Time’s Up

The sun has a nerve to be setting on my summer!

We finally went to pick the kiddies up from my in-laws.  I have never gone with the hubby to pick them up before.  But this time, I went along for the ride.  I actually figured out how to spin a little in the car!   All it really meant was that I had to wind on after spinning a foot or so of singles.  No big deal.  Still productive when you have no choice but to sit for around 8 hours.

When we arrived, the neighborhood was so beautiful! They live near the water (as you can see from above).  I love water! But I really wanted to see the kids.  No need for worry though.  They were doing just fine!

Boy Child had his constant companion with him.

Girl Child was quickly following in his footsteps, lol!

Yup.  Everything was as it should be.  🙂

But, little did I know, I was in for a real treat! My mil, took me out on the town to see some of the shops that she frequents in her area.

There was SO much to see.  Shops all over the place! We went to luxury consignment shops, gift shops, galleries, bookstores, etc.  I couldn’t even ask you to sit through all of the photos I took (darn it).  But…I do have some photos from one shop in particular that you might like to see… 🙂

And look at this!

They carry Noro yarn!! I don’t find that everywhere.

In case you want to know ( 🙂 ) , this shop is called Bella Filati.  The shop owner told me it means, “Beautiful String.”  Well, the name certainly sounds beautiful! And the shop was as well.  It was gigantic!

I loved the lighting and the way the shop was set up.  And it was chock FULL of stuff!! Fluff, accessories.  Everything! There was also another corner to the shop where there was actually more yarn and a class, but I didn’t want to put the knitters on the spot. 😉  And I got a little souvenir…some Noro yarn to take home with me.  What?  Did you really think I was going to leave this place without a little something? I thought you knew me better than that, lol!
Okay.  There is one other shop I do have to show you…We went to a place called Green Gate Olive Oils.

Have you ever olive oil or balsamic vinegar tasted?  LOL! Well, it’s something like wine tasting.  Except, it’s olive oil and vinegars! Truthfully, I was a little perplexed by the whole idea of it at first.  I’m a pretty Plain Jane kinda girl.  But, when my in-laws told me that they actually have a chocolate balsamic vinegar that tastes great on ice cream, I have to admit…I was intrigued! When I got there, I was amazed at how many flavors of olive oils and balsamic vinegars there were in that place! And they all were SO good!! Chipotle Olive Oil, Lemon Olive Oil, Herbs de Provence Olive Oil…and then the vinegars…Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar, Cinnamon Pear Balsamic Vinegar, and yes, a Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar!  It was difficult to pick just one or two flavors to carry back to Delaware.  I wanted them all (and the bon bons they had on their little treats table)! But, as my mil wanted to treat me, I did pick one vinegar and one olive oil! I got the Herbs de Provence Olive Oil and the White Grapefruit Basalmic Vinegar.  What I’m going to do with them, I don’t know.  I might just get some breads and start dipping like at the store, lol! So delicious!

When we got in that day, my fil had some plans for me as well.

He with his binoculars and I with my camera, headed out to see Lake Thagard.

I love water.  It just calms me.  And I swear if I lived there, I’d probably be painting everyday!

Just beautiful and so tranquil.

Yup.  It all almost made me forget that time’s up…

I’m about 2 ounces into this spin.  But I’ve got another 2 ounces to go.  So, the summer will actually end on an unfinished note.  But, that’s okay.

Only means there’s more crafting to be done yet.  🙂


  1. Looks like a great yarn store but I really liked those lake pictures. I can see why you find the water so tranquil.

  2. Wow, who wouldn’t have a great summer by the water like that!
    The yarn store looks like a treasure! I love noro. Silk Garden is one of my favourite yarns!

  3. I think I love your MIL. Consignment shops? Bookshops? Fiber heaven? Yep — I love her. (See if she’s willing to adopt. I’m quiet, helpful, and don’t eat much.)

    • Lol!!! Well, she loves meeting new folks, but after raising 5 of her own, I tend to think he moved out there to get a break! 😉 Still, I think she’d give you a workout if you ever visited (and she would love that). Just be forewarned…She gets up and moving EARLY!

  4. caityrosey says:

    What kind of spindle is that?

  5. grayseasaylor says:

    Thanks for the wonderful post, Stacey! So glad you had such a lovely time with your family!!
    scenery…string..new tastes… a bit of transition time into another productive season… 🙂
    xxx from Gracie

  6. I love tasting shops! There is one in San Clemente, California (up the road from me) that Curls and I like to stop in. I got a chocolate basalmic vinegar which is heavenly with fruit. I order blood orange olive oil and lemon olive oil from Sonoma Farms to use in cooking when olive oil is called for. Super yum! Would love to visit that water and the yarn shop!

    • Up the road? Dang! You ladies have everything in your backyards. 🙂 I really wanted the chocolate one too! My mil said she was going to send some. I want to try it on. Dessert.

      The yarn shop was awesome! It’s going to be a must visit (again, lol) the next time I go back. Still can’t believe they had Noro. I haven’t seen that in years.

  7. I love tasting – wine, chocolate, cheese – you name it – looks like you had fun! Your photos are beautiful – looks like the kids had a great time too!
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wow looks like you had fun. All that yarn looks amazing.

    • We did! And I really only had one day there myself. I imagine if I had had longer, I would have been broke as a joke when I got back. So it may have been a good thing I couldn’t stay!

  9. Bella Filati! You’re going to be sick to hear this…. I live near Bella Filati! In the neighboring county. If you ever travel this way again, please let me know. I’d love the meet up. Oh my goodness. You were sooo close. So glad you took that ride and visited the area. 🙂

  10. Wow, gorgeous. I’m a water-nut too; I totally relate!

  11. That looks like such an awesome trip with lots of good stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I have never seen a cop wound on a spindle that way. Seems like you could use it as a center pull ball if you could find the end. Have fun with the other two ounces!

    • I actually don’t think I have ever wound it this way before. But a while back a spinner suggested I try a football shape…so I was giving it a whirl…not bad to pack on cop. And it’s always great to learn new things. 🙂

      It was a great trip! I really want to go back. 🙂

  12. Great pics! Makes me long for one last summer fling before it all slips away…

  13. Are you the ‘Week End Knitter’ who uploads on Flickr? I’ve enjoyed your blog and visiting you here. I spin and knit….for about 4 years…but not steady. I am inspired by your spinning and knitting. Smiles, Maggie

    • I think I might be. 🙂 I put a lot of photos there because I am too lazy to save them to my hard drive, lol. I’m going to have to work on that this year. My laptop is crying for a break…I’m glad you like the photos though. You have been spinning and knitting for 4 years?! Wow! That is a huge accomplishment. And it is good to see you still come back to it over time. I feel like it never really gets old!

      Thank you for visiting! 🙂


  1. […] so simple a process. With these spindles I tried two different cop styles. A loose adaptation of a football shape and the usual cone shape. I think I still prefer the cone, but I enjoyed spinning on the cherry […]

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