It’s hard to know what to write about at a time like this. Even since I posted yesterday so many things have changed. While I’m not feeling panicked, I do feel some anxiety about what the next few weeks and months hold. Not just for myself and my family and friends, but for people who are hit hard by the virus or closures or quarantines.
But, we can each only do what we can do. We can keep “doing our verbs.” I’ll keep writing, reading, painting, creating, and taking pictures. I’ll continue to share, hoping it will be a welcome diversion. I’ll prepare meals, clean the house, play games with the boys, and take walks when the weather is nice.
One thing that I can do to support my community of readers is to pray for each of you. Please let me know how I can do that. Is there something you need? Are you struggling with anxiety or fear? Just leave a comment and I commit to praying for you and I’m sure other people who read your comment will, too. No matter what you believe, it doesn’t hurt to have people praying for you.
We’re all in this together.
So, on Friday, while MN schools were still open and life was only slightly disrupted, Jeff and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary by going to breakfast and then shopping at a Scandinavian store I’ve been wanting to visit for a few months. I have bought from them online, but I was excited to shop their yummy wool yarns in person.
We stopped at a little diner for breakfast and then headed to the outskirts of downtown Minneapolis to visit Ingebrestsen’s. As we were nearing the pin on the GPS, Jeff prayed for the “patience of Jesus” while he waits for me to look at yarn. He’s a good sport and was just kidding.
The exterior of the store is charming with a large Scandinavian-style mural on the side. I did a lot of this style of painting early in my business and it’s still my favorite variety of decorative painting.
The store is split into two parts, the food/home/kitchen/decor side, and the yarn/craft/needlework/workshop side. I went into the food/home side first and started to browse. The woman behind the counter asked if she could help me find anything and I inquired about the yarn. She told me that was located in the other side of the store. I was interested in home and kitchen stuff, too, so I looked around before going next door. I found all sorts of fun dish & bath brushes, a Swedish cookbook, and a couple of books on decorative painting.
I had even more fun in the craft part of the store! At first, I decided I should curb my enthusiasm and just get yarn I have projects for, but my optimism took over. I probably won’t make it to this store very often, so I’m going to buy the things I am drawn to and will likely use.
My color preferences were very obvious as I made a pile of yarn and threads on the counter.
The rows of twisted DMC floss were so pretty! I have been wanting to do more embroidery and cross-stitch lately. Nothing too fancy, but just some monogramming or simple borders on linen towels and napkins. So, I got colors that would match my house.
Now, those who know about this whole embroidery world could tell you (and me) how this floss is different from the DMC floss you can get at larger craft stores. The texture is different and it’s not as shiny, but I’m not sure what makes it different. It’s just prettier!
I was wooed into buying some discontinued wool crewel yarn that was on clearance for $.50/each. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it, yet, but I’ll figure out something.
I have been thinking a lot more about how I can combine painting, yarn, fabrics, etc. Just throw a bunch of hobbies into one project and see how it turns out. I’ve already been doing some promising experimenting, but we’ll see where that leads.
I also bought some yarn for crocheting. I love the textures and feel of their yarn…
With being housebound, I’m sure I’ll have more time to crochet over the next few weeks! I told Jeff on the way home that he didn’t worry about me having enough to do. That’s not ever a problem with me!
And I also bought some green & blue Swedish ribbon rolls. They just might be too pretty to use! I’m going to have to use them for very special things.
I’ll share about the brushes I bought in another post. Ingebretsen’s doesn’t sell everything online, but you can buy yarns, embroidery floss, books, and more from their online shop HERE.
Take care, everyone!