Thursday, February 26, 2009

My Excellent Adventure!

I had such a wonderful time yesterday's lunch that I came home feeling like I made a real friend. Kathy met me at Panera, we gabbed and ate and laughed and got to know each other. She was so generous and suggested she could show some places I would love. I had my laptop (it IS Panera after all) and we looked up this new yarn shop I have been trying to find.

Michelle's New and Old Time Knitting. I am not buying any new yarn, I swore. And then succumbed. This is superwash wool Happy Feet at $6 a skein. Just like Koigu only half the price. How could I resist? I have already done the ribbing and will get to the heel today.

Then we went to the Riverpark bike trail!!! It goes from Hixson along the Tennessee River all the way to Chattanooga. Gosh, it was beautiful, even before things come into bloom. To think we almost sold our bikes because we couldn't find a flat place to ride. A safe flat place, I mean. And of course a place like this is perfect for rollerblading, if my knee ever recovers. I am soooo ready to get out there and ride. Woowoo!

Then she took me to Perimeter Fabrics, an interior design fabric place. Beautiful fabrics for my decorating urges. Now I can get the right stuff. And it is so close to the Rumdum and the used book store, which makes it one stop shopping. Again Woowoo! Also right next door, is the Pool Place where I can get soda ash for dyeing. Amazing.

But wait, there's more!

Kathy took me home to see her gorgeous drop dead studio ( not to mention her drop dead gorgeous house!!) This was just fabulous.

Click to see her huge closet. I am so at home here.

After all that wonderfulness, she returned me to my car at Panera and I stopped for a minute at Hobby Lobby and got some new embroidery threads.

What a great day for me...And today the sun will come out and I may just sit on the porch and knit. Sigh. I am truly lucky.


  1. Anonymous8:03 AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day, and I'm so glad you've made a new friend. I just wish I could see the photos of her studio! Wahh!

    Nice, too, that you found a safe place to ride bikes!

  2. What a wonderful day. Maybe she can help you find your electrician :)

    I love the look of Kathy's studio. Very functional and pretty. Is the orange quilt one of hers or for a client?

  3. Holy Carp, that's a Studio! I'm so happy you found such an interesting friend and great places to shop!

  4. How fun to find a new friend! I'm thinking of moving there pronto.

  5. Oh! I ove making new friends, especially ones with a studio like that. In my dreams, that's where I'll be...sigh

  6. A new friend...what a wonderful gift! :D May there be many more of these for you in your (still) new home, Melody! I have a friend who lives outside of Chicago who is exploring locations in your neck of the woods for retirement...I will send her the link to your blog. I am so glad to see you quilting again!

  7. How nice to make a friend AND find a bike path on the same day! Enjoy!

  8. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. Just what the doctor ordered.

  9. Anonymous7:58 AM

    Does someone actually have a quilting machine that big? Look at all the lighting?
    I suppose she quilts for her business and not for fun, cause if for fun, she isn't utilizing that machine to the fullest, not with those itty bitty quilts!

    Love that quilt on her wall, the nicest version of that pattern I've seen so far.


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