Last Wednesday DH took the afternoon off. We had a quick lunch and then headed over to the IKEA south of Boston. Rarely am I without a crochet or knit project when I’m a car passenger, but I didn’t have a ripple in progress to take along. It felt so odd not to crochet at all during an hour and a half long ride!
This was our first visit to an IKEA store. In case you’ve never been, I’ll warn you that they are HUGE!! Altho’ the store map showed shortcuts, we briskly followed the directional arrows on the floor of the main aisle which takes you through every department. About two and a half hours later we hadn’t yet reached the end of the ‘trail’ but were famished and on Scandinavian design overload, so we headed to the store’s cafeteria where we both chose the generously sized and yet very reasonably priced Chicken Fiesta Salads. Fresh and Delicious! We shared our exotic beverages, Elderberry Flower and Lingonberry juice.
Rejuvenated, we headed northward. Expecting heavy afternoon commuter traffic, we had allowed extra travel time but it was smooth sailing and then DH found a street parking spot just around the corner from our destination, so we found ourselves with plenty of time to walk over to the Ten Thousand Villages shop that I’d noticed a couple of blocks away. I’d hoped to find earrings or a necklace for myself, – My birthday’s next month, always a great excuse for a splurge, right? – but nothing ‘jumped out at me’, if you know what I mean. I did see a little jewelry travel pouch that gave me an idea of how I could sew little drawstring crayon bags for the foster kids though, and a chenille scarf that demonstrated a weaving technique I’d love to try.
At six o’clock we headed back to the Brookline Booksmith where Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, also known as The Yarn Harlot, would be reading from her new book, “The Amazing Thing about the Way It Goes: Stories of Tidiness, Self-Esteem and Other Things I Gave Up on” at seven. This is her eighth book, – You can find out about the other seven here. – but this is her first non-knitting, or, as she says, normal one.
Oh. My. It is every bit as good as any of her others. I laughed so hard, tears ran down my cheeks! And, although DH didn’t cry, he said his face hurt from smiling so hard for so long. lol.
You may enjoy reading some excerpts here.
Stephanie takes photos at each reading and posts them on her blog, Yarn Harlot. Maybe you can pick us out of the crowd!