All good things come to an end. We fly out tonight (a little commuter hopper to LA, which I hope can manage our bags) and then onward to London and Shannon (don't ask, they said it was less expensive that way). It will be hard to leave the blue skies and palm trees of SoCal but at home the primroses and violets will be waiting, while the bluebells will be getting ready for their debut.
It's been a lovely trip. DH is well pleased with his pictures -
like this song sparrow doing what it does best,
and spectacular blossoms displayed with careless ease by roadside trees.
One of our last LYS hunts was to Chula Vista and the Border Leather Corporation, a hint again given very kindly by Pacalaga.
Doesn't look like much from the outside, but just wait till you get inside.
They have a wonderland of yarns from South American hand-dyed to Karabella (yes, Karabella!) and everything in between. I ran from aisle to aisle and tried not to hyperventilate while this lovely lady chuckled and offered suggestions.
(They only got into yarns in a big way lately, but found that they would be charged huge amounts to change their name, so that's why they still go by the Leather name.)
No really good sock yarns right then, while I was there, but I succumbed to temptation on the Karabella side of course, and also some spectacular confections from elsewhere which are already packed away so you will have to wait until I get home for a big Overall Loot Haul Pic. She not only gave me a 20% discount because I was on my way home but also a big plaid shopping bag to pack it all in. She was a darling and so was her daughter (who handles the credit cards because Mom distrusts such new-fangled notions). You have got to go visit this place.
One more trip to La Jolla today, both for Knitting in La Jolla and to feel that sea breeze while we watch the seal pups frolicking on the beach. And then it's time for airports and security checks and all that hassle. Must try to find some 0 size dpns or a wooden circular in that gauge so I can continue on Mad Cow Socks Mk II. My next posting will be from West Cork. Hasta la vista! Here are two farewell pictures -
- the classic
and the less predictable. He has a nice eye, this DH of mine.
Until we meet again, slan agus beannacht libh go leir.