Yesterday was a busy, busy day. It started with the Race for the Cure, which I documented on Spinster. I walked with my company team, which is a fiasco of a story that makes my company look bad (they do this without even trying) so I'm open to joining a different team next year. What do you knitters think of forming a team? What would we call it? The name should include those non-knitters so my Mom can come too.
Then, just to be sure that I was really tired, I walked around the CWE Art Fair and Taste. Can't say much for the art. Mostly it was a lot of jewelry. Usually I find a piece of pottery or something that wants to come home with me, but not this year. I checked out the Green Market. It's tiny. If they and the Tower Grove Farmers Market would join up, they'd have something worthwhile. And the setting in TGP is much nicer. I like to go to markets for the people-watching and to get out of my apartment on a weekend morning, but I rarely find anything that I want to buy. (An RFT Article from May 31st called "Produce Row" gives some perspective on the Farmers Market situation in STL.)
Back to the Art Fair, the Taste part is usually good, if alcohol-heavy. I sampled the new Skinny Dip beer by New Belgium, makers of Fat Tire. I like it a lot and will be picking some up soon. I have a nostalgic fondness for New Belgium products. When I first got out of college I lived in Denver for a summer. Back then you could only get Fat Tire locally and I really loved it. I was just discovering microbreweries after growing up in Budweiser City, and I will always remember New Belgium (which then I think was Fort Collins Brewery, but I could be wrong) with a special fondness.
Feeling fully exhausted, I stopped by Shaw's Coffee on the way home for an iced latte and a chance to sit down and page through the RFT. I like Shaw's Coffee a lot, but I'd love them if they were open evenings and Sundays. Wi-fi wouldn't hurt either. I only go every couple months. But as far as independent coffee houses go, it's definitely the classiest. If you've never been there, you should check it out. Just not after 5pm or on Sundays.
Then it was home for a shower and clean clothes and the knitting portion of the day. I headed over to Ann's
for Worldwide Knit in Public Day, made ever more public by the tour bus that drove by a couple times. It was nice to catch up with Ann, who I haven't seen in years, meet new people, hear about a LYS I've never been to, and enjoy the outside in a shady spot. All of you who missed out (especially you county folks who think its soooo faaar to drive into the city) well, you missed out. Her neighborhood is so gorgeous that ... well ... tour buses drive through!
Then, as if that wasn't a full day, I headed to Forest Park for the Shakespeare Festival's production of "Julius Caesar". I got there around 5, found a perfect spot for my blanket, drank some wine, people-watched, knitted a row once in a while, and enjoyed the antics of the pre-show performers until just about 8. That's when the sky got black and lightning flashed on the horizon and I packed up along with most of the other folks and headed out. I got to my car just as the downpour began. I'll try to go back this week to catch the show, but I don't feel that the evening was wasted - it was cool and fun and relaxing.
So, that was my Saturday. Today? Serious couch time with some foreign films and the kitties and some charity knitting. Possibly create a few more posts for this week. If the sky looks better later on than it does now I might go for a walk. Maybe play in my martini bar. Mostly I'm just forgetting that I have to go back to my hellmouth of a salt mine tomorrow.