Patty and I took in the sights, petted the puppies all along the three blocks and taste tested a few items. Unfortunately, we taste tested the wrong hummus ... garlic and avocado. Sounds yummy, right?? WRONG!! It was like eating three chunks of raw garlic!! My oh MY!!! When the fumes and fire finally died down, we hit the bakery store for taste testing to get rid of the garlic breath!!
There are lots of granddaughter things here too .... like these really cute mini quilts with matching pillows and reversible hats for American Girl dolls. Now these I could make!!
I picked up another spoon handle bracelet from a couple who drive 3-1/2 hours every Sunday morning, just to come to this market. They make all this jewelry themselves, and do a beautiful job!!
These are the "flower ladies" ... in a flash, they can make up the most beautiful bouquets that sell for $15-20. They sell so fast, the girls can barely keep up with the demand.
The vegetable stands probably do the most business. They have more variety and fresher products than the grocery stores around here. This day we showed a little restraint. In the past, we have been known to buy too much and end up trying to eat it all in one dinner!
This was an unusual sight ... this teenage girl wielding a hammer and anvil, blacksmithing. Her parents have this booth, making all kinds of iron hangars, barbecue tools and decorations.
Back at the rig, I finished warping the loom after a little bad language!! When I purchased it, they told me there were 75 heddles on each shaft. That's little metal things to run the thread through. NOT true, as I discovered when I got down towards the end. Luckily, when I ordered the 20 extra I KNEW I needed, they could only be purchased in a 100-pack, so I had plenty.
I had to bend the rod holding the heddles, remove one side, bend the NEXT rod to free up one end, then slip the metal ends on and rebend them back into their slots. The heddles fell off both ends and wouldn't go on straight!! I'm hoping my neighbors didn't hear all the commotion!!
When finally done with that task, it dawned on me that I had based the warp on the number of threads per inch, not the pattern. Trouble is, there are no books around that tell you all this information. It's trial and error if you don't have a local loom school!! RATS and double RATS!! Like kite flying, there's a learning curve here!!
The plan was to go fly kites later in the afternoon with Nick and Terry Russell. I drove up and down the beach looking for a little breeze, but it eluded me at every turn. I guess I'll just have to be patient when it comes to flying ... and weaving, for that matter!! That's a virtue I apparently need to work on!!! Oh well, it's tough to be in paradise at the beach, but somebody's got to do it!!!