I love the colors.

The key holder came from the "fancy" part of the fair. There was a guy there who finds vintage books and makes the coolest looking bookshelves out of the books. They have all this weird stuff attached to them like wooden spoons, oars, etc. Really interesting stuff. My daughter wanted one so bad, but I couldn't afford $200 or more for some bookshelves, so we settled for the key holder. I just think it is the cutest thing.

Speaking of my daughter, she loves legos. Here she is with her latest creation, a VW Bug. I really wonder if she will grow up to be an engineer or something.

And in knitting content, here is my latest sock-in-progress. For the life of me I can't get this picture to upload in the right direction, so you'll just have to look at it this way :}

I've actually already finished this sock, and and halfway done with the second sock. I have to finish these because the Ravelympics start on August 8th, and I signed up for the Sock Put for Team Seattle! Go Team!

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