Today has been a quiet Father's Day. The kids and I have cooked Jim's favourite things to eat. We've just finished a barbecue steak with Caeser salad (Luke fixed it) and bruschetta. The kids are clearing the table before we have a desert of homemade cheesecake (Alex fixed it).
But yesterday was extremely exciting as Jim and I took a little day trip. First we stopped to give my Dad his frog shirt. He really liked it. I think it tickled his funny bone. Next stop was in St. Thomas so I could check out Parkspin Inc.
It's a gold mine of acrylics and discounted yarn. I scored a 4mm 120cm long circular needle! I also picked up some Sugar 'n Cream cotton for dishrags since I've signed up to be on Team Canada for Dish Rag Tag. This is the first time I've ever seen this brand of cotton.
Next, we went to Winter Wheat just outside of Sparta.
It is a place of whimsy and art.
Every corner had a new surprise and we brought home some lovely little souvenirs.
We then went to Anything Used in Sparta. I don't really get the name, unless it's to say that they will use anything in their art. The store was packed to the gills with stuff. It wasn't as high brow as Winter Wheat, but some of it was quite lovely. They are known for their candles in particular.
Next was lunch at the Sparta House Tea room. Going with the tea theme, it was decorated with hundreds of tea pots in cupboards, on shelves and lining the fireplace. The lunch was very good and the desert, a chocolate brownie cake, was just decedent!
We stopped to browse through Sparta a bit more, looking into the art galleries and stopping at the volunteer-run museum because I saw this through the front door:
This wheel was taller than I am. It puts meaning to the term "great wheel". And do you notice the two wool winders? One is on the floor, but the other stands behind the wheel on four legs. I was also mesmerized by the needle work on the petticoats and dresses. It was so fine, it looked like modern machine work, but it had all been accomplished by hand.
It makes me think twice about the work I do. I've been told I work in fine gauge, but what I do is nothing to what people routinely did in the past.
Here's my fine, hand knit socks with one of our souvenirs. Finished for a Father's Day present for my dear husband Jim.