Last summer, for our tenth anniversary, my husband Kevin and I returned to the UK for a 10-day vacation. We had originally been here on our honeymoon 10 years previous.
We visited many beautiful and historic cities such as Glasgow, Belfast, Salisbury and Cardiff.
One of my favourite cities was York. What a place!
The most breathtaking attraction we visited in the city was the Minster. It was begun in 1220 and was still under construction in the 1500s. It grew and grew until it was the biggest cathedral in northern Europe.
Not far from the Minster is the "Shambles," a 14th century street with many old timber-framed shops that used to be butcher's shops in past centuries. Now these buildings have been turned into modern storefronts that sell anything from clothing to cards.
My favourite shop was this itty-bitty yarn store tucked in behind a few souvenir shops. The owner had walls and walls of pretty wool and yarn and she let me take a few pictures of displays. Her only request - that I buy a few things before I go.
Because I was travelling and living out of a suitcase I had to keep my purchases small, so I narrowed my purchase down to 3 balls of the prettiest peach yarn I had ever seen. It reminded me of ice cream. Threaded through it was a crystal accent that caught the light perfectly and I knew exactly what I would do with it.
My friend Julie was about to give birth to her third child and we knew she was going to be a girl.
Throughout her pregnancy she had joked with her other two children that they would name the baby "Sally" after the little girl in the "Cat in the Hat" TV show.
Julie's hair has a slight tinge of gingery red. Neither of her previous children were "red" at all, so maybe THIS time baby "Sally" would arrive with a tinge of ginge.
This peachy yarn would be perfect on a little red-head!
Well - Baby "Sally" arrived in October and her real name became Grace. Julie's older children adored their new baby sister but were truly disappointed that her name wasn't "Sally!"
And isn't she adorable?
And yes - she has a tinge of ginge.
And the pretty peach yarn knitted into the perfect little sweater for such a sweet little lady.
Enjoy these sunshiney days, everyone!