I went to the nearest craft store to my home today. I don't want to name names, so let's just call it "B. D. Less." Am I alone in thinking that those big chain craft stores are the most depressing places on earth? Most of what they stock is awful and tacky and there's almost nothing that anyone with any taste whatsoever would want to make, let alone display in their homes when they are finished. I'm also pretty sure that the cashier is tuburcular. Are there secret stores or fantastic websites, full of artistically inspiring and beautiful raw materials, that I just don't know about? I will have to do some web-searching.
I did manage to get two small, easy cross-stitch kits that are not too hideous and were 50% off. One is an Irish phrase that I believe means "welcome" and the other is a country scene of a barn. I can't imagine what I'll do with them when they're done, but it'll be fun to try them.
I also got some wool and crochet hooks to make a baby blanket for my impending nephew. Baby blankets are good because you don't have to measure the gauge, and if it turns out a bit messy, you can just tuck that part UNDER the baby and no one will be the wiser.