Friday, April 13, 2012

A Meetup with Luz Clara!

The sewers in their native habitat, Fabrix

Luz Clara, a blog follower and friend from Stitcher's Guild, was in town recently. Actually, she was in town last summer and we hoped to meet up, but it was the first week in my job of 12 years where I had to go into work every day for long hours, so it didn't work out. I was determined that we should make it work this time around! In fact, both daughters had asked separately if they could get together with me the same day, but I said no!!

We met for lunch at Squat and Gobble, one of my favorite local eateries. After a long, leisurely lunch (she is so easy to talk to!), we headed to Fabrix. I hadn't been there in a couple months and we both found a tidbit or two, as you can see from our bags in the top photo.

Afterward, we decided to visit Japantown. I hadn't visited the bookstore, Kinokuniya, in quite a while — they have a very good sewing and craft section. I bought one of the latest Japanese sewing magazines as well as a book on Shibori dyeing. In fact, the skirt I wore is a version of shibori. I did a little shibori dying about 20 years ago and would love to try it again — particularly now that I have a new clothes dryer and can do my own laundry once more.

Luz Clara also found a book and then we visited the incredibly cute Kunikuniya stationary store. For lunch I had a delicious Greek Crepe, but we both decided that we needed a Japanese ice cream crepe from Sophie's Crepes for dessert. The freshly made crepe was still warm and filled with Mocha Java chip ice cream. Yummmmm.... I really blew my dairy-free, gluten-free, lifestyle that day. ;)

It was so much fun to hang with Luz Clara! She is a fascinating person who makes jewelry, speaks Spanish and American sign language, and is incredibly well traveled — we talked for hours. She gifted me with a gorgeous piece of wool challis from Paris as well as a very cute medal from a Paris flea market. Thanks so much, Luz Clara, and I hope we get to do it again!


  1. That sounds like a wonderful afternoon with wonderful company.
    A few tidbits, eh? I am looking forward to what emerges from today's haul!

  2. What a thoroughly delightful way to spend the day! And I love love LOVE your outfit! Enjoy your [koffkoff] tidbits.... ;~D

  3. what a fun day and I like your skirt, so cool.

  4. I love your skirt with the green "donuts". What pattern is that? Very attractive!

  5. So glad you had a great time with Luz Clara. The challis sounds delish. One of my favorite fabrics. We love the Japan Town and stay there sometimes when we go to see the NY Mets. Some great sushi places there I can never resist.

  6. Yay!!! Our day was a blast! And Fabrix did what it does so well, generate a big bag of fabric to take home! Everything fits in my suitcase!! And soon I will have a fabulous rain jacket and some knit shirts to wear!!! The ice cream filled crepe was a dairy+sugar+fat dream come true!

    Thanks Shams!!! Come to San Diego and we'll explore the basement of Yardage Town!

  7. Sounds like the two of you had a blast. Some day I gotta get to SF to see you and Jilly!

  8. What a great day you both had! How lucky you are!

  9. You look FABULOUS! Do you mean we can do Fabrix and Japantown in one day in May? And that skirt - you know I want that skirt - or at least info about it.

    1. Hehe. Fillmore Street runs through Japantown. :)